Solomon Jackson Woolley

1851                Rooms at A. Stedman’s, Middleport, Ohio.

1851                Address and City Unknown, New York.

1852                Rooms at John Winkelblack’s, Pomeroy, Ohio.

1852                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

1854-1855     Near the Market-House, Shreveport, Louisiana.       

Solomon Jackson Woolley was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement.  Three advertisements and the announcement appeared in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio), One advertisement each in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana) and Shreveport Weekly Times (Shreveport, Louisiana).  The first advertisement in the Meigs County Telegraph ran from April 17 to July 17, 1851.  Sir John Franklin—This brave Navigator has not yet been found, and his wife mourns because she has not his Daguerreotype likeness.  Alas! He put it off until it was to late.

Professor Woolly has taken rooms at A. Stedman’s, in Middleport, where he will remain but a few days, ready and happy to wait on those who may be so fortunate as to give him a call.

Professor Woolly has just received from New York the Electro Galvanico, which enables him to take better Pictures than has ever been taken in the West, and warranted to be inferior to none in the world, and cheaper than any before.

Come on, while every thing is ready.  A cloudy day is as good as any.

The second advertisement ran from December 16, 1851 to March 9, 1852 in Meigs County Telegraph.  Important Discovery in Daguerreotypes.—I would respectfully inform the citizens of Pomeroy that I am now receiving the late and wonderful discoveries in taking Daguerreotypes; and I will be in Pomeroy in December for the purpose of taking pictures.  S. J. Woolly.  New York.  December 7, 1851.

The third advertisement ran from January 20 to April 22, 1852.  Professor Woolly’s Daguerrean Gallery, At John Winkelblack’s, one door east of Lowery’s Tin Shop.  The enlightened citizens of this vicinity are respectfully invited to visit and examine the Pictures of the Gallery.

Pictures set in breastpins, lockets, plain and fancy cases, in strict accordance with the most approved mechanical and artistical improvements of the day.

The citizens of Pomeroy are wise: for they catch the image ere the substance flies; and if every citizen would be so wise, they would not mourn at the neglect.

My Pictures are warranted to please in every respect or no charge.

A cloudy day equally as good as a clear day.

I will stay in Pomeroy but a few days.  S. J. Woolly.   Pomeroy.

The announcement appeared on February 10, 1852.  Prof. Woolly, informs us that he intends remaining but a few days longer.—His Daguerrean Rooms are crowded daily, and his pictures give the highest satisfaction.  Woolly is an artist of more than ordinary merit.  Whilst others have been compelled to leave our town with scarcely anything to do, Woolly has always had a splendid run of custom.  He takes pictures, which for tone and finish rival those of the best artist of the country.  No one should fail to visit his rooms.

The fourth advertisement appeared in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana) on February 11, 1852.  Daguerrean Pictures, By The Improved Process.  Professor Woolley has just arrived in Franklin, and taken rooms in the Odd-Fellows’ Hall, where he will remain a few days, for the purpose of taking pictures.  Miniatures set in Breast-pins, lockets, or plain and fancy cases, in strict accordance with the late improvements of the art.

N. B. Ladies and gentlemen can rely on receiving polite attention.  Pictures warranted in the best style of the art, and perfect satisfaction given.  Charges moderate.

Pictures taken without regard to the weather.   Franklin, Dec. 11, 1852.

The fifth advertisement appeared in the Shreveport, Weekly Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) on  February 3, 1855.  Skylight Daguerreotypes.  Dear Reader:—I have just opened a fine Skylight Daguerrean room near the Market-house, where I have a large fine instrument, with a large stock of the best plates and cases.  I have recently made a discovery in the art.  Superior pictures, with full satisfaction or no charge.

Instructions given with apparatus and stock furnished.  Shreveport, Dec. 30th, 1854.

Solomon Jackson Woolley is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here with additional and more specific information creating a more detailed timeline. 

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