This winter I want to share my favorite snowmen from my personal stash of over 1,000 antique collectibles, photographs and artwork. The collection was on display at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, PA (and on TV a couple of times). Each day I will post a countdown of the top 100 snowmen, along with a backstory or two.
Picturetown Collection © 2000
Mascot for the Carnaval de Quebec
I love Montreal. It's actually where I had my one and only "lost weekend" in my life when I disappeared for a very short for awhile in my 20s. The trip ended with me walking around by myself at the ice festival in Quebec City in around zero temperatures (way underdressed). It was around midnight and I was in awe of the artistic creations when something just clicked in me and I said to myself it was time to go back to my hotel room to pack and return to New York City.
I had promised a friend here, Juliet Waters
, I would do a Montreal snowman post but I'm afraid I have let her down and we'll all have to settle for a Canadian
snowman post. Instead I just have the funny picture above of the dancing mascot of winter festivals in Quebec. It was years since I looked at it and for some reason I thought it (and the parade float below) was from Montreal. I can't even remember what year the photo is from as the particular documentation for this acquisition is somewhere inside in one of six large boxes which houses the collection at this moment. Each item has been scanned and photographed but getting my hands on the actual item (all of which are wrapped and protected) could take all day to find.
I used to put the collection on display each Christmas (and friends and neighbors would take a tour) but the past two Decembers were impossibly busy (I do about an interview a day–I did two this morning–and I write on the subject non-stop until New Year's. One day I have to set it up when my family agrees to finally visit me (many in my family have never seen my house complaining my Pennsylvania is too far from Long Island.).
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A picture when my snowman collection was still small and only one third of it's current size.
The Santa Parade in Vancouver, 2005. Photo by Wynne Lock
I have a lot of parade pictures but only two made the top one hundred or into my book...and they are magnificent. Look for them soon!