Sure, this year's major snowstorms have been pretty, but so too are the idyllic-looking vintage photos of puffy white stuff that blanketed the city before things like snowplow drama took hold. Central Park has been an iconic spot to capture these winter wonderlands, and the Museum of the City of New York's archives include documentation back to 1861. Adults bundled up and took romantic walks; kids sleighed or "coasted" with glee; folks slipped and faceplanted into the slush. Just subtract a couple of horse-drawn sleighs, add a few buildings along the park's perimeter, and you might as well be looking at the park yesterday.
· MCNY Collection Portal [official]
· Sepia Tones archive [Curbed]