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One Ton of Ice & Clowns on Skis


Wurts Bros., [Mushing at the North American Winter Sports Show]. 1936. Museum of the City of New York, X2010.7.2.6962

To celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we searched our collections for past winter sports extravaganzas held in New York City.

In December 1936, the Winter Sports Show and International Ski Meet was held at Madison Square Garden. The show lasted for five days and nights, and attracted nearly 80,000 spectators – the last three nights sold out and people were turned away at the doors! Spectators witnessed, “a host of new and nerve-pulsating events that probably have never been displayed before in the metropolitan area” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 6, 1936), including ski jumping, slalom and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, “fancy” ice skating, and dog sledding.

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This entry was posted on February 9, 2018 by in Exhibitions, Manuscripts and Ephemera.

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