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Alfred Bowman

Alfred Bowman was recorded in three advertisement in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio.)  The first advertisement ran from December 10 to 31, 1857.  Splendid Christmas Gifts!  At Prof. Bowman’s New Sky-Light Gallery, third building below the Court House, Main street, Hillsboro, are to be had Magnificent Likenesses, At such low prices that all can afford to present them to their friends.  These Pictures being made by correct skylight, are warranted perfectly correct, and no humbug.  Also, the Grecian Oil Paintings, and Flowers painted in the most brilliant colors ever compounded.  They are beautiful, indeed.

The second advertisement ran from January 7 to July 22, 1858.  Pictures in Cases for 25 Cents.  A. Bowman’s New Skylight Gallery, opposite the Ellicott House, Main st., Hillsboro, O.  He is the first and only artist who has ever sold Pictures at this extremely low price in this place, and solicits a large patronage, otherwise prices must raise.  Let Hillsboro be illustrious for cheap and good Pictures.  His is the only skylight Gallery in the Place.

The third advertisement ran from July 29 to August 12, 1858.  Closing!  Respectfully to the citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity, I tender my sincere thanks for their unbounded patronage, and notify them that I will positively sell fine cases at a large reduction on my regular prices, in order to close out a large lot on hand by the middle of August, after which time my room will be closed.  For reference come and see new specimens.        Alfred Bowman.

Alfred Bowman is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ohio.  John Craig does list an Alfred Bowman in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1860-1861.  It is unknown at that time if they are the same person.

David F. Bowers

David F. Bowers appeared in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia, in the Photographic and Fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856.  The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  Bower. — An artist of the 4th class, though some of the specimens range above this. This only goes, however, to show that good pictures might be taken, if sufficient attention were given to the manipulations. There was also great lack of cleanliness. Fly.—I noticed some pretty good daguerreotypes, and some pretty poor ones, some pretty clean ones, and some pretty dirty ones, evidently evincing a varied taste.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 by Linda A. Ries and Jay W. Ruby were used to assist in identification of the first name and address. Craig list him as D. F (P.) Bowers and he is also noted as Bowen.  Ries & Ruby list him as David F. Bowers they also reference him as being identified as D. F Bowen in 1856-1857.

Below are the activity dates and addresses for David F. Bowers from Ries & Ruby’s Pennsylvania Directory.                                                                                                                                            1855                  246 North Second Street                                                                                                            1856-1857       217 North Second Street                                                                                                  1858-1861       317 North Second Street                                                                                                    1863                   263 North Second Street                                                                                                    1865                   323 North Second Street

Thomas E. Boutelle

Thomas E. Boutelle is known, he is listed in both Craig’s Daguerreian Registry  and in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.  The new information is that The England Business Directory also list him in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1856, 1860, and 1865.  Below is an quote from the book Whittier-Land, by Samuel T. Pickard, 1904. P. 97 & 100.

The likeness of Whittier  is from a daguerreotype taken in October, 1856, and has never before been published in any volume written by or about the poet. Mr. Thomas E. Boutelle, the artist who took this daguerreotype, is now living in Amesbury at the age of eighty-five. He tells me how he happened to get this picture,—a rather difficult feat, as it was hard to induce the poet to sit for his portrait. He had set up a daguerrean saloon in the little square near Whittier’s house, and Whittier often [Pg. 100] came in for a social chat, but persistently refused to give a sitting. One day he came in with his younger brother Franklin, whose picture he wanted. When it was finished, Franklin said, “Now, Greenleaf, I want your picture.” After much persuasion Greenleaf consented, and Mr. Boutelle showed him the plate before it was fully developed, with the remark that he thought he could do better if he might try again. By this bit of strategy he secured the extra daguerreotype here reproduced, but he took care not to show it in Amesbury, for fear Whittier would call it in. He took it to Exeter, N. H., and put it in a show-case at his door. His saloon was burned, and all he saved was this show-case and the daguerreotype, which many of the poet’s old friends think to be his best likeness of that period.


Mr. Boswell

Mr. Boswell was listed in an advertisement in the Holly Springs Gazette (Holly Springs, Mississippi) on November 16 & 30, 1849.  Daguerreotyping.  All those wishing fine Miniatures will do well to call at “Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery” without delay, as Mr. B. expects to be absent for some time after the coming week.  The date on the above advertisement was recorded on November 9, 1849.

An announcement appeared in the Holly Springs Gazette (Holly Springs, Mississippi) on February 10, 1853.  Office of the Gazette, Hernando Street, South Side, in the rear of E. A. Talbot’s Drug Store.  In the building formerly occupied by Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery, up stairs.

The Record for Mr. Boswell is incomplete because of the amount of newspapers I had access to.  The Holly Springs Gazette a four page weekly newspaper was published between July 28, 1841 to at least February 10, 1853.  In 1841 there were four issues missing, 1842 eight issues were missing, 1843 seven issues were missing, 1844 seventeen issues missing, 1845 thirteen issues missing, 1846 it was a complete run until March 14.  1847 and 1848 there were no issues available.  In 1849 only four issues were available July 13, October 12, and November 16 & 30.  In 1850 only three issues were available January 18, June 20, and November 15.  1851-1852 there were no issues available.  In 1853 only the one newspaper was accessible and appeared on February 10, 1853.  It’s hard to get a picture of the community through the newspapers when so many newspaper issues are missing.

