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E. W. Merrill

1849                82 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

E. W. Merrill was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 6 to October 8, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Be Not Deceived.  Although the time of the prophet is past, yet there are those who would deceive and humbug the public by circulating false and slanderous reports of those who would gain an honest living by industry, I would take this opportunity to inform the public that I did not learn my trade of that young sprout, neither have I left the city or state, but I am engaged in the Daguerreotype Business in the Rooms adjoining those formerly occupied by our worthy friend S. Williams, 82 Main Street, where those who are in want of pictures, can obtain them (from twenty-five to fifty cents cheaper) by passing a few steps from the top of the first flight of stairs to No. 4 in the same block, than at any other place in Worcester.  E. W. Merrill.

E. W. Merrill is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. C. A. Merrell

1858                Rooms at the Western Hotel, McArthur, Ohio.

D. C. A. Merrell was recorded in an announcement and advertisement in the M’Arthur Democrat (McArthur, Ohio). The announcement appeared on September 16, 1858. Daguerreotypes.—Now is the time to have your likeness taken.—Mr. D. C. A. Merrell, an excellent artist, is ready to accommodate you with any description of photographs. See Advertisement.

The advertisement ran from September 16 to November 4, 1858.  Photographic Pictures!  For A Few Days Only!  D. C. A. Merrell, Having taken rooms at the Western Hotel for a short time, is now prepared to take all kinds of Photographic Likenesses in the best style and the cheapest rates.  Lockets, Cases and Breast-Pins always on hand.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at his room.

D. C. A. Merrell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles Mendham

1852-1853     177 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1853                407 Broadway, New York, New York.

Charles Mendham was recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York)The first advertisement appeared on April 29, 1852.  To Daguerreotypers.—Wanted, A First class Operator.  Apply to Powelson & Mendham, Daguerreotype Artists, 177 Broadway, from 8 to 12 o’clock in the morning.

The second advertisement ran on March 1 & 2, 1853. Card.—B. F. Powelson Hereby Gives Notice, that he is no longer interested in the daguerrean gallery known under the firm of Powelson & Mendham.  He can now be found at Harrison’s rooms, No. 123 Broadway, where he will be happy to see his friends and well wishers.  A first rate picture guaranteed.

The third advertisement appeared on April 30, 1853.  For Sale.—A Copper Boiler, Which Holds thirty gallons, also a furnace belonging to it; a new candle mould, middling sixes size, for sale.  Apply to Charles Mendham, daguerrean room [77] or 407 Broadway.

Charles Mendham is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1853-1854 at 407 Broadway. and the partnership of Mendham & Powelson as being active in New York city in the mid-1850’s.

L. B. Melvin/Melven

1859                Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store, Westfield, New York.

L. B. Melvin/Melven was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The announcement appeared on December 7, 1859. Likenesses.—There are but few who do not appreciate a well executed likeness, and it matters little whether the original is prepossessing or not. There is something undefinable about it.  We cherish the likenesses of those friends with whom we daily associate, and a truthful likeness seems to increase our attachment, and cement more strongly the bonds of friendship.  We do not know how it is, but there is always some pleasing feature that is sure to find its way into the likeness which we seem not to have discovered before; and especially of those cherished friends who have been taken from us.  It is then, perhaps, that we begin to fully appreciate their worth, and to understand truly how dear they were to us; and then it is that we prize, to, whatever serves to call up in memory, their worthy traits, & the pleasing associations of the past.  But we are forgetting ourselves; we only designed expressing the pleasure we derived from a few moments spent in looking over the specimens of art, in the well arranged Ambrotype Rooms of L. B. Melvin.  His pictures are taken and finished up with skill; but his card will be found in another part of the paper. to which all are referred.  Call on him; examine his specimens, and we guarantee you will take away with you your own likeness.

The advertisement ran from December 7 to 28, 1859.  Old Things Become New.  Marble Hall Picture Gallery in Full Blast!

Great reductions in prices.  The best Likenesses of all kinds, either Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melenotypes, Daguerreotypes And all other types, on Leather or Paper taken in any weather, and cheaper and better than was ever offered here before.  Now is the time for all that wish to have a good, correct likeness, as I defy all competition, either in Quality or prices.  Particular attention paid to taking Children’s picture.  A fine lot of specimens on hand.  Call and see.  Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store.  L. B. Melven.

L. B. Melvin/Melven is not recorded in other photographic directories.

W. H. Melick

1859                407 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1860                407 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]

W. H. Melick was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on January 5, 1859 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  $1,000.—For Sale, A Strictly First Class photograph and ambrotype gallery, doing a large and profitable business, situated in a city in Georgia containing 20,000 inhabitants.  W. H. Melick, 407 Broadway.

W. H. Melick was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1860.  While the advertisement is for a gallery for sale in Georgia it is unknown at this time if the gallery was his  or someone else’s.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as Melick & Co.

J. F. Meginness

1851                N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s Streets, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

J.F. Meginness was recorded in one announcement on July 23, 1851 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Mr. J. F. Meginness, at the N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s streets, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes at short notice in superior style.

J. F. Meginness is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. S. Meacham

1851-1852       57 Fourth Street, Opposite Planter’s House, St. Louis, Missouri.

