Lewis Fatman and Company. Steam Paste Blacking, Steam Friction Matches. 41 North Front Street, Philadelphia


This lithograph from 1847 is an advertisement showing the three-story building located on Front Street (between Market and Arch Streets) in Philadelphia. The building is covered in signage advertising the polish and match business of Lewis Fatman & Company. A clerk, crates, cans piled on a table, and a rope hoist are visible through the first floor window and entrances. Another worker is visible in a third-floor window. A conestoga wagon passes in the street with the driver astride one of the four horses in the team. Fatman also operated a second factory, located at 412 Coates Street (i.e., Fairmount Avenue).

Last updated: January 9, 2018