Lydia Bailey Passes On

Lydia Bailey, who was born Lydia Steele in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Captain William Steele and Elizabeth Bailey, passed away on the 21st of February in 1869.

Bailey was the master printer of a shop that at its peak was one of the largest in Philadelphia, employing more than forty workers.

A contemporary printing historian, William McCulloch, reported that Bailey “carried on the printing business with success and reputation.”  Multiple obituaries noted the respect she had achieved in the printing world and spoke highly of her local reputation.



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