William W. Tileston

1855                Main Street, over the Marble Depot, opposite Branch Bank, Evansville, Indiana.

1855-1857       Rooms in Dr. Bray’s Building, over the Old Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.   

1857-1859       First Street, opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana

William W. Tileston was recorded in twelve advertisements and fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).   Not included in this post are the advertisements and announcements while with Tileston Brothers and Tileston, Randall & Co. which have previously appeared.  The first announcement appeared on January 1, 1853.  Evansville Temple of Honor.—The regular meeting of this Temple are held every Thursday Evening over the Insurance office, Water st.  Officers for the present term—…W. W. Tileston…

The second announcement appeared on December 26, 1853.  County Convention.  The County Temperance Convention met pursuant to the call, at the Court-house, and organized by electing W. W. Tileston President, and L. Echelbery Secretary…

The third announcement appeared on February 24, 1855.  Returning Thanks, &c.  We have received a friendly letter from Mr. E. Z. Webster, the daguerreotypist.—As he wishes us to thank the citizens of Evansville for their kind patronage to him, &c., we cannot thank them better than by giving them that portion of his letter on the subject.  He says: 

Now Mr. Sanders, I wish you would do me a favor of thanking the citizens of Evansville and vicinity for their kindness and hospitality, together with the very liberal patronage which was extended towards me during my sojourn among them.  They may rest assured that I do fully appreciate each kind act, and if I have succeeded in my endeavors to please both patrons and friends, then in my dearest wish accomplished.  I hope at some future time to be able to reciprocate favors, and in the mean time I shall be most happy if I can be of any service to them either individually or collectively, and in this connection allow me to recommend to their kind consideration my friend, Mr. Tileston, who succeeds me in the rooms I occupied.  He certainly possesses all the necessary requirements for a successful daguerreotypist, and it only requires—what he certainly deserves, the patronage of those citizens who may require the services of a daguerreotypist, to make him become a successful operator.

This is testimony enough in behalf of Mr. Tileston, but we may add our own so far as to say, we have seen a number of pictures taken by him which we though fully as good as Webster’s own, and that is a high compliment.  Mr. T. can be found at the old rooms above the marble works, where he is daily turning out elegant likenesses.—Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from March 22 to 29, 1855.  The Shadow And The Substance Of A Conversation.  The following Conversation took place at the Court House corner the other day, between Joe Shadow and Tom Substance:

Joe—I say, Tom,, when are you going around to Summers & Tilton’s gallery to have your Daguerreotype taken?

Tom—Well, I don’t know.  I must go soon, for they say that during the pleasant weather they are crowded all the time; and Saunders, of the Journal, say their pictures are about as good as Webster’s own.

Joe—I believe they are.  I saw some fine groups there the other day.  I’m going to have my whole family taken in a group.

Tom—I shall go the first fine day, for their pictures are so fine and lifelike.  I wonder where I can get a fine case-a first rate one.

Joe—Why, get it there they have a splendid new stock in a beautiful showcase, just received and in fine order, and expect to enlarge it soon.  They have now on hand a fine assortment of Gold Lockets, Miniature Pins, Paper Macia, Union, Moroco Gilt, Belt, Kossuth, Velvet and Jewel Cases, of all sorts and sizes, and they invite all to call and examine them whether they want to sit for a picture or not.

Tom—I was not aware the kept so fine a stock always on hand:  I shall go right down this morning.  But then I can’t have it taken this morning and I am sorry, for I may not have tine again for several days.

Joe—Why not go to-day?

Tom—It’s so cloudy: they can’t take pictures such weather as this.  Why, it’s raining now.

Joe—There’s where you are out of it.  It’s altogether a mistaken idea people have got into their heads that Daguerreotypes can’t be taken on bright sunny days.  They say they can take as good pictures in such weather as at any other time.  You see their large skylight makes the light always strong in the room, and if they don’t get you a first rate picture they don’t want you to take it.  They are always willing to try, and are determined not to let a picture leave their rooms that is not perfect.

