S.F. Jacoby and Company. Importers and Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Marble in All Their Varieties. J.K. and M. Freedley Dealers in American Marble
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 contains a montage of three titled views showing the sites involved in the operations of the Jacoby and Freedley companies. The scenes are separated and surrounded by an ornate border, comprised of patriotic imagery on top, including an eagle clutching the American flag and shield near a bust of George Washington and the state seals of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Filigree, foliage, and tassels decorate the central portion, where putti hold up a banner displaying the title of the central view. A lion-mouth fountain adorns the bottom portion of the border. The upper view shows a train carrying marble at the Freedley "Bay State Marble Works in West Stockbridge, Mass," in front of houses and a bullock wagon. The busy central scene depicts slabs of marble on boats and piled on the wharf at the Chesnut [sic] Street Wharf on the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, ready for finishing in nearby mills or to be sold by Jacoby. It includes vessels on the river, a partial view of the Market Street Permanent Bridge (left), and buildings near the river. The bottom scene shows slabs of marble lined on the bank and hoisted on canal boats to be transported to destinations across the country from the Key Stone Marble Works, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. 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.
Printed by P. S. Duval, Philadelphia
Title in Original Language
S.F. Jacoby & Co. Importers & dealers in foreign and domestic marble in all their varieties. J.K. & M. Freedley dealers in American marble.
Type of Item
1 print : lithograph, tinted with one stone ; 95 x 69 centimeters
- Digital catalog number: POS 668
- Library Company of Philadelphia, Made in America: Printmaking, 1760−1860: An Exhibition of Original Prints from the Collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, April-June, 1973 (Philadelphia, 1973).
- Rease, William H., Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org.
Last updated: September 2, 2015