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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Old Cold: 1905

Old Cold: 1905

Circa 1905. "A winter morning (possibly Detroit, Michigan)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

This picture

is begging to be colorized! anyone???

No thanks

The picture is beautiful but I don't miss shoveling our old driveway and sidewalks. My dad wouldn't get a snowblower. Why would he when he had kids? I remember being out there at night shoveling. I bet the city did the sidewalks in this picture. Did they use salt in those days?

Quiet snowy day..

There is a quiet peacefulness to this photo; the snow, the pedestrians, the lack of cars or driveways, the order represented by the gridlike planting of the trees some time before. I am walking down the lane, tipping my hat to the oncoming ladies. I just read in the morning paper we've just added a new state to our union named Oklahoma. I can picture walking into any one of these homes, taking off my coat and scarf, carefully hanging them on the coat tree by the foot of the stairs, warming my hands by the fireplace or grate, being offered a tea or cocoa (though maybe no cocoa as the milkman is running late because of the snow), and talking about the latest gossip of the day. (I suppose we visit more because there are few phones and no tv's) Maybe we'll listen to someone's new phonograph. Maybe I'm just walking to catch the tram downtown to get a new hat.

Sidewalks cleared

Looks like when I grew up in Northern Ohio in the late 60's. Sidewalks and driveways were all cleared soon after the snow stopped, and fall was a time to make money raking leaves. Anything to make gas and movie money. I'm reminded of a friend and his employee out cleaning the snow off the steps to his business. One asked the other, "What happened to all the kids wanting to make pocket money when it snowed." Answer: "We grew up."

A Snowy Shorpy Classic

Just a beautiful, and calming, photo. Thanks, Shorpy.

Trees Flocked

Probably just a "dusting" by Detroit standards but a pretty sight. If this was the winter of 1904-05 it was one of the coldest of the century in parts of the country. All time record lows still stand today from that winter.

Ahhhhhh!

I get it, Dave ~ you're trying to cool us off! Good job!

Timeless

A scene like this could easily be 2005.

 
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