Since many of us in the northern hemisphere are dealing with wintry weather (I sure hope the groundhog is right about an early spring!), I thought you might enjoy seeing a snowball fight…from the late 19th century.
It seems that some things are timeless. Love the guy on the bicycle.
Want more about 19th century winter-time activities?
Do you have snowball fights in the winter? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,
8 thoughts on “Let it snow…19th century style”
In my new book Fortune’s Fool, I write about a snowball fight John Wilkes Booth had with a group of boys in Cameron, Missouri, in the 63-64 winter while he was at a lay-over (train delayed/snow drifts) in that village. The boys blasted “Mr. Boots” but he took it all in good form and gave back as well as he could. There is an illustration of the scene in a St. Louis newspaper, circa 1903, with Booth getting his top-hat knocked off!
How fascinating! Thanks for sharing it here. I love those close-in glimpses of daily life, especially of such a famous (infamous) person. Everyone, here’s the link to Terry’s book if you want to explore it further: http://www.amazon.com/Fortunes-Fool-Life-Wilkes-Booth-ebook/dp/B00VQVNB6M/ I can see, just by the reviews and the ToC, that your research is considerable, Terry. But of course, one would expect that from a scholar publishing with Oxford U Press. Congratulations. Looking forward to reading it!
Oh, that’s one of the things I must admit I really miss about living where I do, Kathy – no snowball fights. They can be really fun. And you’re right about that guy on the bike: priceless!
One of these days, Margot! You and me, building a fort and defending our territory. 😉
LOL Poor bike guy.
LOL, I know!
Well, if I had enough snow I’d have a snowball fight. I love me some good winter fun. Sledding and tubing are always fun. What I enjoy most is watching my dog bound around in the white fluff. He’s such a dork.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
I love seeing dogs romp around in the snow! So cute. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia!
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