J.C. Jenkins and Company, Grocery and Tea Store, Southwest Corner of Chestnut and 12th Streets, Philadelphia


This print is an advertisement for the J.C. Jenkins & Company grocery store, located at the southwest corner of Chestnut and 12th Streets in Philadelphia. Boxes of tea and other supplies are piled on part of the sidewalk in front of the store. A woman and her son are visible through the open front door, conversing with the clerk behind a counter, while a well-dressed man with a walking stick passes by. Along the side of the building, where young trees and another pedestrian are seen, a sign advertises “choice family groceries,” including flour, fish, salt, ham, beef, and tongues. The lithograph is by Ellwood D. Long, about whom relatively little is known. Philadelphia on Stone: Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers states that he was probably the Ellwood Long listed in the 1850 census as a schoolteacher, born circa 1828 in Pennsylvania.

Last updated: February 26, 2014