1855 Address Unknown, Buffalo, New York.
Henry Shaft was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on June 20, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). To Photographers.—Wanted, A Person Who thoroughly understands the photographing and daguerrean arts, to go to a large Western city. To a competent man, a permanent situation, with good salary, will be given. Address Henry Shaft, box 2410 Buffalo Post Office, with specimens of work.
Henry Shaft is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is possible that Henry Shaft was an agent or contact person and not a photographer.
Further research uncovered in the 1855 Buffalo City Directory residency listing Henry Shaft is listed as a book-keeper at R. J. Compton. Richard J. Compton is recorded in the residence listing as an Engraver and Lithographer, 209 Main Street. In an advertisement P. 81 Compton’s Lithographing & Engraving Establishment, 209 Main Street, Buffalo, R. J. Compton, Proprietor, Having purchased the entire interest of my Co-partners, and having the most extensive establishment of the kind in the west, I am prepared to fill contracts for the largest kind of work with punctuality and in the best style.