Douglass & Van Scoy

1855-1856       Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

Douglass & Van Scoy were recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from April 25, 1855 to June 9, 1855 in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Photographs and Daguerreotypes!  Photograph Portraits Taken On Paper, beautifully colored, and far surpassing in execution the finest Mezzotint Engraving—are now on exhibition at our Sky Light Daguerrian Gallery.

These Portraits are taken upon the most approved plan and far surpass anything ever before attempted in the art of picture taking.  Our charges are much less than in New York, and at the same time we flatter ourselves that we can execute photographs equal to any city establishment; to prove which fact we are willing to compare with any taken elsewhere.

Photographs can be mounted on cards, and sent uninjured, in a common letter envelope, to any part of the world without extra postage.  Persons having friends in California or at a distance, who would like to present them with a token of friendship, could not send them a more acceptable gift than one of these beautifully executed portraits of themselves.

Views—Too much cannot be said in praise of Views in Photography.  They need only to be seen to be appreciated.  Photograph Portraits set in Lockets, Cases, & c. and mounted on elegant embossed Bristol Board for remitting in letters.  Daguerreotypes as usual, taken in all the various styles of the art.

We are about taking a Photographic View of Sag-Harbor and shall have a specimen ready in a few days.  Those desirous of obtaining a view for themselves of friend will please inform us.  The public are respectfully invited to call.  Douglass & Van Scoy, Photographic & Daguerrian Artist.

The second advertisements ran from December 22, 1855 to January 5, 1856 also in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Daguerreotypes And Photographs Appropriate And Beautiful Gifts For The Holidays!  We have just received from the city a splendid assortment of plain and fancy cases, suitable for Christmas and New Year presents.

Persons desirous of presenting their friends a really valuable memento, and one that can be kept and prized a life time, have now a favorable opportunity.  Pictures taken by our New Sky Light, in cloudy as well as clear weather.  Douglass & Van Scoy.

Douglass is not listed in other photographic directories.  It is possible that he is the same person as Douglas of Parker and Douglas (1849-1850) or more likely C. C. Douglas who references Van Scoy.    Isaac S. Van Scoy is listed in 1859 in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

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