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Original Vintage 1939 Skiing EMILE ALLAIS PARALLEL SKI INNOVATION gold medal

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Original/Reprint: Original Print Color:

Black & White

Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Framing: Matted & Framed
Date of Creation: Pre-1950 Size Type/Largest Dimension: Frame: 13.25" x 15" Image; 5.5" x 7.75"
Photo Type: Original glossy press photo Region of Origin: Europe - first Olympics
Subject: sports - skiing

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I will be listing several wonderful and historically important original ski press photos today, dating from just before, during or after the first Winter Olympics.  All framed archivally in moulding imported from Italy, the Roma Company, considered the industry's best.  So do look at my other auctions.  **IMPORTANT:  it is difficult to photograph a piece behind glass.  Taken at side angle to minimize glare or reflection but some still remains.  Makes photo seem a bit more golden than it is - archival acid-free mat is antique white. One photo in each auction will be scanned (again thru glass) and this is not optimal either (tends to be starker black and white).  So, expect these to be better in hand than the images can convey.

Except in two cases the back of the photos have notations or even an image of the photo used in publication years ago -- these also have been scanned as provenance and are also included in the photo set above.  These photos were bought years ago on eBay to a vigorous response internationally from numerous bidders.  They are offered here at investment plus predicted fees plus 10%, so expect a range of prices.  The range is one indication of the bidder popularity historically.  All in Roma frames that match and the same archival acid-free mat with decorative V-groove in antique white; (again less golden than photo conveys).

Emile Allais demonstrates his innovative parallel ski position 

Original 1939 press photo which includes Emile Allais who was a true renaissance man and was inducted into the Skiing Hall of Fame for his achievements as athlete, developer of ski technique, coach, and contributer to the ski industry.  A bronze winner at the 1936 Olympic Games, he won two gold medals at the first FIS World Championships in 1937, a record that stood for 30 years.  Under the influence of Anton Seelos, he developed a true parallel ski technique and published his "Ski Francais" to illustrate his methods.  He created the Ecole Francaise de ski where he taught his innovative techniques and it remains the largest in the world today.  He coached the Canadian national team in 1948 and the American team in 1952 taking it from nowhere to 5th in the downhill and 6th in the slalom.  He worked with Rossignol to produce the first non-wood ski and significantly influenced the design of ski resorts.   If there is printing on the back of the photo, it has NOT been photocopied and is not in a sleeve on the framed back as is true of the others in the set I am offering.  It is my feeling that it was one of the few press photos I bought without notations on the revers.  Patina, yes.  

Press Photo is one that was taken for, or by, a magazine or newspaper.  The 80+ year old press photos about skiing that I’m listing this morning were taken just before or during the first Winter Olympics and are the glossy originals for that purpose.  Since the image was intended for publication in a newspaper, in one sense they are not a one-of-a-kind, however as the original  glossy still, they are either quite limited in number or even one-of-a-kind.  Press photos often are considered quite collectible because they had the image appeal for publication but were then “lost” to other uses after that immediate one.  Their rediscovery today provides a unique glimpse into the immediacy of a particular experience.

1928 Winter Olympics, is considered the first "true" Winter Olympics, and is officially known as the II Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated February 11–19, 1928  in St Moritz Switzerland. The 1928 Games were the first true Winter Olympics held on its own as they were not in conjunction with a Summer Olympics. The preceding 1924 Games were retroactively renamed the inaugural Winter Olympics, though they had been in fact part of the 1924 Summer Olympics.. All preceding Winter Events of the Olympic Games were the winter sports part of the schedule of the Summer Games, and not held as a separate Winter Games. These games also replaced the now redundant Nordic Games, that were held quadrennially since early in the century.

Important dates in skiing history relevant to these photos:

  • The Rottefella (rat trap) lightweight toe binding was invented by Bror With of Norway. The binding was a great success at the St. Moritz Olympics the following year, and has been, in various forms, the preferred cross country ski binding ever since.
  • March 1928, downhill and the modern slalom events were combined for the first time to form the Arlberg-Kandahar open international alpine skiing competition, organised by Arnold Lunn and Hannes Schneider and in St Anton, Austria. This event was to become the real starting point of international Alpine ski racing.
  • The first resort-based ski school in the U.S. was opened in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire (at that time part of Lisbon) in 1929.
  • World's first overhead chairlift built at Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1936.

Roma Framing:  You are getting the financial benefit from my original quantity framing; (would cost you more for this mouldning if framed separately).  Hard frame to capture with photo .  .  .  . Framed in an understated but wonderful moulding from the industriy’s best:  ROMA COMPANY of ITALY .   Chosen by me for the hint of background gold leaf, but also because the incised marks are reminiscent of the skis stepping sideways up a hill.  This imported moulding is created by master artisans who apply the gold leaf entirely by hand using the techniques of old world craftsmen.  The leafing is then hand polished using agate stone, a delicate process known as hand gilding.  Colorants are then applied onto the moulding surface to give the profile depth and dimension.  The mission statement of ROMA says it all:

Vision.  Imagination.  The design process of our mouldings is a creative collaboration and time honored tradition.  Our design team travels the globe in search of innovative concepts, new colors, and sophisticated textures.  We are driven by our quest for the extraordinaryand our findings have inspired us to create industry leading designs that are the pinnacle of perfection.  Every wood, every  profile, every finish is the skillful choice of our designers and master artisans.  No detail is overlooked.  We believe in the quality of our products and the beauty of our designs

THE SCOOP:  Consult photos.  Ask questions.  I am making my best guess about shipping cost.  If you purchase one of these photos, do not pay before I invoice you.  I will package your item(s) and get an exact shipping quote and THEN invoice you.  FED EX IS NOT on the list for custom ship quotes.  You'll have a choice of carrier but know that they are REMARKABLY cheaper.

YES, I will definitely ship to Internationally -- again, with the above directions for getting an exact shipping quote.  

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