12 historic photos of the world's most formidable snowstorms

Elena Scotti
The Week

The weather outside was frightful, but these historic black-and-white photos are so delightful

Winter storm Nemo is bearing down on the East Coast. Blizzard warnings have been put into effect from Maine to New Jersey, and Nemo is expected to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the New England area. And while this potentially historic blizzard keeps you huddled indoors, have a look back at some monumental snowstorms of the past. From London to New York City, here are 13 historic images of man vs. winter.

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1927: Men work to dig out a buried locomotive snow plow in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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1939: A French soldier carries a Spanish refugee's luggage down a mountain pass. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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1940: During one of the worst blizzards in New England history, the heart of Boston's shopping district is shut down. (AP Photo/Abe Fox)

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1947: Two men dig out a car after a record-breaking snowfall of 26.4 inches in New York City. (AP Photo)

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1950: Webster Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh is buried under snow. (AP Photo/Walter Stein)

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1963: Policemen and ambulance-men attend football a game during a blizzard in London. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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1963: A worker at the Whipsnade Zoo feeds sheep and cattle during a blizzard in Bedfordshire, England. (William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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1965: A family braves a storm in London as they pass by St. Paul's Cathedral. (Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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1978: A woman carrying an umbrella makes her way down a deserted highway in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

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1978: A hot dog vendor try to keep warm during a snowstorm in New York City. (AP Photo)

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1979: A man drives a small snowplow down a normally crowded Hamburg Street in Germany. (AP Photo/Helmut Lohmann)

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