1852 79 Washington Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 24 to December 4, 1852 in the Norfolk County Journal (Roxbury, Massachusetts). Removal….To….Daguerreotype Establishment….In….Bacon’s Block, 79 Washington Street, Roxbury.
The subscriber would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Roxbury and vicinity, that he has recently purchased the well known Daguerrian Saloon, with all its fixtures, apparatus, &c., &c., in Bacon’s Block, and removed his to the same. Having fitted up the rooms at great expense, for convenience, &c. He will continue the Daguerreotype business in all its branches. Said Saloon has a large Sky Light, which gives the most perfect counterfeit of the subject—
Clearness And Brilliancy, with Relief and Life-like appearance in the Likeness.
He would further state, that he has engaged the services of Mr. Hall, a practical operator, and can warrant Likenesses as perfect as any taken at any other establishment in the country;—also, that his Chemicals, Gildings, &c. Are manufactured by himself alone, and in them he has made a decided improvement, which is highly pleasing both to the operator and the subject. By the means of his new, beautiful and accelerating Chemical agent, Miniatures from the veriest Child, as well as the grey-haired Father, will be executed in the very short space of from three to fifteen seconds, bearing any tone, from a deep rich Shade to the Freshness Of Life! As taste or fancy may direct.
Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and judge for themselves.
At his establishment Miniatures will be executed in the highest perfection of the art, single or in groups, with or without color, and well set in frames, cases, pins, rings, lockets, &c., and no person will be expected to take them, unless perfectly satisfied.
Sick and deceased person’s Likenesses taken at their residences, at short notice and on reasonable terms. Roxbury, April 20, 1852. S. F. Lancey, Jr.
Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is possible that Hall is Benjamin F. Hall who was active in Boston in 1854 and 1855, but this is only speculation.