Man and woman walking down road. Young girl shielding her eyes walking beside man. Woman has one child slung on her back and a young boy in her arms.
Life in American cities was often difficult, and Currier & Ives produced a number of prints that depicted the challenges of living a good and moral existence. Alcohol consumption was of special concern. In this work, the firm illustrates the bad effects of drink by showing a homeless family walking down a bleak path. This image was also published by Currier & Ives under the title The Bad Husband.