Oh the weather outside is frightful

In honor of all the snowpocalypse and snowmageddon talk I’ve been hearing for the past few days, and my really rather lovely snowy walk in to work this morning, I thought I’d post a few pictures of snowy Brooklyn in years past. Enjoy!

 

Riverdale Avenue in Brownsville, circa 1950. V1991.11.43, by Harry Kalmus.

Riverdale Avenue in Brownsville, circa 1950. V1991.11.43, by Harry Kalmus, from the Kalmus Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, circa 1955. V1988.37.141, by Mr. Anthony Costanzo,

Work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, circa 1955. V1988.37.141, by Mr. Anthony Costanzo, from the Costanzo Navy Yard Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Removing snow on B.R.T. cars, circa 1915. V1974.22.919, by Eugene Armbruster, from the Eugene L. Armbruster Photograph and Scrapbook Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Removing snow on B.R.T. cars, circa 1915. V1974.22.919, by Eugene Armbruster, from the Eugene L. Armbruster Photograph and Scrapbook Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

 

64th St. near 6th Avenue, Bay Ridge, December 27, 1947. V1973.5.2596, by Joseph Slepian, from the Brooklyn Historical Society Photography Collection.

And a few more from the Great Blizzard of 1888, which brought 40 inches of snow, drifts up to 30-40 feet and winds up to 55 mph to Brooklyn. The storm prevented both street and rail transportation, and left many confined to home for almost a week.

 

Clearing snow on Flatbush Avenue, March 15, 1888. V1974.7.331 by A.V. Martense, from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Clearing snow on Flatbush Avenue, March 15, 1888. V1974.7.331 by A.V. Martense, from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

 

 

Sleigh running between Flatbush and Brooklyn. V1974.40.1.167, Album of photographs of the Blizzard of 1888 taken by the Brooklyn Academy of Photography, from the Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Sleigh running between Flatbush and Brooklyn. V1974.40.1.167, from an album of photographs of the Blizzard of 1888 taken by the Brooklyn Academy of Photography, from the Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

 

 

Lafayette Avenue, near Franklin. V1974.40.1.28, from an album of photographs of the Blizzard of 1888 taken by the Brooklyn Academy of Photography, from the Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Lafayette Avenue, near Franklin. V1974.40.1.28, from an album of photographs of the Blizzard of 1888 taken by the Brooklyn Academy of Photography, from the Photography Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

 

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Chela

About Chela

I am the Director of Library and Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society. I joined the BHS team in 2008. Prior to that, I was lucky enough to work in the archives of two other great history museums-- The New York Transit Museum and The Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford outside of Detroit.
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6 Responses to Oh the weather outside is frightful

  1. PJ says:

    My grandfather grew up on Flatbush Ave in late 1800’s, early 1900’s. history & photography maniac that I am, absolutely love these photos! What a treasure!!!

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  3. Kristen says:

    I want to go sleighing in that big sleigh… thanks for sharing these were cool to see and to remind everyone that snow has happened before..

  4. Wonderful photos! Perfect for this week-thanks for sharing.

  5. Chela Chela Scott Weber says:

    You’re welcome, Horace! Glad to hear you enjoyed them.

  6. Horace says:

    Thank you! These are great images and make this dreadful weather more fun!

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