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The Philadelphia Contributionship

for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire

 
 
The Philadelphia Contributionship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. The Philadelphia Contributionship Marker
Inscription. Oldest fire insurance company in America. Founded in 1752 by Benjamin Franklin and his friends.
 
Erected 1954 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.815′ N, 75° 8.883′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on S. 4th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Todd House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Joseph's (within shouting distance of this marker); James Madison 4th President lived here (within shouting distance of this marker); A Working-Class House in the Capital City (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Cobblestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Rose Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Evangeline” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
The Philadelphia Contributionship image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 23, 2015
2. The Philadelphia Contributionship
Main Entrance 208-212 South Fourth Street
The Philadelphia Contributionship Building image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. The Philadelphia Contributionship Building
The Philadelphia Contributionship Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
4. The Philadelphia Contributionship Plaque
The Philadelphia Contributionship for the infuring of Houfes from Lofs by Fire, Founded A.D. 1752.The joined hands on this plaque appear on firemarks attached to insured buildings. The building owner purchased coverage from the company attached the firemark to the insured building. Should there be a fire, the firemen would respond and if the building contained the firemark they would fight the fire. If the building was not insured, they would watch it burn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on March 27, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on July 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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