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Samuel Hart

1853                82 John Street, New York, New York.

Samuel Hart was recorded in an announcement that ran on March 20, 1853 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Mother O’Pearl Visiting Card Case, ground thin pearl for papier mache work, porte monnale sides, daguerreotype cases, and all kinds of mother o’pearl goods, manufactured to pattern, by the Philadelphia mother o’pearl works, and for sale at their depot in New York.  Samuel Hart & Co., 82 John street.

Samuel Hart is not recorded in other photographic directories.

B. C. Hart

1849                Rooms at G. Hodges’s, Cokesbury, South Carolina.

B. C. Hart was recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 21 to August 4, 1849 in The Abbeville Banner (Abbeville, South Carolina).  B. C. Hart, Surgeon Dentist and Daguerrian, Being on a visit to the up-country, would say to the citizens of Abbeville and adjoining Districts, that he may be found at G. Hodges’s, in Cokesbury, when not professional engaged, to perform any operation on the teeth; will attend to private families if required; put in from one to a full sot on plate; Prices from five to nine dollars each.

He would also say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of this and other places, if they wish a correct likeness of themselves they would do well to call and see him and examine his specimens.  July 2, 1849.

B. C. Hart is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles Harrison

1853                423 Broadway, New York, New York.

Charles Harrison was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement was recorded on February 28, 1853 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Mr. Charles Harrison Informs The Citizens of New York that he has opened the largest and best adapted skylight for taking daguerreotype in the United States, at 423 Broadway, three doors above Canal street.  See Circular.  Portraits taken from 6 A. M. to 6 P. M.

The advertisement ran on March 1 & 2, 1853 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).   Card.—B. F. Powelson Hereby Gives Notice, that he is no longer interested in the daguerrean gallery known under the firm of Powelson & Mendham.  He can now be found at Harrison’s rooms, No. 123 Broadway, where he will be happy to see his friends and well wishers.  A first rate picture guaranteed.

Charles Harrison was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1854.

W. T. Harris

1853                Rooms in the building on the North side of the Public Square, Athens,                                              Tennessee.

W. T. Harris was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 19 to September 2, 1853.

In The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee).  Daguerrean Gallery, W. T. Harris Respectfully announces to the citizens and public generally, that he has taken rooms in the building on the North side of the Public Square, between the Stores of McEwen & Gillespie and Geo. W. Ross & Co., for a few days only.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they wish to “Secure the shadow Ere its substance fade,” or not.   Aug. 12, ’53.

W. T. Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

R. B. (R. D.) Harris

1852                Market Square, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.                                                                               1852                Corner of Fourth and Market Streets, opposite Blair’s Hotel, Lewisburg,                                            Pennsylvania.

R. B (R. D.) Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement. The announcement appeared on May 21, 1852 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania). Lewisburg is well supplied with Daguerrean Artists, at present.  At the lower end of Market Street, S. L. Bergstresser, with his apparatus, materials, Sky-lights, and parlor, all on wheels, ready for locomotion—Spyker & Hawn on Market street, nearly opposite Kremer’s—and R. B. Harris at the upper end of Market Square—are all engaged, and show creditable specimens of their skill in catching and imprisoning nature’s own shadow.

The advertisement ran from May 28 to October 8, 1852 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  R. D. Harris’ Star Daguerrean Gallery!  Corner of Fourth and Market Streets, opposite Blair’s Hotel, Lewisburg, Where having a superior arrangement of light, and from his long experience in the art, he is at all times enabled to take truthful, life-like, expressive and lasting Likenesses, superior to any heretofore taken in Lewisburg, and put them up in a neat and durable case, for One Dollar each.  The citizens of Lewisburg and vicinity are respectfully invited to call, whether they want pictures or not, and examine his specimens, and see—

“How high the polish, pure the tone,                                                                                                                    And every face is Nature’s own:                                                                                                                            Sure never Art, with all its skill,                                                                                                                            The soul with such delight could fill,                                                                                                                  And never was such transport won                                                                                                                    As by those pictures from the Sun.”

“Think not those pictures by the sunlight made, Shades though they are, will like a shadow fade; No! when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie, When Death’s grey film o’erspreads the beaming eye, Those life-like pictures, mocking at decay, Will still be fresh and vivid as to-day!”

