Mr. Becker is recorded twice in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York) first on September 3, 1845.
We are requested to say that Mr. Becker, of New York, is prepared to take Daguerreotypes likenesses, on an improved plan, and superior to anything yet seen in this section, at Doct. Munson’s Dentist Rooms, directly opposite Western Exchange.
He is recorded a second time in an advertisement for E. P. Senter on December 17, 1845,
…Mr. Becker, so favorably known for the correctness and beauty of his likenesses of many of our townsmen, taken during a short sojourn here a few weeks since, has returned and associated himself with Mr. Senter: and the two combined offer advantages which should be appreciated by our citizens.
Mr. Becker does not appear in other photographic directories as being in Auburn. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an J. F. Becker as being in Syracuse in 1845. The distance between Syracuse and Auburn, New York is about 25 to 35 miles. It is possible that they are the same person but at this time no proof has been established.