E. L. Walker

1856                205 or 359 Broadway, New York, New York.

1856                585 Broadway, New York, New York.

E. L. Walker was mentioned in three advertisements.  The first appeared in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on December 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes And Melainotypes.—The most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker (formerly of Brady’s Gallery), now at the magnificent Gallery of C. D. Fredericks, Photographist, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The second advertisement appeared on December 12, 1856 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Ambrotypes And Melainotypes.—The Most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker, formerly of Brady’s gallery, now at the magnificent gallery of C. D. Fredricks, Photographist, 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The third advertisement appeared on December 23,1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes.—The most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker (formerly of Brady’s Gallery), now at the magnificent Gallery of C. D. Fredericks, Photographist, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Photographs.—Penabert of Paris, Photographist.  Finished in oil, aquarelle, and pastel, by the talented and inimitable corps of Parisian artists, introduced to this country by C. D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Presents For The Holidays.—There is nothing so acceptable for a Holiday present as a beautiful Photograph, Daguerreotype, or Ambrotype, which should be secured as early as possible at Fredericks Magnificent Gallery, No. 585 Broadway, opposite the Metropolitan Hotel.

Advertisement ran on December 23 & 26, 1856.

E. L. Walker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  He was also not listed in the New York City Directories for the years 1855/1856; 1856/1857; 1857/1858.

Walker & Humphrey

1850                Geneva, New York.

1850                Elmira, New York.

Walker & Humphrey (Samuel Lear Walker & Samuel Dwight Humphrey) were recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 22 to March 15, 1850.  Daguerreotypes!  Walker And Humphrey, Daguerrean Building, Geneva.  Professor Humphrey would return his thanks to his numerous friends for the patronage they have kindly bestowed on him during his short stay in Geneva.  He would also say that he has just returned from New-York with a full and complete assortment of choice stock of all kinds; viz. the most beautiful lot of Papier Mache Cases ever taken from the City of N. York, Rosewood Frames of all styles and sizes; a large assortment of Morocco Cases lined with velvet, and of all patterns, and by far the richest and most complete assortment of fine Gold Lockets ever exhibited in this village.

Prof. H., in order better to extended his already extensive business, has associated with himself Prof. S. L. Walker, who stands unequalled in the Daguerrean Art.  Prof. W. is one of the oldest and by far the best Artist in America; his Specimens have won the praise of all; the first and only time he was a competitor at the N. Y. State Fair, was in 1848, at which time he was a warded the highest honors, and a silver medal for the best lot of Daguerreotypes exhibited.

It is their determination that no one shall excel them in producing likenesses, and that those possessing one of their specimens shall never have cause to regret their time and money spent in obtaining it.

All must call soon, as they will stay in Geneva only three weeks, at the expiration of that time they leave for Elmira, where they will remain only four weeks.  All must be aware that they must necessarily incur great expense, hence the necessity of their short stay in each place they visit.

No pains or expense has or shall be speared in making this the most magnificent, as well as it really is the largest travelling Gallery in the world; containing Portraits of the most eminent American Statesmen, and other distinguished characters, amongst which may be found the excellent portraits, all of which were taken from life, of

President Taylor,                                Hon. H. J. Redfield,

Hon. D. Webster,                                Francis Granger,

T. Corwin,                                           R. C. Schenck, Ohio,

Ex.-Gov. Silas Wright,                       Gen. S. Van Rensselaer,

Ex.-Gov. Wm. H. Seward,                  Gen. Swift,

Ex.-Gov. Toucy of Ct.,                       Col. May, Texas,

Ex.-Gov. Lincoln, Mass.                     Major Merrell,

Gov. Briggs of Mass.,                         Captain Walker,

Hon. Judge Nelson,                             Captain Sandford,

Hon. Judge Conklin,                           John B. Gough,

Hon. Judge Wilson,                            Mrs. Farnham , Cal.

A. Spencer,                                         Alfred B. Street,

B. Van Buren                                      E. Nott, D. D. LL. D.

Wm. B. Sprague, D. D., and a host of others.

