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J. C. Page

1841                Address Unknown, Danvers, Massachusetts.

J. C. Page was recorded in one announcement in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts) on  October 18, 1841.  A List of Premiums and Gratuities awarded by the Essex Agricultural Society, at Georgetown, September 29th, 1841.  J C. Page of Danvers for daguerreotype miniatures a gratuity of 1.00.

J. C. Page is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Page, A. M.

1858                Rooms over Drs. Wood’s Drug Store, Greene, New York.

A. M. Page was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Chenango American (Greene, New York).  The first announcement appeared on September 30, 1858.  The County Fair…Martin Page, of this village, successor to R. D. Newton had a beautiful lot of Ambrotypes on exhibition.

The second announcement appeared on the same day September 30, 1858.  The Chenango County Fair…Premiums Awarded…Class 24—Foreign Articles…

Martin Page, 1 Case Ambrotypes, .50

The advertisement ran from November 11 to December 23, 1858.   Ambrotype Gallery!  A. M. Page announces to the public that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by R. N. Newton as an Ambrotype Gallery (over Drs. Wood’s drug store,) and is prepared to furnish the best of Pictures.

The reputation of his Pictures is sufficiently established in this section, to need no puffing on his part.  They speak for themselves.

Particular attention paid to Copying Pictures.  Pictures taken in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., &c.  A style of Picture taken on Leather, just the thing to send by mail to your friends abroad.  Prices ranging from 50 cents upwards.  Greene.

A. M. Page and Martin Page are probably the same person.  They are not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Page

1841                Clarendon House, 304 Broadway, corner Duane Street, Room 22, fourth Story,                             New York, New York.

A. Page was recorded in one advertisement which ran from  October 4 to 7, 1841 in the New York Tribune.  Photographic Likenesses, (Price very moderate,) By the Daguerreotype Process; Taken By A. Page.  Fourth Story of the Clarendon House, 304 Broadway, Corner Duane st., New-York, Room No. 22.   Likenesses taken in a few seconds in any kind of weather.

A. Page was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active at 204 Broadway.

Lewis Overpeck

1855                Rooms at the Union Temperance Hotel, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lewis Overpeck was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  The advertisement ran from July 13 to November 23, 1855.  New Establishment!  Lewis Overpeck would respectfully inform the citizens of Lewisburg and vicinity that he has opened rooms at the Union Temperance Hotel, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the most improved and life-like manner, and put up in cases varying in price from 50 cts. to $5.  He invites the public to call and try his work, feeling assured that they will be pleased with his workmanship.  Having had superior facilities for instructions in the art, (of J. P. Leisenring, Danville, and C. B. Howard, Reading,) he thinks himself as well perfected in the art as any in this or any other State.

The announcement appeared on December 7, 1855.  If Lewis Overpeck, who once kept a Daguerrean Shop in Lewisburg, will call at our office, he will hear something to his advantage; if not, the public will hear something to their advantage.

Lewis Overpeck is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William W. Ormsbee

1854-1855       Rooms at Dr. Brockway’s Office, Middlebury, Vermont.

William W. Ormsbee was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from February 15 to October 25, 1854.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Doct. Brockway, has taken into partnership with him a young man, who will practice this Art and assist in Dentistry.

They have obtained the latest and most expensive and approved instrument and apparatus, and will have both Northern and Sky-Light, (regarded as the most perfect,) as well as a first rate assortment of Cases, both single and groups.  They will be in readiness to wait on Gentlemen and Ladies in this department after the present week.  Having the good will, the influence and instructions, of Mr. Tapley, known as a skillful artist, they expect to please, and of course enjoy the patronage of this community.  Josephus Brockway, Wm. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury, Feb. 14, 1854.

The first announcement appeared on October 11, 1854. The County Fair.  Our County Fair, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week,…

1st Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury,                  2.00                                2nd Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. H. Gillmore.  do                                     1.00

The second advertisement ran from October 25, 1854 to January 31, 1855.  The Best Daguerreotypes.  At the late Fair at Middlebury, the committee on Paintings, &c., Mr. Battell, chairman, (the celebrated portrait painted, Mr. Mason, by invitation, advising) made the following Awards:

1st best Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee, $2                                                                                                2d best (being but two exhibitors) Gillmore, 1.

