How New Yorkers got mud off their boots

They used a boot scraper—a little device built into the iron railing leading to the front door of every decent house. It was a necessity in the mid-1800s, when most streets were still little more than muddy cowpaths or dirt thoroughfares lined with horse manure. This one is from an 1840s row house on West 11th Street and Seventh Avenue. 

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One Response to “How New Yorkers got mud off their boots”

  1. Sister Sun (@SisSun2) Says:

    Cool bit of historical trivia. Thanks for posting this!

    ~NYC ex-pat in North Carolina

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