Since 1911, Dartmouth College has been staging its famous Winter Carnival. Back in the ‘40’s it even inspired a movie, on which F. Scott Fitzgerald was briefly—until he overindulged at the festival– a writer. As it happens, every year for the past hundred there’s also been a new poster for the event, featuring a winning student design. Next month, Swann Galleries will sell a number of these vintage classics from the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, and ’50 as part of its Vintage Poster auction.
Update: The top selling ski poster was Herbert Bayer’s 1946 “Ski In Aspen, Colorado,” which brought in $16,800.
Also in the February 8 th sale are a number of classic ski posters featuring resorts like Stowe, Aspen, Sun Valley, and Chamonix, as well as a variety of vintage sports and propaganda posters. Swann’s set a record for a Dartmouth Winter Carnival poster in 2008, when a 1938 design sold for $7,800.
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