Watson & Ryder

1849                37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Watson & Ryder (Watson & James F. Ryder) were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The first advertisement ran from March 21 to April 25, 1849.  Ithaca Daguerrean Gallery, No. 37 Owego-Street.  Watson and Ryder Would most respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity that they have opened a permanent Daguerrean Gallery, for the purpose of taking Correct Likenesses.

These Miniatures are taken by one of the best German Achromatic Lens, giving them a life-like expression, and by an access of chlorine vapor which places them beyond all fears of fading, so common to those taken by most Daguerrean operators, it also gives them Strength and Beauty not surpassed by Oil Paintings, or Steel Engravings. 

The most artistical skill will be given as to position, also in equalizing the light and shade so as to give it a very life like expression, entirely obviating that flat, cadaverous appearance so common to Daguerreotypes.

Likenesses taken after death, if desired.  Miniature set in Frames, Cases, Lockets, Bracelets, Pins, Rings, etc.

The public are invited to call and examine specimens in the art.  Rooms open from 8 o’clock a. m. to 6 o’clock p. m.                                                

The announcement appeared on April 4, 1849.  We wou’d call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Messrs. Watson & Ryder, in another column, who have established a permanent Daguerrean Gallery in this village.  We have lately had the pleasure of examining in their Gallery, the most beautiful and life-like Miniature Likeness we have ever seen.  Our citizens have only to visit this establishment to become satisfied of the fact.

The second advertisement ran from May 2 to July 25, 1849.  Dollar Daguerrean Gallery, No. 37 Owego-Street.  Watson and Ryder Would most respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity that they have opened a permanent Daguerrean Gallery, for the purpose of taking Correct Likenesses.

These Miniatures are taken by one of the best German Achromatic Lens, giving them a life-like expression, and by an access of chlorine vapor which places them beyond all fears of fading, so common to those taken by most Daguerrean operators, it also gives them Strength and Beauty not surpassed by Oil Paintings, or Steel Engravings. 

The most artistical skill will be given as to position, also in equalizing the light and shade so as to give it a very life like expression, entirely obviating that flat, cadaverous appearance so common to Daguerreotypes.

Likenesses taken after death, if desired.  Miniature set in Frames, Cases, Lockets, Bracelets, Pins, Rings, etc.

The public are invited to call and examine specimens in the art.  Rooms open from 8 o’clock a. m. to 6 o’clock p. m.                                    

The third advertisement ran from August 1 to 15, 1849.  Watson & Ryder Daguerrian Artists.  Thankful for the liberal patronage of late extended them, would announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity that they still continue to take, from 8 o’clock a. m. to 5 p. m. Perfect Daguerreotype Miniatures, With all the latest improvements, at the “Permanent Daguerrean Gallery,” No. 37 Owego st.—3 doors west of Seymour’s Hotel.

The highly improved construction of their instruments, & the aid of valuable recipes lately procured from the best operators in the union, together with practical experience enables them to give the most perfect satisfaction.

Please call and examine specimens.

Instructions carefully given on Moderate terms.  Also for sale all the chemicals and apparatus used in the art.                                                                   

Watson & Ryder are recorded in other photographic directories.

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