S. S. Meacham was recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 9, 1851 to January 15, 1852 in the Hannibal Journal and Western Union (Hannibal, Missouri).  Rand’s Daguerreotype Saloons, 57 Fourth street, opposite Planters House, St. Louis, Mo.  Ladies and Gentlemen visiting St. Louis are invited to call and have their likenesses taken in a style equal to that of any in the world. S. S. Meacham, Artist & Sup’t.

S. S. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. L. Meacham

1854                Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                            1854-1855     Rooms over David Lake’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                                                    1857-1859     Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                      1859                Rooms in the Odd Fellows Hall, Okolona, Mississippi.

S. L. Meacham was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement was recorded from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Note the date at the end of the advertisement (May 20, 1854.)  Daguerreotypes.  S. L. Meacham, of St. Louis, Mo., respectfully informs the citizens of Aberdeen, that he has taken rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Hankins, and is prepared to execute all manner of work appertaining to the art.  With an experience of nine years in the business, he feels confident in assuring those who may favor him with their patronage, that they can obtain of him specimens of the art equal to any in the world, as well as True Likenesses.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather, and set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, and cases, from the smallest to full size.  Citizens, Strangers and the ladies especially are invited to call and examine specimens.  May 20, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi). Business Directory.  Daguerreotypist.  S. L. Meacham—Over David Lake’s.

The third advertisement was recorded on June 4, 1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859 in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The announcement appeared on June 30, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Those who wish correct pictures of themselves will find Mr. Meacham, an artist of the first order, in the Odd Fellows Hall.  See Notice.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 30 to July 21, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Ambrotypes, S. L. Meacham (formerly of Aberdeen, Miss.,) respectfully calls the attention of the citizens of Okolona to his rooms in Odd Fellows Hall, where he will remain for a few days.  All those wanting a fine likeness of themselves, as well as a superior picture, would do well to give him an early call.  A fine lot of fancy cases; also, lockets and pins on hand.

S. L. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if S. L. Meacham is the same person as recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as S. L. M. Meacham even though the connection to St. Louis, is compelling the activity dates (S. L. M. Meacham 1851) and S. L. Meacham 1854 is circumstantial evidence and would be speculation at best.

Harris H. Meacham

1851                26 &27 Foot’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.                                                    1851-1852     Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Harris H. Meacham was mentioned in one announcement and one advertisement in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  The announcement appeared on July 16, 1851.  Cooley Daguerreotypes.  The most exquisite specimens of out-door Daguerreotyping we have ever seen, was accomplished, on Saturday last, by Mr. O. H. Cooley.  Mr. Cooley invited the Ocean Hose Company out, for their picture, and took them in their neat uniform with their new banner appropriately displayed in the center of the line.  The picture is a perfect set of portraits, in miniature, of the whole company, every individual being easily recognizable by those acquainted with the original.  This is not all.  The tone of the picture is like that of the very richest steel engraving.  We learn that the company are determined to have this picture, but trust that Mr. Cooley will retain it awhile, for exhibition.

In this connection, it is put justice to Mr. Cooley to give him the credit that his long and successful labors in the Daguerreotyping art deserves.  He began his business in the infancy of the art, eight or nine years since.  With an industry and perseverance which have surmounted every obstacle, he has kept along with the advance of his art, until, now, he displays a gallery of pictures, and daily furnishes portraits to his patrons, second to none found in the United States.  He has now taken in a new partner, and the business is carried on by Cooley & Meacham.  The gallery of pictures has been removed to the third story in Foot’s building, and now occupies one of the most beautiful and pleasant rooms in town.  Mr. Clark, an operator accomplished in his art, and gentlemanly in his deportment, presides in the laboratory, and we are glad to know that the business thrives.

The advertisement ran from July 25 to August 12, 1851.  Hampden Daguerrean Gallery.  Cooley & Meacham, Proprietors, No. 26 &27 Foot’s Building.

This long established Gallery has been constantly gaining in popularity, until now it is acknowledged to be unsurpassed in this country.  The picture department is still under the supervision of Mr. C., the original proprietor, whose motto has ever been to “go ahead,” in all the improvements in the Art, and he is determined to keep in advance of all competitors.  He has taken in as partner, Mr. H. H. Meacham, and with this accession to his means, is enabled to offer the picture-loving public greater inducements than ever to patronize this establishment.

They have removed their Gallery to room No. 26, directly front of the operating room, the pleasantest room in the building, and invite the public generally to visit their fine Exhibition Rooms, filled with an extensive collection of portraits of distinguished public men.  Pictures taken in all weather at moderate price.

N. B. Mr. Cooley having made the above arrangement request all who are indebted to him to make immediate payment, and all having accounts against him are requested to present the same for adjustment.

Harris H. Meacham is recorded in other photographic directories as Harris Meacham, as being active in 1851-1852 in Springfield, Massachusetts without a business address.

Meacham & Sanders

1857-1859       Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders (S. L. Meacham & Sanders) was recorded in two advertisements.  The first was recorded on June 4,  1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The second advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  In The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders are not recorded in other photographic directories.