Winter Wonderland

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Holly Hasenfratz in

As the weather gets colder and holiday music fills the airwaves, we’re starting to dream about snow and spending time with our loved ones. Grab a mug of hot coco and cozy up with these historic images of winters past from the museum’s archives! Here’s your guide to navigating through a winter wonderland:

This winter, try your hand at a winter sport! Take a turn down the bunny hills or, for the really adventurous, a fast-paced sled race might be right up your alley.

Postcard of a girl carrying skiis uphill, c.1920. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0943.
Postcard of a girl carrying skiis uphill, c.1920. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0943.

Four-man bobsled during run, 1922 Winter Olympic Games in Garmisch, Germany. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0920.
Four-man bobsled during run, 1922 Winter Olympic Games in Garmisch, Germany. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0920.

Perhaps you’re into more leisurely activities? Ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and building snowmen are perfect for snow-time fun.

Resting ice skater, c. 1900. Photographic Study Collection, RC2007.151.2.
Resting ice skater, c. 1900. Photographic Study Collection, RC2007.151.2.

Horse-drawn sleigh racing, c. 1922. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0912.
Horse-drawn sleigh racing, c. 1922. Carl Link Collection, 1968.11.2.2.0912.

Two young boys playing in the snow, c. 1915. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, 2000.005.5.46.
Two young boys playing in the snow, c. 1915. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, 2000.005.5.46.

But when the snow starts to pile up, sometimes it’s not all fun and games. This cowboy works hard driving a long line of cattle through the thick snow. Brr!

Cowboy herding cattle in the snow, n.d. Photographic Study Collection, 2004.302.3.
Cowboy herding cattle in the snow, n.d. Photographic Study Collection, 2004.302.3.

Once you’ve had your fun in the snow, warm up inside and enjoy some holiday cheer with your loved ones. Let the merriment begin!

Christmas at the National Finals Rodeo in Dallas, 1961. Devere Helfrich Rodeo Photographic Collection, 81.023.19497-A.
Christmas at the National Finals Rodeo in Dallas, 1961. Devere Helfrich Rodeo Photographic Collection, 81.023.19497-A.

If playing in the snow isn’t your idea of fun, you can always load up the family and go shopping!

Cold winter family, c. 1910. Photographic Study Collection, 2003.233.3.
Cold winter family, c. 1910. Photographic Study Collection, 2003.233.3.

Christmas dolls in store window, 1974. Bern Gregory Rodeo Photographs, 1999.025.0781.30.
Christmas dolls in store window, 1974. Bern Gregory Rodeo Photographs, 1999.025.0781.30.

 Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2012. Institutional Photograph Collection.

About Holly

Holly Hasenfratz is the Digital & Institutional Archivist at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. As a native Oklahoman, she’s passionate about telling the stories of the American West.