Pictures put up in all styles; in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Pins, Rings, Cane Heads, Door Plates, &c., &c.  Gentlemen’s Country Seats, Public Buildings, copied and not reversed.  Portraits, Engravings, Daguerreotypes, copied at short notice.  Portraits of sick or deceased persons taken at their residence, when required.

Profs. W. & H. have one of the largest size Cameras, with which they are enabled to take Likenesses twice as large as any one ever here before.

The best Daguerreotypes are taken in cloudy weather; though, when children are to be taken, the best light is from 11 to 2 o’clock.  All are invited to call and examine the numerous specimens, whether desirous of sitting or not.

Stock and Apparatus on hand, and for sale at N. York prices.  Instructions given in the art, and Apparatus furnished.

Also for sale, Humphrey’s System of Photography, with all the late improvements in the Daguerreotype process.  Price $2. 

The announcement appeared on March 1, 1850.  The delightful weather of the past week had a tendency to call out the beauty and fashion of our beautiful village; and not a few embraced the opportunity to call at the Daguerrean Rooms of Messrs. Walker & Humphrey, where they left impressions of their smiling faces which even old father Time, the universal destroyer of every thing lovely and adored, cannot efface.

Speaking of Daguerreotypes, we wonder some of our citizens do not obtain views of the many splendid edifices which adorn our village.  The above firm have procured an instrument of the largest kind for that express purpose and have produced several scenes of rare excellence and beauty.

These gentlemen stay in Geneva but a short time longer, and all who wish their services must call soon.

Samuel Lear Walker and Samuel Dwight Humphrey are both listed in other photographic directories they are not however listed together as partners.

Walker & Gavit

1845                15 Dow’s Building, Albany, New York.[1]

Walker & Gavit was recorded in one advertisement that appeared in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York) on December 3, 1845.  Daguerreotype.  Daniel E. Gavit, Premium Photographist, late of the firm of Walker & Gavit, Albany, respectfully informs the citizens of Auburn, that he has opened his Gallery at No. 85 Genesee street, up stairs, for a limited term of Ten Days, and will be happy to wait on those who require his services and will favor him with their patronage.

The Gallery contains perhaps, the largest and most unique variety of specimens ever exhibited in Western New York; containing many of our most eminent statesmen and others, all taken from life, viz: Hon. Henry Clay, Hon. Martin Van Buren, Hon. John Quincy Adams, Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. Silas Wright, Hon. Wm. H. Steward, Hon. Wm. L. Marcy, Hon. Wm. C. Bouck, Hon. C. Morgan, Gov. Briggs of Mass., Judge Miller, Judge Bacon, Nathaniel S. Benton, A. C. Flagg, Hugh Halsey, Gen McNeil, Edwin Croswell, Horace Greeley, Henry Phillips the Vocalist, Bishop Heding, Clark Robinson, and a great number of Ladies and others too numerous to mention in an advertisement.

Copies taken from any of the above for those who wish it at a reasonable charge.

He will add that his pictures have received the Highest Honors wherever they have been exhibited, and at the late Fair of the American Institute, in New York, they were pronounced Superior To All Others, by 20,000 visitors.  A visit to the establishment is respectfully solicited from All.

Every article used in the business, for sale on the most reasonable terms.  Instructions thoroughly given, and Pupils advanced as fast as practicable.

Views of Buildings, Cattle, Horses, and most any thing taken correctly.

Portraits of sick or deceased Persons, taken at their residences when required.  From a list of recommendations from the Press and others, please call at the Galleries.  Auburn, Dec. 3, 1845.

Walker & Gavit are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, unfortunately the identity of Walker remains unknown.


[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Walker & Benton

1847-1848       266 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

Walker & Benton (George G. Walker & Russell O. Benton) were recorded in an advertisement in the 1847-1848 Buffalo City Directory (Buffalo, New York) and one advertisement in The Republic (Buffalo, New York).  The city directory advertisement reads:  Walker & Benton’s Daguerrian and Manufacturing Rooms,  Formerly Geo. G. Walker, No. 266 Main Street, Where Miniatures are taken equally well in clear or cloudy weather from 3 to 15 seconds.  Also, on hand and for sale a general assortment of German and American Cameras-Plates, Cases and Chemicals, And every thing pertaining to Daguerreotype business.

