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H.  H. Laughlin

1856                Twelfth & Market Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

H.  H. Laughlin is 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.

Laughlin, Market St. — I cannot say much for these specimens. The glasses are dirty, and the pictures too light and undeveloped,

 H. H. Laughlin is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Philadelphia from 1848 to 1858, 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.


Lathrop & Watson

1848-1849       37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Lathrop & Watson appeared in one advertisement that ran from August 9, 1848 to March 14, 1849 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Daguerreotypes At No. 37, Owego St.  Likenesses can be had of all sizes in a new and improved style, and on the most reasonable terms.—Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens and sit for their Likeness, if they choose, by way of experiments, free of charge.  Instructions given in the latest improvements in the art-Chemicals, Apparatus, &c. furnished on the most liberal terms. Lathrop & Watson.

Lathrop & Watson (first names are unknown) but they are mentioned in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Milton S. Lathrop as the partnership of Milton & Lathrop (?) with the note “this is probably an error”.  I believe that the Lathrop is probably Milton S. Lathrop and Watson is unknown at this time.

S. Lasher

1851-1852       Rooms in the Court House, Plymouth , Indiana.

S. Lasher was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Plymouth Pilot (Plymouth, Indiana). The announcement appeared on November 26, 1851.  By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen, that Mr, S. Lasher is on hand with his Daguerrean apparatus, taking likenesses superior to any thing of the kind we have seen.—All those wishing any thing done in this line would do well to give Mr. Lasher a call—room at the Court House.

The advertisement ran from November 26, 1851 to January 7, 1852.  Wanted, Any number of Faces, to give Metalic immortality. Those wishing correct Daguerrean Likenesses (not caricatures,) of themselves or friends, may be sure of being accommodated, on reasonable terms, by stepping into the room of the subscriber in the Court House, between the hours of 9 A. M. and 4 P. M.

The subscriber having taken rooms as above, would be pleased if the Ladies and Gentlemen of this vicinity, would call and examine his specimens, give him a sitting, and should the impression fail to give you full satisfaction don’t take it.

Parents, soon these frail tenements will be mouldering in the dust—secure then, the image, ere the substance fade, to leave as a memento of your children in after years, when you are gone—and as children may die, would it not be well to preserve a true likeness when so easily obtained.  Friends often regret when too late, that they have not done it.  An opportunity is now offered to “secure the shadow ere the substance fade. Let Nature copy that which Nature made.”

Instructions in the art, carefully given and apparatus’ furnished at New York Prices.  S. Lasher.

N. B. Pictures are taken as low as $1.75.

S. Lasher does not appear in other photographic directories.

J. H. Larrabee

1859                Address Unknown, Chittenango, New York.

J. H. Larrabee is recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 2 to 23, 1859 in the Cazenovia Republican (Cazenovia, New York). A Card. The Subscriber Respectfully Informs the Citizens of Cazenovia and adjoining Towns, that the Photographs on exhibition in The North West Part Of Floral Hall At The Cazenovia Fair, were not made by Mr. Weld, as was supposed by many and intimated by some, but were made by the Subscriber At His Gallery In Chittenango where he is prepared, at all times to execute Plain and Colored Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and Pictures on Patent Leather, in a style not surpassed in or out of Madison County.  Large Photographs made from small Daguerreotypes, and colored in Oil in a style truly wonderful, which need only to be seen to be admired.  Perfect satisfaction warranted in all cases, or no charge.  J. H. Larrabee.

A J. H. Larrabee is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1859 in Binghampton, New York it is possible they are the same person the distance between Binghampton and Chittenango, New York is about 80 miles.

Augustus Larcombe

1856                40 College Street, Nashville, Tennessee.                                                            1858                Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, Nashville, Tennessee.

Augustus Larcombe was recorded in two Announcements and four advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from March 11 to April 16, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  A. Larcombe, Ambrotypist.  No. 40, College Street, Corner of Union, Ambrotypes—the new Photographic Pictures on Glass, made by Cutting’s Patent Process, are now offered to the public as the most beautiful and only permanent likeness in the world.

All sizes and styles from Breastpins to Cabinet Portraits.  Daguerreotypes copied in Ambrotype.  Caution—Imitation Pictures got up by Daguerreotypist are not Ambrotypes.  One is perishable, the other immortal.  Genuine Ambrotypes are made at 40, College street and no where else in Nashville.

The first announcement appeared on October 26, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  Mechanics’ Institute.  Second Annual Exhibition.  Premiums Awarded…Class No. 6—Marble Work, Paintings, Drawing, Daguerreotypes, Etc.

J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Miniatures on Ivory……………………….5                                        J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Photographs, plain and colored…………5                                      A. Larcomb, Nashville, Ambrotypes…………………….…………………..5                                    Hughes Brothers, Nashville, Daguerreotypes…………………………….5

The second advertisement ran from November 13 to December 19, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  Larcombe’s Ambrotypes Took the first Premium over all competitors at the recent Exhibition, and are acknowledged to be the best Pictures in Tennessee.

