Monthly Archives: February 2015
February 2, the day the groundhog comes out in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania to try and see his shadow. Groundhog’s Day has it’s roots in ancients Europe. it is the modern manifestation of Imbolc, Bridgets Day, and Candlemas.
About this time, where I live in Maryland, you can note that the days are getting longer. I can imagine the seeds stirring in the ground, under the mud and ice, ready for the warm spring rains. This is why if the groundhog sees his shadow, we have six more weeks of winter. The story goes that if he sees his shadow, then we will still have the cold winter. It he does not see his shadow then the spring rains are here, ans spring will quickly follow. This year Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, though he is quite handsome in the video!
The first official Groundhog Day excursion in the Punxsutawney, PA took place in 1888.
Phil is pictured above, posing on a 1988 edition of the Pennsylvania road map, from the Williams & Heintz Map Vault.This map was, published H. M. Gousha.
A Rand McNally sales executive, Harry Mathias Gousha, started the company 1926. H. M. Gausha Maps was one of the big three map companies, along with General Drafting and Rand McNally.
H.M. Gousha Maps was aquired by Rand McNally in 1996. This particular copy of the map was copyrighted in 1987, and printed in 1988, an distributed by Arrow Publishing Co., Inc.
So, I hope you have a Mappy Groundhogs Day! May the tradition of printing maps and predicting weather with rodents continue!