New York City got wracked by a major blizzard at the end of 1947. In that epic blizzard a total of 25.8 inches of snow fell on Manhattan in just 24 hours on the day after Christmas. At the time, there was no weather channel, television meteorologists, tracking storms through the Internet nor even coverage of it live.
For most Americans, LIFE Magazine which arrived on their newsstands and in their home gave most citizens the first real pictures about the famous blizzard. That issue didn't arrive until almost a week after the storm!
Here are some great old photographs of that storm.