Category Archives: Ambrotypes

I. L. Coffin

1858                26 Ford Street, over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s, Ogdensburgh, New York.

I. L. Coffin was recorded in an advertisement that ran on May 6 to 22, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York). 25 Cent Ambrotype Gallery.  The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Ogdensburgh and vicinity, that he will stop for a few days and take Ambrotypes in cases for Twenty-Five Cents.  His gallery in over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s 26, Ford-st.

I. L. Coffin is not recorded in any other photographic directory.

John R. Clemons

1856                522 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

John R. Clemons was recorded on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America, Number Two, Philadelphia.  In the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In the article the author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia, and wrote the following.

Clemons. — Some very good daguerreotypes. The ambrotypes not so superior. There were but few however in the gallery.

John R. Clemons is known to have operated a studio in Philadelphia.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him from 1853 to 1860.  Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him from 1855-1866.

[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.


Mr. Clark

1855                3 Hathaway Building, Lansingburgh, New York.

Mr. Clark was recorded in an announcement on November 15, 1855 in the Lansingburgh Democrat (Lansingburgh, New York).  The Daguerrian Saloon formerly occupied by Mr. Judd, has passed into the possession of Mr. Clark, who is ready at all times to secure “the shadow, ere the substance perish,” for all those who wish it.—We noticed an Ambrotype of one of our active citizens hanging at his door a few days since—and if we can form an opinion from that, we judge that Prof. Judd’s mantle has fallen upon no unworthy successor.

After checking the photographic directories the only possible identification for Mr. Clark is Charles R. Clark, who was listed in Troy, New York in 1856 to 1861.  The distance between the two towns is only sixteen to seventeen miles away.  But as always this is only speculation on my part.


Hiram S. Clark

1853                Room at Mr. H. Bean’s Dwelling House, Franklin Street, Grand Haven,                                              Michigan.                                                                                                                      1857                Address Unknown, Neenah, Wisconsin.[1]                                                                      1859                Milwaukee Hotel, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Hiram S. Clark Was recorder in an advertisement that ran from November 23 to December 7, 1853 in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would inform the public that he will remain in town but a few days longer, and those wishing likenesses, please call and get them.  The artist will give entire satisfaction both in his art and the reasonableness of his prices.—Call and examine for yourselves.  Room at Mr. H. Bean’s dwelling house, Franklin Street.

Recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 6 to August 10, 1859 in The Grand Haven News (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Ambrotypes:  The subscriber in returning thanks to his many friends and patrons, for the liberal encouragement extended to him, begs leave to call their attention to his Gallery of Art, at the Milwaukee Hotel, where he will remain a few days and take pictures of various styles, at corresponding prices.  He has also every variety of Cases, &c.  The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.

Not recorded in any photographic directory in 1853, listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, and in the research provided by David V. Tinder, Directory of Early Michigan Photographers.

[1] Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder.

C. H. Clark

1858                Rooms in Younglove’s Building, Union Village, Greenwich, New York.    1859                Rooms over White’s Fancy Store, Union Village, Greenwich, New York.

C. H. Clark was recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from September 23 to October 21, 1858 in the Washington County People’s Journal (Greenwich, New York).  Phototypes & Ambrotypes.  C. H. Clark would announce to the public that he has opened Rooms in the building formerly owned and occupied by John Younglove for the purpose of giving Perfect Impressions to all those who wish to secure a copy of themselves and friends ere the grave closes and mortality fades.

I can and will in all cases, fully satisfy my customers or make no charges.  As proof of the truth of these intimations.  I would cordially invite all to call and examine Specimens of my work, and so satisfy themselves of their merits.  N. B.—Pictures colored or plain, and done up in every style of Case, Frame, Pin, Ring or Locket.

The second advertisement ran from January 20 to February 10, 1859 in the Washington County People’s Journal (Greenwich, New York).

Ambrotypes.                                                                                                                                                    As some folks make a dreadful fuss,                                                                                                              And try to kick up quite a muss                                                                                                                          About their skill in taking faces,                                                                                                                          I’ll tell you now just where the place is.

If you have not heard it before,                                                                                                                            It’s over White’s new fancy store                                                                                                                           And least you may forget, just mark,                                                                                                               The Artist’s name is C. H. Clark.

Some Gossips have reported round                                                                                                                  That Mr. Clark had left town,                                                                                                                                But mind, he will not pull a stake                                                                                                                        So long as there’s a face to take.

His pictures, as I understand,                                                                                                                                Are unsurpassed by any man,                                                                                                                               And if this any should deny,                                                                                                                                  The proof is call and let him try.

