Alfred Bowman was recorded in three advertisement in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio.) The first advertisement ran from December 10 to 31, 1857. Splendid Christmas Gifts! At Prof. Bowman’s New Sky-Light Gallery, third building below the Court House, Main street, Hillsboro, are to be had Magnificent Likenesses, At such low prices that all can afford to present them to their friends. These Pictures being made by correct skylight, are warranted perfectly correct, and no humbug. Also, the Grecian Oil Paintings, and Flowers painted in the most brilliant colors ever compounded. They are beautiful, indeed.
The second advertisement ran from January 7 to July 22, 1858. Pictures in Cases for 25 Cents. A. Bowman’s New Skylight Gallery, opposite the Ellicott House, Main st., Hillsboro, O. He is the first and only artist who has ever sold Pictures at this extremely low price in this place, and solicits a large patronage, otherwise prices must raise. Let Hillsboro be illustrious for cheap and good Pictures. His is the only skylight Gallery in the Place.
The third advertisement ran from July 29 to August 12, 1858. Closing! Respectfully to the citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity, I tender my sincere thanks for their unbounded patronage, and notify them that I will positively sell fine cases at a large reduction on my regular prices, in order to close out a large lot on hand by the middle of August, after which time my room will be closed. For reference come and see new specimens. Alfred Bowman.
Alfred Bowman is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ohio. John Craig does list an Alfred Bowman in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1860-1861. It is unknown at that time if they are the same person.