Fant & Gove

1851-1852       Rooms at Union Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

Fant & Gove were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement appeared on December 6, 1851 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  Messrs. Fant & Gove, Daguerrian Artist, have located themselves in this town for a short time, which offers another chance to our citizens to possess themselves of the advantages afforded by this valuable art.  They exhibit some beautiful specimens of their skill, which the public are invited to examine at their room, in Union Hall.

The first advertisement ran from December 6, 1851 to January 10, 1852 in The Planters’ Banner  (Franklin, Louisiana).  Wm. O. Fant & G. W. Gove, Daguerrian Artist, Respectfully beg leave to inform the citizens of Franklin and its vicinity that they have rented the Ball-Room at Union Hall, where they will remain for a short time, for the purpose of conducting their profession, and they earnestly invite every one to call and examine their specimens.

They will be happy to furnish Miniatures, in cases of large or small size, to those who may desire them; also, singly or in groups, in breastpins or lockets, on reasonable terms.

The second announcement appeared on January 3, 1852 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  We would inform the public that the Daguerrean Artist, Messrs. Fant & Gove, intend to remain but a few days longer in this town.  The weather is now delightful—just the thing for daguerreotyping—and those who wish a good likeness of themselves or friends could not select a more favorable opportunity.  Those who patronize these gentlemen will be well pleased, for their pictures are fully equal to any we have ever seen, and we have seen some first-rate ones, too.  But call and examine their specimens, than you will be better pleased, and they are always happy to receive visitors.  They have got the finest apparatus ever used in Franklin, and besides, they have testimonials of their skill and ability as artist that are possessed by few.  Call ere it be too late, for “procrastination is the thief of time.”

Fant & Gove, and Fant are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Both Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Biographies of Western Photographs list a William S. Gove in Huntsville, Texas in the partnership of Robbins & Gove in 1853.  It is unknown if they are the same person.

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