I. L. Teliga

1849-1850       Mr. Hiram Nelson’s House, Main Street, near the canal, Evansville, Indiana.

1850                Rooms, Corner Main and Water Streets, Under the Journal Office, Evansville, Indiana.

I. L. Teliga was recorded in ten announcements and two advertisements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on December 13, 1849.  Photographic Miniatures.—Yesterday we made a visit to Mr. I. L. Teliga’s Daguerreotype rooms, at Mr. Hiram Nelson’s house, on Main street, near the canal, and examined a number of specimens of his skill as an artist.  We have visited a great number of Daguerreotype galleries in the cities and never saw better evidences of the perfection to which this branch of the art has arrived.  His likenesses are colored in the most life-like manner.  His long experience at the business, and his connection with Prof. Hawkins, the best Daguerreotypist in the West, substantiate his claims as a successful artist.  His likenesses are taken in the interval of from half a dozen to fifteen seconds, and are perfect.  Read his advertisement, and give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from December 13, 1849 to January 22, 1850.  Colored Miniatures.  I. L. Teliga has the honor of informing the citizens and visitors of Evansville, that he will remain in the city for a short time and take likenesses by the improved Daguerrean process.

As for the warrant of his skill, and superiority of his miniatures in taking as well as finishing them, it is enough to say, that he has been steadily engaged in the art ever since its first introduction into this country in 1840; and, furthermore, that he is connected with the popular, pre-eminent and highly meritorious Apollo Gallery in Cincinnati, conducted by that able, scientific, and well known to the American public, “First Pioneer of the Art,” Mr. E. C. Hawkins.  He calls the attention of parents to the fact, that he is able to take perfect likenesses in a short space of time from five to ten seconds!  Good, and the only chance for children (if they can be kept still that length of time.)

Ladies and gentlemen are very respectfully invited to see his specimens, and judge for themselves.  Room at the residence of Mr. Hiram Nelson, Main street, near the Canal.  Open from 8 A. M. until 4 P. M.                                               

The second announcement appeared on February 23, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Teliga’s room is now crowded with ladies every bright day, and he is kept busy beautifying his plates with their countenances.  His daguerreotypes are all good, and utterly unequalled by the works of other artist who have formerly visited this city.  Mr. T. has been induced to remain longer than he had anticipated by becoming at a late hour appreciated, yet he will continue operations in this city but a short time longer.  Let all, therefore, who wish to be handed down to posterity in their natural beauty or ugliness, drop in at Teliga’s at Nelson’s residence up Main street.

The third announcement appeared on March 29, 1850.  Coming Back.  A letter from Mr. Teliga, the Daguerreotype Artist, informs us that he will return to Evansville next week, with the intention of making this his place of residence for some time. He will take a large and handsomely located room, admirably adapted to the purpose.  He writes that he will bring the very finest stock in the Daguerreotype line, ever in Evansville, with elegant lockets and breastpins.  We know him to have the means and taste to do this.  A Daguerreotypist of the merit of Mr. Teliga will, we are sure, do a good business the whole summer in Evansville.  Numbers were disappointed in not being able to obtain likenesses, owing to his departure so soon; and several persons came to the city from a distance back in the country to get Daguerreotypes.  But all will soon have an opportunity of getting handed down to posterity on a plate. 

The fourth announcement appeared on April 11, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Teliga publishes his card in another column.  It is useless to remark that his Daguerreotypes cannot be excelled.  We have examined his stock of cases, lockets, chemicals, &c., and can say we never saw a more complete establishment in his line.  He is now ready to receive calls from ladies.  He has “fixed up” his room with much taste, till it is nearly as pretty as our sanctum, which is just adjoining.  Ladies are assured, that is they mistake the room and get into the parlor instead of the kitchen, if we do not take their likenesses we shall most certainly take their hearts, if they be not very careful.  And that reminds us, speaking of Daguerreotypes and the ladies—that our beautiful image has not yet been returned.  Who did steal it?  We do not wish to “waste our fragrance on the desert air” and therefore would thank some feminine to return that image.

The second advertisement ran from April 11 to July 15, 1850.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  By I. L. Teliga.  Rooms, corner Main and Water sts. Under Journal Office.  Elegant Gold Lockets, Breastpins, Enameled and Turkey Morocco Cases, Frames &c., on hand.                                             

The fifth announcement appeared on April 16, 1850.  Call at Mr. Teliga’s Daguerreian Rooms and examine his specimens.

