Charles H. Gay

1845                Rooms in Whitney’s Hotel, Woodstock, Vermont.                                            1845                Rooms In Spalding Building, Montpelier, Vermont.                                              1845                Room, over Bancroft & Riker’s Store, Montpelier, Vermont.                                          1845-1846     Rooms in the Masonic Hall, Rutland, Vermont.                                                                  ND                    192 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                  1847                Younglove’s Hall, Union Village, New York.                                                    1849                No’s. 10 & 12 Washington Place, Union Village, New York.

Charles H. Gay was recorded in one announcement and five advertisement.  The first advertisement ran from September 11 to October 9, 1845 in the Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Cha’s H. Gay, Of New York; Would respectfully inform the citizens of Woodstock and vicinity that he has opened his Gallery of Daguerreotype Portraits, at Whitney’s Hotel, where he will remain, for a short time, and is prepared to execute Portraits and Miniatures in a style not surpassed by any ever taken.  He is prepared to execute portraits and miniatures from the smallest to the largest size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate. The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 a. m. 6 p. m.

The second advertisement ran from October 16 to November 6, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotype!  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Would respectfully inform the citizens of Montpelier, that that he has opened his Daguerreian Rooms in Spalding Building, over the store of Bancroft & Riker, where he would invite the attention of the citizens, and members of the Legislature, to his splendid specimens of Daguerreotype Portraits and Miniatures.  He is prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot fail to please.  Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Landscape views taken in superior style.  The public generally are invited to call.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 6 P. M.

The announcement appeared on October 23, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Something Worth Seeing.—All who are friends of the fine arts, and would like to see Daguerreotype likenesses, superior to any ever taken in the State, will do well to call at Charles H. Gay’s room, over Bancroft & Riker’s store.  His apparatus is of a superior kind and none can look upon his likenesses without being disposed to patronize him.  Here is a rare chance for those who may wish to procure a beautiful and perfect likeness.

The third advertisement ran from December 4, 1845 to February 12, 1846 in the Rutland Herald  (Rutland, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Daguerrean Artist, would respectfully inform the citizens of Rutland, that he has opened his Room in the Masonic Hall, opposite A. Dyer’s, where he will remain for a short time and will be prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken either in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot be surpassed.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to ½ past 4 P. M.  Operations without regard to weather from 9 A. M. to 4 P. M.  The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 27 to August 26, 1847 in the Washington County Journal  (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  Chas. H. Gay, formerly from 192 Broadway, N. Y., would respectfully announce to the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that his Daguerrian Gallery is now open at Younglove’s Hall, where it will remain for a short time, and would invite the attention of the citizens to his unrivalled specimens of the Photographic Art.

He is prepared to execute all the various sizes, from the smallest locket size to the largest Cabinet size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from 2 to 20 taken on a single plate.  Landscape Views, Views of Private Residences, Copies of Paintings, Statuary, &c., executed in an unrivalled manner.  These Pictures are taken with a Speculum, and will not be reversed.  The style and finish of these Pictures shall excel in beauty and faithfulness, and possess all the colors of life.

The citizens are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the Art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Operations from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M., without regard to weather.  Rooms open from 8 A. M., to 7 P. M.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 10 to 31, 1849 in the Washington County Journal (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotype Atelier.  Charles H. Gay would respectfully inform the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that he has returned, and has opened his Daguerrian Gallery at Rooms No. 10 & 12, Washington Place, where he will remain a short time, and is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes Portraits & Miniatures in a style that cannot be surpassed.  He is prepared to execute all the various sizes (embracing [unreadable]           ) from the largest to smallest ever taken, either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from two to twenty taken on a single plate.

From the long experience of the proprietor in the business, the superiority of his instruments having both German and American, he flatters himself he will be able to give the most perfect satisfaction.

Pictures taken equally well in cloudy as clear weather.  N. B.—Those having pictures taken by the old process, can have them retaken at a small expense.             The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

There is a Charles H. Gay recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry who was active in 1845 in Providence, Rhode Island; Troy, New York in 1847-48; in New London, Connecticut in 1850, and 1853-56.  The question is are the all the same person?

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