Sunday, July 19, 2009

Farmer's Market

This picture shows a Farmer's Market in San Antonio, Texas. It was taken in 1880. The picture shows various people buying and selling at the market. I really like San Antonio. It is a very old city, and has a unique culture and history. We live about 4 hours from San Antonio, and it is a great weekend trip.


  1. I love the old-fashioned baskets under the tables.

  2. PJM:

    With respect to washing hair in the sink, we don't do it any more, but when my sister and I were litte kids, our mother used to wash our hair in the kitchen sink.

    I think it had something to do with the fact that we usually took baths and there was no shower in the tub at that time; or not getting water in our ears; or wanting washing our hair without having to take a bath.

    Also, we had a "good" shower that we didn't use because we didn't want to get it dirty. It was for show and/or guests, only.

    I also remember that my mother used to wash her hair in the utility room sink in the basement.

    For us, I think the basic reason was not to get the shower dirty.

    I would like to point out that having rooms that you didn't use and that were kept for "show" was a big part of my growing up. I know it's an Italian immigrant thing, but I'm sure other ethnic groups do it, too.

    For example, we always had "two" kitchens - the "good" kitchen upstairs that was only used on holidays and a second kitchen in the basement that got all the dirty work.

    Also, Italian-Americans NEVER use their living or dining rooms, the furniture is covered with plastic, just like in "Everybody Loves Raymond. " We either have to go down cellar and sit on the old furniture to watch TV down there, or use the den/family room.

    The living and dining rooms are for "show" only or for holidays and/or funeral coalations.

    It's also an Italian "thing" around here to "take a shower at the club." I can't tell you how many of my dad's friends as well as my relatives (mostly the men) would (and still) go to the "club" to take a shower, rather than do so at home.

    Some of it had to do with the fact that the wives don't like the men messing up their bathrooms with their disgusting personal habits.

    Or maybe it's an excuse to get out of the house, or a throwback to when the Italians on Federal Hill had to go to the bathhouses to bathe because their tenaments didn't have tubs or showers.

    My 92-year-old uncle still does it, even though he lives in a palatial home. He belongs to a fancy country club, and he showers there, not at home. It's a riot.