Sad Guys on Trading Floors

Sad Guys on Trading Floors

Updated Dec 27, 2011 at 08:09AM EST by Brad.

Added Aug 09, 2011 at 03:28PM EDT by Don.

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Sad Guys on Trading Floors is a single topic blog on Tumblr that posts news photographs of distressed stock traders on the exchange floor.


The Tumblr[1] site was created by Chris Riebschlager and Jess Hemerly on Ocotober 7th, 2008. The first post showed a man making a facepalm gesture:

The site was inspired by the Global financial crisis that began with liquidity problems in the U.S. banking system in 2008, and was preceded by the U.S. housing bubble collapse of 2007.[2][3]


The site was covered on BoingBoing[4] the same day it launched on October 7th. A similar Tumblr blog “Brokers With Hands on Their Faces Blog” was created on October 8th, 2008. An article was posted in Time Business about the blog on October 23rd, 2008. The site was nominated for a Webby[7] award in 2009.



Search queries for “sad guys on trading floors” peaked the same month the site launched in Octoboer of 2008.

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[1]Tumblr – Sad Guys on Trading Floors

[2]Wikipedia – Late-2000s financial crisis

[3]Wikipedia – Global financial crisis in October 2008

[4]BoingBoing – Sad Guys On Trading Floors

[5]Tumblr – Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog

[6]Time – Sad Guys on Trading Floors

[7]Webby Awards – 13th Annual Webby Awards Nominees & Winners

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