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S. Ward

1849                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

1850-1851    Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.[1]

1856                Room three doors west of the Post Office, Westfield, New York.

S. Ward was recorded in one announcement in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York) and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The announcement appeared on September 28, 1849.  From the Fredonia Censor.  Annual Fair of the Chautauqua County Agricultural Society….Miscellaneous in-door articles…

Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses…Battle & Hadley…1.00.

Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses…S. Ward……………75.

Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses…J. M. Petch…………50.

The advertisement ran from May 14 to September 3, 1856.  Daguerreotypes!!  Mr. S. Ward Is in town again where he will remain for two or three months for the purpose of taking pictures that will [please his customers or no sale.

Please give me a call and you shall not go away dissatisfied.  Room three doors west of the Post Office.

S. Ward is probably Sylvanus Ward who was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry who was active in 1850-1851 in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York. 


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Calvin Ward

1850-1852       Opposite Court Square, Springfield, Massachusetts.

1852-1856       Business address not recorded, Springfield, Massachusetts.[1]

1853-1854       Goodrich Block, Springfield, Massachusetts.

1857-1858       Main, Opposite Court Square, Springfield, Massachusetts. [1]

1859-1865       Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts. [1]

Calvin Ward was recorded in three advertisements and on announcement in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran from October 30, 1850 to February 4, 1851.  Pictures For One Dollar.  Ward’s Daguerrean Rooms may be found opposite Court Square, the same formerly occupied by Mr. White, in the same business.  He has the advantages of a good sky-light, with only one flight of stairs to rise; and will give you a good Picture, put up in a neat case, for One Dollar.  Call and see.

The second advertisement ran from February 24, 1851 to February 23, 1852.  Pictures For One Dollar.  The subscriber having erected a new and splendid Sky-Light, is now ready to wait upon customers, and will put up a beautiful picture in a neat case for one dollar.  Rooms opposite Court Square, over E. Bigelow’s drug store

The announcement appeared on April 9, 1851.  Mr. Ward takes excellent daguerreotypes in his new skylight rooms opposite Court Square.

The third advertisement ran from December 17 to December 31, 1852.  Ward’s Daguerrean Rooms, Over E. Bigelow’s Drug Store, opposite Court Square, where Types of all sizes are taken, put up in the very best manner, and warranted to give satisfaction.  Taken by sky light, and in all weather.  Prices from One Dollar up.

Calvin Ward is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 he is recorded from 1852 to 1856 without a business address.  In the first ad the reference to Mr. White is probably Franklin or Luther who were active together in Springfield from 1847 -1849.  Both are listed as Daguerreotypist in the residence directory in 1851 without a business address.


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

J. Walmsby

1855-1857       Opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.

J. Walmsby was mentioned in an advertisement that ran from October 20, 1855 to April 25, 1857 in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sun Beam Opposite The Post Office.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

I have also associated with me for a short time Mr. J. Walmsby, who is an operator of many years experience, by which arrangement, one, or both of us, may always be found at the rooms, ready to take pictures.

Remember the place opposite the Post Office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice. W. W. Tileston.

J. Walmsby is not recorded in other photographic directories.

T. R. Walker

1854                Rooms in Champion Block, Batavia, New York.

T. R. Walker was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 13 to August 8, 1854 in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  First Call!  Secure the Shadow ere the Substance fade.  T. R. Walker & Co., Would respectfully announce to the inhabitants of Batavia and vicinity, that having purchased the Apparatus, Stock and Material in the Daguerreotype Business, lately owned by C. A. Johnson, and also having taken the rooms recently occupied by him in the Champion Block, where 5000 Pictures have been made and sold in the last three years, they are now prepared to continue the business, and to execute Likenesses in a superior manner and in every style of the art.  Those wishing genuine pictures at a reasonable price will please give us a call, and we promise them entire satisfaction.

A good supply of Pins, Lockets, &c., kept constantly on hand.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished on the most reasonable terms. Business hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

Pictures of Children taken only in fair weather, and between the hours of 10 A. M. and 2 P. M.  T. R. Walker & Co.  T. R. Walker, Artist.  Batavia, June 9, 1854.

