1855 House of S. C. Rogers, Main Street, Huntington, New York. 1856 Mr. Shadbolt’s New Building, Main Street, Huntington, New York.
J. Mayo was recorded in one advertisement and four announcements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The advertisement ran from May 11, 1855 to June 1, 1855. Daguerreotypes. “Secure the Shadow Ere the substance fades.” The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Huntington Village and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the House of S. C. Rogers on main St., where he is prepared to execute Daguerrean Likenesses to the satisfaction of all those who may favor him with their patronage.
Large Sized pictures neatly inserted in good cases for One Dollar and upwards, according to size and quality of Case or Locket. Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in clear weather. All persons wishing for correct likenesses of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves. No one requested to pay for a picture they do not like.
Think not these pictures by the sunlight made, Shades though they are, will like a shadow, fade! No! when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie When death’s grey film o’er spreads the beaming eye; These life like pictures mocking at decay, Will be fresh and vivid as to-day. Mayo, Daguerrean Artist. Huntington, May 11, 1855.
The first announcement (poetry) appeared on November 16, 1855. Daguerreotype Miniatures. Go Gents and Ladies who pretend, To have a dear and earthly friend; Just call at Mayo’s rooms made right, Learn by his new daguerreotype, Now these connected with his fixtures, He intends to take good pictures. For one dollar you get your friend In a large case you may depend; A quarter more we better do, A velvet case is then your due. For twelve shillings the case will be Gilt in and out as you will see, For dollars two, the mattings change Which brings the valet all in range. For two and a half a quarter case, And on the plate a large face. And if a figure added be, Another quarter pays the fee. For four, you get a double case, Yourself and wife, ‘tis no disgrace, In book like form you love to show, Which you to California go, But five brings out the Jenny Lind, The neatest thing we recommend. The double though we charge you six, It is so large, so neat and rich. Nice gold locket, and various size to, Of different prices, I have a few. By good attention, and delight, In taking pictures that are right. He hopes to gain the confidence, Of all the towns inhabitants, I think that money thus laid out, Is better far than squandered out. For idle toys, and giddy mirth, Which soon are passed and learn no worth; I hope you will patronize this brilliant art, In which I hope to share a part, My rooms are at the Lady Sutton’s. In the beautiful village of Cold Spring. At which place, I hope you will call, And never be sorry for patronizing. Mayo, Cold Spring, Nov. 1, 1855.
The second announcement appeared on July 18, 1856. Ambrotypes: Mr. Mayo Back Again! Mr. Mayo will take room on or about July 25, at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, on Main street, where he will be prepared to take Photographic pictures upon glass, the distinctness of steel plate engravings, and more durable than oil paintings.
This process is styled Ambrotype, from a Greek work, signifying Immortal. The Ambrotype is taken upon glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass, the two being united by an indestructible gum, enabling the picture to retain its brilliancy for ages. It will not corrode at sea, or change in any climate, is beautiful in tone, bold and clear in effect, and can be see in any light; and owing to the brief time it requires to sit, the veriest child, as well as the grey-headed father, can be taken. Pictures can be taken of various sizes by this process, and are well adapted to set in frames to hang in rooms, thus combining the useful with the ornamental.
Those sitting for Ambrotypes will be detained but a short time, as he has procured the services of Mr. Pettis, a gentleman of artistic taste and experience in the Ambrotype Art. The Ambrotype is generally acknowledged to be superior to the Daguerreotype, and is rapidly taking its place.
Large-sized Ambrotypes taken for one dollar, including a neat case, and warranted to please. Morning light the best. Please call soon, as we cannot stop but a short time.
The third announcement appeared on July 25, 1856. Mr. Mayo at Huntington again. Mr. Mayo the Daguerreotypist, is at Huntington again, and has taken rooms at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, in Main street. He has also employed Mr. Pettis to assist him, and is now prepared to take Ambrotypes also, which are in many respects far superior to the Daguerreotypes. We advise all who want a picture to call soon and see his specimens, and then we have no doubt they will sit for their own. Call soon, as his stay is to be limited, having other engagements.
The fourth announcement appeared on August 15, 1856. Positively the Last Call. The subscriber returns his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers for their pas favors, and would inform those who have not been Daguerreotyped that his engagements are such that he positively cannot stop at Huntington but three or four days longer. If well, then, come and have your likeness taken before changed by disease; if sick; do not put off too long, as many have done, to the sorrow of their friends. J. Mayo, Daguerrean.
J. Mayo is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Huntington, New York.