Tin-peddler’s wagon 1875-1885. Used by Fred Morey, Spy Lake House, Spy Lake, NY. (Adirondack Experience collection)
A peddler is a traveling seller of goods. A person that sells things door to door. The peddler was a familiar sight on American roadways in the 19th century. We still buy things from home, but now it’s easier to use the internet. We don’t have someone come right to our house and show us the goods they have to sell. We look at their goods on our computer screen.
They were called peddlers because they walked. Peddlers carried the goods they had for sale in a pack on their back and another on the front and they walked from home to home. This episode is going to introduce you to the Adirondack Pack Peddler. The traveling dollar store of the past, bringing bargains to your door.
A peddler and his wagon near Beaver River ca1910. (Adirondack Experience collection P034938)
The Peddler Was Always Welcome by Edna West Teall 1960. (Adirondack Experience collection)
Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.