Mr. Richmond

1856                Masonic Hall, Clarksburg, Virginia.

J. G. Richardson was recorded in three advertisements and three announcements in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from August 29 to October 3, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. J. G. Richmond, Respectfully solicits the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clarksburg and vicinity, to the new style of Likenesses taken on Glass, which, in beauty and life-like appearance, far excel the Daguerreotypes, and no possibility of fading, they may be emersed in water for several weeks without the slightest injury.  Rooms in the Masonic Hall, over Murphey’s and Irwin’s stores.  Instruction given on reasonable terms.  Come and see his specimens.  Daguerreotypes copied I Ambrotype and improved.

The first announcement appeared on September 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.—We would recommend to those who desire a good picture of themselves or friends, to call at the rooms of Mr. Richmond, opposite the Courthouse, in this place.  His specimens embrace some of the finest we ever saw, indeed, he seems to be particularly  fortunate in tracing a life-like representation of the person before him.  This is the first time our citizens have had the opportunity of securing ambrotypes, and we advise them to take advantage of it.  They are decidedly superior to daguerreotypes.

The second announcement appeared on September 26, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.—We understand that Mr. Richmond, the popular artist now in town, contemplates leaving in a few days.  We would advise all those who have not obtained an Ambrotype of themselves, to call at once as they will never have a better opportunity.

The second advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.  “Richmond is Himself Again!”  Six Richmond’s have been slain, but one still lives, and will Take Ambrotypes at the Masonic Hall, for one week only.  Mr. R. returns his thanks for favors bestowed during his recent sojourn in this place, and hopes to meet a continuance for one week longer.  All who wish to obtain an endurable likeness had better call at once as Richmond will positively leave at the expiration of the stated time.  The lovers of the fine Arts are acquainted with the style of Mr. R’s work; therefore, it is only necessary to say that “Richmond is himself again!”  November 5th. 1856.

The third advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.                                                                          Shadows of the Real.                                                                                                                                                At Richmond’s rooms you’re sure to find,                                                                                                        Rare Pictures, just to suit the mind.                                                                                                                    Come One!  Come all! don’t let him wait,                                                                                                        You’ll find him there with polished plates.

In Case of blue, red or green,                                                                                                                        Your face like life, may soon be seen:                                                                                                                Each line portrayed in light and shade,                                                                                                            Come pluck the flower ere it fade.

Secure the chance before it passes,                                                                                                                  You’ll ve’ve regret it charming lasses—                                                                                                              You’ll ne’er regret it gent’s so gay,                                                                                                                        The morrow is not thine, so come to-day.

Old Buck has won, they all pretend to say,                                                                                                    While the exhibition at the Masonic Hall is surely free.                                                                              So now we’ll have filled with money bet so free,                                                                                        Then let us go to Richmond’s and let him squint away.

The third announcement appeared on November 14, 1856.  Fine Pictures.—Mr. Richmond is still making fine pictures at the Masonic Hall in this place.  We understand that he has concluded to remain a few days longer, an we advise all who want correct ambrotypes or daguerreotypes, to give him a call.

Mr. Richmond is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Richmond & Hawkins

1852                Rooms at the Suffolk Hotel, Huntington, New York.                                                  1852-1853     308 Broadway, New York, New York.

Richmond & Hawkins were recorded in one announcement and three advertisements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  The announcement appeared on June 4, 1852.   Daguerreotypes,

“No Spectre forms of pleasure fled,                                                                                                                   The softening, sweetening tints restored;                                                                                                       For thou cans’t give us back the dead;                                                                                                               E’en with the loveliest looks they wore.”

Thus wrote the Poet, in time past, and in view of a happy reflection, as presented to us, of loved and loving friends, by the Art of the Painter’s [      ].  If thus much be said of the Art, what may we not claim for the imagery as portrayed by the Daguerreotypes of the present day—when all that we looked upon in life, whether of parents, brother, sister or child, as the fairest flowers of Earth, shall bloom in other climes may be made to dwell with those who cherished them here.  Those who would be wise in time, call upon Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins, at the Suffolk Hotel, in this village—and secure a treasure.  The specimens we have seen of the above gentlemanly Artists’ Likenesses, warrant us fully in calling attention to this subject, and the fact of their sojourn among us.  See adv’t.

