McClave & Merritt

1854                385 Broadway, New York, New York.

McClave & Merritt (James McClave, Jr. & John D. Merritt) were recorded in nine advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first appeared on September 12, 1854.

Rees & Co., 25 Cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway.—This company, established under the above name, will be conducted hereafter under the [head] of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from [the commencement.]  The business will be conducted the same as usual, the whole company remaining with the exception of C. Rees, whose interest in this gallery has been purchased by the two remaining partners.  McClave & Merritt.

The second advertisement appeared on September 16, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original Twenty-five [cent] Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway.—this company [  ?  ] known by the above name, will hereafter be [conducted] under the head of McClave & Merritt, [the original] partners from its commencement.  They having [  ?  ] the interest of Mr. Rees.

The third advertisement appeared on September 23, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original 25 Cent Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway, are now taking 600 pictures daily, and will soon be enabled to take 1,000, by the aid of their new machinery and enlarged rooms, by the original partners from the commencement.  McClave & Merritt.

The fourth advertisement appeared on September 26, 1854.  The 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement.  [600] hundred pictures taken daily with entire satisfaction.  McClave & Merritt, 385 Broadway.

The fifth advertisement appeared on September 28, 1854.  The original 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement, who will soon be enabled to take one thousand pictures daily.

The sixth advertisement appeared on October 12, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents.—Rees & Co., as formerly known, now McClave & Merritt, having their new and novel machine, which was exhibited at Crystal Palace, now in full operation, will in future take pictures, in case, complete, for 25 cents.

The seventh advertisement appeared  on October 13, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, (formerly Rees & Co.,) 385  Broadway.

The eighth advertisement appeared on October 19, 1854.  Immense Success.—A Daguerreotype in Case for twenty-five cents.  McClave & Merritt, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, are now enabled, by the help of their new and novel machine, to give a daguerreotype, in a neat morocco case, all complete for 25 cents.

The ninth advertisement appeared on October 31, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, between White and Walker streets.

McClave & Merritt are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but, John does not mention that they were partners, or the connection to Rees & Co.

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