Made as heretofore at New York and Philadelphia prices, and put up in tip top style at his Ambrotype Rooms, No. 40 College street, over Campbell & Donegan’s.

The third advertisement ran from February 1 to October 1, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  The Genuine Ambrotype—the Premium Picture—is beyond comparison the best style of likeness yet introduced, and stands without rival:

Time cannot change them,                                                                                                                              Light cannot fade them,                                                                                                                            Dampness cannot mould them,                                                                                                                          Dust can never reach them,                                                                                                                                   Rust cannot corrode them.

Made as heretofore by Larcombe, Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, and put up in tip-top style at Eastern prices.  Made in no other rooms in Nashville.

The second announcement appeared on July 21, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  The Ambrotype Process.  This new process of photography upon glass excels all previous methods of taking portraits by the action of light.  The daguerreotype, it is well known, too commonly wears a sharp angular, harsh expression, arising from too strong a contrast of light and shade.  The photograph, on the contrary, is apt to wear a dull inanimate expression, and its unnatural hue is sometimes far from being agreeable.  By the ambrotype process entire precision of outline and naturalness of feature and expression are secured, while at the same time a tone of softness is diffused over the picture from the more graceful effect of light and shade upon a surface of glass.  Moreover, two pictures are obtained from one impression, the face of the glass exhibiting the sitter as he sees himself in a mirror, while the reverse shows him as he appears to others.  The latter is a very great advantage over either the daguerreotype or the photograph.  These always present a reversed picture, more natural to the eye of the subject himself than to others; but the ambrotype gives both the mirror face and the natural face.  It will probably be some considerable period of time before this beautiful branch of the art is brought to the highest state of perfection of which it is capable, but scarcely a week goes by without some improvement being announced.

Call on Larcombe if you would get an Ambrotype in its most perfect state.

The fourth advertisement ran from September 21, 1858 to November 28, 1859 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Home Again!  Mr. Larcombe desires to inform his friends and the public generally that he has returned from his Northern tour, and is ready to open the fall campaign.

Fully posted in all recent improvements in Photographic Manipulation—relying, as heretofore, solely upon the merits of his pictures, and determined to spare no effort to please, he confidently invites those who have never given him a fair trial, to do so.

Ladies will find his present rooms the most conveniently and pleasantly located of any in the City, Cherry Street, corner of Union.

Augustus Larcombe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Nashville starting in 1857.

J. Lantz

1852-1853       Rooms at the Melick’s Hotel, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

J. Lantz appears in an announcement and two advertisements in the Jefferson Republican (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania). The announcement ran on September 30, 1852. The card of Mr. J. Lantz, Daguerreotypist, will be found in another column of to-days Republican.  Mr. L. has taken a number of likenesses, of persons in this place, which have been persons in this place, which have been pronounced by those competent to judge A No. 1.

The first advertisement ran from September 30 to December 16, 1852. Daguerreotypes.  Pictures taken at J. H. Melick’s Hotel, for the low price of 75 cents and upwards, including case, color, and preserver; and warranted not to fade.  The subscriber having been engaged in the art of daguerreotyping a long time, and in possession of a first rate apparatus, flatters himself that by careful attention to his business, he can take likenesses equal to any that are taken in the country.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  Liberal deductions made where whole families are taken.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.

The second advertisement ran from December 23, 1852 to April 14, 1853.  Dentistry.  J. Lantz, Surgeon Dentist, has permanently located himself in Stroudsburg for the purpose of practicing dentistry in all its branches.  The citizens of the above named place and the public generally and respectfully invite to give him a call.  No pains will be spared to render perfect satisfaction.  For the quality of his work reference may be had to those who have received his professional services.—All jobs warranted.  Rooms at Melike’s Hotel.

Daguerreotype Likenesses. Taken at Mellicks Hotel in a superior manner.

J. Lantz does not appear in other photographic directories.


Mrs. Lansing

1857-1858       Rooms opposite the American Hotel, Penn-Yan, New York.

Mrs. Lansing was recorded in five announcements and one advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  The first announcement appeared on April 1, 1857. Daguerreotypes.—Mrs. Lansing has taken the rooms formerly occupied by S. B. Wilson, opposite the American, where she will be pleased to furnish such as may wish with a superior quality of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  We have been shown several specimens of her work, and they are certainly very fine.

The second announcement appeared on May 20, 1857.  Cheap Pictures.—Mrs. Lansing gives notice that she will take Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c. at the low price of 50 cents each.  Mrs. Lansing takes excellent pictures, at very reasonable rates, and is certainly of a generous patronage.  Let our citizens see to it that she does not lack for patrons, and while they bestow a kindness in a worthy direction, they are sure to receive a full return for their favors in the shape of excellent pictures.

The advertisement ran from May 20, 1857 to August 25, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  Mrs. Lansing takes the Improved Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Melainotype for the small sum of Fifty Cts. Each, the same as heretofore sold for one dollar.

