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See how they had to remove snow 100 years ago

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Without the kind of modern winter weather equipment we take for granted nowadays, removing snow from city streets and sidewalks was a huge undertaking. Here’s a look back!


Wagons removing snow after a storm in New York City (1908)

 

Clearing snow off the boardwalk in Atlantic City (1915)

Men clearing snow off Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J., on Easter Sunday; Steeplechase Pier in background.

Clearing snow off the boardwalk in Atlantic City (1915)

 

Loading snow onto carts in Washington DC (c1909)

Loading snow onto carts in Washington DC (c1909)

Loading snow onto carts in Washington DC (c1909)

 

Cleaning off the streets in NYC after a blizzard (1899)

Cleaning off the streets in NYC after a blizzard (1899)

 

Carts bringing excess snow to the river… (1899)

Snow carts at the river after a blizzard, New York

Snow carts at the river after a blizzard, New York

 

… and dumping the snow into the water (1899)

dumping the snow into the water (1899)

 

An old-time open-front snow plow in NYC (c1910)

An old-time open-front snow plow in NYC (c1910)

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