1950’s Plymold Glazski or Glazite skis

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Found a pair of “label says 1952” Plymold Glazski skis. I’ve never heard of them. There a plastic or fiberglass laminate ski with a metal edge. Did a little research and the only thing I can find is an Ad from 1951 for a plastic base ski brand name Plymold. And an old copyright patent for the same from 1947. Any information on them would be great
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Found this article from Sports Illustrated. They sound like the cutting edge of ski production :P $ 105. or $130 with 'hidden edges' (Hands up anyone who remembers when 'hidden edges' was a big deal)


 
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That’s a great article. 1962. I wonder who was actually first making fiberglass skis….not just who was first to sell them commercially. It seems like there’s a lot of holes in the actual history of ski development. I think the earlier references to Plymold Glazite is for an actual ski coating. This would also be interesting if anyone can find more or has more info please contribute. I’ve attached a pic of the patent I found from 1947. I think it’s for a ski varnish or coating but, the names the same as the skis I found and I can’t help but think there’s a connection. Thanks graham418!
 
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Pic of patent
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Found a pair of “label says 1952” Plymold Glazski skis. I’ve never heard of them. There a plastic or fiberglass laminate ski with a metal edge. Did a little research and the only thing I can find is an Ad from 1951 for a plastic base ski brand name Plymold. And an old copyright patent for the same from 1947. Any information on them would be great
These are the only ones I’ve ever seen. There are a few references to Polymold being one of the first glass skis out there but no photos.
 
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They have Lund Micro Matic toe irons and Attenhofer FLEX bindings with no heal plates, no heal plate holes either. The FLEX bindings appear to be pre 1964. I’m basing this assumption on the pictures I’ve seen of FLEX bindings online and these are more primitive. I can’t find any Micro Matic pic that matches the toe irons yet. I know Lund was making micro Matic bindings as early as 1947 and earlier for cross country skis. Hope this helps.
 
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It’s been great for all of us that plumbers finally got around to the drainage issue in the 1940’s. As for the Snappy Dairy Loaf well…..the Dairy loafs easy, substituting milk instead of water in a bread recipe. The Snappy part opens up a gigantic rabbit hole with no bottom. Essentially it means quick and easy or simple ingredients in the baking world. So many snappy recipes and name brands out there. Try them all, my favorite is Snappy Dairy Loaf with Snappy bread and butter pickles washed down with a nice can of Snappy Orange drink! Yummy
 

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It’s been great for all of us that plumbers finally got around to the drainage issue in the 1940’s. As for the Snappy Dairy Loaf well…..the Dairy loafs easy, substituting milk instead of water in a bread recipe. The Snappy part opens up a gigantic rabbit hole with no bottom. Essentially it means quick and easy or simple ingredients in the baking world. So many snappy recipes and name brands out there. Try them all, my favorite is Snappy Dairy Loaf with Snappy bread and butter pickles washed down with a nice can of Snappy Orange drink! Yummy
Snappy Skis would have been a better brand than Plymold.
 

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I was working in a ski shop in the late 50's into the mid 60s and while we didn't sell Plymold Skis, I do remember them. Not an especially popular ski, or even a ski one saw much. Seems to me they were sorta heavy feeling clunky things, but they were trying to make a new kind of ski. The bindings on the pictured Plymolds were a common type at that time, a "release" toe combined with a cable binding that would also release in a fall. The toe twisted out to either side and the cable released the heel in a forward fall, most often included a safety strap to keep the ski close after a fall. We used similar bindings on our rental skis, would send out almost 500 pair for Saturday and turned'em around for for the Sunday skiers. Lace up boots that weren't always dry when they went out Sunday.
 
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I was working in a ski shop in the late 50's into the mid 60s and while we didn't sell Plymold Skis, I do remember them. Not an especially popular ski, or even a ski one saw much. Seems to me they were sorta heavy feeling clunky things, but they were trying to make a new kind of ski. The bindings on the pictured Plymolds were a common type at that time, a "release" toe combined with a cable binding that would also release in a fall. The toe twisted out to either side and the cable released the heel in a forward fall, most often included a safety strap to keep the ski close after a fall. We used similar bindings on our rental skis, would send out almost 500 pair for Saturday and turned'em around for for the Sunday skiers. Lace up boots that weren't always dry when they went out Sunday.
Can you remember what year you first saw Plymold skis?
 
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Here are some more pictures of them. I really hope this helps. I did find a company in Minnesota founded in 1947. Still around and famous for making laminated restaurant benches. I’ve reached out to them asking if the company ever made skis. Also I’ve reached out to a skiing history museum with an awesome site, but no mention of Plymold being a ski. So weird if they were used on ski hills. What ski hill did you work for? Thanks so much for your help!
 

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Found this article from Sports Illustrated. They sound like the cutting edge of ski production :P $ 105. or $130 with 'hidden edges' (Hands up anyone who remembers when 'hidden edges' was a big deal)


Here's the 'raw' article

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That’s great thanks everyone. There getting a good home on display as a piece of ski history. Thanks for the first hand knowledge and the thanks for the raw article. That’s the most I’ve seen written about them anywhere.
 

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That’s great thanks everyone. There getting a good home on display as a piece of ski history. Thanks for the first hand knowledge and the thanks for the raw article. That’s the most I’ve seen written about them anywhere.
We’re not done yet. I found this ski article about Glazite and Polymold from Burbank California.
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