Hart, Montgomery and Company, Successors to Isaac Pugh and Company. Manufacturers and Importers of Paper Hangings, Number 118 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Manufactory, Northeast Corner of Schuylkill Front and Wood Streets


This advertising print from around 1852 shows an exterior view of the manufactory operated from 1849 until 1860 by William Hart and A.J. Montgomery at Schuylkill Front (later 22nd Street) and Wood Streets, depicted within a lithographed tromp l'oeil wood frame. Hart, Montgomery & Company describes itself in the print as manufacturers and importers of paper hangings. During the mid-19th century, Philadelphia was the premier American city of fine wallpaper production. A horse-drawn cart stands idle by a side entrance of the multi-storied factory and four goats roam a nearby yard. Smaller factory buildings are visible to the right. Horse-drawn delivery carts, one driven by an African American, travel past each other on the adjacent street. Pedestrians and laborers walk the sidewalks and converse near a street lamp. Eastern State Penitentiary is visible in the background. 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

Hart, Montgomery & Co. Successors to Isaac Pugh & Co. Manufacturers and importers of paper hangings, No. 118 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Manufactory N.E. Cor. Schuyl Front & Wood Streets

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph, tinted ; 49 x 67 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 344

Last updated: January 8, 2018