Stories from the Historian

April 9, 2020

The Ski Museum of Maine is excited to announce a wonderful gift. On behalf of his Grandfather, Charles
“Buddy” Gallagher, Sean Morton and his father Bob Morton donated some very old, brand new
equipment. Buddy repaired bicycles when he was 13. That led to him owning a very successful sporting
goods store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Throughout its existence, Gallagher's was the go-to
location in the NH seacoast region for all kinds of sporting goods, from baseball gloves to tennis rackets,
skis to bicycles, and more.

The gift includes Tubbs skis from the 1920s, brand new Paris Manufacturing skis from the 1950s, Paris
kids skis from the 1950s and some brand new Splitkein Flexible Flyer skis from the late 1930s. The Tubbs
and Paris skis make a wonderful addition to our Made In Maine collection. The Flexible Flyers are the
skis featured in the poster over our exhibit of a ski shop work bench from the 1930s.
Among the other skis they gifted were several 100 year old skis, one pair was handmade. One of the
most interesting skis had a binding on it that was very unusual. After some research we determined it
was a Stowe Safety Binding, one of the first release bindings. When it became clear that the non-release
Bear Trap caused injuries, inventors tinkered with binding design. This Stowe Safety Binding is a great
example of that tinkering and fills a gap in our collection.

Sean wrote, “My grandfather, Charles "Buddy" Gallagher would be so happy to hear that his collection
was going to a place with a mission such as yours. He was a selfless man and would always put others
first and this is a perfect way to continue that legacy. As an expecting father, I cannot wait to show my
son his great-grandfather's collection in your museum.”

We are honored to receive this gift from the Morton family and we accept the responsibility of using this
gift to educate future generations about our favorite sport. We look forward to Buddy’s great-
grandson’s visit to our Ski Museum.

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