Portraits, Daguerreotype Likenesses, &c. copied, or taken true to the original, and neatly set in medallions, breast-pins, &c. for 75 cents.  Daguerreotypes taken as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  For Children’s Likenesses please call early in the day.  Instructions given in the art on moderate terms.

R. B. (R. D) Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

James Harris

Ca. 1858        Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                                  1858                Address Unknown, Paris, Missouri.                                                                                          1858                Address Unknown, Roanoke, Missouri.

James Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on April 8, 1858 in the  Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Harris, a very excellent artist, is at present at Roanoke, as will be seen by an advertisement in another column.  He was recently in Paris, and his work called forth the following notice from the “Mercury,” which we fully endorse:

“We had the pleasure of visiting lately the Ambrotype and Photograph Gallery of Prof. Harris, and must say that we have seldom if ever seen finer pictures.  The Sphereotype please us best.  This new style of picture must supersede other forms in this beautiful art.  When finished up by such Artists as Prof. Harris, it has that roundness and beauty of the natural form, with an exquisite delicacy of light and shade that we have seen in no other form of Picture.  All lovers of the beautiful and those who may desire correct likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call on Prof. Harris.”

The advertisement ran from April 8 to May 13, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.  Prof. Harris; of Tilford’s City Gallery, St. Louis, respectfully announces to the citizens of Roanoke and vicinity, that he has removed his Daguerrean Car to that place, for the purpose of taking pictures in all the various Branches of the Art!

He flatters himself that he will give general satisfaction.  Those wishing pictures are invited to call at the Car and examine specimens.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings, together with all kinds of cases, always to be found at the Car.  Pictures colored to represent paintings, or give an exact representation of the dress worn.  Prices from One Dollar Upwards.  Roanoke, April 8, 1857. James Harris, Artist.

James Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Harris

1859                Room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street,                            Hillsboro, Ohio.

J. Harris was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 20 to March 24, 1859 in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio). Ho, for Pike’s Peak!  The subscriber respectfully informs the public of Hillsboro and vicinity that he has opened a New Daguerrean Gallery in the room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street, a few doors east of the Ellicott House where he is now taking superior Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, In the best style, and at prices as low as any other establishment.  Those wanting Pictures are invited to [come and examine his work.  J. Harris.

J. Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1851                Address Unknown, Worcester, New York or Massachusetts.

Harrington was recorded in an announcement on May 21, 1851 in the Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Severe and Disastrous Hail Storm.—Worcester and its environs, was the scene last evening of one of the most destructive hail storms ever experienced there.  It lasted but a short time but came in perfect torrents, the stones being as large as a bullet, and in some cases larger.  At the Lunatic Asylum, as we learn, from five hundred to one thousand panes of glass were broken.  At the Worcester Academy one or two hundred; and the bedding being soaked and the furniture damaged.—At Fox’s factory there was also great destruction of glass, and also at every dwelling house exposed to the force of the gale.  Shades were prostrated in every direction.  The Cupola of Harrington’s Daguerreotype Rooms was carried away.  In one case the slats of a blind were broken by the stones.  At Grafton, two dwelling houses were completely cleared of Glass, and much more damage done.

Harrington is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is unknown from the article if the location is Worcester New York or Massachusetts.  It is possible because it is a New York newspaper they are talking about Worcester, New York.  Grafton and Worcester New York are 78.3 miles apart where Grafton and Worcester, Massachusetts is only 8.2 miles apart.  There is also an asylum in Worcester, Mass.

William H. Harrington

1850-1851       6 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

William H. Harrington was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  The first announcement ran on March 1, 1850. In speaking of the fine arts, we must not overlook the recent improvement in the Daguerreotype, by which impressions are made on paper instead of on a metallic plate.  At Maguire & Harrington’s, specimens may be seen executed by the new process.  The view of Canal street, during the inundation, presents one of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen, equaling in beauty the views of the—“Glorious city in the sea.”

The first advertisement ran from March 2, 1850 to January 21, 1851.  Daguerreotype, Talbotype Hyalotype Gallery.  Maguire & Harrington, having purchased from the assignees of W. F. Talbot, the patent right for the use of his Talbotype process, in the States of Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Texas, begs leave to call the attention of the public to their gallery of specimens in this new department of Photography.

