Samuel Powell and Company. Ship and House Work in Tin, Copper, Brass and Iron


This advertising print from 1847 shows the narrow, four-story storefront of Samuel Powell & Company, situated on an incline at 8 Market Street in Philadelphia. Tea kettles, coffee pots, and other metal cookware adorn the shop window. A sign between the second and third stories proclaims the specializations of the firm, namely “Ship & House Work in Tin, Copper, Brass & Iron.” North of this sign hangs an advertisement made out of an oil can and labeled, "Oil Cans." A railing on a slant is visible in front of the store. Powell operated from this address from 1846 to 1853. The artist and the lithographer of this rather basic print are unknown.

Last updated: September 2, 2015