Author: New York Herald

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“Oysters!—Oysters!—Oysters!” (March 30, 1838)

Advertisements for his superior oysters, like this one published in the New York Herald on March 30, 1838, were part of Thomas Downing’s success. Downing, known as the “Oyster King of New York,” owned and operated the Oyster House, one of the most successful eating houses and catering companies in New York during the nineteenth century.

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“The Annual Congratulation” (December 30, 1841)

This advertisement, published in the New York Herald on December 30, 1841, touts the superlative qualities of Thomas Downing’s oysters. Downing, known as the “Oyster King of New York,” owned and operated the Oyster House, one of the most successful eating houses and catering companies in New York during the nineteenth century.

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“An Oyster House Millionaire About to Retire” (January 7, 1857)

This article, published in the New York Herald on January 7, 1857, conveys the news of Thomas Downing’s retirement and the final “blow out” celebration before his lease expires. Downing owned and operated Downing’s Oyster House, one of the most successful eating houses and catering companies in New York during the nineteenth century. His reported value of $100,000 made him one of the richest Black men in antebellum New York City.

 

 

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“Extraordinary Turtle at Downing’s.” (July 26, 1838)

Thomas Downing published this advertisement in the New York Herald on July 26, 1838, promoting the exhibition of a live turtle from Georgia, which was soon to become turtle soup on offer at Downing’s Oyster House. Downing, known as the “Oyster King of New York,” owned and operated the Oyster House, one of the most successful eating houses and catering companies in New York during the nineteenth century.