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Abraham B. Sands

1844                273 Broadway, New York, New York.

Abraham B. Sands was recorded in two advertisements in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on July 15, 1844.  Daguerreotype Chemicals.—Johnson’s Prepared Bromine and Chloride of Gold, Hypo Sulph Soda, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, Tripoli.  Chloride of Gold, and every Chemical required in the Daguerreotype art, of warranted purity and at reasonable prices.  For sale by A. B. Sands & Co. Druggist, 273 Broadway in the Granite Building, corner. Chamber st.

The second advertisement appeared on November 4, 1845.  Abraham B. Sands & Co.  Granite Building, 273 Broadway, Corner of Chambers-street.  Wholesale And Retail Chemicals and Apothecaries, and importer of Drugs, Chemicals, Perfumery, Fancy Articles, &c. … Chloride of Gold, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, prepared Bromine for Daguerreotypes, Hypo Sulph Soda, Tripoli, &c., &c….

Abraham B. Sands is not recorded in other photographic directories.

F. Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                                        1854                   Rooms over Badeaux & Bruff, corner Main & Focus Streets, Thibodaux,                                             Louisiana.

F. Sancan was recorded in two advertisement and one announcement in the Thibodaux Minerva.  (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854. Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

The announcement appeared on March 11, 1854.  Don’t forget to call on Mr. Sancan, and obtain one of his Daguerreotypes by an entire new process.  See his card.

The second advertisement ran from March 11 to July 22, 1854. Daguerreotype Saloon.  Mr. F. Sancan, has the honor to inform the citizens of Thibodaux and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Saloon, over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, corner of Main and Focus streets, where he will be happy to wait upon those who may honor him with a call.

By an entire new process—one yet little known—he not only gives his pictures a true likeness in features, but also in complexion.  This process has also another advantage in doing away in a partial degree the looking-glass appearance of the ground work.

F. Sancan is not listed in other photographic directories.  See Sache & Sancan post.

John P. Sampson

1858                Corner Third and Mulberry Street, Unknown Town, North Carolina.

John P. Sampson was recorded in an article that appeared on July 24, 1858 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  A Grand Union Celebration Of The Emancipation In The British West Indies.  The citizens of New York, Brooklyn and Williamsburg will celebrate the above event at Morris Grove, L. I., on Monday August 2.

The Following speakers are expected to be present and address the assembled people:—Hon. E. D. Culiver, Prof. W, J, Wilson, J. W. B. Smith, Wm. Goodell, of New York; Junius C. Morrell, Weeksville; Rev. J. A. Davis, New Haven; Rev. A. /n. Freeman, D. W. B. Ellis, of Brooklyn; Rev. H. H. Garnett, Rev. James Underdue, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Boston, John P. Sampson, James M. Eddy, North Carolina.  All the colored military companies, Sunday schools, and all benevolent societies, are invited to participate.  A Band of music is engaged.  Cars will leave the corner of Atlantic and Smith street at 10 A. M. precisely, stopping at Weeksville.

Fare fifty cents; children under fourteen years half price.  Should the weather prove unfavorable the next fair day will be selected.  Tickets for sale by the following Committee of Arrangements;—P. P. Jenkins, Dr. Ellis, Peter Tucker, Samuel Thompson, Capt. Ferguson, David Morse, Brooklyn; Thomas Downing, Mr. Lawrence, New York.

In the list of orators the name John P. Sampson will be noted, and on that head we have received from him an autograph letter in the following words, verbatim et punctuatum et lliteratum:—

Having seen my name used in a circular yesterday as one of the speakers for the occasion of August 2nd I will say I a not only exempt from the natural character of its denomination as a public speaker, but that my name was used without my knowledge or consent.  John P. Sampson, N. C.

Mr. Sampson is a young gentleman from North Carolina, and follows his vocation—that of a daguerreotypist—near the banks of the classic stream known as Old Tar river.  Mr. Sampson is evidently a person of intelligence.  His features retain but slight traces of his Mongolian extraction, and his cuticle has the most delicate Southern tinge.  In fact, he is what would be called in the South a likely looking yellowman.”  We are not acquainted with Mr. Sampson’s views on the abstract question of slavery; but as he is a Southerner, doing business in a slave State, we presume that he holds the conservative opinions common to the people of the district in which he resides.  His style is somewhat Oriental, and it may puzzle an ordinary mind to know exactly what he means when he says he is “exempt from the natural character of its denomination; but from the tone of his card the inference is irresistible that he does not agree with his brethren who adhere to the Garrisonians.  His business card throws a little more light on the subject here it is:—

Sampson’s daguerreotypes, at his daguerrean gallery, corner of Third and Mulberry street, for fifty cents and upwards, are now speaking for themselves.  Copying and all that pertains to the art done at low prices.

