WORKING INVENTORY OF PANORAMIC STREET-VIEW SERIES OF PHILADELPHIA, 1851-80

1. Julio H. Rae, Rae's Philadelphia Pictorial Directory and Panoramic Advertiser (Philadelphia, 1851).

[copies: P Ath; HSP (Bd C426); LCP]
[notes: bound volume measures approx. 9-1/2 x 13-1/4/ in.; some plates folded at top to accommodate greater height, some blocks, esp. pl. 8, approx. 11-5/8 x 25-1/2 in., folded at right to accommodate greater width; some plates have pasted over amendments, e.g. blacking symbol on #50 on pl. 1, "Milnor & Shaw" on #110 on pl. 4, "Adams & Co.'s Express" on #116 on pl. 5.]
[All Rae images on this site were obtained from the Philadelphia Athenaeum.]

200 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 1, top)
201 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 1, bottom)
200 block Chestnut Street, south side, middle portion (pl. 2, top)
201 block Chestnut Street, north side, middle portion (pl. 2, bottom)
200 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 3, top)
201 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 3, bottom)

300 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 4, top)
301 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 4, bottom)
300 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 5, top)
301 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 5, bottom)

400 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 6, top)
401 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 6, bottom)
400 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 7, top)
401 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 7, bottom)

500 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 8A, top)
501 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 8A, bottom)
500 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 8B, top)
501 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 8B, bottom)

600 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 9, top)
601 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 9, bottom)
600 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 10, top)
601 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 10, bottom)

700 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. 11, top)
701 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. 11, bottom)
700 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. [12], top)
701 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. [12], bottom)

800 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. [13], top)
801 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. [13], bottom)
800 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. 14, top)
801 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. 14, bottom)

901 block Chestnut Street, north side, eastern portion (pl. [15], top)
900 block Chestnut Street, south side, eastern portion (pl. [15], bottom)
900 block Chestnut Street, south side, western portion (pl. [16], top)
901 block Chestnut Street, north side, western portion (pl. [16,] bottom)

2. Baxter Panoramic Directories, 1856-80 (four series):

[Repository listed in bold signifies the location where we obtained the image for this site.]


2a. [Dewitt C. Baxter], Baxter's Panorama and Business Directory of Philadelphia, preliminary set, 1856-57:

[notes: colored woodcuts (pink/black) with typeset text, on two sheets printed on both sides, about 11-1/2 x 18 in.]

401 block Chestnut, north side
LCP (1322[1/2].F.1), 11-1/4 x 17-5/8 in., with 16 block advs.
outward perspectival projection at block ends.
old address numbers (i.e. 137, 139, on block advs., new ones (i.e. 401, 403, officially in effect from Jan. 1857) in typeface captions.
verso has title page: Baxter's Panorama and Business Directory of Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Baxter & Neff, 1856).
501 block Chestnut, north side
LCP (1322[1/2].F.13), 11-3/4 x 18 in. (verso has 400 block, below); HSP (Souder 1:70, image only)
outward perspectival projection at block ends.
old address numbers only, in typeface captions and on buildings (probably earliest plate completed).
includes "Prospectus to the Business Community" under image, spelling out business plan.
Baxter's own business, at far left.
400 block Chestnut, south side
LCP, (1322[1/2].F.13, verso) 11-3/4 x 18 in. (recto has 501 block, above)
HSP (Souder 1:76, image only) outward perspectival projection at block ends.
old address numbers in typeset listings, new ones in caption under image.
no block advs below image; instead, listing in four columns, with the "triple directory":
one list alphabetical, including firms not on this block,
one under headings by business type, again including others,
and then listing one for businesses on each of these blocks: 400, 401, and 501-block Chestnut.

700 block Chestnut Street, south side, n.d. [ca. 1857-59]
HSP (V37:22); LCP (1322[1/2].F.19) 12-7/8 x 19-1/2.
no date at top.
fewer signs on buildings than dated 1859 version of same block, below, e.g., lacks W. Dinmore at #730.
block advs. for Baxter & Co., Baxter & Harley only.
spells out plan of publication and rates in seven paragraphs.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.

2b. Dewitt C. Baxter, Baxter's Panoramic Business Directory of Philadelphia, first set, 1857-61 (with dates, repositories):

[notes: colored woodcuts (blue-green/pink/black)
varying in size, ranging from about 12-1/2 to 13-5/8 high by 19 to 21-1/8 in. wide.

