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What New Year’s Eve hangovers looked like 100 years ago

Kind of like they look today, only they seem funnier in retrospect

Photos of revelers from the turn of the century (the 20th century, that is) through the 1950s show that not much has changed over the past decades except the fashions when it comes to celebrating the start of a new year. Parties will be held, drinking (and more drinking) will go on, and the after effects, while not always pretty, can sometimes be oddly entertaining. 

A man sits outside the Bowery after he wasn’t able get a seat to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sammy’s Bowery Follies
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“All that’s left of 1947 is a headache and a job for the cleaners.” Palm Beach Club, New York City
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A woman sits with a man, perhaps asleep, and holding onto a noise maker, at a table in the Stuyvesant Casino on 2nd Ave. and 9th St., after New Year’s Eve festivities
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A New Year’s Eve reveler lying in the street
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A group of men lay on the floor, seemingly sleeping off their hangovers, while a lone pigeon drinks from a bowl of water set down nearby
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End of the New Year’s Eve Party
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Revelers recovering from New Years Eve celebrations on the steps of Grand Central Station.
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Hung over in New York, New Year’s Day, Grand Central Station
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A man cleaning up after another night of revelry welcoming in the New Year
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Unidentified couple after celebrating a bit too much at Webster Hall New Year’s Party
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A group of party goers takes a break and sleeps it off
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