Two young ladies rest on a snow bank during the snowstorm. The roads in Washington were made impassable by the heavy snowfall from the Knickerbocker snowstorm. From January 27-28, 1922, snow blanketed Washington, D.C. with an official snow total of 28 inches – a record that still stands today for the city.
The snowstorm got its name from the Knickerbocker Theater. It was the newest and largest theater in Washington, D.C. At 9:00 p.m., its flat roof caved in due to the heavy snow. The roof split down the middle and took the balcony and a brick wall down with it, burying movie goers – killing 98 people and insuring 133. These photographs show a more lighthearted moment during the storm.