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S. Grubb

1849               Address and Location Unknown.

S. Grubb was recorded in an announcement on July 18, 1856 in The Schenectady Reflector. (Schenectady, New York).  Singular Case, Supposed Clue To A Murder In 1849.—It will be recollected that on the 9th of March, succeeding the inauguration of President Taylor, the dead body of a man was found on the towpath of the Alexander canal, near Arlington…

Mr. S. Grubb took an accurate daguerreotype of the body, and the deceased was interred on Penny Hill, where he has slumbered now for seven years.

S. Grubb ins not recorded in other photographic directories. In Craig’s Daguerreian Registry John does list a John S. Grubb who is active in Richmond, Virginia in 1850 -1852.  

B. F. Griswold

1856                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

B. F. Griswold (Griswould) was recorded in an announcement on March 24, 1856 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York). List of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, Held at Walton on the 24th and 25th of September…Discretionary…Ambrotype, W. H. Johnson, 1 dollar.                                                                                                        Second do, B. F. Griswould, 1 dollar.

B. F. Griswold is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Walton, New York in 1859. It is possible that he was active in Walton in 1856.

Mr. Griffin

1856                Rooms at Barksdale & McFarland’s, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Mr. Griffin was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Weekly American Banner (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  It will be seen by an advertisement, that Mr. Griffin, a most excellent Daguerrean Artist, has opened rooms in our city.  Those that wish to see themselves as others see them, can be gratified by a visit to them.  N.B.—Mr. Griffin inform us that he makes all the ladies handsome.

The advertisement ran from February 15 to 29, 1856.  Daguerreotypes For Only One Dollar At Griffin’s Gallery, Opposite Barksdale & McFarland’s.  A Large lot of extra fine cases, Gold Lockets, Bracelets, Breastpins and Rings for Daguerreotypes on hand, and for sale at reduced prices.

Many beautiful specimens of distinguished personages can be seen.  Call and examine them, one and all.  You that have beauty should go to Griffin take it, You that have none should go and let him make it.  Ere decay’s effacing fingers, Have sought the lives where beauty lingers.

Mr. Griffin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Griffin & Whyland

1850                Main Street, over J. D. Crank’s Store, Geneseo, New York.

Griffin (Lewis V.) & Whyland were recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 14 to August 15, 1850 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  Messrs. Griffin & Whyland would respectfully announce to the citizens of Geneseo and vicinity, that they have fitted up the rooms over store of J. D. Crank, Main Street, where they will be ready at any time to accommodate the public with Miniatures, which are seldom equaled for beauty of tone and brilliant luster, and the “Eyes” we never fail in producing them equally as plain and bright as those of the original.  Having spent much time in the study and practice of the art, and also in obtaining the latest improvements, they feel perfectly confident that their specimens will compare with any hitherto produced.  A good assortment of stock on hand at all times.  Every variety of Cases—Single, Double, Plain Morocco, Turkey hoend, fancy Gilt and embossed.

Frames—Rosewood, Mahogany, Rough and Ready, Single or in Groups.  Lockets—All sizes, single, double, and glass fronts.  Miniature Pins and Rings.  Warranted instructions given to any who are otherwise qualified for the business, and free access to all books and papers connected with the art.  Apparatus and stock furnished if desired.

Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Ladies and gentlemen are requested to examine and sit for specimens.  Geneseo, February 11th, 1850.

Lewis V. Griffin is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but not in the partnership with Whyland, and Whyland is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles W. Grey

1557-1858       167 Main, Opposite the Exchange Bank, Richmond Virginia.                                  1858                   371 Broadway, New York, New York.

Charles W. Grey was recorded in two advertisements in The Daily Dispatch.  (Richmond, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from December 3 to 10, 1857.  Large Ambrotypes. For Only Twenty-Five Cents, At Grey’s, Opposite the Exchange Bank, Richmond, Va.

