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Let It Snow: 1940

Let It Snow: 1940

February 1940 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Guests in a hotel lobby watching the snowstorm. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

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The Sound of Silence

Ray B, you said exactly what entered my mind and heart upon seeing this wonderful photo, Rothstein was a true artist with a camera.

My Dad!

Another great photo I haven't seen by my father, Arthur Rothstein. What an interesting photo! He photographed the way he saw things. I love the fact that he shot them from behind as an observer. I remember him wearing a hat just like this. Thanks for putting this up.

Chaq'un a son gout

Each to his own taste. I prefer to watch the snow. If the main squeeze is there to watch it with me, so much the better.

Another reason to be

Another reason to be thankful I was born during the reign of television.

I'll take my 50" Hitachi Plasma over a snowy window any day.. Thanks Santa!

Snowy movie

This series of photographs by Rothstein is very precious. You can almost hear the silence of this snowy day, feel the chill outside, watch the time quietly go by.

The Law!

In 1940, there must have been a law that you had to wear a hat - even indoors !

Gosh, I love watching snow as well

Is there anything better than on a snowy shut-in kind of day, than watching the fluttering flakes with your best girl? I think not! Also, this photo reminds me of the movie Ghost Story in many ways. Hope you have seen it, it's a gem.

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