D. Haas

1853                3 Exchange Block, King Street, Alexandria, Virginia.                                                  1855                Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.

D. Haas was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Daily Evening Star (Washington, D. C). The advertisement ran from August 18 to November 25, 1853. Alexandria Daguerrean Gallery Exchange Block, changed hands.  D. Haas having bought out the entire interest of E. L. Brockett in the above Gallery, and replenished his stock with a beautiful variety of new Plain and Fancy Cases, Lockets, Rings, Pins, and Ornamental Frames, is prepared to take Pictures with every improvement in the Art.

Pictures taken in any weather and warranted to give entire satisfaction.  He will not permit any Pictures to leave the Gallery that are not perfect.  Miniatures for lockets, Rings, and other Ornaments taken in the best possible manner an on the most reasonable terms.  The Public are requested to call and examine for themselves.  Remember the place—the only Daguerrean Gallery in Alexandria, No. 3 Exchange Block, King street, Alexandria,  Va.

The announcement appeared on December 15, 1855.  Alexandria Correspondence.  Alexandria, Dec. 15, 1855…The Ladies Fair at Sarepta Hall continues to be the centre of evening gayety…

Among the principal objects of public interest here is the memorial prepared by Mr. Haas, at his daguerrean gallery, to the victims of the recent calamity by the fire.  I[t] consists of a unique frame, enclosing admirable likenesses of the fallen firemen around a circle, in which is daguerreotyped the inscription, “The victims of the fire on King street, November 17, 1855:  Their memory is enshrined in the hearts of their fellow citizens.”  The tout ensemble is really beautiful, and Mr. H. deserves equal praise for his skill as for his public spirit.

D. Haas was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Alexandria, Virginia from 1860 to 1871.

William Gustin

1856                Address and Location Unknown.                                                                        1857                Address Unknown, Troy, Pennsylvania.

William Gustin was recorded in two announcements in the Bradford Report (Towanda, Pennsylvania).  The first appeared on October 16, 1856.  Premiums Awarded at the Fourth Annual Fair of the Bradford County Agricultural Society, October 2, 1856…2d premium for Ambrotypes to Wm. Gustin.

The second announcement appeared on October 29, 1857.  Teachers’ Institute at Troy…The names of more than ninety teachers were registered the first under the direction of the principal. While thus collected into as compact a group as possible, Mr. Gustin, an artist of Troy, succeeded in getting two very fine Ambrotypes of the group.  So perfect were the shadows thus fastened upon the glass plates, that an individual who was previously acquainted with any or all of the one hundred and forty or fifty faces upon the plate, could recognize them instantly.  The whole group is seen standing except the County Superintendent who appears in front seated in an arm chair.

William Gustin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

R. Gustin

1857                Pike Street, in D. T. Cox’s Building, Port Jervis, New York.

R. Gustin was recorded in an advertisement ran from January 15 to March 5, 1857 in the  Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  Collodion Pictures on Glass.  The undersigned would respectfully call the attention of the public to his new process of taking Collodion Pictures on Glass, which are in every respect, far superior to the best results of the Daguerreotype, having none of that objectionable glare.  They are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Their tone is soft, velvety, and harmonious; are more durable, and less liable to spoil by accident, being proof against acids, water and air.

Persons wishing a beautiful, colored, life-like and durable picture, will do well to call immediately, as I shall remain here but a few days.  Room, with a good sky-light, in D. T. Cox’s building, Pike-st.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  R. Gustin.

R. Gustin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mlle. Gunn

1856                Eighth and Carpenter Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Mlle. Gunn was recorded on April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Gunn, Mlle. — A lady artist. Success to her, whatever her faults.

Mlle. Gunn is recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.


William Guay

1855                1 Camp Street, corner of Canal, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                1855                Rooms over Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, Corner of Main & Focus Streets,                                             Thibodaux, Louisiana.

William Guay was recorded in two announcements and three advertisements in the Thibodaux Minerva (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on July 28, 1855.  Photography.—Mr. Guay, from the well known Daguerrean Gallery of Moissenet & Law, New Orleans, has taken rooms for a short time over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, corner of Main & Focus streets.  Mr. G. is the only photographic artist that has ever visited our town, and we can recommend him as one thoroughly versed in his branch of the Daguerrian art.  See his card in another column.

The first advertisement ran from July 28 to August 11, 1855.  Moissenet & Law’s Daguerrean & Photographic Gallery, No. 1 Camp street, corner of Canal, New Orleans.  Mr. Guay, from the above Gallery, has the honor of announcing to the citizens of Thibodaux and vicinity that he has opened his rooms at the corner of Main and Focus streets, over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, (recently Sancan’s Daguerrean Gallery,) where he is now prepared to execute Portraits by the Daguerreotype and Photographic process, in a style of superior excellence that cannot fail to please his patrons.

He particularly calls the attention of the public to his new and beautiful style of Photographic Portraits, taken on paper and on canvas, and colored in the most elaborate and artistic manner.  This process presents a rare opportunity to those who may have Daguerreotypes of the deceased or absent friends, of having them copied and enlarged to any size they may desire—from the smallest miniature to life-size portraits—and painted in either oil or water colors.  The limits of an advertisement will not admit of a lengthy description of the superior advantages and unrivalled perfection of this new mode of executing Likenesses.  Wherever they have been introduced they have elicited the unbounded admiration of all lovers of the Fine Arts:  and in New Orleans and the Northern Cities they are rapidly superseding the ordinary daguerreotypes.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens on exhibition at the above rooms.