The second advertisement ran from January 6 to 12, 1858.  Children!  Children!!  Children!!!  Wonderful Improvement In The Arts.  Magnificent Ambrotypes taken of Children of all ages in two seconds, at Grey’s Gallery, 167 Main street, opposite the Exchange Bank, Richmond, Va., 371 Broadway, two doors above Taylors Saloon, New York.

Charles W. Grey is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Richmond, Virginia.

DeWitt C. Grenell

N. D.               5½ Tremont Row, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                            N. D.               205 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                      N. D.               100 Chestnut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                        N. D.               Eighth and Chestnut, Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                            N. D.               205 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.                                                                      1849                Rooms in Safford’s New Block, Watertown, New York.                                              1850                236 Grand Street, New York, New York.                                                          1851                557 & 559 Broadway, New York, New York.

DeWitt C. Grenell was recorded in three advertisements.  The first advertisement ran on October 17 to November 14, 1849 in the Northern New York Journal (Watertown, New York).  Daguerreotype, Plumbotype, and Calotype Pictures, “Secure the Shadow ere the Substance Fades.”  DeWitt C. Grenell, Daguerrean Artist, just arrived from New York and Philadelphia, with the largest assortment of Daguerreotype Stock, Apparatus and Specimens, ever exhibited in Watertown.  Having had many years experience in the largest establishments in the United States, viz: Southworth & Hawes, Boston, M. B. Brady, N. York, T. P. & D. C. Collins, McLees & German sic. McCless & Germon Philadelphia, also Plumbe’s National Daguerrean Gallery, Baltimore.  He has taken and furnished in the best manner three large and commodious rooms in Safford’s New Block, opposite the American Hotel.  Having a thorough knowledge of all the late improvements in the art, and a superior Apparatus, he feels confident his portraits will excel anything before offered.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens , among which are several distinguished personages.  Photographs neatly set in Lockets, Pins and Rings.  Family Groups of any desired size, also Children taken instantly.

Daguerreotype Stock constantly on hand at the lowest New York Prices.  Goods will be forwarded to Operators in the country on the shortest notice.  Also, instructions given to any person desiring to learn the mysteries of the art.  Watertown, Sept. 26th, 1849.

The Second advertisement ran on June 8 & 10, 1851 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  D. C. Grenell’s New-York Daguerreian Gallery at the Alhambra, building 557 & 559 Broadway, formerly occupied by J. Niblo, is now open for the reception of the public; no expense has been spared in making it one of the most perfect establishments of the kind in the world, with a thorough knowledge of every improvement the art has attained, and operators of long experience and superior talent employed enables the proprietor to warrant every picture equal to any taken in this country.  The Sky light which is arranged upon a new plan, is superior to many and surpassed by none.  The public can rely upon perfect satisfaction, both with regard to quality and price.

The third advertisement ran on June 9 & 10, 1851 in the New York Daily Tribune.  (New York, New York.)  June 9, 1851, Vol. XI, No. 3165, P. 4.

D. C. Grenell’s New-York Daguerreian Gallery at the Alhambra, building 557 & 559 Broadway, formerly occupied by J. Niblo, is now open for the reception of the public; no expense has been spared in making it one of the most perfect establishments of the kind in the world, with a thorough knowledge of every improvement the art has attained, and operators of long experience and superior talent employed enables the proprietor to warrant every picture equal to any taken in this country. The Sky light which is arranged upon a new plan, is superior to many and surpassed by none. The public can rely upon perfect satisfaction, both with regard to quality and price.

DeWitt C. Grenell is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1850 to 1851 in New York City.

John Gregory

1849                Rooms in the Patriot Building, Montpelier, Vermont.                                            1850                Rooms at the brick house, Corner of Pleasant Street, Middlebury, Vermont.

John Gregory is recorded in two announcements.  The first ran on  October 18, 1849 in the  Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Gregory’s Daguerreotypes.  Those who would like to have their faces taken, with the living countenance, all brought out to the last line and lineament, would do well to call on Mr. Gregory, in the Patriot building, in this village.  Others may differ from us, perhaps; but to our taste, no daguerreotypes of so natural a hue, of so full an expression, and every way of so life-like an appearance, have ever before been taken in this section of the country.    D. P. T.

