1854                Address Unknown, Natchitoches, Louisiana.                                                1854                Address Unknown, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Boyd was recorded in an advertisement in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana) on November 15 to 29, 1854.  Electro-Magnetic Sky-Light Daguerreotype Saloon.  After operating a few weeks at  Natchitoches, I shall receive from N. York a large and improved apparatus, involving  newly applied principles of optics, when I shall be able to exhibit to the ladies and gentlemen of Shreveport and surrounding country, Daguerrean likenesses excelling any hitherto executed in this region.  Having great experience in the art, and in possession of all the late improvements, I will be prepared, by the aid of an ample Sky-Light and the celebrated Electro-Magnetic process, to take likenesses almost instantaneously, thereby committing to “metallic immortality” the happiest expression of the “human face divine,” and avoiding the staring and frowning contour, attendant upon long sittings.  By a secret accelerating process, in connexion with a “Buickworker,” likenesses of Infants will be taken in fair weather with extraordinary certainty and perfection.  I intend also to introduce some new style of pictures by patent chemical processes that are all the go in the northern cities.  The celebrated “crayon,” or Byron, and vignette miniatures.  The fine illustrated or halo pictures, and those wonders of science and art, “stereoscope” pictures which by some mysterious physiological or psychological process impress upon the mind of the beholder the idea of Solidity, or an outstanding form.  Those lovers of the fine arts who desire something rare and artistic—gems of the “art divine”—will do well to make their arrangements for a sitting when this gallery opens.  Daguerreotypes have in this age of progression, become an indispensable requisite to our earthly happiness; and we are continually and mournfully reminded that “delays are dangerous.”  Let it be distinctly understood that I will take good likenesses in any kind of weather.  Children in fair weather.  The remains of the departed daguerreotyped, and landscapes, residences, etc., taken in their natural position.

At this time Boyd’s first name is unknown and he does not appear in other photographic directories practicing in Louisiana.


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