Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Photograph Collection, 1909-1962, PP300

Finding Aid to the Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Photograph Collection, 1909-1962, PP300

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Photograph Collection

Creator

Lucas Bros., Inc.

Call number

PP300

Inclusive dates

1909-1962

Bulk dates

1930-1962

Extent

 2 boxes

Abstract

Contains photographs related to the business ventures of Lucas Brothers, Incorporated.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page.

Provenance

Gift of Alan Behrend, November 24, 2003.

Accession number

6893

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, June, 2015

Historical Note

The business that would become Lucas Brothers, Incorporated was founded in 1804 in Baltimore, Maryland by Fielding Lucas, Jr. Lucas purchased the stationery and publishing firm of Campbell, Conrad and Company, which was located at 138 Market Street (now 116 East Baltimore Street), where business remained there until 1904, when the building was destroyed by the Great Baltimore Fire. Lucas’ company primarily published illustrated maps and atlases. His sons, William F., Edward, and Henry A., organized Lucas Brothers in 1853, which was later acquired solely by William. 

The company grew into a stationary retailer, printing shop, used furniture dealer, and cabinet maker. It became a one stop shop for office supply needs and even offered interior design services for office spaces. The main retail store in Baltimore occupied 219-221-223 and 225 East Baltimore Street. Retail stores were also opened in Baltimore County but were sold in 1994. Lucas Brothers folded shortly after.

Related Collections:

Lucas Brothers, Incorporated Manuscript Collection, MS 3174

Scope and Content

The collections contains photographs related to the business ventures of Lucas Brothers, Incorporated. This includes interior and exterior views of the store located on East Baltimore Street, window displays, and ephemera from the company’s 150th anniversary celebration. Two photograph albums documenting Lucas Bros.’ office remodeling services may be of particular interest. The firm worked with several notable Baltimore businesses, including the Baltimore Trust Company and National Central Bank, to update their facilities. Photographs documenting the company’s work to overhaul its own building are also included.

The collection is arranged in seven series, which reflect the topics of photographs. Within the series, the items are organized chronologically. The photographs in series II and III were originally held in album but were removed due to preservation concerns. The arrangement of these series reflects the original order of the albums.

Container List

Contents 

Dates 

Image ID # 

Box 

Series I: Lucas Bros. Store

 

 

 

Engraving of Lucas Bros. Store (?)

No date

PP300.001

1

Lucas Bros., Inc. exterior

1947, November 8

PP300.002

1

Valentine’s Day card displays

1950

PP300.003-.008

1

Stock room

1950, December 30

PP300.009-.019

1

Store remodeling

1962, July

PP300.020-.021

1

Showrooms

1962, October

PP300.022-.027

1

Exterior views

1962, November

PP300.028-.052

1

Series II: NSOEA Store Modernization 1958 Album

 

 

 

Store interior

1940

PP300.053-.054

1

Store interior

No date

PP300.055

1

Store at 221 E. Baltimore Street

1909

PP300.056

1

View of left rear of store showing open displays of merchandise

No date

PP300.057

1

Lucas store immediately prior to beginning the remodeling program

1952, July 3

PP300.058

1

View of right rear of store showing open displays of pads, carbon and typing paper, etc.

No date

PP300.059

1

Window display

No date

PP300.060-.061

1

Fountain pen and social stationary department

No date

PP300.062

1

Store interior

1935

PP300.063

1

Interior of the store at 221-223 as it appears today, showing archway to 219 building also

1958 (?)

PP300.064

1

View from front to rear

No date

PP300.065

1

Ephemera

No date

 

1

Series III: Office Remodeling Projects Album

 

 

 

Whitehouse & Co. Keyser Building, Baltimore, Md.: Complete equipment including floor covering by Lucas Bros. Inc. Baltimore

No date

PP300.066-.067

1

Desks

No date

PP300.068-.069

1

“Officers Quarters,” National Central Bank, Baltimore, Md.

