“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.


Oysters!—Oysters!—Oysters! The above article may be had in their prime at Downing’s. I take this method of informing my customers that I have a better stock of Oysters on hand at present, than I have had this season. The lovers of the above article can (I feel assured) be fully satisfied by calling at my establishment. It is with pleasure I say that I can give my customers a better Oyster at present, than I could at any time this season. Strangers who have any doubts as regards the superiority of the New York Oysters, have only to call and try, and be satisfied.

Thomas Downing, 5 Broad st.

N. B. I have a fine lot of Pickled Oysters on hand for importation.

APA Citation:
Herald, New York. “Oysters!—Oysters!—Oysters!” (March 30, 1838). (2022, November 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
MLA Citation:
Herald, New York. "“Oysters!—Oysters!—Oysters!” (March 30, 1838)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Nov. 2022). Web. 11 Jul. 2024
Last updated: 2023, September 11
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