Here Is What Winter Looked Like In New Mexico More Than 75 Years Ago

We can feel pretty cozy during winter these days but decades ago? Things were a little rougher for our parents and grandparents when central heating was still a dream and paved roads in small towns were rare.

During the Great Depression and World War II, anthropologist and photographer John Collier Jr. documented daily life for the Farm Security Administration (a New Deal program) and later the Office of War Information. The photos created during this time period are best known for showcasing the hardships farmers endured at the time but also gives us descendants a peek at the lives our parents and grandparents led. Here’s a look at the winters he and other FSA photographers captured during those rough years.

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What are some of your memories of winters in New Mexico? How were those days different from today?

Our parents and grandparents lived through some pretty treacherous winters, so their stories about walking uphill in the snow both ways aren’t too far from the truth. Read about New Mexico’s most disastrous snowstorms in It’s Impossible To Forget These 5 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In New Mexico History.

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