All Orders Directed To Walker  Benton With Remittance, Shall Be Filled With Dispatch.

N. B.—Instructions in the art thoroughly and carefully given.

The advertisement ran from July 2, 1847 to April 28, 1848 in The Republic(Buffalo, New York).  Walker & Benton, Daguerrian Rooms, 266 Main street, Buffalo.

Price of Miniatures from $1 to $10.  Apparatus. Plates, cases, chemicals &c., for sale.  All instruction in the art carefully and faithfully given.                                             

Walker & Benson are both recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but Walker is misidentified as George R. Walker not George G. this has been verified in the above advertisements and the residence section of the 1847-1848 Buffalo City Directory.

Walker & Adams

1848                136 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Walker & Adams (Samuel Lear Walker & George Adams) were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran on July 6 & 7, 1848.  “A. W. Van Alstin, late of Lowell.”   It was not my intention to notice you again, satisfied as I was that instead of answering facts, you would have recourse to falsehoods to sustain yourself.  You allude to a law suit I had in Norwich.  True, I had the misfortune to have a competitor a miserable fellow—a fit boon companion of yourself, a man by name of N. S. Bennett who according to his own statement escaped from a jail in Canada, a man only to be known to be depressed.  This fellow after persuing nearly the same course towards me that you have since done, tore my sign from my door in my presence, and I did, in the excitement of the moment, throw one of his at his head, for which he brought a suit against me and recovered 25 cents damage, which was duly collected by Mr. Warren of this city.  As to the Sag Harbor advertisement, it is only necessary for me to say, that it was written by N. S. Bennett, and published in the Norwich News at the instigation of said Bennett, during the absence of the responsible Editor.  Mr. Faulkner, the Editor of the News, upon ascertaining the facts, fully contradicted the false statement made by Bennett, at the same time speaking of him as he deserved.  As to the character I sustain in Norwich, I would refer to the Editor of the Norwich News.  Mr. Failkner, Wm. L. Hommedieu, Esq., P. M. and indeed, to any of the business men of Norwich.  Many of the citizens of Worcester know the course you have persued towards me, since I came to this city.  I came here with the intention of persuing my business as I had a right to do.  I said nothing respecting you or your pictures, and treated you with civility.  But you, envious of the superiority of my pictures and my increasing business, commenced your low and miserable acts towards me.  You first endeavored to excite a prejudice against me, stating that I tore your Bills down—a base falsehood, which I have dared you to prove.  Failing in this, you hired a room in the Exchange, with the intention and boast of running me out of town in one month.  You, at that time, put out your sign to take pictures for 50 cts., but the public understood your motive and avoided your room, and you was obliged to sail under false colors, and pretend to sell out to get any custom.  At the same time you offered the Worcester Brass Band $25, to induced them to have me leave.  But they “scorned the bribe” and exposed you in the Transcript and Telegraph.  You, at the same time, tore down my bills at night; which statement I can prove, when called upon.  While I was in the Exchange, you copied my card, word for word, as anyone can see buy reading yours and comparing it with the one I had printed previously.  You have since boasted, that you would have a show case, made to hang at the door, exactly like mine, so that strangers would think your room was mine.  If you deny it, I will prove it.  You have stated that I did not pay my operators, and spoke of Mr. Lyon as an instance, at the same time you knew that it was a base and malignant falsehood.  You have heaped your abuse upon me daily, and now I challenge you to produce any evidence that I have ever done any mean or dishonorable act.

Notwithstanding your paid-for puffs, and ridiculous statements, respecting your business the public have not been deceived, but have compared your pictures with those made by me, and have patronized me accordingly.  In one of your letters, you say that you have pictures of mine that you have taken over which you will sell for 14 cts. per lb.  I will give you $50,00 per lb. For all you can produce.

