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Local History #tbt - Winter Scenes in the Marion G. Warner Collection

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Perhaps the most beautiful scenes captured by early 20th century amateur photographer Marion G. Warner depict his hometown of Monroe, Ohio, blanketed in snow.

His winter scenes are among the 800-plus photos in the Marion G. Warner Photo Collection originally curated by and made available to MidPointe Library by the Monroe Historical Society.

Mr. Warner’s exceptionally sharp black-and-white images -- each derived from a glass plate negative -- depict families, individuals of all ages, animals, homes, businesses, buildings, churches and many outdoor scenes from Monroe in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s.

With an artist’s eye, Mr. Warner (1861-1922), a Monroe  businessman, produced winter scenes that are reminiscent of Currier and Ives prints. Interestingly, his photos illustrate that life in Monroe in the early 1900s is remarkably similar to today.

Among his many winter scenes are : 

Photograph of a snow shoveling group, Monroe, Ohio, 1918 January 18


Photograph of an unknown baby in a stroller in the snow, 1914 December 17

Eighteen children outside a building on a snowy day


Photographs of children posing with sleds, Monroe, Ohio, circa 1910, photograph 2


Photograph of an unknown farm and man with dog, Monroe, Ohio, 1910 February 9, photograph 1

Photograph of South Street and Conover Farm, Monroe, Ohio, 1918 January 18

Photograph of a horse-and-buggy ride to the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolors, Monroe, Ohio, 1914 February 25, photograph 1

Photograph of Center Street looking east, Monroe, Ohio, with Sun (or Moon?) directly behind church steeple 1910 February 18, photograph 4


The Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection can be accessed at Online visitors can click on the category of photo they wish to see : buildings, churches, homes and houses, people and families, business, street views, bridges or browse the entire collection.

At MidPointe Library Middletown, the Warner collection appears as a photographic exhibit on a 70-inch interactive touchscreen in its Local History and Genealogy Gallery. Enlarged prints of the photos are also displayed. The library is located at 125 S. Broad Street.

For access to actual photographs, contact the Monroe Historical Society :

Can you help?  If you can identify people or places in the Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection or would like to correct items that have been misidentified please contact the library at