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Skis Collection

"From W. Heath Robinson's imaginative contraptions to Roald Amundsen's epic polar expeditions, they have played a pivotal role in history and adventure

Background imageSkis Collection: Candide Thovex out of nowhere into nowhere

Candide Thovex out of nowhere into nowhere
Tristan Shu

Background imageSkis Collection: W. Heath Robinson

W. Heath Robinson
Cartoon, Wild and Woolly. A few trot-skis in Switzerland. Variations on Skiing such as the tri-ski and twin-ski. Please note

Background imageSkis Collection: Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)

Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)
Photograph of Captain Roald Engelbreth Gravning Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, in his cold weather clothing and skis, Antarctica, 1912

Background imageSkis Collection: Scott at Amundsens Tent

Scott at Amundsens Tent
Scotts team arrive at the South Pole to find that Amundsens crew have beaten them to it; frozen and demoralised, they perished weeks later

Background imageSkis Collection: Italian victory in Berlin Winter Olympics

Italian victory in Berlin Winter Olympics
An Italian victory in the ski team event in the Winter Olympics at Garmisch, Germany

Background imageSkis Collection: Cub Scout on skis, Snowy Mountains, Australia

Cub Scout on skis, Snowy Mountains, Australia
A group of Cub Scouts of the 1st Kosciusco Troop, on skis in the Snowy Mountains of Australia. Scoutmaster Bernie Jarratt is demonstrating a kick turn. Date: 1960s

Background imageSkis Collection: Waterskiing fun in Lake Geneva at Evian-les-Bains

Waterskiing fun in Lake Geneva at Evian-les-Bains
Waterskiing fun in Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) at Evian-les-Bains, France Date: circa 1950s

Background imageSkis Collection: Soviet Air Attack

Soviet Air Attack
Finland : Soviet aircraft attack a Finnish supply train of elk-drawn sledges : the Finnish troops themselves are on skis

Background imageSkis Collection: Doyle / Skiing / Alps 1894

Doyle / Skiing / Alps 1894
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE In comical pose on skis in the Alps, with female companion

Background imageSkis Collection: Mid-Air on Skis

Mid-Air on Skis
A man in a vest in mid-air as he skis down a steep mountain

Background imageSkis Collection: Social / Norway Postman

Social / Norway Postman
Neither snow, ice, hail nor trolls can discourage the Norwegian postman as he skis o er fjell and fjord

Background imageSkis Collection: Dollar Mountain Ski Lift, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Dollar Mountain Ski Lift, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
People on skis at Dollar Mountain Ski Lift, Sun Valley sports centre, Idaho, USA. Date: circa 1938

Background imageSkis Collection: The Snow Soldiers, a ski patrol engages combat with a group of enemy scouts (colour litho)

The Snow Soldiers, a ski patrol engages combat with a group of enemy scouts (colour litho)
2777534 The Snow Soldiers, a ski patrol engages combat with a group of enemy scouts (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Snow Soldiers)

Background imageSkis Collection: Poster for The Upper Austrian Tourist Board - Ski Scene

Poster for The Upper Austrian Tourist Board - Ski Scene Date: circa 1937

Background imageSkis Collection: Ice Skating Tea Time

Ice Skating Tea Time
Lake Placid, New York: January 3, 1923. Two young women ice skaters at the Lake Placid Club enjoy an afternoon tea served hot off the ski-tea table

Background imageSkis Collection: Russian Grenadier Guardsman on skis

Russian Grenadier Guardsman on skis
Soldier of the Russian regiment of foot grenadiers of the Guard. A hunter-scout wearing skis. Date: 1900

Background imageSkis Collection: Snow, Skis and Sunshine in Switzerland

Snow, Skis and Sunshine in Switzerland
Miss Joan Simon, Miss Peggy Peyton, Mr George Renwick, R.N. Mrs Renwick and The Hon. Olivia Harcourt skiing at St. Moritz, Switzerland

Background imageSkis Collection: Skis stored vertically on inland icecap, Greenland, Polar Regions

Skis stored vertically on inland icecap, Greenland, Polar Regions

Background imageSkis Collection: WATER-SKIS 25 / 9 / 1921

WATER-SKIS 25 / 9 / 1921
Water-skis help the hunter to hit sitting ducks

Background imageSkis Collection: American Boy on Skis

American Boy on Skis
An American boy on skis

Background imageSkis Collection: Small plane landed on glacier in Denali National Park

Small plane landed on glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska, United States of America, North America

Background imageSkis Collection: Taking a Ski Break 1927

Taking a Ski Break 1927
Skiers take a break, off the piste, by standing their skis in the snow and having a drink

Background imageSkis Collection: Group of officers on floe alongside ship in pack ice

Group of officers on floe alongside ship in pack ice
Photographer: Reginald William Skelton (1872-1956). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). Group of eight officers on the ice beside the ship, Discovery

Background imageSkis Collection: T. W. Bagshawe, Waterboat Point, Paradise Bay

T. W. Bagshawe, Waterboat Point, Paradise Bay
Photographer: Thomas Wyatt Bagshawe (1901-1976). Expedition: British Expedition to Graham Land 1920-22. Date: 1921. Full length portrait of Bagshawe standing on snow

Background imageSkis Collection: Siberian hunters on wooden skis, 1850

Siberian hunters on wooden skis, 1850
3359106 Siberian hunters on wooden skis, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Siberian hunters on wooden skis. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background imageSkis Collection: Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe

Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe around Versailles
FLO4671811 Marie Antoinette's sleigh, a carriage mounted on skis. Marie Antoinette raced Madame de Lamballe around Versailles

Background imageSkis Collection: Sami man or Lapplander in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer on ice, and another man on skis

Sami man or Lapplander in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer on ice, and another man on skis
FLO4722081 Sami man or Lapplander in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer on ice, and another man on skis. Illustration From Leopold von Buch (1774-1853) Travels through Norway, and Lapland, 1813

Background imageSkis Collection: Austrians on skis, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

Austrians on skis, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
Austrians on skis, between c1915 and c1920. Austrian soldiers on skis during World War I.

