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30 Rare Photos Taken 85 Years Ago During the American Great Depression

On October 29, 1929, known as the infamous Black Tuesday, the stock market collapsed, marking the start of the Great Depression -- a period of hardship, fear, and national disillusionment.

This collection of rare photographs below gives us a quick glimpse of that period, 85 years ago.

On October 24, 1929, the US stock market began to fluctuate wildly.

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Five days later, the market had completely collapsed. They called it:

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This stock trader jumped off a building after losing everything on Black Tuesday.

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A shanty town in New York's Central Park. Many other shanty towns started popping up all over the country.

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Panic on the floor of the US Stock Exchange.

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The first few banks didn't collapse until 1930.

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Signs like this became a common sight.

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Or this.

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Jobs were so scarce hundreds of men line up to apply for a single position.

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The midwest was also experiencing severe drought and dust storms. Here's a picture of the National Mall in Washington D.C., 1935.

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Sights like this were increasingly common.

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