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Snow Glorious Snow!

Vintage snow photos

So, it’s Boxing Day and I’m sitting here (eating chocolates) waiting for it to snow. Apparently we are due to get snow tonight, but I fully expect to wake up in the morning and see cold grey drizzle rather than a beautiful white blanket covering everything. We didn’t have any snow last winter at all, so I’m even more excited than usual about the prospect of snow. I keep peeking out through the curtains and all I can see is darkness and wet pavement, so I’m not getting my hopes up too much.

In the meantime I thought I’d share some great vintage photos of snow through the years. These photos teach us quite a lot: 1) that people used to keep the trains running even through snowfalls deeper than the trains themselves (take note British train companies who stop running when we get ‘the wrong kind of leaves on the line’), 2) that people have always loved playing in the snow, and 3) don’t play snowballs with over-competitive Princetown students. Have you seen the state they got into..?!

If you have got snow wherever you are in the world then enjoy and don’t forget not to take your snowball fights too seriously! 😉

Above: Officers of the Fleet Air Arm during WW2 embarked in HMS VINDEX help to clear snow from the carrier’s flight deck by making an outsized “snow ball” whilst she is on Atlantic convoy.

Vintage snow photos

A resident struggles to walk in a blizzard in Manhattan, New York. February 1969

Vintage snow photos

Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893.

Vintage snow photos

Ready for a snowball fight, Nebraska, c. 1910. I think the little girl on the left it going to win, she’s definitely got her game-face on…

Vintage snow photos

“Winter – Fifth Avenue” by Alfred Stieglitz, 1892

Vintage snow photos

Snowball fight on the steps of the FL capitol 10 February 1899

Vintage snow photos

Stormy day, St. Catherine Street, Montreal, QC, Canada 1901

Vintage snow photos

A snow blockade in southern Minnesota, US in 1881. On March 29, 1881 snowdrifts in Minnesota were higher than locomotives.

Vintage snow photos

Children playing in snow, Central Park (New York, N.Y.)–1910-1920.

Vintage snow photos

“Terminal,”, 1892 New York

Vintage snow photos

Brooklyn 1888

Vintage snow photos

Soldiers having a snowball fight with Soviet tanks in the background, 1944.

Vintage snow photos

Blizzard of March 1888 – Frozen Fountain, Woodland Cemetery

 

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