10:20 am November 19, 2021
We may be enjoying the mildest of Novembers, but a new book of vintage photographs is reminding Londoners of the excitement of a snowy day.
Pulled from multiple archives and dating back a century, London In The Snow depicts familiar corners of the capital frosted and smothered under a white blanket.
From Native American Sioux sledding on Hampstead Heath to skating on the Thames, the black-and-white images of snowball fights and old-fashioned ski gear have been collected by Hoxton Mini Press.
One image shows a fearless skier hurtling down the slopes of Kite Hill on Christmas Eve 1938, while another sees London Zoo’s chief keeper Buck Jones with Rusty the elephant in 1958.
It features an introduction by journalist Lucy Davies who writes: “Having a moment with the photographs, with the daring boys testing ice on a lake at Hampstead Heath, or the four-legged businessman pulling his daughter through Regent’s Park on a toboggan, or the kids bombarding each other with snowballs in the playgrounds of Chiswick and Catford – is to be immersed in what I can only describe as snow euphoria. And a shout, before leaving, for the milkman photographed in New Le Réveillon 1962, who, cigarette in mouth, delivers his glass products on a pair of skis as thin as a razor.”
London In The Snow is released as a hardcover edition on November 25 for £16.95 and is part of the Vintage Britain series dedicated to rediscovering the best of 20th century British photography.