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Photos From New York After the Blizzard of 1888

Alvin Ward
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum / Brooklyn Museum
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As the Northeast prepares for a potentially record-breaking blizzard this week, let's look back at the 1888 storm that set all those records. Between March 11 and March 14, the eastern seaboard was ravaged by harsh and snowy conditions. Some areas got as much as 60" of snowfall and there were 400 recorded deaths.

New York City was buried under 22 inches of snow, stranding its millions of citizens in a complete whiteout. The aftermath is recorded here in these archival photos.

Collapsed Awning

The British Library.

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Family in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Museum

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Snow Weighs Down Wires, Cutting Off Electricity

The New York Historical Society

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Shoveling Out Grand Central Depot

NOAA

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Family Behind Drifts In Brooklyn

Brooklyn Museum

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Park Place in Brooklyn

NOAA

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Brooklyn Bridge

LIFE Magazine

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Statue Of George Washington on Wall Street

Library of Congress

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Clearing Streets After The Storm

The British Museum

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