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Oct. 20, 1940: Mrs. Edwin Benson of Arlington purchased a glass of homemade cider from Marion Thurston of the Paine-Elm Farm roadside stand in Concord.
Oct. 20, 1940: Mrs. Edwin Benson of Arlington purchased a glass of homemade cider from Marion Thurston of the Paine-Elm Farm roadside stand in Concord.(Edward F. Carr/Globe Staff)

While some vendors brave the winter, it seems the profusion of pushcarts sprout with the spring flowers. Some, like long-time peanut vendor Peter Alex of Roxbury, were neighborhood institutions. Others pass through as quickly as their pedal-powered carts can carry them. With the surge in popularity of food trucks in recent years all over the city, we look back at push carts and small stands selling everything from pretzels to produce. Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite