Category Archives: Ambrotypes

Godkin & Co.

Godkin & Co. was recorded on June 2, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York) as visiting the following locations.  Ambrotypes & Photographs.  The undersigned will visit the following named places at the time stated below, fully prepared to take Ambrotypes, Melaineotypes, Photographs, &c., in the best style of modern art:

Rutland Centre—Tuttle’s Hotel; Lockport—Black River Hotel, from Monday, June 6, to Saturday Noon, June 11.                                                                                                                      Leraysville—A. P. Mosher’s Hotel; Great Bend—Stone Hotel, from Monday June 18, to Saturday noon, June 18.                                                                                                                            Philadelphia—R. Washburn’s Hotel; Sterlingville—Sterlingville Hotel, from June 20, to Saturday noon, June 25.                                                                                                                                        Felts Mills—Hotel; Champion Huddle—Z. Marion’s residence, from Monday, June 27, to Saturday noon, July 2.                                                                                                                                 Carthage—Cook’s Hotel; Copenhagen—R. P. Dole’s Hotel, From Monday, July 4, to Saturday noon, July 9.                                                                                                                                                         Champion Village—Gould’s Hotel; South Champion—E. Brown’s residence, from Monday, July 11, to Saturday noon, July 16.                                                                                                               Deer River—at the sign of the Red Flag; Denmark—Hotel, from Monday, July 19, to Saturday noon, July 23.                                                                                                                                            Checkered House 4 Corners—Lewisburg Hotel, from Monday, July 25, to Saturday noon, July 30.                                                                                                                                                              Natural Bridge—Covey’s Hotel, from Monday, Aug. 1 to Saturday noon, August 6.                    Godkin & Co.

Godkin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William H. Gledhill

1856                380 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

William H. Gledhill was recorded in the April 1, 1856 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.           

Gledhill, Market Street. “Solargraphic and imperishable Ambrotypes, by judges pronounced to be perfection.” I pronounce them simply Ambrotypes, in the common acceptation of the term; but how far they may be Ambrotos or indestructable, or, as he has it, imperishable, I do not know, but leave it to the decision of future years. I also pronounce them very good, sharp and clean, but not perfection.

William H. Gledhill is recorded in other photographic directories, but has been included here because of the first hand account of his work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Philadelphia Photographers, 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.


George C. Gillett

1857                Main Street, over White’s Grocery Store, Geneseo, New York.

George C. Gillett was recorded in an announcement and advertisement.  The announced appeared on May 14, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  We noticed the other day something entirely new in the photographic art, in the way of Ambrotype pictures on patent enamel leather.  They are first taken on glass and then transferred to leather, making a “photo” of great beauty.  Gillett is prepared to furnish the above or any other kind of a sun picture that may be desired.

The advertisement ran from May 14 to July 16, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  War In China!  Important Announcement!  Whether the present war between the English and the “Celestials: shall effect the price of teas or not, I intend to keep Right On taking those fine Likenesses! which have already pleased so many.  The only deviation will be to present every improvement which I can obtain.  If any have had fears about the durability of my Ambrotypes, I would say that I can show them pictures which have been exposed on the roof with no glass over them to the hot sun, Rain, Snow, and hard Frosts, and are now as good as new.

I would also call attention to a new process for transferring likenesses from glass to patent leather, which I have obtained at considerable expense.—They possess great brilliancy, and cannot be rubbed off without taking the enamel of the leather with them.—They are just the thing to send in a letter, as they cost no additional postage, and are really very nice.

Copying done Promptly and Well.  Children taken perfectly in from 2 to 3 seconds in a fine day.  Please call at my rooms West side of Main Street, over White’s Grocery.  George C. Gillett.

George C. Gillett is not recorded in other photographic directories.

B. F. Gilbert

1859                Rooms over the Gazette Office, Delhi, New York.

B. F. Gilbert was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 18 to December 28, 1859 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York). Ambrotypes, Spherotypes, &c. The only place to get a good likeness, is at B. F. Gilbert’s Gallery.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens before purchasing elsewhere.  Rooms over the Gazette Office, Delhi.

