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Charles W. Purcell

1849-1850       128 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]                                                        1851                   Rooms in Sharpe & Yandee’s Building, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Charles W. Purcell was mentioned in an announcement that appeared on October 9, 1851 in the Indiana State Sentinel (Indianapolis, Indiana).  “Here Life Seems Speaking From A Hundred Frames.”—The new and beautiful Daguerreotype Rooms of Mr. S. Rea are completed, and are now open for the reception of visitors.  The quality of Mr. Rea’s pictures has always been greatly admired, but since he has introduced the improvement of his new sky-light, and side-lights, he is enabled to give a much better finish to Daguerreotypes, and to produce a more perfect picture than heretofore.  By his new arrangement of light, the difficulty heretofore experienced in taking the likenesses of children, aged persons, and those with light-colored or weak eyes, has been removed, and an impression is taken on the plate in a very short space of time.  We have seen several of his pictures taken by the new light, and for beautiful gradation of light and shade, clearness in the image, and the softness of tone, we have never seen them equaled.

The Metropolitan Gallery consists of two large rooms, in Sharpe & Yandee’s building.  One is used for operating, and the other as the gallery and reception room.  The latter is tastefully and splendidly furnished, the pictures being arranged on each side of the room, and also in the frame-work of a circular moveable case, placed on a pedestal in the centre of the room.  His beautiful assortment of fine gold lockets and breastpins for miniatures, occupy a portion of this case.

Mr. Rea has secured the services of Mr. Charles W. Purcell, of Baltimore, an experienced operator, and he pledges himself that not a picture shall leave his establishment that does not give entire satisfaction.

Charles W. Purcell is recorded in other photographic directories but the above information helps to clarify his timeline.

[1] Baltimore activity dates and address from Directory of Maryland Photographers 1939-1900, p. 43.  By Ross J. Kelbaugh..

James Adolphus Pugh

1856                Address Unknown, Mulberry Street, Macon, Georgia.

James Adolphus Pugh appeared in an announcement on October 8, 1856 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana).  Great Fire in Macon.—A little before daybreak, on Monday, the 22d ult., our citizens were aroused by the ringing of alarm bells and the cry of fire.  The cause of the fire is not known, but it was first discovered, we believe, on the premises of Mr. E. E. Brown, on Mulberry street, opposite the Lanier hotel,…The following is a list of the houses destroyed, some of which were owned by their occupants, and others by different persons:…Pugh’s daguerreotype gallery;…

J. A. Pugh is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Macon, Georgia in 1859, they are possibly the same person.

Proctor & Buell

1852                Room over William’s Hardware Store, Grand Rapids, Michigan.                                1852                New School House, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Proctor & Buell (Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell) were recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).   The first advertisement ran from March 2 to May 5, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

P. S.  Messrs. P. & B., will visit Grand Haven, in April, when they will hope to receive that encouragement which their merit claims.

The first announcement appeared on March 23, 1852.  A reference to our advertising columns will show that Messrs. Proctor & Buell, Daguerreian artist, of Grand Rapids, will visit us in April, for the purpose of transferring to silver plates the “human face divine,” in which business they have gained an enviable reputation.

The second advertisement ran from May 12 to June 2, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

Messrs. P. & B. have taken rooms at the New School-house, in this place, where they will remain for two weeks.  Those wishing pictures of themselves or friends, are very respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

The second announcement ran on May 26, 1852, Vol. I, No. 45, P. 2.  Mr. Buel, the daguerreian artist, of the firm Proctor & Buel, is in town yet, and wants to see every one of you at his gallery in the New School-house. Where he will be “very happy” to sit you and make a durable shadow of you.  Give him a call, any way, and see if his picture ain’t  “some.”

Both Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell are recorded in other photographic directories, but not as partners.

Messrs. Pride

1844                Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

Messrs. Pride were recorded in two announcements in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  The first announcement ran on March 27, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—It may not be known to many of our readers that the Messrs. Pride have taken one of the upper rooms in the Cobble-Stone block, and are prepared to furnish Daguerreotype Miniatures on the “shortest notice.  We examined several that were taken yesterday, many of which were as perfect as could possibly be taken.  They warrant a faithful picture to any one who will sit,—one which shall be satisfactory to the sitter.  Our citizens will find it a pleasant place to lounge for a half hour.  Call and see for yourself.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1844.  Photographic Likenesses.—The Messrs. Pride continue to furnish accurate portraits at their daguerrian Gallery, in the Cobble Stone block.  The likenesses taken yesterday and the day before are excellent.  Call and examine them, or come and see ours.

