Street Food Vendors

Stop 2 of 6 in the New Orleans Food History tour

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.

Images

Children aboard produce wagon, French Market

Children aboard produce wagon, French Market

Circa 1900-1910 Library of Congress View File Details Page

Milk Wagon, circa 1900-1910

Milk Wagon, circa 1900-1910

Milk delivery in a residential neighborhood. Library of Congress View File Details Page

Praline vendor, circa early 1920s

Praline vendor, circa early 1920s

Photograph by Arnold Genthe. Reproduced in his book Impressions of old New Orleans : a book of pictures. Library of Congress View File Details Page

Organ Grinder, French Quarter, early 1900s

Organ Grinder, French Quarter, early 1900s

As late as the early 1970s, one could sometimes find an organ grinder accompanied by a monkey in the French Quarter. Arnold Genthe is the photographer. Library of Congress View File Details Page

Video

Street Vendors, View From the Stoop, Karen Snyder

The video segment regarding the various street vendors who traversed New Orleans neighborhoods is excerpted from View From the Stoop, a documentary produced in the early 1980s. Filmmaker Karen Snyder has allowed her work to be used in New Orleans Historical.
View File Details Page

Street Vendors, Part 2, View From the Stoop, Karen Snyder

The video segment regarding the various street vendors who traversed New Orleans neighborhoods is excerpted from View From the Stoop, a documentary produced in the early 1980s. Filmmaker Karen Snyder has allowed her work to be used in New Orleans Historical. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Karen Snyder and Michael Mizell-Nelson, “Street Food Vendors,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 25, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/509.
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