Certain Lower East Side images became iconic, especially those featuring crowded Hester Street. This image appears on five different cards in the Blavatnik Archive collection, each with a slightly different caption or color scheme.


  The caption on this postcard reads "New Jewish Market on the East Side, New York."


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People of the Jewish shtetl Racionz, near the more densely populated Mława. Message dated June 23, 1915.


Laundry hangs between rows of tenements.


Progressive Era teachers and social workers worked on the Lower East Side. The writer here indicates that the crowded scene on Hester Street is “one block from my school.”


Haggling for the best price was an art.