Happy Groundhog Day!

In about 1920, a groundhog at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. was photographed poking his head out of his manmade burrow:


Ground hog. Photo by National Photo Company, circa 1920. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.01058

There is no specific month and day given for this photo, but I see some icicles at the top of the image and perhaps snow in the foreground. So, I like to think this photo was taken on Groundhog Day and our friend is considering whether to come out and see if he has a shadow.

Another photo of this groundhog in the National Photo Company Collection is below:


Ground hog. Photo by National Photo Company, circa 1920. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.01059

The original negative numbers for these two photos suggest this one was shot soon after the first. So, it’s not just my bias as a fan of winter weather that makes me think this groundhog saw his shadow and is heading back into his burrow to further hibernate while we enjoy (or suffer through, depending on your perspective) another six weeks of winter!

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from Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos https://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2023/02/happy-groundhog-day/

By Håkan Dahlström

Hi! I am Håkan. I am the author of this website. I work with IT and photography is my hobby. I also like to travel and cooking. Living in Malmö, Sweden.

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