Lithograph of the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company

This lithograph is a bird's-eye view of the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company, circa 1880. The company maufactured sewing machines in Watertown, N. Y., from 1851 to 1856. In 1856, they relocated to Bridgeport, Conn., where they continued operations until 1905. In the 1850s and 1860s, their sewing machines outsold all others, including Singer and Howe. Two separate factory buildings are illustrated. The caption under the building on the left notes: "Front 368 ft., Width 307 feet," and the dimensions for the building on the right are noted as "Front 526 ft., Width 219 feet." The lithographers were Worley and Bracher of 320 Chesnut Street in Philadelphia, Penn.
S.I. Photo Negative No.: 92-4215 for both B&W and color slide.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
ca 1880
Worley & Bracher
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
lithograph (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 26 in x 17 in; x 66.04 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Industry & Manufacturing
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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