McClure & Fox

1853                Address Unknown, McArthur, Ohio.                                                                        1853                Address Unknown, Hamden, Ohio.                                                                        1853                Address Unknown, Jackson, Ohio.

McClure & Fox (Mac McClure) Mac McClure were recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on September 29, 1853.  Daguerrean Artist.—The Messrs. McClure & Fox, as will be seen by their advertisement in to-day’s paper, have arrived with their Daguerrean Sky Light Car, and those wishing to have their “pretty faces, “ and ugly ones too, taken in good style, would do well to give them a call.  You have “Waited for the wagon” a long time, and it has come at last.  Embrace this opportunity, and “Secure the Shadow ‘ere the substance fades.”

The advertisement ran from September 29 to October 13, 1853.  Sky Light Daguerrean Car.  McClure & Fox.  Respectfully beg leave to announce to the citizens of Jackson, and vicinity, that they have arrived with their Car, and will remain but a short time, all who may desire  superior likeness, (such as are produced by Sky Light Galleries,) may now have an opportunity, without the additional expense of traveling to our larger cities.

A splendid variety of cases always on hand.  In regard to dress—we would suggest to Ladies to wear Black, Brown, Red or any dark color always, avoiding Blue White or any light color.  Copying from Daguerreotypist, Paintings, &c., done in the neatest manner.  Call and examine specimens.

The second announcement appeared on October 6, 1853.  We endorse the following from the McArthur Republican, and will just add that those wishing a good picture, had better have it taken now, as you may not again have the same opportunity:—

McClure & Fox’s Daguerrean Car has left our place for Hamden, where, we understand, they will remain only one week.  They go thence to Jackson.  We bespeak for them a hearty welcome, for we can assure our Jackson friends that their pictures are of the highest order of merit, and far surpass any attempts that ever before have been made in this place.

With Mr. Fox we have been personally acquainted for a number of years. Acquainted for a number of years.  He is a man of character and ability; a real, genuine “clever fellow,” and an accomplished artist.  Being in possession of all the late improvements in the Daguerrean Art, as practiced in the Eastern cities, his pictures are surprisingly accurate and life-like, and cannot fail to render satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.

The third announcement appeared on November 24, 1853.  Mac. M’Clure, Daguerreotypist, wishes us to say to his friends in this county, that he has “caught a certain Fox” in a ——trap, and wishes us to exhibit him.  We would much rather he would procure the services of a Barnum or do the job himself, but as he thinks folks will believe us before they would them, here goes it:  Some time ago, the firm of Fox & McClure came into our place with a “big Wagon” in which they took Daguerreotypes; Fox, the principal operator, wished for and got a dissolution of partnership, and before leaving for the South, circulated the story, that Monsieur Mac McClue could not take a good picture.  We have examined the work of both these artists, and must give the preference to McClure.

McClure (Mac) & Fox are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in McArthur, Hamden or Jackson, Ohio.

J. M. McCluer & Son

1852                Room Under Foster Hall, Evansville, Indiana.

J. M. McCluer & Son were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana). The announcement ran on November 10, 1852.

Daguerreotypes.—By Advertisement, it will be seen that Messrs. J. M. McCluer & Son have established a Daguerreotype Gallery at the room under Foster Hall, occupied by Mr. Webster formerly.  They are now prepared to receive visitors, and will undoubtedly given satisfaction.

The advertisement ran from November 10 to 25, 1852.  Photographic, Or Daguerreotype Miniatures.  J. M. McCluer & Son would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity, that they have taken the room formerly occupied by Webster’s Gallery, for the purpose of remaining a few days, where they would be pleased to exhibit specimens in this beautiful art.  They flatter themselves that their specimens will compare with any-being in possession of all the recent improvements of Hill and others.  Pictures taken with or without color, single or in groups.

Landscapes, copies of residences, miniatures, or portraits, copied with neatness and upon the shortest possible notice.  Invalids waited on at their residences.  They have the finest set of cases, frames, &c., ever exhibited in this place, together with every thing to make true and perfect likenesses.  J. M. McCluer & Son.

