Photographed February 18, 1915
Like many big cities, Washington, DC has several large markets where residents shop daily for foodstuffs. The square at 7th St and Pennsylvania Ave has been an open-air market since 1801. In 1871, Center Market was built in 1871 and covers two city blocks in the heart of Washington’s business district, making it Washington DC’s largest market. With the growth of railroads and commercial farming, more and more people were able to buy oranges, bananas, and other fruits and vegetables that were previously unavailable or too expensive. 700 dealers rent space on the ground floor and sell local produce and foods from around the region, the nation, and the world.
On February 18, 1915 this photo of a young boy at a fruit and vegetable stand in the Center Market, Washington DC was taken.