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Archival Alpinists

February 25th, 2014

Despite criticism of flickr’s semi recent redesign, I remain loyal to this content management system for the access it provides to historic image archives.  Flickr Commons provides one search access to some terrific image collections including the the Library of Congress and the Stockholm Transport Museum.  While I prefer to browse the pages of vintage print catalogs, flickr commons is the next best access portal to arresting images from the past.  If you are willing to wade through ten thousand anonymous headshots, maritime snaps  and random scenic views, you’ll find some great material .  One note – since the individual images are rarely tagged or cataloged you must actively browse through each institution’s set to sift out the really good stuff.  My focus, of course, is vintage workwear, athletic novelties, expedition garb and examples of women wearing rugged, non feminized outdoor clothing.  Here are some favorite photos from the Nova Scotia archives by Arthur Bloomfield Dawson.
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Shopping from the Antarctic

March 21st, 2012

It may be the first day of Spring but I’m in no mood to wear warm weather clothing. Wet, chilly conditions in Eugene have driven me back to my mid-winter wardrobe of anoraks and heavy woolens. I’m going to shop from the State Library of New South Wales Australian Antarctic Territory collection for additional sledging and expedition gear to get me through the month of June.









Images courtesy the State Library of New South Wales Australian Antartic Territory collection.

Archival Parkas

December 18th, 2010

Since I live in the wet Pacific Northwest, my idea of winter outerwear is a waxed cotton or tin cloth jacket. I’ll add a supplemental wool vest or quilted jacket if temps drop below 40. For readers shopping from ice pack climes, I offer some expedition grade parkas from the past and present.


Shopping from 1965: Eddie Bauer

Everest accessories

(Hold your brands against their original creeds)



Engineered Garments Storm Parkas in cotton ripstop for men and women

Montilay Army Duck Parka (lined in herringbone tweed)