Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wednesday, February 28, 1934

Kind of cold yet today. On the way to school met Bernice and Virginia. Ruth Ray walked home with us kids.

Shoe Shine Stand in City Hall Park, New York on February 28, 1934
This new "model bootblack" was designed with two chairs and an all-weather cover so that
it could be easily folded and transported.

A shoe shine business provided a marginal livelihood. Early in the administration of NY Commissioner
 Robert Moses, the agency sought to eliminate the clutter of many small, haphazardly placed park
franchises, targeting in particular bootblacks and newsstands. Most bootblacks were eliminated
altogether, except in dense business districts such as the areas around City Hall Park and Union Square.

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