One of 35 black and white Lantern Slides depicting images of places and people taken in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district in Bavaria, Germany, circa 1920s. This Lantern Slide depicts a man standing in the snow holding a wooden sled and wearing a bib suggesting he is competing in a race. There is another image (MM 44449) of the same man competing in a race.

Sleds were first used by Vikings about 800BC, with the first international sled competition being held in 1883 in Davos, Switzerland with an Australian student and Swiss mailman tying for first place. In 1913 the Internationale Schlittensportverband (International Sled Sport Federation) was founded by Austria, Germany and Switzerland in Dresden, Germany, with the first European Championships being held the following year in Reichenberg.

Description of Content

Man in long pants, a jacket, gloves, boots, a cap and wearing a bib with the number 23. He is standing in the snow and holding a one person wooden sled with wooden runners and a rope for steering.

Physical Description

Standard format (3¼ x 3¼ inch square) lantern slide, comprising black & white photograph printed on glass with black paper edging under a protective glass cover plate.

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