His prices too, he will compare                                                                                                                             With first rate Artist any where;                                                                                                                            Two shillings each, and then they rise                                                                                                              To every price, and style, and size

Death’s arrows fly on every hand,                                                                                                                       And-life, you know, is but a span,                                                                                                                        Then hurry up, friends, one and all,                                                                                                                    And give this C. H. Clark a call.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list C. H. Clark in 1859 in Greenwich without a business address.  It is unknown at this time if Clark stayed in Greenwich between October 21, 1858 (the end of the first advertisement) and January 20th, 1859 (the start of the second advertisement).

Clark & Howe

Ca. 1856-1860            Ashley’s Building, Westfield, Massachusetts.

 Clark & Howe names were recorded from a Broadside Greg Drake’s Collection.  Ambrotypes, and Cloth Pictures!  E. P. Clark (Artist permanently located in Holyoke) and J. C. Howe, would respectfully inform the citizens of Westfield and vicinity that they are located at Ashley’s Building, Up one flight of stairs—room opposite H. Fuller’s Law office in the same building— for a few days to exhibit a new style of Picture, and to wait upon those who may require their services.

Ambrotypes, Meleneotypes, Ambrographs &c., Also Pictures on Enameled Cloth, Taken for the low price of Twenty-Five Cents, having the beauty of the ambrotype and Daguerreotype combined, and may be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the world free of postage.

Do not lose this opportunity to secure a Likeness at the very lowest price.                                      Some beautiful styles of Ambrotype Cases.   E. P. Clark, J. C. Howe.

E. P. Clark is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Providence, Rhode Island in 1855-1856, and also possibly in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1856. J. C. Howe is not recorded in other photographic directories and the partnership of Clark and Howe are not recorded in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Clark & Hedrick

1856                94 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.[1]                                                        1856                Rooms at the Opelousas Varieties, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Clark & Hedrick were listed in an advertisement from September 6 to October 4, 1856 in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  New Style of Likenesses!  Daguerreotypes Superseded!!  Ambrotypes are far superior to the ordinary Daguerreotype for many reasons, viz:  They are finer and more beautiful; they do not reverse the position, as the Daguerreotype does; they can be seen in any light; they are taken in a much shorter time, therefore the expression is more lifelike.

They can be made double, so as to show two pictures instead of one.                                              They are sealed between two Glasses, and will never fade!                                                                  There is a softness and a brilliancy in this new style of picture which has never been obtained in the old Daguerreotype process.                                                                                    Persons wishing to see this new style of Picture are invited to call at the rooms of the undersigned at the Opelousas Varieties, where they will remain until the first of October.      Clark & Hedrick.  Opelousas, Sept., 6th, 1858.

The same advertisement appeared on September 6, 1856 in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana).

Clark & Hedrick (John H. Clark & F. S. Hedrick) are not new name but the partnership location in Opelousas, Louisiana is.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

E. B. Christmas

1857                Rooms, Main St., opposite the Court House, Millersburg, Ohio.

E. B. Christmas was recorded in an announcement and in an advertisement on March 26, 1857 in the Holmes County Republican (Millersburg, Ohio). E. B. Christmas advertises his Excelsior Ambrotype Gallery in this week’s paper. It is unnecessary for us to say anything in his favor, as he keeps himself informed of a;; the improvements in the art, and takes the best of pictures.

The advertisement ran from March 26 to June 18, 1857.  Excelsior Ambrotype Gallery.  Secure The Shadow Ere The Substance Fades.  Change and decay are written upon all things.  The smiling infant, which to-day may nestle so fondly in a mother’s arms, and gladden all the household by its merry prattle and innocent pranks, may, ere to-morrow’s sun gilds the Eastern horizon, be wrapped in the cold embraces of death.  A father or mother, sister or brother may suddenly be called away from Earth, and surviving friends deeply mourn their loss.  Yet, if we would take the time by the forelock, and secure their shadows ere their substances fade, we would have a sweet memorial left when Death had claimed them as his own.  Speed! Then, delay not, and Secure An Ambrotype, Taken by a master artist, in an artistic style, and one which will stand through centuries to come.

Remember the place—Christmas’ Excelsior Ambrotype Rooms, Main St., opposite the Court House, Millersburg, Ohio.

An E. B. Christmas was listed in Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 in Mansfield, Ohio in 1866.  It is unknown at this time if they are the same person.

A. A. Cheney

1858                Opposite the Post Office, Brattleboro, Vermont.

A. A. Cheney was recorded in an advertisement on August 14 which ran until October 16, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont.) Daguerreotypes! Ambrotypes, &c.  All varieties of Sun Pictures Executed in the best manner and on the most reasonable terms.  At the sign of Miller’s Picture Gallery, opposite the Post Office,——Brattleboro.  Perfect Satisfaction Guaranteed.

A. A. Cheney does not appear in other photographic directories.