For want of patronage, it seems that you and your man in the Exchange are to take Daguerreotypes for 50 cts.—I never knew before what you estimated your pictures to be worth, but, as you have set your own value on them, the public will probably consider that high enough.  The writer of your communication has called me many hard names, but I shall not return the compliment by bestowing common epithets on you.  I can call you something you are ashamed of, a name that you for more than a year endeavored to hide from the citizens of Worcester, that name is “a. w. van alstin” late of Lowell.  In conclusion I would say, respecting your threat of introducing me to friend Mathews, that, whenever you are ready, you will find me at 136 Main St.  G. Adams

The announcement appeared on September 27, 1848.  Splendid Daguerreotypes.  On Monday we called by invitation at the Daguerreotype Rooms of Walker & Adams, and examined, with great satisfaction, a suite of pictures, prepared by them for the Mechanics Fair, now open in this city.  They were certainly che  d’oeures in the art, and cannot be excelled by any establishment in the country; and we have never seen any French or English daguerreotypes equal to them.  We presume these specimens are now to be seen at the exhibition, where others will have the opportunity to judge whether our eulogium is over wrought or not.  We learn with pleasure, that the success of these enterprising artists is such that they have been obliged to add another room to their suite, and will soon have it open, extending through the whole length of the building from front to rear, when they will be able to accommodate their numerous visitors better than they can do now.

The second advertisement ran fromJanuary 2 to 18, 1849.  To The Public.  In justice to my late partner Mr. S. L. Walker, and myself, I am reluctantly compelled to appear before the public and make a statement of a few facts relative to the Report of the Committee on Fine Arts at the Mechanics Fair held in this City in Sept. Last.  Agreeably to the invitation of the Mechanics Association, we were induced to enter for competition and examination at said Fair specimens of Daguerreotypes made by us.

Since the Report of the Fair has been published.  I have had conversation with five of the six members of the committee on Fine Arts. and they have informed me that at the examination of the Daguerreotypes of the different Artists, at said Fair, the Committee were UNANIMOUS in the opinion that those made by Walker & Adams were very superior and the BEST submitted to their examination.  Such having been the decision of the Committee, some of its members, as well as the public, were surprised in reading the Chairman’s Report, to find that an artist, whose specimens they considered second best, has received an award for pictures of the first class.  But the following may, perhaps, throw some light on the subject: I was informed by the chairman “that the Committee considered Walker & Adams’ types the Best; that the Report was so made out, but that the Association suggested, that, as there had been an old quarrel between Adams and a rival artist, they had better smooth it over and give them both a medal.”

Such is the case, the inference to be drawn is, that the Association awarded medals, not on the score of merit, but to settle old difficulties, and smooth over old quarrels.  Is this one of the objects of the Association?

Will the Association, or those interested, put us to the “proof positive” of the above statements?

Geo. Adams, late of Walker & Adams.

The third advertisement ranfrom June 20 to 23 1851.  In reference to a certain article that appeared in the Spy, dated June__, I would say, in reply, being requested so to do by that Daguerrian Artist to “take notice” who it was that took the medal in 1848.  It was Walker & Adams, not Adams alone, as be stated.  Who was it that took the medal alone, in 1848? 

A. W. Van Alstin.

Adams; perhaps the public will say.  Why not A. W. Van Alstin?  Because he was in California.

Who was it that took so many poor pictures in my room while I was there?

Moses S. Chapin.

Where is George Adams operating at the present time?

Providence, R. I., not in Worcester.

Who is in the rooms formerly occupied by Adams?

Moses S. Chapin.

I hope that the remainder of the Artist’ will soon appear, and place him in his proper position, which is at the bench, with a saw and jack-plane.  A. W. Van Alstin.

Walker & Adams are not listed in other photographic directories as partners.  Both Samuel Lear Walker and George Adams are recorded in other directories, etc.

E. W. Walder

1852-1853    Rooms at Jefferson House, Loudon, Tennessee.

