Photo of the Week: High Hopes for Snow!

From My Office, V1974.7.81; Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191; Brooklyn Historical Society.

From My Office, 1881; V1974.7.81; Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191; Brooklyn Historical Society.

I hate to be repetitive, but with this week’s forecast seems both promising and a little harrowing. We may avoid the arctic tundra that the northern Midwest will experience, but may encounter the usual “wintry mix.” As seasoned Brooklynites know, this could mean anything from skating rinks for sidewalks to pellet-rain that permeates the thickest of puffy coats. Or no precipitation WHAT. SO. EVER. Nevertheless, I’m hoping to wake up to that elusive and calming blanket of snow one morning before spring arrives.

This photograph comes from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection. This collection contains lantern slides and glass plate negatives taken by Martense in the late 19th century in Brooklyn. Martense was a descendent of early Dutch settlers in Brooklyn. The Martense family were longtime residents of Flatbush, until their home was sold in 1889. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m.


About Julie May

I am the Director of Library & Archives at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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