Tag Archives: Vintage Postcard

Summer Vacation!

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Nothing big nor far nor out of the ordinary, but I am very happy to be getting out of town for a few days.  In a summer of staying home by choice – a glorified long weekend away with family, friends and the outdoors is feeling welcomed, substantial and exhilarating.  Hopefully, I can make time to post summertime inspiration from the mountains of northern New England. . .

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Le Tour 2014: Climbing Mountains

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Today, the Tour de France will conquer the highest point in the 21-stage race with a summit of Col d’Izoard in the Hautes-Alpes. A perfect opportunity to share this humorous vintage French postcard by Gougeon.

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Summer Skiing: Mount Hood

mount mt hood timberline tucker snocat ski skiing summerIs anyone headed to Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Southern Hemisphere or another destination for summer skiing?

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Road Trip: Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

grossglockner austria high alpine road hochalpenstrasse alpsA splendid view of the high alpine road leading to Austria’s highest peak, the Grossglockner (3798m).

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100 Years: Fieberbrunn Ski Racing Club

fieberbrunn austria tyrol tirol ski team vintage postcard 1914This real photo postcard found in Innsbruck is from 1914, making it one of the older images in my collection.  To the best of my understanding, this is a ski racing club from Fierberbrunn in the Tyrol region of Austria.

The armbands are curious to me and I am wondering if they are athletic in nature or have something to do with the onset of World War I?  Does anyone have any knowledge or thoughts?

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Greetings: Colorado

colorado vintage postcard poem famossxcolorado vintage postcard greetings heart famousxcolorado vintage postcard pine peak mountain famossxcolorado vintage postcard poem cavalry mountain pine peak friendVintage postcard greetings by Cavally for Famoss from the 1930’s.

Today I am headed to Colorado for a proper vacation with my husband.  I am primed for spring skiing in the order of sun and balmy temps – but the forecast tells of fresh snow for the Rocky Mountains, adding to what by all accounts has been an epic season.  Winter in April.

The next week will bring lots of skiing but likely very little blogging.  Follow alpinestyle56 on Instagram for updates.

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Spring Skiing: The Optimist

der optimist spring skiing vintage postcard swiss switzerlandVintage postcard from Switzerland.

Here’s to one of the best spring seasons of skiing in the Northeast I can remember  — at the moment, still more snow than fresh blooms!

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Vermont: Maple Sugar Season

vermont maple sugar sugaring syrup season vintage postcard

It’s that time of year again.  Maple sugaring activities are underway in the north country, especially in Vermont – the Green Mountain state produces the most maple syrup in the nation.  On March 22 and 23, more than eighty farms will open their sugarhouses to the public for the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual open house weekend.  Click here for details to plan a sweet little excursion.

If you are too busy skiing next weekend, hold out until April 5 and 6 to enjoy maple syrup on snow at Stowe’s famous Sugar Slalom race celebration.

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Greetings: Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley greetings vintage linen postcard ski Greetings from Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley idaho lodge vintage ski woman mrs montgomery orr 2/8/1951 Sun Valley News Bureau Photo:  MIDWINTER HOLIDAY AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO – Mrs. Montgomery Orr, Wayne, Ill., leaves the Lodge for a day of skiing on the snow-covered slopes.  Mrs. Orr will be a guest at the famous western skiing village until February 10.

sun valley idaho ski racing vintage 1958 junior championships 4/5/1958 Sun Valley – Union Pacific Photo:  AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, Friday, the Washington boy’s American Legion Junior team won second place in team standings in the Giant Slalom held on Baldy mountain in the 15th annual Western States American Legion Junior Championships being held this week end.  From left:  Jim Brule, Yakima; Mike Buckley, Yakima; Brent Whiteman, Yakima; Erik Giese, Seattle; and coach Walt Taulbee, Seattle.

dick durrance dartmouth sun valley open idaho ski race 3/31/1939 International News Photo:  DARTMOUTH SKIER, POINT-SCORER AT SUN VALLEY  Sun Valley, Idaho. . . Dick Durrance, of Dartmouth, two-time winner of the Harriman Cup, pictured in action during the third annual Sun Valley Open Skiing Tournament recently.  Durrance placed fourth in the Open this year and won the national four event combined race.

sun valley idaho ridge chairlift vintage postcard roundhouse baldy mountain“On the way to the top,” the Ridge lifts and the Roundhouse, Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley.  Photo: Lou Holliday

sun valley idaho ski warming hut baldy mountain vintage postcardWARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho vintage ski holiday run postcardSKIERS AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Coming down Holiday Run, Sun Valley can be seen in the background.

sun valley idaho ski resort vintage school busSUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Crowds of skiers at this famous resort.  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho trail creek cabin vintage postcardTRAIL CREEK CABIN  SUN VALLEY, IDAHO During the summer months Trail Creek Cabin is a popular place for horseback parties to take early morning breakfast.  It is also the scene of picnic parties, steak fries and barbecues.  In winter it is a favorite goal of bobsled parties for late supper, followed by dancing.

The handwritten note on this vintage postcard reads:  July 1, 1952 Tuesday  This is a very exciting place.  There are things to do every minute.  This afternoon we went for a swim in a beautiful pool, also went bike riding.  Tonight there is dancing and ice skating.  Tomorrow morning we’re going horse back riding.  Love, Reeva

sun valley idaho dog sled vintage photo jigsaw puzzle tuckExciting thrift store find – vintage jigsaw puzzle with exquisite Sun Valley dogsled scene.

sunvalley-label-vintageVintage hotel luggage label:  Sun Valley, Idaho America’s Foremost Year ‘Round Sports Center

I have lost my favorite East Coast ski buddies for a couple weeks to their vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho.  So this post is a kind of reverse postcard to them.  Greetings from home – hope you are having fun, sun and lots of bottomless turns!

Built by the Union Pacific Railroad and home to the world’s first chairlift (1936) – the role of this resort to ski development and heritage in the U.S. and abroad is beyond compare.  I am not going to tackle any Sun Valley history or anecdotes at this time – so please let these vintage images tell some of the story.

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Vladimir Zarubin: Woodland Olympics

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It seems only appropriate to share artist Vladimir Zarubin’s Olympic illustrations on the eve of the 22nd Winter Games kicking off in his native Russia.  These retro new year’s postcards are believed to be from the mid-1980’s.

Wishing all athletes the best of luck with their pursuits and dreams. . .

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