I’m a little worried that fire is going to become involved here.
The photo, “May pole dance at Miami University May Day celebration 1914 ,” is by Frank Snyder, via Frank Snyder Photograph Collection, Miami University Libraries (Oxford, Ohio) Commons on flickr.
The Maypole Dance was a common rite of spring at colleges from the late nineteenth century through the 1950s. Historian David Glassberg argues that the celebration was created (or resurrected) by turn-of-the-century progressives who bemoaned America’s lack of wholesome traditions. They believed that Puritanism had severed this country’s ties to the culture of Elizabethan England—a belief supported by a reading of Hawthorne’s short story, “The May-Pole of Merrymount.”
— Tynes Cowan, from BSC Folklore (Birmingham-Southern College)
Here in the Swabian part of Germany, many towns and villages will be celebrating the first of May like this.
“Woman in hat and stole on porch,” Oxford, Ohio, ca. late 19th or early 20th century, by Frank R. Snyder, via Miami University Archives Commons on flickr.
Is her slight Mona Lisa smile about her nice outfit or the photographer? (Click on the image for a larger view.)
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
— Bo Derek
“Flower family on porch, ca. 1905,” by Frank R. Snyder, via Miami University Libraries Commons on flickr.
Impressive porch foliage . . . and in the photo below, by the same photographer.
“Mrs. C. E. Kumler family on front porch, not dated,” also by Frank R. Snyder, via Miami University Libraries Commons on flickr.
Snyder was a successful photographer working in Oxford, Ohio, in the early 20th century. After his death in 1958, his family donated his archive of 4,000 negatives to Miami University.
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