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Mrs. Lansing

1857-1858       Rooms opposite the American Hotel, Penn-Yan, New York.

Mrs. Lansing was recorded in five announcements and one advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  The first announcement appeared on April 1, 1857. Daguerreotypes.—Mrs. Lansing has taken the rooms formerly occupied by S. B. Wilson, opposite the American, where she will be pleased to furnish such as may wish with a superior quality of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  We have been shown several specimens of her work, and they are certainly very fine.

The second announcement appeared on May 20, 1857.  Cheap Pictures.—Mrs. Lansing gives notice that she will take Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c. at the low price of 50 cents each.  Mrs. Lansing takes excellent pictures, at very reasonable rates, and is certainly of a generous patronage.  Let our citizens see to it that she does not lack for patrons, and while they bestow a kindness in a worthy direction, they are sure to receive a full return for their favors in the shape of excellent pictures.

The advertisement ran from May 20, 1857 to August 25, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  Mrs. Lansing takes the Improved Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Melainotype for the small sum of Fifty Cts. Each, the same as heretofore sold for one dollar.

The third announcement ran on October 28, 1857.  Yates Co. Fair.  The Seventeenth Annual Fair of the Yates Co. Agricultural Society was held on the Society’s grounds in this village on Wednesday and Thursday of last week…

T. J. B. House, Daguerrean Artist, exhibited a beautiful Case of Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes, &c. This Case of pictures was arranged at a considerable expense by Mr. House, and proves his skill and taste in this art. It was admired by all, and we can confidently say that it was the most beautiful and complete thing in that line of art ever exhibited in Penn Yan.  Mr. House deserves credit for his display.  Of course the committee and the public will award him the first premium in his class.

Mrs. Lansing also exhibited some specimens of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c., well arranged and of good execution.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 18, 1857.  Agricultural Premiums.  Mr. Editor:–Two or three mistakes occur in the published list of premiums which I desire to correct….

The committee on Class 20 say they intended to award the premium for the best exhibition of Daguerrean Work to Mrs. Lansing, but as Mrs. Lansing had made no entry upon the Secretary’s book, she had no card upon her exhibition, and the award fell through.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 23, 1857.  Another Fire.  The business interests of Penn Yan seem almost to be doomed to destruction by the devouring element—fire.  We have now to record the particulars of a third fire in the business portion of our village within a few months.  On Wednesday night last, a fire was discovered in the Millinery Store of Mrs. J. M. Woodruff…Mrs. Lansing occupied the third story, as a residence and Daguerrean Gallery.  Mrs. Lansing also looses everything.  He invalid husband was carried down stairs by Mr. Henry Brown….Mrs. Lansing, had no insurance.  He loss is about $500….

Mrs. Lansing and Mrs. Bradley are great sufferers by this fire, and we are happy to know that liberal contributions have been made by some of our citizens in their behalf.

Mrs. Lansing does not appear in other photographic directories.

H. L. Lansing

1850                105 State Street, opposite J. Walker’s, Schenectady, New York.

H. L. Lansing was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 2 to August 13, 1850 in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York). Lansing’s Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery, Of Beautiful Daguerreotype Paintings (with all the colours,) No. 105 State Street, directly opposite J. Walker’s. H. L. Lansing, recently returned to this city, begs leave to inform his friends and the public generally, that he has fitted up a Daguerrean Gallery with a large Sky Light, and with a superior instrument and thorough knowledge of the business, he will be enabled to take very perfect likenesses of unsurpassable style and finish.

Specimens can be seen at his room.  Likenesses taken equally well in cloudy as in fair weather.

H. L. Lansing is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Austin Lane

1854                Rooms in the Commercial Building, over Oliphant’s Iron Store, Morgantown,                                Virginia.

Austin Lane was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on May 6, 1854 in the Monongalia Mirror (Morgantown, Virginia).  Counterfeiting.—Mr. Lane, up at commercial Buildings, has fitted up his apparatus for counterfeiting the—“human face divine;” and it is said that his counterfeits so resemble the genuine as to be difficult of detection.  Then should you wish a faithful Daguerreotype of yourself or “next friend,” call at once at the Room over Oliphant’s Iron Store.  Mr. Lane may not tarry long, and it is not every day that we have the opportunity to patronize an artist of his attainments in the Daguerrean art.

The advertisement ran from May 6 to June 3, 1854 in the Monongalia Mirror (Morgantown, Virginia).  Austin Lane, Daguerreian Artist, Commercial Building, over Oliphant’s Iron Store, Morgantown, VA.  Call and see specimens at his room.  Particular attention given and satisfaction guaranteed in the beauty and correctness of the pictures.

