April 23, 1849 (Monday)

Cloudy pretty much all day.  Dr. Baird delivered his third lecture to-night, and a most interesting lecture it was; the subject was Holland, Belgium, Germany, Prussia and Austria.

For more information on Dr. Robert Baird, see the entry for April 17.

According to a review in the April 23, 1849 Philadelphia Inquirer, the lectures “have proved remarkably interesting, full of very valuable information which is communicated in a social and agreeable manner.”  Large maps of the principal cities are on display as are drawings showing the costumes and dress of peoples mentioned (Russians, Scandanavians, Germans, etc). The venue has moved to the Sansom Street Hall due to the popularity of the lectures.

Sansom Street Hall, 610 Sansom Street, was built in 1848 as a bath house and lyceum. It was a popular venue for concerts, lectures, balls, etc.  It closed in 1863. The site, hard by Independence Square, is currently occupied by a parking garage.


Clouse, Doug. Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan: Typographic Tastemakers of the Late 19th Century. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2008.

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