1846-1847 Pennsylvania Avenue, next door to the U. S. Hotel, District of Columbia.
There are two listings for Chase with no first name attached to the advertisements or announcements in Washington, D. C. The first instances cover 1846 to 1847, in which three announcements and two advertisements appear (which will be referred as Chase.1.) The second occurrences was in 1851, in which two advertisements and three announcements appear (referred to as Chase.2.) It is possible that this same person, but at this time it would be only speculation to suggest that.
Chase.1 was recorded in an advertisement in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.) on December 19 and ran until February 8, 1846. Van Loan & Chase, From New York And Philadelphia. Daguerreotype Rooms. Admittance free. Next door to the United States Hotel. Pictures taken in any kind of weather, clear, cloudy, or rainy, from 9 o’clock, a. m., till 5 o’clock, p. m.
The first announcement appeared on December 31, 1846 in The Daily Union. We would call the attention of citizens and strangers to the daguerreotype establishment of Messrs. Van Loan & Chase, next door to the United States Hotel.
The second advertisement appeared on April 30 and ran until June 1, 1847 in The National Whig. (Washington, D. C.) Van Loan & Chase, From New York And Philadelphia. Daguerreotype Rooms. Admittance Fee—next door to the U. S. Hotel. Pictures taken in any kind of weather, clear, cloudy, or rainy, from 9 o’clock, a. m. till 5 o’clock p. m..
The second announcement appears on June 9, 1847 in The National Whig (Washington, D. C.) Washington As It Is. June, 1847, Pennsylvania Avenue. No. II.
Crossing Third street, westwardly…Next Door westward of the United States Hotel is a spacious and lofty building belonging to John Donoho, at present partly occupied by Van Loan & Chase’s admirable Daguerrean rooms.
The third announcement appeared on September 28, 1847 in The Daily Union (Washington, D.C.) We are indebted to Messrs. Brooke, Shillington, & Co., of this city, for a “View of the Battle of Buena Vista,” published by H. R. Robinson….We are also presented with a fine lithographic portrait of Col. Charles May, from a daguerreotype of Van Loan & Co., of this city. This is also published by Mr. Robinson of New York….
Chase does not appear in other photographic directories as being active in Washington, D. C. nor does Van Loan. In the first advertisement that announces the partnership of Van Loan & Chase it states that they are from New York and Philadelphia. Looking at the various photographic directories and histories this would suggest that Van Loan is from New York and Chase from Philadelphia this would mean that the partnership is Matthew D. Van Loan & Theodore L Chase.
1851 Rooms at the Odeon, Washington, D. C.
Chase.2 appeared in the Washington, D. C. newspapers in an advertisement that ran from April 8 to 14, 1851 in the American Telegraph. Daguerreotypes Equal to any in the city are taken at the Odeon at the lowest prices. Entire Satisfaction given, or no charge.
The first of three announcements appeared on April 15, 1851 in the American Telegraph. Can’t Be Beat! The great number of Daguerreotypes taken at Chase’s Gallery at the Odeon, to be sent to England and other parts of Europe, is an evidence of the excellency of the work done at this Gallery.
The second announcement appeared on April 22, 1851 in the American Telegraph. Everybody Says—and what everybody says must be true—that the Daguerreotypes now produced at the Odeon are unsurpassed by any in the city and then the prices are lower than any other Gallery.
The third announcement appeared on April 27, 1851 also in the American Telegraph. At The Odeon May be seen an admirable and lifelike Likeness of the President, where, also, you can be accommodated with a beautiful Daguerreotype, at a very low price.
The second advertisement appeared on May 30 and ran until June 6, 1851 again in the American Telegraph. Can’t Be Beat.—The Daguerreotypes taken at the Odeon, in execution and truthfulness, are inferior to none in the city; while the price is much lower than at most other Galleries.
There is the possibility that Chase.1 and Chase.2 are the same person based on the activity being in Washington, D. C. The problem is that there is no collaborating information two tie the two together and John Craig does not list him in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry nor is he listed in Laurie Baty’s unpublished Directory of D. C. Photographers.