Souvenir cases (2)
Leather, metal, wood
Each (closed): 2 1/2 x 1 x 1/4 in. (6.4 x 2.5 x 0.6 cm)
stamped: on flap: "COAT/ HANGER/ &/ CIGAR/ LIGHTER" stamped: inside flap: "THE BLIZZARD MEN/ OF 1888/ Annual Luncheon/ 1888- 1939."
Two brown souvenir leather cases, each with a flap closure secured by a brown metal snap; stamped on the flap, "COAT/ HANGER/ &/ CIGAR/ LIGHTER;" a metal nail and a wooden match are tucked into the case; inside of the flap stamped, "THE BLIZZARD MEN/ OF 1888/ Annual Luncheon/ 1888-1939."
The Blizzard of 1888 began just after midnight on March 12 and ended approximately twenty-four hours later. The snowfall was worsened by powerful northern gales of up to 60 miles an hour that piled snow in massive drifts. By early morning on the 12th all of the roads and highways had been closed. Hopes of clearing the streets quickly were ruined by a temperture drop that froze most of the snow solid. The total accumulation of snow was over 21 inches.
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