Jay T. Last Collection of Finance Prints and Ephemera: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Charla DelaCuadra.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Prints and Ephemera
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: 626-405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Jay T. Last Collection of Finance Prints and Ephemera
Dates (inclusive): 1794-1926
Bulk dates: 1840-1900
Collection Number: priJLC_FIN
Collector: Last, Jay T.
Extent: approximately 1,075 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Prints and Ephemera
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: 626-405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The Jay T. Last Collection of Finance Prints and Ephemera contains approximately 1,075 printed items related to finance, banking, auctions, and other monetary products and services in the United States from 1794 to 1926, with the bulk of the content dating from 1840 to 1900. Most items are lithographs, but engravings and woodcuts are also included.
Language: English.
Note:
Finding aid last updated on May 31, 2018.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Item title, Call number]. Jay T. Last Collection of Finance Prints and Ephemera, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

This collection forms part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History, which was donated to the Huntington Library by Jay T. Last in 2005 as a gift in progress. The bulk of the Finance prints and ephemera were transferred to the Library between 2010 and 2012.

Background

The Jay T. Last Collection is an unparalleled archive of printed paper artifacts that documents American lithographic, social, and business history. The collection began in the early 1970s when physicist and Silicon Valley pioneer Jay Last moved to Southern California and started collecting citrus box labels he found at local flea markets and rummage sales. As his collection grew, Last realized that these labels conveyed important information about commercial printing, graphic design, and social history, and he expanded his collection to include other forms of American visual culture. Today this collection contains more than 200,000 lithographic prints, posters, and ephemera of mostly nineteenth- and early twentieth- century American origin and represents works by more than five hundred lithographic companies.

Access

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Scope and Content

The Jay T. Last Collection of Finance Prints and Ephemera contains approximately 1,075 printed items from the United States dating from 1794 to 1926, with the bulk of the content dating from 1840 to 1900. Items are related to the creation, distribution, and management of money as well as the conduct or transaction of money matters, including the protection or sale of personal and real property by agents, brokers, dealers, or land developers. This category covers accounting, auctions, banking, collection agencies, credits and loans, insurance, investment, and real estate along with the equipment, supplies, and structures associated with these businesses such as cash registers, checks, insurance policies, paper currency, and financial buildings. Most items are lithographs, but engravings and woodcuts are also included.
Materials are arranged in two series: small-size items (11 x 14 inches or less) and large-size items (more than 11 x 14 inches). Small-size items are described broadly at the series level; large-size items and select small-size items are fully inventoried with printers, artists, and publishers indexed by name. The collection includes 54 large-size items comprised mainly of advertising prints and insurance agreements. Small-size items number approximately 1,020 and contain a variety of materials, including trade cards, checks, leaflets, currency, imitation currency, and printed billheads and letterheads (with and without manuscript text). Of note are more than 100 bank checks issued by John H. Piatt & Co. Bankers of Cincinnati, Ohio, dating from 1817 to 1820 (Binder 1). They are signed by various Cincinnati-area businessmen and citizens including shoe store owner James Chute, druggist William Crissey, Methodist preacher Adbeel Coleman, and American Revolutionary War veteran Abraham Chase.
The collection provides a look at the evolution of advertising strategies and contractual language in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The images on the insurance-related materials often include depictions of fires and natural disasters, providing a resource for studying the history of emergency response and firefighting during this era. As graphic materials, the collection highlights developing techniques and trends in printmaking while documenting the artists, engravers, lithographers, printers, and publishers involved in the creative process.

Alternative Form of Materials Available

Visit the Huntington Digital Library: Jay T. Last Collection   to view digitized items from this collection.

