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O. D. Finch

1859               264 3ed Street, East of the Post Office, Dayton, Ohio.

O. D. Finch was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement.  The announcement ran on September 5, 1859 in the Dayton Daily Empire (Dayton, Ohio).  The Presentation at Springfield.  On Saturday evening last, the Oregon Fire Company of this city went up to Springfield, for the purpose of presenting the Rover Fire Company of that city with a Large Photographic Picture….The Photograph was an excellent front view of the Oregon Engine House , flanked by 73 members of the company.  It was about 3 ft. in length by 2½ in breadth, and had about it a magnificent frame.  The Photograph was by Mr. O. D. Finch, of this city, and is a credit to them and the art….

The advertisement ran from September 20 to December 14, 1859 in the Dayton Daily Empire.  (Dayton, Ohio).  Opening Of New Daguerreotype & Photographic Rooms, (September 6th.) At the Gallery of Art, 264, 3ed Street, East Of The Post Office.  The Subscriber Respectfully informs his friends and patrons, that he has resumed his old business of Daguerreotyping in connection with his Gallery of Painting, for which purpose he has fitted up rooms in the most elegant style, over his Picture Frame and Looking Glass Store.  Having secured the services of Mr. O. D. Finch, who has the reputation of being one of the most skillful Photographist in the West, he thinks he cannot fail to render the most entire satisfaction to all who want a faithful likeness.

Picture Frames of every description, and looking Glasses of all sizes, always on hand, or made to order.        sep 6.   T. W. Cridland.

O. D. Finch is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Finch

1852                Rooms Concert Hall, opposite Mansion House, Sag Harbor, New York.

Mr. Finch was recorded in an announcement on May 29, 1852 in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Writing School.  Mr. Finch, late Principal of the writing department Boston School, Boston, has taken Concert Hall, opposite the Mansion House, where he will be prepared on Monday, next, May 31 to give instruction in practical and ornamental penmanship, Card Drawing, &c.  Terms: Two dollars for gentlemen—$1:50 for ladies, including stationary.

Premiums—for best improvement, first class Daguerreotype valued  $1.50.                    Second Class do         $1.00                                                                                                            Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.

Mr. Finch was not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. J. Finch

1855-1858       Room in Hathaway’s Building, Lansingburgh, New York.

H. J. Finch was recorded in fourteen announcements and one advertisement in the Lansingburgh Democrat (Lansingburgh, New York). The first announcement appeared on November 28, 1855.  Daguerreotypes And Ambrotypes.—We have just examined splendid specimens at the Daguerrian Gallery of Mr. Finch.  A group of pictures set is one Frame pleased us very much.  Mr. Finch guarantees his Photographs to be equal in every respect, either for fineness of tone, depth of light and shade or durability, to those made at any other establishment in the country.

The second announcement appeared on December 20, 1855 in the same newspaper.  Mr. Finch, the Artist, still keeps open doors and a smiling face, to welcome his friends to his Picture Gallery, where people should go, to be taken.

The third announcement appeared on March 20, 1856.  Finch’s Photographs And Daguerreotypes.—There is no better place in which to secure a perfect copy of the human face divine, than at Finch’s Daguerrean Saloon.  He is a thorough operator, and those who are not good judges of a picture can place confidence in him, for he will not allow a poor picture to leave his rooms.  His ambrotypes are beautiful; and he makes even an ugly face look well, after transferring it to glass.  We are pleased to learn that he is receiving a good share of patronage.  Give him a call, and examine specimens for yourself.

The fourth announcement appeared on March 27, 1856.  Finch swings his banner to the breeze to-day, and invites all who are in want of either Ambrotypes or Daguerreotypes to call and examine some of his specimens.  He has discovered a way of making even ugly faces look pleasing and interesting.

The fifth announcement appeared on May 15, 1856.  All those persons who desire to procure the likeness of themselves or friends, would do well to call upon Mr. Finch, who is one of the best Daguerrean Artists in the State.  Mr. Finch’s shop is in Hathaway’s building.

The sixth announcement appeared on September 18, 1856.  The Fair…  Finch’s Daguerreotypes are the best on exhibition.

The seventh announcement appeared on November 27, 1856.  Finch’s Daguerrean Room is one of the attractive spots of “the garden,” and it does not fail to secure the attention of many passers by.—His Ambrotypes, Photographs, and Daguerreotypes, are splendid specimens of the art, and in his line of business he has no superior.

