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Dr. A. Caspari

1843-1844       Address Unknown, Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. A. Caspari was recorded twice in advertisements that appeared the in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on June 1, and ran until September 5, 1843 and on October 17, 1843 to January 26, 1844.  It is unknown if Dr. Caspari is a daguerreotypist, a supplier or just an agent for the Langenheim Brothers.  Philip Haas, Edward White, and Peter Laurens[1] are daguerreotypist, Dr. Caspari and William West are not recorded in other photographic directories that I have access to.

Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, having procured the agency for the sale of Voigtander’s Daguerreotype Apparatus, constructed according to Professor Petzval’s calculation, have on hand a large assortment of these Apparatus, and artists as well as amateurs of their art, wishing to procure a good apparatus, will find it to their advantage to procure instruments of this construction.  They also have lately imported a large quantity of German and French plates, and all the chemicals used in their art, which they warrant in every respect, as they are made to their order.  Polishing substances, and morocco cases, and all necessary materials, are sold on the most reasonable terms.  The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—                                                                                                                                      E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y.                                                                                                                              P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C.                                                                                                                      Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va.                                                                                                                              P. Laurens, Esq., Savannah, Ga.                                                                                                                  William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio. Added to advertisement on June 22, 1843.

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to W. & F. Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

The second advertisement ran on  October 17, 1843.  Peter Laurens has been replaced by Samuel Broadbent for the Southern States.  Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, has received a large supply of Voigtander’s celebrated Daguerreotype Apparatus, large and small sizes, with achromatic lenses made according to Professor Petzval’s calculation.

Also a new supply of the best plates and chemicals, which he warrants good and sells at reduced prices.  The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—                E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y. P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C. Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va.  S. Broadbent, Esq., for the Southern States.  William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio.

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to William Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

[1] Active in Savannah, Georgia from 1843 until at least 1863.  Early Georgia Photographers, 1841 – 1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth.

 

Joseph H. Caskie

1856-1857       High Street, 1 Door South of Main Street, Hillsboro, Ohio.                                          1858                   Main Street, Hillsboro, Ohio.                                                                                          1858-1859       Address Unknown, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Joseph H. Caskie is recorded in two advertisements, an announcement about an explosion in the building where he was opening his new studio and two announcements awarding premium at the Highland County Agricultural Society Fair, and one at the Greenfield Fair.

The first advertisement that ran from April 2 to October 15, 1857 in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio.)  Daguerreotypes at Cincinnati Prices.  The subscriber tenders his sincere thanks to the citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity, for the liberal patronage he has received for the last nine months, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same.  I have settled permanently in this place, and can be found at my rooms on High st., one door South of Main, ready at all times to draw Perfect Likenesses, true to nature and of all sizes, from the half-size plate to the smallest miniature.  Pictures taken without regard to weather, between the hours of 9 A. M. and 6 P. M.  Persons sitting for Pictures and taking them from the Room, and afterwards becoming dissatisfied with them, can in all cases get them drawn over free of charge, until satisfactory in every respect.  I therefore guarantee to please the most fastidious, in both price and quality of Pictures.

From my long experience in the Art, and in one of the best rooms in the world, I am confident that I can defy all competition.  The public are invited to call and examine my specimens before going elsewhere.  A silver mirror is my drawing board and the sun-beam my pencil-pointed with golden light.  High st, 1 door South of Barrer’s Corner.  J. H. Caskie.

On October 22, 1857 in The Highland Weekly News appears the first List of Premiums Awarded at the Annual Fair of the Highland County Agricultural Society, October 1857….Class S—No. 17.  Flowers & Pictures….Best daguerreotypes J. H. Caskie    $2.00.

