There’s no snow in the forecast for a white Christmas, so to take its place, check out some of these photos of major snow in DC from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

First, a car buried in snow in 1922:

Car buried in snow
Library of Congress

Next, a group of people trudging through the snow, with the Old Post Office Pavilion partially blurred from view:

People walking through the snow
Library of Congress

Here’s a picture of a mail carrier taking the US Postal Service creed quite literally, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”:

US Postal Worker does his job
Library of Congress

Finally, in 1888, after a blizzard, someone built a snow hut for cover!

Snow hut in DC
Library of Congress

 

 

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Walter & Hazel Johnson in 1924 (Library of Congress)

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rates of advertising for The National Republican in 1860

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downtown Washington at F St. in 1942

D.C. Subway is Predicted in 1941

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