Ficket (Fickett) & Martin

1846                Rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry Store, Keeseville, New York.                    1846                Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York. 1846                Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.                                                                        1846-1847     100 State Street, Walker’s Building, opposite Mathews Store, Schenectady,                                   New York.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in seven advertisement and two announcement.  The first advertisement ran from May 23 to June 20, 1846 in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that having taken rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry store they are prepared to execute miniatures of all sizes, from that of a sixpence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c., they will take them in Exchange For New Ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the case at reasonable prices.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate; and the depth-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Our mode of operating is entirely different from that of operators who have previously visited this place.  Ladies and Gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses if they chose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather.  Keeseville, May 23, 1846.

The second advertisement ran from June 29 to July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures!  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this village and vicinity, that they have taken the Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, the are prepared to execute Miniatures of all sizes, from that of a six-pence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring, and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c. that they will take them in Exchange for New ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the cases at reasonable prices.  Our mode of operating is entirely different from those who have previously visited this place.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate, and the death-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Ladies and Gentleman are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses, if they choose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Instruction in the art given, and all apparatus and chemicals found, upon reasonable terms.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather. Plattsburgh, June 18, 1846.

The first announcement appeared on July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Messrs. Ficket & Martin have been taking likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, at Firemen’s Hall, in this village, for the past week, with great success.  The following notice appeared in the Keeseville Republican a week or two since:  “A slight inspection of the work thrown off since their arrival in Keeseville, will at once convince any one as it has us, that they are no ordinary artists, and that none who have heretofore visited the place have been able to approach the perfection in the execution of a likeness which they display.  Many improvements have been introduced into the mode of taking pictures, of which they have availed themselves, and all their materials are of the very best quality from the celebrated establishments of Plumb[e] in New-York.  Sitters do not now have an opportunity of falling asleep in their chairs while a picture is perfecting, and what is better, a good likeness is almost invariably the result of the first trial.  It is well worth a visit to their [rooms to notice the                                             ] their business is accomplished, and the striking clear and life-like expression that is imparted to their pictures.

Those intending to give them a call will do well to improve an early opportunity, as they will probably leave here next week.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1846 to February 5, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the Art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather. Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady. Dec. 22, 1846.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 22, 1846 to February 9, 1847.  In The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady.  Dec. 22, 1846.

The fifth advertisement ran on December 22 & 29, 1846 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Presents For The Season!—Parents or Children, Brothers or Sisters, or even Lovers, can, by calling on Messrs.  Fickett & Martin, at their Rooms, obtain a perfect, true and permanent Likeness of themselves, put up in fine Cases or Lockets, and making as suitable present for the holydays as can be procured.  Our rooms, at 100 State-st. in walker’s building, have been fitted up for the convenience and comfort of those who may favor us with a call.

The second announcement appeared on December 25, 1846 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Mr. Editor.  A day or two since, I called with a friend up on Mr. Martin (of the firm Fickett and Martin) at their rooms, where I saw some of the finest and most finished specimens of Daguerreotype Miniatures imaginable, being far superior in many respects, to any-thing of the kind that has been done in this place previous to their coming, and equal to any done in the land; there is a clearness and life-like appearance, a softness of tone, and a richness in the coloring of their Likenesses which has not been approached by those who have preceded them—and I would say to those who may wish a lasting and suitable “present for the season” to give them a call, at 100 State st. (up stairs) in Walker’s Building.

The sixth advertisement ran from January 5 to February 9, 1847 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 15 to February 26, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.  Jan. 5.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry (under Fickett) without activity dates or location.  The first two advertisements dated May 23 & June 29, 1846 and the first announcement dated July 11, 1846 list the partnership as Ficket & Martin,  Starting  on the third advertisement dated December 18, 1846 the partnership is identified as Fickett & Martin.

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