E. R. Graves

1859                Address & Location Unknown, New York.

E. R. Graves was recorded on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).  Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859.                                     List of Entries….Class VII.—Miscellaneous…

S. Downs, specimens Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.                                                                          S. Downs, daguerrean wagon.                                                                                                                            F. H. Finch, specimens of ambrotypes & daguerreotypes.                                                                      E. R. Graves, specimens ambrotypes; colored photographs.                                                                  Henry Pruden, specimens ambrotypes.                                                                                                  Geo. P. Hopkins, specimens photographs; family sewing machine, “Scovill & Goodell

S. Downs was awarded $1 for the best daguerreotypes and Henry Pruden was awarded $1 for the best ambrotypes.

E. R. Graves is possibly Edward R. Graves who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Lockport, New York which is approximately 25 miles away.

Charles Graver

1857-1858       Address Unknown, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Charles Graver was recorded in an announcement and advertisement.  The announcement ran on December 12, 1857 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotyping.—It will be seen by the card of Mr. Graver that he has arrived in our town, and proposes introducing our citizens to his beautiful art of Crystalographing and Ambrotyping.  Those who have not yet taken advantage of this beautiful art to perpetuate their own or the features of those whom they love, should not lose the present opportunity.  Mr. G. guarantees that his pictures cannot be surpassed; and he speaks with confidence which gives surety that he is a perfect master of his art.  See his card.

The advertisement ran from December 12, 1857 to January 13, 1858.  In the Southern Sentinel  (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!  Charles Graver Has the honor to inform the citizens of Plaquemine and vicinity that he has arrived for the purpose of submitting to their respectful notice his peculiar style of taking those beautiful, mellow toned and everlasting images called Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!

The Crystalograph is a positive Photographic image, taken on glass.  It possesses a boldness of relief, a softness, a commingling of light and shade, a distinctness and delicacy of tone, which eclipses every other kind of sun drawn picture.

Any lady or gentleman having in their possession pictures taken in New Orleans, the Northern States or elsewhere, are urgently requested to bring them up to the Gallery for comparison, and if I cannot produce a picture which, for striking resemblance, elegance of position, pure natural flesh color, nice gradation of light and shade and harmony of tone, infinitely surpassing the specimen brought, no charge will be made.

All lovers of the beautiful in the Fine Arts are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they wish pictures or not.  Black silk or plaid dresses preferable to all others.When a family is taken a large deduction will be made.  Crystalograph copies taken from Daguerreotypes, and improved on the original.  Equally fine pictures taken in cloudy as in fine weather.  Other operators’ pictures taken over at a very low figure.  Prices varying from $2.50 to $5.00.

Parties anxious to secure pictures which cannot be excelled by Any in the United States or in Europe, are requested to call immediately, as the operator’s stay is very limited.  dec 9.

Charles Graver does not appear in other photographic directories.


1846                Address Unknown, Union Village, New York.

Grant was recorded in an announcement as part of the partnership of Grant & Nixon on August 27, 1846 in the Washington County Journal (Union Village, New York).  Premium Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We take much pleasure in commending the Miniature Gallery of Messrs. Grant & Nixon to the attention of our citizens and the public generally.  They are located in the same building with ourself and in the room directly opposite our office, where they are daily producing some of the finest Pictures and most exact Likenesses we have ever seen.  Their Pictures are beautifully drawn out and possess a clearness, richness, life-like accuracy and brilliancy of finish we have rarely seen equaled and never surpassed! They have likenesses of several eminent public men and a great variety of splendid specimens in the Photographic Art.  Of course you will not take our word for all this, but call and see for yourselves—when, we are quite sure you will not fail to let the Operators give you a sitting of 20 or 30 seconds, just to see what a few glances of the sun beams can do.

Grant and or Nixon are not recorded in other photographic directories, it is possible that Grant is H. R. Grant, based on the activity dates and location in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but this is only speculation.

G. W. Granniss

1856                352 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.

G. W. Granniss was recorded in an advertisement as part of the partnership of Root & Granniss. The advertisement ran from July 29 to August 11, 1856 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  Root & Granniss, M. A. Root.  G. N. Granniss Photographic, Ambrotype, and Daguerrean Gallery.  Is Now Open At No. 352 Pennsylvania avenue, near Seventh street, where Photographs, colored or plain; Ambrotypes tinted and colored, new style; and Daguerreotypes, are taken in the highest perfection of the art.

The Public are respectfully invited to visit our Gallery whether desiring pictures or not.

G. W. Granniss is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1845                122 Broadway, New York, New York.

