Markets in the Early Twentieth Century

I have been re-reading Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.

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It is a great book for learning about the foodways of tenement dwellers and the connections between food, lifestyle, and identity.

The following is an early Edison film of “A Ghetto Market” (1903)

This is a fish market, and I especially like the vendors tearing up newsprint to wrap customers’ purchases. New York markets were especially well supplied, if somewhat chaotic and run down.

 

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