Poverty in New York City: 1888

I have posted many photos about London in the 19th century. But I never forget that 60% of my followers are from America, and I want to post things relevant to them as well. So here is a post of photos from the famous photographer, Jacob Riiss, and his images of poverty in New York City in 1888. There are no detailed captions, but they need little explanation.

41 thoughts on “Poverty in New York City: 1888

  1. (1) “We’re all poor because we got canned.”
    (2) “Wouldn’t it be loverly if I could use that cart as a prop for a melodic number, and then maybe get discovered by a wealthy professor who would buy me fine clothes and take me to the races?”
    (3) I don’t want to scare the young ladies, but there are people under the stairs. And they’re up to no good…
    (4) “Wake up, Dabney. You need to get a job instead of dreaming your life away!”
    (5) Sheeple.
    (6) Overheard:
    Enola Musk: “Have you heard the latest news? Nikola Tesla has just been granted a patent for the induction motor!”
    Nasala Braun: “I don’t care! And would you please stop invading my personal space?”
    (7) “She ain’t Florence St. John, but she’s pretty good, eh, boys?”

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  2. Nice lookin’ hats for homeless dudes. We have an issue here of “Broke – Homeless – God Bless” sign holders at intersections and while I have been homeless (as was Rick Wakeman for a spell) when I was homeless and broke and couch surfing or car sleeping I never $120 tennis shoes, a cell phone or polished fingernails or fake eyelashes… The true downtown homeless are mal nourished, dirty, many are mentally and physically ill, their clothes are shit… So how do we address, or assuage the guilt of not trusting even the homeless not to be lying? I admit, homeless, hungry and destitute don’t always look like it but how can we help when it’s not so obvious who we can help?

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