Category Archives: Ambrotypes

T. H. Jones

1858                Rooms in the Carolina Hotel, Edgefield, South Carolina.

T. H. Jones was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 7 to 28, 1858 in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina). Ambrotypes For $1, And As High As $10! The Subscriber will take great pleasure in waiting on the Ladies and Gentlemen of Edgefield and vicinity who may desire to procure Faultless Representations of themselves by the wonderful operation of the Ambrotypie art.

Daguerreotypes, Oil Paintings, Engravings & c., accurately copied.                                      Ambrotypes inserted in Medallions, Rings, Breastpins, Seals, & c.                                                  Particular attention will be given to Family Groups and Children.                                                  The Subscriber attends personally to his customers and guaranties satisfaction.                      Those wishing good Pictures will do well to call soon at his Rooms in the Carolina Hotel, as he will remain in this place but a few days.  T. H. Jones.

T. H. Jones is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Eliza P. Jones

1856-1857       At the Residence of John Webb, Front Street, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Eliza P. Jones was recorded in an advertisement and an announcement in The Perrysburg Journal (Perrysburg, Ohio).  The advertisement ran from October 9, 1856 to October 29, 1857.  Daguerreotyping, Ambrotyping and Millinery, By Eliza P. Jones, at the residence of John Webb, Front street, Perrysburg, Ohio.

The announcement ran on May 14, 1857.  Miss. Eliza P. Jones keeps a good assortment of Millinery goods, which she proposes to sell at reasonable rates.  She is also prepared to make or renovate bonnets in good style and on reasonable terms.  Not only this, but she takes Ambrotype and Daguerreotype likenesses in the very best style of the art.

Eliza P. Jones is not listed in other photographic directories.

Jones & Stapleton

1856                Rooms over Lyman’s, Corner of Church and College streets, Burlington,                                          Vermont.

Jones & Stapleton (J. W. Jones) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 25 to August 29, 1856 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  New Discovery.  Ambrotypes And Daguerreotypes By Jones & Stapleton.  Another place has been found in this county where Ambrotypes are taken of the first quality.  Our pictures are cemented between two French plate glasses with an imperishable gum, and warranted to resist the effects of any climate and most powerful acids.

Also Pictures on isinglass, the only kind of photograph well adapted for mailing; they are as durable as the Ambrotype and can be placed between the folds of a letter without increasing its weight.

As we are intending to make this place our permanent residence, our patrons will run no risk of being imposed on by inferior pictures as we shall hold ourselves in readiness to remedy any defect free of charge, which may be caused by fault of ours.

Daguerreotypes taken as usual.  We need not say they are the best that can be produced as all admit that they are the best they have seen.  Rooms over Lyman’s, Corner of Church and College streets.  Jones & Stapleton.

J. W. Jones is recorded in other photographic directories, but the partnership of Jones & Stapleton are not recorded.

Jones & Ferguson

Jones was recorded as part of the partnership of Jones & Ferguson on  September 28, 1859 in an announcement 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, [unknown]…………..50.

Jones is not listed in other photographic directories.


1856                82 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Johnson of the partnership of Waterman & Johnson (Phineas Waterman) was listed in the  Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Waterman & Johnson. — Very excellent ambrotypes, everything got up in the best order. Noticed no photographs on paper.

Johnson is recorded in other photographic directories but is recorded here because of the first hand account of their work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.


W. H. Johnson

1856                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

W. H. Johnson was recorded in one 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.

W. H. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories. B. F. Griswould is possibly B. F. Griswold recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Walton, New York in 1859.

Thomas H. Johnson

1858                Address Unknown, [Main Street, opposite Republican Office], Geneseo, New                                York.

Thomas H. Johnson was recorded in an advertisement that ran on September 9 & 16, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Photographic!  Thomas H. Johnson, Artist, From Brady’s and more recently from the Root Gallery, New York, would respectfully inform the citizens of Geneseo and Livingston County, that he has leased the sky-light Rooms in this village for a short time, as is prepared to furnish Photographic and Ambrotype Views And Portraits, in the highest Style of the Art at moderate prices.

An examination of his work is solicited.  Daguerreotypes Copied and Enlarged, Plain or in Colors.  Views of Residences, Portraits of Stock, &c.  Particular attention is called to his new style of colored portraits, the Diaphaneotype!  Instructions given at prices to suit the times.

Thomas H. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Geneseo, New York.

