Jonas G. Holcolmb

1848-1850       Rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop, Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1853-1854       Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1855-1856       Rooms over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store, Augusta, Maine.

Jonas G. Holcolmb was recorded in seven advertisements and three announcements in three different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from April 6 to 20, 1848 in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the bookstore of D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either Single or in Groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The first announcement appeared on April 8, 1848 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine).  Our Friend J. G. Holcomb, as may be seen by his advertisement in another column, has opened a Daguerrian establishment in this town.  We commend him to the patronage of the people as being every way qualified to give satisfaction in his profession.

The second advertisement ran from April 8, 1848 to February 17, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the Book store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The third advertisement ran from April 7 to August 8, 1848 in The Age (Augusta, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The subscriber having taken rooms over the Book Store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the art affords.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms—and their patronage is earnestly solicited.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The second announcement appeared on April 21, 1848 in The Age.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Mr. J. G. Holcomb, who has taken rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, exhibits specimens of his work which are rich as any we have seen.  We hope that our citizens will not fail to patronize him liberally.

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1848 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotyping.  Our neighbor Holcolmb, whose room is over Stanwood’s bookstore in Market square, produces some of the most perfect specimens of this ingenious art that we have ever seen.  We believe he is uniformly successful in getting good likenesses, without the annoyance and fatigue of frequent sittings, while in delicacy of shading, depth and richness of tone, and the easy, unconstrained naturalness that characterizes them, he is almost unrivalled.  Give him a call.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Masonic.  The following are elected officers of Bethlehem Lodge for the ensuing year:—R. W. William A Drew, Master; W. E. Wills, S. W.; W. J. G. Holcomb, J. W.;…

The fifth announcement appeared on October 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  These are nature’s paintings, and of course are perfect.  Daguerre’s Art is one of the greatest discoveries of this wonderful age.  Of course, now, all persons will have their likenesses, and those of their friends, taken.  We were in Chase’s and North’s rooms in Boston a fortnight ago, and saw what are said to be the best specimens in the city—and they were truly life-like, but not more so than some we have seen executed in Augusta.  The sun paints as faithfully on the Kennebec as in the City of Notions.  If you doubt it, just call in at A. J. Pierce’s Gallery on Water-st., and see how an ingenious man can help Nature do her work most beautifully.  Or, if more convenient, visit, our friend Holcomb’s Room on Market Square, and you will find there a man and his work worthy of your attention and patronage.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 16 to April 27, 1850 in the Gospel Banner.  Jonas G. Holcolmb, Daguerrean Artist, Rooms over D. C. Stanwood’s Bookstore, No. 8 Market Square, Having recently made very great improvements in this wonderful art, is now prepared to execute likenesses of Persons, copies of Portraits, Engravings, &c. for Frames, Cases and Lockets in the most durable manner, and in a style which cannot fall to please.  All pictures taken at the above rooms warranted not to fade.  Prices reduced.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to examine specimens at the rooms.

The fifth advertisement ran from October 24 to November 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer.  Jonas G. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Executes Likenesses of Persons—Copies from Paintings and Engravings in superior style and life like appearance; either I cloudy or fair weather.  All work warranted to give satisfaction when delivered—and not to fade.  Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop,. Water street, Augusta.

The sixth advertisement appeared on January 21, 1854 in The Age.  Crystalotypes.  Mr. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Has the pleasure of informing his friends and customers that he has made arrangements whereby he is enabled to supply Crystalotype Likenesses (or Daguerreotypes on Paper,) of all sizes, from miniatures to life, in a style of workmanship of the highest order.

Persons desirous of obtaining likenesses in this form can be accommodated by calling upon Mr. H. at his Rooms on Water street, where specimens of the beautiful art of Crystalotyping are exhibited.

Prices of Crystalotypes from $3 to $25.  Duplicates from $1 and upwards, according to size.  Augusta, Nov. 9, 1853.

The seventh advertisement was recorded on January 3 to 31 & May 1, 1856 in The Age. 

Daguerreotype Notice.  Mr. J. H. Holcomb. Of Augusta, Has removed to the new and elegant Rooms. (over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store,) recently fitted up expressly for the Daguerreotype Business, with all the modern improvements; and is now ready to furnish customers with various styles of Pictures, executed in a skillful manner, and equal to work done by the best Artists in the United States.  September 16, 1855. 

Jonas G. Holcolmb is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without business addresses.   

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