Washington Street, Boston, 1899
Photograph by the Boston Elevated Railway Company
Courtesy of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
City street vendors and small stores sold meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, and milk from the countryside. Some farmers within ten miles of the city — the practical distance a horse could pull a wagon in a day — loaded up their wagons and sold their own produce in the city streets, then went home for the night.