J. B. Sinsabaugh

1849                Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1850-1853       19 Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1853-1856       Seneca Street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store, Geneva, New York.

1856-1857       Seneca street, opposite Cobb’s Store, Geneva, New York.

J. B. Sinsabaugh was recorded in ten advertisements and six announcements in two different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from May 11 to December 14, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Stock, For Sale at New-York Prices!  Mr. Sinsabaugh has removed to a few doors east of his old stand, on Seneca st., where he has fitted up his rooms with a large window; and is now prepared to do work of the finest quality.

Instructions carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mrs. S.  Charges reasonable. 

The first announcement appeared on September 28, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Calling at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean Rooms a few days since, we formed a very favorable opinion of his merits as an artist.  His miniatures possess a finish, and life like expression rarely seen.  Mr. S. informs us that he has located permanently in Geneva.  He will in a few days, receive a new camera with which he will be able to take likenesses four times the size of those taken by common instruments.  His determination to become “one of us,” and the assiduous attention he has ever shown in endeavoring to satisfy his patrons, must commend him to the favorable consideration of our citizens.

The second advertisement appeared on December 7, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  New Daguerrean Gallery. Mr. S. D. Humphrey, late of Albany, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery in Seneca Street, over Hollett’s Bookstore, and proposes remaining in town some time to serve such of our citizens as may be disposed to patronize him.  We have seen a few of his many specimens, which certainly exhibit great skill in the art.

With this new candidate for public favors, and the capital portraits taken at the galleries of Messrs. Sinsabaugh & Biteley, the Genevese can most assuredly be enabled

“To see ourselves as others see us.”

The second announcement appeared on December 21, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette. 

Attention is directed to the advertisements of Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Sinsabaugh.  The former has the reputation of being one f the first in his profession in the Union: and the almost innumerable specimens in his picture Gallery richly repay a visit to his establishment.

The latter is not at all inferior to any one in his executions, and his stock of cases, lockets, &c., embrace some of the most beautiful we have ever seen.  Who wants an elegant token for a Christmas or New-Year’s present to a friend?  Go to one or both of the above-named gentlemen, and our word for it you will be convinced that a daguerreotype likeness is just the thing.

The third advertisement ran from December 21, 1849 to November 29, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Empire Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, and a few doors west of the Franklin House. Seneca Street, Geneva.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of this establishment, announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has got every thing now in order , in the best possible manner, and is prepared to take Likenesses of all sizes far superior to any thing heretofore exhibited in this part of the country, and not inferior to any got up elsewhere.

Mr. S. also keeps Daguerrean Stock constantly on hand, of all kinds used in the business, at wholesale and retail German and American Instruments on hand; Gold and plated Lockets as cheap with the pictures as can be bought elsewhere without.  This stock will be sold as low as can be bought in the city of New York.

Instruction carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mr. S.—Schools will commence the first of January and continue through the winter.

Remember the Red Sign.

The third announcement appeared on April 19, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Not Eclipsed!—Our village has had occasional visits from traveling Daguerreans, some of whom, we confess, have produced most capital likenesses.  But while they have blowed their trumpet long and loud, our friend and fellow citizen, Mr. Sinsabaugh, has pursued the “quite, even tenor of his way,” and won a reputation as an artist second to none of them.  Mr. S. gives to his pictures a distinctness of features, and a handsome blending of light and shade, which is seldom seen.  The sitting of a young lady from the country, the present week, produced a picture which embodies all the fine qualities of the daguerreotype.  It will compare favorably with any ever taken or exhibited in this village.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 6, 1850 to May 30, 1851 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 4, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 25, 1850 to May 28, 1851 in the Geneva Courier  (Geneva, New York).  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 24, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 28 To December 17, 1851 in the Geneva Courier.  Geneva

Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca st, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 6, 1851 To November 12, 1852 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca Street, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 11, 1851in the Geneva Courier.  The following merited compliment to a superior Daguerrean Artist, is taken from a letter of a Western gentleman to a friend in this village:

“In passing through your place, I called at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean-Room and sat for my picture, and not thinking much of it at the time.  But coming home and comparing it with a number I had taken in this city, (Buffalo) and one in Cleveland, I found it so much richer that I deem it my duty to say something about it.  I think the work of Mr. Sinsabaugh cannot be surpassed.  In a few months I shall be through your place again, and will have the pictures of my family taken.  Yours, C. L. Smith.