No date

PP300.070

1

Whitehouse & Co. G/W. Telegraph Counter

No date

PP300.071

1

Whitehouse & Co. board room, furniture and floor covering by Lucas Bros.

No date

PP300.072

1

Whitehouse & Co.

 No date

PP300.073

1

Safe of Southern Photo Engraving Co. in Baltimore Post Fire (and testimonial letter)

1931, January 1

PP300.074-.075

1

Arundel Corp. General Offices – Battery of Jamestown Metal Desk Co.’s file

No date

PP300.076

1

Screen and counter, Transfer Department, Safe Deposit & Trust Co.

No date

PP300.077

1

Reference Counter, Safe Deposit & Trust Co., Transfer Department

No date

PP300.078

1

National Central Bank, Lucas equipped Executive Office, Board Room – Safe Deposit Department

No date

PP300.079

1

National Central Bank, Main Banking Room showing Doten-Duton furniture in foreground

No date

PP300.080

1

“Board Room,” National Central Bank, Baltimore, Md.

No date

PP300.081

1

Safe Deposit Dept., National Central Bank

No date

PP300.082

1

“Board” Room, Fire Underwriters’ Association, Garrett Building

No date

PP300.083

1

Secretary’s office, Fire Underwriters’ Association, Garrett Building

No date

PP300.084

1

Travel Bureau, Baltimore Trust Co.

No date

PP300.085

1

Baltimore Trust Co., Safe Deposit Department, Attendant’s desk – coupon booths

No date

PP300.086

1

Corporation Trust Co., Baltimore Trust Building, table and chairs by Lucas

No date

PP300.087

1

Office of Harold Knapp, assistant sales manager, The Celotex Company, 7th Floor

No date

PP300.088

1

Wm. Martien & Co., 1701 Baltimore Trust Building, special TelKee Cabinet, mahogany – made by Lucas Bros. Inc.

No date

PP300.089-.90

1

Travel Bureau, Baltimore Trust Co.

No date

PP300.091-.093

1

Knox Net & Twine Co., Lucas steel counter

No date

PP300.094

1

Ammidon and Co., Mr. Varian’s office, 31 South Frederick Street, Baltimore, Md.

No date

PP300.095

1

International Mercantile Marine Co., 340 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md., special grained walnut counter-steel, supplied by Lucas Bros. Inc.

No date

PP300.096

1

International Mercantile Marine Co., General offices, 340 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md., Lucas Bros. Inc. equipped complete

No date

PP300.097

1

Directors room, Park Bank, West Lexington and Liberty Streets, Baltimore, Md., 15’ mahogany table made in Lucas’ shop

No date

PP300.098

1

Lucas display of Meilink Safes

No date

PP300.099

1

Lucas display of Globe Wernicke Steel Files

No date

PP300.100

1

Lucas display of Doten-Dunton Furniture

No date

PP300.101

1

Lucas display of wood-steel furniture

No date

PP300.102

1

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Lucas equipped cars

No date

PP300.103

1

Series IV: Window Displays

 

 

 

Window displays

No date; 1949-1962

PP300.104-.114

1

Series V: Portraits

 

 

 

Subseries I: Employees

 

 

 

Lucas brothers (?)

No date

PP300.115

1

Mosler Regional Sales School

1950, April 22

PP300.116

1

Unidentified group portraits

No date

PP300.117-.118

1

Subseries II: Conventions

 

 

 

N. S. A. (N.S.O.E.A) Convention, Globe-Wernicke Dealers

1950-1954

PP300.119-.121

1

Guild Directors Meeting

1950, May 4

PP300.122

1

Series VI: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Unidentified doorway

1930, August 7

PP300.123

1

Series VII: 150th Anniversary

 

 

 

History of Lucas Bros. outline

1939

 

2

History of stationary and printing images

No date

 

2

History of Lucas Bros. display items

1939

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games