On this day in history

Day 22

A day behind again.

I love old photos. I saw this image shared on Twitter today: a postcard from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library. It’s a snow scene in my adopted hometown on today’s date, Feb. 22, in 1912.

Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Here’s the accompanying description:

View of large snow piles in the middle of Main St. in Ionia, Michigan. Horse-drawn wagon on right; commercial buildings in background. Printed on front: “Feb. 22, 1912. Snow scene, Ionia, Mich.” Handwritten on back: “Dear Cousin and all, This is a picture of Main St. after a hard snow storm we had. Can you beat that at Croswell? M. and F.”

According to Wikipedia:

The 1912 United States cold wave was one of the coldest periods since 1870 in the northern United States, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. The cold wave started in November 1911 and finally ended in March 1912, with periodic interruptions by milder temperatures.

Many areas also saw record-breaking snowfall.

It was the same year in which the RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, April 15, 1912.

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