The daguerreotypes of Mr. Sampson “speak for themselves,” and, therefore, he has no occasion to cultivate the graces of oratory.  He may believe that negro emancipation in the West Indies brought more sorrow than jubilee—more tears than smiles; and it is quite certain that with the aid of a camera, he has been able to take Mr. Garrison’s dimension as they are.  There is no flattery or palaver about the daguerreotype; and artists in that line are sharp enough to see through all the humbugs of the day, Garrison included.  Mr. Sampson is a daguerreotype artist, and not a politician of the Garrison order.  He repudiates the connection altogether, and prefers to work out his own salvation.

Finally, we may say that this wholesale appropriation of a man’s name, which is as much his property as his boots or his trousers, has become an intolerable nuisance, and it ought to be stopped.  By-and-by these politicians will be writing some other man’s name on a bank check—so strong is the force of habit and so facile the descent to crime.  Let Massa Garrison & Co. take heed in season.

John P. Sampson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Samuel R. Sample

1858                Osman’s Post Office Building, Ottawa, Illinois.

Samuel R. Sample of the partnership of Robinson & Sample (Samuel T. Robinson and Samuel R. Sample) were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The announcement appeared on April 24, 1858.  Pictures!  Pictures!!—Messrs. Robinson & Sample have just fitted up, in the new post office block (third story) a handsome suit of daguerrean rooms, where they are now ready to make copies of the “human face divine” in a style up to the finest touches of nature.  They appear to be adapts in the whole range of the photographic art.  They take daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, spereotypes, metanotypes, hallotypes, and we don’t know how many other types; at prices ranging from about nothing upwards.  Whether you can afford to have your handsome countenance perpetuated or not, go at least and see their pictures, for they are worth looking at.

The advertisement ran from May 1 to June 5, 1858.  Photography In Ottawa!  Robinson & Sample Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ottawa and surrounding country that they have just fitted up a suit of rooms in Osman’s Post Office Building, where they are prepared to put up Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Spereotypes, Stereoscopes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c., in the highest style of the art.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings of all sizes filled.    S. T. Robinson,  S. R. Sample.

Samuel R. Sample, Samuel Robinson and the partnership of Robinson & Sample is recorded in A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers Preliminary Investigations into Photography as Practiced in Illinois, Excluding Chicago; from circa 1846 to 1914.

G. W.  Sammis.   

1852                One door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, Huntington, New York.

G, W. Sammis of the partnership Clark & Sammis was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The announcement appeared on August 27, 1852.  ‘Secure the shadow ere the substance Flies.’  The advertisement of our young friends Clark & Sammis, who have opened a Daguerrian Gallery, first door west of this office, will be seen in our columns this week.  They are now doing up their friends in inimitable style, and in a way to make an enduring impression.  The pleasant location of their Rooms, polite attention of the operators, and the superior quality of their work is their guarantee of public patronage.

Whether the cloud is on the sky,                                                                                                                      Or fiercely shines the summer sun,                                                                                                                    The people may call in ceaseless crowds                                                                                                        To Clark’s to get their pictures done.

The advertisement ran from August 27 to September 24, 1852.  Clark & Sammis, Daguerreotypists, Would respectfully announce to the people of Huntington and adjacent localities that having taken room, one door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, they are prepared to furnish, in the best style good Pictures to order in Family groups, or singly to suit customers, at prices exceeding low.

Pictures taken in a perfectly natural state and warranted not to fade.  Likenesses inserted in Lockets, Rings, and cases of all qualities.

Daguerreotypes copied, also Portraits: ordinary pictures, and all description of work in the line.  Call and examine specimens.  J. F. Clark, G. W.  Sammis.

G. W. Sammis does not appear in other photographic directories.  Nor does J. F. Clark or the partnership Clark & Sammis.

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor

1856                Eleventh & Ridge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Sailer. — We must pass this artist in silence and tears.

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor is listed in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.  William R. H. Sailor is recorded in Directory of Philadelphia Photographers 1839-1900.  1856 SW 11th & R; 1857 225 N. 2nd; 1858-1861 323 N. 2nd.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.


