Victorian advertising broadside for S.D. Sollers & Co., a manufacturer of fine children’s shoes and slippers in Philadelphia. Six elegantly dressed boys and girls are posed around a display of oversized high button shoes arranged atop a platform with the company’s name and the slogan “Buy the Celebrated Shoes.” One boy and girl set up the display as two watch on the right. On the left, a kneeling boy helps a little girl try on shoes. Beside them, the lid of an open shoebox on the floor reads “S.D. Sollers. J.C. Austin. J.S. Outcalt.” An example of this print in the collection of the Library of Congress gives the date as 1874.
Duval & Hunter was a publisher of fine lithographs in Philadelphia from around 1871. The founder, Peter S. Duval, was “a pioneer in color printing” according to lithography scholar Harry S. Peters, who also asserted, “All in all, we can safely say that P.S. Duval and his group occupy one of the most important places in American lithography.” Over a period of almost 50 years, Duval and his collaborators produced high quality color prints of a range of subjects: portraits, fine art and genre paintings, military and naval subjects, views, scientific and natural history plates, government reports and advertisements. Born in France, Duval began working in Philadelphia in 1831 (in his early twenties) as a lithographer for Childs & Inman. That firm was succeeded by Duval’s partnership with George Lehman as Lehman & Duval. From 1839 to 1943, he collaborated with William W. Huddy as Huddy & Duval. He then established P.S. Duval, which became P.S Duval & Son when his son Stephen (born c. 1832) joined the company in 1858. Around 1871, the firm was succeeded by Duval & Hunter in association with Thomas Hunter. Peter S. Duval retired in 1879. In 1893 the business ceased operations and was sold by the sheriff.
Condition: Generally very good overall with the usual handling and soft creases; recently professionally cleaned and deacidified with only minor traces remaining of toning.
Groce, George C. and Wallace, David H. The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969. pp. 199-200.
Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. pp. 163-168, p. 227.
“S.D. Sollers & Co., Manufacturers of Children’s Fine Shoes, Philadelphia.” Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/92512934/ (7 June 2013).