Austin Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Lane

1857                Address Unknown, Fair Ground, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

A. Lane was recorded in one advertisement which ran from September 30 to October 7, 1857 in the Democrat and Sentinel  (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Ho! This Way!!  A. Lane would respectfully inform the citizens of Ebensburg and surrounding vicinity that he will visit this place on the 1st day of the Fair and remain a few days for the purpose of taking

Photographic Pictures.  These splendid photographic impressions have never been taken in Ebensburg, and are now introduced for the first time.  It is believed that the merits of this style of likenesses when fully known, will be generally appreciated.  The impression is first taken upon glass and then transferred to paper.  Copies can thus be multiplied almost indefinitely.  These pictures are warranted never to fade.

Melainotypes.   These pictures are not surpassed in richness of tone, warmth of expression and boldness of feature.  For durability there is no question of their superiority.  They may be exposed to a burning sun, to rain or frost, without injury or the least perceptible change.  They may be washed off when solid, and handled without the face being marred.  The pictures are taken on Sheet-Iron prepared expressly for the purpose.  Patent Right secured.  For Lockets and Rings they have no superior.

Ambrographs.  He also takes pictures on Paper, which can be sent safely by mail to any part of the globe with little or no additional postage over that of a common letter.  Who has not in some far distance land, a dear friend who would not hail with pleasure such a memorial.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes also taken by him in a style not to be surpassed.   Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c., copied by either of the above processes at moderate rates.—Persons taken after decease.  Instruction given in the Art.  He has a large assortment of rare and beautiful styles of Cases.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, Finger Rings, &c., in the best manner.  Please call and examine specimens.

A Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania in 1857.  An A. Lane is recorded in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 & Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh in 1859-1860.  It is possible they are the same person, but there is no records to connect them.

James Landy

1850-N.D.      289 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                                 N. D.                 233 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                      1859                145 Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

James Landy was recorded in one announcement that appeared on December 28, 1859 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  Mr. James Landy, Chemist and Photographic Artist, of long experience in the principal Galleries of New York, has just arrived to fulfill an engagement for one year with C. R. Rees, of 145 Main street.  We suppose with this addition the Steam Gallery will be able to grind out one hundred portraits more daily.

James Landy is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York City in 1850 with Silas A. Holmes (for a number of years) and Meade Brothers (dates unknown). The next entry for Landry is 1863 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is possible that Landry first met Rees in 1852 when the company was known as Rees & Co. 1852-1854. (Charles R. Rees & Silas A. Holmes.)  Charles R. Rees left the company by March 31, 1854 to open another studio at 385 Broadway.  Silas A. Homes was active at the 289 Broadway address from 1848 to 1859 when Reade Street was enlarged.  More research needs to be done to get a clear and accurate understanding of the relationship between Rees and Holmes.  I currently have large files on both photographers, but I feel more research is needed to get a better understanding of the partnership.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

J. M. Lancaster

1857                Rooms in Springs’ new brick building, opposite J. T. & S. M. Blair’s Grocery                                    Store, Charlotte, North Carolina.

J. M. Lancaster was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 12 to August 18, 1857 in The Western Democrat (Charlotte, North Carolina). Ambrotype Likenesses. The public is respectfully informed that J. M. Lancaster’s Ambrotype Gallery, opposite J. T. & S. M. Blair’s Grocery Store, in Springs’ new brick building, is now open, where a fine colored Ambrotype can be procured at from 75 cents to $9.

Ladies and gentlemen are requested to call and examine his Specimens, and have a Likeness taken of themselves or children.  Call early, as such an opportunity is seldom offered.  J. M. Lancaster.  Charlotte, May 21, 1857.

J. M. Lancaster is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry  as being active in 1857 in Charlotte, North Carolina as a daguerreotypist without a business address.

M. S. Lamprey

N. D.                   Ayers Building, Manchester, New Hampshire.

N. D. Information from a 9th plate advertising card.  12½ Ct. Picture From M. S. Lamprey & Co.’s Cheap Picture Gallery, Ayer’s Building, Opposite Merrimack Square, Elm Street, Manchester, N. H.

Pictures executed, both day and evening, in every style of the art.  Also, inserted into Pins, Rings, and Lockets.  Particular attention paid to copying pictures, and satisfaction guaranteed.  Also, a large assortment of Cases at the lowest prices.

M. S. Lamprey was not listed in the business section of the Manchester City Directories, issued every other (even) year.  In 1852 Ebenezer Hadley was at that address, in 1854 H. D. W. Moulton was there and in 1856 Frank Gould was there.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him as a Ambrotypist and Daguerrean.  Cuttings patent for the ambrotype dates from July 1854.  To date the Manchester newspapers have not been consulted.

F. F. Lamb

1857-1858       Car on Main Street, Wilmington, Vermont.

F. F. Lamb was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 13, 1857 to June 19, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont). Pictures!!  Pictures!!!   The latest improvements in Pictures is the Sphereotype, to be had at F. F. Lamb’s Traveling Saloon, now at Wilmington Village, on Main Street, and will remain there but a short time longer.  Winter, if trade continues good.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.

All persons in or out of town wishing for a perfect likeness of themselves or their friends, either Sphereotypes, Ambrotypes, Maleneotype, or Photograph, on paper, will do well to give him an early call.

