Street Merchant

A street hawker selling pots and pans on a Havana street

Traveling salesmen like this one were common in the early 1900s in Havana as well as many large cities in Europe and North America. They would become extinct once the car increased mobility and made it easier for shoppers to go to the store.

In this photograph, the street merchant has built an ingenious cart to carry a very large selection of merchandise. It must have been backbreaking, often unproductive work, for this man as he toiled up and down the Havana streets.

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