Food Shopping in 20th Century Brooklyn (Photos)

The Wallabout Market in 1940. Photo via Library of Congress


Farmer’s markets and food trucks are favorite spots for Brooklynites to hunt down ingredients and meals today. In the early to mid-20th century, open-air food markets included pushcart vendors and the huge wholesale market in the Navy Yard known as Wallabout Market.

We’ve uncovered a few photos from the Library of Congress of Brooklynites shopping for food.

Shoppers at a pushcart market on Belmont Avenue,Brownsville in 1960.

Investigating produce at Salz Brothers Market at the Brooklyn Terminal Market in 1951.

An overhead view of a produce laden pushcart on Belmont Avenue, Brownsville in 1961.

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