700 block Chestnut Street, south side, 1859
FLP; P Ath; LCP (1322[1/2].F.18),
HSP (V37:21) (and HSP V37:58c w/o lower part, and Souder 1:30, just image);
nine advs, including Baxter & Co., Baxter & Harley.
shop doors closed at 702, 712, 726, 732.
Dinmore sign at 730,unlike undated one, above.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
701 block Chestnut Street, north side, 1859
FLP; HSP (V37:19) (and HSP V37:58d w/o adv, and Souder 1:74, just image);
LCP (1322[1/2].F.20) 13-7/8 x 21 in.
four adv., including one with perspective of sewing machine.
"Directory to the above square."
601 block Chestnut Street, north side, 1859
FLP; HSP (V37:15) (and HSP V37:58b w/o adv); LCP (1322[1/2].F.15) 13-1/2 x 20-7/8 in.
four advs, including Baxter & Co., Baxter & Harley.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
401 block Market Street, north side, 1859
FLP (Castner vol. 6:9); HSP (V37:39); LCP (1322[1/2].F.7).
nine block advs.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
400 block Market Street, south side, 1859
FLP (Castner vol. 6); HSP (V37:40); LCP (1322[1/2].F.5).
ten block advs.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
501 block Market Street, north side, 1859
FLP (Castner vol. 6:16) ; HSP (V37:41); LCP (1322[1/2].F.12).
nine block advs.
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
500 block Market Street, south side, 1859
FLP (Castner vol. 6); HSP (V37:42) (and HSP V37:58g w/o adv); LCP (1322[1/2].F.11) image only.
cresting but no lettering on Keystone Clothing at no. 532, cp. 1860.
unit block (02) North 3rd, west side, 1859
FLP (Castner vol. 12:29); HSP (V37:54); LCP (1322[1/2].F.2).
eight block advs. (plus two small ones for Baxter: "Designing, Photography & Engraving on wood, Hart's Building, N.E. cor. Sixth and Chestnut Sts., Entrance -- 35 South Sixth St.")
"Directory to the above square."
"Copyright secured" at bottom.
401 block Chestnut Street, north side, 1860
HSP (V37:10) (and HSP V37:58a w/o adv., and Souder 1:72, image only); LCP (1322[1/2].F.1,F.8v,F.9)
two versions at LCP: one with Phila. Fire & Life Ins. Co. adv.,
other with Northern Fire & Life Ins. Co. adv.
"Entered according to Act of Congress . . . 1857 .
200 block Market Street, south side, 1860
HSP (V37:58e) w/o adv.[date?]
301 block Market Street, north side, 1860
HSP (V37:38) (and HSP V37:58f w/o adv); LCP (1322[1/2].F.6a, 6b) images only.
two versions at LCP: one with image of hat atop 335, one without.
300 block Market Street, south side, 1860
FLP (Castner vol. 6:13)
seven block advs, one with image of umbrella.
500 block Market Street, south side, 1860
LCP (1322[1/2].F.10); FLP (Castner vol. 6:14); HSP (V37: 43)
three block advs.
"Entered according to Act of Congress . . . 1857 .
unit block (01) North 3rd, east side, 1860
FLP (Castner vol. 12: 31); HSP (and HSP w/ one adv., V37:52, 53); LCP (1322[1/2].F.4).
nine block advs.
"Directory to the above square."
"Entered according to Act of Congress . . . 1857 . .
201 block North 3rd, east side, 1860
LCP (1322[1/2].F.3) image only; FLP (Castner vol. 12: 27); HSP (and HSP w/ one adv., V37:50, 51)
nine advs., including "D. C. Baxter, Designer and Engraver on wood: Portraits, Landscapes, Views of Buildings, Machinery, Bill-heads, check, envelopes, &c.
Every variety of engraving on Wood, from a catalogue to a single cut, executed at the shortest notice and on the most reasonable terms. Office, No. 35 South Sixth St." .
601 block Market Street, north side, 1861
HSP (V37:45)
700 block Chestnut Street, south side, 1861
FLP; HSP
 

2c. Dewitt C. Baxter, The Baxter Panoramic Business Directory, second set, 1879-80 (with dates, repositories):

[notes: no color; sizes range from about 13 x 20 in. to 12 x32, 14 x 21-1/2 in.]
[Repository listed in bold signifies the location where we obtained the image for this site.]
 