Related materials in the Huntington Library

The Huntington Library Historical Prints Collection contains two related items (priHHC_FIN_0000284; priHHC_FIN_0000285) that is listed in the "Related Materials" section at the beginning of Series II in this finding aid.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following two series:
  • Series I. Finance Prints and Ephemera (small size)
  • Series II. Finance Prints and Ephemera (large size)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Genres

Billheads.
Bonds (Negotiable instruments)
Broadsides.
Business cards.
Certificates.
Checks.
Chromolithographs.
Ephemera.
Ephemera -- United States -- 19th century.
Ephemera -- United States -- 20th century.
Engravings.
Handbills.
Intaglio prints.
Leaflets (printed works).
Letterheads.
Lithographs.
Money.
Printed ephemera.
Promotional materials.
Relief prints.
Stationery.
Trade cards.

Subjects

Advertising -- Banks and banking.
Advertising -- Insurance.
Auctions.
Banks and banking -- Pictorial works.
Buildings -- Pictorial works.
Commercial streets -- Pictorial works.
Financial services industry.
Fire engines -- Pictorial works.
Fire fighters -- Pictorial works.
Fires -- Pictorial works.
Insurance.
Lettering -- Pictorial works.
Lotteries.
Women -- Pictorial works.

Printer, Publisher, Artist Index

The following is a complete list of printers, publishers, and artists represented in the fully-cataloged items in this collection.
Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870
Bailey, Francis, 1735?-1815
Baker, Geo. H. (George Holbrook), 1827-1906
Barker, J. J.
Beach & Barnard
Bigot, Alphonse, approximately 1828-1872 or 1873
Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870
Clay & Cosack
Croome, William, 1790-1860
Defender Print
E. P. & L. Restein Lith.
E.B. Clayton & Sons
Errett & Anderson
H. T. Darlington & Co.
Hart, Chas. (Charles), active 1870-1880
Hatch & Co.
Hatch Lith. Co.
Henry T. Darlington & Co.
Hobson, R. H., active 1829-1834
Hoffmann, V., 1834-
Horton's Print
J. & E. Norton’s Print
J. Ottman Lithographic Company
King & Baird
Knickerbocker, C.
Lane, Nathan
Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
Mason, William G.
New-Orleans Commercial Bulletin Office
Nissly, Samuel
P.R. Freas & Co.
Packard, Herbert S.
Palm & Fechteler
Ritchie & Dunnavant
Robertson, Wm. C. (Printer)
Rogers, Isaiah, 1800-1869
Shearman & Hart
Shearman, J. A.
Sinclair, Thomas S., approximately 1805-1881
Strobridge Lithographing Company
Thoubboron, J.
Warner, C. L.
Wheeler & Williams
Whitechurch, Robert, 1814-approximately 1880


Collection Contents

 

Series I. Finance Prints and Ephemera (small size) 1794-1926

Physical Description: approximately 1,020 items in 8 binders and 1 flat-top box

Arrangement

Items smaller than 8 x 10 inches are housed in eight binders.
Items that are between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size are arranged in one box. Items with individual call numbers are arranged numerically. Select items have been fully cataloged and are described in the following format:
  • Title of print. Date
  • Artist(s) (when known). Printer(s). Publisher(s).
Binder  1

Banking, A-Z by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 200 items
Binder  2

Insurance, A-D by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 105 items
Binder  3

Insurance, E-Hi by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 110 items
Binder  4

Insurance, Ho-J by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 150 items
Binder  5

Insurance, K-M by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 145 items
Binder  6

Insurance, N-Po by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 135 items
Binder  7

Insurance, Pr-Z by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 155 items
Binder  8

Real Estate, A-Z by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 20 items
Box  1

Finance (between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size)

Physical Description: approximately 20 items

Note

Select items in this box have been fully cataloged and are listed below.
 

 priJLC_FIN_004297  To be sold at public vendue, on Monday, the 18th of November inst... 1822

Printers: Miner's Press
 

 priJLC_FIN_004298  Notice. : Will be sold, at public sale, at Hart's Bottom... 1826

 

 priJLC_FIN_004299  Standing timber. 1844

Printers: Iredell & Butler
 

 priJLC_FIN_004456  Protection Insurance Company. Agent of the Protection Insurance Company, of Hartford, Conn. approximately 1852-1854

