Tonight I was looking through my Grandmother’s scrapbooks again. I was actually looking for something about Pearl Harbor, and couldn’t find anything. However, I did find this gem in a scrapbook from 1956.
This came from a series of Iowa main streets painted for Picture Magazine by George Shane.
George Shane studied with Grant Wood and was also a journalist for the Des Moines Register. He is known for painting pictures of town squares, courthouses, local landmarks, and century farms. He would also write brief histories for some of them and they would be used in the Sunday supplement for the newspaper. I want to do more research on George Shane and see more of his work.
This picture will bring back memories for my friends who have ties to Hamburg, Iowa. I remember snowy days on Main Street in Hamburg while visiting my grandparents.
In this picture we see two children who are probably on their way to go sledding on the bluff. They are looking up in the sky at vapor trails that are left by jets that are taking off or landing at Offut Field to the North near Omaha.
In the 1950’s vapor trails or contrails were still relatively new, but were becoming more common. Today, we hardly notice them at all.
I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into an Iowa winter long ago.