T. R. Walker is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. H. Walker

1850                Address Unknown, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

L. H. Walker was recorded in one announcement that appeared on October 11, 1850 in the  Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  List Of Premiums And Gratuities Granted by the Hampden County Agricultural Society, at their Cattle Show and Exhibition of Manufactures, at Springfield, Oct 2 and 3, 1850.

Messrs. Collins, Westfield, Daguerreotypes, 1,  1,00

L. H. Walker, Holyoke, Daguerreotypes, 2,  .50

O. H. Cooley, Springfield, Daguerreotypes, g,  .50

L. H. Walker is not listed in other photographic directories.

E. L. Walker

1856                205 or 359 Broadway, New York, New York.

1856                585 Broadway, New York, New York.

E. L. Walker was mentioned in three advertisements.  The first appeared in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on December 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes And Melainotypes.—The most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker (formerly of Brady’s Gallery), now at the magnificent Gallery of C. D. Fredericks, Photographist, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The second advertisement appeared on December 12, 1856 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Ambrotypes And Melainotypes.—The Most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker, formerly of Brady’s gallery, now at the magnificent gallery of C. D. Fredricks, Photographist, 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The third advertisement appeared on December 23,1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes.—The most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker (formerly of Brady’s Gallery), now at the magnificent Gallery of C. D. Fredericks, Photographist, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Photographs.—Penabert of Paris, Photographist.  Finished in oil, aquarelle, and pastel, by the talented and inimitable corps of Parisian artists, introduced to this country by C. D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Presents For The Holidays.—There is nothing so acceptable for a Holiday present as a beautiful Photograph, Daguerreotype, or Ambrotype, which should be secured as early as possible at Fredericks Magnificent Gallery, No. 585 Broadway, opposite the Metropolitan Hotel.

Advertisement ran on December 23 & 26, 1856.

E. L. Walker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  He was also not listed in the New York City Directories for the years 1855/1856; 1856/1857; 1857/1858.

Walker & Humphrey

1850                Geneva, New York.

1850                Elmira, New York.

Walker & Humphrey (Samuel Lear Walker & Samuel Dwight Humphrey) were recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 22 to March 15, 1850.  Daguerreotypes!  Walker And Humphrey, Daguerrean Building, Geneva.  Professor Humphrey would return his thanks to his numerous friends for the patronage they have kindly bestowed on him during his short stay in Geneva.  He would also say that he has just returned from New-York with a full and complete assortment of choice stock of all kinds; viz. the most beautiful lot of Papier Mache Cases ever taken from the City of N. York, Rosewood Frames of all styles and sizes; a large assortment of Morocco Cases lined with velvet, and of all patterns, and by far the richest and most complete assortment of fine Gold Lockets ever exhibited in this village.

Prof. H., in order better to extended his already extensive business, has associated with himself Prof. S. L. Walker, who stands unequalled in the Daguerrean Art.  Prof. W. is one of the oldest and by far the best Artist in America; his Specimens have won the praise of all; the first and only time he was a competitor at the N. Y. State Fair, was in 1848, at which time he was a warded the highest honors, and a silver medal for the best lot of Daguerreotypes exhibited.

It is their determination that no one shall excel them in producing likenesses, and that those possessing one of their specimens shall never have cause to regret their time and money spent in obtaining it.

All must call soon, as they will stay in Geneva only three weeks, at the expiration of that time they leave for Elmira, where they will remain only four weeks.  All must be aware that they must necessarily incur great expense, hence the necessity of their short stay in each place they visit.

No pains or expense has or shall be speared in making this the most magnificent, as well as it really is the largest travelling Gallery in the world; containing Portraits of the most eminent American Statesmen, and other distinguished characters, amongst which may be found the excellent portraits, all of which were taken from life, of

President Taylor,                                Hon. H. J. Redfield,

Hon. D. Webster,                                Francis Granger,

T. Corwin,                                           R. C. Schenck, Ohio,

Ex.-Gov. Silas Wright,                       Gen. S. Van Rensselaer,

Ex.-Gov. Wm. H. Seward,                  Gen. Swift,

Ex.-Gov. Toucy of Ct.,                       Col. May, Texas,

Ex.-Gov. Lincoln, Mass.                     Major Merrell,

Gov. Briggs of Mass.,                         Captain Walker,

Hon. Judge Nelson,                             Captain Sandford,

Hon. Judge Conklin,                           John B. Gough,

Hon. Judge Wilson,                            Mrs. Farnham , Cal.

