We present to our
readers and the business community herewith a brief
Historical Overview of the prominent business houses
and manufacturing firms of the City of Philadelphia.
It will be interesting as an exhibit of the growth
of the city for the past thirty years, and perusal
of its pages will demonstrate the fact that the city
of Philadelphia has not only kept pace with her
sister cities in the marvelous advance in
manufacturing interests, commercial industries,
sciences and the arts, but has actually outstripped
most of her rivals in the march of progress.
State in the Union has greater facilities for manufacturing than
Pennsylvania, in its abundance of water power, coal and iron.
to the census of 1870, there were 37,200 manufacturing
establishments (the largest number of any State in the Union),
against 22,863 in 1860, using 6230 steam engines, of 221,936
horse power, and 7603 water wheels, of 141,982 horse power.
There were employed 319,487, hands, of whom 256,543 were males
above 16 years of age, 43,712 above 15 years of age, and 19,232
The capital invested in manufacturing was $406,821,845, the
wages paid amounted to $127,976,594; the materials consumed had
a value of $421,198,673; and the goods and commodities produced
a value of $711,894,344 (being second only to that of the State
of New York), and since which time a marked and manifest
increase in all branches of manufacturing industries has taken
place, to such, an extent as to render it a mere matter of
conjecture as to whether Pennsylvania, in the next census
returns, may not head the list.