Henry B. Ashmead, plain and ornamental book, newspaper and job printer, George Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets, Philadelphia.
This colorful and charming broadside advertises the printing services of Henry B. Ashmead, in business for thirty-five years and located on George Street between Eleventh and Twelfth in Philadelphia. It announces that "the above establishment having recently been fitted up with a large and extensive assortment of plain and ornamental job type, presses &c., is prepared to execute every variety of plain and fancy newspaper, book and job printing, at the lowest cash prices. Publishers and others can rely upon having their work executed in a style unsurpassed by any other establishment in the United States." The text is printed in a variety of colors and typefaces, and an engraving of the five-story headquarters of the business is shown near the top. This elaborate broadside was most likely printed in a small run and sent to commercial clients only. Signed: Henry B. Ashmead, George Street, above Eleventh, Philadelphia. May 1, 1856. Includes wood-engraved illustration of Ashmead's building, flanked by the dates "1821" and "1856." Printed in blue, green, red, gold and black.
Printed area, including ruled and ornamental border, measures 40.8 x 30.6 cm.