1854 233 Broadway, New York, New York.
Martin Kostza was recorded in six announcements. The first appeared on January 23, 1854 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). Martin Kostza Through A Camera.—The discarded patriot has been engaged by the proprietors of a daguerreotype saloon in this city. They intend to teach him their art gratis, and when he shall have become perfected in it they will give him a set of apparatus, with which he can travel through the country. We would recommend him to set up his camera in Washington, and give a group representing all the people whom he has raised to fame—Marcy, the President, Commander Ingraham, and all the members of Congress who voted for the medal. As these gentlemen are each indebted to him for a greater or less amount of glory they cannot refuse him a sitting; and as the people would like to see all the heroes in one grand group, the pockets of the artist might be suddenly replenished. We trust that Kostza will not fail to act upon this idea.
The second announcement appeared on January 24, 1854 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). Martin Koszta.—This Gentleman is now in our establishment. We have started a subscription for him. Any sums a charitable community may forward to us we shall be happy to present him with. Meade Brother’s, Daguerreotype Galleries, 233 Broadway.
The third announcement appeared on January 26, 1854 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia). The Illustrious Koszta.—Martin Koszta, the illustrious, whose name has become familiar as household words on both sides of the Atlantic, and who was the innocent cause of procuring immortality for a naval commander and a Secretary of State, has at length settled down in New York, and is learning the Daguerreotype business. Koszta is poor, and is compelled to do something for himself, since republics are so ungrateful. Thus he is anxious to secure the shadow ere the substance perish. A kind hearted Daguerreotypist has consented to teach him the art gratis, and when he shall have learned it, he will be presented with a set of apparatus with which he can travel through the country.
The fourth announcement appeared on January 26, 1854 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York). Koszta, who has latterly been reduced to the brink of starvation, has been taken in by a N. York daguerreotype firm, who intend to teach him the business, furnish him with a set of picture making apparatus and start him on his own hook.
The fifth announcement appeared on February 7, 1854 in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York. Martin Koszta, the Journal of Commerce says, is engaged in learning the daguerreotype business at Meade Brothers’, in Broadway. As he was in a destitute condition, these gentlemen have volunteered to assist him, and as soon as qualified, he will probably become an itinerant artist. His fame will be his capital, which is pretty much all the capital his new business requires.
The sixth announcement appeared on February 8, 1854 in Northern New York Journal (Watertown, New York). Martin Koszta is now engaged in learning the daguerreotype business at Meade Brothers’, in Broadway. As he was in a destitute condition, these gentlemen have volunteered to assist him, and as soon as qualified, he will probably become an itinerant artist. His fame will be his capital, which is pretty much all the capital his new business requires. He is one of the “distinguished individuals” arriving in this city that has escaped a public reception.—Jour. Of Com.
Martin Koszta is not listed in other photographic directories.