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Let it Snow!

Published on December 13th, 2021


The north wind doth blow
And we shall have snow.

Old proverb

Will we have snow this Christmas? Perhaps... but if not, here is a seasonal selection of snow-scene photographs from The Francis Frith Collection to remind us what a frozen winter wonderland looks like in all its pristine glory! Some of these are nostalgic historical images in their original black and white version while others have been colour-tinted by hand in the old-fashioned style, and some are modern colour photographs which have been added to the Collection in more recent times.

We send season's greetings to all our customers and our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Photo: Aylesbury, Market Square 1901.


O THE SNOW, the beautiful snow,
Filling the sky and the earth below!
Over the house-tops, over the street,
Over the heads of the people you meet,
Dancing,
Flirting,
Skimming along.
John Whitaker Watson (1824–1890), American journalist and poet

Photo: Celerina, Ice Skating c.1937.


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
J. B. (John Boynton) Priestley (1894-1984), English novelist, playwright and broadcaster.

Photo: Tisbury, Lawn Farm c.2005.


When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old.
'Lady Bird' Johnson (1912- 2007), First Lady of the USA from 1963 to 1969.

Photo: Charfield, Snow Scene 1900.


The frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet, from 'Frost at Midnight'.

Photo: Reigate, Park Lane In The Snow c.1900.


Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet.

Photo: Oxford, Magdalen College Tower c.1910.


The larger a man's roof, the more snow it collects.
Persian proverb.

Photo: Shaftesbury, Gold Hill 2004.


The frost is here
And fuel's dear
And woods are sear,
And fires burn clear.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), from 'Winter'.

Photo: Shottery, The Holly Gatherers 1910.


There are two seasons in Scotland: June and winter.
Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and actor, born 1942.

Photo: Braemar, Clearing Snow From Cairnwell Pass 1879.


Their wintry garment of unsullied snow
   The mountains have put on.
Robert Southey (1774-1843), English poet, from 'The Poet’s Pilgrimage'.

Photo: Glencoe, Black Rock Cottage And Buachaille Etive Mòr c.1980.


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672), American poet.

Photo: Swindon, Clearing Snow In High Street 1915.


Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese writer and poet.

Photo: Pantasaph, The Monastery In The Snow c.1935.


The future lies before you, like a field of fallen snow;
Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
Author unknown

Photo: Reigate, Park Gate, Bell Street 1890.


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