 

 priJLC_FIN_004459  Orient Insurance Co. Hartford, Conn. approximately 1886-1887

 

 priJLC_FIN_004460  Phoenix Insurance Co. Hartford, Conn. 1882

 

 priJLC_FIN_004461  Compliments of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. ©1893

Printers: Knapp Co. Lith.
 

 priJLC_FIN_004462  Compliments of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. ©1895

Printers: Knapp Co. Lith.
 

 priJLC_FIN_004463  Compliments of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. New York. 1902. ©1901

Printers: American Lithographic Co.
 

 priJLC_FIN_004464  Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company. approximately 1893

Artists: Kinne, C. Mason Printers: Bosqui Eng. & Print. Co.
 

 priJLC_FIN_005030  $50 reward! Pocket wallet lost. 1852

Printers: George F. Nesbitt & Co.
 

 priJLC_FIN_005031  This indenture made this first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four... 1794

 

 priJLC_FIN_005032  Commonwealth Fire Insurance Company of the state of Pennsylvania. approximately 1854-1857

Printers: Butler, J. M. (John M.)
 

 priJLC_FIN_005034  Monmouth Mutual Fire Insurance Co. 1854

 

Series II. Finance Prints and Ephemera (large size) 1796-after 1912

Physical Description: 54 items

Related Material

Items in the Huntington Library Historical Prints collection:

  • priHHC_FIN_0000284 By Lyne & Brother, auctioneers and real estate agents... 1871
  • priHHC_FIN_0000285 Farms, mills, cottages, country seats, hotels, etc., for sale by R.R. Corson... approximately 1882-1902 Printers: Defender Print

Arrangement

Items are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
  • Title of print. Date
  • Artist(s) (when known). Printer(s). Publisher(s).
priJLC_FIN_000630

McLaughlin & Ryland’s bank : corner of Santa Clara and First Streets San Jose Cal. approximately 1872

Artists: Hoffmann, V., 1834- Printers: Baker, Geo. H. (George Holbrook), 1827-1906
priJLC_FIN_000669

Horizontorium. ©1832

Artists: Mason, William G. Printers: Barker, J. J. Publishers: Hobson, R. H., active 1829-1834
priJLC_FIN_000679

Merchants' Exchange, New York. approximately 1836-1839

Artists: Warner, C. L. ; Rogers, Isaiah, 1800-1869 Printers: Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870 Publishers: Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870
priJLC_FIN_001818

Shells of the ocean! approximately 1866

Printers: Errett & Anderson
priJLC_FIN_002566

National of Hartford. after 1886

Printers: Palm & Fechteler
priJLC_FIN_002567

North-Western Insurance Company, Oswego, N.Y. approximately 1860

Printers: Beach & Barnard
priJLC_FIN_002568

Philadelphia Fire & Life Insurance Company,... ©1857

Printers: King & Baird
priJLC_FIN_002569

The St. Nicholas Insurance Co. approximately 1855-1863

Printers: Wheeler & Williams
priJLC_FIN_002570

The Firemen's Insurance Co. N. York. by this policy of insurance... 1845

Artists: Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870 Printers: E.B. Clayton & Sons
priJLC_FIN_002571

Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company. 1827

priJLC_FIN_002572

By the president and directors of the Insurance Company of North America. 1809

priJLC_FIN_002573

The Baltimore Equitable Society. No. 932. 1801

priJLC_FIN_002574

The Western Marine and Fire Insurance Company. 1842

Printers: New-Orleans Commercial Bulletin Office
priJLC_FIN_002575

Aetna Insurance Co of Hartford Conn. 1887. 1887

Printers: J. Ottman Lithographic Company
priJLC_FIN_002576

Albany City Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1862

Printers: Knickerbocker, C.
priJLC_FIN_002577

Columbia Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1869-1874

Printers: Robertson, Wm. C. (Printer)
priJLC_FIN_002578

Equitable Life Assurance Society. after 1912

priJLC_FIN_002579

Equitable Life Assurance Society. after 1912

priJLC_FIN_002580

Fire Association of Philadelphia. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002581

