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Archival Snow Sports

January 9th, 2013
Long before Warren Miller, Dwight Watson, amateur photographer and mountaineer, documented snow sport culture in the pacific northwest.  I’ve been browsing Watson’s 1940s era images on the UW Digital Collections site.  As a non-skier, I’m drawn to Watson’s more casual scenes showing sportsmen and women at rest – at the lodge, in ensemble poses.  As always, I endorse how outdoor clothing from the past resembles everyday garb.  There is very little evidence of performance fabrics or ski specific clothing in these images. I love the visual flourish of the Cross County skiers wearing neckties to finish their outfits.  Style in the face of a chill!

Browse through the Watson collection as inspiration for staging your own heritage snow sports day ala the great tweed run.


Archival Scout Trip

June 1st, 2010


We love ACL’s Kodachrome digitization project. On a small scale, I’ve done my own part to rescue orphan slide collections from Goodwill and neighborhood garage sales. But most of my finds remain unsorted in boxes in our back “bonus” room. In one instance, I salvaged a slide collection for its unique homemade carrying case.

It would be great if we could scan, tag and pool our collections into a single, keyword searchable database of images. For example, I’d like to be able to search out a women’s trouser style from a specific year or decade. We need a Cushman collection for heritage clothing on Kodachrome.

I’m wishing I had been invited along on this found Kodachrome field trip from the 1940s. I’m assuming that the event was scout sponsored with a loose forestry education theme.






I’m ecstatic to see rare screen surrogates for myself in the way of these cardigan clad ladies:


In packing for this scouting trip, I’d supplement my stock collection of buffalo plaid shirts, duck trousers or knickers with a few provisional accessories ordered from Boy’s Life and Catalogue Manufrance 1931.

Packsacks and pocket knives via Boy’s Life archive.

Equipement du Scout (via Pillpat)

Shopping from the Past: 1940s

April 12th, 2006

As part of my austerity kick I’m trying to save money by shopping from myself (retrieving items–vintage!–from my closet and reworking them into newly wearable goods)(chopping them down in length or pinching them in at the sides, monkeydoll style). I’m also conserving funds by placing mental mail orders to the archival clothing stores of yore (see Outdoor Store ad above). Below: excerpt from catalogue page of stylish boys “Extra Wear” jackets featuring wombatine collars and pockets sewn with strong thread.