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Major Pelham

1849-1850       Corner Main and Elm Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas.

1851                Rooms in Temperance Hall, Washington, Arkansas.

1851                Rooms in the Brick Office, opposite D’Armond’s, Washington, Arkansas.

1851                Rooms in Temperance Hall, Washington, Arkansas.

Major Pelham was recorded in four advertisements and three announcements.  The first two advertisements appeared in the Weekly Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas).  Follower by two advertisements and three announcements in the Washington Telegraph (Washington, Arkansas).    The first advertisement was recorded between February 1 to September 20, 1849.Rock Hotel.  Major Pelham has leased, and will open for the accommodation of visitors and boarders, by the day, month, or year, that large brick edifice on the bank of the river, the first below the State House, in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas.  The House has been thoroughly cleansed and repaired, newly furnished, and entirely renovated in every respect.  His table will always be abundantly supplied with the very best the market affords.  A Reading Room has been opened, in which may always be found newspapers from various parts of the United States.

The Rock Hotel will be opened on the 5th day of February, 1849.

The second advertisement ran from September 20, 1849 to February 15, 1850.  Rock Hotel.  By Major Pelham, On the bank of the River, immediately below the State House, Corner Of Main And Elm Streets Little Rock, Arkansas.

A comfortable Reading Room and a stationary Daguerrean Gallery are attached to the Rock Hotel.

The third advertisement ran from July 9 to 30, 1851.  Mr. Pelham Has opened his Daguerrean Rooms in the Temperance Hall, (entrance next Dr. Jett’s Drug Store) where he will be found at all times.  He has a superior Camera, &c., and a splendid stock of materials.  Ladies and gentlemen please call and examine for yourselves.  July 4, 1851.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 6 to September 17, 1851. Daguerrean.  Mr. Pelham has opened Daguerrean Rooms in the Brick Office opposite Mr. D’Armond’s, where he will be pleased to see the ladies and gentlemen of Washington and vicinity.  He has a superior instrument and fine material, consisting in part of extra fine cases, Lockets, Pins, &c.  He has arranged a sky light, by which he is enabled to take likenesses in cloudy as well as clear weather.

The first announcement appeared on August 6, 1851.  Maj. Pelham is still taking excellent Daguerreotype portraits, at his rooms opposite D’Armond & Silliman’s store.—As the Major contemplates remaining but a short time longer, we would advise those who desire good portraits to call upon him without delay.

The second announcement appeared on November 26, 1851.  Daguerreotypes.—Major Pelham has re-opened his Daguerreotype rooms at Temperance Hall, with an entirely new apparatus, combining all the new improvements.  He will remain in town a week or ten days longer, and would be pleased to receive calls from all who desired his services in the line of his profession.

The third announcement appeared on December 10, 1851.  Maj. Pelham closes his Daguerrean rooms on Saturday next, positively.—Those who desire  fac similes of their beautiful faces, should make good use of the intervening time.

Major Pelham is recorded in Pioneer Photographers from The Mississippi To The Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865. The above provides additional information.


1853-1854       39 Royal, and 30 Dauphin Streets, Mobile, Alabama.

Peirce was recorded in one advertisement that was recorded on March 29 and December 6, 1854 in the Grove Hill Herald (Grove Hill, Alabama).  Peirce’s Daguerrean Gallery, Entrances, Nos. 39 Royal, and 30 Dauphin streets, Mobile.  Same Building with Turner’s Dental Office.  December 20, 1853.

Peirce is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Payne & Wellman

1845                Rooms, over N. Beckwith’s Store, New London, Connecticut.

1845                Lawrence Building, Bank Street, New London, Connecticut.

Payne & Wellman (Elijah H. & Wellman) were recorded in three advertisements in the Morning News (New London, Connecticut..)  The first advertisement ran from April 11 to 18, 1845.

Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Payne & Wellman Would respectfully invite the Ladies and Gentlemen of this city to call at their Rooms, over N. Beckwith’s Store, on the Parade, and examine specimens of the Daguerrean Art, whether they contemplate sitting or not.  Their pictures are finished in such a manner that they are Indelible, and will be found to stand the test of a saline atmosphere.

Seaman will find this a favorable opportunity for procuring an imperishable and life-like Miniature of themselves, or friends.