501 Market Street, north side, 1879
FLP; HSP (V37:1) (with recollection:"as it appeared in 1859 --20 years ago" and announcement of plans, as if first plate to reappear)
900 block Chestnut Street, south side, April 1879 (No. 1)
P Ath; HSP (V37:28); FLP (matted)
601 block Chestnut Street, north side, May 1879 (No. 2)
P Ath; FLP
601 block Chestnut Street, north side, May 1879 (No. 2, 2d ed.)
HSP (V37:17); FLP
500 block Market Street, south side, May 1879 (No. 3)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 6:17); HSP (V37:44)
Two advs, w/ promotional paragraphs.
401 block Chestnut Street, north side, May 1879 (No. 4)
P Ath; HSP (V37:11); FLP
401 block Chestnut Street, north side, Jan. 1880 (No. 4, 2d ed.)
P Ath; HSP (V37:12); FLP
600 block Chestnut Street, south side, June 1879 (No. 5)
P Ath; HSP (V37:18); FLP
300 block Chestnut Street, south side, June 1879 (No. 6)
FLP (matted); P Ath; HSP (V37:9)
701 block Market Street, north side, June 1879 (No. 7)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 6:10); HSP (V37:46)
just two advs., sparse directory to square, and
11 paragraph explanation of intentions.
701 block Chestnut Street, north side, June 1879 (No. 8)
P Ath; HSP (V37:20); FLP (matted)
501 block Chestnut Street, north side, July 1879 (No. 9)
P Ath; HSP (V37:14); FLP
700 block Chestnut Street, south side, July 1879 (No. 10)
P Ath; HSP (V37:24); FLP (matted)
400 block Chestnut Street, south side, Sept. 1879 (No. 11)
P Ath; HSP (V37:13); FLP
301 block Chestnut Street, north side, Nov. 1879 (No. 12)
FLP; P Ath; HSP (V37:8)
1101 block Chestnut Street, north side, Nov. 1879 (No. 13)
P Ath; HSP (V37:31); FLP
unit block (01) North 2nd Street, east side, Dec. 1879 (No. 14)
P Ath; HSP (V37:48); FLP (Castner vol. 12: 19 [part], 90; vol. 32)
five+ advs., "Directory to the above square."
"Copies of this Square may be procured gratuitously of any of the above subscribers, or at the office of publication. 916 Chestnut St., A. C. Weaver & Co.".
200 block Walnut Street, south side, Dec. 1879 (No. 15)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 32); HSP (V37:57)
unit block (02) North 2nd Street, west side, Dec. 1879 (No. 16)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 12: 21, 88, vol. 32); HSP (V37:49)
100 block Chestnut Street, south side, Dec. 1879 (No. 17)
P Ath; HSP (V37:5); FLP (Castner vol. 12: 17)
six advs., "Directory to the above square."
"Copies of this Square may be procured gratuitously of any of the above subscribers, or at the office of publication. 916 Chestnut St., A. C. Weaver & Co.".
200 block Chestnut Street, south side, Dec. 1879 (No. 18)
P Ath; HSP (V37:7); FLP (matted)
101 block Chestnut Street, north side, Dec. 1879 (No. 19)
P Ath; HSP (V37:4); FLP
201 block Chestnut Street, north side, Dec. 1879 (No. 20)
P Ath; HSP (V37:6); FLP
801 block Chestnut Street, north side, Jan. 1880 (No. 21)
P Ath; HSP (V37:25); FLP
800 block Chestnut Street, south side, Jan. 1880 (No. 22)
P Ath; HSP (V37:26); FLP
unit block (02) North 4th Street, west side, Jan. 1880 (No. 23)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 12: 11; vol. 32); HSP (V37:3)
nine advs., "Directory to the above square."
"Copies of this Square may be procured gratuitously of any of the above subscribers, or at the office of publication. 916 Chestnut St., A. C. Weaver & Co."
1301 block Chestnut Street, north side, Jan. 1880 (No. 24)
P Ath; HSP (V37:35)
800 block Arch Street, south side, Feb. 1880 (No. 25)
P Ath; FLP (Castner vol. 12: 0); HSP (V37:2)
seven advs., "Directory to the above square."
"Copies of this Square may be procured gratuitously of any of the above subscribers, or at the office of publication. 916 Chestnut St., A. C. Weaver & Co.".
1201 block Chestnut Street, north side, Feb. 1880 (No. 26)
P Ath; HSP; HSP (V37:33)
1001 block Chestnut Street, north side, Feb. 1880 (No. 27)
P Ath; HSP (V37:29); FLP (matted)
1000 block Chestnut Street, south side, Feb. 1880 (No. 28)
FLP; HSP (V37:30)
1300 block Chestnut Street, south side, Feb. 1880 (No. 29)
FLP; HSP (V37:36)
1400 block Chestnut Street, south side, March 1880 (No. 30)
HSP (V37:37)
1100 block Chestnut Street, south side, March 1880 (No. 31)
FLP; HSP (V37:32)
101 block South 3rd Street, east side, March 1880 (No. 32)
FLP (Castner vol. 12: [25]; vol. 32) ; HSP (V37:56).
901 block Chestnut Street, north side, April 1880 (unnum.)
FLP; HSP (V37:27)
1200 block Chestnut Street, south side, April 1880 (unnum.)
HSP (V37:34)
800 block Market Street, south side, April 1880 (unnum.)
FLP; HSP (V37:47); FLP (Castner vol. 6:11)
"Enlarged and Improved 1880, with Engravings of Local Street Views."
"Each number, as it appears fresh from the press, is kindly received by a great many of our most appreciating citizens as a work of decided local importance for present and future reference."
"As an Advertising Medium it has a two-fold advantage over any other that has so far appeared, while the price charged advertsiers is far below the most ordinary circular work. It is highly prized and carefully preserved by the possessor."
5 block advs.
plus "Another Landmark Gone: Old Allegheny House." [812-14 Market, erected before 1812]