Benaiah G. Jayne

1857-1859       94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Benaiah G. Jayne was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The first advertisement ran from February 4 to August 5, 1857.  Found At Last!  The place in Ithaca where True And Perfect Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, can be obtained.  The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that they have taken the Daguerrean Rooms, 94 Owego-st, Ithaca, formerly occupied by F. C. Clark, and recently by N. J. Kellogg, 2 doors west of Avery, Woodworth & co.’s store, and opposite Greenly’s, where they are prepared to Take Pictures, in the Latest and Most Improved Style of the Art.  Having had a long experience in the business, they are confident of giving entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with a call.  In order to bring their pictures into immediate notice they will for the coming Month take Pictures for Fifty Cents!

Remember! We guarantee you a Better Picture than can be obtained elsewhere in the county, or no charge.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

The first announcement ran on February 12, 1857.—The advertisement of Messrs. Jayne & Co. Daguerreotype and Ambrotype operators may be found in our columns, to-day.  These gentlemen reach us with high recommendations and the likenesses taken by them since here have proved them to be superior in their art.

The second advertisement ran from March 4 to August 5, 1857.  Pictures for 50 Cents, Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  The subscriber would respectfully announce that in consideration of the very liberal patronage they have received since in Ithaca they will continue to take Pictures at their former low prices.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Don’t forget the place 94 Owego-st.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1857.—Pictures of friends and of families have become as common as sunlight, and have also become quite as necessary.  No one seems to exist or become a member of society unless he can show his picture to himself and fellow men, and therefore a good one is desirable.  The skill of B. G. Jayne, & Co. in the Daguerreotype line is proverbial, and they have so near attained perfection that a picture of oneself, we are inclined to think, is handsome!  However people will so differ in opinion!

The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1857.  Editor Journal—Permit me through the columns of your paper to call the attention of your numerous readers to the firm of B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, 94 Owego street.  It is always desirable to have young men of ability and moral worth settle among us; and more particularly is it so in in this instance when they are complete masters of a beautiful and useful art.  Daguerreotyping has become a necessity in every community.  Almost every household feels a strong desire to have true and perfect likenesses of its members, that when they are called, as all must be sooner or later, to that home from which, none return, there may be left a life-like representation behind.  I desire to make no invidious comparison between Messrs. B. G. Jayne & Co., and other artists in this village, but simply to say that from what I have seen of their work, I believe they can and do produce Daguerreotype and Ambrotype pictures true to life.  That I consider the perfection of the art.       W.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  A 5 dollar bank note.  In center of the note is a round building, a train pulling three cars.   B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, Rooms North Side of Owego Street, opposite the Old Bank Of Ithaca.  Secured By Daguerrean Stock.  B. G. Jayne & Co. will produce a Superior Likeness on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give Satisfaction.

The fifth announcement appeared on July 1, 1857.  A series of six fine daguerreotype and ambrotype views taken after the late flood by B. G. Jayne & Co., and have been forwarded to Frank Leslie of New York, who telegraphed for the same.  Mr. D. E. Sedgwick has a superb picture of one of the best views after the Freshet.

The third advertisement ran from August 26, 1857 to February 9, 1859.  Ambrotypes.  Something Entirely New At B. G. Jayne & Co.’s.  Pictures On Patent Leather!  Which for depth of tone, fineness of finish, naturalness of expression, and brilliancy of effect, are unsurpassed by any productions in the Photographic Art.  The Ambrographs can be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the country without injury, and without any additional charge of postage.

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, Taken at Jayne & Co.’s Rooms, and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  Don’t forget the place, No. 94 Owego street, opposite the old Bank of Ithaca, and two doors west of Avery, Woodworth & Co.’s.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Instructions given in the Art, and a well selected assortment of Daguerrean Stock and Chemicals on hand and for sale upon the most reasonable terms.

The sixth announcement appeared on February 23, 1859.  Progress in all the arts at the present moment is a matter of every day occurrence, and indeed so common has it become that our people seem to expect it, as a matter of course.  From the dull, dead-looking daguerreotypes, operators improved to a life-like expression; from that to Ambrotypes, then Melaniotypes, and now the perfection of the art seems to have been attained in beautiful Photographs.  Some splendid specimens may be seen at Jayne’s.

The fourth advertisement ran from February 23 to August 3, 1859.  Photographs At Jayne’s.  The subscriber would announce to the public that he is now prepared to furnish Photographs on paper which cannot fail to satisfy the most inveterate critic.

