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January 1, 2022

Spectacular Black and White Photos of People Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Past

New Year’s celebrations have been going on for a long time around the world, and it turns out that the way partygoers get down in the evening of the last day of the year hasn't changed that much over the decades.

From the 1910s to 1980s, take a look through these fascinating black and white pictures and see how things have changed and how they have stayed the same:

New Year's Eve in the dressing room of a theatre in Germany, 1911.

Couples dancing in the street during New Year's Eve, Berlin, 1914.

The end of a New Year's Eve party.

Three New Year's Eve revelers mug happily for the camera.

Guests at a New Year's Party at the Auto Club in London, 1922.

Partygoers in Germany, 1930. (Jonathan Kirn)

Nurses with newborn babies in a maternity ward in Paris on New Year's Day, 1932.

Customers buying novelty items for New Year's Eve celebrations in a shop in Berlin, 1934.

Season's greetings from Mae West, 1936.

A baby in his buggy holds a poster with good advice for the new year in 1937.

A donkey named Jacko crashes a New Year's party held by children evacuated from London, 1940.

A group of people celebrating the new year, 1940.

Soldiers and civilians celebrating the new year in a nightclub, 1942.

A man passed out at the Palm Beach Club in New York City, 1948.

A young man slumped against railings blows on a battered toy trumpet during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York, 1952. (Ernst Haas)

Revellers cram into Piccadilly Circus to count in the New Year, London, 1955.

New Year's Eve celebration, 1957. (Stan Wayman)

New Year's Eve Party in the street, Rome, 1963.

New Year's Eve revellers celebrating in one of Trafalgar Square's fountains, London, 1968.

A couple sharing a kiss to welcome the new year, Trafalgar Square, London, 1971.

Merrymakers at a New Year's Eve party in Ontario, Canada, 1972.

A policeman gets a kiss during the New Year's celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London, 1987.


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