J. Winslow Hacker

1856                Address Unknown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.[1]

1856                Address Unknown, Hyannis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, West Dennis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, Chatham, Massachusetts1

1857                Address Unknown, West Barnstable, Massachusetts.1

1857                Address Unknown, Sandwich, Massachusetts.1

1859                Address Unknown, Pike Peak, Colorado.1

J. Winslow Hacker the information below come from nine broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s Collection.  The first has N. D.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar! Can be had at J. W. Hacker’s Splendid Saloon, For a short time only, as he will remain in town about two weeks, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Daguerreotype.  Having had long experience and constant practice with one of the best operators in the N. E. States, he deems it no arrogance to assert that Pictures taken by him for distinctness of outline, clearness of the eyes, and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced, and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.—All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves, or friends, are invited to call and examine, for the best guarrantee of the superority of his Pictures is an examination of his work.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

Pictures taken equally as well, either in clear or cloudy weather.

P. S. A large assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases constantly on hand, and for sale as cheap as can be purchased in Boston.

N. B. This Saloon is located near the Patriot Office.

The second is dated April 1856.  J. W. Hacker, Would, while returning thanks to his friends and the public, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, To accommodate those that are in want of a Picture Taken by Him.  The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his Pictures.  Please call and compare them with those taken by other operators.

Having just received a good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases,

He would invite all that are wishing to purchase Gold Lockets to call and examine his before purchasing elsewhere.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children, from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

P. S.—Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather

N. B.—Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday, May 3d, and will remove to Barnstable 

The third is dated July 25, 1856.  Notice! Notice!  The subscriber, grateful for the liberal patronage he has received, would respectfully inform his friends and the public that he has re-opened his Saloon, and will remain but a short time to accommodate those that are in want of good Pictures.

His work needs no recommendation.  Call and see.  He will take nice pictures which he will warrant to give satisfaction, for the low price on one dollar.

N. B.  Having received a new assortment of Cases of all kinds, he would invite all to call immediately, as his time is limited.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

Small Children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.  J. W. Hacker.  Hyannis, July 25th, 1856.

The fourth broadsided is dated September 1856.  Rare Chance To Get Good Pictures!  J. W. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will stop Two Weeks At West Dennis, (Near the Meeting House,) to accommodate those who are desirous of obtaining a good Daguerreotype.

He deems it unnecessary to call the attention of the public to the many recommendations which he has received, but would invite them to an examination of his work, which is the best guarantee of the superiority of his Pictures.

P. S.—Remember that he closes his Saloon at West Dennis Sept. 27th.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

A good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases on hand.

The fifth broadside is dated November 1856.  One week Only.  J. W. Hacker, Would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week longer Only, To Accommodate Those That Are In Want Of Good Pictures.

Surprising art, by which we lend,

Our countenance to an absent friend,

Or at the close of life’s eventful career,

Leave a memento for those we hold dear.

Next Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day,

Some meet for sport and others to pray,

But Hacker will his favorite art pursue,

To save the shadow of the noble crew.

For a holiday gift of all the rest,

A type of yourself is surely the best;

Then hie for Hacker’s Daguerrean Saloon,

And get your Picture in a Case or Locket fine.

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 4 P. M.

P. S.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his pictures.  N. B.  Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday the 29th, and moves to Chatham, Monday, December 1st.

The sixth broadside is dated April 1857.  A Good chance To get Pictures taken equally as well as those taken by the best Artist in the city.

J. W. Hacker, Would inform his friends and the public of West Barnstable, that he has located his Saloon Near the Depot, where he will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of Pictures taken by him.

Having had long experience and constant practice with one of the best operators in the New England States, he deems it no arrogance to assert that Pictures taken by him for distinctness of outline, clearness of the eyes, and the artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.

All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves or friends are invited to call and examine specimens, for he feels confident that a close examination of his Pictures will satisfy the most incredulous of the superiority of his work.

Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  Call soon, as he positively closes the 11th of April.

Rooms open from 9 A. M. ‘till 5 P. M.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather, a good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets on hand.

An early call is solicited.

The seventh broadside is dated April 15, 1857.  Hacker Is in Town! With his Splendid Saloon, and will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Pictures.—Mr. Hacker would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that this is positively the last chance to get pictures taken by him, as this is his last stopping place on the Cape.

P. S.  Pictures taken for the low price of 75 cts. And upwards, including case.  His work needs no recommendations; but call and see for yourself.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  An early call is solicited, as his time is limited to two weeks only, closing Thursday, April 30th,

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets For sale cheap, as he is selling out.

Sandwich, April 15, 1857.

The eighth broadside is dated April 1859.  Pike’s Peak.  By a letter just received from Kansas I am correctly informed that the best Gold Diggings are on the Cherry Creek, and the best route is by way of Ft. Riley; and up the smokey Hill River.

All who are anxious to go would do well to call and get their Pictures taken as mementoes for their friends.  Mr. Hacker having had eight years experience, and constant practice, with some of the best operators in New England, such as Masury & Silsbee, Ormsby & Ells [sic.] (Ellis) of Boston, and Manchester & Bro., Providence R. I., feels it no arrogance to assert that pictures taken by him, for distinction of outline, depth and purity of tone and artistical arrangement of position which is so indispensible to a really valuable Portrait, cannot be surpassed by any in the States.

Prices—Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferreotypes, Papyrotypes, Ambrotypes, and Patent Leather Pictures, from 25 cents upwards.

Daguerreotypes $1.25, and upwards; Photographs $3.00 and upwards, for first copy.  Duplicates furnished at reduced prices.  Fancy cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

N. B.  Remember, that hacker leaves here the first of May, and will positively close April 30th 1859.

J. Winslow Hacker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  According to the genealogy provide by Harvey.  J. Winslow Hacker learned daguerreotyping from his brother Francis Hacker on Cape Cod.


[1] Broadsides from Harvey Zucker’s collection.

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