J. Safford

1850               Rooms at Franklin House, Up-Stairs, Fremont, Ohio.

J. Safford was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Fremont Weekly Freeman (Fremont, Ohio).  The first announcement ran on July 13, 1850.  Daguerreotypes!  We direct the attention of our readers to the advertisement of J. Safford, in another column of this week’s papers.  We have examined some of the likenesses taken by him, and far as our judgment goes, we should pronounce them superior quality.  Call and examine for yourselves, and be satisfied.

The advertisement ran on July 13 and 20, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  Daguerreian Likenesses, taken in all forms, and in the most approved styles by J. Safford, Rooms—At the Franklin House, up-stairs, Where he will remain a few days only.

The Ladies and gentlemen of Fremont and vicinity, are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.

The second announcement ran on July 20, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  The man that takes Daguerreotypes “as is Daguerreotypes” is in town.  The ladies and gentlemen of Fremont, if they wish to get a picture taken right, had better put on their “fix-ups” and call on Mr. Safford at the Franklin House, up stairs.  He will remain but a few days, so you will do well

“To secure the shadow ere the substance fades.”

J. Safford is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Sache & Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sache & Sancan (F. Sancan) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854 in the Thibodaux Minerva (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

This is a complicated entry.  First in the book Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry both list a Victor Sancan as being active in New Orleans in 1854 at 80 Camp Street.  Sache is not listed in either books.  In the New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564 to 1860 a J. Sancan is listed in New Orleans in 1854 as a portrait painter.  There is no mention of F. or Victor Sancan, again there is no listing found for Sache, there were a number of  Sachs and Sachse all were from Philadelphia and Baltimore and were either lithographers, or painters with no mention of anyone traveling to New Orleans.  To further complicate matters there is an advertisements from the same newspaper “Thibodaux Minerva” for an F. Sancan which will be posted on December 3d.  Another possibility is that Victor Sancan owner/operator of the New Orleans studio and that F. Sancan (a family member, working in the studio went to Thibodaux for four plus months.)  This is total speculation on my part.  An internet search listed an  F. Sancan in 1861 as the Editor and Proprietor of the Thibodaux Sentinel a weekly newspaper.  It is unknown if they are the same person.  Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 comes to the same conclusion that it is unclear if one of the partners were F. Sancan or Victor Sancan.

John H. Ryder

1859                            Merchants’ Bank Building, Cleveland, Ohio.

John H. Ryder was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ohio). The advertisement ran from March 2 to November 2, 1859.  Ryder’s Premium Photographic Gallery of Art.  Merchants’ Bank Building, Cleveland, O.  The best Oil-painting Photographs in Ohio, are executed at this establishment.

Persons having old Daguerreotypes of lost or absent friends, which they wish to put in more permanent and effective shape, can have them copied in Photograph, to the size of life and painted in oil equal to portraits from life.

Allen Smith, Jr., paints for no other Photographist in this city.                                                          All the various styles of small pictures taken in a superior manner.

The announcement appeared on May 18, 1859.  Ryder, of Cleveland, the celebrated Photographist, advertises in our paper this week.  A great fellow is that Ryder to make himself know.  When we lived in the State of New York, his name became perfectly familiar to us, though he was located in a city much further off than Cleveland is from Norwalk.  And it was all on account of his thorough knowledge of the picture business and enterprise in advertising.  Those who desire a life-like representation of themselves, done up by a master in the Photographic art, should be sure to pay Rider’s Gallery a visit the first time they go to Cleveland.  We’ll warrant them satisfaction.—Norwalk Experiment.

We had that satisfaction ourselves a few days since.  Mr. Ryder exhibited to us some as fine specimens of the art as we have ever seen in any city in the Union.  Those who visit Cleveland and neglect to call at Ryder’s Rooms, lose a sight of one of the most attractive places in the city.

John H. Ryder is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Cleveland in 1857-1858.  Ohio Photographers 1839 -1900 list him as being active in Cleveland 1857-1858; and from 1860-1898.

Mr. Russell

1851                Address Unknown, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Russell was recorded in one announcement in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania) on August 21, 1853.  Mr. Russell, the Daguerreotypist, has done more than the Mexicans could do.  He has taken the “Cambria Guards,” not by surprise, but with their eyes open, in broad daylight—a daguerreotype of the whole company.  He took on the street opposite to Mr. C. Litzinger’s house, and a glance at the picture shows you all the officers and men, the “ear piercing fife” in the fifer’s hand, the “spirit stirring drum,” the house, with tree in front, and several bystanders, and is quite an excellent daguerreotype.  Mr. Russell is still here ready and willing to take the likenesses of those who may call upon him.

Mr. Russell is not listed in other photographic directories.