George Porter Paine

1855                Address Unknown, St. Albans, Vermont.

George Porter Paine was recorded in an advertisement in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on December 7, 1855.  Ambrotypes.  A New Style of Photographic Pictures taken upon glass combining the beauty of a fine steel engraving with the most brilliant surface.  They can be seen in any light, having none of the dazzling reflection objected to in Daguerreotypes.  Unlike the daguerreotype they do not fade and cannot be affected by climate, water, or even acids.—Likenesses can be taken by this process almost instantaneously, insuring a lifelike expression rare in daguerreotypes.

These pictures can be procured of the subscriber, the only Ambrotype artist in Franklin or Chittenden counties.

Persons desirous to learn the art, can receive instruction from him on reasonable terms.  Price of pictures same as Daguerreotypes!  George Porter Paine.  St. Albans, Nov. 28, 1855.

George Porter Paine is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in St. Albans, Vermont.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a George Porter Paine as being active in St. Louis, Missouri in 1854-1855.  The St. Louis directories were dated 1854-1855, not 1854 and 1855, the names in the directory were recorded in 1854, so it is possible that they are the same person.

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