Lawrence Finn Handbills
Scope and Contents
This small collection consists of four handbills advertising demonstrations offered by Lawrence Finn, an itinerant glassworker. The handbills were acquired from different sources and placed together as a collection. They promote shows offered in London, New York City, and Augusta (presumably in Georgia). In his demonstrations, Finn created figurines, spun glass, and other small glass novelties for live audiences. The handbills not only describe Finn's shows, but also provide the locations, times, and admission prices.
- Circa 1815-1843
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.
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Biographical / Historical
Lawrence Finn was an English itinerant glassworker who immigrated to the United States and practiced his trade in a number of American cities. As an itinerant glassworker, Finn traveled from one location to another and offered flameworking shows for audiences.
There is very little information about Lawrence Finn outside of the advertisements for his performances. Given the length of his career, it is possible there were two Lawrence Finns, a father and son or uncle and nephew who practiced the same trade.
1.3 Linear Feet (1 flat box)
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Some handbills are matted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Glass Working Exhibition, 1815 received from Lionel and Philip Robinson in 1956.
Inimitable Mechanism, Circa 1815-1820 received from James Burmeister Rare Books. Accession 2021.006
Exhibition of Fancy Glass Working, 1828 and Exhibition of Fancy Glass Working, Circa 1840-1843 received from Howard S. Mott Rare Books.
Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.
- Lawrence Finn Handbills, Circa 1815-1843
- A Guide to the Collection
- Colleen McFarland Rademaker
- May 4, 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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