1950s Clothing

Bavarian souvenir silk scarf 1950s-60s Germany Alpine

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Size: 29” square
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A souvenir scarf with an uncomfortable past, this circa 1950s-60s silk scarf features images of the alpine location in which Germany hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics: a pair of Bavarian ski resort towns known as Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Decades before this particular scarf was created, the Nazi regime attempted to present themselves to the world as a “friendly dictatorship” for the duration of the Olympic Games, while temporarily removing from the area signs that read “Jews Not Wanted” (1936 Olympics info and quote from a 2010 article in “Spiegel International”, by Von Andreas Meyhoff und Gerhard Pfeil). The scarf itself features images of winter and summer sports, the Olympic ski jump, and of the resort town, as well as a dancing Bavarian couple. This vintage souvenir scarf of an Alpine resort with a complicated history—although I’m sure it’s a lovely landscape!--is in very good condition. Some parts of the scarf design have been screen-printed with white “snow” which has yellowed a bit with age, and there is some wear to the hand-rolled edges, from normal use.

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