Henry Beagle, Blacksmith and Hame Manufacturer. Corner of Magnolia and Willow Streets between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Philadelphia


This advertising print from around 1850 depicts the premises of Henry Beagle, blacksmith and hame manufacturer, located on the 400 block of Magnolia Street, Philadelphia. The word “hame” refers to the two curved wooden or metal pieces of a harness that fit around the neck of a draft animal, and to which the traces—the part of the harness by which a horse or other draft animal pulls a cart−are attached. The print announces: “Has on hand a general assortment of Dray, Cart, Wagon and Plough Hames, ironed in every manner of best material and Workmanship, which will be sold Wholesale and Retail at the lowest Prices.” Beagle began operating from Magnolia Street in 1839. The image has a trompe l'oeil frame as a border. 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.

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Publication Information

Printed by F. Kuhl, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Henry Beagle, blacksmith and hame manufacturer, corner of Magnolia & Willow Sts. between Fifth & Sixth Sts. Philadelphia

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph, tinted with one stone ; 33 x 49 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 348

Last updated: September 2, 2015