The first advertisement appeared on June 4, 1852.  Daguerreotypes.  Richmond & Hawkins Daguerrean Artist.  Respectfully inform the inhabitants of Huntington and vicinity that they have taken Rooms at the Suffolk Hotel For A Few days Only, for the purpose of accommodating all those who may be desirous of obtaining a [good] and perfect likeness of either themselves, their families, or their friends—and where they will be pleased to exhibit to all lovers of the Fine Arts—one of the largest and most beautiful collections of miniatures of their own execution ever seen in this Village.

Miniatures taken in this beautiful style, neatly set in Gold Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Cases or Frames in a few minutes—and finished in the highest perfection of the Art; and no person will be required to take them unless they are perfectly satisfactory to themselves and friends.

Delay not then as opportunity shall present to secure one, two, three or six of these miniatures of life, which under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends no price can purchase.

Portraits, Engravings and other Daguerreotypes neatly copied.

Price varying from $1 to $10.

Come Ladies and Gentlemen, one and all and see their specimens, likenesses of Children and Infants taken in three to four seconds between the hours of eleven and Twelve o’clock.

N. B.— Instructions given in the theory and most improved Style.  Stock and Apparatus furnished on liberal terms. Huntington, June 4, 1852.

The second advertisement ran from October 22, 1852 to February 25, 1853.  New and Beautiful Daguerrean Gallery, No. 308 Broadway, NY Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins, Successors to Messrs. W. A. Allen & Brother, would most respectfully call the attention of their friends and the public to their New Rooms, at the above number.  The long experience of Messrs. R. & H. in the art, they flatter themselves will enable them to obtain Daguerreotype Portraits unsurpassed by any Daguerreans in the United States leads them to hope they will receive a liberal share of public patronage.  The Rooms are large, elegant and convenient.

Their Fine Sky Light enables them to take Pictures in the most perfect manner, and in the quickest time, entirely obviating the necessity of a long sitting, and correcting the defects so disagreeable to a refined [     ], in the harsh outlines and color tones so prevalent among the picture taken by the Daguerrean Process.  The Operating Room is well calculated for taking, in a finished and beautiful manner,

Large Groups of Families or Collegiate Classes and also for taking portraits.  For Children—three seconds only being required.

Messrs. R. & H. will give their personal attention to visitors, and most assiduously endeavor to please them with good pictures and perfect Likenesses.

No charge made unless the pictures are perfectly satisfactory.

Their prices are from $1,00 upwards, according to the size, style and finish.

Richmond & Hawkins, 308 Broadway.  Over E. Anthony’s Daguerreotype Depot, East side Broadway, between Pearl and Duane Sts. N. Y.

The third advertisement appeared on November 12, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, At the present time, there are so many pretenders to the Art of Daguerreotyping, and so many of what are called “Pictures.”—tho’ mere daubs—that when one knows where and by whom a real bona fide likeness may be obtained, it is equally an act of justice to the public as to the successful artist, that the same should be made known To those who are looking for the neatest and most convenient rooms for the taking of Daguerreotypes, just step up Broadway to No. 308, where you will be received by Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins—and to their polite attention, they will give you in the shortest possible and most moderate rates a resemblance of your own self to which your friends cannot keep saying that they never saw you looking so well in your life.  The specimens of the above artist work are now rivaling those of the “famed” in their line—and they must soon, if they have not already reached the highest pinnacle, which is their ambition.  Remember the Number—308 Broadway

Richmond & Hawkins are recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New York City in 1852-1853, what is new information is that they also active in 1852 in Huntington, New York.

T. E. Richardson

1852                Room in the House of Mr. Joshua Parish, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

T. E. Richardson was recorded in one announcement in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania) on August 5, 1852.  A thing of Beauty is said to be a joy forever; if so, those Daguerreotypes taken by Mr. T. E. Richardson are illustrations of the truth of the above saying.  He has a room in the house of Mr. Joshua A. Parish where he will be pleased to take your visage at the low price of a dollar.  Call on him.