Tom—Well, I shall go right down this morning, for the rooms are always comfortable, and it is a pleasant place to spend the time this dull weather.  But how is it that they carry on the Sign and Ornamental painting and the Gallery too?  They can’t attend to both, certainly.

Joe—Very easy.  You see the sign and ornamental branch is carried on under the immediate supervision of Mr. Summers, while Mr. Tileston turns his whole attention to the 

Tom—Well, I like that very much.  I should think they would go together very well.  Meet me at their gallery in half an hour

Joe—I will: good morning.

Tom—Good morning.                                               

The second advertisement ran from March 30 to May 24, 1855.  More About Elections.  Owing to the great excitement about the city election, and deep interest felt in the Prohibitory Law by all the great political parties, we deem it but our duty to say, that Summers & Tileston, having just received a new Camera direct from New York, are now prepared to take pictures in the best style from a small miniature to a large ½ size.  They are also prepared with the best light in the city for copying pictures.  They guarantee that no picture shall receive injury which may be left in their hands for the above purpose.

N. B.—Why is a Dogratyper taking a picture, like a gent sitting to a handsome gal?  Answer to be had by calling ay Summers & Tileston Gallery.  On Main st., opposite Branch Bank, over the Marble Depot.

The fourth announcement appeared on May 16, 1855.  Great Fire!  Nearly $100,000 Worth of Property destroyed.  About half past 3 o’clock yesterday morning a fire was discovered in the rear part of Anderson’s Barber shop, on the upper side of Main street between Water and First, and in a row of small frame houses…Messrs. Summers & Tileston’s Daguerrean Gallery and Paint shop, above the Marble Depot, were destroyed with every article in them.  No Insurance.  Loss probably $300….

The fifth announcement appeared on May 21, 1855.  Conflagration At Evansville, Indiana.—Below will be found a list of the principal suffers by the fire at Evansville on the 15th:…Summers & Tileston’s daguerreotype gallery were burned.

The third advertisement ran from May 21 to June 25, 1855.  Once More In The Field.  Summer & Tileston, after shaking themselves for a few days from the ashes of the late fire, have fitted up the sky-light rooms over Wm. Hughes’ store; corner of Main and second streets, where they will be happy to see their friends and old customers and the public generally, who wish to preserve the shadow of their friends, “ere the substance fades.”  Thankful for the liberal patronage extended to them for the past three months, they would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Perfect pictures taken at the shortest notice, and entire satisfaction given, or no sale.                                          

The fourth advertisement ran from May 30 to June 29, 1855.  Not Left Town Yet.  Messrs. Summers & Tileston would respectfully inform their old friends and customers, and the public generally, that they have suspended their Daguerrean operations for a short time, for the purpose of fitting up rooms in Dr. Bray’s building, over the old post office.  Workmen are now busily engaged in putting up a mammoth sky light, etc., and in a few days we shall be better prepared for taking fine pictures than ever.                      

The fifth advertisement ran from June 9 to 25, 1855.  Poetry For The Million.

Summers & Tileston are the persons,

You’ll please to find them out;

There rooms are opposite the post office

Or somewhere thereabout.

They have a mammoth sky-light,

The largest in the city,

The only light adapted

For taking pictures pretty.

They take miniatures for lockets,

For breastpins and for rings,

Take copies from daguerreotypes,

Also from oil paintings.

Their pictures are uniformly low.

Their pictures hard to beat;

So pray, call at their gallery

And see there’s no deceit.

For life you know, is uncertain,

And death is very sure,

Therefore, ere the substance fades.

The shadow you should secure.

