Friday, November 09, 2018

The Curling Image Project (Week 10)

CIP-64. Back to school again today. This is a George Heriot's school team, at the Lanarkshire Ice Rink, Hamilton, in 1972. The young curlers in the photo are L-R: Bob Martin, Ronnie Brock, Mark Smith (skip), James Cowan and Graham Tait. I could not make sense of this at all, until Lindsay Scotland worked it out for me, confirming his thoughts with Ronnie Brock. Bob was not a player on the team, but had been last year's skip, and was the 1972 'coach'! The other four finished runners-up to Brian Alderman's Hutchesons' Grammar side at Hamilton in 1972, then won the title the following year when the National Schools Finals were at Crossmyloof. I eventually discovered that the photo was published in the January 1972 Scottish Curler, where the Heriot's team were described as 'strong and attractive'! (8.5x6.5in print, photographer not known.)

CIP-65. I just love these old photos of the brooms in action. Especially when they feature the Richardson rink. Here are Wes Richardson and Sam Richardson hard at work in a Scotch Cup match in 1962, against Sweden, in the Haymarket rink, Edinburgh. Note the difference in grips. Sam has an 'overhand' grip, Wes is sweeping 'underhand'. (10x8in print, by W Taylor, The Scotsman newspaper.)

CIP-66. Another 'when we were young' pic! L-R: Martin Turner (skip, 18), David Ansell (18), Susan McLean (16), and Katie Wood (14). The photo was published in the March 1980 Scottish Curler, with the caption, "This young rink raised many eyebrows at Gogar Park Curling Club where they won a weekend competition for the Beard-Wick Trophy with a series of high-class performances." (8x6in print, photographer not stated.)

CIP-67. I'm not 100% sure where, nor when, this was taken. It must be at the Falkirk Rink as it's by a Falkirk photographer, in the 1950s. It could well be the final of the British Ladies Open Championship at Falkirk in 1954. If that is the case, it is Mrs Irene Cleland who is the skip directing play with a glove in her right hand. Note the duster on the ice at the front of the house, and another under the brush of the runners-up skip, Mrs Nan Briggs, at the back of the head. What exactly is the gentleman doing at the side of the house? (6x4.5in print by Thomas L Rennie, Falkirk.)

CIP-68. One of curling's great characters, Norway's Dordi Nordby had a competitive playing career that covered three decades, see here. She played in three Olympics, eighteen World Curling Championships, and twenty-three European Curling Championships. She skipped her team to the World Championship title in 1990 and 1991. The photo is not dated but would appear to be early in Dordi's career, 1980s I would guess. (4x5in colour print, by Erwin Sautter.)

CIP-69. Miss Great Britain in a promotional shot at the Aviemore Ice Rink in 1973. Gay Spink had won the title the previous week at Morecambe, and this seems to have been one of her first 'duties', visiting the Aviemore Centre for three days, during which she got close to the ice in the rink for this shot. I wonder if she got to throw a stone? (5.5x9.5in print, by Pavel Latny, Aviemore.)

CIP-70. The venue I think is the pond at the Peesweep (Lapwing Lodge), on Glennifer Braes, south of Paisley. This looks like the Carmunnock and Rutherglen CC, or the Reform CC, but when? (I wasn't there, so that suggests sometime in the 1990s.) That's certainly Bob Kelly with a very fetching woolly hat, giving the ice with a corn broom. Anyone else recognise themselves? (6x4in colour print, photographer not stated.)

Thanks to Lindsay Scotland and Ronnie Brock for help deciphering CIP-64. Photos are as credited where the photographer is known. Check the archive (on the right) for previous Curling Image Project posts.

Friday, November 02, 2018

The Curling Image Project (Week 9)

CIP-57. This photo brings back memories of schools' curling at Crossmyloof in the 1960s and 70s. Jane Henderson skipped this Craigholme school team at the National Schools Championship finals at Aviemore in the 1969-70 season. Back L-R: Anne Henderson (3rd), Jane Henderson (skip). Front L-R: Vivienne Adam (lead), Muriel Logan (2nd). Incidentally, Vivienne's brother Graeme Adam, with Brian Alderman, Alistair Govan and John Brown (Hutchesons' Grammar), won the 1970 Schools title at Aviemore, beating Lockerbie Academy in the final. (The photo was published in the September 1970 Scottish Curler. 4.5x6.5in print by Cameracraft, Elmar Fromberg, Glasgow.)

CIP-58. A rarity this! It's detail from a magic lantern slide which shows play with irons. Unfortunately no provenance came with the glass slide when I acquired it some years ago. Iron play was popular in Quebec Province up until the 1950s, but this image dates from well before this, perhaps even from the nineteenth century. (The slide measures 4x3in, and has a 'Canadian Pacific Railway' sticker on it. Presumably hand coloured.)

ADDED LATER: Alan Chalmers has suggested that this is within what is now the breakfast terrace at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. He notes that there are a few pictures within the hotel of curling taking place inside the building. The hotels website has this, "In the late 19th century, William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, began building the hotel as the ideal stopover for CP travellers." That explains why the slide has a Canadian Pacific Railway sticker attached to it. I've now found the very photograph online here, although it looks as if I have reversed the image when scanning the slide.

CIP-59. There's a Swedish ladies' Tour team in Scotland this week (end October 2018). In celebration of this, we go back to 1988. This is the squad which represented Sweden at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, when curling was a demonstration sport. Eight countries took part. L-R: Elisabeth Högström (skip), Monika Jansson, Birgitta Sewik, Marie Henriksson, and Anette Norberg. They were beaten by Canada, (skipped by Linda Moore) in the final. Where did the GB women finish? (*answer below.) (6x4in print, photographer not stated.)

CIP-60. Scotland's team at the Goodrich World Junior Ladies Championship in Markham, Ontario, in 1989. L-R: Carolyn Hutchinson, Julie Hepburn, Katie Loudon, Julia Halliday. Bronze medallists! (7x5in print, photographer not named, but likely Michael Burns Jnr.)

CIP-61. Susan McLean, now a Royal Caledonian Curling Club Board Member and Scottish Senior Champion! This pic is from the Henderson Bishop finals in Aberdeen in 1986. Susan was playing with Jane Sanderson, Mhairi Stephen and Julie Hepburn. The team reached the final against Kirsty Letton's side, but lost 11-6. The competition was sponsored at that time by the Scotsman newspaper and by Martini and Rossi Ltd. (8.5x6.5in, photographer not known.)

CIP-62. In 1989, Canada's Pat Ryan is photographed with 'his new invention' (as written on the back of the photo), a curling shoe with a metal slider. Double world champion skip, in 1989 his team were dubbed the '(Pat) Ryan Express'. But I liked him because of his interest in country music and that he penned the Brier Song, see here! (7x5in print, by Frieder Rosler.)

CIP-63. L-R: Keith Douglas, Ken Horton (skip), Willie Jamieson and Stephen Cullen, who gets extra points for his colourful trousers! The team had won the Famous Grouse Inverness Invitation in November 1978, stealing the last end against the Jock Dennis rink in the final. Jock's team was Bill Nicol, Danny MacLennan and Sandy Mackintosh, according to the report in the November 1978 Scottish Curler. I think the corn brooms are just for colour! (8.5x6.5 print by Blair Urquhart.)

Thanks to Alan Chalmers for help with CIP-58. Photos are as credited where the photographer is known. Check the archive (on the right) for previous Curling Image Project posts. * Trick question. There was no GB women's team at Calgary.