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Current Exhibition

"I'm a Good Brick!" The Life & Times of Mr. Hy-Tex

Come to the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and meet Mr. Hy-tex, the self-styled “good brick.”  He was born in 1928 as the anthropomorphic representative of the most successful product of the Hydraulic Pressed Brick Company, whose eight factories had a nation-wide clientele.   Mr. Hy-tex was featured on posters in his company’s plants throughout the United States.  His smiling face showed employees the results of hard work and careful handling--- and  his frowns laid guilt on careless and wasteful employees,  Mr. Hy-tex’s weekly appearances  presented a morality tale in miniature.  This light-hearted exhibit features over 40 of Mr. Hy-Tex’s triumphs and tragedies.


Exhibition Dates: May 30-August 25, 2017

Free Admission