Gould is recorded in an article as part of the partnership of Jackson & Gould on July 26, 1845 in  The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Court Intelligence.  Marine Court, July 25.—Before Judge Waterbury.—Libel.—Jackson[1] and Gould[2] vs. H. C. [sic.] Insley.—This was an action of libel.  It appeared that the plaintiffs commenced the business of taking Daguerreotype likenesses on 30th June last, and took a room in 122 Broadway.  Defendant, who had been in the business some five or six months, occupied rooms Nos. 10 and 11 on an upper floor of the same building.  Plaintiffs posted up bills on the rise of each step, referring to the old “established Daguerreotype room No. 9,” and also posted on the door the following notice:  “Old established Daguerreotype; no connection with the younger beginners in 4th story.”  It was also shown, that plaintiffs were in the habit of intercepting persons said to be on their way to defendant’s rooms, and induced them to employ themselves.  In answer to these notices, defendant posted the following:  “The so-called ‘old establishment,’ room No. 9, at the head of the stairs, was opened June 30th, 1845, for the base and dishonorable purpose of intercepting persons while on their way to my gallery, Nos. 10 and 11.”  Also the following:  “Caution—As a couple of young beginners have opened at the head of second stairs, for the purpose of intercepting persons on their way to my gallery, this notice is deemed necessary.”  Plaintiffs now seek to recover damages for the posting of the latter notices, alleging them to be libelous.  Defendant justifies, on the ground that plaintiffs had attempted to intercept his customers, by their having posted up the original notices, which rendered it necessary on his part to disabuse the minds of the public, by posting up the notices referred to.  The jury rendered a verdict for plaintiff, 6 cents damages and 6 cents cost, which throws their own cost upon plaintiffs.

Gould is not listed in other photographic directories.  [1] Probably H. P. Jackson who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  [2] Identification of Gould is unknown, and is not listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Joseph Gould, Jr.

1851                Rooms at H. Moor’s Hall, Middlebury, Vermont.

Joseph Gould, Jr. was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 12 to 26, 1851 The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Joseph Gould, Jr., Would respectfully invite the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of the vicinity, to his Splendid Daguerreotype Miniatures, with or without colors, which he is now executing at his rooms, at H. Moor’s Hall.

By the aid of New Chemical Agents, most splendid results are obtained; and multitudes are being delighted daily at the astonishing perfection to which, in point of delineation, boldness, and unerring truthfulness, this Art has so suddenly attained. In an instant, as it were, upon the shining silver surface, is portrayed the laughing countenance of joyous youth, with all its freshness.  From the most aged to the veriest child, it is equally applicable as the unerring delineator of life.  Delay not, then, as opportunity shall present, to secure one, two, three, or six, of these mementoes of life, which, under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends, no price can purchase, Miniatures Taken every day, (and satisfaction warranted or no charge) without regard to weather, in any style, in Lockets of any size or description, or in common cases, Prices varying from $1 to $5.  Middlebury, March 6, 1851.

Joseph Gould, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1848                41 Orange Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Gorham was recorded as part of the partnership of Maxham & Gorham in an announcement on  July 15, 1848 in the Nantucket Inquirer (Nantucket, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Those wishing Likenesses of themselves or friends, can procure them, of any shade or color desired, at Maxham & Gorham’s.  41 Orange Street.

Gorham is not recorded in Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 or other photographic directories.  It is possible that Maxham is Benjamin D. who was active in 1848 in Dover, New Hampshire. And latter in Worcester, Massachusetts, but that is only speculation on my part no proof as be found to substantiate this claim.

Jonathan J. Good

1856                312 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Jonathan J. Good was recorded as part of the partnership of Mahan & Good on April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Mahan & Good. — Pretty fair pictures, some excellent oil colored daguerreotypes. The pictures however are no wise remarkable for beauty.

Jonathan J. Good Thomas T. Mahan are recorded in other photographic directories, but they are 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) was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.


Godkin & Co.

Godkin & Co. was recorded on June 2, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York) as visiting the following locations.  Ambrotypes & Photographs.  The undersigned will visit the following named places at the time stated below, fully prepared to take Ambrotypes, Melaineotypes, Photographs, &c., in the best style of modern art:

Rutland Centre—Tuttle’s Hotel; Lockport—Black River Hotel, from Monday, June 6, to Saturday Noon, June 11.                                                                                                                      Leraysville—A. P. Mosher’s Hotel; Great Bend—Stone Hotel, from Monday June 18, to Saturday noon, June 18.                                                                                                                            Philadelphia—R. Washburn’s Hotel; Sterlingville—Sterlingville Hotel, from June 20, to Saturday noon, June 25.                                                                                                                                        Felts Mills—Hotel; Champion Huddle—Z. Marion’s residence, from Monday, June 27, to Saturday noon, July 2.                                                                                                                                 Carthage—Cook’s Hotel; Copenhagen—R. P. Dole’s Hotel, From Monday, July 4, to Saturday noon, July 9.                                                                                                                                                         Champion Village—Gould’s Hotel; South Champion—E. Brown’s residence, from Monday, July 11, to Saturday noon, July 16.                                                                                                               Deer River—at the sign of the Red Flag; Denmark—Hotel, from Monday, July 19, to Saturday noon, July 23.                                                                                                                                            Checkered House 4 Corners—Lewisburg Hotel, from Monday, July 25, to Saturday noon, July 30.                                                                                                                                                              Natural Bridge—Covey’s Hotel, from Monday, Aug. 1 to Saturday noon, August 6.                    Godkin & Co.

Godkin is not recorded in other photographic directories.