Frederick Fisher, Upholstery, Cheap Bedding and Feather Warehouse. Number 31


This lithograph from 1846 is an advertising proof for an upholstery business operated by Frederick Fisher at the northeast corner of Eighth and Zane streets in Philadelphia. Shown here is the two-and-one-half story warehouse; it has numerous windows and is adorned with signage. Patrons are seen entering through one doorway, passing a sign advertising, "Beds Hair Mattresses Cushions Feathers Moss Ticking Cotts [sic] Cattail." Bedding and bed posts are visible in or hanging out of most of the warehouse windows. A stuffed swan standing among pillows is visible in one of the lower windows. Bed posts and bags labeled "Feathers" lean against the building. Mattresses and bed cushions are displayed on racks on the sidewalk. The scene also includes a fire hydrant and a boy walking past the warehouse. Fisher operated an upholstery business between 1839 and 1853; he operated from this location at the corner of Eighth and Zane streets in 1844–48.

Last updated: December 29, 2015