Friday, December 10, 2010
Taking the H out of Christmas: Cards on 14th Street
I found this interesting old photo in the Library of Congress digital collection, no date, with the caption "Christmas Card vendor, New York."
-- His spelling of Cristmas and New Yeaps is a little, shall we say, unorthodox.
-- If we use the 'Emergency Baggage Repair' shop for orientation, it appears the vendor is standing across the street from where this Taco Bell sits today.
-- I'm not sure of the date, although I'm going to guess the early 1910s. According to this list from 1908, Emergency Baggage Repair Co., owned by a William Eck, is listed with the tag "Your old trunk or baggage made as good as new"
If this picture is from 1909, perhaps this card is sitting on his stand: