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Coming Down: 1940

Coming Down: 1940

February 1940. "Snowstorm in Parkersburg, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.


The Snows of Yesteryear

"Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear?"

Seems they are now in the Middle East. Six inches in Amman, Jordan in just one storm. Global Cooling, you know. Remember the frozen 1970's dire predictions of an ice bound globe? Panic and hysteria are the real recyclables. And pop science is there to accommodate.

Les neiges d'antan

"Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear?"

Drops and droops

Snow's not the only thing coming down. Mr. Lockwood's poor old signage is in serious need of some attention. And that roof has a severe droop going on.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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