The second advertisement ran from August 4 to 11, 1855.  Daguerreoric Eilxir!  As a favorable Remedy.  Exquisite, faithful Daguerreotypes are now being taken over Baddeaux & Bruff’s Store, by Mr. Guay, from the celebrated Daguerreotype establishment of F. Moissenet, New Orleans.

The second announced appeared on August 4, 1855.  Never was it more Fashionable in Thibodaux!  Daguerreotype gems now to be had over the store of Messrs. Baddeaux & Bruff.

The third advertisement ran from August 4 to 11, 1855.  Wanted to Borrow!  $5,000 To Make A Sure Bet, that one hundred Daguerreotypes can be taken in one day by Mr. Guay, now over Baddeaux & Bruff’s Store.

William Guay is recorded in in New Orleans, Louisiana in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry from 1856-1861.  John speculates that he possible is the same William Guay who was active in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1855.

G. S. Gruber

1854                Rooms at the Hollinshead New Gothic Hall, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

G. S. Gruber was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 23 to May 4, 1854 in the Jeffersonian (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.  At the earnest solicitation of numerous friends, the undersigned has consented to remain in this place for a short time, in order that those desirous of preserving for future reference those “fresh and roseate tints which Incline to youth,” may avail themselves of this excellent opportunity to obtain that invaluable treasure.  Having practiced with one of the best city artist, the public may rest assured that his is no vain pretense.  No pictures taken away unless approved of by all parties.  Rooms at Hollinshead’s new Gothic Hall.         G. S. Gruber.

G. S. Gruber is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. Grubb

1849               Address and Location Unknown.

S. Grubb was recorded in an announcement on July 18, 1856 in The Schenectady Reflector. (Schenectady, New York).  Singular Case, Supposed Clue To A Murder In 1849.—It will be recollected that on the 9th of March, succeeding the inauguration of President Taylor, the dead body of a man was found on the towpath of the Alexander canal, near Arlington…

Mr. S. Grubb took an accurate daguerreotype of the body, and the deceased was interred on Penny Hill, where he has slumbered now for seven years.

S. Grubb ins not recorded in other photographic directories. In Craig’s Daguerreian Registry John does list a John S. Grubb who is active in Richmond, Virginia in 1850 -1852.  

B. F. Griswold

1856                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

B. F. Griswold (Griswould) was recorded in an announcement on March 24, 1856 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York). List of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, Held at Walton on the 24th and 25th of September…Discretionary…Ambrotype, W. H. Johnson, 1 dollar.                                                                                                        Second do, B. F. Griswould, 1 dollar.

B. F. Griswold is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Walton, New York in 1859. It is possible that he was active in Walton in 1856.

Mr. Griffin

1856                Rooms at Barksdale & McFarland’s, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Mr. Griffin was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Weekly American Banner (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  It will be seen by an advertisement, that Mr. Griffin, a most excellent Daguerrean Artist, has opened rooms in our city.  Those that wish to see themselves as others see them, can be gratified by a visit to them.  N.B.—Mr. Griffin inform us that he makes all the ladies handsome.

The advertisement ran from February 15 to 29, 1856.  Daguerreotypes For Only One Dollar At Griffin’s Gallery, Opposite Barksdale & McFarland’s.  A Large lot of extra fine cases, Gold Lockets, Bracelets, Breastpins and Rings for Daguerreotypes on hand, and for sale at reduced prices.

Many beautiful specimens of distinguished personages can be seen.  Call and examine them, one and all.  You that have beauty should go to Griffin take it, You that have none should go and let him make it.  Ere decay’s effacing fingers, Have sought the lives where beauty lingers.

Mr. Griffin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Griffin & Whyland

1850                Main Street, over J. D. Crank’s Store, Geneseo, New York.

Griffin (Lewis V.) & Whyland were recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 14 to August 15, 1850 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  Messrs. Griffin & Whyland would respectfully announce to the citizens of Geneseo and vicinity, that they have fitted up the rooms over store of J. D. Crank, Main Street, where they will be ready at any time to accommodate the public with Miniatures, which are seldom equaled for beauty of tone and brilliant luster, and the “Eyes” we never fail in producing them equally as plain and bright as those of the original.  Having spent much time in the study and practice of the art, and also in obtaining the latest improvements, they feel perfectly confident that their specimens will compare with any hitherto produced.  A good assortment of stock on hand at all times.  Every variety of Cases—Single, Double, Plain Morocco, Turkey hoend, fancy Gilt and embossed.

Frames—Rosewood, Mahogany, Rough and Ready, Single or in Groups.  Lockets—All sizes, single, double, and glass fronts.  Miniature Pins and Rings.  Warranted instructions given to any who are otherwise qualified for the business, and free access to all books and papers connected with the art.  Apparatus and stock furnished if desired.

Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Ladies and gentlemen are requested to examine and sit for specimens.  Geneseo, February 11th, 1850.

Lewis V. Griffin is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but not in the partnership with Whyland, and Whyland is not recorded in other photographic directories.