Vintage: Snow Removal in the New York City (late 19th Century)

Vintage: Snow Removal in the New York City (late 19th Century)


Snow removal was a daunting task at the time, without the more sophisticated equipment that we have today, removing snow meant shovels and carriages. They were still testing out methods of removal, and it wasn’t always quick and efficient. For the most part, you would see masses of snow shovelers out on the street, who would load snow into horse-drawn carriages. From there, the snow would be dumped in the East River (which is not allowed anymore).

Shoveling at the Herald Building, 1898. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14278)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Shoveling at the Herald Building, 1898. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Snow removal, 1896.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14286)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14324)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Shoveling at Broadway and 36th, 1898. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14276)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Shoveling at Broadway and 36th, 1898. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14297) (Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

Circa 1899. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York) (Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

(Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.14334)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

(Photo courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York)(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

On 23rd Street.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)

On 23rd Street.(Photo courtesy of the NYPL)


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