F. C. Clark

1849-1850       37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.                                                                                    1852                   49 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.                                                                            1855-1856        94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

F. C. Clark was listed in four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York). The first advertisement for Lawyer & Clark ran from August 22, 1849 to February 13, 1850. Albany Daguerrean Gallery.  The Subscribers would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity, that they have opened a Daguerrean Gallery, in the room lately occupied by Messrs. Watson & Ryder, No. 37 Owego-st, where they will be at all times in readiness to furnish the public with better work than ever before done in Ithaca.

Being in possession of all the improvements in the art, they fear no competition, and invite the strictest examination and criticism.  The idea held out by indifferent operators that light eyes cannot be well taken, and linen cannot be made white is expelled at once by an examination of the work in this Gallery.

Miniatures can be obtained here of any size or price, at which they ought honestly to be afforded, but always of a superior quality.  The senior partner of the establishment have been employed as the operators in Meade & Bro’s. Gallery in Albany, in 1848, the best in the state feels confident of being able to give the public better Miniatures than have ever been furnished, and satisfy all that they have heretofore been outrageously humbugged.  The following recommendation is from Messrs. Meade, Albany:

We confidently recommend Mr. J. H. Lawyer to the public as a first rate Daguerrean Artist, understanding all the late improvements in the art.  Mr. L. has taken pictures in our establishment and has given general satisfaction.  Meade & Brother.  Albany, July 10, 1848.

The experience of the senior partner for the last three years in the business in the best Galleries, is sufficient to entitle him to the confidence of public when those around him are but beginners in the business without experience or taste.

Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms, and chemicals, &c. kept constantly on hand for sale.         J. H. Lawyer,              F. C. Clark.                 Ithaca, August 20, 1849.

The second advertisement ran from April 21 to September 15, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  for Clark & Graves.  Something New.  Messrs. Clark & Graves, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that they have just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The third advertisement for F. C. Clark ran from September 20 to October 6, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Something New.  Mr. L. C. Clark, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that he has just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The fourth advertisement for F. C. Clark ran from December 5, 1855 to January 2, 1856 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).   Forest City Sky And Side Light Daguerreotypes.  F. C. Clark has just returned from the South, where he visited will all of the most celebrated Daguerreans in the United States and has thus acquired a thorough knowledge of every improvement known in the Daguerrian Art.  He therefore (being well instructed in the art of Photography and Ambrotyping,) takes pleasure in announcing to his friends and patrons that he can eclipse anything that has heretofore been exhibited in Ithaca, in the way of Daguerreotyping; is therefore prepared to take Stereoscope Daguerreotype Likenesses being the latest and most important discovery in the art, by which two pictures of the same person is taken on one plate, and made to appear as one Solid Life-Like Statute.  This beautiful improvement is acknowledged by all who have seen it as the greatest perfection of the Daguerrian Art.—His rooms are the largest and best in the place, having a superior light.  Being a long practitioner, along with a careful application of all the recent improvements of the day, is a sufficient warrant that he can and will put up better pictures than—————.

Please give him a call and you shall not go away dissatisfied.  No money taken without Giving perfect satisfaction.  Rooms at No. 94 Owego Street, Ithaca, one door west of Avery, Woodward & Co.’s. Store.

F. C. Clark was not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if Clark stayed in Ithaca, New York between the times he was in the partnerships of Lawyer & Clark; Clark & Graves; and Clark by himself.

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