B. F. Gilbert is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, over the Post Office, Geneseo, New York.

J. Geiger was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the partnership of Ranger & Geiger.  The announcement appeared on March 19, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  The improvements made I the last few years in the Daguerrean art, have more than kept pace with the progressive age and has now in this country attained a perfection and excellence that would seem to lead to the conclusion that the art had now reached its acme of beauty and perfection.  It is but a few years since the principle was given us by the French, but the art to-day bears little comparison to what was brought to us from across the water.  Yankee ingenuity, skill and experience has perfected the art.  On a recent visit to the rooms of Mr. J. Geiger, over the Post Office, we could but note the change effected and the improvements made, and in the hands of a skilful artists like Mr. G. persons can obtain “sun delineations” as perfect and natural as the originals.  Mr. G. has facilities that enables him at all times to produce pictures that need only be seen to be appreciated.  His stock is large, and persons should not loose the opportunity of procuring pictures when such an opportunity presents itself.

The first advertisement ran from March 19 to September 3, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerrean & Ambrotype Gallery Geiger is again on hand, just returned from the city, and prepared to offer to his numerous patrons an opportunity to select from the largest and best assortment of Daguerreotype Goods, including every variety of the latest styles of Plain And Fancy Cases, Single & Family Frames, &c. ever brought into this County, and which he will sell at greatly Reduced Prices. from Fifty Cents upwards.  A good picture enclosed in a neat case for Fifty Cents, And warranted to be equal to any taken elsewhere in Western New York, affording all an opportunity of getting correct Likenesses of themselves, their families and relations at much lower prices than formerly.  The wisest statesmen have said “in time of peace prepare for war.”  True affection says, “in health procure a memento that shall last when this frail form shall have passed away.”

Reader, while you mind is upon the subject, come with your family, and secure those family keepsakes which are so highly prized.  Don’t delay until the family circle is broken by the Spoiler.

Have you a friend or companion who would highly prize your Ambrotype?  Call at Geiger’s Rooms where he may be found during all business hours, prepared to do all work pertaining to that art.  He has a superior apparatus, and assures the public that his pictures shall be of the first quality, and from 25 to 50vper cent cheaper than can be obtained elsewhere.

Miniatures taken in clear or cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings and Bracelets, &c.  Views of Residences taken.  Also miniatures taken of the sick or dead, if desired, on reasonable terms.  Copying of every description done on short notice.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.

Thankful for former very liberal patronage, a continuance of the same is respectfully solicited.  Don’t forget the place.  It is over the Post Office, Main-st., Genesco.  J. Geiger, March 2d, 57.

The second advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M.  W. Ranger. J. Geiger.

J. Geiger is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William E. Ranger in Warsaw, N. Y. as a daguerrean in 1859.  It is possible that they are the same person Geneseo is about 21 miles from Warsaw.

George Preserved Gaige

1856                369 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]

George Preserved Gaige was recorded on January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Gaige—Another artist, another excellent gallery. The ambrotypes are fair, but susceptible of improvement. We were much pleased with the daguerreotypes. The photographs lack depth of tone. 

George Preserved Gaige is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, 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.



Henry C. Frentz

1856                Louisiana Avenue, East Side, Up Stairs, between Front & 2d Streets,                                                  Perrysville, Ohio.                                                                                                      1856                Summit Street, between Oak and Adam Streets, Toledo, Ohio.

Henry C. Frentz was recorded in four advertisements in The Perrysburg Journal (Perrysburg, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from April 5 to May 3, 1856.  Henry C. Frentz’s Cheap Ambrotype & Daguerrean Gallery, Louisiana Avenue, East Side, Up Stairs, Between Front & 2d Streets, Perrysburg, O.  Ambrotypes, cases included, from 88 cents to $15.00

The second advertisement ran from May 17 to June 14, 1856.  Henry C. Frentz’ Cheap Ambrotype and Daguerrean Gallery, Louisiana Avenue, Near Hall’s Block.  Ambrotypes, cases included, from 88c. to $15.  Daguerreotypes, from 31c. to $10.  Perrysburg, April 5, ’56.

The third advertisement ran from May 31 to June 7, 1856.  Now or Never.  The Ambrotype and Daguerrean Gallery, on Louisiana, will remove in two weeks.  All persons wishing good Daguerreotypes for 31 cents, or good Ambrotypes for 50 cents, will please call before two weeks expires, as this is their last chance to get cheap and good pictures.

The fourth advertisement ran from July 19 to September 4, 1857.  Henry C. Frentz’ Cheap Ambrotype and Daguerrean Gallery, Summit Street, between Oak and Adam sts., Toledo, Ohio.

Ambrotypes, cases included, from 88c. to $15.  Photographs from $2.00 to $25.00.  april 5, 1856.

