Asa White

1843-1847       20 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

1848-1851       36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. [1]

1854                36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Asa White was recorded in seven advertisements in the Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts)  and one advertisement in the Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts.) 

1.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179. Asa White, Soda Manufactory; also Pipes, Ornaments, &c., No. 10 Market square, Boston.

2.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179.  Real Turkey Oil Stones ready shaped for mechanics.  A superior article.  Asa White, No. 10 Market square, Boston.

3.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179.  Miniatures Daguerreotyped. Price $1.50.  Asa White, No. 20 Washington street, Boston.

4.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts). P. 181.  Asa White, Soda Manufactory; also Pipes, Ornaments, &c., No. 10 Market square, Boston.

5.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 181.  Real Turkey Oil Stones ready shaped for mechanics.  A superior article.  Asa White, No. 10 Market square, Boston.

6.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 181.  Miniatures Daguerreotyped. Price 75 cts. Including case Asa White, No. 36 Washington street, Boston.

7.  1850-1851.  Boston City Directory (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 43.  Asa White’s Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 36 Washington Street, Boston.

The advertisement in the Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts) ran from May 26 to October 13, 1854.  Whites’ Daguerreotype Rooms.  No. 36 Washington St., Established A. D. 1840, Still continue in successful operation; and having been recently refitted and improved by the addition of a large northern sky-light, (the only one of the kind in the city,) the proprietors feel confident that they can now offer inducements unsurpassed, if not unequalled, elsewhere.  No person is expected to take a likeness that is not perfectly satisfactory. 

Remember the old place, 36 Washington street, near Cornhill. 

This is probably Asa White who was active according to Boston City Directories from 1843–1851.  From 1843-1847 he was at 20 Washington Street and from 1848-1851 at 36 Washington Street.  He was not listed in the 1852 Boston City Directory and possibly subsequent directories.  It is possibly White’s name is used to further the business opportunities, or White was still connected to the business.  If the advertisement in the Liberator is correct then he was active as early as 1840, but no other documented proof has been found to collaborate this information.  Below are the Daguerreotypists or Photographers who were listed at 36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Charles E.  Hale 1842; Asa White 1848-1851; Peter G. Clark 1851-1852; Justin M. Hunting 1852-1857; John D. Fowler 1854; and Freeman J. Amsden 1858-1859. To confuse matters there is also an A. F. White in 1855 at 121 Court; Austin F. White in 1856-1857 at 121 Court and Abiel F. White from 1857-1862 at 121 Court and 1862 at 27 Tremont Row. 


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

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