Persons having Likenesses taken by the old process, can have them re-taken at a trifling expense.

The second advertisement ran from April 19 to 29, 1845.  Payne & Wellman Have Removed their Rooms to Lawrence’s Building, on Bank-street, where they are prepared to execute Daguerreotype Likenesses, in a manner superior to any heretofore taken in this city.

Ladies and Gents are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

The third advertisement ran from May 3 to 14, 1845.  Payne & Wellman, Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, Lawrence’s Building, Bank-St.   Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather, warranted durable, and possessing all the beauties and perfection of nature.

Payne & Wellman are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Elijah H. Payne is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as (E. H. Payne) and being active in New London by himself in 1846.


1859                Address Unknown, Parkersburg, Virginia.

Partridge (unknown first name) was recorded in one article on March 1, 1859 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  Look Out For Him!—An adroit thief, calling himself J. B. Hawkins, broke into the room of John R. Beard, a daguerrean artist at Cambridge, Ohio, night before last, and stole a valuable gold watch and a considerable sum of money.  Mr. Beard was in town yesterday on the hunt of the rascal who is now supposed to be lurking about this city.  Hawkins is supposed to be the same man who recently broke into Mr. Partridge’s daguerrean gallery in Parkersburg, and stole a sum of money.  He pretends to be a photographer, and has a smattering knowledge of the art.  He is about six feet high, sandy complexion, slightly freckled, grey eyes and decidedly awkward in his general appearance.  He has been pretty extensively engaged in the thieving line, and should be checked in his career before he does something which may entitle him to severer punishment than he now deserves.

Partridge is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Parkersburg.  Since the article was published in Wheeling, Virginia it is possible that this is Asa Cheney Partridge with an unknow gallery.  This is speculation on my part because no documented reference has been found to substantiate this claim.

J. M. Parkhurst

1858                Address Unknown, Amherst, New Hampshire.                    

J. M. Parkhurst was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 19 to June 9, 1858 in The Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire).  Great Attraction.  Come One!  Come All!!  Wonderful improvements in colored Miniatures by Ambrotype or Melainotype.  J. M. Parkhurst Would respectfully inform those persons wishing to procure a Miniature of themselves or friends, that they can obtain a beautiful and correct Likeness, (with or without colors) and have it inserted in a neat morocco case, by either of the above processes, for the extreme low price of 50 cents, and upwards, by calling at his Saloon in Amherst, where he will remain but a short time only. 

He is also taking pictures on enameled cloth for 25 cents and upwards, which are convenient to transmit by mail.  Mr. P. would say his pictures are put up in the most durable manner and warranted not to fade.  Pictures taken in all weathers and set in every variety of Locket, Pin, Frames or common cases.

Pictures copied in the most satisfactory manner.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.

Instruction given in the art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.

The propriety of an early call is suggested, thereby avoiding the inconvenience of the crowd which always attends the last week of his stay in every place. 

J. M. Parkhurst is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1847                Elliot’s Buildings, Keene, New Hampshire.

Parker (first name unknown) was recorded in one announcement that appeared on April 29, 1847 in the New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire).  Daguerreotypes.—Those who desire to have their likenesses transferred with “frightful accuracy” to a polished metallic plate, have ample room to choose.  There are at least three good Daguerreotypist now in town who have contracted with their principal agent, the Sun, for the right kind of light and just enough of it.  Messrs. Stone in Gerould’s block—Parker in Elliot’s buildings and Wilsons, a few doors north of the Cheshire House, are all ready to wait upon their customers, and will give them as good pictures as they will be able to get in the cities.

Those who wish a portrait by a very superior artist, should call upon Mr. Mason, portrait painter, at his rooms at the Cheshire House, where he will be happy to show some fine specimens of the art.

Parker is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record John O. Parker in Manchester New Hampshire in 1856, at this point in time its unknown if they are the same person.  

John M. Parker

1860.               Address Unknown, New York, New York.

John M. Parker was recorded in one article that appeared on May 25, 1860 in The New York Times (New York, New York).  Law Report.  General Sessions.  The Court of General Sessions, Judge Russell presiding, commenced to try cases yesterday, at 11 A. M., and did not adjourn till some minutes after 6 P. M.  Yet only three cases were tried, and but one disposed of. 

