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Chicken Market

Artist/Maker: Berenice Abbott (United States, 1898 - 1991)

Date: 1937 (printed 1979)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Sight: 19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm)
Mat: 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schussel
Object number: 81.0241
DescriptionIn the late 19th and early 20th century, the lower part of Eastern Manhattan - the site of Manhattan's earliest settlement - became the primary settlement for millions of immigrants. Berenice Abbott's image of a kosher chicken market is a reminder that, in particular, large numbers of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe made their homes on the Lower East Side. Historically accustomed to living in prearranged sections (ghettos) of European cities, many Jewish immigrants willingly congregated together in their adopted homeland, many establishing markets that sold foods prepared according to religious prescriptions.
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