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Every Little Helps: 1903

Every Little Helps: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Remember the poor: a Salvation Army Christmas box." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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"Every little helps" is now the advertising slogan of a major UK supermarket chain.

A Penny is a Penny

I too found the phrase "every little helps" a bit odd. However after a quick search I found this for Wikipedia. It seems that it originates from a French proverb: "Un sou est un sou.

Idiomatic translation: Every little helps.
Literal meaning: A penny is a penny"

Query Christmas

Yeah, what is it with the plant in the pot? Why is there a trash can sitting there? And how odd that the sign says "Every Little Helps" not every little BIT.

And Merry Christmas to all the Shorpy watchers.

A Christmas Clara

I'd sure rather have that Clara Bartonesque woman, dressed like something out of a Dickens short story (and her two male chaperones), collecting for the Salvation Army in front of Target today. Her bonnet alone is priceless.

Coming up

That guy approaching looks like he's getting ready to find a coin in his pocket to donate.

Open Sky

What strikes me immediately about this picture is how much simple open sky there was at this location in 1903 instead of the claustrophobic canyon madhouse it is today.

You Are Here

Looking roughly north at the intersection of Broadway, 33rd Street and Sixth Avenue. That's the Sixth Avenue El.

Balanced like a seesaw

The boy to the left looks like he could be the son of the man to the right.

If the Christmas dinner is free

... then why are they asking people to pay for it?

And is that Stalin off to the right?

The Thought that Counts

I would gladly throw a fiver in the kettle, but there seems to be a houseplant in it.


Haunting eyes, that lady has! It seems as if she feels deeply her cause. I wonder what happened to her? (Of course - I wonder that constantly each time I visit this site.)

Merry Christmas everyone.

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