C. W. Baldwin

1846-1847       Room at No. 7 Nichols’ Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

1846                Rooms at S. B. Flint’s, New Haven, East Mills, Vermont

C. W. Baldwin was recorded in one announcement and eleven advertisements in The Northern Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont).  The announcement appeared on October 27, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  To the lovers of the liberal arts, as well as to lovers of their own phizzes, we would say, call upon Mr. Baldwin at his room in Nichols’ Building, if you wish to see the finest specimens of the photographic art ever exhibited in this vicinity.  For clearness of outline, symmetry of development, and elegance of execution, the old Sun, in these pictures, shows himself equal to the best line engravers in the country.  Under the pupilage of Mr. Baldwin, he has arrived at length to a capability of delineation equal to any face, however beautiful, or to any phiz however ugly: indeed, from some specimens we have seen, we think the Sun is a ‘little ahead’ of Nature herself.  Call and see, at No. 7, Nichols’ Building, up stairs, where the artist will remain a few days.

The first advertisement ran from November 3 to 10, 1847.  ‘Secure the Shadow, Ere the Substance fades.’  Daguerreotype Gallery, C. W. Baldwin Has opened a room No. 7, Nichols Building, for a short time only, where the public can be accommodated with Miniatures of all sizes usually taken by this process. 

Mr. B. feels confident from former experience and uniform success in the practice of the art, that he shall be able to give perfect satisfaction.

Likenesses taken singly in pairs or groups, and done up in a great variety of styles.  Imperfect Likenesses altered,

By the aid of a new Chemical process, the most splendid results are obtained, giving to the likeness that color and life-like appearance so much desired.

All work warranted to give satisfaction, or the money refunded.  Instruction given; Stock and Chemicals furnished.

Ladies and Gentlemen are requested to examine his specimens.

The second advertisement was recorded on December 22, 1846.  The Picture Gallery.  Will be kept open at No. 7, Nichols’ Building for a few days longer.  The subscriber thought of moving off with his traps and fixins’ some weeks ago, but he found himself kept altogether too busy by the good people in taking pictures and trapping likenesses; so he has had no time to pack up.  Now, however, he finds he must tear himself away, in a few days.  In the mean time he will be ready to accommodate any who may call.  C. W. Baldwin. Middlebury, Dec. 22, 1846

The third advertisement was recorded on December 29, 1846.  The Picture Gallery.  Will be kept open at No. 7, Nichols’ Building for a few days longer.  The subscriber thought of moving off with his traps and fixins’ some weeks ago, but he found himself kept altogether too busy by the good people in taking pictures and trapping likenesses; so he has had no time to pack up.  Now, however, he finds he must tear himself away, in a few days.  In the mean time he will be ready to accommodate any who may call.  C. W. Baldwin. Middlebury, Dec. 22, 1846

N. B.  Mr. Baldwin will be absent from town from Thursday the 31st, until the Monday following.—Rooms at S. B. Flint’s, N. Haven, East Mils.

The fourth advertisement was recorded on January 12, 1847.  Daguerreotype Gallery.  Will be kept open at No. 7, Nichols’ Building for a few days longer.  The subscriber thought of moving off with his traps and fixins’ some weeks ago, but he found himself kept altogether too busy by the good people in taking pictures and trapping likenesses; so he has had no time to pack up.  Now, however, he finds he must tear himself away, in a few days.  In the mean time he will be ready to accommodate any who may call.  C. W. Baldwin. Middlebury, Dec. 22, 1846

The fifth advertisement was recorded on January 19, 1847.  “A Clear Stage And No Favor,”  The subscriber finding a happy state of society and warm friends in Middlebury, has given up all idea of quitting the place, and has determined to settle down for the balance of his natural life.  He will devote himself to the business of taking Daguerreotype pictures, and he is not a new hand at the work; he is confident of giving satisfaction to any who may call at No. 7. Nichols’ Building, on the bridge.  C. W. Baldwin.

N. B.—If there are any who want their pictures taken with an old fashioned finish, which has been discarded by the profession for three years, they can have them done at No. 7. as readily as any where else.—C. W. B.

The sixth advertisement appeared on January 26, 1847.  Attention The Universe!  I too, am up stairs near the south end of the bridge, where all those who wish to have their pictures taken, can have them in the same new style, and with the same new finish, I have the pleasure of informing the public, that this new discovery has been in my possession two years.  I have some specimens that are finished by this new process, and some that are finished in the modern style.  Call and see for yourselves.      C. W. Baldwin.

The seventh advertisement appeared on February 9, 1847.  Again Mr. Bacon has seen fit to mount me in the papers, as per advertisement.  Mr. Bacon has found out a new method in the art of finishing pictures.  This he has done by Beaconean induction, “after trying many experiments.”  Whether a saw mill or shingle factory, upon Ripton heights is the proper laboratory for chemical investigation, which our artist has not informed us; either has he disclosed, (except by his advertisement,) whether a saw mill is as favorable to grammatical and literary acquisitions, as it appears in his case to have been to the development of the fine arts, and watch cleaning.

The subscriber begs to add only, that he knows all about Mr. Bacon’s new finish, that he has long since discarded it with his old boots and shoes, but is ready to ‘pickiet’ and use it for any who may wish.  C. W. Baldwin. 

The eighth advertisement appeared on February 16, 1847.  Bring On Your Children!  The subscriber has just received some new chemicals by which pictures can be taken in five seconds time.  The difficulty in taking the pictures of children in thus obviated, as the youngster cannot dodge quick enough for the new chemicals, No. 7 Nichols building.  C. W. Baldwin.

The ninth advertisement ran from February 23 to March 2, 1847.  Positively Only One Week More!  Bring On Your Children!  The subscriber has just received some new chemicals by which pictures can be taken in five seconds time.  The difficulty in taking the pictures of children in thus obviated, as the youngster cannot dodge quick enough for the new chemicals, No. 7 Nichols building.  C. W. Baldwin.

The tenth advertisement ran from March 9 to 16, 1847.  By request Mr. Baldwin will remain at his room a few days longer.  Bring On Your Children!  The subscriber has just received some new chemicals by which pictures can be taken in five seconds time.  The difficulty in taking the pictures of children in thus obviated, as the youngster cannot dodge quick enough for the new chemicals, No. 7 Nichols building.  C. W. Baldwin.

The eleventh advertisement appeared on March 23, 1847.  The Time Has Come Notwithstanding the entreaties of many good friends I shall stay but one week longer in Middlebury.  Bring On Your Children!  The subscriber has just received some new chemicals by which pictures can be taken in five seconds time.  The difficulty in taking the pictures of children in thus obviated, as the youngster cannot dodge quick enough for the new chemicals, No. 7 Nichols building.  C. W. Baldwin.

C. W. Baldwin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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