Food carts and food trucks have a long standing history in the U.S. Dating back to the 17th century, selling food street-side fed people who did not have easy access to meals and also was a resource to those living in crowding conditions and were not able to cook for themselves. In the Wild West, chuck wagons followed trail driving cowpokes and served meals to men across the plains. The cooks on chuck wagons would wake up as early as 3 am to start preparing meals. The chuck wagon had a specific area to store kitchenware and prepare food. This design is the most direct ancestor of our modern day food truck. Pushcarts have been part of the New York City community since the post-Civil War era. In the late 19th century, 2.5 million immigrants arrived to the U.S. and a third of them settled in the Lower East Side and the South Village. Immigrants strived to succeed in this new land and pushcarts gave them the opportunity to earn a living. By 1900, there were 25,000 pushcart vendors. In 1938, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia closed the streets and sidewalks to peddlers and opened indoor shared marketplaces in an attempt to reform immigrant customs. Pushcarts were still operated on Bleeker Street with a legal permit. Through the years, laws to regulate this growing business developed and vary among states. Today, street vendors sell anything from desserts to hotdogs to inventive creations. There are over 25,000 food trucks in the U.S. that provide variety and convenience for communities everywhere.
The Limoges Chili Cheese Cart Box is designed like a hot dog street cart and is painted in bright colors. This uniquely shaped item provides a fun concept for your collection!
The Limoges Vegetable Cart Box has a green painted base and a red striped canopy. The porcelain is shaped and painted to display a variety of vegetables.
The Limoges Chamart Wheelbarrow with Vegetables Box is finely crafted and painted to add a refreshing garden piece to any collection!