Vintage photos from Swiss Alps another great find!
As a seasoned collector of a variety of items, I usually plan on visiting several thrift stores and resell-it shops on my day off.
And as we collectors all know, sometimes the pickings are slim; and other times there’s a few items that may their way into our homes.
On a recent trip, I wasn’t finding anything exciting and I wasn’t interested in adding to my art collection. But that was when I spotted a set of photographs mounted in pretty light birch frames.
There were two sets of three pictures that looked to be from the 1940s or 1950s.
The first group of three seem to be taken in the summer or warmer months.
At the far left is an aerial view of the resort town of Engelberg. The Caption under this picture states: The beautiful resort of Engelberg with the Titlis (Unterwald). The picture was taken by K. Meuser, E. Doing a little research on this picture netted me the following information from the Internet. “Titlis is a mountain of the Uri Alps, located on the border between the cantons of Obwalden and Bern. At 10,623 ft. above sea level, it is the highest summit of the range north of the Susten Pass, between the Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland. It is mainly accessed from Engelberg (OW) on the north side and is famous as the site of the world's first rotating cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg (3,268 ft.) to the summit of Klein Titlis (9,934 ft.) through the three stages of Gerschnialp (4,140 ft.), Trübsee (5,892 ft.) and Stand (7,966 ft.). The last part of cable car leads above the glacier. At Klein Titlis, it is possible to visit an illuminated glacier cave from an entrance within the cable-car station, which also includes shops and restaurants. The Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe, opened in December 2012, giving views across the Alps.
The second picture in this first group is Gwaechtenhorn with an elevation of 11,247 ft. The caption under this picture is as follows: “Gwaechtenhorn 11,247 ft. and Steinengletscher (Stone Glacier) seen from the Susten Pass road (Uri and Berne). This photo is credited to F. Schneider, L.
The third photo in this group shows two children dressed in summer-type clothing playing or fishing by the water rushing down the mountain. The caption for this photo—“On the alp looking towards Ober-Gabelhorn, 13,362 ft. and Zinalrothorn at 13,855 ft.” This photograph was taken by W. Luthy, B.
The second set of pictures are just as interesting and two out of the three feature people skiing or getting ready to go skiing. And what better place than the Swiss Alps?!
The first of this group shows three people getting ready to ski down a mountain and the caption for this one is as follows: “Start of the devil’s track run above Caux and Lake of Montreux (Lake of Geneva).” This photo was done by B Fransioli, M.
This group has another photo by W. Luthy, B. and the caption reads: “Above the clouds looking towards Moench, 13,468 Ft. and Jungfrau, 13,668 ft.” Two people are riding in a cable car right through the beautiful mountains!
The third picture—and I think one of the more picturesque of the group—is of the Eiger. Looking closely you can spot a couple of small cabins on the mountain. Further down, gorgeous snow-covered evergreens dominate the forefront of the photo. This instantly reminded me of “Heidi,” the 1930s film with Shirley Temple. The caption for this photo is: “The Eiger, 13,041 ft. seen from the Wengernalp (Bernese Oberland).” This photo was done by Beringer and Pampaluchi, Z.
I was not able to find much information on any of the photographers, but I will keep looking. And while I’ve never been to Switzerland, I would love to visit, especially after acquiring these photos. In reality though I may never get there; so I can look at these pictures and imagine the crisp, cold snow blowing in my face as I ski down the mountain.
If anyone can help with further research on these photos or point me in the right direction, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.