The Old Print Shop

An Emigrants' Boarding-House in New York.

  • ARTIST: Frenzeny Tavernier

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Harper's Weekly, New York, Oct. 18, 1873.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving, hand colored,

    DATE: 1873.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 13 7/8 x 20 1/2" (35.1 x 52.3 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Text on verso giving details about New York boarding houses during this period. The boarding houses were looked after by the police, and owners were responsible for the well being of their customers. The text states that most boarding house owners spoke many languages and were knowledgeable in the areas of how and where to find employment. They were also capable of advising immigrants on how to move west (the American West was still being settled during this time). <br><br> Interesting details in print include the many leaflets on the left walls listing steamboat and railroads lines. The gentleman seated in the center, leaning over the table, might be the owner speaking with newly arrived immigrants.


  • CONDITION: Good condition with modern color.