The sixth announcement appeared on April 29, 1850.  Mr. Teliga’s Daguerreian rooms are now fitted up in good style.  Mr. T. is an accommodating gentlemen and should be accommodated.  He wants fair weather and patronizing visitors.  The present is the best opportunity our citizens will have for some time, to secure good likenesses of themselves; so call and see him.

The seventh announcement appeared on May 11, 1850.  We saw a couple of Daguerreotypes taken by Mr. Teliga yesterday while it was raining dismally, which could not be excelled.  The one taken in forty-five second was perfect.

The eighth announcement appeared on May 18, 1850.  Fat-iguing.—The fat boy, only weighing 509 pounds, and fifteen years old, came into our sanctum yesterday like a perambulating earthquake.  He might have sat down but two arm chairs would not hold him.  He was rather disposed to quiz us for personal diminutiveness, but to retaliate in proportion to size would have taken to much wind.  Mr. Teliga, upon whom he called, transferred his corporocity to a Daguerreotype plate, and in delightful contrast we sat at his side.  Goliah and David—the dreadful ogre and Jack the Giant-killer!  Well, its our opinion that if the infant melts away this summer, there will be a fall in all kinds of grease in the western markets.

The ninth announcement appeared on June 19, 1850.  Mr. Teliga declares his intention of remaining in the city only two weeks longer, and he will as usual abide by his word.—Therefore, those desirous of having their Daguerreotypes taken, should call immediately, as he will as before have such a rush of business immediately previous to his departure, that many may lose the opportunity.—We doubt whether in five years to come, there will be so good a Daguerreotypist in Evansville as Mr. Teliga, or one who more deserves from his personal qualities, public patronage.  He has shown us letters from citizens of several places, among which is Cincinnati, inviting him to locate for a time with them, and making excellent promises of patronage.

The tenth announcement appeared on July 1, 1850.  Teliga, the Daguerreotypist, will remain in Evansville only this week.  During Friday and Saturday of last week, his rooms were crowded, and among his visitors were persons from Kentucky, and far back in this State, who were determined to take advantage of the occasion and have good Daguerreotypes of their phizes.  We have spoken sufficiently of his merits as an artist.  All we have to say, now is, that after this week he will not take a single likeness in Evansville—and that in five years to come you will probably never have an opportunity here of getting a better Daguerreotype than Mr. Teliga can take.

We feel sorry to see him go, and sincerely wish that prosperity may attend him where ever his lot may cast him.  A gentleman and artist is very seldom to be met with now a days.

I. L. Teliga is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1856                Address Unknown, New York, New York.[1]

Taylor was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York.) January 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Taylor — Some of the ambrotypes excel. The daguerreotypes need improvement.

Taylor is not 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.

Norman Taylor

1858                Address Unknown, Franklin, New York.

1859                Address Unknown, Franklin, New York.[1]

Norman Taylor was recorded in an announcement in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York.)  on December 24, 1858.  List Of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, At The Fair Held At Franklin, September 22d and 23d, 1858….No. 3—Discretionary…

Best Ambrotypes,       N. Taylor, Franklin,                $2.00

2d        do                    E. C. Riggs, Delhi,                  $1.00

Norman Taylor is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry for 1859.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry recorded as a daguerreian.

J. H. Taylor

1854                Address Unknown, Springfield, Illinois.

1855                13 West Side of Public Square, Springfield, Illinois[1]

J. H. Taylor was recorded in the Illinois And Missouri State Directory (St. Louis, Missouri.) for 1854-1855.

Probably John H. Taylor listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1855.  J. H. Taylor is also listed in A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry & A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers.

George P. Taylor

Ca. 1855-1856          10 Federal Street, Salem, Massachusetts.

1857                            Address Unknown, Haverhill, Massachusetts.[1]

1861                            Address Unknown, Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

ND                              Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.

1866-1899                  188 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

George P. Taylor was recorded from an entry in 200 Years Of Masonry In Essex Lodge 1779-1979 By Worshipful Harold Pierce Hadley.

George P. Taylor—born June 9, 1836, at 51 Broad Street, Salem.  Educated in Salem schools and at the age of 17 shipped on the White Swallow, to the Pacific.  Upon his return he was employed at D. W. Bowdoin’s.  From 1857-1859 had a traveling studio and practiced through Massachusetts.  During the Civil War he had a studio in Alexandria, Va.  Ca. 1867 with Charles F. Preston bought out the studio of William Snell the firm was Taylor and Preston he retired in 1906 and died on October 17, 1911.

