The Philadelphia Print Shop, purveyor of antique prints, antique maps and related books, was founded by partners Donald H. Cresswell and Christopher W. Lane and first opened its doors in Philadelphia in September, 1982. Chris had been working on his Ph.D. thesis in Philosophy when he decided to take a hiatus to research and pursue his hobby of collecting antique maps and prints by working for a dealer in Philadelphia. It was there that Chris met Don and a year later they decided to start the Print Shop, in order to pursue their common interest in antique prints and maps and to run their business in the way they thought it should be run.
In 2010, Chris’s wife, Dr. J. Lindsey Lane, was offered a job at Denver Children’s Hospital that she couldn’t pass up, so Don and Chris decided they would open a new branch there, The Philadelphia Print Shop West, which had its Grand Opening on November 19, 2010. After four years, the partners decided that logistically it made sense to split up the Print Shop into two firms, so on January 1st, 2015, The Philadelphia Print Shop West became a separate business.
From the beginning, Don and Chris focused on providing an extensive collection of prints and maps of all kinds, well researched and fairly priced. They worked happily with institutions, beginning and advanced collectors, those interested in decoration for their home or office, and those looking for an unusual gift. The Philadelphia Print Shop West continues with that policy.
The Philadelphia Print Shop West exhibits at number of fine antique shows around the country, and Chris continues to appear as an expert appraiser on the popular PBS television program Antiques Roadshow.