Benjamin Franklin Upton

1850-1856       45 Front Street, Bath, Maine.

N. D.               Rooms over Mr. Baker’s Store, Brunswick, Maine.

1852                Rooms over Mr. Baker’s Store, Brunswick, Maine.

Benjamin Franklin Upton was recorded in twelve advertisements and eleven announcements in the Eastern Times (Bath, Maine) and one Patent announcement in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement ran from July 18 to September 26, 1850.  Daguerreotype Rooms.  B. F. Upton respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen of Bath and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. J. W. C. Morrison, where he will be happy to supply any in want with superior Daguerreotype Miniatures.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.

The first announcement appeared on August 8, 1850.  We had the pleasure, a few days since of examining  some excellent specimens of the Daguerreotype art, executed by Mr. B. F. Upton, at the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Morrison.  They were of superior finish—and not excelled, in any respect, we believe, by any specimens we have seen.  Mr. U, is now preparing several pictures for the purpose of exhibition at the Mechanics’ Fair, soon to be holden in Boston.  We are satisfied that those already prepared, are not, to say the least, inferior to any that have formerly taken the prize.

The second advertisement ran from September 26 to October 31, 1850.  B. F. Upton’s Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 45 Front Street, Bath, Maine.

The third advertisement ran from November 7 to December 19, 1850.  Daguerreotypes, Upton 45 Front Street.

The second announcement appeared on December 19, 1850.  Upton’s Daguerreotypes are now acknowledged to be superior to any produced in our city; and inferior to none in the country.  This is clearly attested by the crowds who visit his rooms, 45 Front street.  Give him a call, and—our word for it—you will not be disappointed.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 19, 1850 to February 20, 1851.  The Union Meeting Having passed off to the satisfaction of all true friends of the constitution, public attention is now being directed to Upton’s Daguerreotype Rooms, 45 Front Street.  Mr. Upton respectfully informs his customers that he has reduced his prices, so that none who wish for pictures can find an excuse for not embracing the present opportunity.

The fifth advertisement ran from February 27 to May 8, 1851.  Upton’s Daguerreotype Rooms, 45 Front Street 45.

The third announcement appeared on March 13, 1851.  Mr. B. F. Upton is without doubt one of the best daguerreotype operators in the country.  He has for many years given this business his entire attention, and none who visit his rooms at 45 Front St., can for a moment question his facilities for producing a perfect picture.  Strangers visiting the city will do well to give him a call.

The fourth announcement appeared on April 17, 1851.  Daguerreotypes.  In procuring a daguerreotype of yourself or friends, it is important that you employ an artist who thoroughly understands his business, and who is in every way capable of giving you a perfect picture.—Mr. B. F. Upton, 45 Front street, is a gentleman who has become celebrated for his beautiful and lifelike daguerreotypes.

The sixth advertisement ran from May 15 to August 21, 1851.  Upton’s Picture Rooms 45 Front Street.

The seventh advertisement ran from August 28 to September 18, 1851.  B. F. Upton’s Daguerreotype Rooms, 45 Front Street.  45

The fifth announcement appeared on January 8, 1852.  Mr. Upton Will be at his old Daguerreotype Rooms over Mr. Baker’s store in Brunswick, next week, commencing Jan. 12.

The eighth advertisement ran from April 8 to July 29, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, By Upton, 45 Front Street, 45.

The sixth announcement appeared on May 6, 1852.  Portrait Painting!  Swift, The Artist, Will open Rooms on or about the 10th of May, where he will be happy to receive orders from any who may wish to patronize his beautiful style of painting—a specimen of which may be seen at Mr. Upton’s Daguerrean Rooms.

Paintings true to life from Miniatures. Perfect satisfaction warranted.

The ninth advertisement ran from August 8 to September 2, 1852.  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Upton is now at his rooms in Bath, No. 45 Front Street.

The tenth advertisement ran from August 5 to October 14, 1852.  Commencement.  Mr. Upton will be in Brunswick again some days previous to, and after commencement.  A fine opportunity will thus be presented for visitors to obtain Daguerreotypes.  This will probably be the last time he will visit Brunswick.  Terms as reasonable as can be found anywhere.

The seventh announcement appeared on April 28, 1853.  Patents.—Among the list of patents just issued, we noticed one to our townsman, B. F. Upton, for Improvement in Mercury Baths for Daguerreotyping.  [9,666][1]

The eleventh advertisement ran from September 9, 1852 to November 22, 1855.  Daguerreotypes, By Upton, 45 Front Street.  45.

