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Henry B. Ashmead, plain and ornamental book, newspaper and job printer, George Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets, Philadelphia.

 Digital Record
Identifier: 35128000092914


  • 1856

Historical Note

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.

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