Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Coffee



Today's picture was taken in 1908, and it shows free coffee being served to destitute men. The picture was taken at the Bowery Mission for the unemployed. Looks like a lot of steam coming off the coffee cups on the table, so I bet it was cold inside, and even colder outside.

10 comments:

  1. It looks pretty dark and dingy in the little shed or what ever it is. No windows, and it even looks like a dirt floor with pallets for the worker to stand on.

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  2. NANCE

    I wasn't thinking about going down to Texas and plotting World domination with PJM.
    I was given the nick name of Roger The Diabolical (RTD) awhile back when I was getting a some Mystery People right.
    I was giving the ENM some competition, especially when he was out of town.
    But since there will be no more mystery contests then I am going to revert back to my name I use on other sites.

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  3. A habberdasher must have offered hats as well. They are all the same. So sad if a cup of coffee was their only warmth.

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  4. This is really a sad photo but there is hope (did you notice). They dressed for the free coffee. I wonder is dressing is a booster to man when times are hard? I also wonder what the unemployment rate wa in 1908--where are you Nate and/or Roger? lam in il

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  5. This is from Roger or RTD, I am now known as DADD

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  6. Sorry DADD. I did not mean to offend!! .

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  7. Love the old pictures thank you. The comparison from yesterday to today is always a mind opener!

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  8. From the DOL:

    Between 1900 and 1908, the unemployment rate fell below 3 percent. Later in the century, rates above 8 percent were recorded during recessions, such as those in 1915, 1921, 1975, and 1982. The highest rates of unemployment came during the Great Depression, when there were rates above 20 percent for several years. In 1933, there were more than 12 million workers unemployed; and the unemployment rate averaged 24.9 percent. More recently, double-digit unemployment rates were recorded during parts of 1982 and 1983, but there was a fairly steady decline from 7.8 percent in mid-1992 to 4.1 percent at the end of 1999.

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  9. oh, RTD. . . er, I mean, DADD) Anyway, I'm glad you and PJM are NOT co-conspirators getting ready to over throw the world! and seriously, photos of my dad and his 4 brothers during the Great Depression -- they almost always wore dress hats and dressed for the occasion (shabby chic, if you looked close). Was that a morale booster?

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