Messrs. Pride are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Cephas Pride

1849                One Door North of N. M. Wardwell’s store, Pulaski, New York.

J. Cephas Pride is recorded in one advertisement that ran on May 16 & 23, 1849 in the Richland Courier (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  The Subscriber would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Pulaski and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Gallery, one door north of N. M. Wardwell’s store, where he will be happy to receive a call from his friends; and pledge himself that he will take their Miniatures better than any other artist has been able to do heretofore, in this place.  J. Cephas Pride.  Pulaski, May 9, 1849.

J. Cephas Pride is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. B. Pride

1849-1850       Ford’s Building, north of the Salmon River House, Pulaski, New York.

G. B. Pride was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 5, 1849 to February 6, 1850 in the Richland Courier (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerrean Gallery, In the second story of Ford’s building, north of the Salmon River House, Pulaski, N. Y.  G. B. Pride Would inform his friends and the public that he is now in readiness to wait upon them, and as he has been to much expense in procuring the best materials, and fitting up a suitable gallery, he feels confident of being able to give perfect satisfaction.  A perfect likeness warranted in all cases.  Pulaski.

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

E. Pricemer

1841                3 Broad Street, New York, New York.

E. Pricemer was recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 23 to April 13, 1841.  Just Received From France, and for sale by E. Pricemer, 3 Broad street—Large and small Daguerreotype Plates, Hyposulfite of Soda, Cripoli, Daguerreotype Drawings of the Monuments of Paris and Rome.

E.Pricemer is not recorded in other photographic directories as a retailer of daguerreian supplies.

S. W. Price

1857                Between Main and Franklin Streets, Clarksville, Tennessee.

S. W. Price is recorded in two announcements in the Clarksville Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee). The first announcement appeared on November 20, 1857. We are pleased to see that our clever friend and accomplished artist, Mr. S. W. Price, has returned to our city, to remain a short time.  We are shown a specimen of his skill, in the way of coloring upon the Photograph likeness of our Editor.  It is certainly a fine specimen of art.

If, with McCormac to take the picture, and Price to do the coloring, our senior’s face is not well taken, then there is no use in any one else trying.  In our opinion, this Photograph cannot be surpassed.

The second announcement appeared on May 21, 1858.  Mr. Price is again in our midst Mr. Price is a painter of decided merit, and if evidence of that fact were wanting, his picture of that fact were wanting, his picture of Mr. Fillmore is sufficient to place the matter beyond a doubt.  Mr. Price is also a high-toned and honorable gentleman, and we bespeak for him a liberal share of patronage.  We presume he will resume his employment as colorer of Photographers for Mr. W. J. McCormac.  Success attend them both.

S. W. Price is not recorded in other photographic directories. There is a possibility that this is Samuel Woodson Price a portrait and figure painter who was active in Kentucky and Tennessee prior to the Civil War.

Robert T. Price

1855                Address Unknown, Elizabethtown, New Jersey

Robert T. Price was mentioned in one advertisement on March 13, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  To Let—For One Or More Years, From The first day of April next, (an excellent chance for boarding house keepers,) the large brick boarding house on the north east corner of Broad and Jersey streets, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, at present occupied as a boarding house, large garden, good well of water, two large cisterns, plenty of cellar, all paved, and every other convenience, suitable for a first class boarding house, and within two minute walk of the depot, and one hour’s ride from the city.  For further particulars inquire of Robt. T. Price, daguerrean artist, Elizabethtown, N. J., or city reference of , Alphonso Lettellier 481 Broadway, Jewelry store.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an R. T. Price active in 1850-1851 in Elizabethtown and again in 1859 and suggest that they are the same person.  According to Gary Saratzky’s website  gary.saretsky.com/photohistory/njphotographers.html it is possible to connect the R. T. Price, Robert T. Price & Robert T. Price & son to suggest that he possibly was active  from 1850 to 1866.

James Prentice

1859                66 Nassau Street, New York, New York.

James Prentice was listed in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York) and one entry from the 1859 New York City Directory.  The first advertisement ran on  May 23, 1859.  Spectacles, Stereoscopes and Views.—A New and splendid assortment can be had at 66 Nassau street.

The second advertisement appeared on May 31, 1859.  Spectacles, Stereoscopes and Views in great variety, at J. Prentice’s,  66 Nassau street.

The entry from the 1859 New York City Directory (residence section).  Jas. Prentice.  Math. Insts. 66 Nassau st. h.—33 Delancey.

James Prentice as a retailer is not listed in other photographic directories.