Film, Video New York City "ghetto" fish market

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Title
New York City "ghetto" fish market
Summary
The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, probably on or near Hester Street, which at the turn of the century was the center of commerce for New York's Jewish ghetto. Located south of Houston Street and east of the Bowery, the ghetto population was predominantly Russian, but included immigrants from Austria, Germany, Rumania and Turkey. According to a description in a 1901 newspaper, an estimated 1,500 pushcart peddlers were licensed to sell wares (primarily fish) in the vicinity of Hester Street. At one point the film seems to follow three official looking men (one in a uniform) as they walk among the crowd. They may be New York City health inspectors, who apparently monitored the fish vendors closely.
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK GHETTO FISH-MARKET. A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are seen passing along the stands and making their selections of fish. A great character study. Code word Uramilique [code for telegraphic orders]. Length 165 feet. Class B. $19.80.
Contributor Names
Smith, James Blair, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Markets--New York (State)--New York
-  Crowds--New York (State)--New York
-  Immigrants--New York (State)--New York
-  Lower East Side (New York, N.Y.)
Genre
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  H32029 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32029.
-  Duration: 2:53 at 15 fps.
-  Camera, James Blair Smith.
-  Photographed May 1, 1903.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 5/20/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1989/90 from UCLA; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1991 from LC lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 roll (228 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
LC 2009 (paper pos)
FEB 9440 (ref print)
FPE 5371 (dupe neg)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp002.m2a27007
Library of Congress Control Number
00694374
Online Format
image
video
Description
The view, photographed from an elevated camera position, looks down on a very crowded New York City street market. Rows of pushcarts and street vendors' vehicles can be seen. The precise location is difficult to ascertain, but it is certainly on the Lower East Side, probably on or near Hester Street, which at the turn of the century was the center of commerce for New York's Jewish ghetto. Located south of Houston Street and east of the Bowery, the ghetto population was predominantly Russian, but included immigrants from Austria, Germany, Rumania and Turkey. According to a description in a 1901 newspaper, an estimated 1,500 pushcart peddlers were licensed to sell wares (primarily fish) in the vicinity of Hester Street. At one point the film seems to follow three official looking men (one in a uniform) as they walk among the crowd. They may be New York City health inspectors, who apparently monitored the fish vendors closely. From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK GHETTO FISH-MARKET. A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are seen passing along the stands and making their selections of fish. A great character study. Code word Uramilique [code for telegraphic orders]. Length 165 feet. Class B. $19.80.
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