On March 4, 1858 an article about the explosion appears in The Highland Weekly News.  Terrible Explosion!  $3000 to $4000 worth of Property Destroyed.  About 1 o’clock on Tuesday morning last, many of our citizens were startled from their slumber by a loud explosion….it was soon discovered the east wing of the new two-story brick Block, on the South side of Main street, east of High, was a mass of ruins, and that the interior was on fire.  The building was occupied as a grocery store by Miller & Nevin, and was owned by Jacob Miller.  It appears that there were two kegs of gunpowder in the store, containing nearly 50 pounds, to which by some means fire had been communicated, whether by accident or design is not known, causing a fearful explosion, and the complete destruction of the building and most of its contents.  The upper story of the building adjoining Miller & Nevin, owned by M. W. Lane, was also completely riddled, half of the partition wall blown down, the roof lifted off, and the back wall considerably injured.  This story had just been fitted up as a Daguerrean Gallery by Mr. Caskie, whose loss is between $200 and $300….

The second recording of Awards appeared on October 14, 1858.  List of Premiums, Awarded at the Ninth Annual Fair of the Highland Co. Agricultural Society, Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 1, 1858….Class U—No. 20….best specimen daguerreotype, Harner & Lucas, 2; best do [specimens] ambrotypes, Harner and Lucas, 2; 2d do [best specimen ambrotype,] J. H. Caskie, 1.

The second advertisement appears on March 10 and ran until October 27, 1859.   The Picture Business.  I have listened this winter with all the patience a man could have, to see how far men would go in praising themselves.  They urge people to come on, as if they took Pictures in the natural colors, and no one could imitate them.  If any one can produce any Pictures superior to any that I can make, then I will think everybody ought to rush and get one of the “Superior Pictures” before they leave.

I have been blown up by powder, but being born in the State of Virginia, where they learn anything to learn it perfect, people know that men from that State are hard to defeat, as Washington, with an untrained set of men, defeated the British.  Joseph H. Caskie.

The third announce of premiums awarded to Caskie appeared on November 3, 1859 in The Highland Weekly News.  The Greenfield Fair.  The whole number of entries at the Greenfield Fair was 936.  Total receipts about $2800….The following premiums were awarded to citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity:…Best Daguerreotypes, J. H. Caskie, $1….

 Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him active in 1860 in Hillsboro.  Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 has him active between 1860 and 1865 in Hillsboro.

 

Henry Carty

1852                Captain Hines’ New Building Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Henry Carty was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 27 to June 3, 1852 in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee.)

  Daguerreotype Miniature!                                                                                                      “Old time sweeps on with icy breath,                                                                                      To chill the sweetest flower in death;                                                                                     Secure its form—let beauty bloom;                                                                                         Its truths shall live above the tomb.”

I have opened a room in Capt. Hines’ New Building, the one occupied by Mr. Hughes during his stay in Fayetteville, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses; where all are invited to call and see my Pictures whether they sit for a Likeness or not.  Daguerreotypes put up in Lockets, Breast Pins and Fancy Cases.  I have the Papier Mache, Kate Hays and Gold Matted or Kossuth, and plain Cases.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  To the Ladies I promise to make their pictures beautiful without flattering them.   Henry Carty, Operator.

An announcement ran on June 10, 1852 in the same paper.   Daguerreotypes—We have neglected to call attention to the fact, that an opportunity is now offered to all desiring an accurate type of their pretty or ugly features, by calling at Mr. Henry Carty’s Daguerrean room in Hines’ new building.

Henry Carty does not appear in other photographic directories.

J. P. Carson

1851-1852       Rooms Seneca Street, nearly opposite H. H. & G. C. Seelye’s Store, Geneva,                                     New  York.

J. P. Carson was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York.) The announcement and first advertisement ran on May 16, 1851. Green & Co.’s New Daguerrean Gallery.—We yesterday visited Green & Carson’s Daguerrean Rooms, and were astonished to see the improvement and perfection in the art.—They have pictures that speak for themselves, and all they lack is life. Those wishing perfect Pictures, would do well to call and see if we have over stated the fact.

The Albany Dutchman says, while speaking of Likenesses painted by the sunbeams, that “our friend Carson of Cleveland who though a young Man has made several improvements in the Daguerrean art, that brings it one step nearer to perfection.  As an artist he has few rivals, and no superiors in the country: and the best in Cleveland.”  We are glade that he has associated himself with Mr. Greene, who is one of the B’hoys; and they will not and cannot be outdone by any artist in the country.  Their rooms are nearly opposite H. H. & G. C. Seelye’s, Seneca St.  See their advertisement.