J. M. McCluer & Son are not recorded in other photographic directories.

 

D. M. McClintock

1848                            Rooms at H. A. Stidger’s, Carrollton, Ohio.

D. M. McClintock was recorded in one advertisement that ran on July 20, 1848 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Secure The Likeness Ere The Substance Fades.  The Subscriber respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Carrollton and vicinity, that he has opened rooms at H, A, Stidger’s, where he will be pleased to wait on all those who may favor him with a call.

Prices moderate, varying from two to five dollars, according to size.  A liberal deduction made to families.  Please call soon, as he will remain but a short time.  D. M. McClintock.

D. M. McClintock is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. E. McClellan

1858                Rooms over Lawson’s Tin Shop, Abbeville, South Carolina.                              1858                Rooms in Temperance Hall, Abbeville, South Carolina.                                          1858                Calhoun’s Mills, South Carolina.

A. E. McClellan was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Independent Press (Abbeville, South Carolina). The advertisement ran from October 1 to 15, 1858. Ambrotypes.  Mr. A. E. McClellan would respectfully inform the citizens of Abbeville and surrounding country, that he is at Abbeville C. H., for the purpose of Taking Ambrotype Pictures.

He promises to give amply satisfaction both in regard to Picture and Prices, as his motto is—“Live and Let Live.”

The Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call at his room and examine his specimen pictures.  Those who wish a picture, would do well to avail themselves of this opportunity.  Persons having Old Daguerreotypes, can have them taken in elegant style, and warranted not to fade.  Room over Lawson’s Tin Shop.

The announcement appeared on October 22, 1858.  Mr. A. E. McClellan, desires us to say that he will leave the village, for Calhouns Mills, about the middle of the next week, and that all who wishes to obtain Ambrotype likenesses, will call at his rooms in Temperance Hall before that time.

A. E. McClellan is not recorded in other photographic directories.

McClave & Merritt

1854                385 Broadway, New York, New York.

McClave & Merritt (James McClave, Jr. & John D. Merritt) were recorded in nine advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first appeared on September 12, 1854.

Rees & Co., 25 Cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway.—This company, established under the above name, will be conducted hereafter under the [head] of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from [the commencement.]  The business will be conducted the same as usual, the whole company remaining with the exception of C. Rees, whose interest in this gallery has been purchased by the two remaining partners.  McClave & Merritt.

The second advertisement appeared on September 16, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original Twenty-five [cent] Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway.—this company [  ?  ] known by the above name, will hereafter be [conducted] under the head of McClave & Merritt, [the original] partners from its commencement.  They having [  ?  ] the interest of Mr. Rees.

The third advertisement appeared on September 23, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original 25 Cent Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway, are now taking 600 pictures daily, and will soon be enabled to take 1,000, by the aid of their new machinery and enlarged rooms, by the original partners from the commencement.  McClave & Merritt.

The fourth advertisement appeared on September 26, 1854.  The 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement.  [600] hundred pictures taken daily with entire satisfaction.  McClave & Merritt, 385 Broadway.

The fifth advertisement appeared on September 28, 1854.  The original 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement, who will soon be enabled to take one thousand pictures daily.

The sixth advertisement appeared on October 12, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents.—Rees & Co., as formerly known, now McClave & Merritt, having their new and novel machine, which was exhibited at Crystal Palace, now in full operation, will in future take pictures, in case, complete, for 25 cents.

The seventh advertisement appeared  on October 13, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, (formerly Rees & Co.,) 385  Broadway.

The eighth advertisement appeared on October 19, 1854.  Immense Success.—A Daguerreotype in Case for twenty-five cents.  McClave & Merritt, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, are now enabled, by the help of their new and novel machine, to give a daguerreotype, in a neat morocco case, all complete for 25 cents.

The ninth advertisement appeared on October 31, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, between White and Walker streets.

McClave & Merritt are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but, John does not mention that they were partners, or the connection to Rees & Co.

Mr. McCarty

1857                  Room in Beaver’s Building, next to the Telegraph office, Lewisburg,                                                  Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                        1857-1858       Rooms above Christ & Caldwell’s Drug Store, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. McCarty was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from February 6 to May 26, 1857.  This Way, Ladies and Gentlemen!  For good, durable, cheap and beautiful Pictures.

