Dr Phil referred to the Currier and Ives prints of winter scenes in the 19th century in the comments to the previous post. That reminded me how much I like Currier and Ives prints, even though Currier and Ives were kind of the "Wal Mart" of 19th century lithography and I think there are much better examples of the art out there.
But I found this neat site that has a lot of their prints: http://currierandives.net
The earlier discussion was about how 19th century engravings showed a colder, snowier world than we now live in. Here are some examples:
"A Spill Out on the Snow"
"American Homestead Winter"
"Winter Morning in the Country"
I have been postulating that we are headed for a Currier and Ives future - colder winters with a lot more snow - because of the cycle of low solar activity that is just beginning. I've been watching for anecdotal evidence that this is true, and I've seen quite a bit for the last couple of years. This year, a lake I've only ever seen slightly frozen in the last 40 years was frozen hard enough to walk on (or ice-skate) after the recent early-January cold snap. The second half of January has been much more average or typical (here in NC anyway) but the Farmer's Almanac (my new best friend) is predicting a snowy February.
Maybe it will be time to bust out the sleigh that has been collecting dust in the back of the barn for 100 years!