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On this Groundhog Day, the nation looked to Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil for guidance on when spring would arrive. (He did not see his shadow. Yay!)

Apparently, Rochester used to have its own version of Phil. Not content to only use a groundhog, the locals also enlisted bears. At times the animals didn’t want to cooperate with tradition. See the photographs below:

 

Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1918. Caption read, ""Ground hog refuses to tell if spring will arrive early or late."

Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1918. Caption read, “”Ground hog refuses to tell if spring will arrive early or late.”

 

Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1923. Local history archive says, "This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Buster the bear smiles for the camera. Caption states that he and the groundhog saw their shadows."

Photo printed in Rochester Herald in 1923. Local history archive says, “This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Buster the bear smiles for the camera. Caption states that he and the groundhog saw their shadows.”

 

Photo printed in the Rochester Herald in 1925. The local history archive says, " This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Bess the bear relaxes in the straw in her cage. She refused to leave her den when the photographer tried to get her to go outside to see her shadow for Groundhog Day."

Photo printed in the Rochester Herald in 1925. The local history archive says, ” This is the zoo at Edgerton Park. Bess the bear relaxes in the straw in her cage. She refused to leave her den when the photographer tried to get her to go outside to see her shadow for Groundhog Day.”

 

This photo was printed in the Democrat & Chronicle in 1936. The caption was, "Winter's over, ground hog missed his shadow."

Photo printed in the Democrat & Chronicle in 1936. The caption was, “Winter’s over, ground hog missed his shadow.”

 

Links of the Day:

– Buffalo’s mayor won’t say if he supports the state’s new gun law.

– Stadiums and Super Bowls don’t provide much financial benefit for cities.

Tiny libraries are popping up in Rochester.

– Stunning photographs capture the lives of ordinary Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south.

2 Responses to Groundhog Days Past

  1. February 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm justaguy responds:

    Why does it matter if any mayor supports any gun law? Unless the people asking are pushing an agenda of course. Mayor so and so supports the law! See you “gun nuts”. Or Mayor so and so is against the gun law so he obviously doesn’t care about “the children”. The question is itself a trap and our currant arrogant politicians can’t stop themselves from answering because they have no backbone This idiotic ideal that everyone must be for or against everything is reason 1526381 why politics is permanently damaged and has been so damaged by cowardly politicians and the media who don’t have the sense to not ask pointless questions or to not answer them. Abstention is automatically taken as a yes or no vote depending on which side you ask but nobody will stand up and say that. When did we become such a nation of pushovers?
    I bet that guy in the Jim Crow pics is against gun laws. His ability to have the one in his lap was fought for by the NRA you know. The evil, white male, out of touch NRA….. who also forgets that discretion is the better part of valor.

  2. February 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm justaguy responds:

    Here ya go…. Pres. Barry blasting away with a double barreled shotgun just for fun. A shotgun capable of putting dozens of “Ar15 bullet sized” pellets into a target at once. Smell the hypocricy? He is ‘playing with a gun’, just like some guy in a Youtube video shooting watermellons with an AR.
    He also calls in the article for rural American views on guns to be considered. What? I thought King Cuomo and Mayor Mike spoke for everyone.
    Spin this one folks, please. I need a laugh.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/02/white-house-obama-shooting-gun

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