The seventh announcement appeared on October 1, 1854 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). New Patents Issued…for week ending September 19, 1854.  Benjamin F. Upton, of Bath, Me., for improved apparatus for polishing daguerreotype plates.  [patent No. 11,709.]

The eighth announcement appeared on January 4, 1855.  The nearest thing for a New Year’s Present is one of Upton’s Daguerreotypes.  He is the prince of artists in this community, as is generally conceded.

The ninth announcement appeared on October 18, 1855.  Sagadahoc County Fair.  The Cattle Show and Fair of the Sagadahoc Agricultural and Horticultural Society, at Topsham last week, was a very creditable affair…

Daguerreotypes.—All the specimens of this beautiful and truly valuable art, which enables us to carry with us always the faces of our friends, were presented by the well known artist, B. F. Upton—his portraits may without suffering be compared with any which adorn the celebrated galleries of our larger cities.  The committee noticed the whole sized portrait of Dea. A. R. Mitchell as remarkable for accuracy and distinctness; a whole sized representation of two ladies as showing great taste in arranging the posture and catching the living expression of subjects, and also half sized portraits of Rev. Dr. Tappan and Elihu Burrett as remarkable for depth and richness of tone.

The tenth announcement appeared on November 8, 1855.  Photographs.—Messrs. Upton & Smiley, at the old Daguerreotype Rooms of Mr. Upton, have recently introduced a photographic department to their establishment.  We have seen some specimens, colored in oil by Mr. Harris, which, for correctness of delineation and beauty of finish can’t be beat.  We say this without fear of contradiction, and any one who will take the trouble to visit the rooms, and examine the likeness of our venerable fellow citizen, Judge Clap, we are sure will agree with us.

The twelfth Advertisement ran from November 29, 1855 to April 17, 1856.  Daguerreotypes By Upton & Smiley, 45 Front Street 45.

Benjamin Franklin Upton is recorded as B. F. Upton in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Bath, Maine in 1855-1856. Craig also references unknown dates in Chicago, Illinois and St.Anthony, Minnesota.  


[1] American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840 – 1880.

Upton & Smiley

1855-1856       45 Front Street, Bath, Maine.

Upton & Smiley (Benjamin Franklin Upton & Smiley) were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Eastern Times (Bath, Maine).  The announcement appeared on November 8, 1855.  Photographs.—Messrs. Upton & Smiley, at the old Daguerreotype Rooms of Mr. Upton, have recently introduced a photographic department to their establishment.  We have seen some specimens, colored in oil by Mr. Harris, which, for correctness of delineation and beauty of finish can’t be beat.  We say this without fear of contradiction, and any one who will take the trouble to visit the rooms, and examine the likeness of our venerable fellow citizen, Judge Clap, we are sure will agree with us.

The advertisement ran from November 29, 1855 to April 17, 1856.   Daguerreotypes By Upton & Smiley, 45 Front Street 45.

Benjamin Franklin Upton is recorded in other photographic directories but not in the partnership.  While Smiley is not recorded with a first name, this is possibly G. S. Smiley who was active in Brunswick, Maine in 1854.  For more information on Benjamin Franklin Upton see tomorrows post.  

Upham

1858                Hawley Block, adjoining and over the Post Office, Jamestown, New York.

Upham of the partnership of Hoard & Upham was recorded in one advertisement and  announcement in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York).  The advertisement ran on September 3 & 10, 1858.  From The Seat Of War!  Camp Life of B Company 68th Reg’t. N. Y. S. M.  I had the pleasure of seeing this grand parade of Military men, and enjoying the full benefits of ca,[ life (except the pay) in common, with Officers and Soldiers of B Company from our village.  My duty on the field was only that of a spectator, except at meal times, when I was pressed into service by order of Captain C. L. Jeffords, and marched to the victualing tent of J. D. Stearns, where we found lots of good things to eat, and James ready to wait upon us.  In this part of the exercise I believe I made a capital Soldier; I saw no one that could present the knife or folk and charge upon beef steak or boiled ham with better skill than myself.  After the performance was all over and tents taken down, six of us took passage in an extra train for Jamestown, making it in the unprecedented quick time of ten hours.  Upon the whole, it was [    ] nice affair, and I think that B Company showed off well.  All it lacks of making just such a company as it should be, is the proper attention and assistance of our citizens.  For further particulars call on Hoard & Upham at their rooms, where you can get a full view of the ground, and a nice Photograph of yourself for $3.50, and other styles of pictures for less.                       

