Throwback Thursday Photograph

How High Is That Drift?

1912 blizzard in Fairbury, Nebraska (NSHS RG2083-4-48)

The four men standing between snow banks in Fairbury in 1912 illustrate the aftermath of a snowstorm described by the Fairbury Journal on March 1 as “about the heaviest ever experienced in this vicinity.” The first man in line is resting his arm atop a drift, perhaps to impress upon the viewer how much snow has been heaped along the sidewalk.

Pan of Fudge

Pan of fudge (RG2266.PH0-000004)

Six girls and their bemused-looking chaperone pose in a pennant-bedecked room, possibly at York College (York, Nebraska) in about 1910.

Many food historians trace the origins of fudge to the dormitories of Ivy League colleges in the mid-1880s. The earliest written account of the treat appears in a letter written in 1886 by a young woman from Vassar.

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