The advertisement ran on May 16, 1851.  Every Day Brings Something New!  Hillotypes Outdone.  If you want Pictures that are Pictures, just call at Greene & Co.’s new Daguerrean Rooms nearly opposite H. H. & G. S. Seelye’s store, Seneca st., Geneva.

Rooms open to citizens and strangers daily (Sunday excepted) between the hours of 7 A. M. and 6 P. M. clear or cloudy.  Hours for children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.  J. F. Greene , J. P. Carson.

The second advertisement ran from May 23, 1851 to June 4, 1852.  Every Day Brings Something New!  Hillotypes Outdone.  If you want Pictures that are Pictures, just call at Greene & Co.’s new Daguerrean Rooms nearly opposite H. H. & G. S. Seelye’s store, Seneca st., Geneva.

We have obtained the great desideratum of more light, consisting of sky lights with large side lights.  This light is so admirably arranged and softened by curtains of a delicate blue, that the subject sits as it were in an Ethereal Light, with perfect ease and comfort.

By this light, and with an instrument of great power, (made expressly for us.)  we are enabled to take Likenesses in a very few seconds.  This light is expressly adapted to the procurement of family Groups, those beautiful mementos for the future of what we were—showing the union of to-day that to-morrow may be dissolved, perhaps forever.

In addition to these improvements, that every one can see and judge for themselves, we have made others of greater importance.  We refer to our Chemical Apparatus, and we say unhesitatingly that it is the best in use, always sure in its operation, bringing forth pictures similar to the finest steel engravings.

Thus, Mr. Public, you are invited to call and examine or specimens.  Rooms open to citizens and strangers daily (Sunday excepted) between the hours of 7 A. M. and 6 P. M. clear or cloudy.  Hours for children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.             J. F. Greene     J. P. Carson.

J. P. Carson, J. F. Green and Green & Company do not appear in other photographic directories.

N. W. Carpenter

1853                39 Main Street, Brady’s Building, Penn-Yan, New York.

N. W. Carpenter was recorded in an advertisement that ran on December 13 & 20, 1853 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York.) Superior Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Penn Yan and its vicinity that he has taken the elegant Daguerrian Saloon in Brady’s Building, No. 39 Main st., up stairs, and that having refitted the rooms, and greatly improved the sky-light, and furnished himself with the most improved apparatus, and a fine assortment of stock, is prepared to execute any order to the entire satisfaction of all who may wish a perfect portrait of superior style and finish.  Paintings and Daguerreotypes copied in the neatest manner.  Persons desirous of having [   ] miniatures copied of the portraits of their ancestry, can have them done with the utmost accuracy, upon reasonable terms.   N. W. Carpenter.

N. W. Carpenter does not appear in other photographic directories.

Frank Carel, Jr.

1851                Address Unknown, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                                            1855                Greenwood’s Building, under Odd Fellows’ Hall, Gallipolis, Ohio.

Frank Carel, Jr. was recorded twice in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio.)  First in announcement that appeared on October 23, 1851.  The County Fair.  The first Annual Agricultural Fair…F. Carel exhibited some excellent daguerreotype likenesses.—Carel ranks No. 1 in this line of business…

The following advertisement appeared on March 29 and ran to May 24, 1855 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio.)  Something New!  Frank Carel, Jr., Will commence next week taking Photographs, The new style Pictures on paper, just introduced in all the principal cities of the Union.  Also splendid Daguerreotypes, taken by the latest improved method, of the most celebrated Eastern operators.  Prices for Daguerreotypes from Seventy-Five Cents up.  Room in Greenwood’s Building under Odd Fellows’ Hall.

It is unknown at this time if Frank was active before 1851 or if he was active in Gallipolis continuously.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an F. Carel in Gallipolis 1860.  Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900, by Diane VanSkiver Gagel list a Carel (no first name) in Gallipolis in 1860-1865, and a Charles Carel in Gallipolis from 1866-1884.  At this time no connection has been made between Charles Carel and Frank Carel, Jr.

