Street Vendor-March 1958

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 22:37

The rear of my photo says-Peanut Vendor??, would someone have been able to make a living in 1950s selling these nuts?were they popular with the local people?. The smart schoolboy entering the photo from the left would now be 74/75 years old.Photo taken somewhere in Victoria in March 1958.

Date picture taken
1 Mar 1958


The peanuts are easily visible in the big jars, they were sold for peanuts. But peanuts do add up. In those days there were not too many kinds of snacks available. Peanuts were one of the more popular ones. He could certainly make a living selling peanuts for peanuts, just not a luxurious one.

Which school's uniform was this little guy wearing?

St. Joseph's ? Opposite the Lower Peak Tram Station. The sloping brick wall can be seen on the right below at the junction with Garden Road..

1950s Garden Road
1950s Garden Road, by Moddsey

Hi There,

I remember there had been illegal hawkers with wooden carts with a stove selling steamed snacks.  Peanuts are among one of those, especially popular in lower ground when the streets are flat.  I have seen quite a few of these in Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Central.....

There are other food vendors with a stove.  Say, fried fermented (Smelly)  bean curds, which could be recognized a block or two away.  Some of these could still be seen, like stir-frying chesnuts\eggs with a very big Wok.   These vendors usually use pressurized karozine stoves.