Document Type

Photo Essay


Before Publix, Winn Dixie and other chain supermarkets emerged in the 20th Century, there were markets on open, cobblestone streets somewhere near the center of many small towns throughout America. But for contemporary Americans, the open-air market has become more remote and might now be a small area in a park or public lot where weekend farmers’ markets and flea markets offer a few bins of organic fruits and vegetables and homemade or handmade goods. While the tradition has disappeared from many U.S. cities, permanent, open-air markets still thrive in Africa, Asia, and Europe where vendors set up carts and stalls alongside or even in streets and alleyways where vehicles are prohibited.

Author Bio(s)

Edwin Stieve, R.N., Ph.D., associate professor at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, has research and teaching interests in the medical humanities, composition, and interdisciplinary studies. In the spring of 2013, he presented a paper “From Osler to Oz: Medicine Goes Public—and Popular” at the annual Popular Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C. He is the author of A History: Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 1920–1997. He was a recipient of an NEH Summer Seminar and Institute at the Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2002. He also volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps in Monroe County, Florida.