T. E. Richardson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Richardson & O’Brien

1856                Rooms at the Holland House, Woodsfield, Ohio.

Richardson & O’Brien were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 23 to August 27, 1856 in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  Ambrotypes Or Pictures Taken On Glass The subscriber having taken rooms at the Holland House, are prepared to furnish the citizens of Woodsfield and vicinity with Ambrotype miniatures taken in the best style of the art.  By a late improvement Ambrotypes can be beautifully colored in oil, so as to closely resemble the finest oil paintings by hand.

They are also Indestructible, and we will warrant them to never fade.

We are also prepared to take superior Daguerreotypes, which we think will give satisfaction or no charge will be made.  Richardson & O’Brien.

Richardson & O’Brien are not listed in other photographic directories.


1855                71 Cortland Street, New York, New York.

Richard was recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York)  which appeared on September 21, 1855.  Instruction in Ambrotyping and Photography.—Daguerreotype artists and other desirous of a knowledge of the above processes, may acquire the same in a few days, by addressing a line to Richard, 71 Cortland st.

Richard is not listed in other photographic directories.  It is unknown if Richard was a practicing photographer or not.

Obadiah Rich

1840                Court Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Obadiah Rich was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 14 to May 4, 1840 in the  Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Plates made and for sale by O. Rich, Court Avenue.

The following information is from the Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, fourth edition.  Obadiah Rich was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1809 and died in 1888.  He worked as a silversmith in Boston first under the apprenticeship of Moses Morse.  In 1830 he went into business for himself; 1832-1835 in partnership with Samuel L. Ward; 1835-1850 in association with Jones, Low, and Ball.  “Was an outstanding craftsman who produced a number of exceptionally high quality presentation pieces during his career.”  His hallmark appears to have been an oval with concave sides, O Rich at the top, Boston on the bottom, and in the center a dragon.

Obadiah Rich is recorded in other photographic directories the information from Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, fourth edition may possibly help identify any plates in existence.

[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

L. M. Rice

1853                On the Common, Barre, Massachusetts.

L. M. Rice was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  The first announcement appeared on September 2, 1853.  Rices Sky-Light Daguerreotypes.  The American Miniature Palace will be in Barre about the 20th of September, and will remain a few days—during which time will be executed, in its neatly and well arranged rooms, work that shall defy competition, from any source whatever.  L. M. Rice. August 26, 1853.

The second announcement appeared on September 23, 1853.  Arrival Of The American Miniature Palace In Barre.  This splendid Daguerreotype establishment is now located on the Common, in this village, and the proprietor cordially invites the citizens of Barre and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art whether they are desirous of procuring Daguerreotypes or not.

Ever prompted by a strong desire to give perfect satisfaction to all and a steady determination to excel as an artist.  Mr. Rice has had for the last eight years the most flattering success fully assuring him his efforts have not been in vain.

Prices as cheap as at any other establishment, quality of the work considered.  L. M. Rice.

The advertisement appeared on November 4, 1853.  Pictures at Home Only Two Weeks Longer!!!  Do you wish to procure a first class Daguerreotype, without the trouble and expense of going to Worcester or Boston to obtain it—one quite as good as those taken at either place?  If so, please call at the American Miniature Palace, in Barre, where you will find an Artist that can suit you, if a good picture will do it.  L. M. Rice.  Barre, Oct. 21, 1853

L. M. Rice  is not recorded in other photographic directories as being acting in 1853 in Barre, Massachusetts.  An L. M. Rice is recorded in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 as being active in Brookfield, Massachusetts, ca. 1864-66,  Information from the reverse of a carte de visite of O. P. Townsend’s “Successor to L. M. Rice.  with a green three cent  U. S. Inter. Revenue Proprietary tax stamp.  Another carte de visite does exist with the same information without a tax stamp.  The only hard date for Townsend is from The New England Business Directory for 1860.  The distance between Barre and Brookfield is a about sixteen miles.  It is possible they are the same person.

W. H. Rhodes

1856                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Indiana.

W. H. Rhodes was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856.  In another column will be found the advertisement of W. H. Rhodes & Co., Ambrotype Artists.  We have seen specimen pictures taken by this mode, and think they are superior to the Daguerreotype.—Give them a call.  Rooms at J. E. Armstrong’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The first advertisement ran from March 13 to April 10, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses!  The attention of the public is called to the fact that W. H. Rhodes is now occupying the rooms of J. E. Armstrong, in this village, where he is taking Ambrotype Likenesses!