The sixth announcement appeared on June 13, 1855.  Once more In The Field.—Messrs. Summers & Tileston, as our readers know, were burned out by the late fire, and lost everything they had in their rooms, and nothing insured.  Although thus deprived of almost everything but their energy, they did not “give it up so,” but at once set to work preparing new and far superior rooms to those they formerly occupied.  They are now located in Dr. Bray’s building opposite the Post office, in the most central part of the city, and very convenient to the ladies.—They have fitted up their rooms very neatly and are now prepared to take likenesses all kinds of weather, in the best style, and at low prices.  We hope they will receive an extensive patronage in view of their late losses, renewed expenses, and more particularly because they take just as good Daguerreotype likenesses as are made in the West.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 23, 1855. The Sun Beam.—This is the name given to Summers & Tileston’s new Daguerrean Gallery. By a lady.  They have accepted the compliment, and “The Sun Beam Gallery” will soon be known as the place to obtain good likenesses.  The proprietors have reduced their prices, and are now making some of the best Daguerreotypes ever taken in this city.  Call and see their new rooms and specimens.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23 to October 18, 1855.  New Gallery, New Name, And New Prices!  The Sun Beam Gallery!  Messrs. Summers & Tileston have now fully completed their Daguerrean Rooms in Dr. M. J. Bray’s buildings, on First street, opposite the post office, and are now ready to receive visitors and to take pictures in the latest and most approved style.  Having fitted up our rooms with the eye to comfort, they are neat, cool and airy, while we have a mammoth sky-light, which enables us to take picture that will compare favorably with any in the West.—Therefore we feel confident of giving perfect satisfaction in all cases, which we guarantee, or no sale.  Please call and see us at the Western Sun Beam.

N. B.—Pictures taken for one dollars.                                              

The eighth announcement appeared on September 27, 1855.  Dissolution Notice.  The co-partnership heretofore existing between Summers & Tileston is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be continued by W. W. Tileston, who is authorized to settle the business of the late firm.

A Card.  The undersigned would take this method of returning his sincere thanks to the public for the liberal patronage extended to the late firm, and hopes that by giving his personal attention exclusively to the business to merit a continuance of the same.  W. W. Tileston.

The ninth announcement appeared on October 16, 1855.  List of Awards at the First Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…The Premiums are awarded by the several Committees as follows:  Class 21. 

Best Daguerreotypes—W. W, Tileston.

The tenth announcement appeared on November 23, 1855.  Billy Tileston and his partner are now taking some beautiful Daguerreotypes at the Sun Beam gallery.  Drop in, and you can have the opportunity of seeing yourselves as others see you.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 20, 1855 to April 25, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sun Beam Opposite The Post Office.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

I have also associated with me for a short time Mr. J. Walmsby, who is an operator of many years experience, by which arrangement, one, or both of us, may always be found at the rooms, ready to take pictures.

Remember the place opposite the Post Office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  W. W. Tileston.

The eighth advertisement ran from February 8, 1856 to January 3, 1857.  Ambrotypes Taken At The Sun Beam!  Having gone to a very heavy expense in learning the process, and in fitting up my room for taking Ambrotypes.  I am now prepared to put up in the finest style any sized Ambrotypes, from a one-ninth to one-half size.  The Ambrotype is far superior to the Daguerreotype in tone and beauty, having none of the glare of the Daguerreotype plate, and can be seen in any light.  We also take two pictures at one sitting, a positive and a negative picture, and when held to the light it is perfectly transparent.  The Ambrotype are durable, being, when finished, entirely air and water tight, and can be taken in all kinds of weather.

Time for adults for a sitting from 10 to 30 seconds; children from 3 to 10 seconds.  Please call and see specimens.

P. S.—daguerreotypes taken in the different styles.  W. W. Tileston.

The eleventh announcement appeared on February 9, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. Tileston, the well known Daguerreotypist of this city, is now engaged in taking beautiful ambrotypes, an improvement over the Daguerreotype.  The likeness is taken on glass, and before put in the case is transparent when held to the light, but placed before a black back ground represent on one side a positive picture and the other a negative.  In the case, they resemble a Daguerreotype, but are of much finer tone, free from that shine which prevents the Daguerreotype from being seen to advantage except in a certain light, and are indeed a much more perfect picture.  By this process, the eyes are taken perfectly, while by the old way, The eyes of some subjects never can be correctly pictured.  The best likeness we have ever had of ourself, was taken by this ambrotype process, and we have been Daguerreotypes innumerable times.  We would advise those wanting really good likenesses of themselves to hand down to posterity, or to present to members of the present generation to become ambrotyped at once.  Mr. Tileston has been at a heavy expense learning this branch of the art, and improving his rooms, and he deserves a large increase of patronage.  His advertisement will give some additional particulars.

