Two advertisements were recorded in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.) on March 15 and on May 10, 1845. The partnership of George F. Barstow & James C. Spencer have been previously unrecorded in photographic directories or histories.
Colored Photographs. “First Come First Served.” Barstow & Spencer Will remain in Plattsburgh for a short time only, taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, at the rooms hereto fore occupied by Geo. F. Barstow where they will be happy to attend to as many more as may choose to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, for a trifle, beautifully accurate likenesses of themselves or friends.
Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of their work. Geo. F. Barstow. Jas. C. Spencer. March 11.
May 10, 1845. Plumbe’s Premium Colored Daguerreotypes. Barstow and Spencer would inform the public that they will remain at their rooms one week longer, and that they have just returned from Plumbe’s National Miniature Gallery, New York, with the latest improvements in the Photographic Art; they are certain of giving their customers complete satisfaction by furnishing them with Pictures which for beauty and accuracy of delineation cannot be surpassed.
Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the late specimens of their work.
Daguerreotype Apparatus and Stock of a superior quality, for sale. Also, instruction in the art given on reasonable terms. G. F. Barstow, J. C. Spencer. Plattsburg, May 10, 1845.
What is the connection to John Plumbe, Jr. were they students, did they work in one of his establishments or did they just purchase supplies from him? These are the only entries found for James C. Spencer, see tomorrows post for more on George F. Barstow.