A. Spencer,                                         Alfred B. Street,

B. Van Buren                                      E. Nott, D. D. LL. D.

Wm. B. Sprague, D. D., and a host of others.

Pictures put up in all styles; in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Pins, Rings, Cane Heads, Door Plates, &c., &c.  Gentlemen’s Country Seats, Public Buildings, copied and not reversed.  Portraits, Engravings, Daguerreotypes, copied at short notice.  Portraits of sick or deceased persons taken at their residence, when required.

Profs. W. & H. have one of the largest size Cameras, with which they are enabled to take Likenesses twice as large as any one ever here before.

The best Daguerreotypes are taken in cloudy weather; though, when children are to be taken, the best light is from 11 to 2 o’clock.  All are invited to call and examine the numerous specimens, whether desirous of sitting or not.

Stock and Apparatus on hand, and for sale at N. York prices.  Instructions given in the art, and Apparatus furnished.

Also for sale, Humphrey’s System of Photography, with all the late improvements in the Daguerreotype process.  Price $2. 

The announcement appeared on March 1, 1850.  The delightful weather of the past week had a tendency to call out the beauty and fashion of our beautiful village; and not a few embraced the opportunity to call at the Daguerrean Rooms of Messrs. Walker & Humphrey, where they left impressions of their smiling faces which even old father Time, the universal destroyer of every thing lovely and adored, cannot efface.

Speaking of Daguerreotypes, we wonder some of our citizens do not obtain views of the many splendid edifices which adorn our village.  The above firm have procured an instrument of the largest kind for that express purpose and have produced several scenes of rare excellence and beauty.

These gentlemen stay in Geneva but a short time longer, and all who wish their services must call soon.

Samuel Lear Walker and Samuel Dwight Humphrey are both listed in other photographic directories they are not however listed together as partners.

Walker & Gavit

1845                15 Dow’s Building, Albany, New York.[1]

Walker & Gavit was recorded in one advertisement that appeared in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York) on December 3, 1845.  Daguerreotype.  Daniel E. Gavit, Premium Photographist, late of the firm of Walker & Gavit, Albany, respectfully informs the citizens of Auburn, that he has opened his Gallery at No. 85 Genesee street, up stairs, for a limited term of Ten Days, and will be happy to wait on those who require his services and will favor him with their patronage.

The Gallery contains perhaps, the largest and most unique variety of specimens ever exhibited in Western New York; containing many of our most eminent statesmen and others, all taken from life, viz: Hon. Henry Clay, Hon. Martin Van Buren, Hon. John Quincy Adams, Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. Silas Wright, Hon. Wm. H. Steward, Hon. Wm. L. Marcy, Hon. Wm. C. Bouck, Hon. C. Morgan, Gov. Briggs of Mass., Judge Miller, Judge Bacon, Nathaniel S. Benton, A. C. Flagg, Hugh Halsey, Gen McNeil, Edwin Croswell, Horace Greeley, Henry Phillips the Vocalist, Bishop Heding, Clark Robinson, and a great number of Ladies and others too numerous to mention in an advertisement.

Copies taken from any of the above for those who wish it at a reasonable charge.

He will add that his pictures have received the Highest Honors wherever they have been exhibited, and at the late Fair of the American Institute, in New York, they were pronounced Superior To All Others, by 20,000 visitors.  A visit to the establishment is respectfully solicited from All.

Every article used in the business, for sale on the most reasonable terms.  Instructions thoroughly given, and Pupils advanced as fast as practicable.

Views of Buildings, Cattle, Horses, and most any thing taken correctly.

Portraits of sick or deceased Persons, taken at their residences when required.  From a list of recommendations from the Press and others, please call at the Galleries.  Auburn, Dec. 3, 1845.

Walker & Gavit are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, unfortunately the identity of Walker remains unknown.


