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29 vintage photos show how Americans used to trudge through snowstorms

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Blizzards might be a hassle and life-threatening at times, but they used to be even more of a nightmare to travel through.



There was a time before cars or buses ferried people where they needed to go. Before UberEats or Amazon delivery, people had to go out into the snow to get their groceries and go to work.



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There was a time when people truly trudged through blizzards. They had no choice. Before cars were common, and buses ferried people around, people still had to get to work. Before UberEats or Amazon delivery, people had to go out and get their groceries from the supermarket. Hats and umbrellas were uselessly clutched; footings were lost. Blizzards might be a hassle and life-threatening at times, but over the last century they've been a nightmare to travel through. On the positive side, kids escaped school early. And unremarkable cities could become winter wonderlands. These photos from 1900 to 1993 show how Americans coped with snowstorms the best they could.
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