Also, those having Pictures of Living or departed friends, wishing to preserve them, can have them copied on reasonable terms; together with Landscapes, Oil paintings, Machinery, choice Music, and Pictures of all kinds.

With many thanks for the very liberal patronage received, he hopes by a strict attention to his business to merit a continuance of the same.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  F. F. Lamb.  Wilmington, March 1857.

F. F. Lamb is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Wilmington, Vermont. He is recorded in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person at this time.


Lamartine & Sullivan

1851                on the Muskingum River                                                                                              1852                Boat near the Wharf, Pomeroy, Ohio.                                                                                    1852                Boat at the Steamboat Landing, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                    1854                Boat at the Wharf, Pomeroy, Ohio.                                                                                  1854-1855     Address Unknown, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Lamartine in the partnership of Lamartine & Sullivan were recorded in five announcements and one advertisements.  He was also recorded in one announcement and one advertisement by himself.  The first announcement appeared on June 17, 1852 in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).   Daguerreotype Yacht.—Messrs. Lamartine & Sullivan inform the public through our paper to-day where they can obtain daguerreotype likenesses of the very first quality for tone and finish.  We have examined their specimens, and have seldom seen them equaled.

The first advertisement ran from June 17 to July 22, 1852 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotype Yacht!  Lamartine & Sullivan’s boat is now lying at Pomeroy, near the wharf boat, where they intend to remain a few days.  They solicit the patronage of the inhabitants.  Their instruments are of the best kind.  The arrangement for light is so adapted that they can take pictures in all kinds of weather.  Those who are desirous of having good Miniatures, can now have an opportunity of getting the best kind.  Family groups taken.  Infants can be taken in a few seconds.  Specimens can be seen at the Post Office and on the boat.

The second announcement appeared on August 19, 1852 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  Daguerreotyping.  Messrs. Lamartine & Sullivan would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the place and vicinity that their Yacht is now lying at the steamboat landing prepared to do all kinds of Daguerreotyping, from the smallest size fine rings up to the largest size fine frame and cases.  Family groups of any number neatly taken and put up in good style.  Please give us a call soon, our stay will be very short.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.

The third announcement appeared on August 26, 1852 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).   Call at the yacht and have your likeness taken.  Messrs. Lamartine & Sullivan are taking the best and cheapest likenesses ever taken in this place.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 2, 1852 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Lamartine & Sullivan, with their Yacht, designed remaining at our landing one week longer, in order to give all a chance of procuring a good likeness.  They certainly do up the thing in approved style.  We advise all to improve this opportunity of “securing the shadow ere the substance fades.”

The fifth announcement appeared on September 9, 1852 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  The Daguerreotype Yacht will remain at the wharf a few days longer.  Our citizens have found out that Lamartine is some at the business and have so crowded him of late that he has been induced to remain longer than he had previously advertised for.  Don’t miss the chance.

The sixth announce appeared on July 25, 1854 in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).  Daguerreotypes.—Those who wish to preserve likenesses of themselves or friends, do not lack opportunity.  Lamartine is at our landing with his Yacht.  Handbills on the corners announce the fact that a couple of Itinerants have taken rooms over Branch’s store, and we are assured, by letter, that Messrs. Moore & Gilbert will be here next week with their Daguerrean Yacht.

Of the relative merits of the two first named we cannot speak—having never examined their work.  But if our friends are in no hurry, we can promise them something rich when Moore & Gilbert arrive.  During our recent absence, we visited them, and more recently they have sent us some specimens of their work, which may be seen by calling at our office.  We pronounce them good.  We think, therefore, our friends will lose nothing by waiting a few days.

The second advertisement ran from December 15, 1854 to July 13, 1855 in The Portsmouth Inquirer (Portsmouth, Ohio).  Portsmouth Daguerrean Gallery.  Mr. Lamartine would respectfully announce to the citizens of Portsmouth and vicinity that he has purchased the entire stock of E. Shewell, deceased, and will carry on the above business at the old stand.  Mr. L. intends making this a permanent location, and he would say to those wishing pictures, call in and look at our work, as we give satisfaction or no sale.

Pictures of all sizes taken.  Also, Lockets, Rings, Broaches and Pins taken at the shortest notice.  Open from 8 A. M., to 4 P. M.  Instruction in the art given, and apparatus furnished.  Dec. 8th.

Both Lamartine & Sullivan are recorded in other photographic directories as being active together in 1851 on the Muskingum River.  It appears that in 1852 and possibly later they traveled on the Ohio River.  By July 25, 1854 Sullivan is no longer part of the partnership and by December Lamartine has given up the traveling on the river for a studio on land.

Isaac S. Lachman

1856                546 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Isaac S. Lachman was recorded on  April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal.  (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Lachman. — A mediocre artist. The gallery has no arrangement or order. The pictures are therefore not of the best.

Isaac S. Lachman is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.  Based on order of names in article it was determined to use the North Second Street address.