Background imageSkis Collection: Group of Shoria Men; a Hunter, in Front, Equipped for a Winter Hunt by the Members..., 1913

Group of Shoria Men; a Hunter, in Front, Equipped for a Winter Hunt by the Members..., 1913. Creator: GI Ivanov
Group of Shoria Men; a Hunter, in Front, Equipped for a Winter Hunt by the Members of the Expedition, 1913. From a collection of 109 photographs taken during a 1913 topographic expedition to

Background imageSkis Collection: Shoria Hunters Equipped for the Winter Hunt, 1913. Creator: GI Ivanov

Shoria Hunters Equipped for the Winter Hunt, 1913. Creator: GI Ivanov
Shoria Hunters Equipped for the Winter Hunt, 1913. From a collection of 109 photographs taken during a 1913 topographic expedition to the Gornaia Shoria in the Altai region

Background imageSkis Collection: A peasant who went hunting, 1911. Creator: Unknown

A peasant who went hunting, 1911. Creator: Unknown
A peasant who went hunting, 1911. From a collection which includes more than four hundred photographs of daily life in Yenisei Province in the late tsarist period

Background imageSkis Collection: Deserted street

Deserted street
Robert Kuavi

Background imageSkis Collection: Step by step

Step by step
Sandi Bertoncelj

Background imageSkis Collection: Against the wind

Against the wind
Izidor Gasperlin

Background imageSkis Collection: ski mountaineering

ski mountaineering
Matej Rumansky

Background imageSkis Collection: Bear-hunting in Sweden, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Bear-hunting in Sweden, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Bear-hunting in Sweden, 1856. '...a small sortie is organised by the inhabitants, who collect together...all those who are willing to share the fatigues of the chase

Background imageSkis Collection: Dans la meme region, nos alpins skieurs ont ete pourvus de blanches tuniques

Dans la meme region, nos alpins skieurs ont ete pourvus de blanches tuniques... 1915 (1924) Creator: Unknown
'Dans la meme region, nos alpins skieurs ont ete pourvus de blanches tuniques, couleur de neige, ce qui leur assure au milieu du paysage une invisibilite relative, 1915

Background imageSkis Collection: L'hiver. Creator: Joseph de Longueil

L'hiver. Creator: Joseph de Longueil
L'hiver

Background imageSkis Collection: Smith. 2nd steward

Smith. 2nd steward
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04. Leader: William Speirs Bruce. A man, wearing a woolen hat and smoking a pipe, stands on skis. He holds one ski pole

Background imageSkis Collection: Deep powder snow, Ski traces, Tyrol, Austria

Deep powder snow, Ski traces, Tyrol, Austria

Background imageSkis Collection: Santa Claus on skis on a French Christmas postcard

Santa Claus on skis on a French Christmas postcard
Santa Claus with his sack of presents, travelling on skis on a French Christmas postcard. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageSkis Collection: Early days

Early days
Cristian Flueraru

Background imageSkis Collection: In Between the Rocks

In Between the Rocks
Tristan Shu

Background imageSkis Collection: Ski descent from Schwarztor, Breithorn, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Ski descent from Schwarztor, Breithorn, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Background imageSkis Collection: Ski tour to the Breithorn, Schwarztor, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Ski tour to the Breithorn, Schwarztor, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

Background imageSkis Collection: Skier, Freerider, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland (MR)

Skier, Freerider, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland (MR)

Background imageSkis Collection: Climbing skier, Matterhorn, Zermatt, Valais (MR)

Climbing skier, Matterhorn, Zermatt, Valais (MR)



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"From W. Heath Robinson's imaginative contraptions to Roald Amundsen's epic polar expeditions, they have played a pivotal role in history and adventure. In the iconic photograph of Scott at Amundsen's Tent, skis symbolize the triumph of exploration and determination. They have not only been used for conquest but also for celebration, as seen in the Italian victory at the Berlin Winter Olympics. The grace and skill displayed by athletes gliding down slopes captivate audiences worldwide. Even young Cub Scouts find joy on skis, exploring the Snowy Mountains of Australia with wide-eyed wonder. And who can resist the thrill of waterskiing fun on Lake Geneva at Evian-les-Bains? However, not all ski moments are filled with joyous escapades. The chilling image of a Soviet Air Attack reminds us that even amidst beauty and recreation, there can be danger lurking. Skiing has long been intertwined with literature too; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself took to the Alps in 1894 to enjoy this exhilarating sport firsthand. The daring mid-air stunts performed by skilled athletes push boundaries and redefine what is possible on skis - an awe-inspiring sight that leaves spectators breathless. In Norway, skiing goes beyond leisure; it becomes a social activity where postmen brave snow-covered landscapes to deliver mail efficiently. Their dedication showcases how skis serve practical purposes even today. Yet skiing is not limited to peaceful endeavors alone; "The Snow Soldiers, " depicted in a vibrant lithograph, highlight how ski patrols engage enemy scouts during combat - proving that these versatile tools are essential even in times of conflict. Lastly, Candide Thovex defies gravity as he effortlessly glides out of nowhere into nowhere - reminding us that skiing transcends limits and allows individuals to explore new realms both physically and mentally. "