Let it Snowman!

Jana McCartney

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Every year like clockwork, children rush outside to play in the snow. They make snow angels, they start snowball wars, and make figures in the snow called snowmen.

It is unknown where snowmen first originated, but the first known photograph of a snowman was taken in 1853 by Mary Dilwyn.

Dilwyn worked during the 1840s-1850s and is considered to be one of the earliest female photographers in Wales.

Throughout the years, snowmen have been made in many different shapes, sizes, and even types of material. One of the most intriguing snowmen is the tumbleweed snowman in Albuquerque.

As one can imagine, as many tumbleweeds that could be found were used to build the snowman. The tradition started in 1995, and during 2020 the tumbleweed snowman could be seen sporting a mask.

Other notable snowmen include Olympia, Frosty the Snowman, Olaf, and The Abominable Snowman. The Abominable Snowman may be a questionable “snowman” to say the least, but is still near and dear to many people’s hearts.

In some cases, snowmen or snowwomen can be almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

An example of this would be Olympia, Olympia comes from Bethel, Maine, and holds the record of tallest snowperson, she is 122 feet tall and comes to a whopping 13 million pounds.

Created in the 1950s, Frosty the Snowman took the world by storm. Frosty originally came to be in a song written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.

The Frosty the Snowman movie was made a few years after the song on December 7th, 1969. The movie was, if not more, just as popular as the song.

Like frosty, Olaf was also a hit among crowds. Olaf originally appeared in the movie Frozen and reappeared in Frozen 2.

With the snowy season coming to a close in a few months, it will be harder and harder to see these snowmen around until next year. Make sure to go see them before it’s too late!