Eugene M. Sintzenich

1857                Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.

1859                Crystal Palace Block, Main Street, Rochester, New York.

1859                Rooms over the Post Office, Brockport, New York.

Eugene M. Sintzenich was recorded in one entry in The New York Historical Society Dictionary of Artists in America 1564 –1860, and two advertisements in The Brockport Republic (Brockport, New York.)  The entry in for 1857 comes from the Rochester City Directory.  (Rochester, New York.).[1]  Eugene M. Sintzenich, Daguerreotypist, business address not recorded.

The first advertisement ran from May 13 to 27, 1859.  New Ambrotype Gallery!  E. M. Sintzenich.  From the old established Gallery of L. V. Griffin, Rochester, (where he has had nearly six years experience in the art of producing Camera Pictures,) has established himself in this village Directly over the Post Office, for the purpose of accommodating the citizens of the place and the surrounding country with First Class Pictures! Of Every Description.

He does not hesitate in saying that he can produce as good work as can be made at any Gallery in the State, and as cheap as the cheapest.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.  All work warranted.

Remember the place, Brockport, May 4, 1859.

The second advertisement ran from June 30 to September 15, 1859.1859 June 30.  Ambrotype Gallery, Directory Over The Post Office.  E. M. Sintzenich, after six years experience in the art of producing Camera Pictures, does not hesitate to say that he can furnish as good work, at as low a rate and can be procured at any other Gallery, and would respectfully solicit the patronage of the inhabitants of the village and vicinity.  All work warranted.  Call and examine specimens.  Brockport, June 30, 1859.

Eugene H. (Sic.) Sintzenich is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Eugene Sintzenich “Listed as a daguerreian in Rochester, N. Y.  He opened his gallery in 1841, and closed it in 1842.  He was noted for his oil paintings.  Probably the same Eugene H. Sintzenich listed as a daguerreian in Rochester in 1857-1858.  He was than listed at 79½ Main Street.   

Both The New York Historical Society Dictionary Of Artists in America 1564-1860 and the above advertisements identify him as E. M. Sintzenich, they are probably the same person.  Eugene possibly the father was a landscape and portrait painter he was English by birth, and died of Cholera on Wednesday September 22, 1852, he was 60 years old.


[1] The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In America 1864-1860.

Eugene Sintzenich

1841-1842       Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.[1]

Eugene Sintzenich was recorded in one entry in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860 and five random entries in the Rochester Daily American.  I have included Eugene Sintzenich to help clarify the entry in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, even though I don’t have any original research concerning his activity as a daguerreotypist. 

The first entry is from The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  Sintzenich, Eugene.  Landscape and portrait painter.  He was living in England in 1833 when several of his views of Niagara Falls, Upper Canada, and New York State, painted during a visit to America in 1831, were shown in London.  By 1841nhe had returned to America and was painting portraits and more Niagara views in Rochester (N. Y.).  From 1844 to 1848 he was at Albay and NYC and in 1849 he exhibited a watercolor at the America Institute.  He also painted a view of NYC after the great fire of December 1845 he was once again in Rochester, listed as a professor of drawing.  He may have been dead by 1857.  When Mrs. Esther Sintzenich was listed in the Rochester directory, along with Eugene M. Sintzenich, daguerreotypist…

The first item appeared on June 14, 1850 in the Rochester Daily American (Rochester, New York).  Prof. Sintzenich, Formerly of London, and lately of New York, begs to inform his former friends and the lovers of the Fine Arts generally, that he has returned to Rochester, where he will be happy to give to those who are desirous of acquiring them.  Instructions in the various departments of Painting.

His method of Teaching is founded on the principles of the most eminent Professors of London—and aided by a long practice, he flatters himself his lessons will be found as much simplified as the subjects will admit of and the advancement of the pupil justify.

His system embraces the practice of Drawing and Painting, either in water or oil colors—the theory of light, shade, color, effect, composition, perspective and sketching from nature. 