1853                Rooms over Orme, Wilson & Co.’s. Store, Loudon, Tennessee.

1853                Rooms at the Athens Hotel, Athens, Tennessee.

1853                Address unknown, Loudon, Tennessee.

1853                Rooms at Leuty’s Hotel, Loudon, Tennessee.

E. W. Walder was recorded in three advertisements and three announcements in the Loudon Free Press (Loudon, Tennessee.) a fourth advertisement was recorded in The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee.)  For the first two advertisements and for the first announcement Walder was in partnership as Walder & Green (N. M. Green.)  The first advertisement ran from January 15 to March 5, 1853.

And while the wings of fancy still are free,

And I can view the Daguerreotype of thee:

Time has but half succeeded in his theft!

We take pleasure in announcing to the public, that our Gallery is now open at the Jefferson House.  Pictures taken in any weather, and warranted not to fade in the least.  A splendid assortment of Lockets, Breastpins, Rings, Fancy cases, and in fact, everything used in the art on hand.  Instruction given and outfit furnished for $100.  Prices of pictures from $2 to $20.  Everybody invited to call and examine the great variety of specimens,—whether they wish pictures taken or not.            Walder & Green.

The Gold Medal was awarded to Walder and Green, by the Georgia Fair, for the best Daguerreotypes.  Loudon, Dec. 18, 1852.

The first announcement appeared on May 13, 1853.  Those wishing Daguerreotypes are referred to the advertisement of Messrs. Walder & Green.  They are known to our citizens.

The second advertisement ran from May 13 to June 10, 1853.  Walder & Green’s Daguerrean Gallery at Loudon.  We take pleasure in announcing to the public that we have returned to Loudon, and taken Rooms over Orme, Wilson & co’s store; where we are prepared to take Pictures in the best Style.  Sick and Post-Mortem cases attended to promptly. 

Gold Lockets and Breast-Pins of the best materials, on hand and for sale.  Persons wishing perfect Likenesses would do well to give us a call.

Instructions in the Art given on reasonable terms.  Loudon, Tenn.  E. W. Walder, N. M. Green.

The third advertisement was recorded on September 23, 1853 in The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee).  Daguerrean Gallery, And while the wings of fancy still are free, And I can still view this Daguerreotype of thee, Time has but half succeeded in his theft.

Mr. Walder begs leave to announce that his Daguerrean Gallery is now open at the Athens Hotel for a few days.  Portraits executed in the most artistic manner, without regard to weather.  He has just received a new stock of Lockets, Breast-pins, and fancy cases of all sizes.  Instruction given, and instruments for sale at greatly reduced prices.  Every body invited to call.  Sept. 16, 1853.  

The second announcement appeared on September 30, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.—E. W. Walder, the accomplished Daguerrean Artist, is again in our town, on a short visit, and will be ready in a few days to issue likenesses of all who which them.  The approach of old winter is doubtless again putting serious notions into the minds of the young.  Of course they will desire to have the “face and features” of their sweet-hearts and leave their own in pledge.  Here is a chance!

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1853.  Daguerreotypes!  We are pleased to announce that our friend E. W. Walder, well known to this community as an accomplished Daguerreotype artist, has again visited our town, and has rooms at Leuty’s Hotel.  All who wish to obtain pictures would do well to call on Mr. Wilder, as it is not likely a better opportunity will be presented.  See advertisement.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 9 to 16, 1853.  Walder’s Daguerrean Gallery!  Now Open at Leuty’s Hotel.  Mr. Walder begs leave to announce that he has returned to Loudon, and his Gallery is now open for the reception of visitors.  Lockets, Rings, Breast-pins, and all kinds of Fancy Cases on hand.

Every body invited to call!

Having recently visited the most celebrated galleries in the country and received additional instruction in all the new improvements.  Young men wishing to engage in the art would do well to apply immediately.  Price of Instruction and Apparatus complete, $100.   E. W. Welder.     E. W. Welder is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. A. Walden