Charles Carel

1857-1858       Court Street, Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.                              1858                   Court Street, Rooms over Swallow’s Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.

Charles Carel is first recorded in an announcement and a advertisement on December 29, 1857 in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio.)  Charles Carel is taking fine pictures for forty cents.

The advertisement ran from December 29, 1857 to February 29, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  I Would respectfully inform the people of Pomeroy and vicinity that I am now taking Splendid and Life-Like Ambrotypes and Melainotypes at Forty Cents.  Also a large assortment of Cases, to suit any taste, and at the most moderate prices.  Room over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.  Call soon as I warrant my pictures not to fade.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.

In the same newspaper again an announcement followed by an advertisement appeared on  February 16, 1858.  Charles Carel, Daguerrean artist gives notice of his intention to leave Pomeroy, and those who fail to procure the advantages of his low prices for pictures, can but blame themselves.

The advertisement ran from February 16 to March 23, 1858.  “Pitch In.”  Pictures Cheaper Than Ever.  I take this method of informing the public that hereafter I will take splendid and life-like Pictures Cheaper Than Ever.  Also, to call soon, as I can stay in this place but a short time longer.  I will take $1.50 Pictures for $1.25; $1.25 do. for $1; 75 cent do. for 60 cents, and all others in proportion.

Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.  Please call soon, as it is the Last chance you will have of getting Splendid Pictures at such low prices.  I warrant my pictures not to fade in any climate.

N. B.—Instruction given in every branch of the art. Price $30. Apply soon.

The next advertisement ran from April 6, 1858 to June 8, 1858.  Carel Still About.  I am Still In Pomeroy, And Shall remain till further notice.  Pictures from 40 cts. to Five Dollars, Warranted not to fade.  A splendid Stock of material on hand.  Call soon and get one of my durable and, if desired, Cheap Pictures.

Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.

N. B.—Instruction given in every branch of the art. Price $30. Apply soon.

The following announcement appeared on August 10, 1858 followed by and advertisement.  Carel, the “countenance taker,” has something to say this week, and he says it right out.  Don’t overlook the “document.”  See his card in another column.  When carel is beat in his line, we venture to say he will “draw the drapery of his couch around him”—and quit.

The Advertisement ran from August 10 to 24, 1858.  Read This, Everybody!  Whereas, The proprietor of a “one horse” Picture Boat has taken pains to tell people that my 50 cent Pictures will fade.  I would inform the public that it is Utterly False, as can be proven by Hundreds of my pictures which I have taken during my stay here, of which Not One has ever faded In The Least.

Recollect that I am stationed here permanently, and am Accountable for Every Picture I turn out.  I Warrant my 50 cent pictures and all others to Stand in any climate; if not, Return Them And You Can Have Your Money!  I can always be found at my Gallery, over Swallow’s Store, on Court Street, where I will take Pictures for 50 cents, which I will warrant Never to fade, and which are better and more life-like than those which the “Fellow” referred to above charges  One Dollar for.  I have just received a fine stock of Cases and Material of all kinds, which I will dispose of Cheaper than any floating “gas” concern at or within forty miles of Pomeroy.  Recollect, I Pledge myself to take Better, More Durable and Cheaper Pictures than Any floating concern on the River.  I have settled Permanently in Pomeroy, and if any of my pictures fade, I will always be found ready to refund the money.             Chas. Carel.

On August 24, 1858 J. C. Moore responses to Carel’s advertisement.  For the Telegraph.  Messrs. Editors:  My attention has been called to an advertisement which appeared in your last week’s issue, in which a contemptible scamp signing himself “Chas. Carel,” made an attack upon me and my business, in terms that would have done credit to the vilest blackguard in the land, the whole thing being no more nor less than a perfect tissue of falsehood and slander.

