M. B. Peters

1848-1849       Goodrichs’ New Block, North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1849                Francis Block, North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1849-1851       Address Unknown, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[1]

M. B. Peters was recorded in six advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from April 26 to September 20, 1848 in the Culturist and Gazette (Pittsfield, Massachusetts).  Pittsfield Daguerrian Gallery, In The Cupola On Goodrichs’ Block, North St.  M. B. Peters, Artist and Wood Engraver.  The advantages of the location and the powerful light obtained in the Cupola, render cloudy weather equally as good for Daguerreotyping as the brightest sunshine.

Children’s Likenesses taken perfectly in four or five seconds.

I boast not of being the principal operator of Plumbe, or any other establishment, neither do I exhibit their specimens as my own; but by the merits of my works I stand or fall, and I will pledge myself that my Daguerreotypes shall be equal, both in life-like expression, depth of tone and durability, to any in the world.

Every picture warranted to give perfect satisfaction or no pay.

I am now finishing and gilding by an entirely new and improved process, (known only to myself) which gives to the Daguerreotype a depth of tone wholly unknown before, and renders it more like a painting on ivory, in colours. 

Daguerreotypes set in frames, cases, lockets, bracelets, pins, rings, &c.  Also, Miniatures, Portraits, Engravings, Views, &c. copied with the utmost accuracy.

N. B.  Persons wishing a through knowledge of the art with all the improvements in Chemicals and in manufacturing the same, will find it to their advantage to give me a call before going elsewhere.  Apparatus furnished as cheap as the cheapest.

M. B. P. is ready to execute all kinds of wood engraving to order.  Also, to plate all kinds of Jewelry, Watch-Cases, &c., &c, with gold or silver, by a process warranted superior to any now in use.  Pittsfield, Jan. 25, 1848.

The second advertisement ran from August 23 to September 13, 1848 in the Berkshire Culturist and Weekly Family Gazette (Pittsfield, Massachusetts).  Now Is The Time!!  Daguerreotypes!  Of the first class, set in neat Morocco Cases, for One Dollar! 

At the Cupola Gallery, on Goodrich’s Block, North Street, Pittsfield.  M. B. Peters, Artist.

N. B.  Every Picture warranted equal to any in the world!

The third advertisement ran from September 20 & 27, 1848 in the Berkshire Culturist and Weekly Family Gazette.  Pittsfield Daguerrian Gallery, In The Cupola On Goodrich’s Block, North St. 

Competition defined—Daguerreotypes for $1.  I am now ready to furnish Daguerreotypes upon the best quality of silver plate, gilded, colored and finished with all the latest improvements, set in a neat and fashionable double embossed case, with metallic or French mattings, as people choose, for One Dollar!  I will pledge myself, that my dollar Miniatures shall be equal to those taken at any other establishment for 2 and 3 dollars, as to material, and second to none in the world, as to depth of tone and style of finish.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and see if these things are so, and not depend upon the word of those who have the greatest reasons imaginable for telling anything but the truth in the matter.  It is a new thing for first class pictures to be sold for one dollar, and of course makes those who want to get $2 and $3 for their Daguerreotypes, use every effort to deceive the people, as to the quality of these dollar miniatures.  Every Daguerreotype warranted, or No Pay.  From the location of my gallery, light, &c. cloudy weather is just as good as the brightest sunshine for daguerreotyping.  M. B. Peters, Artist.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 11, 1848 to March 28, 1849 in the Berkshire Culturist and Weekly Family Gazette.  Pittsfield Daguerrian Gallery, In The Cupola On Goodrich’s Block, North St.  Awarded first premium at the Berkshire Co. Fair, Oct 5th, 1848.

Competition defined—Daguerreotypes for $1.  I am now ready to furnish Daguerreotypes upon the best quality of silver plate, gilded, colored and finished with all the latest improvements, set in a neat and fashionable double embossed case, with metallic or French mattings, as people choose, for One Dollar!  I will pledge myself, that my dollar Miniatures shall be equal to those taken at any other establishment for 2 and 3 dollars, as to material, and second to none in the world, as to depth of tone and style of finish.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and see if these things are so, and not depend upon the word of those who have the greatest reasons imaginable for telling anything but the truth in the matter.  It is a new thing for first class pictures to be sold for one dollar, and of course makes those who want to get $2 and $3 for their Daguerreotypes, use every effort to deceive the people, as to the quality of these dollar miniatures.  Every Daguerreotype warranted, or No Pay.  From the location of my gallery, light, &c. cloudy weather is just as good as the brightest sunshine for daguerreotyping.  37.

Daguerreotypes set in frames, cases, lockets, bracelets, pins, rings, &c.  Also Miniatures, Portraits, Engravings, Views, &c. copied with the utmost accuracy.

N. B.  Persons wishing a through knowledge of the art with all the latest improvements in Chemicals, and in manufacturing the same, will find it to their advantage to give me a call before going elsewhere.  Apparatus furnished as cheap as the cheapest.

M. B. P. is ready to execute all kinds of Wood Engraving to order.  Also, to plate all kinds of Jewelry, Watch Cases, &c. &c. with gold or silver, by a process warranted superior to any now in use.  M. B. Peters, Artist., Pittsfield, Jan. 25, 1848.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 6, 1848 to January 3, 1849 in the Berkshire Culturist and Weekly Family Gazette.  To Daguerrian Artists!  The subscriber would invite the attention of Daguerrian Artists to a New and Improved Gilding for Miniatures, giving to leaden-toned pictures, a beautiful flesh color, or to blue lined a beautiful clear, pearly white.  Price, $1 per pint bottle.

Also, on hand and for sale, a new article of quick stuff, warranted superior to any now in market.  Persons wishing to give the above Chemicals a trial, may call of send for them, and if they are not as recommended, the money will be refunded.  M. B. Peters, Daguerrian Artist.

The sixth advertisement ran from April 4 to December 19, 1849 in the Berkshire Culturist and Weekly Family Gazette.  New Daguerrian & Dental Hall!  M. B. Peters, Daguerrian Artist & Wood Engraver.  M. C. Belding, Surgeon and Medical Dentist.  Francis Block, North Street, (Entrance, First Door Up Stairs.)

The subscribers would announce to the People! That they have fitted up a complete suite of rooms for the purpose of carrying on Daguerreotyping and Dentistry in all its branches—and from the experience they have in their possession, they feel confident in saying their work shall not be excelled by any.

All work warranted as recommended.

Dental charges reasonable as at other offices.

Daguerreotypes taken in all weather, and prices lower than at any other establishment in the United States.

Miniatures set in cases, frames, lockets, pins, rings &c., &c.

Also, Portraits, prints, views, miniatures &c., copied with accuracy.

All materials used in Daguerreotyping for sale cheap.

Instruction in the art carefully given.  Apparatus, &c., furnished cheaper than the cheapest,

Wood Engraving and Gold and Silver Plating done to order.

M. B. Peters is recorded in other photographic directories as being active Pittsfield, Massachusetts from 1849-1851.


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

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