Ever wonder how long people have been building snowmen out of snow?
Wikipedia says, "According to old diaries and chronicles, this activity dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets."
Well, I live on the Western Slope of Colorado and here's what a snowman looks like out here (photo take last week right in front of a Victorian house from the early 1900's):
And just when did people start collecting the manufactured kind?
Antique Trader's Antiques & Collectibles tells us, "The popularity of new snowmen items in the 1990s sparked an interest in collecting vintage snowmen, but they are not always easy to find.
Here are a few samples of VINTAGE SNOWMEN. Anyone have any of these?
•1940s Composition Snowman Bank -- $24.
•"Danny, The Dimpled Snowman" Book -- $42.
•Plastic Snowman Candy Container -- $10.-$15.
•Hallmark Merry Miniature Snowman -- $47.
•1920s Ohio Art Pail w/Snowman Scene -- $341.
•1940s Lefton China Salt & Pepper Shakers -- $40.
There are also interesting vintage snowmen postcards! Here's one:
I know he isn't vintage...yet, but I love my little snowman collectible called "Catch the Spirit" by Russ
. So appropriate with all the snow and Super Bowl Sunday coming up.
What's in your vintage snowman collection?