Since the February announcement that the offices of the Gazette were moving into the rooms formerly occupied by Boswell’s Daguerrean Gallery we might assume that Boswell was active in Holly Springs longer then the last date of the advertisement November 30, 1849.  Boswell does not appear in other photographic directories.

R. Bostwick

R. Bostwick appeared in two advertisements in The Union News (Union, New York.)  The first ad ran from June 11 to August 20, 1857.  Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes and Stereoscopic Method of taking Pictures, all of which are of the latest improvements, and well known to some of the fraternity as being the most beautiful and durable of any process yet discovered.  Specimens of some of our own townsmen can be seen at my car in Union.  Cases sold 25 per cent less than usual.  Please give me a call before I leave again for the West.      R. Bostwick.  Union, Jan. 14, 1857.

The second advertisement appeared on August 27, 1857 and ran until April 22, 1858.

Ambrotypes.  A gallery In Union!  Now located in the Exchange Block, No. 1, where the Photographic Art will be pursued, with all the latest improvements in the art.  Pictures taken on different materials, such as Glass, Iron, Patent Leather, Paper and Parchment.

Also, instructions given in the art to those who wish.  Three different processes are used in transferring pictures from glass to a lighter and more convenient material, and for sending in letters or cutting for lockets.  Also, the Tinting process, which is beautiful and just the thing, long sought after for coloring the drapery.  Good substantial cases will be offered from fifty cents to six dollars.  Invalids taken at their residences if desired.  R. Bostwick.   Union, Aug. 25, 1857.

In the first advertisement there are several items worth bringing to your attention, no business address is given, and one can only assume that the gallery is in Union, New York.  Second is the date of the advertisement January 14, 1857.  Unfortunately June 11 was the first newspaper that I had access to for 1857.  The other interesting note is his statement about leaving again for the West.

The only other photographic directory that has a listing for R. Bostwick is Craig’s Daguerreian Registry that list a Ransom Bostwick in 1859-1860 in Union, New York without a business address.  It is probably the same person.

Bostwick & Fuller

The partnership of Bostwick & Fuller was mentioned in an announcement and advertisements in The Sumter Banner (Sumterville, South Carolina.) on February 27, 1850. The notice and advertisement announces the arrival of C. D. Boyden from the Daguerrean Gallery of Messrs. Bostwick & Fuller.

In the book Partners with the Sun South Carolina Photographers, 1840-1940. By Harvey S. Teal.  Page 48.  Bostwick & Squires…Bostwick “states in a May 1850 Georgetown newspaper that he was “recently from New York & directly from the City of Charleston.”  The same information is also recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Unfortunately no first names are given in any of the newspaper accounts.  It is unknown if Bostwick was a practicing  Daguerreotypist in New York City  or in the State New York.


Bossue was recorded in an advertisement for Tyler and Co. on April 14, 1857 on The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia.)  The Twenty Artist that Tyler & Co. employ are not mere pretenders in their business, but are regular educated gentlemen, calculated to excel in the fine arts and scientific results.  The ease and poetry of position, the life-like expressions of the features and eyes of the portraits, taken at 139 Main street, is not the effect of bungling mechanical doings, but of true artistic skill, seldom met with.  Bossue, the principal Artist of this famous establishment, has been the pioneer in Photography in Europe the last ten years.

Bossue is not recorded in other American photographic directories.  Of the hundreds of advertisements for Tyler & Co., this is the only one that mentions Bossue by name.

Louis J. Bossieux

Louis J. Bossieux was recorded on September 9, 1854 in an advertisement in The Daily Dispatch  (Richmond, Virginia.)  Wanted—To sell a Daguerrean Apparatus complete, with chemicals and stock.  It will be sold low and on a credit of six months.  Should a person purchase it ignorant of the art, they will be instructed.  Apply to Louis J. Bossieux.

Many question surround this entry for Bossieux.  Was he a dealer in Daguerrean equipment?  Did he somehow acquire the camera?  Or the probable scenario was that he a daguerreotypist selling his equipment and getting out of the business?  At this point this is pure speculation on my part.  There are no listing for Bossieux other photographic directories that I have checked, nor is he listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

N. M. Booth

N. M. Booth was recorded on October 28, 1852 in an advertisement in the Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Kentucky.)  Advertisement ran from October 28, 1852 to January 13, 1853.

Daguerreotypes for $1.50.  I am now taking Daguerreotypes, for $1.50 Copies of Daguerreotypes for Lockets and Pins, $1.00.  N. M. Booth, Telegraph Office.

Booth does not appear in other photographic directories.

James Boone

James Boone was recorded in an advertisement on May 3, 1856 in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio.)  The advertisement ran from May 3, 1856 to March 28, 1857.  Pictures On Glass.  Our friend James Boone is still taking Ambrotypes, & c., at his old stand, in Johnson & Horner’s building.

He has succeeded in doing away with the dark and smutty appearance often to them by other operators, “Jeems” understands his business.  Call and examine his pictures.

James Boone does not appear in other photographic directories.  By the wording in the advertisement James Boone probably was active prior to May 3, 1856 in New Lisbon, Ohio, but no documentation has been found to date to verify this assumption.  John Craig does list a James H. Boone in 1852 in Marshall, Texas as does David Haynes in Catching Shadows, but there is nothing to suggest that they are the same person.