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L. W. F. Mark

Ca. 1859          20 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                 ND                     Address and Location Unknown.

L. W. F. Mark was recorded from a facsimile of a broadside. From (Jim Foster’s Classy Camera, Urbana, IL.) with notes. Ca. 1859.

Photographs!  Ambrotypes.  L. W. Mark, Late of Boston, has now the pleasure of informing the inhabitants of this town and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at

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for a few days only, for the purpose of taking Photographs, Ambrotypes & Lettertypes.  With superior German Instruments, and the best Stock, he is prepared to take Group or single Miniatures at the lowest prices, and trusts he can please even the most fastidious.

At this Establishment, all are allowed to sit and make changes until satisfied with a likeness.

The supply of Plain and Fancy Cases, Frames, and Life-like Likenesses, and the terms at which they are furnished, he trusts will be an inducement to call and see specimens, if not to patronize.

Copying and all that pertains to the art done at short notice.—Pictures of Deceased Persons taken at their residences; Views, &c.

Parents wishing Miniatures of their Children, will please come in the fore part of the day, as the light is stronger and better.  Come One, Come All, Give the Lame Man a Call!  L. W. F. Mark.

“Twenty-two original broadsides were found with much of the photographers camera equipment.  He was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire.  In the 1850’s he worked as an apprentice at a Boston Daguerreian Gallery located at 20 Washington Street.  In a letter to his mother dated 1859 he wrote I live in a gentleman’s hotel and looking around at all the potential Customers…he purchased two of Roberts, Box-in-a-Box Daguerrian cameras one ¼ plate and one ½ plate, plate holders, tripod, and other materials for wet-plate photography.  He returned to Keene, New Hampshire and became town clerk.

L. W. F. Mark is not recorded in other photographic directories.

F. P. Marcy

1851                Gardner Centre, Gardner, Massachusetts.                                                                      1853-1856     Market Street, Potsdam, New York.

F. P. Marcy was recorded in two advertisement.  The first advertisement ran from October 3 to November 4, 1851 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Rare Chance, To Daguerreotypers.  The subscriber being obligated to quite this business on account of ill health, offers his business on account of ill health, offers his splendid Daguerreian Gallery, at a great bargain to any one wishing to travel in that business.  This gallery has been visited by a great many operators, and is acknowledged by them to be the best arrangement for light and convenience of any known.  It is 24 feet long by 7½ ft. wide, and was built by M. T. Breck of Worcester.

For further particulars inquire of the proprietor at Gardner Centre, Mass, where the property may be seen.   F. P. Marcy.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1853 to April 15, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  F. P. Marcy’s permanently established Sky Light Gallery, Market Street, Potsdam, N. Y.—Pictures taken daily from 8 A. M. till 4 P. M., without regard to weather, and warranted equal to the best of city work.  Those who have had pictures taken in the city or country, are respectfully invited to call and compare them with his work.  F. P. Marcy.  Potsdam, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1853.

F. P. Marcy is not listed in other photographic directories.

Marcellus

1851                Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

Marcellus of the firm Parker & Marcellus was recorded in two advertisements in the Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  The first advertisement ran from August 6 to September 20, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Taken at Parker & Marcellus’ Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The second advertisement ran from September 24 to October 15, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Taken at Parker & Marcellus’ Daguerrean Rooms.  For One Dollar Each, with large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

Marcellus is not listed in other photographic directories

George W. Manly

1855-1858                   Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.                                                      1858-1859                   Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

George W. Manly was recorded in four advertisements and three announcements in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from June 23, 1855 to March 22, 1856.  Geo. W. Manly, Daguerreian Artist!  Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The second advertisement ran from March 29, 1856 to February 6, 1858.  Geo. W. Manly, Ambrotype And Daguerrian Artist!  Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The first announcement appeared on  August 22, 1857.  Photograph Oil Pictures.—Manly at his Daguerreian and Photograph rooms immediately under the Bugle office, gets up pictures in the best style of the art, and is ever ready to give his patrons the benefit of all valuable improvements in his business.  The most recent and beautiful of these is that of transferring photographs to paper in oil, giving them the appearance and it is said, the durability of oil paintings.  The pictures are really magnificent, and we recommend our friends who have occasion for the services of an artist to call on Mr. Manly before sitting elsewhere.  One advantage of these pictures is, that being on card board, they can be sent by mail, if desired, with only the ordinary expense of letter postage.  They can also be afforded at reduced prices.

The third advertisement ran from January 2, 1858 to May 14, 1859.  Geo. W. Manly, Ambrotype And Daguerrian Artist!  Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The second announcement appeared on  February 12, 1859.  G, W. Manley, so long and so favorably known in Salem as an accomplished artist, is about to open rooms in Akron, (though his numerous patrons will rejoice to learn he is not to close those he now occupies.)  We have pleasure in recommending Mr. Manly to our readers in Summit county, as a prompt and attentive business man, and skilful in his profession.  Those who patronize him may rely upon having good pictures in good style, either ambrotypes, or photographs.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 29, 1859 to December 31, 1859.  George W. Manly, Ambrotype And Photograph Artist!  Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The third announcement appeared on  December 17, 1859.  Likeness of John Brown.—Manley, of this place, has a photograph likeness of John Brown, which he sells at 50 cts.  We are unable to speak of its accuracy from personal knowledge, but the artist assures us it is a good likeness.