The eighth announcement appeared on February 5, 1857.  If you have not visited Finch’s Ambrotype Gallery, in Hathaway’s Row, you are behind the age.  His pictures are worthy of examination, as combining all the excellences of the art.  We doubt if he could not compete with the most renowned in his profession.

The ninth announcement appeared on February 12, 1857.  The Fine Arts.  All those who have any fancy for the Fine Arts, should not miss of calling at Fitch’s Photographic Gallery, and examine a specimen of his ambrotypes, colored in Oil.  These pictures are taken by the collodian process, on a metallic plate instead of glass, and then painted in Oil Colors.  They are the most life-like, high toned pictures we have seen, yet possessing all the accurateness of a Daguerreotype, giving natural color, even to the color of the eyes, and we see no reason why they should not be as lasting as any other oil painting.  Mr. Finch informs us that he can copy old Daguerreotypes, and enlarge them several times, and have the copy painted, making a perfect picture, equal to that taken from life.  We think that friend Finch will have enough of that sort of work to do, as there are scores of Daguerreotypes of deceased persons, whose friends would like to see pictured out in Nature’s colors.  Those who have Daguerreotypes to copy, should give Mr. Finch a Call, and have the shadow secured by this new process.

The first advertisement ran from June 18 to July 9, 1857.  A Card.  H. J. Finch would tender his thanks to his friends in Lansingburgh and vicinity for their liberal patronage and would also inform them that his Ambrotype Rooms will be closed after the 20th of this month until the 20th of September, when he will again be happy to wait upon his old customers and all may favor him with a call.

The tenth announcement appeared on June 18, 1857.   H. J. Finch, Esq., of this village, has been chosen Secretary of the Grand National Horse Exhibition and fair, to be held in September next, in Albany.  $6000 in premiums will be awarded, and it is to be conducted in the most liberal manner.

The eleventh announcement appeared on June 18, 1857.  Where To Go.—If you want clothing of any kind, Charley Clark’s “Taylor’s Camp,” is the place to get it, and after you are dressed up in a suit purchased of him, go to Finch’s and get one of those inimitable illuminated Ambrotypes that he takes.  If these directions are followed, we’ll guarantee the only fault to be found will be that the miniature will be a “little flattering.”  Enough said.

The twelfth announcement appeared on July 23, 1857.  A Card.  Those who wish a good Ambrotype, would do well to call at Fitch’s Rooms.  Mr. Finch has made arrangements with Mr. Dewel formerly operator for Clark and Holmes to continue the business during his absence.

The thirteenth announcement appeared on January 7, 1858.  H. J. Finch, Artist, has re-opened his Ambrotype Saloon, and is prepared to take pictures for the million.  Try him on once.  He makes excellent pictures.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on February 17, 1858.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. James Irving, of Troy, has leased the Daguerrian rooms in this place, lately occupied by Mr. Finch, and is now fully prepared to make first class pictures in his inimitable style.  Those who desire a really good picture should give Mr. Irving a call.

H. J. Finch is not listed in other photographic directories.

F. H. Finch

1859                Address & Location Unknown, New York.

F. H. Finch was recorded in two announcements. The first announcement appeared on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).   Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859..

List of Entries….Class VII.—Miscellaneous…                                                                                      S. Downs, specimens Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.                                                                        S.Downs, daguerrean wagon.                                                                                                                              F. H. Finch, specimens of ambrotypes & daguerreotypes.                                                                        E. R. Graves, specimens ambrotypes; colored photographs.                                                        Henry Pruden, specimens ambrotypes.                                                                                                      Geo. P. Hopkins, specimens photographs;

The second announcement appeared on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).  Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859..  Premiums Awarded…Class VII. No. 57—Dentistry, Daguerreotypes, &c.…                                      Best specimens daguerreotypes, S. Downs, $1.                                                                                        Best Specimens ambrotypes, H. Pruden, $1.

F. H. Finch is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. M. Fielding

1844                Room at D. L. Fouquet’s Hotel, Plattsburgh, New York.

E. M. Fielding was recorded in an advertisement that ran on June 15 & 22, 1844 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York). Encourage the Fine Arts! Mr. E. M. Fielding, Portrait Painter, Would say to the inhabitants of Plattsburgh and vicinity that he has taken room at D. L. Fouquet’s Hotel, on the 2d floor, (No. 12.) and would say to those that wish to get a good likeness, that he offers his services, feeling himself competent for the task, to transfer to the canvas so like the original that they can have the pleasure of seeing themselves as they are seen by others.  No half way work need be expected—either a good likeness, or not any—that is his motto.  Having been engaged in his profession for nearly ten years, and given satisfaction to his employers in New York and other southern states, he flatters himself that he can do work (in the pleasant village of Plattsburgh,) satisfactory to all those that may wish to employ him.

