Foering and Thudium's Cheap Stove Ware-House. Number 87 North Second Street, Philadelphia


This advertising print from 1846 depicts the three-and-a-half story stove warehouse operated by Frederick Foering and C.A. Thudium at 87 North Second Street, Philadelphia. In the open entranceways, a clerk assists a female shopper and an African American laborer lifts a stove. Displays of stoves line the sidewalk and the store walls. White laborers are working on the second floor, near open windows. A horse-drawn cart departs an adjoining exit way. Foering and Thudium, one of the city's first domestic stove manufacturers, started in business in 1828 and operated on North Second Street from 1845 until 1847. The print is by William H. Rease, the most prolific lithographer of advertising prints in Philadelphia during the 1840s and 1850s. Born in Pennsylvania circa 1818, Rease became active in his trade around 1844. Through the 1850s he mainly worked with printers Frederick Kuhl and Wagner & McGuigan in the production of advertising prints known for their portrayals of human details. Although Rease often collaborated with other lithographers, a listing in O'Brien's Business Directory indicates that by 1850 he had founded his own establishment at 17 South Fifth Street, north of Chestnut Street. After a partnership with Francis Schell that lasted from about 1853 to 1855, in 1855 he relocated his shop to the northeast corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets, where, in addition to advertising prints, he produced certificates, views, maps, and maritime prints.

Last updated: September 2, 2015