Joseph T. Zealy

1849                Rooms over the Post Office, Camden, South Carolina.

1856                Address unknown, Columbia, South Carolina.

Joseph T. Zealy was recorded in one advertisements and two announcements.  The advertisement and the first announcement appeared in The Camden Journal (Camden, South Carolina). The   advertisement ran from March 21 to 28, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Zealy, lately operating in Columbia, has opened his Daguerreian Gallery in the room over the Post Office, recently occupied by Dr. J. Lee, where he will be happy to exhibit his specimens to those who may favor him with a call, and will be prepared to take likenesses in the most approved style.

Pictures warranted not to fade.                      

The announcement appeared on March 28, 1849.  Mr. Zealy.  We call attention to the advertisement of Mr. Zealy, found in another column, who comes among us with the highest recommendation as an Artist.  In Columbia where he has successfully operated for two or three winters, we know his performances are regarded superior to any who had visited that place before him.  His Daguerreian Gallery certainly presents the finest specimens we have seen.

Mr. Z’s pictures are superior in being durable, and in giving a life-like expression to the face.  The greatest objection to Daguerreotypes is the dull—cold—inanimate appearance of the picture.  Mr. Z. has in a great measure overcome this, and uses new chemical combinations with eminent success.  He is a native of the State, and deserves patronage.  We recommend all who wish their faces taken, to give him a call, at his rooms above the Post Office.

The second announcement appeared in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina) on  November 20, 1856.  The Agricultural fair.  Editorial Correspondence.  Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 11th …. Fancy Painting, Silver Medal—were assigned to E. Dovilliers, of the Barhamville Institute. Messrs. Kingsmore and Wearn, of Newberry, received the award for photograph portraits in oil; and Mr. Zealy, of Columbia, for best Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes &c.  The Photographs were very superior pictures, and richly deserved the honorable mention.  Mr. Zealy’s pictures are equal to his reputation as an artist; but I could not refrain from a malediction on our friend Schorb, for allowing the judgment to be pronounced by default.…

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