Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
Thomas S. Wagner worked for Peter S. Duval until around 1844 when he joined E. J. Pinkerton and James McGuigan in the firm of Pinkerton, Wagner & McGuigan. It was one of the first firms to print in color and won a silver medal for polychromatic lithograph y using five colors at the Franklin Institute's exhibition in 1844 . Pinkerton resigned in 1845 and the firm continued as Wagner & McGuigan. The firm soon had one of the largest operations in the city competing directly with firms run by Peter S. Duval an d Thomas S. Sinclair.
Wagner & McGuigan owned their own building, the Athenian Building, at Franklin Place. The building was severly damaged by a fire in December 1850 but the owners were able to rebuild. Unfortunately, the firm lost everything in a second fire in November 185
7. Once again Wagner and McGuigan rebuilt, but the partnership dissolved soon after. Thomas S. Wagner died in 1863.
|Item No.||Title||Imprint||Plate No.||Illustration||Thumbnail Image|
|Jasper Guards' March / composed and dedicated to the officers & members of the Jasper Guards of Charleston, S.C. by a Lady of South Carolina||Charleston : Geo. Oates, 1848||None||Soldier in uniform with a harbor in the background / lith. of Wagner & McGuigan|
|Jeannie Gray : a ballad / words by J. M. Church ; music by Charles Mueller||Philadelphia : Edward L. Walker, 1849||None||Color: portrait of a young woman standing in a marsh / J. Queen del. ; Wagner & McGuigan Lith.|
|Lovely Nancy, or The Bold Privateer : as sung by Mrs. Barney Williams||Philadelphia : Winner & Shuster, 1853||None||Portrait of woman playing a box organ / Winner Lith. Co. ; Wagner & McGuigan Lith.|
|Spring Flower Polka / composed and respectfully dedicated to the Young Ladies of St, Mary's Hall, Burlington, N.J. by Geo. W. Hewitt||Philadelphia : Couenhoven, Scull & Co., 1852||81-4||Color: an angel and a vine of flowers / Wagner & McGuigan's Lith. Steam Press|
|Village Polka Quadrilles / composed and arranged for the piano forte and respectfully dedicated to John W. Gaul by Septimus Winner. 2nd ed.||Philadelphia : S. Winner, 1850||None||Color: young man and woman dancing. A village is in the background and a stream is in the foreground / Winner Delk. ; printed by Wagner & McGuigan|