Jones and Company of the Crescent One Price Clothing Store. Number 200 Market Street above 6th Street, Philadelphia
This advertising print from circa 1855 depicts the two-bay, five-story, green building that had been occupied by a clothing store owned by Owen Jones since 1846. The building was located at 200 Market Street, just north of Sixth Street, in Philadelphia. White text covers the facade of the building, advertising the business as a cheap, “one price” clothing store. Lettering at the top of the building advertises, “The Crescent One Price Clothing Store,” and several crescent shapes are seen on the building. A columned arcade extends along the ground floor of the properties depicted, stopping at the States Union Hotel on the right. A sales booth displaying wares is sandwiched between two columns at street level. Vests, pants, and jackets for men hang under the arcade. Several men, as well as a couple, stroll by on the wide, brick sidewalk, while one man, who stands in the shop doorway under the arcade, gestures toward the interior of the store. Advertising text at the top of the image reads, “A new feature in business, every one his own salesman.” Under the image, more text is found, including, “Has constantly on hand a large & fashionable stock of clothing made in the best manner, expressly for retail sales, with the very lowest selling price marked in plain figures on each article & never varied; so all must buy alike, and with the full assurance of getting a good article at the lowest rates.” This chromolithograph was created by Robert F. Reynolds, an artist born circa 1818 in Pennsylvania, and known for his fine-detailed architectural advertising prints. The printing firm was Wagner & McGuigan, which specialized in the production of advertising prints.
Printed by Wagner & McGuigan, Philadelphia
Title in Original Language
Jones & Co. of the crescent one price clothing store, No. 200 Market Street, above 6th Phila.
Type of Item
1 print : chromolithograph ; 57 x 42 centimeters
- Digital catalog number: POS 413
Last updated: October 30, 2015