Abraham Carpenter, An Enterprising Cooper of Philadelphia

Almost 269 years ago Abraham Carpenter, a cooper, advertised his many services in rhyme. This might be the first advertising jingle in the Colonies.

He had handsome (hansom) chairs and horses for hire at a time when the city had, other than walking or riding horseback, few means of transport.

Located near the the waterfront he offered masts for vessels and cringles for sails. And of course, he was a very good hoop-maker, even if he did say so himself.

Suzanne Ellison

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13 Responses to Abraham Carpenter, An Enterprising Cooper of Philadelphia

  1. Kansas John says:

    I couldn’t help but think of this when I read; “Two handfome chairs…”

  2. tmsbmx says:

    This is so cool. The internet of yester year.

  3. Alan J Bishop says:

    Close handy to Carpenter’s Dock as well

  4. kendewitt608 says:

    I enjoyed this for a odd reason. One of my first woodworking classes was with a High School shop teacher from Mass. His father turned Mast’s for sailing ships in his back yard. Got tree trunks and turned then into masts. now that is really turning for a living.

  5. Very catchy and inspiring… any good resources on the art of the cooper? With all the amazing Brewers here in Fort Collins, CO I have been thinking about getting into it… Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cody K says:

    Interesting read. What’s the source of the map?

  7. momist says:

    I read that as “And known to be a very good hoop-maker for masts of vessels”. Fore and aft sails, say the driver on the mizzen of a square rigged ship, were attached to the mast with a series of hoops. Also, cringles were the small hoops that reinforced the holes in a sail where the sheets or other cordage passed through the cloth. The cringles would be stitched into the sailcloth with the edges turned into them, and the whole hole bound round with a whipping of waxed thread that may then be tarred.

  8. kenwanobi says:

    Abraham Cooper’s shop is long gone, most recently replaced by a Sheraton Hotel. But Dock Street is still there, and the City Tavern around the corner on 2nd Street dates from 1773.


  9. 52woodbutcher says:

    And tomorrow is Jacob Arend Day, Suzanne!!!! Cabbage and peas for everyone!

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