This important book passes in review the history and world of commerce, tourism and services from the second half of the nineteenth century up to the present. From the retailer to the consumer, the peddler to the shop, from the straw basket to the showcase: moments, faces, particularly characteristic corners follow each other in this photographic survey, presenting the persons, their professions as they evolve with time and the "products" offered, representative of an epoch, an atmosphere, a life style. The nineteenth century with its flexible extemporaneous commerce, where what mattered was the steadfast maintenance of customs and habits, contrasts with the pictures of the twentieth century where window displays replace the cries of the vendor and the aromas wafting through the air so dear to our memory. What catalyzes the buyer's attention now is the type of merchandise offered, ranging from artfully displayed products of gastronomy tempting appetites and cravings, to beguilingly packaged perfumes and beauty creams, refrigerators and washing machines, symbols of the growing demand in the 1960s that reflected the economic and social growth of the times. Using different styles and different techniques, each photographer has documented this evolution, characterizing and highlighting the varying subjects or details as dictated by their individual photographic sensitivity.