[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Walker & Benton

1847-1848       266 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

Walker & Benton (George G. Walker & Russell O. Benton) were recorded in an advertisement in the 1847-1848 Buffalo City Directory (Buffalo, New York) and one advertisement in The Republic (Buffalo, New York).  The city directory advertisement reads:  Walker & Benton’s Daguerrian and Manufacturing Rooms,  Formerly Geo. G. Walker, No. 266 Main Street, Where Miniatures are taken equally well in clear or cloudy weather from 3 to 15 seconds.  Also, on hand and for sale a general assortment of German and American Cameras-Plates, Cases and Chemicals, And every thing pertaining to Daguerreotype business.

All Orders Directed To Walker  Benton With Remittance, Shall Be Filled With Dispatch.

N. B.—Instructions in the art thoroughly and carefully given.

The advertisement ran from July 2, 1847 to April 28, 1848 in The Republic(Buffalo, New York).  Walker & Benton, Daguerrian Rooms, 266 Main street, Buffalo.

Price of Miniatures from $1 to $10.  Apparatus. Plates, cases, chemicals &c., for sale.  All instruction in the art carefully and faithfully given.                                             

Walker & Benson are both recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but Walker is misidentified as George R. Walker not George G. this has been verified in the above advertisements and the residence section of the 1847-1848 Buffalo City Directory.

Walker & Adams

1848                136 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Walker & Adams (Samuel Lear Walker & George Adams) were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran on July 6 & 7, 1848.  “A. W. Van Alstin, late of Lowell.”   It was not my intention to notice you again, satisfied as I was that instead of answering facts, you would have recourse to falsehoods to sustain yourself.  You allude to a law suit I had in Norwich.  True, I had the misfortune to have a competitor a miserable fellow—a fit boon companion of yourself, a man by name of N. S. Bennett who according to his own statement escaped from a jail in Canada, a man only to be known to be depressed.  This fellow after persuing nearly the same course towards me that you have since done, tore my sign from my door in my presence, and I did, in the excitement of the moment, throw one of his at his head, for which he brought a suit against me and recovered 25 cents damage, which was duly collected by Mr. Warren of this city.  As to the Sag Harbor advertisement, it is only necessary for me to say, that it was written by N. S. Bennett, and published in the Norwich News at the instigation of said Bennett, during the absence of the responsible Editor.  Mr. Faulkner, the Editor of the News, upon ascertaining the facts, fully contradicted the false statement made by Bennett, at the same time speaking of him as he deserved.  As to the character I sustain in Norwich, I would refer to the Editor of the Norwich News.  Mr. Failkner, Wm. L. Hommedieu, Esq., P. M. and indeed, to any of the business men of Norwich.  Many of the citizens of Worcester know the course you have persued towards me, since I came to this city.  I came here with the intention of persuing my business as I had a right to do.  I said nothing respecting you or your pictures, and treated you with civility.  But you, envious of the superiority of my pictures and my increasing business, commenced your low and miserable acts towards me.  You first endeavored to excite a prejudice against me, stating that I tore your Bills down—a base falsehood, which I have dared you to prove.  Failing in this, you hired a room in the Exchange, with the intention and boast of running me out of town in one month.  You, at that time, put out your sign to take pictures for 50 cts., but the public understood your motive and avoided your room, and you was obliged to sail under false colors, and pretend to sell out to get any custom.  At the same time you offered the Worcester Brass Band $25, to induced them to have me leave.  But they “scorned the bribe” and exposed you in the Transcript and Telegraph.  You, at the same time, tore down my bills at night; which statement I can prove, when called upon.  While I was in the Exchange, you copied my card, word for word, as anyone can see buy reading yours and comparing it with the one I had printed previously.  You have since boasted, that you would have a show case, made to hang at the door, exactly like mine, so that strangers would think your room was mine.  If you deny it, I will prove it.  You have stated that I did not pay my operators, and spoke of Mr. Lyon as an instance, at the same time you knew that it was a base and malignant falsehood.  You have heaped your abuse upon me daily, and now I challenge you to produce any evidence that I have ever done any mean or dishonorable act.

