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Knight Brothers

1854-1856       Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

Knight Brothers (H. D & Q. P.) were recorded seven advertisement  in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  The first advertisement ran from June 13 to July 18, 1854.  To The Public.  Daguerreotypes.  Knight Brothers, Would inform their friends and the public at large, that they have purchased of Mr. C. A. Johnson his entire right and interest in the Daguerrean Business of this village, together with his residence on Chestnut st., where they design making their future home.

We would also announce that we have removed the business to the spacious and most convenient suit of rooms which we have recently fitted up in the Cobble Stone Block.  These rooms are furnished with a fine large Sky-Light, and instruments of superior power and finish, together with all such conveniences and facilities as the progress and size of the village seem to demand.

Having had a long and successful experience in the Daguerrean business in the Old Bay State, where the arts and sciences flourish like the “green bay tree,” and witnessing as we have in this village a just appreciation of Daguerre’s wonderful discovery, and the perfection to which it has been brought we have embarked in this enterprise with the full belief that by assiduous and unremitting efforts, we may merit and realize complete success.

Daguerreotypes taken in any style desired.  Portraits and Daguerreotypes accurately copied.

We would also add that Mr. Johnson, our successful predecessor, may be found at our rooms for a few weeks to fulfill some previous engagements, and complete some unfinished work. H. D. Knight. Q. P. Knight.

I had advertised a short time since in a Circular That I had made up my mind to remain in business in this village, but another change as stated above has since taken place; and in retiring from the practice of the Daguerrean Art in this place, which is not without regret.  I take pleasure in saying that the Messrs. Knight Brothers have every advantage and facility for giving entire satisfaction in their profession, and confidently hope the patronage heretofore so liberally bestowed upon me may be as liberally extended to them.                        C. A. Johnson.  June 1854.

The second advertisement ran from July 25, 1854 to October 6, 1855.  New Daguerreotype Rooms, Opened in Cobble Stone Block, Opposite McCullant’s New Building, By Knight & Brother, (Successors of Mr. C. A. Johnson.)  These Rooms are elegant, spacious and commodious, and are furnished with all the conveniences and facilities for executing First Class Daguerreotypes.

A long and successful experience in the art, combined with the unsurpassed facilities which we are now able to avail ourselves of, enables us to speak most confidently of our ability to furnish Daguerreotypes, which, for clearness, accuracy and life-like expression, we trust will be found unsurpassed; and though but recently located, we have already received the most positive assurances that our efforts are appreciated, and are happy to refer to numerous individuals in this village and vicinity, who have favored us with their patronage.

Particular attention paid to Position and Expression, especially the clear and perfect expression of the eyes.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call.

The third advertisement ran from October 10, 1854 to June 30, 1855.  Daguerreotype Saloon for Sale.  A Convenient and well built travelling Daguerreotype Saloon, may be bought at a great bargain for ready pay, if application is made soon.  For particulars enquire at the Daguerrean Rooms of Knight & Brothers, Cobble Stone Block.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 7, 1854 to June 16, 1855.  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypists, (opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.)  It is our constant desire and intension that no Daguerreotype be taken from our rooms unless entire satisfaction be given, and we guarantee that our prices will be found reasonable and satisfactory.  H. D. Knight, Q. P. Knight.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 19, 1854 to May 22, 1855.  What Can be More appropriate or acceptable as a Christmas or New Years’ Gift Than a Good Daguerreotype, neatly fitted into a Gold Locket, or Elegant Fancy Case?  “A word to the wise is sufficient.”  Knight & Brother,  Directly opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23, 1855 to November 1, 1856.  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypists, Rooms in Cobble Stone Block, (opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.)  It is our constant desire and intension that no Daguerreotype be taken from our rooms unless entire satisfaction be given, and we guarantee that our prices will be found reasonable and satisfactory.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 13, 1855 to November 1, 1856.  “A thing of Life and Beauty is a Joy forever.”  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypist Our Rooms are fitted up with reference to the best facilities for producing Good Daguerreotypes.  The grand essentials of a Good Daguerreotype are elegance of Finish, Gracefulness of Attitude, combined with a Life-like Expression; and we regard the large and increasing patronage which we are receiving both from citizens and strangers, as proof positive that our efforts in producing these results are well appreciated.

Daguerreotypes taken of any size and style desired.—Portraits and other Daguerreotypes executed with the utmost accuracy.    H. D. Knight,  Q. P. Knight.

Knight Brothers H. D. & Q. P. are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry separately, and speculates that H. D. Knight was a misspelling as was really Q. P. Knight.

Knickerbocker Dollar Daguerrean Gallery

1848                102 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                      1849                106 Broadway, New York, New York.