The pictures exhibited by Ormsbee were his 2d best, as they were duplicates; persons sitting having taken their choice.  Several were likenesses of the last graduating class.  This class were at great pains to obtain the best, as they were to be multiplied and perpetuated by lithograph copies.  The reputation of Tapley attracted them to Brandon; but not quite satisfied, some of them set to Gilmore, but after full trial a majority sent to New York for lithographing were of those taken by Ormsbee, the rest were by Tapley.

Five only of the sixteen exhibited were taken with any reference to the Fair.  To judge of pictures, the difference in the eyes of Ormsbee’s and Gillmore picture could not fail to attract attention.  Ormsbee’s present a clear, well defined eye, Gillmore’s owing probably to his instrument, doubly refractory quality, besides giving an eye imperfectly defined, produces one or more extra white spots apparent in all the pictures on exhibition by Gillmore with one exception.

Ormsbee’s rooms are at the dwelling of Doct. Brockway, Dentist.  N. B.  Ormsbee’s Camera is one of the most modern and perfect furnished by the Present market.

William W. Ormsbee is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Edward H. Olds

1850-1852       Ford Street, over J. H. Guest’s Store, Clark’s Row, Ogdensburgh, New York.      1853-1859       8 Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Edward H. Olds was recorded in six advertisements and twelve announcements.  The first advertisement ran from April 9, 1850 to April 22, 1851 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Daguerrian Gallery, Over the store of J. H. Guest, Clark’s Row, Ford street.  A New feature in the art of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, By Sky-Light.

Miniatures of various sizes, and of the best execution, are taken at the above Rooms, which have seen fitted up expressly for the purpose.  The attention of the public is earnestly solicited.   Operating hours from 8 A. M., till 4 P. M.  E. H. Olds.

The first announcement appeared on May 14, 1850 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Daguerreotypes by Sky-Light.”  Messrs. Smith & Oswell:  Gentlemen—Seeing the above mentioned new invention in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, I was induced to sit for one; and to my astonishment, succeeded in getting a good likeness, well shaded, and devoid of the dtiff, hard expression, usually seen, in such miniatures, and that without experiencing the unpleasant sensation to the eyes, caused by the ordinary method in use heretofore.

So well please was I with this trial, that I requested some friends, whose daguerreotypes—not likenesses—I had taken by different operators—some within two months—to sit for their’s; and the result was, Mr. Olds possesses those first taken, and I possess those taken by him, in exchange—In other words, exchanging pictures for likenesses.

Give us a call Mr. Olds, before you are much Older.   Yours, &c., “A. Bytownian.”

The second announcement appeared on September 21, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Official Report Of The St. Lawrence Agricultural Fair….Discretionary Premiums.

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes,             $1.00.

The third announcement appeared on October 26, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Destructive Fire In Ogdensburgh…In a short space of time buildings on the west side of Isabella street were enveloped in flames, and every building on the north side of Ford street from Mr. J. N. Oswell’s corner to and including Mr. Benedict’s block…

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes, loss $200.   No insurance.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1853 to October 12, 1858 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Established Daguerreian Gallery, Eagle Block, same Entrance with Eagle Hall.  E. H. Olds.  Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The third advertisement ran from January 17 to May 16, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture-Gallery, No. 8 Eagle Block, Ford-street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y., Has Been Fitted Up Expressly For him in every particular necessary for the execution of first-class Daguerreotypes.

Pictures put up in plain and fancy frames; Cases of all sizes and kinds—Mother of Pearl, Goat Skin, Morocco, Gutta  Percha, Shell inlaid with Silver, Union, Jenny Lind, Papier Mache, Books; Plain Cases, with plain and engraved borders, &c.  A splendid assortment of Gold Lockets.  Pictures neatly set in Pins, Rings, seals, Keys, &c., &c.

His Apparatus and Stock are of the very best quality.  He has secured the advantages of the latest improvements and discoveries, which, together with his long experience in the business, enable him to promise satisfaction to all admires of good pictures.