Views of houses ad grounds taken, and drawings, made for the patent office.  His view of the Church of the “Holy Communion,” N. Y., for sale.

Terms, which are moderate, made known at his residence.  No. 12 Elm street, where specimens can be seen.

The second item appeared on August 19, 1851.  Grand Panorama.  Painted By Eugene Sintzenich And Smith M. Brown.  Exhibition of the Holy Land.  Comprising Views of Cairo, Mount Sinai, Bethlehem, Nazareth, The River Jordan, Dead Sea, several of the pool mentioned in Holy Writ, &c., &c, &c.

Among the views is a splendid representation of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt—a general view of The City Of Jerusalem, And the valley of Jehosaphat (sic.)!  Besides a great number of other equally interesting and Picturesque Views.

It has been the object of the getters up of this exhibition to give to the public a representation of these scenes as they now exist, and for this purpose have been to great expense to obtain Drawings Taken On The Spot.  So that the public may see the Holy Land as it is now presented to the traveller.

The Painting have been executed in the highest style of Art, and without regard to expense, and the artists confidently put them before the public fully believing they will meet the approval and reward they merit.

Time and place of opening will be announced in a few days.

The third item appeared on May 4, 1852.  Mr. Eugene Sintzenich at his rooms, No. 66 State St., third story, has some fine specimens of his skill in drawing and painting.  He is prepared to give lessons in the two arts and is capable of giving unbound satisfaction.  Many of the efforts of his pupils indicate a thorough training and a rapid progress on their part.

The fourth item appeared on September 24, 1852.  Death Of Prof. Sintzenich.—we regret to announce the death of Prof. Eugene Sintzenich.—He fell a victim to Cholera on Wednesday night, having been ill only 24 hours.  His age was 60 years. 

Prof. S. was English by birth, though we believe of Polish descent, and had lived long in our city at different times, winning the warm regard of the community by his courteous manners and kindness of heart.  He was an Artist of rare talent and qualifications, especially excelling as a landscape painter.  His death will be generally regretted.

The fifth item appeared on September 27, 1852.  The State Register contains the following appreciative notice of our late townsman, Prof, Sintzenich:

“The news of the death of this accomplished gentleman and fine artist will be received with the deepest regret by the very many friends whom he left behind him in this city.  He resided here several years, and won the sincerest esteem of all who were fortunate enough to become acquainted with him.  He was a man of through education, and imbued with the best qualities of nature.  As an Artist, he stood very high.  He painted chiefly in water colors and in this branch of his art he excelled.  He produced the best view of Albany we have ever seen.  It was lithographed, and many copies were disposed of.  He produced several other local works which were greatly admired, and all of which bore marked evidence of his fine taste and great skill.

Mr. Sintzenich was a man whose society was much coveted.  He was one of the most sociable men we ever knew, being always in excellent tune, and full of wit, humor and anecdote, which seem to pour forth from an inexhaustible store.

Eugene Sintzenich was an accomplished artist, an early daguerreotypist who like some artist of the day tried their hand using the daguerreotype process.  It is unknown at this time if he was only making daguerreotypes or if he was using the daguerreotypes as a tool for his paintings.  Eugene M. Sintzenich is probably his son, but this is only speculation on my part.  I have not spent a lot of time researching him.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Register

J. B. Sinsabaugh

1849                Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1850-1853       19 Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1853-1856       Seneca Street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store, Geneva, New York.

1856-1857       Seneca street, opposite Cobb’s Store, Geneva, New York.

J. B. Sinsabaugh was recorded in ten advertisements and six announcements in two different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from May 11 to December 14, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Stock, For Sale at New-York Prices!  Mr. Sinsabaugh has removed to a few doors east of his old stand, on Seneca st., where he has fitted up his rooms with a large window; and is now prepared to do work of the finest quality.

Instructions carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mrs. S.  Charges reasonable. 

