Stewart L. Bergstresser was recorded in three different advertisements between 1851 and 1853 in the Lewisburg Chronicle. (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.) John Craig list a S. L. Bergstresser in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1856 in the partnership of Mowrey & Bergstresser in Quiggle & Mayer’s New Building, Water Street, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. S. L. Bergstresser is also listed in Lock Haven without an address from 1859-1900 in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900, (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby.) This is probably the same person. A further search of the cities and towns in the area may provide a clearer picture of Bergstresser career.
The first advertisement found was on June 18, 1851, and ran until July 2, 1851. Splendid Daguerreotypes. Stewart L. Bergstresser Is happy to announce that not only “All the world and his Wife,” but any of the rest of mankind in these diggings, can have their likenesses taken in superb style, and at low rates, by calling at his room, 1st floor, brick house, opposite Mrs. Gen. Green’s residence. He will not be in town longer than the 4th July. Therefore, first come, first served.
The second advertisement appeared on May 21, 1852. Lewisburg is well supplied with Daguerrean Artists, at present. At the lower end of Market Street, S. L. Bergstresser, with his apparatus, materials, Sky-lights, and parlor, all on wheels, ready for locomotion—Spyker & Hawn on Market street, nearly opposite Kremer’s—and R. B. Harris at the upper end of Market Square—are all engaged, and show creditable specimens of their skill in catching and imprisoning nature’s own shadow.
The third advertisement appeared on October 29, 1852 and ran until June 3, 1853. Daguerreotype Likenesses taken according to the latest improvements, at the first door below Iddings’ Store, on the most reasonable terms, by S. L. Bergstresser.
Spyker & Hawn and R. B. Harris have not previously been recorded in any of the photographic directories that have been consulted.