J. Mayland, Jr. and Company, Tobacco and Snuff Manufactory. Cigars, Foreign and Domestic. Wholesale Grocers. Northwest Corner of Third and Race Streets, Philadelphia


This lithograph from 1846 is an advertisement showing the five-story manufactory and storefront of the tobacco and grocery business located at 111 Race Street (i.e., the 300 block of Race Street) in Philadelphia. The building is covered in signage reading: “Tobacco & Snuff Manufactory,” “Segars [sic], Foreign & Domestic,” “Wholesale Grocers,” and “J. Mayland Jr. & Co.” On the first floor, a patron enters the store near a wall of shelved goods and a line of boxes on the floor; a clerk organizes canisters in the front display window; and other employees check a list and move a crate. In the upper floor windows, boxes, barrels, and sacks are piled and employees work. A box is seen being hoisted into the air inside one window. In front of the store, laborers unload boxes from a horse-drawn dray parked in the street. Crates and barrels line the sidewalk near the dray. Partial views of adjacent buildings also can be seen in this print. Jacob Mayland established his tobacco business circa 1803 and operated from the 300 block of Race Street beginning in 1805. The business, renamed Jacob Mayland Jr. & Company circa 1842, remained at 111 Race Street until circa 1848.

Last updated: December 29, 2015