The first announcement appeared on September 28, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Calling at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean Rooms a few days since, we formed a very favorable opinion of his merits as an artist.  His miniatures possess a finish, and life like expression rarely seen.  Mr. S. informs us that he has located permanently in Geneva.  He will in a few days, receive a new camera with which he will be able to take likenesses four times the size of those taken by common instruments.  His determination to become “one of us,” and the assiduous attention he has ever shown in endeavoring to satisfy his patrons, must commend him to the favorable consideration of our citizens.

The second advertisement appeared on December 7, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  New Daguerrean Gallery. Mr. S. D. Humphrey, late of Albany, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery in Seneca Street, over Hollett’s Bookstore, and proposes remaining in town some time to serve such of our citizens as may be disposed to patronize him.  We have seen a few of his many specimens, which certainly exhibit great skill in the art.

With this new candidate for public favors, and the capital portraits taken at the galleries of Messrs. Sinsabaugh & Biteley, the Genevese can most assuredly be enabled

“To see ourselves as others see us.”

The second announcement appeared on December 21, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette. 

Attention is directed to the advertisements of Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Sinsabaugh.  The former has the reputation of being one f the first in his profession in the Union: and the almost innumerable specimens in his picture Gallery richly repay a visit to his establishment.

The latter is not at all inferior to any one in his executions, and his stock of cases, lockets, &c., embrace some of the most beautiful we have ever seen.  Who wants an elegant token for a Christmas or New-Year’s present to a friend?  Go to one or both of the above-named gentlemen, and our word for it you will be convinced that a daguerreotype likeness is just the thing.

The third advertisement ran from December 21, 1849 to November 29, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Empire Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, and a few doors west of the Franklin House. Seneca Street, Geneva.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of this establishment, announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has got every thing now in order , in the best possible manner, and is prepared to take Likenesses of all sizes far superior to any thing heretofore exhibited in this part of the country, and not inferior to any got up elsewhere.

Mr. S. also keeps Daguerrean Stock constantly on hand, of all kinds used in the business, at wholesale and retail German and American Instruments on hand; Gold and plated Lockets as cheap with the pictures as can be bought elsewhere without.  This stock will be sold as low as can be bought in the city of New York.

Instruction carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mr. S.—Schools will commence the first of January and continue through the winter.

Remember the Red Sign.

The third announcement appeared on April 19, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Not Eclipsed!—Our village has had occasional visits from traveling Daguerreans, some of whom, we confess, have produced most capital likenesses.  But while they have blowed their trumpet long and loud, our friend and fellow citizen, Mr. Sinsabaugh, has pursued the “quite, even tenor of his way,” and won a reputation as an artist second to none of them.  Mr. S. gives to his pictures a distinctness of features, and a handsome blending of light and shade, which is seldom seen.  The sitting of a young lady from the country, the present week, produced a picture which embodies all the fine qualities of the daguerreotype.  It will compare favorably with any ever taken or exhibited in this village.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 6, 1850 to May 30, 1851 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 4, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 25, 1850 to May 28, 1851 in the Geneva Courier  (Geneva, New York).  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 24, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 28 To December 17, 1851 in the Geneva Courier.  Geneva

Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca st, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 6, 1851 To November 12, 1852 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca Street, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 11, 1851in the Geneva Courier.  The following merited compliment to a superior Daguerrean Artist, is taken from a letter of a Western gentleman to a friend in this village:

“In passing through your place, I called at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean-Room and sat for my picture, and not thinking much of it at the time.  But coming home and comparing it with a number I had taken in this city, (Buffalo) and one in Cleveland, I found it so much richer that I deem it my duty to say something about it.  I think the work of Mr. Sinsabaugh cannot be surpassed.  In a few months I shall be through your place again, and will have the pictures of my family taken.  Yours, C. L. Smith.

