Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Peddler

This picture was taken in 1840, and shows a peddler with his two cases. It is interesting to note the setup he has. The cases are connected to straps around his neck, and then it looks like there is a stick that holds the cases apart, and away from his body. This is actually a nice design, as his arms would not have to be constantly pulling the cases away from his body as he walks. You wonder what kind of interesting things he is selling from these small cases.

9 comments:

  1. what a great dag! Do you own this one?

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  2. This is a great photo! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this.

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  3. Unique setup, do you know if it was taken in the U.S.?

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  4. i stumbled upon this blog while searching for Native american pictures (that i found in abundunce) on a site called oldpictures.com
    i love this blog!!!

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  5. I do wonder what he was selling from those cases, and how far he might have walked in a days time peddling his wares. I sure hope it was nothing to heavy, it looks quite awkward.
    ~Steven~

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  6. The photo was in the US, I am 95% sure. Cant be sure what he is selling, but we can get an idea anyway by looking at an 1860's era newspaper advertisment page, and it shows lots of the things peddlers sold back them.

    http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1864/may/advertisements.htm

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  7. I question your 1840 date for this. Daguerre took the first ever photo of a person in 1839 when, while taking a daguerreotype of a Paris street, a pedestrian stopped for a shoe shine, long enough to be captured by the long exposure (several minutes). If this really is 1840 then it is one of the oldest photographic portraits ever made.
    My guess it about 10 years later when the technology was evolving and spreading.

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  8. Up until around 1950, I can remember Johnny the packpeddler coming by my grandmother's in rural MA. He'd have a couple pans and a coffee pot strapped on the outside of his pack, but from inside he was able produce almost anything Gram needed. Needles, thread, ribbon, buttons, matches, and the other things rural families needed, that had to be "store bought".

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  9. By his dress I would say this picture's date is correct. Circa 1840's

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