Advertisement showing a bird's eye view of the chemical works of Harrison Brothers near Fitler and Harrison Streets in Frankford, showing from left to right, the buildings containing "Pyro Acid Works," "Sulphuric Acid Works," "Sugar Lead Works," "White Lead Works," "Alum Works," "Copperas Works," and the company office. The bustling scene includes laborers pushing wheel barrows, putting coal in a furnace, and hoisting barrels using a block and tackle pulley system. Piles of lumber, barrels, and vats cover the ground, and smoke rises from the chimneys of the buildings within the enclosed compound. A man walks along the periphery of the fence in the foreground, between two gates. A loaded wagon enters the left gate, as a dray exits through the right. A dog stands on the left hand side of the fence, facing the pedestrian. Deer and horses graze the fields in the tree-lined, country-like setting behind the chemical works. Established circa 1793, Harrison Brothers operated plants in New York, Maryland and Philadelphia by the Civil War, operating this plant in Frankford until about 1870., Date from Poulson inscription on recto: Aug. 1847., Philadelphia on Stone, POS 341, Wainwright retrospective conversion project, edited., Rease, a prominent mid-19th century Philadelphia trade card lithographer known to highlight details of human interest in his advertisements, partnered with Francis H. Schell in the 1850s and eventually operated his own press until around 1872.
Rease, W. H., artist
Library Company of Philadelphia | Print Department **W475 [P.2271]