Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt focuses on the very thing that defines “winter” in the northern hemisphere: SNOW. However, here in Virginia, winters can pass us by without the first sign of a snowflake. We are just as likely to be able to craft a snow angel or small snowman in early spring.
In October 1925, a snowstorm out of the Gulf of Mexico dumped between 1 and 3 inches of the white stuff up and down the east coast from Virginia to Southern New England. The unexpected mix of orange leaves and snow must have delighted the college girls at Harrisonburg Teachers College, judging by the number of photos in my grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring’s scrapbook.
Many of the pictures were taken on campus looking across Main Street to the Wellington apartments where Velma lived during her college days.
|Velma Davis Woodring October 1925|
Not the best shoes for snow!
|College roommate Leta LeVow October 1925|
A couple photos made me think the girls had enjoyed a bit of a snowball fight. However upon closer inspection of the enlarged scanned version, I discovered that what I thought was the remnants of a well-aimed snowball was actually a FACE.
A face of Uncle Sam??
And a dog??
What kind of coats were these? Is it a joke or did the flapper generation actually dress like this?
Grab a coat and slip on over to Sepia Saturday for more wintery tales and scenes.