Printing Plate


Vertical rectangular printing plate for a trade card for "LEONARD ALTEMUS: / Taylor / 83 / NORTH third STREET / PHILADELPHIA"; engraved in reverse. Top half of design depicts Liberty seated at left next to a shield blazoned with the coat of arms of Pennsylvania and surrounded by commercial and agricultural goods; she holds a liberty pole in her right hand and points her left to an American eagle with banner "Let an American Honour merit! Wherever it be Found" in its beak that hovers amidst clouds above a three-masted barque sailing towards a sun with face on the horizon; broken tree stump at right. Tradesman's name, address and product advertisment in oval below. Signed at bottom center "Bower". Plate reverse stamped incuse "J\B/. KEIM / PHIL\A/." in roman letters.

Leonard Altemus (1763-1826) worked for several years as a tailor at 64 Sassafras before appearing in the 1811 directory at 83 N. Third Street; two years later, he is listed as a tavern keeper on Filbert Street. Jacob Keim is listed in Philadelphia directories from 1809 to 1845 as a steel and copperplate maker, while engraver John Bower worked in Philadelphia, 1809-1819.

Date Made: ca 1811

Associated Person: Altemus, LeonardMaker: Bower

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Domestic Furnishings


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0263.01Accession Number: 1981.0263Catalog Number: 1981.0263.01

Object Name: copperplateprinting platetrade cardObject Type: plateOther Terms: Plate; Engraving

Physical Description: copper (overall material)Measurements: overall, plate wrapped in print: 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 14.605 cm x 9.8425 cm


Record Id: nmah_315317

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