Ambrotype Likenesses of a very superior quality on a new and improved  plan, far surpassing the Daguerreotype.  They are not reversed, but show everything in its true position—are without the glare of the Daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view; they are taken in one fifth of the time of a Daguerreotype, and therefore better for taking small Children, which require but a second in a bright light, and on dark or rainy days are taken as quick as Daguerreotypes in the clearest days; they are far more durable than any picture ever made by light, being taken on plate glass to which another plate of the same is hermetically sealed with an indestructible cement, by which the picture retains its brilliancy for ages; and it will not corrode by acids, nor injured by weather or climate.

Copies of Daguerreotypes, Oil Paintings, engravings, or any other object whatever, are made by this process finer than by any other known.  Portraits set in elegant frames of morocco, or fancy cases, gold lockets, breast pins, finger rings, &c. &c. at short notice.

Also, Daguerreotypes which for true and faithful life likenesses are not surpassed.  Of either of the above mentioned species of Portraits, the value is undeniable.  They lighten the sorrows of absence or death, by granting us to behold a beloved relative or prized friend almost as distinctly as if present.  Mother!  father!  sisters!  brothers!  Friends!  what would you not give if the faces of the lost might still and ever smile upon you as in life?  Then procure Portraits ere too late!

Charges moderate, and Likenesses warranted to please.  Daguerreotypes, Paintings, Drawings, &c. copied.  Out-door Views and Miniatures of Deceased Persons taken at the shortest notice.  Remember the place—Room in Beaver’s building, next the Telegraph office, Lewisburg. M’Carty, Artist.  We Study To Please.

The announcement appeared on May 22, 1857.  M’Carty, Daguerrean Artist, has stopped in Lewisburg several months, and done a very large and satisfactory business.  His pictures are clear and life-like, and prices moderate.  Next Wednesday he will finish his visit here, and all who desire one of his pictures, should call on or before that time, as he will positively leave next morning.  Rooms next to the chronicle and Telegraph office.

The second advertisement ran from October 2, 1857 to October 1, 1858.  M’Carty, the Cheap Picture Man, Back Again!  We take this method of informing the citizens of Lewisburg and surrounding country, that we are again with them for a short time, and now offer them a better article at lower prices than ever heretofore.  We have taken the old stand above Christ & Caldwell’s Drug Store, and having much better light than we had in our old rooms, and more convenient rooms in every respect, we shall be better able to accommodate.  Persons having pictures of deceased friends or relatives which they would like to have copied or transferred to paper on a much larger scale, can have it done on short notice, and the copies will be warranted to be equally as good , and sometimes better than those which they are taken from.  Persons wanting Photographs can have them for prices ranging from $5 to $20.  Pictures of persons confined to their rooms through sickness, and of deceased persons taken at the shortest notice, at their residences:  pictures of young children taken in one second in a bright light.  Outdoor Views of buildings, &c., taken to order.  Ambrotype pictures taken on dark and rainy days quicker than Daguerreotypes on the clearest and brightest.  Pictures from 50 cts. to $20, to suit the purchaser.  We extend a cordial invitation to all to call and see us and examine our specimens, whether they want pictures or not.  Remember the place, rooms over Christ & Caldwell’s Mammoth Drug Store.  We study to please.  M’Carty, Artist.

N. B.—Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished at the lowest prices. Persons wishing to learn the business can now have an opportunity not often met with.

Mr. McCarty is not recorded in other photograph directories as being in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

R. B. McBride

1852-1853       Rooms in Giesy’s Frame Building, Third Floor, One door East of the Hocking                                   Valley Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.

R. B. McBride was recorded in five advertisements and three announcements in The Weekly Lancaster Gazette (Indianapolis, Indiana). The first advertisement ran from October 21 to December 23, 1853. Daguerreotypes.  All Persons wishing to obtain superior Daguerreotype pictures, “warranted to please” at a very reasonable price, will do well to call at my rooms, in Giesy’s frame building, third floor, entrance one door East of the Hocking Valley Bank.

The first announcement appeared on January 13, 1853.  Likenesses.—See the advertisement of Mr. McBride.  An examination of his specimens will give a good idea of his capacity for taking good pictures and insure him hosts of customers.

The second advertisement ran from January 13 to March 10, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.  R. B. McBride, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in the most approved style and upon terms that cannot fail to meet the approbation of all.  Daguerreotypes of children, of any age, are executed here as perfectly as for a grown person.

