What We Saved: Old-Time Ephemera from the Seaport Museum Archives - Independence Seaport Museum

Business and Trade

Catalog, John E. Hand & Sons

Trade Catalog

John E. Hand & Sons Company
Compass makers and adjusters

Founded in Philadelphia in 1873, the John E. Hand & Sons Company quickly gained a reputation as compass adjusters and manufacturers of quality nautical instruments. The Hand Company built navigational equipment for all varieties of commercial and private floating vessels, working under contract for the United States military during and after World War II.


Promotional card, Mariner's Church Servies

Promotional Card

Mariner’s Church Services
"Very Plain Words to Young Men"
Sermon Titles:
"The Young Man Adrift" and
"The Young Man Anchored"
circa 1870



Building for sale or lease


Building for Sale or Lease
Quaker Shipyard
circa 1930



Trade card, United States Mail Steamship Lafayette

Trade Card

United States Mail Steamship Lafayette
Service from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia
Mid-19th century


Trade card "To Southern Shippers"

Trade Card

"To Southern Shippers"
Wilcox & Delleker,
Notaries Public and Custom House Brokers.
For use by shippers between the Union and Confederate States
Civil War Era




Trade card, James M. Vance & Co

Trade Card

James M. Vance & Co.
Importers of Hardware, Cutlery, Ship Chain
Late 19th century


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