The seventh advertisement ran from November 19, 1852 to October 7, 1853 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrian Gallery, Seneca Street, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he is receiving his Fall and Winter stock, embracing all the new styles of daguerrean Goods, with the last improvements in the art.

Mr. S. goes to the city from three to five times in the year, to secure all the latest improvements; and keeps constantly on hand everything in the line of Daguerrean Goods, Apparatus and Chemicals with which he will furnish Operators at New York prices.  Buying for Cash, he is enabled to sell low, at wholesale or retail.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art.  No Humbug.   Geneva, Nov. 10, 1852.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 6, 1854 to January 11, 1856 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has removed to the rooms over Durrant’s Jewelry Store, first door east of Kidder’s Banking Office, being the rooms formerly occupied Prof. Humphrey & Walker, and which he has entirely remodeled.  They consist of Operating and Work rooms, Reception room, and Ladies Dressing room being the largest and most convenient in the country.

He is now prepared to execute all the new styles of Pictures taken in the United States; Crayon Daguerreotypes, Illuminated Pictures, Stereoscopic and Binocular Pictures, with instruments and cases.  Pictures in colors, with the vanamil back-ground or bright back-ground.

He is now receiving all the newest styles and the largest stock of Daguerrean Goods ever brought to Geneva.  He can furnish every thing call for in that line, at New-York prices—being connected with the largest importer in that city; and is prepared to supply Operators at wholesale or retail.  Call and examine specimens.  He has got the newest improved process for taking likenesses of Children.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art,  No humbug! Geneva, Dec. 2, 1853.

The ninth advertisement appeared on September 15, 1854 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  

Smalley & Inglesant are every ready to crown the heads of their fellow-men.  These gentlemen are among the “Leaders of Fashion,” and can furnish to order upon the shortest notice.  They are under our old competitor’s establishment, friend Sinsabaugh, who is well and favorably known to this community, and now occupies the rooms originally fitted up for Daguerreotype purposes by Humphrey. 

The fifth announcement appeared on October 26, 1855 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The sixth announcement appeared on October 31, 1855 in the Geneva Courier.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The tenth advertisement ran from January 18, 1856 to March 6, 1857 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, Opposite Cobb’s Store.  Talbotypes, or Photographs on paper and Glass unsurpassed by any in the country.

The subscriber has just received a large assortment of Fancy Cases, which he will sell with first rate Pictures as low as any other establishment.  Cameotypes on glass, in colors, a new style of pictures far exceeding in beauty and durability anything ever before made; also surpassing in fineness, depth of light and shade, and richness of tone.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position.  They are without the glare of a daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view.  They will last for ages, unchanged, and possess the rare quality of imperishability.

I am now receiving the new improvement on glass, and am prepared to give instructions to any wishing to learn the new art.

Just received a new style of convex Daguerreotype Glass.  A large assortment of Daguerreotype Goods for sale at wholesale and retail.  Families waited upon in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.  No Humbug!  J. B. Sinsabaugh.

The eleventh advertisement appeared on July 8, 1857 in the Geneva Courier.  Doct. E. Weyburn.  Office on South Side of Seneca Street, under Sinsabaugh Daguerrean Rooms—…

J. B. Sinsabaugh is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active on Geneva Street, Seneca, New York in 1850-1851; 1859.  Seneca is a town southwest of Geneva it is unknown if Sinsabaugh had two studios.  None of the above advertisements or announcements mention another location.  

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