The Talbotype is taken upon paper, ivory, glass, metal, and a variety of other substances, the first possessing the decided advantages of easy transmissibility by mail, can be enclosed in a letter, made to adorn the pages of a book, or preserved in a portfolio.

The Talbotype is eminently susceptible of coloring, so that the picture can be finished to any degree desired by the sitter; every variety of texture and color of the drapery and complexion, color of the eyes and hair, can be faithfully delineated.

The Talbotype represents the sitter without any reverse effect; a mole or scar upon the right check, appears upon the right cheek.  The Talbotype can be duplicated to any extent without the additional trouble of another sitting.  After the first Impression is taken, copies can be furnished at any future time upon simple application by letter or otherwise.

N. B.—M. & H. being furnished with every facility for the prosecution of this superior art, are ready to dispose of rights for the States specified, with thorough instructions. Daguerreotypes they profess to take quicker and better than any other establishment in the world. They guaranty a perfect likeness of a child of six months, in one second, or no charge. mh1.  No. 6 Camp Street.

The second announcement appeared on January 14, 1851.  The Daguerreotype Art.— We refer our readers to the advertisement of Col. T. J. Dobyns, one of the most distinguished daguerrean artist in America, who has taken the extensive establishment, No. 6 Camp street, lately occupied by McGuire & Harrington.  The former patrons of that establishment will find that it has lost nothing by the change; and that is saying a great deal.  We have known Col. Dobyns for many years, and we speak advisedly when we say he has the highest possible claims to the public confidence and patronage.  He is one of those rare men we occasionally meet with, and only occasionally, who, from their strong intellectual endowments, and force of character, will place themselves, in despite of all obstacles, at the head of whatever profession they engage in.  He has carried this art to its highest degree of perfection, and we wish him the success to which his high merits entitle him.

Advertisement ran from January 13 to 25, 1851.  Daguerreotyping—Maguire’s old stand, No. 6 Camp street.—The subscriber, having leased this well known and celebrated establishment, and secured the services of Dr. W. H. Harrington, partner of J. Maguire for the last four years, will continue the business at No. 6 Camp street; where he is prepared to furnish Likenesses, of all sizes, equal to any in the United States.  From long experience and strict attention, he trusts fully to sustain the reputation of this long established Gallery.

Gallery, No. 28 Camp street, will at all times be open for the reception of visitors and stock dealers.  T. J. Dobyns.

Dr. Harrington avails himself of this opportunity to return his thanks to his friends and the public for the liberal patronage heretofore received, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same, at the above Gallery.

William H. Harrington is recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry identifies him as William C. Harrington.

L. Harrington

1841-1842       35 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

L. Harrington was recorded in an announcement that ran on December 4, 1841 in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype.—$500 Reward!

It is generally expected on taking up a newspaper and discovering an advertisement offering a reward of the above magnitude, that some horrible and villainous transaction has occurred and reward offered for the detection of the perpetrator.  But as the subscriber has suffered little by transactions of this kind, he purposes; and he hopes the time is not far distant when we shall have occasion to offer rewards but for similar purposes.

The subscriber having for some time past been experimenting upon the science of Photography, and witnessing the experiments and productions of many other professional men in the same science from New York, Boston and elsewhere, it has occurred to him that he has hit upon a new and very important discovery in the art.  He is so confident of this that he ventures to offer the above reward of five hundred to any person in New England who will produce a more perfect specimen with the Daguerreotype than those executed by himself.

Specimens may be seen at the rooms of the undersigned in Lowell.  Merrimack street, No. 35, on the third floor of the Concert Hall.  Ladies and gentlemen wishing to become acquainted with this new and interesting art will find it much to their interest to call upon the subscriber before engaging elsewhere, as many have gone into the county professing a knowledge of the science, who as he has reason to believe are but poorly qualified to give instruction in this important art, and some have already been and learned of him his process after having paid twenty-five dollars for instructions elsewhere.  Perfect satisfaction given or no pay.

Apparatus of the very best quality kept constantly on hand, and will be furnished to pupils and others as reasonable as can be obtained at any other establishment in New England; and every thing used in the art will be furnished at very moderate prices.

Miniatures taken and put up in neat morocco bound cases, from 3 to $5—and in lockets for $3 when furnished.  To those unacquainted with this art, a brief examination of its advantages may not be uninteresting.

Harrington is recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1842.