The second announcement ran on February 5, 1850 in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Mr. Gregory, whose Daguerreotypes our citizens have so justly admired, will return to this village in a few days, when he will take the likenesses of those who desire it.  We can without hesitation say that Mr. Gregory’s Daguerreotypes surpass any thing we have ever before seen, standing out, in natural colors, like a finished painting,—every feature distinctly preserved, life-like, and real.  Mr. G. retains his rooms at the Brick House, corner Pleasant Street.

John Gregory is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Dr. Gregerson

1840                Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 3, 1840.  Manuscript Eloise L. Derby, Boston, Massachusetts to Mr. George L. Strong, George M. Strong Esq., 56 Wall Street, New York.  From my collection.

April 3d 1840                                                                                                                                                                  Dear Mary. George ,                                                                                                                                                As I believe I owe you a letter I will write to you and acknowledge the safe arrival of the bottle of Ipecac & and beg you to thank Papa for me in my name for the trouble he has taken about it & I know it will give you all pleasure to hear that your little namesake seems to be rapidly recovering.  He is still however as fond of myself & nurse as ever & nothing can induce him to go to any one else, but as he begins to be willing to kiss other people I hope he will soon get over his very great attachment to me, my arms as you may well imagine have felt his sickness very sensibly.

There is nothing thought of or talked about in this City now but the Daguerreotype.  I take it for granted you have seen it.  I left the baby a day or two since for a short time & went to the exhibition of ——— pictures prints impressions or whatplates I suppose ought to be the word.  I think them beautiful & consider it a most wonderful discovery but then I am so stupid as to be unable to see what good is to result from it, no impression can be taken from these plates (?) & then what is to prevent the silver from turning and if it as all silver unfortunately will & then if it does can it be cleaned without destroying the picture? & wont the copper corrode the thin coating of silver?  M. Gouraud asks 51 dollars for an apparatus, but Dr. Bigelow told me a few days since that a Dr. Gregerson of this city had fitted up an old cigar box at an expanse of $2— & had taken a very correct view of the upper part of Hanover St.  I should think that you were  just the one to be dabbling with it please send me some of your specimens…

Your affectionate Sister

Eloise L. Derby 

Dr. Gregerson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Samuel Greene, Jr.   

1858-1859       Rooms on Seneca Street, over Barnard & Van Daren’s, Geneva, New York.

Samuel Green, Jr was recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 25, 1858 to April 29, 1859 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  New Style Of Ambrotypes.  The subscriber would respectfully inform his friends and the public, that he is prepared to take Ambrotypes in an entirely new style, which for durability and finish, cannot be excelled.  Rooms over Barnard & Van Daren’, Seneca street, Geneva, N. Y.  Samuel Greene, Jr.

Samuel Greene, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Green & Holmes

1853-1854       Rooms No. 6 Seneca Street, nearly opposite the Post Office, Geneva, New                                       York.

Green (John F.) & Holmes (D. R.) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 9, 1853 to January 6, 1854 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  The Subscriber having connected themselves together for the purpose of Daguerreotyping, also fitted up a new suite of rooms opposite the Post Office, are now prepared to make Pictures unequalled in the vicinity.  We are now making a style of pictures never before made in this village or county, and the Only Persons that can make them—(no humbug about this notwithstanding what others may say.)  They are called Crayon Daguerreotypes.

As for Daguerreotypes we challenge competition.  We can suit the most fastidious.  We have the largest and best arranged operative room, as well as light, aside from the reception room, in the county.  Our light is well adapted to children, being three times as large as any other in the vicinity, consequently we can take them quicker.  We are the only persons in town that take the Stereoscopic or Binocular Pictures.  In fact we make all kinds of Pictures, either in colors, or oil, or on silver.  Persons wishing Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine our specimens.  Our Rooms are opposite the New Post Office, and directly over Barnard & Van Deren’s Jewelry store.  John F. Greene.  D. R. Holmes.

John F. Greene was discussed in yesterday’s post, and D. R. Holmes is not recorded in other photographic directories.