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Matthew B. Gilmore

What Once Was: Food on the Streets: Street vending in the District of Columbia


[1] An Act to License and Regulate Hucksters. (June 3, 1853) p.89 in Corporation Laws of The City of Washington, To the End of The Fiftieth Council, (To June 3d, 1853, inclusive,) Revised and Compiled By James W. Sheahan. Washington, D.C., Waters, 1860; https://gloverparkhistory.com/population/settlers/murray-barker-genealogy/ p. 1; “To Thomas Jefferson from Peter Coulter, 18 June 1805,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed September 29, 2019, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-1916; The Laws of The Corporation Of The City Of Washington, Digested And Arranged Under Appropriate Heads In Accordance with A Joint Resolution of The City Councils, Together with An Appendix, Containing A Digest Of The Charter And Other Acts Of Congress Concerning The City. By William B. Webb. 1868.

[2] NOTE: “vender” was the spelling used in the 19th century; the spelling transitioned to “vendor” in the 20th century.

[3] “Market Dealers’ Meeting.” Washington Post August 1, 1879; 47th Congress, 1st Session. [Printer’s No., 2868.] H. R. 1295 [Report No, 8.] In the House of Representatives, December 16, 1881; “Peanut Perambulators Arrested.” Washington Post March 28, 1881.

[4] “A New Criminal Code.: The Police Regulations Proposed by The District.” Washington Post January 15, 1884; “Disposed of by Judge Snell.” Washington Post November 23, 1884; “Lunching on Bananas: a Horse Creates Some Amusement at a Fruit Vender’s Stand.” Washington Post July 26, 1884.

[5] “An Act Relating to police regulations in the District of Colombia, and for other purposes.” 48TH Congress, 1ST Session. HR 3448, May 13, 1884.

[6] “Police Regulations.” Washington Post June 27, 1887; Evening Star January 11, 1887, Evening Star June 27, 1887; “New Police Regulations; What the Commissioners Propose to do under the new law.” Evening Star March 7, 1887.

[7] “Street Vendors in Trouble.” Evening Star April 21, 1887.

[8] “The New Police Regulations.: A Talk with Commissioner Webb About Their Effect.” Washington Post June 25, 1887. “Counterfeit countrymen: how city hucksters masquerade as honest farmers.” Evening Star September 3, 1887.

[9] “Business in the House.” Evening Star April 24, 1888.

[10] United States Senate. 52nd Congress. 1st Session. Mis. Doc. 154. Communication from The Commissioners Of The District Of Columbia In Response To A Resolution Op February 18, Making Inquiries With Respect To The Washington Market Company In The District Of Columbia. May 17,1892.

[11] United States Senate. Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. [Washington Market Company inquiry report] 43d Congress, 1st Session. Senate. Report No. 449. June 13, 1874. p.16.

[12] “Warring on the Street Venders.” Washington Post October 30, 1893; “Seeking A New Plan: Still Trying to Solve the Garbage Problem.” Washington Post March 25, 1894.

[13] United States Senate. 54th Congress. 1st Session. Report No.1008. Report: [To accompany S. R. 148.] May 20, 1896, p. 2, 3. United States House. 54th Congress. 1st Session. Report No.1985 “Farmers, Gardeners, And Truckmen In the District of Columbia.” May 23, 1896.

[14] Washington Post February 12, 1896.

[15] “An Act to further to amend the Charter of the City of Washington, May 4, 1812.”

[16] “Council supports Midcity Market.” Evening Star September 15, 1926, “Waterfront declared logical as market center.” Evening Star September 1, 1926

[17] “Rustic atmosphere vanishing from produce market here.” Evening Star August 17, 1950.

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