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The lighter side of the great recession

<p>Pedestrians stop to take a photo at the Lehman Brothers building in New York, September 15, 2008.



REUTERS/Joshua Lott </p>

Pedestrians stop to take a photo at the Lehman Brothers building in New York, September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Pedestrians stop to take a photo at the Lehman Brothers building in New York, September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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<p>A city worker laughs at an spontaneous art installation of wilting flowers and messages topped with a plaque reading 'in loving memory of the boom economy' in the City of London, October 13, 2008. 



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A city worker laughs at an spontaneous art installation of wilting flowers and messages topped with a plaque reading 'in loving memory of the boom economy' in the City of London, October 13, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A city worker laughs at an spontaneous art installation of wilting flowers and messages topped with a plaque reading 'in loving memory of the boom economy' in the City of London, October 13, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>"Credit Crunch" chocolates are seen for sale in Selfridges department store in London, October 7, 2008. 



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"Credit Crunch" chocolates are seen for sale in Selfridges department store in London, October 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

"Credit Crunch" chocolates are seen for sale in Selfridges department store in London, October 7, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

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<p>Two stock traders dressed as doctors at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009.



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Two stock traders dressed as doctors at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Two stock traders dressed as doctors at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt, February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Jeremy Conway, 13, sells apples while dressed in a Depression-era period costume outside the New York Stock Exchange, September 30, 2008. 



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Jeremy Conway, 13, sells apples while dressed in a Depression-era period costume outside the New York Stock Exchange, September 30, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jeremy Conway, 13, sells apples while dressed in a Depression-era period costume outside the New York Stock Exchange, September 30, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Jobless university graduate David Rowe wears a sandwich board advertising his search for employment as he walks along Fleet Street in central London, September 22, 2009. 



REUTERS/Kieran Doherty </p>

Jobless university graduate David Rowe wears a sandwich board advertising his search for employment as he walks along Fleet Street in central London, September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Jobless university graduate David Rowe wears a sandwich board advertising his search for employment as he walks along Fleet Street in central London, September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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<p>Guests mingle at a 1930s Depression-era themed party in the Belvedere palace in Potsdam, July 25, 2009. 



REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

Guests mingle at a 1930s Depression-era themed party in the Belvedere palace in Potsdam, July 25, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Guests mingle at a 1930s Depression-era themed party in the Belvedere palace in Potsdam, July 25, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections at an employment workshop  in Virginia, June 5, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jim Young </p>

Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections at an employment workshop in Virginia, June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young

Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections at an employment workshop in Virginia, June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>A sign in a shop window in central London, December 18, 2008. 



REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh</p>

A sign in a shop window in central London, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

A sign in a shop window in central London, December 18, 2008. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh

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<p>Protesters perform a skit mocking the economic bailout plan near Capitol Hill, October 2, 2008. 


REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque </p>

Protesters perform a skit mocking the economic bailout plan near Capitol Hill, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Protesters perform a skit mocking the economic bailout plan near Capitol Hill, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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<p>Alexander Hendren, a 2007 graduate of Amherst College, carries a sign while looking for work in Palo Alto, California, July 22, 2009. 



REUTERS/Robert Galbraith </p>

Alexander Hendren, a 2007 graduate of Amherst College, carries a sign while looking for work in Palo Alto, California, July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Alexander Hendren, a 2007 graduate of Amherst College, carries a sign while looking for work in Palo Alto, California, July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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<p>Performers act out a performance in Singapore's financial district, May 21, 2009. 



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Performers act out a performance in Singapore's financial district, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Allison Ching

Performers act out a performance in Singapore's financial district, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Allison Ching

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