MAY-DAY IN THE CITY.

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Alfred Fredericks


May-Day in the City.

Wood engraving, Apr. 30, 1859.
Image size 9 x 13 3/4" (230 x 350 mm).
Fair condition with staining in the margins and scattered foxing.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 65459
Price: $65.00
Publisher : Published by Harper's Weekly.
The chaos pictured is described on the verso: "...It has long been an axiom that food and rest are out of the question on May-Day in the city. Everyone is moving; no one has a house; everyone is miserable except the licensed cartsmen, who are in their seventh heaven, and make $25 a day easily at this season, and the boys, who are blissful at the prospect of excitement, noise, breakages, mischief and leakages... " May 1st, at that time was known as "Moving Day" because rental leases were on a yearly basis, from May 1st through April 30th.Black and white. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Genre , Outdoors

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