Thankful for past favors, he solicits a visit to his Gallery from his former patrons and many new ones.  Hours of Attendance—from 8 o’clock A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 11, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For The Sentinel.  Ambrotypes.  Editor Sentinel.—Very few are aware of the great improvement in the art of taking portraits.  Daguerreotypes are eclipsed and thrown into the shade by what is termed Ambrotypes or pictures on glass.  Being desirous of having my phiz preserved after I had left this sublunary sphere, I stepped into the Premium Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery of our fellow townsman, E. H. Olds, Esq., Eagle Block, who, in addition to being the best artist in Northern New York, is a “prince of good fellows.”  A very few moments sufficed to transfer my agreeable countenance to a plate of polished glass, in a manner truly astonishing to those not having seen specimens of Ed’s word.  Mr. Olds with his usual enterprise, has at great expense purchased the only right of taking double-glass Ambrotypes for this county, and should receive the patronage he deserves.

There is a kind of picture called by some Ambrotypes, that do not bear the least comparison with the genuine.  Having had opportunities of seeing the works of the best city operators, I can say with truth that the pictures of Mr. Olds are fully equal to them, and in many cases superior; for the reason that he allows none but first class pictures to leave his gallery.  Persons wishing a good picture should visit Olds’ Gallery, and examine his specimens of Ambrotypes.  He still continues to take his unequalled premium daguerreotypes for those who wish them.  Veritas.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 18, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Santa Claus.—We noticed that Santa Claus has arrived in town with a large lot of splendid articles for Christmas presents, and has left them at a good many places…while Olds catches in Daguerreotype or Ambrotype “the human face divine” and cages it in lockets, rings, seals or cases, we do the Fancy Job Work to tell where to find the goods.  And all advertise in the Sentinel.  Who can doubt that the little ones will be cared for on Christmas!

The fourth advertisement ran from May 13 to October 28, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For Sale.  The Subscriber wishes to sell for cash or exchange for other property, a good Daguerrean Saloon, running gear, &c, in perfect order.

Any one wishing to purchase can make a great bargain by calling upon E. H. Olds, at his Daguerrean Rooms in Ogdensburgh.

The sixth announcement appeared on October 7, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Premiums Awarded By The St. Lawrence International Agricultural & Mechanical Society, September, 1856….Class 7—No. 36—Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, &c….

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Antriphograph Likeness, E. H. Olds, Ogdensburgh, $5. & D.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 20, 1857 to August 13, 1859 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Premium Daguerreian Gallery Sign of the mammoth Eagle, No. 8, Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh.

The seventh announcement appeared on August 1, 1857 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Pictures.—A visit to Olds’ Picture Gallery will reveal some of the most perfect specimens of the art to be found in world.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Photographs and a variety of other kinds of pictures are put up in various styles and forms and upon many kinds of material.  The most perfect picture we have ever seen is one of a new style, original with Olds’, and which as yet has received no name.  Every and feature and point stands out boldly, every hair is distinctly produced, indeed the miniature seem actually composed of flesh and blood, and possessed of life.—We have seen nothing that approaches so near perfection.

The eighth announcement appeared on September 17, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Elegant Pictures.—Olds is bound not to be excelled in producing elegant pictures.  Every new invention brought out calculated to improve the style of picture or the facility of taking them, is promptly secured, while his own inventive genius is constantly at work for new discoveries.  Last evening we saw a large crowd eagerly inspecting one of Olds’ latest specimens, which was hanging in Sprague’s show window.  It was a picture of the Institute taken from the foot of Knox Street, near the bank of the Oswegatchie river.  It was taken just before the commencement of School, when the students and pupils were upon the walk, giving the picture a very lively effect.  Knox street, nearly down to Franklin is brought out most beautifully, and all the premises about the institute are produced to perfection.  It is as perfect a specimen of Daguerrian art as ever was taken.  Olds has the best set of instruments of any artist in the State, and can take a picture a little superior to any of them.  Tall talk but nevertheless true.  A visit to his rooms will satisfy any one.  We admire his enterprise.

