Top of page

Photo, Print, Drawing John Baird, Steam Marble Works. Ridge Road Northwest of Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. John Baird, steam marble works, Ridge Road above Spring Garden St. Philadelphia

About this Item

Title

  • John Baird, Steam Marble Works. Ridge Road Northwest of Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia.

Other Title

  • John Baird, steam marble works, Ridge Road above Spring Garden St. Philadelphia

Summary

  • This tinted lithograph from circa 1848 is an advertisement showing an exterior view of the Ridge Road entrance to the "Spring Garden Marble Mantle Manufactory" and "Steam Marble Works" in Philadelphia owned by John Baird. The factory was erected in 1846, and included a central courtyard, offices, and an adjoining yard, marked here with a sign reading, "Garden Statuary, Vases, Ornamental Sculpture, &c." A variety of fountains, vases, and statues are displayed on the platform roof covering the yard. Outside the fence enclosing the adjoining yard gravestones are displayed. On the roof of the central courtyard, a clerk shows patrons a selection of monuments. Behind them, a cupola adorns a rear building of the factory. On the sidewalk in front of the factory workers move large slabs of marble using a lever and a dolly, couples promenade on the sidewalk, a horse is hitched, dogs greet each other in the street, and a couple rides on horseback. The woman on horseback rides side-saddle. Factory employees are visible in the courtyard and in office windows. Through an open entryway, a person can be seen climbing a flight of stairs. Baird established his business in 1841, and gained a reputation as a pioneer in the modern operation of marble works. The printing firm was Wagner & McGuigan, one of the premier and most prolific lithographic establishments of the mid-19th century, which specialized in the production of advertising prints.

Created / Published

  • Philadelphia : Lithography of Wagner & McGuigan, 1848.

Headings

  • -  United States of America--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
  • -  1848
  • -  Advertising
  • -  Cities and towns
  • -  Commerce
  • -  Horseback riding
  • -  Horses
  • -  Lithographs
  • -  Marble
  • -  Marble industry and trade
  • -  Merchants
  • -  Monuments and memorials
  • -  Sculpture
  • -  Sepulchral monuments
  • -  Stores and shops
  • -  Street scenes
  • -  Tombs

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Digital catalog number: POS 406"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 print : lithograph, tinted with two stones ; 46 x 66 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: The Library Company of Philadelphia.
  • -  Content in English.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Philadelphia on Stone

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670294

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright or other restrictions in the World Digital Library Collection. Absent any such restrictions, these materials are free to use and reuse. Researchers are encouraged to review the source information attached to each item. For information on contacting WDL partner organizations, see this archived list of partners

The Library asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here.

Credit Line: [Original Source citation], World Digital Library

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For additional information and contact information for many of the partner organizations, see this archived capture of the World Digital Library site from 2021.

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

John Baird, Steam Marble Works. Ridge Road Northwest of Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania United States of America Philadelphia, 1848. Philadelphia: Lithography of Wagner & McGuigan. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670294/.

APA citation style:

(1848) John Baird, Steam Marble Works. Ridge Road Northwest of Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania United States of America Philadelphia, 1848. Philadelphia: Lithography of Wagner & McGuigan. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670294/.

MLA citation style:

John Baird, Steam Marble Works. Ridge Road Northwest of Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Lithography of Wagner & McGuigan. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670294/>.