During September of 1929, the stock market hit an all-time high. Things begin to break on October 24, 1929 as the market crashed 11%; however, investors sunk more money to get what they thought were great deals. The real crash was just around the corner on October 29th (Black Tuesday) when the index was down another 12%. This was the start of the Great Depression, and these photos capture the days leading up to, during, and after the major event.
The night before 'Black Tuesday,' Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt (at center above the aisle) attended opening night of the Metropolitan Opera. They didn't seem too worried about the stock market at the time, even after the October 24th drop.
Here we see the floor of the exchange on the morning of October 29th. At this point, trading was proceeding as normal. This would soon change...
Here we see the carnage in process as the market dropped 12%.