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A White New Year's

“A New Year’s snow blanketed Springfield…The white blanket remained virtually unbroken, as the sun’s rays glittered and broke against the snow and ice. Few Springfieldians braved the weather, but those who did saw scenes of rare beauty. In three years of picture-taking with her favorite camera, says Photographer Betty Love, she has never seen the wondrous combinations of sunlight, snow, and shadow which she recorded on that day.”

“A true Christmas-card scene is this picture of the E.P. Mann home [left] at 1745 South National. Low evergreens on the terrace became mounds of snow, taller trees at right and left frame the sunlit white of the house, and the two little trees at the entrance extend a holiday welcome.”

“Not all Springfieldians had fun in the snow. Many motorists, trying to travel on New Year’s Day, slipped into ditches or stalled in drifted roadways. This abandoned automobile [right] was photographed on Fremont Street Road, about one-fourth of a mile from County Road M. The tracks are those of a bulldozer, which had pulled stalled cars to safety.”

--Springfield Leader and Press, January 4, 1948

These photos are part of From the Darkroom.

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