“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.


For the occasion of the above meeting, “I have well filled my creel” with a choice lot of Oysters, which I am pickling in a superior manner for the New Year day congratulating table. I would wish it to be noticed that these Oysters are prepared expressly for the occasion, and have a delicacy of flavor known only to those who have tried them. The increased orders of last year inform me, that the fashion of having Oysters for the above occasion, is becoming more general and I have calculated accordingly. All orders will be punctually attended to.

Thomas Downing, 5 Broad-street.

N.B.—Orders taken for all parts of the city, Brooklyn and Jersey City.

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APA Citation:
Herald, New York. “The Annual Congratulation” (December 30, 1841). (2022, November 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
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Herald, New York. "“The Annual Congratulation” (December 30, 1841)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Nov. 2022). Web. 19 Jun. 2024
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