George P. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is recorded here because of the additional information.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry

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

Edward G. Taylor

1854                16 Spruce Street, New York, New York.

Edward G. Taylor was recorded in one announcement in The Evening Post (New York, New York) on March 6, 1854.  Great Fire In Spruce Street.—Four Buildings Destroyed—Yesterday (Sunday) morning, about half past two o’clock, a fire was discovered in a five story brick building at No. 8 Spruce street…the fire soon extended to the adjoining store, No. 10, the basement of which was occupied by Mr. Spinney, dealer in rags.  The first floor by Benedict & Cunningham as a paper warehouse.  Second floor as the publication office of the Independent.  Third floor in part by T. C. Janes, importer of book binders’ leather.  The remaining portion of the third floors, together with the whole of the fifth floor, also the first and second stories of No. 16, were occupied by S. W. Bendict, printer.  The fourth floor was occupied by Edward G. Taylor, book binder and daguerreotype case manufacturer…

Edward G. Taylor is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1851 to 1853 at 128 Fulton and 89 Nassau.  Further research indicates that he is not listed in the following New York City directories 1854/55; 1855/56; 1856/57 but, in the 1857/58 directory he is listed as a Bookbinder at 15 Nassau Street.

E. B. Taylor

1855                Large Brick Building, South Side of Square, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1855                Address Unknown, Millville, Tennessee.

1856                Sulphur Spring at Craighead, Tennessee.

1857-1858       South side of the Square, long brick building, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

E. B. Taylor was recorded in three announcements and five advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee).  The first announcement appeared on April 26, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, has taken a room in the large brick building, south side of the Square, where he may be found on Friday and Saturday of each week, ready to furnish customers with any number of superior pictures that may be desired.  He has an excellent camera, good light, fine and common plates and cases, the best of chemicals, and what is more, he knows how to use them.  Give him a call—he is a clever, accommodating gentleman.

The first advertisement ran from April 26 to May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber has the pleasure of informing the residents of Fayetteville and vicinity, that he has taken an excellent room in this pace, in the large brick, south side of the public square, where all are respectfully invited to call.  Come whether you want pictures or not, and see what is to be seen.

My stay will be short—only every Friday and Saturday of each week—come without delay.  Secure some precious Memento of your friends before death takes them from you.

E. B. Taylor, Practical Daguerreotypist.                   

The second announcement appeared on May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—By reference to the advertisement of Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, it will be seen that he will close his room in this place the last of this week, and open on Friday next week, at Millville.  To our many friends in that region, we commend him as a good operator, and an honorable, gentlemanly, courteous man.

The third announcement appeared on June 26, 1856.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor has opened his daguerrean rooms at the Sulphur Spring, eight miles north-west of this place.  Our friends in that section who may desire good pictures, would do well to give him a call.  See his card in another column.

The second advertisement ran from June 26 to July 31, 1856.  Pictures.  Do You Want Good Pictures?  Then come one come all to the Sulphur Spring, at Craighead.  Come and see my new specimens—and you that want your pictures, come and sit for one, and I will try to give satisfaction to all.  If I can’t, I will not bind you to take it.  Come soon as my stay is limited. 

The third advertisement ran from February 5 to October 29, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean, Ambrotype, Melainotype Artist, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick, and 3d story.

The Melainotype is something entirely new.  It can be seen alike in all lights.  There is no metallic glare in the way as is in a Daguerreotype, and cannot be surpassed by any other Pictures for their richness and beauty, and they can be sold from 75 cents up.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  I only ask from 1 to 3 seconds in clear weather to take children’s Pictures.  The Melainotype Pictures can be sent in a letter, without a case, and not be soiled.  Come everybody, and see what is to be seen, and get Pictures if you want.  If I can’t give satisfaction before finishing, there is no obligation on the purchaser.      

The fourth advertisement ran from October 29 to November 19, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Artist, Fayetteville, Tenn.  Takes this method of informing his friends and the public generally, that his business requires him to close his Gallery in Fayetteville in a few days—or at farthest, 3 weeks.  All those desiring Pictures will come.  I have some fine Frames and fine Cases I will sell very low. The price of other Cases as heretofore.  Those owing me will please pay against that time.  If not paid without suing for it, be assured you never get another on a credit.                            