The pictures taken by this method are far superior to the Daguerreotype, in life-like appearance—are on glass, and are perfectly durable.  Full satisfaction guaranteed to all who may favor him with their custom.

Those wanting likenesses will please call immediately, as the Rooms will positively be closed in thirty days, Mr. Armstrong having discontinued the business here.  W. H. Rhodes & Co.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1856.  W. H. Rhodes & Co. Ambrotype Artist, who have been stopping at the Daguerrean rooms of J. E. Armstrong, will remain in town this week only.  During their stay here, they have given more general satisfaction than any artist who have ever visited this place, and there has been a sufficient number for us to judge of real merit.  The Ambrotype is a great improvement on the Daguerreotype, possessing a greater brilliancy; a more exact life like appearance, and, is not in the least impaired by age.  We have seen a number of their specimens, and can truly say that they excel anything of the kind that we have ever seen got up in Hoosierdom.  Any person desiring a similitude of their physiognomy, will never have a more favorable opportunity than the one new offered.  We have often heard persons say they would give most anything in their possession for a likeness of relatives or dear friends, and to such of our readers we would say that an opportunity like the present may not have a recurrence, as our resident artist contemplates removing in a short time.

The second advertisement ran from November 27 to December 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Those having Ambrotypes, taken by W. H. Rodes & Co., that have failed to be what they were represented, can have them taken again, free of charge, by calling at the Daguerrean Rooms of John E. Armstrong, from the 1st to the 7th of December.  J. E. Armstrong.

W. H. Rhodes is not listed in other photographic directories.


George W. Rhodes

1856-1858       near the Park House, Whitehall, New York.

George W. Rhodes was recorded in two announcements.  The first announcement appeared on  November 29, 1856 in The Troy Weekly Times (Troy, New York).  Fire.  Whitehall, Nov. 23.  A fire broke out here this P. M., in a block of buildings adjoining the Park House, owned by Johnson & Wheeler.  The buildings were occupied as follows:  R. C. Johnson, dwelling house and wholesale Grocery; H. & A. Renois, Dry Goods and Bakery; G. W. Rhodes, Ambrotypes, and several other offices.  The whole block was consumed.  Loss about $10.000; partially insured.  Origin of fire unknown.  Several persons were severely injured at the fire.

The second announcement appeared in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York) on  May 28, 1858.  We visited the Ambrotype Saloon of Mr. Rhodes, near the Parke House, Whitehall, a few days since.  This establishment is fitted up in a very beautiful manner, and the instruments are among the best in the State.  He has an elegant assortment of Cases, and his skill in taking Pictures is not to be questioned.  If you want a good likeness of any size or style, with case to match, at a very low figure, call on Rhodes.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list George W. Rhodes as a spelling variant for George W. Rhoades and active in Whitehall, New York in 1859.

William R. Rhoades

1859                South Side of Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio

William R. Rhoades was recorded in two advertisements in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from July 21 to August 4, 1859.  Wm. R. Rhodes’ Photographic Fine Arts Gallery, South Side of Main St, One Door West of the Hocking Valley Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.

These Rooms, under the superintendence of the present proprietor, having gained a celebrity far in advance of that of any other establishment of the kind in this vicinity, for making beautiful, life-like and perfect likenesses.

These rooms have again been renovated, refitted and furnished from Hall to Gallery, and now display an air of neatness, taste and comfort seldom met with in cities of similar size, and it is hoped the efforts made to please will be appreciated by the community, and we have no doubt but they will, by persons of good taste and judgement sic., as they can rest assured, and very readily see that they can get Pictures which cannot be surpassed any where, and prices of Pictures at these Booms have lately been reduced to half what they formerly have been, and even as low as Ten Cents.  Only think of it, an Ambrotype likeness for Ten Cents.  Call one, call all at the great western Picture gallery.  Lancaster, July 21, 1859.

The second advertisement ran from August 11 to December 29, 1859.  Wm. R. Rhoads’ Photographic Fine Art Gallery, South Side Of main Street, One Door West of the Hocking Valley Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.  Lancaster, August 11, 1859.

William R. Rhoades is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Circleville, Ohio in 1859 which is about twenty miles away.  Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 does list Rhodes in both locations in 1859-1860.