The tradition to sell along New York City’s streets is a long one. In the early 1900s, you could buy coats, buttons, bread and much more from street peddlers.
From top going clockwise:
1. Italian Street wares, 1908.
2. Peddlers sell cold drinks and snacks, 1908.
3. Sunday Morning at Orchard and Rivington, cir. 1915.
4. New York shoe shine stand, 1911.
5. Peddler on the East Side, cir. 1915-20.
6. Bread sales on the East Side, cir. 1915-20.
7. Selling coats on Hester Street, cir. 1908-16.
All photos from Bain News Service via the Library of Congress photo collection.