Among other things, he informs the public that he can take “better pictures for 50 cents than we do for one dollar.”  Now, Mr. Editor, in order to test the sincerity of the above piece of hombast, we make the above mentioned “Charles Carel.” the following proposition, which we dare him to accept.  We will deposit 50 or $100, in the hands of any responsible citizen of Pomeroy, he to deposit a like amount with the same.  He can take any citizen he may choose, and take two, four, or six impressions—do his best.  We take the same person and take one-half the number he does, and send the pictures to Cincinnati to three Artist.  He to select one, we another and they a third, and the “fellow” who makes the best picture takes the whole amount of money so deposited.  As the aforesaid “Chas.” Is of a sporting turn, we may expect to have some fun when he accepts the above proposition.  In conclusion I will say to the public that I am now taking very much finer pictures than have ever been taken in Pomeroy, as I do not work in a half-house side light room, but am provided with the best arranged light ever on the Ohio River.  Remember we take no 25 cent shadows, but warrant every pictures for all time.

N. B. The public are respectfully invited to call on board and examine our specimens, and compare them with some of “Carel’s,” which we have taken over.     J. C. Moore, Floating Artist.

On October 26, 1858 the following notice appears.  Mr. E. Feiger has bought out the Daguerrean Gallery in Swallow’s building, on Court street, and proposes taking pictures of all kinds as cheap and good as has before been taken in this place.  See advertisement.

Charles Carel is not listed in other photographic directories during the scope of the project dates.  He possibly is listed in Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900.  Diane list a Carel (no first name) in Gallipolis in 1860-1865, and a Charles Carel in Gallipolis from 1866-1884.  Pomeroy is about twenty miles from Gallipolis.

Robert A Carden

1855                Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.                                                                          1853-1854     293 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                        1854                369 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                1855                Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.                                                                  1856                Clay & Kearny Streets, San Francisco, California.[2]                                      1858                Address Unknown, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Based on work done by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn in Pioneer Photographers of the Far West A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865, Craig’s Daguerreian Registry by John Craig, New York City Directories, and newspaper advertisements and notices in New York City and Washington, D. C.  I’ve put together the following snapshot of Carden’s activity.

Robert A. Carden was not listed in the 1852-1853 New York City Directory, he was listed in the 1853-1854 and 1854-1855 directories as daguerreotypes, 293 Broadway, in 1853-1854 directory his house was listed at 393 Broadway, Carden was not listed in subsequent NYC directories.  In 1853-1854 there was also a listing for Carden & Co, daguerreotypes, at the 293 Broadway.

Carden was recorded on April 13, 1853 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York.)  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.—Carden & Co., No. 293 Broadway, are still taking those superb Pictures at the low price of 25 cents, notwithstanding there are some who advertise 12 ½ cent one to be taken at a future day.  It is a well known fact that a picture cannot be produced for less than 25 cents; hence the great rush every day at Carden & Co.’s.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry recorded the partnership of Carden & Norton, 369 Broadway from the 1854 Mercantile Directory.

He was recorded in the Daily American Organ (Washington, D. C.) on February 9, 1855 and in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.) on February 10, 1855.  The Exhibition of the Metropolitan Mechanic’s Institute.—…Contributions from Virginia…Smith Bennett and Robert A. Carden, Frames of beautiful daguerreotypes;

Six months later the following advertisement appears on August 9 & 15, 1855 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  Daguerrean Gallery For Sale in Alexandria, Va.  One of the best rooms in Alexandria.  Will be sold cheap for cash.  Any person who wants to learn the business will be taught; and also will teach the art of Photograph free.  That alone is worth one hundred dollars to any artist.  Two Artist wanted to color Photographs.  Address “RAC,” Artist, Alexandria, Va.

Pioneer Photographers of the Far West A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865, by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn.  They mention that Carden is in San Francisco, California in 1856 working for Henry William Bradley at Clay & Kearny Streets.  Also that he wrote two articles for the Photographic and Fine Art Journal on April 1857, p 112 & 113 on Photography in California and was signed R. A. C. the same as the Evening Star advertisement on August 9 & 15, 1855.   In August of 1858 he wrote about the New Orleans Photographic Galleries on pages 244 & 245. Carden is reported in the same issue on page 256 that that he has returned to New York from New Orleans where he showed Ambrotypes and prints taken while he was there.  Was Carden active as a photographer or possibly as an assistant?  Further research is needed.  He was not listed in as being active in Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865, by Margaret Denton Smith and Mary Louise Tucker except to mention the article in The Photographic And Fine Art Journal.

