1857-1859 94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.
Benaiah G. Jayne was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York). The first advertisement ran from February 4 to August 5, 1857. Found At Last! The place in Ithaca where True And Perfect Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, can be obtained. The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that they have taken the Daguerrean Rooms, 94 Owego-st, Ithaca, formerly occupied by F. C. Clark, and recently by N. J. Kellogg, 2 doors west of Avery, Woodworth & co.’s store, and opposite Greenly’s, where they are prepared to Take Pictures, in the Latest and Most Improved Style of the Art. Having had a long experience in the business, they are confident of giving entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with a call. In order to bring their pictures into immediate notice they will for the coming Month take Pictures for Fifty Cents!
Remember! We guarantee you a Better Picture than can be obtained elsewhere in the county, or no charge. B. G. Jayne & Co.
The first announcement ran on February 12, 1857.—The advertisement of Messrs. Jayne & Co. Daguerreotype and Ambrotype operators may be found in our columns, to-day. These gentlemen reach us with high recommendations and the likenesses taken by them since here have proved them to be superior in their art.
The second advertisement ran from March 4 to August 5, 1857. Pictures for 50 Cents, Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge. The subscriber would respectfully announce that in consideration of the very liberal patronage they have received since in Ithaca they will continue to take Pictures at their former low prices. B. G. Jayne & Co.
Don’t forget the place 94 Owego-st.
The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1857.—Pictures of friends and of families have become as common as sunlight, and have also become quite as necessary. No one seems to exist or become a member of society unless he can show his picture to himself and fellow men, and therefore a good one is desirable. The skill of B. G. Jayne, & Co. in the Daguerreotype line is proverbial, and they have so near attained perfection that a picture of oneself, we are inclined to think, is handsome! However people will so differ in opinion!
The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1857. Editor Journal—Permit me through the columns of your paper to call the attention of your numerous readers to the firm of B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, 94 Owego street. It is always desirable to have young men of ability and moral worth settle among us; and more particularly is it so in in this instance when they are complete masters of a beautiful and useful art. Daguerreotyping has become a necessity in every community. Almost every household feels a strong desire to have true and perfect likenesses of its members, that when they are called, as all must be sooner or later, to that home from which, none return, there may be left a life-like representation behind. I desire to make no invidious comparison between Messrs. B. G. Jayne & Co., and other artists in this village, but simply to say that from what I have seen of their work, I believe they can and do produce Daguerreotype and Ambrotype pictures true to life. That I consider the perfection of the art. W.
The fourth announcement appeared on June 3, 1857. A 5 dollar bank note. In center of the note is a round building, a train pulling three cars. B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, Rooms North Side of Owego Street, opposite the Old Bank Of Ithaca. Secured By Daguerrean Stock. B. G. Jayne & Co. will produce a Superior Likeness on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give Satisfaction.
The fifth announcement appeared on July 1, 1857. A series of six fine daguerreotype and ambrotype views taken after the late flood by B. G. Jayne & Co., and have been forwarded to Frank Leslie of New York, who telegraphed for the same. Mr. D. E. Sedgwick has a superb picture of one of the best views after the Freshet.
The third advertisement ran from August 26, 1857 to February 9, 1859. Ambrotypes. Something Entirely New At B. G. Jayne & Co.’s. Pictures On Patent Leather! Which for depth of tone, fineness of finish, naturalness of expression, and brilliancy of effect, are unsurpassed by any productions in the Photographic Art. The Ambrographs can be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the country without injury, and without any additional charge of postage.
Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, Taken at Jayne & Co.’s Rooms, and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge. Don’t forget the place, No. 94 Owego street, opposite the old Bank of Ithaca, and two doors west of Avery, Woodworth & Co.’s. B. G. Jayne & Co.
Instructions given in the Art, and a well selected assortment of Daguerrean Stock and Chemicals on hand and for sale upon the most reasonable terms.
The sixth announcement appeared on February 23, 1859. Progress in all the arts at the present moment is a matter of every day occurrence, and indeed so common has it become that our people seem to expect it, as a matter of course. From the dull, dead-looking daguerreotypes, operators improved to a life-like expression; from that to Ambrotypes, then Melaniotypes, and now the perfection of the art seems to have been attained in beautiful Photographs. Some splendid specimens may be seen at Jayne’s.
The fourth advertisement ran from February 23 to August 3, 1859. Photographs At Jayne’s. The subscriber would announce to the public that he is now prepared to furnish Photographs on paper which cannot fail to satisfy the most inveterate critic.
A general invitation is extended to all to call and examine specimens. I am also taking first class Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, And Daguerreotypes. All of which are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, or no charge. Room 94 Owego street, next door to Grant’s Block and opposite the Old Bank. B. G. Jayne.
The seventh announcement appeared on June 15, 1859. The New Light. I would respectfully inform the citizens of Tompkins County that I have purchased the right for this county Mace’s Nonpareil Gas Generator, And shall hereafter keep on hand a full supply of Chandeliers, Brackets, Pendants, and Lamps. This Light is fully equal to Coal Gas in brilliancy, and far superior in point of economy, furnishing a light equal to a Five Foot Coal Gas Burner, for less than One Cent Per Hour….B. G. Jayne.
Benaiah G. Jayne is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ithaca, New York in 1859.