David F. Bowers appeared in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America. Number Two, Philadelphia, in the Photographic and Fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia. Bower. — An artist of the 4th class, though some of the specimens range above this. This only goes, however, to show that good pictures might be taken, if sufficient attention were given to the manipulations. There was also great lack of cleanliness. Fly.—I noticed some pretty good daguerreotypes, and some pretty poor ones, some pretty clean ones, and some pretty dirty ones, evidently evincing a varied taste.
Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 by Linda A. Ries and Jay W. Ruby were used to assist in identification of the first name and address. Craig list him as D. F (P.) Bowers and he is also noted as Bowen. Ries & Ruby list him as David F. Bowers they also reference him as being identified as D. F Bowen in 1856-1857.
Below are the activity dates and addresses for David F. Bowers from Ries & Ruby’s Pennsylvania Directory. 1855 246 North Second Street 1856-1857 217 North Second Street 1858-1861 317 North Second Street 1863 263 North Second Street 1865 323 North Second Street