Knickerbocker Dollar Daguerrean Gallery or the Knickerbocker Gallery were recorded in two advertisements in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on May 8, 1848.  Wanted—A Smart, Intelligent, Well Bred Boy, from 14 to 16, to learn the Daguerreotype business and make himself generally useful.  None need apply but those who are willing to give a month or six weeks for the tuition, before they will receive any salary.  Call at the Knickerbocker Dollar Daguerrean Gallery, 102 Broadway, from 2 to 4 P. M.

The second advertisement appeared on December 18, 1849.  For A Holiday Present—Call And Get Yourself Daguerreotyped at the Knickerbocker Gallery, No. 106 Broadway, corner of Pine st., for one dollar; the same size and in the same manner, as many charge $3, and none less than $1.50, for at other places.  N. B.  Warranted satisfactory or no charge for trouble.

Knickerbocker Dollar Daguerrean Gallery or the Knickerbocker Gallery is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as Knickerbocker Gallery.  John also states that George Magwire is listed as operating Knickerbocker Gallery in 1850-1851.

Knapp

1856                Bowery, New York, New York.[1]

Knapp was recorded on January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Knapp’s, Bowery. No specimens on which to form a judgment.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

Knapp is unknown and not recorded in other photographic directories as being active on Bowery in 1855-1856 .  William R. Knapp was listed in an advertisement in the New York Daily Tribune on March 22,1854 as being formerly at 103 Bowery.  Its possible that someone is still using Knapp’s name to attract business.  similar cases are Plumbe’s Galleries and Root’s (Samuel A.)

W. H. Knapp

1859                Rooms in the west end of the Post Office Building, up-stairs, Westfield, New                                   York.

W. H. Knapp was recorded in two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The first advertisement ran from April 4 to May 18, 1859.  New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the west end of the post office building up stairs.

The subscriber has furnished these rooms with the best apparatus, desirable stock and an experienced workman, and will use all reasonable effort to please those who will favor him with their patronage.  W. H. Knapp.

The second advertisement ran from April 27 to December 28, 1859.  The New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the Post Office building are full of customers each day waiting for The finest Likenesses, ever taken in Westfield.  Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., in all kinds of weather.

A large variety of choice cases just received.  A First Class Picture taken or no pay.  Prices Low.

W. H. Knapp is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield New York.

Knapp & Field

1856                477 Broadway, New York, New York.

Knapp & Field (William R. Knapp & James B. Field) were recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 31, 1856.  Knapp’s Colored Improved Durable Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes, 50 cents, including case, twice the size others give for the money, at the only Knapp’s gallery in the city, 477 Broadway, near Wallack’s theatre.  Everybody gets them.  Knapp & Fields.

The second advertisement appeared on December 13.  Knapp’s only Gallery of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Melainotypes, 477 Broadway.  J. B. Fields, Proprietor.

Both William R. Knapp and James B. Fields are recorded in other photographic directories but not as part of a partnership.

Samuel L. Kline

1856                272 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Samuel L. Kline was recorded on  April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Kline. — This artist advertises “enamel pictures at 25 cents and upwards.” The pictures lack clearness and tone, but I will admit they are worth the money.

Samuel Kline is listed in other photographic directories, but is included because of the first-hand account of his work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

Theodore Kirchof

1853-1854       Rooms above J. Strauss Store, Main Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Theodore Kirchof was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements.  The first announcement appeared in The Yazoo Democrat (Yazoo City, Mississippi) on December 7, 1853.  By reference to the advertisement of Mr. Kirchof, it will be seen that he is provided with all the essentials required to copy the “human face divine.”  Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from December 7, 1853 to March 22, 1854 in The Yazoo Democrat  (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Gallery, The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, that he has opened a Gallery above the store of J. Strauss nearly opposite to Heard’s Store, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotypes.  He has on hand many fine specimens and a well selected stock of materials for operation.  His gallery has the advantage of a splendid light which will enable him to take likenesses as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  He would suggest that he is provided with an apparatus with which to take duplicate from old Daguerreotypes, and at the same time to give the copy the same tone and brilliancy of the original.

After many years of experience in the art he thinks himself able to give satisfaction to all who may honor him with a call.  Theodore Kirchof.

The second announcement appeared in The Yazoo City Weekly Whig (Yazoo City, Mississippi) on January 27, 1854.  We direct attention to the advertisement of the daguerrean Gallery in another column.  Mr. Kirchof is the best artist we have ever had among us, and we advise those that want good likenesses to call on him.

The second advertisement ran from January 27 to February 3, 1854 in The Yazoo City Weekly Whig (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Gallery, The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, that he has opened a Gallery above the store of J. Strauss nearly opposite to Heard’s Store, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotypes.  He has on hand many fine specimens and a well selected stock of materials for operation.  His gallery has the advantage of a splendid light which will enable him to take likenesses as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  He would suggest that he is provided with an apparatus with which to take duplicate from old Daguerreotypes, and at the same time to give the copy the same tone and brilliancy of the original.

