Mr. Boswell

Mr. Boswell was listed in an advertisement in the Holly Springs Gazette (Holly Springs, Mississippi) on November 16 & 30, 1849.  Daguerreotyping.  All those wishing fine Miniatures will do well to call at “Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery” without delay, as Mr. B. expects to be absent for some time after the coming week.  The date on the above advertisement was recorded on November 9, 1849.

An announcement appeared in the Holly Springs Gazette (Holly Springs, Mississippi) on February 10, 1853.  Office of the Gazette, Hernando Street, South Side, in the rear of E. A. Talbot’s Drug Store.  In the building formerly occupied by Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery, up stairs.

The Record for Mr. Boswell is incomplete because of the amount of newspapers I had access to.  The Holly Springs Gazette a four page weekly newspaper was published between July 28, 1841 to at least February 10, 1853.  In 1841 there were four issues missing, 1842 eight issues were missing, 1843 seven issues were missing, 1844 seventeen issues missing, 1845 thirteen issues missing, 1846 it was a complete run until March 14.  1847 and 1848 there were no issues available.  In 1849 only four issues were available July 13, October 12, and November 16 & 30.  In 1850 only three issues were available January 18, June 20, and November 15.  1851-1852 there were no issues available.  In 1853 only the one newspaper was accessible and appeared on February 10, 1853.  It’s hard to get a picture of the community through the newspapers when so many newspaper issues are missing.

Since the February announcement that the offices of the Gazette were moving into the rooms formerly occupied by Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery we might assume that Boswell was active in Holly Springs longer then the last date of the advertisement November 30, 1849.  Boswell does not appear in other photographic directories.

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