Food vendors made their way into every neighborhood of the city. Interviews recorded by filmmaker Karen Snyder with elderly New Orleanians in the early 1980s captured stories of commercial life on the city streets in the 1910s and 20s.
Over-ripe bananas were often sold throughout New Orleans, whose port served as one of the first entry points for the fruit. Some older New Orleanians remember finding bananas dumped on the street when they could no longer be sold. One man who grew up in the French Quarter in the 1930s remembers that he could tell whose family was having a hard time financially if during his school lunch break a classmate unwrapped an over-ripe banana po-boy on stale French bread.
Segments from Karen Snyder's View From the Stoop documentary are presented with the permission of the filmmaker. Funds are sought to restore her classic documentary.