Persons wishing Daguerreotypes and all others are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  He is receiving, and will keep on hand, almost all styles of cases, so that all can be suited.

P. S. Instructions given in this most beautiful and fascinating art, on the most reasonable terms.

Rooms in the frame building belonging to Mr. Geisy.  Entrance one door West of the Hocking Valley Bank.

The third advertisement ran from April 7 to October 6, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in the most approved style, having just obtained a whole or mammoth Apparatus of a superior kind, with which he can take Daguerreotypes about half as large as life, and warrants satisfaction in every case.  He will keep on hand almost every style of case and also a superior lot of Gold lockets.

Persons wishing Daguerreotypes and all others are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  P. S.  Instructions given in this, the most beautiful and fascinating of all arts, upon the most reasonable terms. Rooms in Mr. Giesy’s Framed Building.  Entrance one door West of the Hocking Valley Bank.  Lancaster, March 18, 1853.  R. B. McBride.

The second announcement appeared on August 4, 1853.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.—On last Thursday we called in the daguerrean rooms of Mr. McBride, and passed an agreeable hour in exchanging the numerous likenesses hanging around the room.  We believe that he has some of the finest specimens any where to be met with.  They possess a naturalness and a perfection of expression at once striking.  Every lineament is completely drawn, and life itself appears in the counterpart.  Mr. McBride has succeeded in a voiding that stiffness and sternest of countenance usually apparent in Daguerreotype portraits.  We doubt not he will find abundant encouragement.  His room is very finely situated and the light admirably arranged to suit the end desired.  You will find him in Guisey’s building, Main Street, west side of the H. V. Bank.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 25 to November 3, 1853.  Daguerreotype Sky-Light Rooms.  The subscriber, in calling the attention of the citizens of Lancaster and the surrounding country, to the subject of Daguerreotyping, feel warranted in saying, from an experience of over four years, that he is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in the most approved style, and warrants entire satisfaction in every case.

He will keep constantly on hand a fine variety of Daguerreotype Stock, and a superior lot of Gold Lockets.  Persons wishing daguerreotypes, and all others, are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  P. S.  Instructions given in this most beautiful art, on very reasonable terms, and Apparatus furnished if desired.  Rooms in Giesy’s frame building, one door west of the Hocking Valley Bank.

The third announcement appeared on December 8, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.—it will be seen by referring to his advertisement that V. M. Griswold has purchased the daguerrean establishment of R. B. McBride, and is prepared to take likenesses in a superior style.  Mr. Griswold is one of the first Artist in the country, and we take great pleasure in welcoming him among us.  See his advertisement and give him a call.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 8, 1853 to October 26, 1854.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber having purchased the establishment of R. B. McBride, will be pleased to accommodate all who may require his services in the above line.  He is provided with the best modern instruments, and is prepared to put up pictures in the latest and most approved style.  Hours from 8 o’clock until 4.  V. M. Griswold.

N. B. Instructions given in the art and apparatus furnished if desired.

R. B. McBride is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William McBeath

1858                Rooms on Bellevue Street, between Main and Court Streets, Opelousas,                                        Louisiana.

William McBeath was recorded in two advertisements in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from February 27 to March 20, 1858.  Something New Beautiful Pictures.  Such as the Ambrotype, Melainatype, Stereotype and Ambrograph Pictures, taken on the most reasonable terms.  Miniatures inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in beautiful style.

All persons wishing good life-like pictures of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  Rooms on Bellevue street, between Main and Court Streets.  Wm. McBeath.

The second advertisement was recorded on June 19, 1858.  Attention!  Ambrotypes!  I have just received, direct from New Orleans, a fresh supply of Cases, Chemicals, &c., and am now prepared to take miniatures on the most reasonable terms, viz: from $1.00 to $10.00.

I will also fill Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in the most beautiful style and manner, my terms are cheaper than any other Artist in the Parish, by at least 50 per cent.            Now is the time to insure good pictures, as I intend to abandon the profession on the 24th instant.

N. B.—I will sell my entire stock to any one who may wish to embark in this elegant Art, and give full instructions in it, on the most reasonable terms. William McBeath.