The third announcement ran on October 28, 1857.  Yates Co. Fair.  The Seventeenth Annual Fair of the Yates Co. Agricultural Society was held on the Society’s grounds in this village on Wednesday and Thursday of last week…

T. J. B. House, Daguerrean Artist, exhibited a beautiful Case of Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes, &c. This Case of pictures was arranged at a considerable expense by Mr. House, and proves his skill and taste in this art. It was admired by all, and we can confidently say that it was the most beautiful and complete thing in that line of art ever exhibited in Penn Yan.  Mr. House deserves credit for his display.  Of course the committee and the public will award him the first premium in his class.

Mrs. Lansing also exhibited some specimens of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c., well arranged and of good execution.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 18, 1857.  Agricultural Premiums.  Mr. Editor:–Two or three mistakes occur in the published list of premiums which I desire to correct….

The committee on Class 20 say they intended to award the premium for the best exhibition of Daguerrean Work to Mrs. Lansing, but as Mrs. Lansing had made no entry upon the Secretary’s book, she had no card upon her exhibition, and the award fell through.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 23, 1857.  Another Fire.  The business interests of Penn Yan seem almost to be doomed to destruction by the devouring element—fire.  We have now to record the particulars of a third fire in the business portion of our village within a few months.  On Wednesday night last, a fire was discovered in the Millinery Store of Mrs. J. M. Woodruff…Mrs. Lansing occupied the third story, as a residence and Daguerrean Gallery.  Mrs. Lansing also looses everything.  He invalid husband was carried down stairs by Mr. Henry Brown….Mrs. Lansing, had no insurance.  He loss is about $500….

Mrs. Lansing and Mrs. Bradley are great sufferers by this fire, and we are happy to know that liberal contributions have been made by some of our citizens in their behalf.

Mrs. Lansing does not appear in other photographic directories.

H. L. Lansing

1850                105 State Street, opposite J. Walker’s, Schenectady, New York.

H. L. Lansing was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 2 to August 13, 1850 in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York). Lansing’s Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery, Of Beautiful Daguerreotype Paintings (with all the colours,) No. 105 State Street, directly opposite J. Walker’s. H. L. Lansing, recently returned to this city, begs leave to inform his friends and the public generally, that he has fitted up a Daguerrean Gallery with a large Sky Light, and with a superior instrument and thorough knowledge of the business, he will be enabled to take very perfect likenesses of unsurpassable style and finish.

Specimens can be seen at his room.  Likenesses taken equally well in cloudy as in fair weather.

H. L. Lansing is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Austin Lane

1854                Rooms in the Commercial Building, over Oliphant’s Iron Store, Morgantown,                                Virginia.

Austin Lane was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on May 6, 1854 in the Monongalia Mirror (Morgantown, Virginia).  Counterfeiting.—Mr. Lane, up at commercial Buildings, has fitted up his apparatus for counterfeiting the—“human face divine;” and it is said that his counterfeits so resemble the genuine as to be difficult of detection.  Then should you wish a faithful Daguerreotype of yourself or “next friend,” call at once at the Room over Oliphant’s Iron Store.  Mr. Lane may not tarry long, and it is not every day that we have the opportunity to patronize an artist of his attainments in the Daguerrean art.

The advertisement ran from May 6 to June 3, 1854 in the Monongalia Mirror (Morgantown, Virginia).  Austin Lane, Daguerreian Artist, Commercial Building, over Oliphant’s Iron Store, Morgantown, VA.  Call and see specimens at his room.  Particular attention given and satisfaction guaranteed in the beauty and correctness of the pictures.

Austin Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Lane

1857                Address Unknown, Fair Ground, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

A. Lane was recorded in one advertisement which ran from September 30 to October 7, 1857 in the Democrat and Sentinel  (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Ho! This Way!!  A. Lane would respectfully inform the citizens of Ebensburg and surrounding vicinity that he will visit this place on the 1st day of the Fair and remain a few days for the purpose of taking

Photographic Pictures.  These splendid photographic impressions have never been taken in Ebensburg, and are now introduced for the first time.  It is believed that the merits of this style of likenesses when fully known, will be generally appreciated.  The impression is first taken upon glass and then transferred to paper.  Copies can thus be multiplied almost indefinitely.  These pictures are warranted never to fade.

Melainotypes.   These pictures are not surpassed in richness of tone, warmth of expression and boldness of feature.  For durability there is no question of their superiority.  They may be exposed to a burning sun, to rain or frost, without injury or the least perceptible change.  They may be washed off when solid, and handled without the face being marred.  The pictures are taken on Sheet-Iron prepared expressly for the purpose.  Patent Right secured.  For Lockets and Rings they have no superior.

Ambrographs.  He also takes pictures on Paper, which can be sent safely by mail to any part of the globe with little or no additional postage over that of a common letter.  Who has not in some far distance land, a dear friend who would not hail with pleasure such a memorial.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes also taken by him in a style not to be surpassed.   Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c., copied by either of the above processes at moderate rates.—Persons taken after decease.  Instruction given in the Art.  He has a large assortment of rare and beautiful styles of Cases.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, Finger Rings, &c., in the best manner.  Please call and examine specimens.

A Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania in 1857.  An A. Lane is recorded in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 & Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh in 1859-1860.  It is possible they are the same person, but there is no records to connect them.