…and I’m still “snowed under” with research and writing.

So here’s another seasonal image from 19th-century America’s favorite printmakers, Currier and Ives:

Currier & Ives. Snowed Up: Ruffed Grouse in Winter. , ca. 1867. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. Photograph. (cropped and edited for better color). Click to open larger image in a new window.

It’s a covey of ruffed grouse, sheltering under snow-covered firs. A scene like this would have been familiar to Peter Turck and his growing family in New York’s Hudson River valley, young Jonathan M. Clark in Vermont or Lower Canada, and the settlers in Mequon and points farther north and west.

I’ll be back with more next week. Until then, don’t forget to send in your guess for our first-ever CHH Reader Challenge! Click the link, look at the image and send in your best transcription of the old, handwritten document. You might win the Grand Prize!

Be well and stay safe.

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