The fifth advertisement ran from February 18 to 25, 1858.  E. B. Taylor, Has opened his Picture Gallery at his old stand, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick building, and third story.—My room will be open to all who will favor me with a call.  Always kept on hand an assortment of Cases and Frames.  Prices as heretofore.  I will say to those owing me, that I am obliged to have money to carry on the business. And if settlement is not made by the First Monday in March, I will certainly place their account in the hands of an officer for collection.                 

E. B. Taylor is not recorded in other photographic directories.


Taylor—There were three Taylor’s recorded in an article in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 the article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia.

The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  According to the 1856 Philadelphia City Directory, (business directory)there are three Taylor’s listed under Daguerreotype Miniatures, Benjamin F., North West 2nd & Queen,  William at 205 South 2d, and William at 392 Market.  In the Residence section of the same directory only Benjamin F. and William at 392 Market appears.  Further investigation in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 by Linda A. Ries & Jay W. RubyBenjamin F. Taylor was active in Philadelphia from 1856 to 1893.  William Curtis Taylor was active from 1854 to 1898, and the second William is not recorded, but they do record an Isaac B. Taylor active from 1855 to 1859.  Based on this information the attribution has been attributed to the three.

Taylor, Benjamin F.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Taylor. — This is a very good gallery, superior to most others. Principally daguerreotypes.

Benjamin F. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work. 

Taylor, William Curtis

1856                392 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Attributed to William Curtis Taylor In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

W. Taylor, Market St. — These daguerreotype specimens are pretty fair. There is, however, a great want of sharpness. In these pictures especially, I noticed that the focus was set on some prominent part of the sitter, to the exclusion of the rest of the body; now, every one will admit, that a mean distance should be taken if we wish to bring each part into exact proportion with the rest, otherwise there will be a dimness about some parts, though one particular point may be perfectly sharp. A mean term should undoubtedly be taken.

William Curtis Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first had account of his work.  Based on the Market Street address this entry has been attribute to William Curtis Taylor.

Taylor, Isaac B.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Taylor. — This artist takes pretty fair pictures. For him is not needed the recommendation of order and cleanliness, as the gallery is perfect in this respect. The pictures, however, require greater depth of tone. The gallery is opposite the market, which is not a very good location.    

Isaac B. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

Mr. Tarr

1853    283 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Tarr of the firm Harrison & Hill was mentioned in one announcement for Harrison & Hill on August 27, 1853 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  …Then long live Harrison and Hill’s Daguerreotype Establishment say we, with young Mr. Tarr, too, whose operating is capital, and his pictures likewise.  As to any flippant criticisms from some New York press, the writer whereof gives up about a quarter of a minute to look at the object criticized, and lets out the decision just as accident or interest turns it, why, the same critic, talking by word of mouth in an assembly of intelligent people, wouldn’t be thought worth any further answer than a pretty broad smile.—Why, old friend, Elizabeth, whose polite and honest face greets us so smilingly at your door, and into whose lap the children, we fancy, are always willing to sit quiet—she may have a far better eye for a good picture than even a Crystal Palace critic has.

Mr. Tarr is nor recorded in other photographic directories.

V. C. or V. B. Tarbon

1855-1856       Front Street, Rooms over Mayhugh’s Grocery Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.

V. C. or V. B. Tarbon was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).  The announcement appeared on December 25, 1855.  V. B. Tarbon & Co., are prepared to take Daguerreotypes in good style.  Go and get your “ugly mug” taken.  His plates are strong. No danger of breaking them, unless you “put on airs.”

The advertisement ran from December 25, 1855 to March 4, 1856.  $100 For A Likeness!  “Hail holy Light!  Of Heaven first-born!!” 

How often we have heard it said, “I would give a hundred dollars, if I had a likeness of my deceased mother, &c.,”  Now one can be had, set in a good case, for only One Dollar, by visiting at any hour in the day, and in Any Weather, from 8 o’clock, A. M., till 4 P. M., at the Pomeroy daguerrean Gallery, front street, over Mayhugh’s Grocery.

The Subscribers keep on hand an assortment of Daguerreotype Stock and Apparatus, with which they will supply artist if desired.

Wanted!  A man to learn the business, to whom liberal inducements will be offered.  V. C. Tarbon & Co.

V. C. or V. B. Tarbon are not recorded in other photographic directories.