Item No: pdcl00102
Title: 8th Street at Arch, northeast corner
Additional Title: Northeast corner of 8th and Arch Streets
Historic Street Address:
Eighth and Arch Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"One of the earliest views of Philadelphia, this shows a group of
men casually posed outside a sheet-iron dealer's establishment on the northeast corner of the intersection of 8th and Arch Streets. The area appears not to be densely populated, though at this time it was by no means remote from the center of business activity. A note on the reverse of the photograph states that the picture was taken from a daguerreotype of 1840/41. City directories, however, do not list the company of O'Bryan and Rose until 1847."--OPEP, p. 105.
From a Daguerreotype showing a house-like building with five men posing in front. One man is leaning against a tree and two are sharing an umbrella. On the store: "Tin, sheet iron & stove
manufacturer. No. 303. [N.B.?] Roofing & Spouting"; "O'Bryan & Rose" ;
"Improv'd patent lard lamps" ; and
"Superior [...] white ash [...]."
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.