History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

24 March, 2013


Though it's officially been spring for a few days now, the weather in some places (such as where I live) hasn't necessarily caught up. So for those of us who verge on insanity every time they see it snowing-- again!--, a set of pictures to remind us that it can in fact be fun. And for those lucky folks who do have spring--well, they're good fun pictures anyway!

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Obviously this is staged, and I have my suspicions it may in fact be a studio shot altogether (that mountain looks suspiciously painterly...). I love it either way. 1920s, Washington (State). Source

Peter Stackpole, LIFE 

Kids sledding in Central Park, NYC, 1954. Source

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People sledding in Central Park again, ca. 1910 this time. Source

Bibliotheque de Toulouse

Sledding in France, 1909, photographed by Eugene Trutat. Source

LIFE archive © Time Inc.

American soldiers sledding with Belgian kids, Belgium, 1945. Source

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Not quite sledding, but looks fun! Mount Noyes, Washington, 1907. Source

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Boys sledding at Minidoka Relocation Camp, Idaho, 1943. Source

Bernard Hoffman, LIFE © Time Inc.

Sledding on a snowdrift against the barn, Maine, 1942. Source

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Prince Carl of Sweden and Norway with his daughters, 1909. Source

Nationaal Archief

A car pulling kids on sleds, Scheveningen, the Netherlands, undated. Source

Peter Stackpole, LIFE  © Time Inc.

Pulling the sleds up the hill in Central Park, NYC, 1954. Source

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Washington, ca. 1931. Source

Ralph Morse, LIFE © Time Inc.

John Glenn sledding with his family (and their dog, apparently). 1959. Source

Nationaal Archief

Boys sledding in Austria, 1960. Source

Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE archives © Time Inc.

An Italian officer sledding in the Alps, Italy, 1934. Source

Powerhouse Museum

Crazy Australian tobaggan, ca. 1900. Source

Musee McCord Museum

Tobaganning on Mount Royal, Montreal, 1914. Source

State Library and Archives Florida

Florida students improvising a sled out of a palm tree leaf after a snowfall in Tallahassee, 1958. Source

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Oh no, our swimsuit tobogganers have had a (totally realistic looking) crash! Source

1 comment:

Ana said...

How I love, love, love this post :D !

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