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March 5, 2023

Young Woman With Frosty the Snowman, Southern California, 1929

A young beauty climbs a ladder that was resting against a giant snowman, decked with a giant top hat and giant pipe, 1929. Although this famously cold character was ringing in the winter season, it was a sunny Southern California day and the young woman was comfortable wearing a sleeveless dress and heels.

It is said that the tradition of making snowmen dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets, using lumps of coal for eyes, carrots for the nose, sticks for the arms, and some people even going as far as dressing them with scarves, jackets and hats.

Snowmen are usually made out of “packing snow” (when regular powder snow is nearing its melting point) instead of fresh “powdered snow,” with the former being moist and compactable as the latter is unable to stick to itself. In this case, this particular gentleman was built using large pieces of white fabric over an unknown “stuffing.” Snowmen are considered a symbol of Christmas and winter for many.


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