Charles Oakford's Model Hat Store. 158 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Hats, Caps and Furs, Wholesale and Retail


This advertising print from circa 1854 shows the ornately furnished interior of a hat store established by Charles Oakford in 1827 at 158 (now 624) Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. On each side of the long room are fitting tables adorned with lavish freestanding light fixtures. Both sides of the room are lined with glass display cases filled with hats for men. In the foreground, Oakford assists a patron seated at one of the tables. On the table are a number of hats. Behind the men, a clerk pulls a hat from one of the cases. In the background, in front of another fitting table, a clerk and a gentleman patron stand and discuss the hats they hold in their hands. A third gentleman patron watches the exchange from across the aisle. In the rear of the store, an arch labeled "Oakford" is visible; beyond the arch is the section of the store devoted to women and children. A clerk assists a female patron seated near a rack of hats. Across from her, a woman and a girl browse. Large tiles line the floor and the ceiling is plain. Oakford operated from this site between 1853 and 1860 before relocating his business to the Continental Hotel. Oakford admitted his sons to the firm in 1856. This print was produced by P.S. Duval & Co. The lithography firm of Peter S. Duval operated under this name from 1851–57. Duval was one of the most prominent lithographers and printers of his day. Born circa 1804 or 1805 in France, he emigrated from France to Philadelphia in the fall of 1831 to accept a job as a lithographer with the printing firm of Childs & Inman. By 1837 he had established his lithographic printing shop and he remained in business until his retirement in 1869.

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P.S. Duval & Company Lithography, Philadelphia


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Charles Oakford's model hat store, 158, Chestnut Street Philadelphia. Hats, caps and furs, wholesale and retail

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1 print : lithograph ; 39 x 61 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 109

Last updated: October 30, 2015