1857 Rooms 3d loft of Parker’ Block, directly over Parker’s Hat Store, Medina, New York. 1859 Address and Location Unknown, New York.
S. Downs was recorded in one advertisement and two announcements. The date of the advertisement is May 14, 1857 and recorded on December 10, 1857 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York). Life-Like Ambrotypes. S. Downs would respectfully inform his customers and the public that he has fitted up rooms for his business in the 3d loft of Parker’ block, directly over Parker’s Hat store, rooms for pleasantness and convenience is not excelled in Western New York. All such as are desirous of obtaining life-like pictures may rest assured that they can do so by calling on him. No one need take a picture from his room unless it gives perfect satisfaction. Call and examine specimens, for you may be sure he exhibits none but his own work. He is also prepared to give instructions in most of the arts pertaining to the business.
S. Downs is also agent for a number of reliable Fire Insurance companies. Medina, May 14, 1857.
The first announcement appeared on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York). Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby. Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859.
List of Entries….Class VII.—Miscellaneous. S. Downs, specimens Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. S. Downs, daguerrean wagon. F. H. Finch, specimens of ambrotypes & daguerreotypes. E. R. Graves, specimens ambrotypes; colored photographs. Henry Pruden, specimens ambrotypes. Geo. P. Hopkins, specimens photographs; family sewing machine, “Scovill & Goodell
The second announcement announcing the premiums awarded appeared on the same day September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York). Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby. Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859..
Premiums Awarded…Class VII. No. 57—Dentistry, Daguerreotypes, &c.… Best specimens daguerreotypes, S. Downs, $1. Best Specimens ambrotypes, H. Pruden, $1.
S. Downs was recorded in Craig Daguerreian Registry for 1859 in Medina & Ridgeway, New York. F. H. Finch is not recorded in other photographic directories. E. R. Graves is listed in Craig. Craig also has a listing for a G. P. Hopkins in Albion and Barre, New York in 1859. Henry Pruden is also listed in Craig, but he spells his last name Prudden.