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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?

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Comment by Calico, Carol and Bruce on February 17, 2009 at 4:18am

Hello Ellene, I finally got my pictures off of Bruce's computer. I got a new laptop and did not have access to my snowman tree. I am attaching it here with my note to you. If you look into the kitchen, to the right of the pic, you will see some of the snowman cookie jars and such.
Comment by Calico, Carol and Bruce on February 8, 2009 at 3:37am
No snow today nor does it look like there will be too soon. LOL How do I add pictures in my test - like right here? Could you help. Thanks... Great visiting with you.
Comment by Ellene Meece on February 7, 2009 at 9:06pm
Wow, Carol! Do you have a photo of your tree with all the snowman ornaments? Do you have a photo of your snowman cookie jars?

I saw this print online the other day:

I heard it was 75 degrees today in OKC so I bet there are not too many real snowmen around! smile.
Comment by Calico, Carol and Bruce on February 7, 2009 at 8:54pm
Hi Ellene,
There are many things you don't know about me including my large collection of "SNOWMAN". I collect snowman cookie jars. I have about 8 of them and I am not sure how dated they are. I have 2 snowman pictures that I keep hung in my laundry room throughout the year. Not sure of there age; I bought them from a garage sale in my housing addition. I also have 2 sets of salt and pepper shakers that are fairly new. I also have an assortment of stuffed snowman of different sizes and 3 plastic singing snowman that are really cool. (No pun intended) Now for the big item... I have a 9 foot Christmas tree that I put up each year. The only ornaments I put on the tree are snowman and snowflakes with the exception of 1 santa claus head and a glass nativity scene. That should give you an indication of how many snowman I put on the tree - over 200 - there are glass, wood, plastic, metal, cloth, foam, and I'm not sure what other type of material. There are different sizes from 1 inch to 18 inches. It is so cool. I try to put it up before Thanksgiving and take it down before Valentines Day. I finally decided last week to take it down and then I found this blog. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I love "Snowman". They put a smile on my face throughout the winter season.

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