Winter Sports Over 100 Years Ago

As the Olympics begin, see popular winter sports of the Victorian era.

1860s skating

An 1860 chromolithograph advertising or window display card showing winter scene with many people ice skating, possibly on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and a bridge spanning the river in the background. Includes text for the W.W. Knight Son & Co. “Skate Store” where “skates of all kinds” can be purchased. [LC-DIG-ppmsca-24859]

1800 skating

An 1885 color chromolithograph published by L. Prang & Co. showing people ice skating. [LC-DIG-pga-04050]


1800 tobogganing

An 1886 color lithograph advertisement for Star toboggans, showing people sledding in daylight. [LC-USZC4-3038]