Here are a few more examples of people seeking to support themselves with minimal help from the city. There are many more, archived in the records of the Police Inspector, the Mayor, and the Department of Police and Public Buildings, all in the City Archives. A fifteen year-old-boy sought a permit to sell ice-cream from his house because his mother was unable to support the family alone [image 1]; a man sought a permit to sell coal and wood [image 2]; a widow desired to sell sandwiches out of a basket [image 3], etc. The Police Department investigated and offered recommendations as to who was “worthy” or “entitled” to a free permit.
[Inspector of Police. Correspondence, 1898-1913]
[Mayor Paul Capedeville. Records, 1900-1904]