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James McClees Philadelphia Photograph Collection
Library Company of Philadelphia (Department of Prints and Photographs)
Description: View of the ironwork manufactory, known as the Philadelphia Ornamental Iron Works, at 1136 Ridge Avenue. Building adorned with a large cast iron statue of Henry Clay on its roof and signage advertisng "Iron Railings Vernadahs, Balconies, Counters, &c." Also shows neighboring businesses including F.R. Missimer, house & sign painter; a hotel with restaurant; plumber shop; and confectionery. Chairs, crates, and a handcart line the sidewalk. A horse-drawn wagon rests in front of the manufactory. Wood & Perot, a partnership between Robert Wood and Elliston Perot, was active between 1857 and 1865.
Note: Title from manuscript note on verso.
Note: Probably originally part of a McAllister scrapbook.
Note: Retrospective conversion record: original entry, edited.
Note: Reproduced in Kenneth Finkel's Nineteenth century photography in Philadelphia (New York: Dover Publications, Inc. in cooperation with the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1980), entry #233.
Biographical/Historical Note: McClees, a prominent Philadelphia photographer and daguerreotypist, produced some of the earliest paper photographic views of Philadelphia between 1853 and 1859.
Provenance:: Provenance: McAllister, John A. (John Allister), 1822-1896, collector.
Subject: Missimer, F.R.
Subject: Wood & Perot -- Buildings.
Subject: Iron-works -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Subject: Foundries -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Subject: Stores & shops -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Subject: Carts & wagons -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Address: Ridge Avenue (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- 1136.
Address: Ridge Avenue (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- 1100 block.
Address: Ridge Avenue (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- 1200 block.
Link: View full record in the Library Company's digital image catalog
- Quantity: 1 photographic print: albumen; 25 x 34 cm.(10 x 13.5 in.)
- Local Call: Library Company of Philadelphia Print Dept. *photo - McClees [8339.F.22]
- Item dates: 1858
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[Wood & Perot factory]
(M'Clees, Jas. E. (James E.), photographer., 1858)
James McClees Philadelphia Photograph Collection, Library Company of Philadelphia.
Local ID #: 8339.F.22
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