William McBeath is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Professor W. D. McAllaster

1848                Rooms in the Odd Fellow’s Hall Building, Penn Yan, New York.

Professor W. D. McAllaster was recorded in an announcement on September 19, 1848 in the Penn Yan Democrat.  (Penn-Yan, New York).  Professor W. D. McAllaster Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Penn Yan and vicinity, that he proposes leaving town in about two weeks, on a professional tour, and would just state that those who wish good imperishable Daguerreotype Likenesses of themselves or friends, that shall equal in artistical beauty and style of shading any of the latest style of steel engravings, that they can get them by calling at his Daguerrean Gallery in the Old Fellow’s Hall building before he leaves.

Price on Medium size plates,              $1.50                                                                                                         Price for 2 Medium size plates,          $2.00

Others according to size and quality of cases.  A liberal deduction to whole families.   Most kinds of Produce taken in payment, such as poultry, butter, cheese, lard, fruit, &c. and cash will in no instance be refused.  Call and examine.

W. D. McAllaster is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in Penn Yan, New York in 1850-1851.

Mrs. W. D. McAllaster

1852-1854       Rooms over Mr. Elmendorf’s Dentistry Office, Penn-Yan, New York.              1854-1856        Rooms over the Yates Co. Whig Office, opposite the American Hotel, Penn-                                   Yan, New York.

Mrs. W. D. McAllaster was recorded in ten advertisement and two announcements in the Penn Yan Democrat. (Penn-Yan, New York).  The first advertisement was recorded on June 1, 1852, but the publication date at the end of the advertisement was May 11, 1852.  M’Allaster’s

Gallery In Full Operation.  Mrs. M’Allaster would respectfully announce to the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, that notwithstanding Mr. M’Allaster health is such that he cannot wait upon those desiring pictures, that she is confident that she can take pictures in the Very Best Style, as she has had a long experience in the business, and as she has also had the very best facilities for acquiring the Art in all its branches, together with the latest improvements.

As proof of this the public have only to call and examine the specimens she is daily taking to be satisfied, and she earnestly solicits  the patronage of the friends of this long established and well known Gallery, and as many new patrons as may favor her with a call.

Remember that unless a Picture gives entire satisfaction you are not required to purchase the same.  I have one of the best Sky-Lights in the country.  Recollect the place, nearly opposite the Yates Co. Bank, in the third Story of Elmendorf’s Building.  Penn Yan, May 11, 1852.

The first announcement appeared on August 24, 1852.   Fine Pictures.—See Mrs. McAllaster’s advertisement, and after reading it go and get your likeness taken by her.  She is one of the most finished artists in the country, and cannot be beaten in taking daguerrean likenesses.

The second advertisement ran from August 24 to October 12, 1852.  Beautiful Pictures.  Mrs. McAllaster wishes to notify the public that she continues the business of daguerreotyping, so long carried on in this place by her husband, until his health became so poor as to compel him to keep his room.  Mrs. McA. Pledges herself to make as good pictures as can be produced in the State.  She has had the Experience and now she has the facilities to enable her to fulfill this pledge.—Pictures of the various sizes, and put up in all styles, furnished at a few minutes notice.

Persons are invited to call and examine specimens.  A share of the public patronage is solicited.  Operating Rooms over Mr. Elmendorf’s Dentistry Office, in the third story.

The third advertisement ran from October 12, 1852 to September 20, 1853.  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mrs. MacAllaster would respectfully inform the citizens of Penn-Yan & vicinity that she is now prepared (at her old stand) to waite upon all who may favor her with a call and fells confident that she can give them as good a picture as they can obtain at any other establishment.  New York or Rochester not excepted.

She has just received a Large and Handsome variety of Cases and Lockets, and will be ready at all times to supply them with Pictures, Either Single or in Groups.  All who desire Good Pictures will do well to call at her rooms where they can be accommodated at all times, in cloudy as well as clear weather.  I have an excellent light, together with every other facility, for taking the very best pictures, which I will warrant to give perfect satisfaction.  Terms Reasonable.  Rooms over J. Elmendorf’s Dentistry Shop, 3rd story, opposite the Yates Co. Bank.

