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Posted 3 years ago


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The Blizzard of 1947 Vintage Postcard ( it is so hot today I was dreaming of snow:-) Most of these buildings are still standing except the little Gas station that after many times cars driving through it coming down a big hill toward it that you can't see on photo it was tore down about 10 years ago and is a parking lot .
It began as a lovely light snowfall on Jan. 28, 1947. It stopped for a while that evening, and then it came back, and it just wouldn't leave. In the end, the blizzard of 1947 brought 18.1 inches of snow, 60 mph winds, drifts of 10 feet or more, and tales that might seem equally tall - if you had not been there.

But people who lived through the blizzard of 1947 remember it quite well.

For the 60th anniversary of the snowstorm that famously "paralyzed" the city, and took 46 days to clean up, we asked a simple question: Do you remember the blizzard of 1947? More than 500 Milwaukeeans answered the call, with stories of harried trips to and from the hospital (sometimes via toboggan) for the birth of babies; grocery store runs on sleds, toboggans and skis; nights spent on streetcars and in bowling alleys, taverns, hotel lobbies and drug stores; coffee and sandwiches and blankets offered to strangers by strangers; and armies of men and women with shovels (often heavy coal shovels).

"Stranded," people said. "The city was paralyzed." But all over the city, it was clear that Milwaukee was not paralyzed at all. There was movement, one way or another. "What a quiet world we were in - Mother Nature just took over, and it was spectacular," says Lorraine Martin Hetzel, who lived and worked downtown at the time. "There was a quiet in this city, soon to be followed by motors humming, and slowly a city coming back to life . . . "
here is is link to more photo's and the story that still is told in my town :-)


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Gargoy and mrmaj :-)
  2. inky inky, 3 years ago
    This photo looks like part of the South Island where a metre of snow fell last week. I have added a link, have a look at the video with the car, it might help you cool down......:-)
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you inky :-) That looked cold enough :-)
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks walksoft,stone and Phildavid ! :-)
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    I think every northern town/city, or Southern in Inky's case, has one of these stories. At least we have heavy equipment now to clean it up, it's always nice to see how people help each other out during a time of crisis.
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Yep David , thank goodness for plows and plenty of them now a days ! They could handle this in a day but pre snow plows this is a lot of shoveling :-)
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Von and MiKKo !
  8. musikchoo musikchoo, 3 years ago
    Wow -- Thats a lot of Brrr cold !!!!!!!!!!!! Great postcard and great story also. Everyone helping each other, thats what life is all about. Kudos to everyone who banded together as a lifesaving unit!!!!!!
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Ron !

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