W.P. Hacker, Importer and Wholesale Dealer in China, Glass, Queensware & Fancy Goods, Number 60, North Second Street, 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 building tenanted by the china, glass, and queen’s ware (a cream-colored ceramic) business of William P. Hacker at 60 (later 108) North Second Street. Pitchers, vases, and bowls in various shapes and sizes are stacked on shelves and are also displayed in the storefront window, which is flanked by two wide doors. In the left doorway, a man lifts a barrel using a pulley system running all the way to the top floor of the building. Another worker loads hampers onto a horse-drawn dray. Barrels and hampers line the sidewalk and cobblestone street in front of the shop. The image also shows parts of adjacent properties, including the stairway at number 58 and casks (presumably of wine) at number 62. William P. Hacker moved his business to several nearby properties on North Second Street, starting out at 64, moving to 62, and then to 60 in 1851. Hacker was president of the Philadelphia Common Council from 1855 to 1856. 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

W. P. Hacker, importer and wholesale dealer in china, glass, queensware & fancy goods, Philadelphia.

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 54 x 35 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 814


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

Last updated: September 2, 2015