James C. Butler

1847                100 State Street, Schenectady, New York.                                                            1848                Room in the Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.

James C. Butler was recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from September 17 to October 15, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York.)  Improved Daguerreotypes.—Plain or Colored.—The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Schenectady and its vicinity, that he has taken the rooms recently occupied by Mr. Cooke for the purpose of giving all an opportunity of obtaining perfect likenesses of themselves by the improved Daguerreotype.

The experience that Mr. B. has had, warrants him in saying that all those who will favor him with a call for their likenesses, will obtain that which will give them perfect satisfaction.  Family groups taken at their residences if desired.  James C. Butler, 100 State st.

The second advertisement ran from October 22 to 29, 1847 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar.—The subscriber would give notice that he has reduced the usual price of Daguerreotypes to One Dollar.  All who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity, must do so within four weeks from date, as his engagements will not admit of a longer stay.  All likenesses taken are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, and be equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Specimens can be seen at his rooms, 100 State street.—Schenectady, Oct 18, 1847.   James C. Butler.

The third entry announces Butler’s arrival in Plattsburg on November 25, 1848 in the  Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.)  See Mr. Butler’s Daguerreotype notice in another column, and then call at his room and look at his beautiful and life-like pictures.

The fourth entry is the advertisement mentioned in the announcement and ran from November 25 to December 16, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerreotype Room in the Fireman’s Hall, where he will be happy to wait on all those who may want a correct likeness.  The subscriber is confident, from past experience, that he can produce a more perfect and durable likeness than was ever taken in this place and equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Those who have friends living at a distance and wish to present them with their likeness, can do so by having them taken at my room.  I will then forward them from the post office of this place any distance not exceeding three hundred miles, for twenty-five cents; over three hundred miles, and to any post office within the United States, for fifty cents.

The price of likenesses will depend on the size and style in which they are put up.  Likenesses set in pins, bracelets, lockets, and taken in every style of the art.  Also, of the sick and feeble taken at their residence, and of the deceased persons, if desired.  Portrait paintings, daguerreotypes and engravings copied with accuracy.

Those wishing to learn the business can receive such instructions in the art as will enable them to operate in a short time, not only to operate, but to take likenesses with a tone, finish and expression which will give satisfaction to all.  All are invited to call at the Firemen’s Hall and examine specimens, whether they wish to sit for their likeness or not.

James C. Butler does not appear in other photographic directories.

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