1855 1 Camp Street, corner of Canal, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1855 Rooms over Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, Corner of Main & Focus Streets, Thibodaux, Louisiana.
William Guay was recorded in two announcements and three advertisements in the Thibodaux Minerva (Thibodaux, Louisiana). The first announcement appeared on July 28, 1855. Photography.—Mr. Guay, from the well known Daguerrean Gallery of Moissenet & Law, New Orleans, has taken rooms for a short time over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, corner of Main & Focus streets. Mr. G. is the only photographic artist that has ever visited our town, and we can recommend him as one thoroughly versed in his branch of the Daguerrian art. See his card in another column.
The first advertisement ran from July 28 to August 11, 1855. Moissenet & Law’s Daguerrean & Photographic Gallery, No. 1 Camp street, corner of Canal, New Orleans. Mr. Guay, from the above Gallery, has the honor of announcing to the citizens of Thibodaux and vicinity that he has opened his rooms at the corner of Main and Focus streets, over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, (recently Sancan’s Daguerrean Gallery,) where he is now prepared to execute Portraits by the Daguerreotype and Photographic process, in a style of superior excellence that cannot fail to please his patrons.
He particularly calls the attention of the public to his new and beautiful style of Photographic Portraits, taken on paper and on canvas, and colored in the most elaborate and artistic manner. This process presents a rare opportunity to those who may have Daguerreotypes of the deceased or absent friends, of having them copied and enlarged to any size they may desire—from the smallest miniature to life-size portraits—and painted in either oil or water colors. The limits of an advertisement will not admit of a lengthy description of the superior advantages and unrivalled perfection of this new mode of executing Likenesses. Wherever they have been introduced they have elicited the unbounded admiration of all lovers of the Fine Arts: and in New Orleans and the Northern Cities they are rapidly superseding the ordinary daguerreotypes. The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens on exhibition at the above rooms.
The second advertisement ran from August 4 to 11, 1855. Daguerreoric Eilxir! As a favorable Remedy. Exquisite, faithful Daguerreotypes are now being taken over Baddeaux & Bruff’s Store, by Mr. Guay, from the celebrated Daguerreotype establishment of F. Moissenet, New Orleans.
The second announced appeared on August 4, 1855. Never was it more Fashionable in Thibodaux! Daguerreotype gems now to be had over the store of Messrs. Baddeaux & Bruff.
The third advertisement ran from August 4 to 11, 1855. Wanted to Borrow! $5,000 To Make A Sure Bet, that one hundred Daguerreotypes can be taken in one day by Mr. Guay, now over Baddeaux & Bruff’s Store.
William Guay is recorded in in New Orleans, Louisiana in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry from 1856-1861. John speculates that he possible is the same William Guay who was active in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1855.