A pictorial summa of the mankind encountered in New York can be found in the great Big Sale, painting of 1930, which depicts precisely a glimpse of the New York market of Bleecker Street, made up of stalls, well turned legs and a shoeshine “in gibus”, as elegant as a business man.
“At the intersection of Broadway with one of the side streets of the lower city [downtown] – writes Depero – a perfect gentleman, with shining gibus, monocle, carnation in the buttonhole, striped trousers, ebony stick with ivory knob, shoes of lacquer and gaiters of very fine nutria, he is smoking a big half-dollar cigar. Passers-by look at him with curiosity. The newspapers have noted, interviewed and commented with sympathy. Do not believe that he is a millionaire walking in the street, or a diplomat waiting for taxis. No, he is an authentic shoe-shine of probable Neapolitan origin, who had the bizarre idea of combining himself in that way to attract attention and to multiply customers. “(4).