George W. Manly is listed in other photographic directories as being active in Akron and Salem, Ohio (1859-1860).  This is possibly the same Manly who was active in Salem in the firm of Manly & Carpenter (1853-1855).

Manly & Carpenter

1853-1855       Rooms in the American House, Salem, Ohio.

Manly & Carpenter were recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 4, 1853 to June 23, 1855 in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio). Manly & Carpenter’s Premium Daguerrean Gallery!  Is now completed, and ready for reception.—We have gone to considerable expense in fitting up, to operate with advantage, and with reference to the comfort and convenience of those who may favor us with a call; in short, we are permanently located.  Our rooms are in the American House, Salem, O.  Call and see us.  You will find our reception room neat and comfortable.

Our Sky-Light Can be surpassed no where in the State.  Our Camera, is a powerful quick worker.  We warrant our work.  Likenesses of all ages, taken life-like, or no charge!!  Our prices range from 40 cents, to 20 dollars.  Past experience, and present advantages, enabled us to take Good Likenesses, at very reasonable Rates.  Being, also, posted in all the recent improvements of the art, and our time and entire attention shall be to render full satisfaction.  Sick or deceased persons taken at their rooms.  Our motto, is Excelsior.

N. B. Persons wishing Pictures taken on Galvanized Plates, can do so without extra charge.  Rooms open from 6 o’clock, A. M., until 6 P. M.

Manly & Carpenter are not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Salem, Ohio in 1853 to 1855.   This is possibly George W. Manly who was active in Salem, Ohio from 1855-1859.

J. A. Mallory

1854                59 College Street, Nashville, Tennessee.

J. A. Mallory[1] was mentioned in an announcement that appeared on September 16, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee). The Fine Arts.  Amongst the numerous enterprises that are being pushed forward in our city, we notice the Daguerreian Establishment of Messrs. Dobbins [sic.] & Yearout, 59 College Street, over the dry goods store of Messrs. Stevenson & White.  We visited their galleries yesterday and found them fitting up their rooms and instruments.  One or both of these gentlemen have been absent from our city a considerable portion of the summer, visiting a number of the principal cities of the United States, where they also have similar establishments.  We are informed that they have secured the services of the celebrated artist, Mr. Mallory, who has been operating heretofore in the larger cities, North and West, and we have no doubt he will sustain here the high reputation that he has acquired in other places.  Here is what the St. Louis Herald says of him:

“‘Look On This Picture.’—The other day we were shown some of the finest specimens of the Daguerrean art ever seen in this city.  These pictures were life-like, mellow and beautiful.  They were taken by Mr. Mallory.  It may not be generally known, but there is as much difference in daguerreotypes as between cheese and chalk.—Some operators take pictures which others would be ashamed of.  Those who want a first-rate picture should call and get Mallory to ‘point his machine at them’ for about half a minute, and we will agree to treat if he doesn’t produce a ‘counterfeit presentment’ which will give satisfaction.”

We are also informed by the proprietors of this establishment that in addition to furnishing daguerreotype likenesses of the very first order, at very moderate prices, they import directly from Europe and the Eastern cities every description of stock used in their line, which they can and will sell to traveling operators as low as they can buy in New York, or elsewhere in the United States.  Such enterprise deserves encouragement.

J.  A. Mallory is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Memphis, Tennessee in 1855.

[1] Initial “J. A.”  From Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Elizabeth D. Mahan

1856                360 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Elizabeth D. Mahan 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.  Miss. Mahan, Market Street. Twenty-five cent daguerreotypes. We grant the lady every compliment of the art, and hope she will be able to raise her prices.

Elizabeth D. Mahan is recorded in other photographic directories, but are included here because of the first-hand account of her work.

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

 

Mahan & Good

1856                312 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] 

Mahan & Good (Thomas J. Mahan & Jonathan J. Good) were 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.  Mahan & Good. — Pretty fair pictures, some excellent oil colored daguerreotypes. The pictures however are no wise remarkable for beauty.

Mahan & Good are recorded in other photographic directories, but are included here because of the first-hand account of their work.

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

 

William Magoffin

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

William Magoffin was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 30 to September 13, 1850 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Wm. Magoffin’s Daguerrean Gallery, 105 State street, Schenectady, (opposite Walker’s.)—The undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that he has taken the rooms recently occupied by W. L. Lansing[1], where he will be prepared to wait upon those who may favor him with their patronage.

Those wishing good pictures, are requested to call at my rooms, which are fitted up with a magnificent Sky-Light capable of taking pictures in from two to four seconds.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge made.  William Magoffin.

N. B.—Persons wishing pictures taken of children, are requested to bring them in the morning.

William Magoffin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Identified in newspaper advertisements  as H. L. Lansing.

Magill

1846                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Magill was mentioned in an advertisement that ran from October 15 to 29, 1846  in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  Now Is Your Time.  Messrs. Harner & Tileston (Recently from Van Loan & Magill’s celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) respectfully announce that they will remain at the Union House during the session of the legislature and will furnish likenesses (either separately or in groups,) in a style, which in point of richness of tone, and beauty of finish stand unrivalled and cannot fail of giving satisfaction.

They would particularly solicit the attention of members of the Legislature and strangers visiting Montpelier, as they are fully prepared to give all an opportunity of securing a perfect Daguerreotype likeness on the most favorable terms.  Just call and examine specimens, and see if we don’t perform all we advertise.  J. L. Harned.  J. S. Tileston.

Magill is not listed in other photographic directories.