After many years of experience in the art he thinks himself able to give satisfaction to all who may honor him with a call.  Theodore Kirchof.

The third advertisement ran from March 22 to April 5, 1854 in The Yazoo Democrat.  (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Notice.  Mr. Theo. Kirchof tenders his thanks to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, for their liberal patronage, and would state for the information and benefit of those who desire to have good pictures taken of themselves or friends, to call at his rooms on main Street, nearly opposite J. Heard’s Store without delay, as it is his intention to remain only a few days longer.

Theodore Kirchof is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Frederick Kinnaman

1854                Rooms over J. R. Squire’s Store, Ashland, Ohio.

Frederick Kinnaman was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on   September 6, 1854.  It may not be generally known to our citizens that that accomplished young Artist, Frederick Kinnaman, has just fitted up a superb Daguerrean Gallery over the store of J, R Squire, and it is now open for the reception of visitors.  Those who consider their likenesses worth transmitting to their posterity for a century to come, should not fail to call on Mr. K., as he has no superior as an Artist in this section of the State.  Advertisement next week.

The first advertisement ran from September 13 to December 27, 1854.  Excelsior!  F. Kinnaman’s Daguerrean Gallery!  The public are hereby notified, that the undersigned has opened a splendid Daguerrean Gallery, over the store of J. R. Squire, Ashland, Ohio, and respectfully solicits the patronage of the public.  In addition to the usual appendages of a Picture Gallery, the subscriber has added a Mammoth Skylight!  which pours down a flood of light upon the person sitting, thereby enabling the operator to take good pictures at short sittings.  The subscriber understands all the new and old processes perfectly, and has no hesitation in saying that he can give as good satisfaction as any operator in this section of country.  Specimens can be seen by calling at the rooms.  Hours for operating from 8 o’clock, A. M., to 4 o’clock, P. M.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  F. Kinnaman.  Ashland, Sept. 13th, 1854.

The second announcement ran on October 4, 1854.  F. Kinnaman.—We dropped in to see Fred’s Daguerrean Gallery the other day, and found everything fixed up as neat as a pin.  Fred was as busy as a bee, and seemed to be doing a fine business.  We saw some specimens of his work which were perfectly life-like.  Fred is winning “golden opinions” by his courteous treatment of visitors,and the skill which he displays as an Artist.  Rooms over J. R. Squire’s Store.

The second advertisement ran from January 3 to April 25, 1855.  The World In An Uproar!  H. Burns Daguerrean Gallery!  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the Public, that he has purchased and Extensive Daguerrean Gallery, lately occupied by F. Kinnaman, of Ashland, Ohio, and is fitting it up in a style unsurpassed for beauty and elegance in this section of the country.  He is also adding to his stock a large camera which will enable him to take pictures from the smallest to the largest size.  He has a large and complete assortment of cases of every possible style and size, and will sell pictures lower than they can be bought elsewhere, and he has no hesitation in saying that he can render as good satisfaction as an operator in this section of country.  Specimens can be seen by calling at the rooms.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  Rooms over the store of J. R. Squire.  Don’t mistake the place.  H. Burns.

Frederick Kinnaman is not listed as being active in Ashland, Ohio. In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 there is a listing for Fred Kinnaman as being active in Findlay, Ohio in 1866, 1870-76 and Carey, Ohio in 1878-1879. It is unknown if they are the same person.

Kingsmore & Wearn

1856-1857       Address Unknown, Newberry, South Carolina.

Kingsmore & Wearn (Charles H. Kingsmore & Richard Wearn) were recorded in two announcements in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  The first appeared on November 20, 1856.  The Agricultural fair.  Editorial Correspondence.  Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 11th …. Fancy Painting, Silver Medal—were assigned to E. Dovilliers, of the Barhamville Institute. Messrs. Kingsmore and Wearn, of Newberry, received the award for photograph portraits in oil; and Mr. Zealy, of Columbia, for best Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes &c.  The Photographs were very superior pictures, and richly deserved the honorable mention.  Mr. Zealy’s pictures are equal to his reputation as an artist; but I could not refrain from a malediction on our friend Schorb, for allowing the judgment to be pronounced by default.…

The second announcement appeared on November 19, 1857.  What We Saw And Heard….There were objects at the fair to please the eye, the taste and the fancy of the fastidious amateur, and the judgment and good sense of the plain, substantial farmer…. But it will make the decent more gradual to sketch in the next place the picture gallery.  In this department we must confess our expectations were not altogether realized.  Nevertheless, there were several good paintings and a choice selection of hallotypes and photographs on exhibition.— The finest pictures, we believe, belonged to Dr. Gibbes.  Messrs. Kingsmore & Wearn, of Newberry, sent down some beautiful photograph portraits.  Those of Hon. John Belton O’Neall and Hon. Preston S. Brooks attracted most attention.

Kingsmore and Wearn are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Newberry, North Carolina in 1858-1860.