T.I. Dyre, Jr., Bell & Brass Founder, Corner of Washington & Church Streets, Philadelphia


William H. Rease, born in Pennsylvania circa 1818, was the most prolific lithographer of advertising prints in Philadelphia during the 1840s and 1850s. This advertisement shows the Dyre foundry complex in South Philadelphia, including the "Black Lead Crucible Manufactory," "Brass & Bell Foundry," an office-like building, and a workshop with a stack spewing smoke. A gentleman enters the office as a laborer pushes a wheelbarrow on the sidewalk toward an alley, out of which a drayman leads his horse-drawn vehicle transporting a large bell. In the street, a crowded "Gray's Ferry" double-decker omnibus travels alongside a dog which has spooked the horses, and a man attempts to jump aboard the rear. A couple standing by a corner store and the surrounding buildings are also shown. By 1855 Dyre had relocated his foundry to Front Street. Rease became active in his trade around 1844, and 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, by 1850 he promoted in O'Brien's Business Directory his own establishment at 17 South Fifth Street, above Chestnut Street. In 1855 he relocated his establishment to the northeast corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets (after a circa 1853−55 partnership with Francis Schell), where in addition to advertising prints he produced certificates, views, maps, and maritime prints.

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Printed by F. Kuhl, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

T. I. Dyre, Jr. bell & brass founder, corner of Washington & Church Streets, Philadelphia.

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 19 x 35 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 735


  1. Rease, William H., Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org

Last updated: September 2, 2015