Rodgers & Hooper

1853                142 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut.

Rodgers & Hopper were recorded in two advertisements in the Morning Journal and Courier.  (New Haven, Connecticut).  The first advertisement ran from December 12 to 17, 1853.  Notice.  Rodgers & Hopper, (formerly Gerrish & Rodgers.)  Elm City Emporium Of Art, 142 Chapel Street, New Haven.

Mr. H. J. Rodgers has associated with him Mr. H. Hopper, a celebrated daguerrean operator, and a perfecter of many of the fine arts,—therefore Daguerreotypes executed by him, and Mr. Rodgers, the perfecter of an entirely new chemical process, will need no comment to recommend them.  No expense has been spared in procuring the best Cameras that are manufactured, and as superior materials only are used, they are prepared to take likenesses that are unsurpassed for boldness, truthfulness, beauty of finish, and durability. Pictures taken equally well in fair and cloudy weather, and all are warranted to give entire satisfaction.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine our specimens.  H. J. Rodgers, H. Hopper. 

The second advertisement appeared on December 15, 1853.  Emporium of Art We Greet Thee—Ever Bright And Glorious Christmas And New Years.  Rodgers & Hopper Would respectfully announce to the lovers of the fine arts that they have just received a most splendid assortment of fancy daguerreotype cases, suitable for Holiday Presents, of every style, both foreign and domestic.

Pictures taken at their extensive Emporium of Art shall without fail give the utmost satisfaction.

Our Motto—We will please all.

Then hurrah! For New Years! Away with dull care!

We will join in a chorus of praise that day.

And gaily to Rodgers & Hopper’s repair

To view with delight their artistic display.

Elm City Emporium of Art, 142 Chapel st. New Haven, opp. Lyon Building.

Rodgers & Hooper are not recorded as partners in other photographic directories.  Hart J. Rodgers is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as J. Hart Rodgers and Henry Hopper is also recorded in Craig’s as being active in New Haven, Connecticut.  Preliminary search of the New Haven newspapers suggest that the partnership was short lived.  Rodgers does not show up in the newspapers again until January 12, 1855.  Mr. H. J. Rodgers, (Formerly Rodgers & Hopper) has returned from his successful business tour of nearly a year in the “far west” and south…

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