Let it Snow!

"Let it Snow!" - International Poster Gallery

Chamonix Mont Blanc Original Poster by Roger Soubie

Valais Original Poster by Herbert Libiszewski

Palace Hotel St. Moritz Original Poster by Emil Cardinaux

Dartmouth Winter Carnival 1940 Original Poster by Artist Unknown

Ski The New Haven Railroad Original Poster by Sascha Maurer

Brunex Original Poster by Albert Borer

Vintage Ski Posters

December 1, 2000 through January 31, 2001 

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This year's holiday show beckons viewers to the mountains with a rich selection of ski posters from the turn of the century through the 1960s. More than 50 rare original vintage posters tell the tale of the fascinating transformation of skiing from a sport into an industry, showing changes in equipment, technique, competitions, and facilities over the years. One of the most sought-after vintage poster collectibles today, ski posters capture the joy of fresh mountain air and the exhilarating rush of a downhill run through a tree-lined glade.

Ski Poster History

The remarkable collection of ski posters on view cover a variety of themes and time periods - from an icicle-laden poster for the Luzern ski club in 1905 to ski competitions such as the World Championships in Norway and Poland and great ski resorts such as the legendary Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Cortina, Pontresina, Davos, and Lake Placid.

A poster from the 1960s reflects the revolution in boot design from leather to injection molded plastics, asking skiers: "Are you still Lacing while others are Racing?" Another classic poster from the 1936 Olympics poster by Ludwig Hohlwein injects politics into the world of sports, showing a ski champion's gesture that can be interpreted as a salute to the crowd or a more ominous "Heil Hitler."

The show also contains a variety of regional treatures including several classic Dartmouth Winter Carnival posters from before World War II. One of the rarest and most spectacular posters features a skier speeding between the towering legs of a huge Mohawk snowman, the Indian being the school's former politically incorrect mascot. Other local posters include the Boston & Maine and New Haven Railroads, Pico Peak in Rutland and a National Ski Championship in Brattleboro, Vermont. 

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