Harmony Fire and Marine Insurance Co. approximately 1866-1867

Artists: Shearman, J. A.
priJLC_FIN_002582

Hanover Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002583

Hanover Fire Insurance Company. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002584

The Home Insurance Company of New-York. 1865

Printers: Clay & Cosack
priJLC_FIN_002585

The building of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company. approximately 1895-1912

Artists: Packard, Herbert S. Printers: E. P. & L. Restein Lith.
priJLC_FIN_002586

Niagara Fire Insurance Company. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002587

North Western Insurance Company Oswego, N.Y. approximately 1863-1867

Printers: Lane, Nathan
priJLC_FIN_002588

Norwich Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1861-1862

Printers: Shearman & Hart
priJLC_FIN_002589

Norwich Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1865-1868

Printers: Hatch & Co.
priJLC_FIN_002590

Phenix Insurance Co. of Brooklyn, New York. approximately 1869-1874

Printers: Robertson, Wm. C. (Printer)
priJLC_FIN_002591

Springfield, Mass. Fire & Marine Insurance Co. approximately 1864-1866

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002592

Standard Life Insurance Co. approximately 1863-1872

Printers: Hart, Chas. (Charles), active 1870-1880
priJLC_FIN_002593

Thames Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1839-1872

Artists: Bigot, Alphonse, approximately 1828-1872 or 1873 Printers: Sinclair, Thomas S., approximately 1805-1881
priJLC_FIN_002594

The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. approximately 1864-1866

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002595

Continental Life Insurance Company, of Hartford, Conn. approximately 1867-1872

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002596

First National Fire Insurance Company. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002597

The Globe Mutual Life Insurance Company New York. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_002598

Organized A.D. 1794. Insurance Company of North America Philadelphia. approximately 1871-1886

Printers: Hatch Lith. Co.
priJLC_FIN_002599

Aetna Insurance Co. approximately 1884

Printers: Strobridge Lithographing Company
priJLC_FIN_002600

Continental Fire Insurance Co. of New York. approximately 1886-1906

Printers: J. Ottman Lithographic Company
priJLC_FIN_002601

Esto perpetua : Continental Fire Insurance Company. approximately 1871-1886

Printers: Hatch Lith. Co.
priJLC_FIN_004286

Clay township report, of volunteer bounty expenses... 1866

Printers: Nissly, Samuel
priJLC_FIN_004287

$2,000 reward. 1866

Printers: Horton's Print
priJLC_FIN_004288

In the name, and by the authority, of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Thomas Mifflin, governor of the said commonwealth... 1796

Printers: Bailey, Francis, 1735?-1815
priJLC_FIN_004289

Public sale. 1839

Printers: P.R. Freas & Co.
priJLC_FIN_004290

Doylestown property in the market. approximately 1872-1877

Printers: H. T. Darlington & Co.
priJLC_FIN_004291

Sheriff's sale. 1843

priJLC_FIN_004292

Assignee's sale of valuable real estate and pers'l property! 1877

Printers: Henry T. Darlington & Co.
priJLC_FIN_005025

Auction! 1857

Printers: J. & E. Norton’s Print
priJLC_FIN_005026

Universal Life Ins. Company. approximately 1873-1888

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FIN_005027

Hartford Fire Insurance Co. approximately 1859-1893

Printers: Thoubboron, J.
priJLC_FIN_005028

Most valuable read estate and wharf property, in the city of Richmond, Va. to be sold at auction, on the premises, on May 13, 1856. 1856

Printers: Ritchie & Dunnavant
priJLC_FIN_005029

The Lycoming County Mutual Fire Insurance Co. 1853 ; 1858

priJLC_FIN_005035

Mercer County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, of New Jersey, ... 1853

priJLC_FIN_005036

Franklin Fire Insurance Company of Philadelphia. 1877

Artists: Croome, William, 1790-1860 ; Whitechurch, Robert, 1814-approximately 1880