Henry Adolph, Manufacturer of Furniture, Wholesale and Retail. Warerooms Number 36 North Second Street, One Door above the Christ Church, Philadelphia


This advertising print from around 1860 shows the exterior of the furniture warerooms next to Christ Church (22−34 North Second Street), Philadelphia. Clusters of people admire the furniture displayed in the windows of the storefront as patrons enter the building. The store is adorned with signage and an American flag. Men, women, and children, including a man pushing a handcart, walk on the busy sidewalk. A woman with a girl, and a delivery boy, cross the street near the "No. 21 Exchange & Richmond" streetcar, and the scene includes an "H. Adolph" delivery wagon, and another laborer pushing a handcart. Many of the women carry parasols. The view also shows the gated, tree-lined promenade between the church and warerooms. The print is by William H. Rease, the most prolific lithographer of advertising prints in Philadelphia during the 1840s and 1850s. Born in Pennsylvania circa 1818, Rease became active in his trade around 1844. 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, a listing in O'Brien's Business Directory indicates that by 1850 he had founded his own establishment at 17 South Fifth Street, north of Chestnut Street. After a partnership with Francis Schell that lasted from about 1853 to 1855, in 1855 he relocated his shop to the northeast corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets, where, in addition to advertising prints, he produced certificates, views, maps, and maritime prints.

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W.H. Rease, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Henry Adolph, manufacturer of furniture wholesale and retail, warerooms no. 36 North Second St., one door above the Christ Church Philadelphia

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Physical Description

1 print : chromolithograph ; 55 x 68 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 347

Last updated: January 8, 2018