The announcement appeared on September 24, 1858.  County Fair, 11 A. M., Sept. 22d, 1858…Hoard & Upham have a fine assemblage of pictures and photographs…

Upham is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in the partnership in 1859.  It is unknow if they won a premium or if one was even offered at the County Fair.

William S. Unthank

1859                            Address Unknown, Richmond, Indiana.

William S. Unthank was recorded in twice of the same reprinted announcement.  The first appeared on May 17, 1859 in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The Richmond (Ind.) Battle Axe notices the melancholy fact that Wm. S. Unthank, formerly an ambrotype artist at Richmond, has become insane, and is now an inmate of the State Asylum at Indianapolis, in consequence of the conduct of his son, who is charged with robbery.

The second in the Dayton Daily Empire (Dayton, Ohio) on May 21, 1859.  The Richmond (Ind.) Battle Axe notices the melancholy fact that Wm. S. Unthank, formerly an ambrotype artist at Richmond, has become insane, and is now an inmate of the State Asylum at Indianapolis, in consequence of the conduct of his son, who is charged with robbery.

William S. Unthank is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Richmond and Indianapolis, Indiana.

U. S. Daguerreotype Company

N. D.               30 & 32 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1855                105 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

N. D.  Ninth Plate advertising card in C. L. Branch’s collection, posted on Facebook.

U. S. Daguerreotype Company, Tyler & Co., Nos. 30 and 32, West Fourth St., Cincinnati.

Thirty operators employed in making 800 Portraits daily, by a new German process connected with machinery, and the triple Camera, which takes three likenesses at one sitting.

Superior Daguerreotypes for 25 cents and upwards.  Tyler & Co.

1855.   Ohio Photographers 1839-1900.  By Diane VanSkiver Gagel. 

United States Daguerreotype Co.  103 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Tyler & Company are recorded in many photographic directories.  It is unknown at this time if Tyler & Company were involved with the 1855 gallery in Cleveland. 

Uline & Miller

1841                130 Genesee Street, Utica, New York. 

Uline & Miller were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Oneida Whig  (Utica, New York).  The announcement ran on November 30, 1841.  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Uline & Miller have set up their apparatus in “Kirkland’s Building” for the purpose of taking likenesses by the Daguerreotype process.  We have seen some specimens of their art which are very fine, and in the shading of the drapery, superior to any that we have previously examined.  See advertisement.

The advertisement ran from November 30 to December 28, 1841.  Photographic Miniatures, Drawn by the Daguerreotype Process.  Messrs. Uline & Miller would respectfully inform the citizens of Utica, that their apparatus is now in readiness for taking Likenesses, at No. 130 Genesee street, (3d story) near the canal bridge, where they will take pleasure in waiting upon such as desire a cast of their art, and pledge themselves that that the Portraits taken by them shall be superior to any yet exhibited to the public.

Instruction given and apparatus furnished as above.  Uline & Miller are not recorded in other photographic directories. 

Isaac G. Tyson

1856                86 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Isaac G. Tyson was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Tyson, North Second St — Another very mediocre artist. Perhaps his trouble is in the process.

Isaac G. Tyson is record in other photographic directories, but is included here because on the first hand account of his work


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

F. Tuson

1854                Next door to the Printing Office, Groton, Massachusetts.

F. Tuson was recorded in one announcement in the Groton Mercury (Groton, Massachusetts) on February 28, 1854.  Mr. F. Tuson has opened a daguerreotype room, next door to our printing office.  He exhibits some very neat pictures, and those in want would do well to try him.

F. Tuson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Turton

1854-1855       Main and Biddle Streets, Centre Wheeling, Virginia.

Mr. Turton of the partnership of Beamer & Turton was recorded in one advertisement in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  The advertisement ran from March 24, 1854 to November 30, 1855.  Messrs. Beamer & Turton, having taken the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. L. Tarbell as a Daguerrean Gallery, corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, beg leave to solicit a share of patronage from his friends and the public at large.

They make it a rule not to let any pictures go out but what are satisfactory, and well executed.

Gold and Silver plating executed neatly.

Orders left here for sign painting will be attended to J. Turton & Brother. 

Mr. Turton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Joseph H. Turpin

1848                138 Hanover Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Joseph H. Turpin was recorded in one advertisement in The North Star (Rochester, New York) that appeared on January 28, 1848.   Would invite the attention of his friends and the public to his Daguerrian Gallery 138 Hanover Street where he pledges himself to execute miniatures with a life like finish and on as moderate terms as any other [in] the profession.  Joseph H. Turpin.

Joseph H. Turpin an African American daguerreotypist is recorded in other photographic directories.  His occupation was not recorded in the 1848 Boston City Directory, residence section.


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