In this Press Herald photograph from February 1955, three Portland women share an outside joke with their snowman.

On Feb. 7, 2016, Ryan Bellemare and his son Blake Bellemare work on building their own snowman in Auburn after a surprise storm dropped several inches of heavy, wet snow:

Ryan Bellemare, left, and his son Blake, 5, use a ramp to roll the middle section of a snowman into place Sunday in Auburn. The snowball, which weighed an estimated 250 pounds, broke another wooden ramp just minutes earlier. A winter storm on Friday blanketed southern Maine with wet snow -- ideal for making snowballs and snowmen.

Ryan Bellemare, left, and his son Blake, 5, use a ramp to roll the middle section of a snowman into place Sunday in Auburn. The snowball, which weighed about 250 pounds, broke another wooden ramp just minutes earlier. A winter storm on Friday blanketed southern Maine with wet snow – ideal for making snowballs and snowmen.

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback/.


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