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Ski Patrol: 1940

Ski Patrol: 1940

March 1940. "Skiers on top of Cannon Mountain. Franconia Notch, New Hampshire." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Bette Davis's Stomping Grounds

Franconia Notch - and nearby Sugar Hill - were where screen legend Bette Davis preferred to spend her time when not toiling away in Hollywood at Warner Bros. Her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth, was a manager at Peckett's, the ski resort where I would bet this photo was taken. Davis's cottage, Butternut Lodge, is still there, fully restored and available for rental. There is a little bronze plaque mounted on a boulder beside one of the streams in the area, placed there in tribute to Farnsworth by Davis after he died some days after a bad fall at Butternut.

Long time Cannon skier

I ski at Cannon every weekend in the winter. Tough, steep, icy and cold. Looking at this picture it appears to be taken near the top of the ski trail currently called "Upper Cannon" which is a trail full of lefts and rights. Cannon also has the claim of the first group of paid ski patrollers was hired at Cannon Mountain in 1938. The Cannon Mountain Ski Patrol, the first professional patrol in the country These twelve patrollers worked as guides in the summer and also worked to maintain the slopes in the winter. Could be that these two fellows were part of the original 12?

A valuable skill

I wonder if either of these guys became members of what later became the 10th Mountain Division. A lot of guys who grew up skiing in New Hampshire did, including the grandfather of my son's father-in-law, who just died this year at 104.

Color Sensitivity

It looks like orthochromatic film, from the effect.

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