A general invitation is extended to all to call and examine specimens.  I am also taking first class Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, And Daguerreotypes.  All of which are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, or no charge.  Room 94 Owego street, next door to Grant’s Block and opposite the Old Bank.  B. G. Jayne.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  The New Light.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Tompkins County that I have purchased the right for this county Mace’s Nonpareil Gas Generator, And shall hereafter keep on hand a full supply of Chandeliers, Brackets, Pendants, and Lamps.  This Light is fully equal to Coal Gas in brilliancy, and far superior in point of economy, furnishing a light equal to a Five Foot Coal Gas Burner, for less than One Cent Per Hour….B. G. Jayne.

Benaiah G. Jayne is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ithaca, New York in 1859.

William L. Lawrence

1858-1859       Rooms Clinton Hall, third story, Tallmadge Block, Lancaster, Ohio.

William L. Lawrence of the partnership of Lawrence & Massey was recorded in two advertisements in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from December 9, 1858 to April 21, 1859.  Clinton Hall Art Gallery.  Lawrence & Massey Having leased the above well known suit of rooms, and fitting them up in a superior style, with a splendid Sky Light, would invite the citizens on Lancaster and vicinity, and all others wishing a superior Grade of Pictures to give them a call.

Having the best arranged Light perhaps in the State, they feel justified in saying that their Pictures, in point of brilliancy, delineation, boldness and unerring truthfulness, are equaled by few & excelled by none.

Ambrotypes taken at these Rooms, are executed in the latest and most approved style of the art.  Their Sphereotypes are decidedly the most beautiful style of Pictures that has yet been produced.  They seem to stand out in bold relief, (unaffected by light, air, or age,) while there for softness of shadow, beauty of detail, and warmth of tone never found in either kind of pictures.

Now Is The Time To Get Better Pictures, and at as low figures, as can be obtained at any other establishment in the State.  Ladies and Gentlemen who wish to obtain a finer likeness than ever before taken in Lancaster, can have an opportunity by calling at the Clinton Hall Art Gallery.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.

Coping Pictures, filling lockets and all other work in their line executed on short notice.  Entire satisfaction warranted!  The public are respectfully invited to call.  Rooms Clinton Hall, third story, Tallmadge Block, Main Street, entrance one door West of Springer & Trout’s Clothing Store.  Lancaster, December 9, 1858.

The second advertisement ran from April 14 to August 11, 1859.  Pictures Cheaper Than Ever!  At The Clinton Hall Art Gallery.  We are determined not to be out-done by any establishment in the State, in the way of taking Good, Cheap and Inimitable Likenesses.—we have established our prices at Lower Figures than have as yet been made in this vicinity.  Our prices will range from Ten Cents Upward.  And on all cases, whether Fine or Common, will be sold from 10 to 20 percent lower than can be obtained at either of Mr. Rhode’s Rooms.

Our Rooms have been fitted up expressly for the business in which they are now used, and possess many advantages over any other room of the kind in this city, as it is large and commodious, easy of access, and neatly finished.  Our Sky Light, which is much higher than that of either of the other establishments, throws a more even shade upon the subject, and brings out a Likeness in a higher degree of perfection, than can possibly be obtained at any other room in the city, as the Sky Lights in those rooms are very low, and therefore they cannot obtain that softness of shadow, beauty of detail, and warmth of tone, that is found in our pictures.  Persons having pictures that were taken at either of the other rooms, with which they are dissatisfied, can have them re-taken at the Clinton Hall Art Gallery at a reasonable charge.

Copying pictures, filling Lockets, Breast-pins, Rings, etc., etc., done on short notice.

Entire satisfaction warranted.  The public are invited to call.  Rooms, Clinton Hall, Third Story Tallmadge Block, Main Street.  April 14, 1859.  Lawrence & Massey.

William L. Lawrence is recorded in other photographic directories.

Hunter & Lea

1857                Rooms on First Street, opposite the Post Office, Glasgow, Missouri.

Hunter & Lea were recorded in an announcement dated  September 17, 1857 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes and Photographs.  Messrs. Hunter & Lea have taken rooms on first street, opposite the Post Office, where they are prepared to accommodate all who may need their services.—They will take pictures of any size, either on Glass, Isingglass, Paper or Sheet Iron, put them up in handsome cases, rings, lockets or breast-pins, and at a price from $1.50 up, according to size and case.  Families taken at a reduction on regular prices.  They have a large number of specimens, of their own work, which show them to be masters of their art, which is more than can be said of every one who travels around, rendering hideous the “human face divine.”  Give them a call—examine their work—and if you want a picture you will be at the right place to get it.


Hunter & Lea are not recorded in other photographic directories.