Picturing the Ski Capital of the East

The current exhibit in Special Collections features postcards that document Stowe’s development as the Ski Capital of the East during the 1940s-1950s. For many years, Newport, Vermont photographer Harry Richardson traveled around Vermont and took thousands of pictures of people, places, and activities. He published many of the images as real photo postcards. The postcards in this exhibit are from a sample book that Richardson may have used to sell his cards to Stowe retailers. The cards promoted Vermont skiing with images of deep snow, downhill descents, modern facilities and traditional landscapes, and above all, happy skiers.