Miller Brothers

1854                Corner First and South Seventh, Williamsburg, New York.

Miller Brothers were recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 26, 1854.  Elegant Daguerreotype Establishment For sale.—The subscriber offers for sale at a great bargain, the most beautiful daguerrean rooms in Williamsburg, located in the most central and public part of the city.  The finishing and embellishment of the rooms will favorably compare with the best Broadway establishments, there being a splendid gallery of the celebrities of Europe and America, all handsomely framed, with everything requisite for caring on the business.  Price $2,000.  Apply to Russell W. Westcott, 72 Eighth avenue, New York.

The second advertisement appeared on November 1, 1854.  For sale—A Daguerrean Gallery, The Best location in Williamsburg, fitted up in fine style, long lease and cheap rent, will be sold for half its value.  Apply on the premises, over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank, corner of First and South Seventh streets, Williamsburg.  Miller Brothers.

The third advertisement appeared on December 19, 1854.  Russell W. Westcott, Auctioneer.—Elegant daguerreotype establishment at auction on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 11 o’clock, on the corner of First and South Seventh streets, Williamsburg, over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank.  Splendid location.  The rooms are gorgeously furnished—velvet carpets, rosewood chairs, marble top chairs, writing desk, show cases, &c.; with over 250 European and American portraits, including Shakspeare’s Seven Ages, all richly framed, full sized cameras, and everything in fine order for carrying on the business; with five year lease from May next, at a low rent.  The rooms can be examined at any time previous to the sale, which will be peremptory, rain or shine.

Miller Brothers are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1854 on First and South Seventh Streets, Williamsburg.  William H. Miller is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1854 over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank, and is likely one of the brothers, but no reference to who the other brother is.  Craig does reference J. & D. (James & David) Miller in 1854-1855 at 687 6th Avenue, New York City.

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