The seventh advertisement ran from November 19, 1852 to October 7, 1853 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrian Gallery, Seneca Street, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he is receiving his Fall and Winter stock, embracing all the new styles of daguerrean Goods, with the last improvements in the art.

Mr. S. goes to the city from three to five times in the year, to secure all the latest improvements; and keeps constantly on hand everything in the line of Daguerrean Goods, Apparatus and Chemicals with which he will furnish Operators at New York prices.  Buying for Cash, he is enabled to sell low, at wholesale or retail.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art.  No Humbug.   Geneva, Nov. 10, 1852.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 6, 1854 to January 11, 1856 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has removed to the rooms over Durrant’s Jewelry Store, first door east of Kidder’s Banking Office, being the rooms formerly occupied Prof. Humphrey & Walker, and which he has entirely remodeled.  They consist of Operating and Work rooms, Reception room, and Ladies Dressing room being the largest and most convenient in the country.

He is now prepared to execute all the new styles of Pictures taken in the United States; Crayon Daguerreotypes, Illuminated Pictures, Stereoscopic and Binocular Pictures, with instruments and cases.  Pictures in colors, with the vanamil back-ground or bright back-ground.

He is now receiving all the newest styles and the largest stock of Daguerrean Goods ever brought to Geneva.  He can furnish every thing call for in that line, at New-York prices—being connected with the largest importer in that city; and is prepared to supply Operators at wholesale or retail.  Call and examine specimens.  He has got the newest improved process for taking likenesses of Children.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art,  No humbug! Geneva, Dec. 2, 1853.

The ninth advertisement appeared on September 15, 1854 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  

Smalley & Inglesant are every ready to crown the heads of their fellow-men.  These gentlemen are among the “Leaders of Fashion,” and can furnish to order upon the shortest notice.  They are under our old competitor’s establishment, friend Sinsabaugh, who is well and favorably known to this community, and now occupies the rooms originally fitted up for Daguerreotype purposes by Humphrey. 

The fifth announcement appeared on October 26, 1855 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The sixth announcement appeared on October 31, 1855 in the Geneva Courier.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The tenth advertisement ran from January 18, 1856 to March 6, 1857 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, Opposite Cobb’s Store.  Talbotypes, or Photographs on paper and Glass unsurpassed by any in the country.

The subscriber has just received a large assortment of Fancy Cases, which he will sell with first rate Pictures as low as any other establishment.  Cameotypes on glass, in colors, a new style of pictures far exceeding in beauty and durability anything ever before made; also surpassing in fineness, depth of light and shade, and richness of tone.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position.  They are without the glare of a daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view.  They will last for ages, unchanged, and possess the rare quality of imperishability.

I am now receiving the new improvement on glass, and am prepared to give instructions to any wishing to learn the new art.

Just received a new style of convex Daguerreotype Glass.  A large assortment of Daguerreotype Goods for sale at wholesale and retail.  Families waited upon in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.  No Humbug!  J. B. Sinsabaugh.

The eleventh advertisement appeared on July 8, 1857 in the Geneva Courier.  Doct. E. Weyburn.  Office on South Side of Seneca Street, under Sinsabaugh Daguerrean Rooms—…

J. B. Sinsabaugh is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active on Geneva Street, Seneca, New York in 1850-1851; 1859.  Seneca is a town southwest of Geneva it is unknown if Sinsabaugh had two studios.  None of the above advertisements or announcements mention another location.  

E. B. Simonton

1852                Darby Block, Water Street,, Augusta, Maine.

E. B. Simonton was recorded one announcement and one advertisement in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  The announcement appeared on May 13, 1852.  New Firm And New Books.  Five Hundred Agents Wanted.  E. B. Simonton & Co., Booksellers ad Publishers, Office in Darby Block, Water Street, Augusta, Me., give constant and lucrative employment to active and responsible men, in circulating New and Popular Works, by subscriptions in the several States of the Union.  They offer great inducements to those designing to engage in the business.