The fourth advertisement ran from September 24 to December 27, 1853.  Pictures Painted by the Sun.  Mrs. McAllaster continues to take the best Daguerrean Portraits, finished in the most complete and beautiful style, at her rooms, in the third story over Elmendorf’s Dentistry Office.  By long experience at the business, she has acquired a superior knowledge of the Art, and does her work by the most perfect process.  Her facilities are unequalled for giving the best satisfaction in every branch of her business.  In all kinds of weather she will compel the sun to paint the most superb and perfect Likenesses.  They will be put up in cases at a cost according to the taste of the customers.  Her business is largely increased, but she will endeavor to satisfy all who will call, on short notice.

The second announcement appeared on October 11, 1852.  List of Premiums, Awarded at the Yates Co. Fair and Cattle Show, for 1853….Class 25—Discretionary Premiums…          Mrs. McAllister, for her magnificent collection of Daguerreotypes and Daguerreotype cases exhibited, was awarded $1 and diploma.

The fifth advertisement ran on May 16 & 23, 1854. Removal Pictures Painted by the Sun.  Mrs. McAllaster continues to take the best Daguerrean Portraits, finished in the most complete and beautiful style, at her Rooms, third story, over the Yates Co. Whig Office, opposite the American Hotel—entrance between Stanford & Kinners’ Boot and Shoe, and T. F. Sharpe & Co.’s Dry Good Stores.  By long experience at the business, she has acquired a superior knowledge of the Art, and does her work by the most perfect process.  Her facilities are unequalled for giving the best satisfaction in every branch of her business.  In all kinds of weather she will compel the sun to paint the most superb and perfect Likenesses.  They will be put up in cases at a cost according to the taste of the customers.  Her business is largely increased, but she will endeavor to satisfy all who will call, on short notice.

The sixth advertisement ran from January 17 to March 14, 1855.  Daguerreotypes For 75 Cts.  Mrs. W. D. McAllaster would respectfully announce to the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, that she has again taken possession of her Daguerrean Rooms Opposite The American Hotel and immediately over the Whig office, where she will take Daguerreotypes of the common medium size, put up in common cases.  For Seventy-Five Cents, For One Month Only!

Having acquired a superior knowledge of my profession, and just returned from New York with an extensive variety of the best material used in the Daguerrean business, I take this method of inducing my old friends and patrons to give me a call, and to inform them that I am again permanently located in Penn Yan.

Having spared no pains or expense in refitting my rooms to make them convenient and pleasant, I trust that all who wish to examine my work will give me a call.

Parents now is your time to get the Daguerreotypes of your children, and remember it is but for a short time that such low prices will continue, and you should avail yourselves of this opportunity before it is too late, for such inducements may never again be offered in Penn Yan.

The attention of artists is also invited to her stock in trade.  She has just received a new and beautiful lot of Cases, which she offers very low for cash.  Also every variety of articles used in the business for sale at New York prices.  Artists will do well to call before purchasing elsewhere.  Remember the place, opposite the American Hotel.

Seventh advertisement ran from June 20, 1855 to January 2, 1856.  Daguerrean Hall!  Opposite the American Hotel.  The subscriber having just returned from the city, is now prepared to furnish her numerous patrons and friends with all the most recent improvements in her beautiful art, among which she calls particular attention to Cynocular Stroscope & Crayon Daguerreotypes.  Which have lately been so prized in the City, and to her Styroscoped Pictures and Cases, which enlarge the picture to life size, and gives such relief, fullness and life-like appearance as to impress us with the actual presence of the person, rather than that we are looking at their picture.  Also, several new styles of Fancy and Magic back grounds, which give a fine relief and effect to the picture, and does away with the monotony presented by the time-honored drab.

Advancement is peculiarly the motto of the age, as well as of the beautiful art she has chosen as her profession; therefore, an admiring public are continually calling for something new and novel in the Art, and she intends, if diligent researches, perseverance, industry, time and money, added to several years practice and experience, will accomplish it, to be all ready to present to her many patrons and friends.

Every Improvement Known In The Art.  The Improvements and Fixtures of her Room are now fully complete; the Sky-Light one of the best, and so adjusted as to admit all the side light required to remove the heavy shading and give that softness to the tone so remarkable to her pictures.  The Cameras, are second to none in the State, the Chemicals used by her are of her own manufacture and warranted perfectly pure, and her facilities are such that Pictures can be taken in a remarkably short space of time in any weather, and warranted to give satisfaction and to remain indelibly stamped upon the plate for any term of years.

