Not a retrospective as such but a really interesting film that shows just how different skating was back then. For me - a self confessed skating history obsessive - it's truly wonderful to see these people on film, people who, until recently, had been merely names in a history book.
The ISU president at the time was Viktor Balck who also founded the Nordic Games which ran from 1901 to 1926, often in Stockholm. Sometimes the Worlds were held within the Nordic Games and this was the case in 1913 for the ladies and pairs. The men's event was held 12 days later in Vienna. As you will see there was a mens competition held here, won by Gosta Sandahl of Sweden who won Worlds a year later. Only Harald Rooth of Sweden who finished 2nd here, went on to compete at Worlds. Lots of lovely footage of figures and some nice poses from the medallists. The men's camaraderie at the end is great to see.
1913 Worlds Ladies & Pairs and 1913 Men's Nordic Games Championships
At the end, the man standing far left next to Gosta Sandahl with the breeches and pretty jacket is Arthur Cumming of Great Britain. Twice the British Champion in 1911 and 1913, he is most famous for winning the silver medal in special figures behind Nikolai Panin in the London 1908 Olympics, but he was by many accounts of the time an astounding free skater who was very balletic. T.D. Richardson called him the true founder of the modern free skating programme! He also skated pairs with the aristocrat the Hon Mrs Arthur Cadogan at the Prince's Club in Knightsbridge. Arthur was involved in a motorcycle accident in London in 1914 and as a result caught tetanus and tragically died the day after his 25th birthday So a quick shout out for help! If anyone has any info on Arthur Cumming, please get in touch. I'm trying to do some research on his career and I'm not getting very far His Olympic silver medal has been auctioned twice since 2008 so I would presume this was handed down within his family to some extent. He never married.
So again if anyone knows anything, please PM me, and enjoy the old skool