Pushcarts and Immigration, a Snapshot from 1906

Candy Vendor c. 1940

From the Pushcart Commission report, 1906, Brooklyn:**

Length of Residence of Peddlers in the United States:

Time in the United States

Number

Percent

Less than one year

14

2.16

1 year

25

3.75

2 years

44

6.60

3 years

62

9.29

4 years

36

5.40

5 years and up

122

18.29

10 years to life

224

33.58

Life

139

20.54

Not ascertained

3

0.45

Total

667

100.00

 

Nationality

Number

Percent

English

1

0.15

German

27

4.95

Greek

64

9.59

Irish

5

0.75

Italian

180

26.99

Hebrew

251

37.63

Scotch

1

0.15

Swiss

1

0.15

United States

137

20.54

Total

667

100.00

 

 

 

** Manhattan shows a similar spread, with Hebrews and Italian categories the largest –  except the Hebrew totals four times the category Italian. Manhattan slows a much lower percentage of U.S.- born vendors and smattering of vendors from Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria, England, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and Sweden.

Primary Language Spoken by Vendors

* Post sourced from NY Food Museum archive

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