Photo of the Week: Winter Sports in Brooklyn

Prospect Park Skiing, circa 1925, v1980.2.61; Prospect Park lantern slide collection, v1980.2; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Prospect Park Skiing, circa 1925, v1980.2.61; Prospect Park lantern slide collection, v1980.2; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway! I have been watching in amazement and wonder at all of the incredible athletes, including 19 New Yorkers, competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With that in mind, I dug up some photographs of Brooklynites enjoying winter sports. The photo of the week depicts a man skiing in Prospect Park in the mid-1920s.

This photograph comes from the Prospect Park lantern slide collection comprised of 91 lantern slides dating from 1886 to 1929. The slides show Prospect Park from the time of construction to the 1920s and include images of park activities such as group recreation, sports, gatherings; statues and monuments; and horticulture and holiday displays.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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3 Responses to Photo of the Week: Winter Sports in Brooklyn

  1. For me winter sport is the most exciting! Now I watch the winter competition and enjoy every minute of this sport. Farewell!

  2. Winter sports are very exciting because they look much more spectacular than summer ones, so there are so many fans around them.

  3. I’m sure that winter sports in Brooklyn must be exciting! I’m interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images.

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