They have in [course] of preparation several works, which will be issued in May, destined to exceed in sale any works ever published in America.

The advertisement ran from July 22 to October 14, 1852.  To Daguerrian Artists.  The subscriber would respectfully inform Daguerrian Artists that they have been appointed Wholesale Agents, by the Manufacturer, for the Sale of Daguerreotype Cases in this State.  They will furnish the above named Cases, with or without Glass and borders, at New York Wholesale Cash Prices.  All orders promptly attended to.  Address E. B. Simonton & Co., Augusta, Maine.

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

Simons & Page

1842                Rooms at the United States Hotel, Wheeling, Virginia.

Simons & Page were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 12 to 16, 1842 in the   Wheeling Times and Advertiser (Wheeling, Virginia).  Photographic Miniatures.  T. G. Simons & A. W. Page.  Late of New York City.  Professors and Teachers of Photography.  Take this method most respectfully of informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of Wheeling and [its] vicinity, that they have taken Rooms at the United States Hotel, where they will be happy to wait upon any who may wish to avail themselves of an opportunity of procuring a Likeness, which though it may cost but one fourth the Painter’s price, will possess [merits] that no artist can ever give to his work.

Messrs. Simons & Page have been engaged in the Daguerreotype profession from its first introduction into America, have, at great expense and loss of time, succeeded in so far improving the American apparatus, as to be enabled to operate with an unerring degree of certainty.  The great degree of certainty.  The great degree of difficulty with all former operators in giving color and expression to their productions is at once obviated by their great improvement in this wonderful discovery;—the time also required in sitting is materially lessened.  Messrs. Simons & Page covery;—removed the difficulty which all have, by their improvement in this wonderful dis former operators, labored under in compelling their subjects to sit from three to five minutes in which was apt to produce a contraction of the eyes and distorted appearance of the features:  Now, a correct and beautiful likeness can be produced in a sitting of from five to thirty five seconds! In any kind of weather, and consequently without using the direct rays of the Sun.

They propose to instruct a limited number of Ladies and Gentlemen in this beautiful and valuable discovery, who can be furnished with complete setts of the improved American apparatus, and by means of which any one may be enabled to take a likeness in an ordinary room, without requiring any peculiar adjustment of the light.  Heretofore it has been generally supposed that sunshine was indispensable to the production of Daguerreotype Miniatures; but the important improvement recently perfected, proves that this is a mistake.  The new apparatus cost less than the old, and furnishes the ability to its possessor of securing an independence in a profession as honorable, interesting and agreeable as any other, by the expenditure of a mere trifle and a few days application.  Can any other pursuit in life present the same advantages in supplying the means of a general support, not to say fortune?  This apparatus is warranted never to get out of order, and consequently will not require any repairs.  It can be supplied in a form so portable as to be carried in a dressing case, if desired, and ordinarily occupies less space than a cubic foot.  Those who have never had an opportunity of seeing a specimen of Photography, can hardly form an idea of the perfection, beauty and wonderful minuteness of the Daguerreotype pictures:  It is the work of Nature: not of Art; and as far surpasses the production of the pencil as all Nature’s effects do those of Man.  In the creation of these pictures, the light of Heaven alone constitutes the pencil, and nature the artist.  The Daguerreotype, or Pencil of Nature, can be applied to every object on which the rays of light can be made to fall:  The human face and figure, landscapes, buildings, paintings, engravings, stationary, machinery, &c., &c. may be copied in a few seconds with an accuracy that no draughtsman could ever attain.  The process is simple: it requires no acquaintance with chemistry, nor knowledge of drawing or painting, for the light itself engraves upon the prepared plate: and it may be performed by any one who follows the process which is fully and clearly described in the instructions accompanying each sett of apparatus.

