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Winter in Manchester

January 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room

When we think of winter in New England we think of cold, snowy days and dark, freezing nights.  But some things have changed…

We can no longer watch snow rolling on the dirt or cobblestone streets of the city.  Or slide down the middle of the streets on sleds.

Businesses didn’t close due to inclement weather.

Extra insulation was needed for the home delivery milk boxes.

Everyone wore “snow pants.”

Icicles grew on most city roofs.

Everyone used a shovel and fingers never froze to the wooden handles.

Neighbors flooded empty lots for neighborhood skating rinks.

If you were lucky someone would make a bonfire and hot chocolate.

Mittens had garters and scratchy, wool clothing was the norm.

You must wear a hat!   Button your coat!

Windows were so steamed-up that you could write on the panes.

Neighbors looked after the elderly shut-ins for the duration.

Chains were found on every automobile or truck.

The wood pile was outside and not always convenient to the stove.

 There was no problem cooking, staying warm or reading due to power outages.

You could always count on receiving mail delivery and the newspaper.

Freeze drying took place on the clothes lines.

Schools always stayed open during snow storms and everyone walked miles to school.

 And you think you have it bad now?

Read about Manchester in winter in the old newspapers on microfilm in the Periodical Room and the New Hampshire Room.

Cynthia O

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