2d. Blocks shown in the Dreer manuscript volume at HSP (* means not represented by other views):

[notes: at larger scale, in ink and wash on canvas backed paper, with paste-ons, some dimensional notes on reduction for photolithographic printing,]
[all scanned from images at HSP]
101 block Chestnut Street, north side
100 block Chestnut Street, south side
301 block Chestnut Street, north side
300 block Chestnut Street, south side
401 block Chestnut Street, north side
400 block Chestnut Street, south side
501 block Chestnut Street, north side
601 block Chestnut Street, north side
600 block Chestnut Street, south side
701 block Chestnut Street, north side
700 block Chestnut Street, south side (lacking?)
801 block Chestnut Street, north side
800 block Chestnut Street, south side (missing piece for 818-24 Chestnut)
900 block Chestnut Street, south side
1001 block Chestnut Street, north side
1000 block Chestnut Street, south side
1101 block Chestnut Street, north side
1100 block Chestnut Street, south side
1201 block Chestnut Street, north side
1301 block Chestnut Street, north side
1300 block Chestnut Street, south side
1400 block Chestnut Street, south side
 
201 block Walnut Street, north side* (with north side Dock Street in perspective)
401 block Walnut Street, north side*
400 block Walnut Street, south side*
300 block Market Street, south side
401 block Market Street, north side
400 block Market Street, south side
500 block Market Street, south side
600 block Market Street, south side*
601 block Market Street, north side
701 block Market Street, north side
800 block Market Street, south side
801 block Market Street, north side
901 block Market Street, north side*
 
401 block Arch Street, north side*
600 block Arch Street, south side*
700 block Arch Street, south side*
800 block Arch Street, south side*
 
801 block Spring Garden Avenue, north side*
1001 block Spring Garden Avenue, north side*
 
unit block (01) North 2nd, east side
unit block (02) North 2nd, west side
unit block (01) North 3rd, east side
unit block (02) North 3rd, west side
unit block (01) South 3rd, east side*
unit block (02) South 3rd, west side*
101 block South 3rd, east side (with east side Dock Street in perspective)
unit block (02) South 4th, west side*
unit block (02) North 4th, west side (seen?)
unit block (02) South 6th, west side*

url: www.brynmawr.edu/iconog/inven2.html; last rev. 7 Oct. 08 jc