John M. Parker, alias King, was charged with the manufacture of counterfeit bills on the Exchange Bank of Hartford, Conn.  He was a young man of respectable appearance, and a daguerreotypist by profession.  The principal evidence against him, perhaps, was a large box in his apartment in Fifty-second-street, containing about twenty bottles of chemicals, such as are used in the photographing process; several sheets of paper, resembling that on which bank bills are printed, but of inferior quality; and a newspaper, on which test had been made of the color and force of the stamp, in red designed for the denomination of the bills.  The bills exhibited in Court were evidently photographs, and were not good specimens of the craft of the artist.

A Man named Thomas Newell was detected in Fifty-first-street, on March 29, attempting to pass some of these bills.  He was a co-mate of Parker’s, residing in the same house, and his arrest led to that of Parker.  He will probably be tried to-day.  The defence yesterday set up for Parker was, that he was a daguerreotypist and photographer by profession, and that in taking photographic impressions of these bills he was only practicing, just as a young artist would sketch anywhere and everywhere, to give him facility and skill.  The jury, however, took another view of his photographing propensities and found him guilty of the offence charged.  Where-upon Judge Russell thought that a residence of five years in the State Prison would be beneficial to him, and he goes there, and for that time, accordingly.

John M. Parker is not recorded in other photographic directories, he is also not listed in the New York City Directories.

G. B. Parker

1847-1848       Rooms over R. W. Farwell’s Store, Claremont, New Hampshire.

G. B. Parker was recorded in two advertisements in the National Eagle (Claremont, New Hampshire).  The first advertisement ran from October 29 to December 3, 1847.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  G. B. Parker, Daguerrian Artists; Rooms over R. W. Farwell’s Store.  Persons desirous of obtaining likenesses of themselves, family or friends, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Pictures taken singly or in groups with or without coloring, [regardless] of weather.

G. B. P. having availed himself of the many recent improvements in Chemicals and Apparatus, feels confident in saying his pictures can be surpassed by none.

Portraits, Paintings, Engravings and Daguerreotypes copied.

The second advertisement ran from December 31, 1847 to March23, 1848.  Daguerreotype Miniatures executed in a clear, strong, bold character at Parker’s Daguerreotype Rooms over R. W. Farwell’s Store.  Those desirous of obtaining an elegant and correct Daguerreotype are respectfully invited to call at my rooms and examine numerous specimens of my work, executed in this place.

Prices varying from $1.00 to 5.00.

A Perfect Likeness warranted in any weather.

Instruction given and Apparatus furnished on the most reasonable terms.

G. B. Parker is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John A. Palmer

1854                Over Alderson’s Bookstore, Lewisburg, Virginia.

John A. Palmer was recorded in one advertisement that ran four times from June 17 to August 5, 1854 in the Greenbrier Era (Lewisburg, Virginia).  Daguerreotypes!  John A. Palmer Daguerreotypist.  Is now in this place, where he will remain a short time, and offer his services to the public—most earnestly soliciting a share of their patronage.  Pictures taken at from $1 to [$30] or [$10], and entire satisfaction guarantied.

Rooms—over Alderson’s Bookstore.

Attention is called to the Stereoscopic or solid Daguerreotype—the Most Perfect of all pictures—which he takes in the best style the art.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  June 17.

John A. Palmer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. Page

1847                Address Unknown, Hallowell, Maine.

S. Page was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from May 8 to November 6, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Cases, Plates & Chemicals.  Cases and Plates of different sizes—Iodine and Chloride of Iodine—Chloride of Gold—Bromine—Hyposulphate of Soda—Mercury—Prepared Rottenstone—Rouge—all of the best qualities, for sale at low prices by S. Page & Co.

The second advertisement appeared on May 13 & 20, 1847 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Cases, Plates & Chemicals.  Cases and Plates of different sizes—Iodine and Chloride of Iodine—Chloride of Gold—Bromine—Hyposulphate of Soda—Mercury—Prepared Rottenstone—Rouge—all of the best qualities, for sale at low prices by S. Page & Co., Hallowell, May 8.

S. Page is ot recorded in other photographic directories.