Dupont Street, San Francisco ? before the earthquake and fire ? was the heart of Chinatown. Just as Chinese street merchants would venture throughout the city, others would come to Chinatown to ply their wares. And no one drew a crowd like the toy peddler. Children and adults alike were drawn to his beautiful, handmade creations. Is there a birthday coming? Is it almost Christmas! Surely there must be some celebration to dictate a purchase.
The exchange of goods and services between the city’s two cultures dominant were the first steps on the long road of assimilation of the Chinese into America’s society. - MS
Mian Situ - Toy Peddler of Dupont Street, Chinatown, S.F., 1905, The
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