Crystal Palace printed in 1863

The brainchild of a German immigrant, New York's Crystal Palace was built in the early 1850s as an exhibition hall. Inspired by London's famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, entrepreneur and promoter Christian E. Detmold had a dream to erect a similar venue in the United States...
Samuel Hart & Co Tokens

Samuel Hart and his playing cards are legendary in the history of American playing cards for both the sport and the pastime. Hart is credited with introducing many innovations and improvements that have become standard features of playing cards sold today throughout the...
WW Wilbur Slave Auctioneer

William Ward Wilbur was a 19th century merchant who owned and operated a commission-house on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. There he sold real estate, properties, stocks, bonds, and other negotiable instruments. But most abhorrent - Wilbur was a slave auctioneer...
Nathan C. Folger, New Orleans, 1850s

Of the many token varieties listed in Wright, Adams, Miller, and Rulau, few are as challenging to attribute than the merchant token varieties of Nathan C. Folger. Numismatists will find that this is not because Folger's emissions consist of a vast number of obscure differences ...

History clearly records that the 1860 Presidential Race was a pivotal moment for the future of the United States. The movement for the abolition of slavery was not a quick phenomena, but rather one which took decades......

Of the earliest pioneers in the invention of practical photograpic arts, the Meade Brothers hold a prominent role with its introduction in the United States. In the early days of photography, the process was known as daguerreotyping......
View of Lynchburg From Across the James River

Born in Appomattox Virginia in 1834, Charles John Raine arrived in Lynchburg Virginia sometime in the mid-1850s. Shortly after his arrival, he formed a partnership with Robert Henry Glass, and the two men opened a clothing store......
William A. Drown Parasols and Umbrellas

During the 19th century Philadelphia was the umbrella and parasol capital of the United States. Unlike the inexpensive contraptions we take for granted today, during the 19th century the manufacture of these devices required skilled labor capable of crafting intricate components ......

The Bailey & Co began its existence as the Bailey & Kitchen Jewelry Company in 1830. Founded by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey and Andrew B. Kitchen, the firm was located at 136 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Joseph Bailey was an accomplished silversmith and jeweler, and along with his partner Andrew Kitchen,

A man of many talents and much ambition, Frederick M. Starr was born on May 1st 1799 in the dawning days of the United States. At the age of 20, Starr moved from his birthplace of Warren Connecticut to New York City, where he started work as a clerk at