Item No: pdcp00035
Title: Powers & Weightman manufacturing chemists Philadelphia [graphic] : East view of Schuylkill Falls Laboratory. Office at City Laboratory Ninth & Parrish Sts. New York Office No. 6 Maiden Lane / By W.H. Rease.
Print and Picture Collection
Free Library of Philadelphia: Oversize Philadelphiana - Factories and Foundries (N-Z)
View showing the laboratory complex established in 1848 on Ridge Avenue near Schuylkill Falls (i.e., East Falls). In the foreground, the â€oeNo. 40â€ coal-tender locomotive approaches from one of the series of tracks surrounding and within the factory grounds. Nearby, a line of freight cars, some covered in tarp rest on a set of tracks. Within the factory grounds comprised of processing plants and storage sheds, a horse-drawn cart travels and stacks of wood slabs are piled on an elevated, centrally-located piece of land. Smokestacks adorn several of the buildings. Another stack of wood and hillside are visible in the right background. In 1847, Powers & Weightman succeeded Farr & Kunzi (established in 1818), and became internationally renown for their manufacture of medicinal and other fine chemicals. The company was the first to introduce quinine to the United States. A second factory complex operated between 9th, Parrish, Brown, and Darien Streets. The East Falls operation included housing for employees.
Rease, W. H. - Artist