The twelfth announcement appeared on May 7, 1856.  Proceedings of the City Council.  Monday Evening, May 5. 

Council met pursuant to adjournment.—Present, Mayor Hewson, and Councilmen Scantlin, Rathbone, Cook, Orr, Setchell, Venneman, Johnson , and Hunnel.  Minutes read and approved….The following allowances were made for services rendered at city election, and afterwards…W. W. Tileston, $5,00…

The thirteenth announcement appeared on October 21, 1856.  List of Premiums Awarded at The Second Annual Fair of The Vanderburgh County Agricultural & Horticultural Society…Division F.—Class No. 1…

W. W. Tileston, Best Ambrotypes, diploma.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on November 17, 1856.  Easy.—Sauntering down the street Saturday morning, who should we meet but Webster—the veritable E. Z. Webster, of picture notoriety.  It is unnecessary to state, that we have been in good humour ever since.  Since he last visited Evansville, Webster has become an editor, and we have a “fellow feeling” for him.  His paper, the “Heliographic Mirror,” lies on our Sanctum table, and when we wish to rid ourselves of a talkative visitor, we push him into an arm chair, and give him the “Mirror.”  When he laughs too loud we turn him out.  And this reminds us that Webster is “turning out” some pictures at Tileston’s gallery that are perfectly—well, to say the best of them, are just such as Webster takes, and “nobody else.”  Call round and get your shadow, done up in a style that will surprise even yourself.  Folks don’t know how good looking they are, until Webster has “tuk’em.”

The ninth advertisement ran from November 19, 1856 to April2, 1857.  Webster’s Sphereotypes, Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Callodiotypes.  And all other styles of Heliographic Pictures can be obtained at Webster & Tileston’s Gallery in Bray’s Building, at prices ranging from One Dollar up.

Please call soon, as Webster’s time is limited.  W. & T.

The tenth advertisement ran from November 26, 1856 to March 30, 1857.  For the Journal.

I never ‘spired tew be a poit, 

(I need’nt tell, I ‘spose you no it;)

But if I thawt there’s virtu in it—

Darn’d if I would’nt in a minit!

But when you tawk of dog’ratypin,

Webster’s round and takes delite in;

Ded or ‘live he’ll stamp your feeturs.

And “babiz” tew, deer little creeturs.

On paper, iron, glass or plate,

He’ll fix yewr shadder sure as fate,

So natural and so trew to life,

When yew’re away ‘twill fool yewr wife.     

The eleventh advertisement ran from April 27 to May 28, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sunbeam, Opposite the P. O.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

Remember the place, opposite the Post office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  sept15.      W. W. Tileston

The twelfth advertisement ran from May 29 to June 5, 1857.  Sun Beam Gallery, First Street, Opposite the Post Office.  The above Gallery having just undergone an entire change and refitting, is now re-opened for the Spring Business, With a new and beautiful stock of Cases, Frames, and Apparatus.  Feeling thankful for the past liberal patronage, I would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Warranting satisfaction in all cases, I would solicit an examination of my stock and specimens.  W. W. Tileston.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 5, 1857.

Promptitude.—Whatsoever thou resolvest to do—do it quickly—defer not till the evening what should be the work of the morning.  Therefore, call at the Sun Beam Daguerrian Gallery, on first street, and get you one of Tileston’s superior pictures, either a Colodiotype, Melaneotype, or any type connected with the Heliographic art.  He warrants perfect satisfaction in all cases.

W. W. Tileston is recorded in other photographic directories and has been previously posted on May 26 as Tileston Brothers, and yesterday May 28 as Tileston, Randall & Co.

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