Particular attention paid to taking Children, Groups, and to filling very small Rings and Lockets, and also copying from other Daguerreotypes, Pictures on Oil Paintings, enlarging or diminishing the size.  She will also remove her Apparatus for the purpose of taking pictures of the sick or dead, on reasonable terms.

The Stock Department will also contain a complete assortment, carefully selected.  Fancy and Plain Cases of all styles and sizes, ranging from the lowest to the highest prices, so that all may be suited.

Also, single and family Frames of all styles and sizes.—Plates, Cases, Chemicals, Instruments, and everything pertaining to the art, constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest cash prices.  Careful instruction given in the art.  Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.

Thankful for former vary liberal patronage, a continuance of the same is respectfully solicited.  Citizens and Strangers are requested to call, and for proof of the above examine specimens, and also refer to the patrons of Mrs. W. D. M’Allaster.

The eighth advertisement ran from December 26, 1855 to January 23, 1856.  Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Photographs And Crystalotypes.  Mrs. McAllaster, having returned from the City would take this method of informing her friends, customers, and the public generally, that she can be found at her Old Stand, opposite the American Hotel where she will be happy to wait on all who may favor her with their patronage.

She has, at Great Expense and trouble, thoroughly versed herself not only in taking Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, but also of the variety of Glass and Paper Pictures, such as Crystalotypes, Muygraphs and Photographs and in fact all kinds of Pictures, and her patrons may rest assured that she will keep posted in every improvement in the art.

Particular attention paid to taking Children In Groups, and to filling very small Rings and Lockets; also copying from other Daguerreotypes and oil paintings enlarging or diminishing the size.  She will also remove her Apparatus for the purpose of taking pictures of the Sick or Dead, on reasonable terms.

The Stock Department will also contain a complete assortment, carefully selected.  I would say to artists, call and examine my Stock and Prices before purchasing elsewhere.

The Ninth advertisement ran from January 30 to July 30, 1856.  Ambrotype Patented.  A New Era In Photography.  This beautiful Art, after a long experiment, is at last perfected, and the subscriber, who has the exclusive right to make them in this country, is now enabled to offer to the public A New Style of Picture, far exceeding in beauty and durability anything ever before made.  The exceeding [      ], depth of light and shade, and richness of tone, is wonderful.  They Do Not Reverse The Subject, but present everything in it true position; consequently, Regales, with designs, [letters], figures, &c. Appear Perfectly Natural.

They are without the glare of the Daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view.  They will last for ages, unchanged, and possess the rare quality of Imperishability, being hermetically sealed between glass plates, with an indestructible cement which soon hardens, and the two plates become in effect one, with the picture in the centre as durable as glass itself.  This art is particularly adapted to every style of face and complexion and will be found especially favorable to light hair, freckled faces, and light and weak eyes.

The pictures are pronounced by competent judges, to be the greatest achievement in the Photographic Art, having a Relief and Clearness that is truly astonishing.  By this process I am enabled to produce Ambrotypes from the Smallest to Full Size, with all the truth of nature and Permanence of the Finest Plate Glass—the long sought for end in Photographic Portraiture.  The Ambrotype Stereoscope must be seen to be appreciated, the relief being fully as perfect as life.  These pictures offer inducements to those wishing to send them abroad, as they are proof against the action of water, acids, Climate or Atmosphere, and May Be Laid In Water For Months, With Perfect Safety.

Caution!  Pictures not hermetically sealed and stamped patent, and made on single glass, covered with black paint or varnish, are worthless imitations, and it is an imposition on the public to sell them as Ambrotypes.

Citizens and Strangers are invited to call and examine specimens in this art; they are assured of polite attention, and if they wish, A Superior Picture.

Children’s Likenesses by this process are made instantaneously.  Daguerreotypes copied into Ambrotypes and rendered permanent.  Mrs. W. D. McAllaster,  Rooms Directly Opposite the American Hotel.

The tenth advertisement appeared on June 3, 1857.  Attention is invited to the advertisement of House & Benedict, which may be found in this paper.  They are recently from Elmira, where they had established a reputation as first rate artists.  They take all kinds of pictures—Daguerreotypes Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Cameotypes in superior style.  They have taken the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. McAllaster.

Mrs. W. D. McAllaster is not recorded in other photographic directories.