A repeat post from 2013. . .
Ford Motor Co. snow plows, ca. 1910 – 1925, possibly in Washington, D.C., via National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
“Most sources seem to agree that the basic street snow plow (not horse-drawn or built for trains) was created in 1913,” according to the blog Landscape Management Network.
“The first street snow plow, however, wasn’t patented until the early 1920s. At the time, a New Yorker by the name of Carl Fink was the leading manufacturer of plows mounted to motorized vehicles. Today, the company is known as Fink-America and its plows are still on the market.”
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow. . .
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “The Snow-Storm“
Smithsonian Institution Building in the snow, Washington, D.C., 1967, photographer unknown, via Smithsonian Institution Commons on flickr.
Two to six inches of snow (and some sleet) are forecast for Washington today.
O! wonderful for weight and whiteness!
Ideolog whose absolutes
Are always proven right
By white and then
More white and white again. . .
— Tom Disch, from “Ode to a Blizzard“
Soldiers’ graves in the region of Verdun, France, ca. 1914 to ca. 1918, photographer unknown, via Université de Caen Normandie Commons on flickr.
“A gravesite decorated and trellised by the soldiers of the X. . . regiment of infantry.”
The photo is one of over 1,800 donated to the archives of Seine-Maritime in Rouen and the Université de Caen by the founder of Lafond Printing in Rouen. The sepia photographs have been digitized in their original condition: glued on bristol board with handwritten captions identifying places and scenes. Most of the pictures concern World War I.
You can click on the image to enlarge it.
“Porches, New Jersey,” February 1936, by Carl Mydans for the U.S. Farm Security Administration, via The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library.
Children and nurses in the Old Church Park, Helsinki, Finland, ca. 1890, photographer unknown, via Society of Swedish Literature in Finland Commons on flickr.