For Colleges, Academies and public lectures this apparatus is particularly desirable, as the results produced by it are the most interesting that can be exhibited to an audience, the process requiring but a few seconds in favorable weather to complete a picture, and the results being to all so surprising and beautiful, that it never fails to excite the greatest wonder and astonishment in the minds of every beholder; whilst to the traveller it must be one of the most valuable accompaniments.  It is only necessary to add for the information of those who are unacquainted with the details of the Photographic art, that it is capable of yielding an incomparable greater return for the amount of time and money invested in it, than any other business of the same capital.  We would here beg leave to state, upon the authority of the most scientific Gentlemen of the cities of Boston, N. York and Philadelphia, that these pictures will never fade, but that they will remain permanently fixed until the final consummation of all things.  Other advantages which these Miniatures have over all others might be mentioned, but enough has been said to convince the most incredulous that for rapidity of execution, correctness and durability, they cannot be equalled.

Apparatus, Plates, Miniature cases, Chemicals &c. furnished at the shortest notice and on the most reasonable terms.  Apparatus invariably warranted to be equal if not superior, to any manufactured in the United States.

Simons & Page (T. G. Simons & A. W. Page) are not listed in other photographic directories.  They do not appear in the New York City Directories in 1841/1842 or in the 1842/1843 directories.    

George H. H. Silsby

1857                115 Main Street, opposite the Depot, Concord, New Hampshire.

George H. H. Silsby appeared in two advertisement.  The first advertisement which appeared on March 30, 1840 in the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire) and is included to establish his first name.  Hereafter their first names do not appear in the advertisements I have looked at.   Co-Partnership Notice.  The subscriber have formed a connection in business under the firm of Stearns, Morrills & Silsby, for the purpose of Publishing, Binding and Bookselling, and have taken the room I the 2nd story of Low’s Block formerly occupied by L. B. & L. M. Morrill, where they may be found at all times to answer to orders in their line of business.  Chas. H. Stearns, L. B. Morrill, L. M. Morrill, Geo. H. H. Silsby.  Concord, March 1, 1840.

The second advertisement ran from January 1 to July 30, 1857 in the Independent Democrat (Concord, New Hampshire).  To Daguerreotypist.  The subscribers have on hand and for sale a supply of materials for the use of Daguerrian Artists, consisting of Cases, Plates, Mats, Preservers, Rotten Stone, &c., &c.

They intend to keep a full supply of the above articles on hand, which will be sold as low, at least, as can be purchased in Boston.  Orders, by mail or otherwise, solicited.  Morrill & Silsby, 115 Main St., opposite the Depot.

George H. H. Silsby does not appear in other photographic directories and continues to publish advertisements starting in 1841 as Morrill & Silsby as publishers and bookbinders. 

Silsbee & Morrison

1846-1847       Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.

Silsbee & Morrison (George M. Silsbee (variant spelling of last name Silsby) & J. W. C. Morrison) were recorded in one announcement that appeared on January 2, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  Smart Day’s Work.—Twenty Daguerreotype likenesses were taken, finished and delivered yesterday by Silsby & Morrison.—Bath Tribune.

Silsbee & Morrison are recorded in other photographic directories, but not the partnership.  The variant spelling of Silsbee’s last name (Silsby) is recurring throughout the Maine newspapers.

Lorenzo H. D. Shepherd

c.1852-1853    299½ Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

1853-1854       Rooms over Owen & Moulton’s Clothing Store, Saco, Maine.

Lorenzo H. D. Shepherd was recorded in two advertisements in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  The first advertisement ran from August 30 to October 25, 1853.  New Miniature Rooms!  Chlorine Gas!  Bad Eyes cured in a few minutes, and pictures more beautiful and life-like than can be taken by the best operators with the old chemicals, (such as is used by the operators in York County), in the world.  Few there are that know any thing about it.