Please call and examine his work at the above named place.  Mr. F. offers for sale a first rate Daguerreotype Apparatus together with chemicals, plates and cases.  Any one wishing to purchase will not find a better opportunity.  Instructions gratis.

E. M. Fielding is not listed in other photographic directories.

S. T. Field

1858                Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                              1859                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1858-1859 Information from the Worcester City Directory, residence section.

S. T. Field was not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900, but was listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin

1846                Rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry Store, Keeseville, New York.                    1846                Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York. 1846                Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.                                                                        1846-1847     100 State Street, Walker’s Building, opposite Mathews Store, Schenectady,                                   New York.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in seven advertisement and two announcement.  The first advertisement ran from May 23 to June 20, 1846 in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that having taken rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry store they are prepared to execute miniatures of all sizes, from that of a sixpence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c., they will take them in Exchange For New Ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the case at reasonable prices.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate; and the depth-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Our mode of operating is entirely different from that of operators who have previously visited this place.  Ladies and Gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses if they chose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather.  Keeseville, May 23, 1846.

The second advertisement ran from June 29 to July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures!  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this village and vicinity, that they have taken the Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, the are prepared to execute Miniatures of all sizes, from that of a six-pence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring, and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c. that they will take them in Exchange for New ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the cases at reasonable prices.  Our mode of operating is entirely different from those who have previously visited this place.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate, and the death-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Ladies and Gentleman are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses, if they choose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Instruction in the art given, and all apparatus and chemicals found, upon reasonable terms.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather. Plattsburgh, June 18, 1846.

The first announcement appeared on July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Messrs. Ficket & Martin have been taking likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, at Firemen’s Hall, in this village, for the past week, with great success.  The following notice appeared in the Keeseville Republican a week or two since:  “A slight inspection of the work thrown off since their arrival in Keeseville, will at once convince any one as it has us, that they are no ordinary artists, and that none who have heretofore visited the place have been able to approach the perfection in the execution of a likeness which they display.  Many improvements have been introduced into the mode of taking pictures, of which they have availed themselves, and all their materials are of the very best quality from the celebrated establishments of Plumb[e] in New-York.  Sitters do not now have an opportunity of falling asleep in their chairs while a picture is perfecting, and what is better, a good likeness is almost invariably the result of the first trial.  It is well worth a visit to their [rooms to notice the                                             ] their business is accomplished, and the striking clear and life-like expression that is imparted to their pictures.

Those intending to give them a call will do well to improve an early opportunity, as they will probably leave here next week.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1846 to February 5, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the Art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather. Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady. Dec. 22, 1846.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 22, 1846 to February 9, 1847.  In The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady.  Dec. 22, 1846.

The fifth advertisement ran on December 22 & 29, 1846 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Presents For The Season!—Parents or Children, Brothers or Sisters, or even Lovers, can, by calling on Messrs.  Fickett & Martin, at their Rooms, obtain a perfect, true and permanent Likeness of themselves, put up in fine Cases or Lockets, and making as suitable present for the holydays as can be procured.  Our rooms, at 100 State-st. in walker’s building, have been fitted up for the convenience and comfort of those who may favor us with a call.

The second announcement appeared on December 25, 1846 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Mr. Editor.  A day or two since, I called with a friend up on Mr. Martin (of the firm Fickett and Martin) at their rooms, where I saw some of the finest and most finished specimens of Daguerreotype Miniatures imaginable, being far superior in many respects, to any-thing of the kind that has been done in this place previous to their coming, and equal to any done in the land; there is a clearness and life-like appearance, a softness of tone, and a richness in the coloring of their Likenesses which has not been approached by those who have preceded them—and I would say to those who may wish a lasting and suitable “present for the season” to give them a call, at 100 State st. (up stairs) in Walker’s Building.

The sixth advertisement ran from January 5 to February 9, 1847 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 15 to February 26, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.  Jan. 5.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry (under Fickett) without activity dates or location.  The first two advertisements dated May 23 & June 29, 1846 and the first announcement dated July 11, 1846 list the partnership as Ficket & Martin,  Starting  on the third advertisement dated December 18, 1846 the partnership is identified as Fickett & Martin.

