It’s easy to be nostalgic for a past time – especially when you didn’t live through it. It might seem as though life in the mid-1930s was much simpler. In some ways, it likely was. But in other ways, it was a hard time to be alive. The Great Depression took its toll on everyone, and we probably can’t even imagine everyday life without the technology we have right at our fingertips. Take a look at these incredible photos of New York taken in 1936 and 1937.

Do you ever feel like the past was a better time to be alive?

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