1851-1852 Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.
1852 Rooms in the Court House, Penn-Yan, New York
S. Wood was mentioned in one advertisement that ran from August 24 to September 14, 1852 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York). Important to the Citizens of Penn-Yan and Vicinity! R. B. Appleby, the Proprietor of the Rochester National Daguerrean Gallery, Who stands so deservedly at the head in that City, where, perhaps, there is more rivalry in this new and beautiful Art than in any other place West of the City of New York, and S. Wood, who has been so eminent in the above named establishment for the past year, and who brings to the aid of the Art a very comprehensive mechanical genius; have formed a collation for the purpose of an itinerant Picture Business, for a short time, during the dull season in the city.
We now offer to the citizens of this place and vicinity, advantages, for getting Pictures of a quality decidedly superior. We have with us our Best Instruments, which were brought without regard to cost, and are entirely above [ ? ] with the instrument, generally used in small towns. That those who do not know us by reputation may have some proof that we understand our business, we have with us some of our specimens, among which are several full size—Pictures of Jenny Lind and Husband, President Fillmore and Cabinet, &c., &c.
We now extend an invitation to all to call and see us—see our Specimens—see our Instruments—see our [manner] of doing business—and if you find us to be what we claim to be, then our advice to you is, have your Daguerreotypes taken! Have a good one—(for a poor one [cannot] be copied if your friend dies,)—we say, have a good one of each member of the family, while you have them with you. Life and health are uncertain. The instances are [too numerous] in which we have been called out of our Rooms to take Corpse Pictures; which besides being [attention] with great expense to friends, are very unsatisfactory at best. But the fact shows how much all think of retaining in their memory the features of departed friends. It is not necessary that you set apart a whole day for this business with us. We will not detain you more than 30 or 40 minutes, and we warrant every picture to give perfect satisfaction, or it will be taken over, free of charge.
Being largely engaged in the Daguerrian Stock business, we have been with us the Largest Assortment of Frames and Cases and find Gold Lockets ever exhibited in this place. We offer to you rare opportunities, but remember, they are only for a short time. When business revives in the City, we shall leave at some unexpected moment. Rooms in the Court House. R. B. Appleby. S. Wood.
S. Wood is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Rochester or Penn Yan, New York. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a Sidney A. Wood who was active in Auburn, New York in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person.