1856                Address Unknown, Richmond, Virginia.

1856                Rooms at Rose’s Hotel, Yorkville, South Carolina.

1856                Rooms at the Palmetto Hotel, Yorkville, South Carolina.

1856                Rooms at the Lindsay Building, Yorkville, South Carolina.

G. A. Walden was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  The first announcement appeared on September 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  We are requested to direct attention to the Advertisement of Mr. G. A. Walden, of Richmond, Va., who has taken rooms at Rose’s Hotel, and proposes in fine style and at reasonable rates, to “Ambrotype” our community.  We have examined several very fair specimens which are ample recommendations of Mr. Walden’s skill as an artist.  Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from September 11 to 25, 1856.  Ambrotype and Ichtheonotype.  G. A. Walden, of Richmond, Va.  Would inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity that he has taken rooms at Palmetto Hotel, where he is prepared to execute these beautiful pictures in the highest style of the art.  The Ambrotype is taken on glass, and unlike the Daguerreotype, without being reversed.  They can be viewed in any position with distinctness, as they are free from the glare of the metallic plate.  They cannot get dusty, and are impervious to water or acids, and cannot be tarnished or injured even by washing or rubbing, and will last for ages.  The superiority of these pictures in point of beauty and durability, has placed them at the head of the fine arts.

Possessing all the late improvements in the art, instruments and chemicals, he feels warranted in saying that his pictures shall be surpassed by none in the union. 

Portraits of deceased persons copied accurately.  Miniatures from life or paintings taken of any size.

Those only who have lost a dear relative or friend can know how much a Miniature is valued; and few think of this until it is too late.  Call, then, while an opportunity is afforded, for delays are dangerous.  These pictures can be taken in any weather, at a few moments sitting.  He warrants satisfaction, or no charge.

N. B.  Every Lady and Gentleman in the community is particularly invited to call and examine his specimens.  Call soon, as my stay will be short, owing to other engagements.

Instructions given in the Art of Ambrotyping, and apparatus furnished.  G. A. Walden.                  

The second announcement appeared on September 25, 1856.  Come One!  Come All!!  To Walden’s Daguerrean Gallery, in the Lindsay Building, and get an Ambrotype for One Dollar.  You can also have a nice Ambrotype out in your old Daguerreotype cases, for fifty cents.  Those who have daguerreotypes would do well to avail themselves of this opportunity, as his stay will be short in this place.  See advertisement in another column.                 

The second advertisement appeared on September 25, 1856.   Something New.  Ambrotype and Ichtheonotype.  G. A. Walden, of Richmond, VA.  Would inform the ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity that he has taken rooms in the Lindsey Building, where he is prepared to execute these beautiful pictures in the highest style of the art.  the Ambrotype is taken on glass, and, unlike the Daguerreotype, without being reversed.  They can be viewed in any position with distinctness, as they are free from the glare of the metallic plate.  They cannot get dusty, and are impervious to water or acids, and cannot be tarnished or injured even by washing or rubbing, and will last for ages.  The superiority of these pictures in point of beauty and durability, has placed them at the head of the fine arts.

Possessing all the late improvements in the art, instruments and chemicals, he feels warranted in saying that his pictures shall be surpassed by none in the union. 

Portraits of deceased persons copied accurately.  Miniatures from life or paintings taken of any size.

Those only who have lost a dear relative or friend can know how much a Miniature is valued; and few think of this until it is too late.  Call, then, while an opportunity is afforded, for delays are dangerous.  These pictures can be taken in any weather, at a few moments sitting.  He warrants satisfaction, or no charge.

N. B.  Every Lady and Gentleman in the community is particularly invited to call and examine his specimens.  Call soon, as my stay will be short, owing to other engagements.

Instructions given in the Art of Ambrotyping, and apparatus furnished.  G. A. Walden.  Sept. 15.

G. A. Walden is not recorded in other photographic directories.

N. Wakefield

1858                Rooms formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank, Plymouth, Indiana.

N. Wakefield was recorded in two advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat. (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first advertisement ran from January 7 to April 29, 1858.  Sky-Light Ambrotype Rooms.  Having fitted up a pleasant suit of rooms with a Sky-light, in the room formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank, adjoining Westervelt’s old stand, where you will always find me ready  to take your pictures in any style or form, and at any price from 50 Cts. To $10.00, And on Glass, Iron, Leather or paper.  Satisfaction given or no charge.  All are invited to call and sit for Pictures whether they wish to buy or not.  N. Wakefield, Resident Artist.               

