M. H. Bullard

N.D.                 Address and Location Unknown, Massachusetts.                                                    1850                Rooms over James Elwood Store, Delhi, New York.                                    1851                in the Office with Dr. J. I. Merwin, nearly opposite the Bank, Delhi, New York.    1851                rooms in the building corner of Main and Meredith streets, opposite Judson’s                              Hotel, Delhi, New York.

M. H. Bullard was recorded in five advertisements in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York)  the first appeared on January 16 and ran until February 27, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. M. H. Bullard, Daguerrean Artists from Massachusetts, would announce to the citizens of Delhi and vicinity, that he has fitted up a Daguerrean Gallery, for two or three weeks only, over the store of James Elwood, where he is prepared, in clear or cloudy weather, to take likenesses that are unsurpassed for richness, beauty of tone and strength of expression.

Having availed himself of the late London Process, he is enabled to ensure a likeness not to be surpassed by any of the most celebrated Galleries in the U. S.—Likenesses taken by this late improvement are perfectly life-like and are rendered never-fading.

Lockets, Velvet Book Cases of the richest quality always on hand.  All are invited to call and examine specimens, whether they intend sitting for pictures or not.

The second advertisement ran on February 20 & 27 1850.  Photographic Likenesses.  M. H. Bullard would respectfully inform the citizens of Delhi and the surrounding country, that owing to the unprecedented success that has attended him since his arrival in this place, and the numerous applications he is daily receiving from its inhabitants, he has determined to remain a few days longer.

Having associated with him in the Daguerrian business Mr. F. L. Hiller, they are now able to execute business with the greatest dispatch, and in a style that cannot fail to please the most fastidious.  They will constantly be in attendance at their Daguerrian Gallery over Elwood’s Store, to wait upon any who may favor them with a call, and give them such a likeness, that they may      “          *          *          *          See themselves As others see them.”

All are invited to call and examine their specimens.—They will there see pictures of those with whom\ they are well acquainted, and hence be enabled to judge understandingly of their skill in the Daguerrian Art.  Remember that their stay will be limited to a few days.

The third advertisement ran from May 14 to 28, 1851.Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned will again visit Delhi in the course of a few days, to remain a short time, when he will be happy to wait upon all who may feel disposed to give him a call.

The fourth advertisement appeared on June 4, 1851.  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. M. H. Bullard would respectfully inform his former friends and the public generally, that he has again visited Delhi, and opened a Daguerrean Gallery in the office with Dr. J. I. Merwin, nearly opposite the Bank, where he will be happy to see all those who may favor him with a call, whether they wish pictures or not.

Gold Lockets of the richest quality constantly on hand, and will be sold, including miniatures, as cheap if not cheaper than the lockets can be bought else where.  All those wishing a first class picture of themselves or friends, will do well to improve the present opportunity, and that without delay, for his stay is limited to a few weeks

Think not these portraits by the sun light made,                                                                                          Shades though they are, will like a shadow fade.                                                                                        No! when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie—                                                                                                    When Death’s grey film o’erspreads the beaming eye—                                                                          These life-like pictures mocking at decay,                                                                                                      Will still be fresh and vivid as to-day.

The fifth advertisement appeared on June 4 and ran until July 23, 1851.  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. M. H. Bullard would respectfully inform his former friends and the public generally, that he has again visited Delhi, and opened a Daguerrean Gallery in the in the building corner of Main and Meredith streets, opposite Judson’s Hotel, where he will be happy to see all those who may favor him with a call, whether they wish pictures or not.

Gold Lockets of the richest quality constantly on hand, and will be sold, including miniatures, as cheap if not cheaper than the lockets can be bought else where.  All those wishing a first class picture of themselves or friends, will do well to improve the present opportunity, and that without delay, for his stay is limited to a few weeks.

Think not these portraits by the sun light made,                                                                                          Shades though they are, will like a shadow fade.                                                                                        No! when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie—                                                                                                    When Death’s grey film o’erspreads the beaming eye—                                                                          These life-like pictures mocking at decay,                                                                                                    Will still be fresh and vivid as to-day.

M. H. Bullard is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900, nor does not appear in other photographic directories.  It is surprising that he has not been recorded in other newspapers that have been searched.  This is proof that I have just scratched the surface in my quest to record information on the early history of American photography.

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