The sixth advertisement ran from November 30, 1858 to December 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture Gallery.  Pictures Of All Styles Taken On Reasonable Terms.  Pictures magnified and colored in oil if required.  No. 8 Eagle Block, Sign Of The Mammoth Eagle, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The ninth announcement appeared on  September 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The Fair….Music Hall…The exhibition of photographs both plain and colored in oil, daguerrian landscapes, ambrotypes and other varieties of the Art, by Olds were especially worthy of more than a passing remarks.  It has been the good fortune of Mr. Olds to carry off the first premium where ever his pictures have been exhibited.  His gallery has received diploma after diploma, and it is not too much to say that his efforts are still onward.  Few artists possess the ability to make a picture speak like Olds, and we have no doubt he could win laurels in wider fields.  We think his specimens are not to be surpassed anywhere.

The tenth announcement appeared on  October 4, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Messrs. La Mountain And Haddock Safe!…Olds, will take their daguerreotype, and they will leave on the 12 o’clock train for Watertown.

The eleventh announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Frank Leslie’s for this week, Contains a picture of Messrs. LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburgh , after escaping from the wilderness—from a photograph by Olds.  Single copies, 5 cents.  Mr. Rand has ordered a large number, and will able to supply all who call.

The twelfth announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Photography.  Many of our citizens will have noticed, in the Reformer counting-room window, a photograph of LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburg on their way home from the Canada wilderness—pantaloons used up, one of them hatless, and both nearly barefooted.  The picture was taken by our old friend, E. H. Olds, Esqr., of Ogdensburgh, whose reputation as an artist and whole-souled man is as wide as the State.  We had less than ten minutes to spare him, and he had no time to finish up the minor details, yet the picture is recognized by all who know the parties, as very accurate and faithful.

Edward H. Olds is recorded in other photographic directories but is recorded here because the activity dates begin in 1850.

Professor O’Neil

1855                289 Broadway, New York, New York.

Professor O’Neil was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on May 3, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  New York Picture Company.—Daguerreotypes, 25 and 50 cents; photographs, $1 to $5.—A club of twenty artists employed taking 600 daily, by a principle of economy, system, and speed.  Professors O’Neil and Von Sneidenburgh, of Ireland and Germany, engaged by this company, 289 Broadway.

Professor O’Neil is not recorded in other photographic directories.  289 Broadway is Silas A. Holmes address, he often mentions in his advertisements that he employs twenty to twenty-five international artist.

O’Conner & Atkins

O’Conner & Atkins were recorded in one announcement on March 24, 1859 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  Delaware County Agricultural Society.  Premium List—1859…  Class L—No. 3—Discretionary.

Best ambrotypes, Jones & Ferguson, Kortright,         $1                                                                            2d best, M. L. Lemily, Kortright,                                        .75                                                                          3d best, O’Conner & Atkins,                                                .50

O’Conner & Atkins are not recorded in other photographic directories.  One could speculate that they are from Delhi, New York since that is where the newspaper is published and the other entries are listed as being from Kortright, New York.

Marcus A. O’Brien

1855                369 Broadway, New York, New York.

Marcus A. O’Brien was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on August 15, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotypes, Photographs and Stereoscopes.—Marcus A. O’Brien, so long and favorably known as principal operator in one of the oldest galleries in the city, would respectfully inform his friends and the public that he has taken the first class establishment known as Gaige’s International Daguerrean Gallery, 369 Broadway, first door above Taylor’s saloon.  Photographs, from cabinet to life size, taken less than at any other establishment in the city.  Daguerreotypes, photographs and stereoscopes taken in all kinds of weather.

Marcus A. O’Brien is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in New York city 1853-1859, but is listed without a business address in 1855.

Alexander Gibbs Nye

ND                  Address Unknown, Plymouth, Massachusetts.                                                        1844                62 Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                                1853                Address Unknown, Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Information from A Genealogy of the Nye Family, 1907. p.379-380.  Dr. Alexander Gibbs Nye, born at Falmouth, Massachusetts, August 24, 1817, and died in Weymouth, Massachusetts, October 7, 1901.  In early life he was a painter and worked several years at that trade in Boston and New York, and on one occasion he went to Mobile and New Orleans.  He studied higher art and achieved some fame as a portrait and sketch painter.  Later he took up the Daguerreotype business and carried it on extensively for several years in Plymouth, Massachusetts, afterward moving to Boston and them to Weymouth.  Afterwards he gave his attention to dentistry…

Alexander Gibbs Nye is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Boston and Weymouth but not in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  It is possibly he is the same A. Nye selling his daguerrean apparatus in 1847 in yesterday’s post.