The second advertisement ran from January 7 to April 15, 1858.  Sky-Light Ambrotype Rooms!  All You That Want To See yourself as you are, true and lifelike, will please call at my new Ambrotype Rooms and get a Picture, as it will only cost you Fifty Cents!

As I intend to remain here, I have taken great pains in fitting up my rooms to make them pleasant.  You will find me in the room formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank.

One and All,  

Are invited to call,

And if you don’t wish to buy,

You may before you die!

N, Wakefield, Resident Artist. N. Wakefield is not recorded in other photographic directories.             

Leland Howard Wakefield

C.1847-1848   257 Washington Street, Boston

1848                Rooms over D. Turner, Jr.’s Store, Ogdensburgh, New York.

1849                Rooms over L. Myers’ Store, Plattsburgh, New York

1852                Address Unknown, Portland, Oregon.

Leland Howard Wakefield was recorded in four advertisements.  The first and second advertisement appeared in the Daily Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York), the first ran from August 17 to September 1, 1848.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, will open miniature rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. about the 25th of August.

P. S.  Those wishing Miniatures will do well to wait and examine specimens before obtaining elsewhere.                                                                                 

The second advertisement ran from September 2 to 14, 1848.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, have opened rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. and are prepared to execute likenesses in the latest and most approved styles, and neatly set them into Frames, Pins and Lockets.

All who feel an interest in the Art will please call and see specimens.           

The third advertisement ran from March 24 to April 21, 1849 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  L. H. Wakefield, recently from Mr. Chase’s celebrated rooms in Boston, will remain for a short time in Plattsburgh.  Room over L. Myers Store.

“Particular attention is invited to the distinct mild, and life-like expression of the eye, and to the mellow and warm tone peculiar to his pictures.”

Taken in any weather, with or without colors, singly or in groups, and at the shortest notice—warranted better than can be obtained elsewhere.

Price of common cases $1.25.                                                                       

The fourth advertisement ran from June 26 to July 24, 1852 in The Weekly Oregonian (Portland, Oregon).  Beautiful and Life-Like Daguerreotypes Mr. L. H. Wakefield From Chase’s Celebrated Rooms, Boston, And recently from New York, has opened a Sky-Light room in Coffin’s Block, for a short time, and will execute likenesses, which for beauty and finish, life-like appearance, and artistic arrangement, are superior to any taken in the Pacific coast.  Mr. W. invites all connoisseurs and lovers of the art to examine his specimens and judge for themselves as to their merit.

P. S. Particular attention will be paid to taking groups, suitable to send to the States.

Charges Moderate.

Leland Howard Wakefield was not listed in the Boston City Directory, resident section for the following years 1846/1847; 1847/1848; 1848/1849; 1849/1850; or 1850/1851.  He is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Portland, Oregon. He is also recorded in Oregon Photographers; Biographical History and Directory 1852-1917 by Thomas Robinson.

Thomas Waite

1857                Address Unknown, Pamelia, New York.

Thomas Waite was recorded in one announcement that appeared on October 1, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  Jefferson County Agricultural Society.  Premiums Awarded…Pictures…

Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Thos. Waite, Pamelia, book.

Best Specimens Photographs, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. & $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Photographs, G. S. Rugg, Watertown, book.

Miss Alice Smith, Watertown, recommended, $3.00.

Hart & Hose, Watertown, recommended, $2.00

Those recommend a discretionary premium of $3.00 to No. 207 for best Ambrotypes, also one of $2.00 to No. 65 for 2d best Ambrotypes.

The committee would recommend that, at the next annual exhibition there be one premium for the best ambrotypes and one for the 2d best, and also a premium for the best ambrotype views.  A large portion of the pictures exhibited were of this character, and as they form a very interesting part of the exhibition the committee have recommended premiums to be given, and that greater inducement be offered by the society hereafter for the exhibition of specimens of art.  E. Q. Sewall, T. C. Chittenden, Jr., E. H. Smith, Judges.

Thomas Waite is not recorded in other photographic directories.