Recorded on November 11, 1859 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York.)  Carden—At Little Falls, Herkimer County, N. Y., on Thursday, Sept. 15, Robert A. Carden, photographic artist, formerly of this city [died], aged 26.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Gallery in partnership of Carden & Norton.                                                   [2] Entry for 1856 & 1858 from Pioneer Photographers Of The Far West.

 

F. W. Capwell & Brother

1846                Rooms at the National Hotel, Joliet, Illinois.                                                      1846                Rooms at the Exchange Hotel, Joliet, Illinois.                                                      1846                Address Unknown, Lockport, Illinois.

F. W. Capwell and Brother were recorded in three announcements in the Juliet Signal (Joliet, Illinois) the first one appeared on November 24, 1846. Daguerreotype Likeness.—Messrs. F. W. Capwell & Brother, Daguerrian Artist, have taken Rooms at the National Hotel, where they are prepared to take the above likenesses. Those who wish their likenesses taken, should apply soon as it is probable they will not remain long in this place.

The second on December 8, 1846.  Mr. Capwell Daguerreotypist, will remain a few days longer at the Exchange Hotel, in this place, where he is prepared to take Miniature Likenesses for all who may call on him.  Judging from the specimens we have seen, we feel free to advise all who desire their likenesses in a life-like manner, to give Mr. Capwell a call.  His prices are so low, comparatively, that families, and those who may be drawn together by the ties friendship, can have exact miniatures for a trifling sum.

And the third on December 15, 1846.  Mr. F. W. Capwell, the daguerreotypist, is now in Lockport.  He is authorized to obtain subscribers for the Signal.

F. W. Capwell and Brother are not recorded in other photographic directories.

John W. Campbell

1857-1859       Rooms over James Campbell’s Grocery Store, Winchester, Tennessee.

John W. Campbell was recorder in one announcement and four advertisements in The Winchester Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee.)  This is new information and not a new name, Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him as a daguerrean from 1860-1861.  The first advertisement ran from November 21, 1857 to January 9, 1858.   Ambrotypes And Melainotypes Jno. W. Campbell has opened a room over James Campbell’s Grocery Store, and would invite the people of Winchester and Franklin County to come and give him a trial, as he feels confident he can give entire satisfaction in the melainotype and ambrotype—two styles of pictures which are now universally admired and recommended above all others.  Pictures taken at prices ranging from Dollar to Twenty.

Without any puffing or blowing, he would simply ask all in want of pictures to come and see if he cannot perform to their satisfaction.   Nov. 21.      John W. Campbell.

The announcement ran on January 16, 1858.  Mr. J. W., Campbell inserts a card in to day’s paper, stating that he is newly fitted for taking pictures.  We have examined his specimens and must pronounce them excellent.  We solicit for him a call from any who want themselves pictured.

The second advertisement ran from January 16 to July 15, 1858.  Pictures.  Jno. W. Campbell Again takes the privilege of informing the ladies and Gentlemen of Winchester and vicinity that he is taking the best and cheapest Ambro and Melainotypes in the State.  He has a new instrument, which he knows is perfect, and will take almost all colors.  If not, he flatters himself that he can use the paint brush, and give the richest of colors.  He invites all to call soon.

The third announcement ran from May 28 to June 10, 1858.  Fine Arts.  J. W. Campbell Takes pleasure in informing the Ladies of Winchester that he has recently refitted his Ambrotype and Melainotype Gallery for the reception of all who may call and desire good pictures.  Call at Campbell’s Gallery.

The fourth advertisement ran from 1858 November 4, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  J. W. Campbell, Ambrotype and Melainotype Artist, Public Square, Winchester, Tenn.