Notwithstanding your paid-for puffs, and ridiculous statements, respecting your business the public have not been deceived, but have compared your pictures with those made by me, and have patronized me accordingly.  In one of your letters, you say that you have pictures of mine that you have taken over which you will sell for 14 cts. per lb.  I will give you $50,00 per lb. For all you can produce.

For want of patronage, it seems that you and your man in the Exchange are to take Daguerreotypes for 50 cts.—I never knew before what you estimated your pictures to be worth, but, as you have set your own value on them, the public will probably consider that high enough.  The writer of your communication has called me many hard names, but I shall not return the compliment by bestowing common epithets on you.  I can call you something you are ashamed of, a name that you for more than a year endeavored to hide from the citizens of Worcester, that name is “a. w. van alstin” late of Lowell.  In conclusion I would say, respecting your threat of introducing me to friend Mathews, that, whenever you are ready, you will find me at 136 Main St.  G. Adams

The announcement appeared on September 27, 1848.  Splendid Daguerreotypes.  On Monday we called by invitation at the Daguerreotype Rooms of Walker & Adams, and examined, with great satisfaction, a suite of pictures, prepared by them for the Mechanics Fair, now open in this city.  They were certainly che  d’oeures in the art, and cannot be excelled by any establishment in the country; and we have never seen any French or English daguerreotypes equal to them.  We presume these specimens are now to be seen at the exhibition, where others will have the opportunity to judge whether our eulogium is over wrought or not.  We learn with pleasure, that the success of these enterprising artists is such that they have been obliged to add another room to their suite, and will soon have it open, extending through the whole length of the building from front to rear, when they will be able to accommodate their numerous visitors better than they can do now.

The second advertisement ran fromJanuary 2 to 18, 1849.  To The Public.  In justice to my late partner Mr. S. L. Walker, and myself, I am reluctantly compelled to appear before the public and make a statement of a few facts relative to the Report of the Committee on Fine Arts at the Mechanics Fair held in this City in Sept. Last.  Agreeably to the invitation of the Mechanics Association, we were induced to enter for competition and examination at said Fair specimens of Daguerreotypes made by us.

Since the Report of the Fair has been published.  I have had conversation with five of the six members of the committee on Fine Arts. and they have informed me that at the examination of the Daguerreotypes of the different Artists, at said Fair, the Committee were UNANIMOUS in the opinion that those made by Walker & Adams were very superior and the BEST submitted to their examination.  Such having been the decision of the Committee, some of its members, as well as the public, were surprised in reading the Chairman’s Report, to find that an artist, whose specimens they considered second best, has received an award for pictures of the first class.  But the following may, perhaps, throw some light on the subject: I was informed by the chairman “that the Committee considered Walker & Adams’ types the Best; that the Report was so made out, but that the Association suggested, that, as there had been an old quarrel between Adams and a rival artist, they had better smooth it over and give them both a medal.”

Such is the case, the inference to be drawn is, that the Association awarded medals, not on the score of merit, but to settle old difficulties, and smooth over old quarrels.  Is this one of the objects of the Association?

Will the Association, or those interested, put us to the “proof positive” of the above statements?

Geo. Adams, late of Walker & Adams.

The third advertisement ranfrom June 20 to 23 1851.  In reference to a certain article that appeared in the Spy, dated June__, I would say, in reply, being requested so to do by that Daguerrian Artist to “take notice” who it was that took the medal in 1848.  It was Walker & Adams, not Adams alone, as be stated.  Who was it that took the medal alone, in 1848? 

A. W. Van Alstin.

Adams; perhaps the public will say.  Why not A. W. Van Alstin?  Because he was in California.

Who was it that took so many poor pictures in my room while I was there?

Moses S. Chapin.

Where is George Adams operating at the present time?

Providence, R. I., not in Worcester.

Who is in the rooms formerly occupied by Adams?

Moses S. Chapin.

I hope that the remainder of the Artist’ will soon appear, and place him in his proper position, which is at the bench, with a saw and jack-plane.  A. W. Van Alstin.

Walker & Adams are not listed in other photographic directories as partners.  Both Samuel Lear Walker and George Adams are recorded in other directories, etc.