L. H. D. Shepherd, Having had an advantage that no other operator has had in York County in picture taking, and having recently practiced with the greatest operator in the Known World, Mr. Silsbee of Boston, whose pictures stood foremost recently in the World’s Fair held in New York, takes this opportunity to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that he has located in Saco, where he has fitted and furnished Rooms in a better style than any in York County, Over Messrs. Owen & Moulton’s Store, Where he is prepared to take pictures better than can be obtained elsewhere.  Reference may be had to such as have sat many times in these towns and also in Portland, for pictures and without success, viz: Moses Emery, Esq., partner of S. V. Loring, Esq., Saco;—Umphrey Goodwin, Esq., who says he has had more than 10 pictures taken and never a good one before; Mr. Farwell, and others.

Pictures copied of all sizes; in the most perfect style.

A light, Transparent, the best in York County.  As for Size of Instrument and quality, None like it in York County.

Call and see.  Let the Premium Pictures be laid upon my Show Case.  Perfect satisfaction warranted or no sale.  Call and see.  L. H. Shepherd.

The second advertisement ran from November 1, 1853 to April 11, 1854.  New Miniature Rooms, Over Owen & Moulton’s Clothing Store.  Chlorine Gas Pictures!  Mr. Shepherd, having procured Mr. Colby’s Main Operator from Portland City, with himself, is prepared to put up pictures finer and as cheap as can be obtained in the County Of York.  Please call and see our specimens.

Lorenzo H. D, Shepherd is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. B. Shaw

1847-1848       3 Pierce’s Block, Bath, Maine.

1848                Address Unknown, Wiscasset, Maine.

1849                Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.[1]

E. B. Shaw was recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in The Northern Tribune (Bath, Maine).  The first advertisement ran from November 6, 1847 to April 26, 1848. National Daguerrian Gallery.  Miniatures For $1.50 Including Cases At Shaw’s Rooms.  No. 3 Pierce’s Block, Over The Store Of S. W. Heath & Co.

Owing to the liberal patronage that the Public has already bestowed upon the Proprietor of this Establishment, he is enabled to execute Daguerreotype Likenesses for the above named price, and warranted to give satisfaction.  Citizens or Strangers, visiting these rooms, can have their miniatures taken and set in Morocco Cases, Gold Lockets, Breast Pins, Rings, Bracelets, &c., in a few minutes.

N.B.  Views of Churches, Public Buildings, &c., faithfully taken, in every other order punctually attended to.

Please call and examine specimens.  Bath.  Oct. 21, 1847.

The first announcement appeared on December 27, 1847.  Presents.  There is nothing more appropriate for a present than a Daguerreotype Miniature.—They can be had in this city in the highest state of perfection.  For further particulars see Daguerrian advertisements.  Bath Daguerrian can’t be beat.

The second announcement appeared on May 10, 1848.  F. B. Shaw, Daguerrian, has departed from us for a season.  He may be found for a few weeks in Wiscasset.

The second advertisement ran on May 11 & 12, 1848. Daguerreotypes.  F. B. Shaw.—Wiscasset, Has taken the room formerly occupied by Major Page, who would be happy to receive the visits of all who may wish a Daguerreotype Miniature.  Prices from $1.50 to $12.00.

As his stay in town will be short, all are invited to call at the earliest opportunity.

E. B. Shaw is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Bath Maine in 1849.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

William Senter

1858                64 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine.

William Senter of the firm Lowell & Senter were recorded in one advertisement and one announcement.  The advertisement appeared on January 5, 1858 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Lowell & Senter, Watch Makers, And Dealers In Watches, Chronometers, Jewelry, Charts, Nautical Instruments, And Fancy Goods.  64 Exchange Street…Portland.  Abner Lowell, William Senter.

The announcement appeared on October 26, 1858 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine).  The County Cattle Show At Standish.  Awards…Miscellaneous…

Burnham, Portland, best photographs, diploma and 8.00

Messrs. Lowell & Senter, Portland, for their “Stereoscope” with its interesting views, diploma. 

William Senter is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Lowell & Senter may not have been photographers in fact new research has found advertisements that list them as Jewelers.