H. G. Fetter

1853                Rooms in the Academy Building, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.                          1853                Address Unknown, Jefferson, Pennsylvania.

H. G. Fetter was recorded in five announcements and one advertisement. The first announcement appeared on March 17, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania). The proper time to have the “counterfeit Presentment” of yourself, your relative, or what is perhaps more desirable, your “lady love” taken, is while you are living.  You must “make hay while the sun shines.”  An excellent opportunity is now afforded to procure a good likeness, by Mr. H. G. Fetter, who has his Daguerrean room in the Academy building.—Mr. F. exhibits some most excellent specimens, of his own taking, and we can promise those who desire a “living picture,” that they can procure one from him, which will remain bright and distinct through life.  His terms are very moderate.

The advertisement ran from March 17 to May 26, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Never Fading Daguerreotypes!  The citizens of this place and vicinity have now an opportunity of having good and lasting pictures, taken at the Academy Building.—Ladies and Gentlemen, whether, you want pictures or not, call and examine specimens and references, and see the greatest variety of cases ever brought to Ebensburg.  Our instruments are entirely new, of the first class, and you cannot but admire the Camera; and the pictures taken with it.  Call soon, as further arrangements prevent our remaining here but for a limited time.    H. G. Fetter.

The second announcement appeared on May 5, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Fetter is still engaged at his rooms in the Academy building, in Daguerreotyping the faces of a number of our citizens.  He desires to “take the whole town” previous to leaving; all ye belles and beaux, boys and girls, young folks and old folks, engaged and un-engaged ladies and gentlemen, lately married and soon-to-be-married persons, hearken!—go and have your likenesses taken—to the Academy, go.

The third announcement appeared on June 9, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Fetter is still engaged in picturing the faces of the fairest portion of humanity, as well as those of the “lords of creation,” at his rooms in the Academy Building.  He does take as perfect and life-like a Daguerreotype as any artist we have ever met with, and if you desire a lasting personation of your form and face divine, call upon him at his studio and you can have it taken by one who will please you to your satisfaction.

The fifth announcement appeared on June 16, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.—Fetter is still occupied at his rooms in the Academy building, and within a week past has taken a number of admirable pictures.  He will remain only for a short time, and those who have not yet had their likenesses taken had better go before ‘tis too late.

The sixth announcement appeared on August 11, 1853 in The Mountain Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Our Sanctum was illuminated this morning by the countenance of our friend Fetter, who takes the best Daguerreotypes at Jefferson (give him a call)…

H. G. Fetter is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Register list an H. G. Felter in Peru, Indiana who was active in 1858-1861.

George W. Felton, Jr.

1848-1851       208 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.                                                                      1852-1853       197 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.                                                                              1853                   1 Central Street, Salem, Massachusetts.

George W. Felton, Jr. was recorded in one advertisement and three announcements.  The first  advertisement that ran from September 9, 1852 to November 21, 1853 in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts).  Felton’s Daguerrean Establishment.  Over J. C. & H. Cogswell’s Store, 179 Essex Street.  Entrance on Central Street.

The subscriber, for the last four years an assistant to Mr. D. W. Bowdoin, respectfully notifies his friends and the public that he has taken the above named spacious and convenient rooms for Daguerreotype purposes, and he invites the attention of all who wish for beautiful and life-like pictures of themselves or their friends.

Having availed himself of all the latest improvements in the art, and being favored with a light which enables him to take likenesses in any weather, the subscriber hopes to receive that share of encouragement which it will be his earnest aim to merit by an assiduous attention to his business, and by his constant endeavors to give satisfaction.

Likenesses taken at the residences of those who cannot conveniently visit the room.  Daguerreotypes and pictures copied at short notice.  The public are invited to call an examine specimens.  G. W. Felton, Jr.

The first announce appeared on May 5, 1853 in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts).  Notice.  Felton’s Salem Brass Band, G. W. Felton, Jr., Leader, A. Jenkins, Director, …

The second announcement appeared on November 10, 1853 in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts).  Felton’s Quadrille Band… George W. Felton, Jr., Bugle and Cornet…

The third announcement appeared on July 3, 1854 in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts).  Felton’s Brass Band will parade with the City Guards to-morrow morning, on which occasion they will play a new Quick Step, composed by G. W. Felton, Jr., the leader, and dedicated to the Guards.

George W. Felton, Jr. is listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry For 1851 and 1853.