M. W. Fitch

1855-1860       Address Unknown, Freemont, Ohio.[1]                                                                      1856-1859       Rooms in Nims’ Block, Fremont, Ohio.                                                                                  1859                   Rooms Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets,                                         Fremont, Ohio.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements. The first announcement appeared on October 24, 1856 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio). Ambrotypes and Painting.  Mr. A. D. Wiles, has sold his stock, fixtures, &c. in the ambrotype business, and removed from the place.  His successor, Mr. Fitch, will continue to occupy the same rooms.  Mr. F., is also a very fine painter; and those of our citizens who wish can have the opportunity of sitting for their portraits.  Call at his rooms.

The first advertisement ran from October 31, 1856 to March 11, 1859 in the Fremont Journal.  (Fremont, Ohio).  Fitch’s Gallery of Art.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Photographs taken in superior style.  Also, Portraits painted Life Size, either from the sitter, or from Daguerreotypes, and satisfaction warranted in all cases.

I have lately purchased the stock, fixtures, &c., belonging to the A. D. Wiles’ room, in Nims’ block, and shall continue the business at the same place, where I shall be happy to attend to those who favor me with a call.  Instruction given in Ambrotyping, also in Portrait and landscape painting.  M. W. Fitch.  Fremont. Oct. 31, 1856.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair.  This annual exhibition which came off on the Agricultural Society’s grounds in Fremont…Painting, Printing, &c., No. 31.

5.  Ambrotypes…M. W. Fitch.                                                                                                                                6.  Oil Painting….M. W. Fitch.

The announcement appeared on October 15, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair, 1858.  Premiums Awarded…No. 31—Painting and Printing….

M. W. Fitch, Ambrotypes…Diploma.                                                                                                              M. W. Fitch, Oil Painting….Diploma.

The second advertisement ran from March 18 to December 30, 1859.  In the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Ambrotypes.    M. W. Fitch, takes pleasure in saying to his numerous patrons and friends, that he is still Making Pictures in the Best Style, and on as reasonable terms as any artist in town.  He has Lately added a large Camera, to his apparatus capable of taking ambrotypes direct from the sitter.  Oil paintings made from daguerreotypes or from life and warranted satisfactory.  Instructions given in the business. Rooms—Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets.  M. W. Fitch.   Fremont, March 18, 1859.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Fremont, Ohio for 1859-1860.

[1] Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 by Diane VanSkiver Gagel.

Marshall Finley

1848                Address Unknown, Canandaigua, New York.                                                      1859                Address Unknown, Canandaigua, New York.

Marshall Finley was recorded in two announcements.  The first on November 1, 1848 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Ontario County Fair.  Premiums On Non-Enumerated Articles….                                                                                                                                                                     Daguerreotypes, Mr. M. Finley, Canandaigua,                     $1.

The second announcement appeared on October 12, 1859 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Premiums Awarded at the 20th Annual Fair of the Ontario County Agricultural Society….

Best exhibition ambrotypes, M. Finely, Canandaigua,         $2.                                                                do        do          photographs,       do,             do,                            $2.

Marshall Finley is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

H. J. Finch

1855-1858       Room in Hathaway’s Building, Lansingburgh, New York.

H. J. Finch was recorded in fourteen announcements and one advertisement in the Lansingburgh Democrat (Lansingburgh, New York). The first announcement appeared on November 28, 1855.  Daguerreotypes And Ambrotypes.—We have just examined splendid specimens at the Daguerrian Gallery of Mr. Finch.  A group of pictures set is one Frame pleased us very much.  Mr. Finch guarantees his Photographs to be equal in every respect, either for fineness of tone, depth of light and shade or durability, to those made at any other establishment in the country.

The second announcement appeared on December 20, 1855 in the same newspaper.  Mr. Finch, the Artist, still keeps open doors and a smiling face, to welcome his friends to his Picture Gallery, where people should go, to be taken.

The third announcement appeared on March 20, 1856.  Finch’s Photographs And Daguerreotypes.—There is no better place in which to secure a perfect copy of the human face divine, than at Finch’s Daguerrean Saloon.  He is a thorough operator, and those who are not good judges of a picture can place confidence in him, for he will not allow a poor picture to leave his rooms.  His ambrotypes are beautiful; and he makes even an ugly face look well, after transferring it to glass.  We are pleased to learn that he is receiving a good share of patronage.  Give him a call, and examine specimens for yourself.

The fourth announcement appeared on March 27, 1856.  Finch swings his banner to the breeze to-day, and invites all who are in want of either Ambrotypes or Daguerreotypes to call and examine some of his specimens.  He has discovered a way of making even ugly faces look pleasing and interesting.

The fifth announcement appeared on May 15, 1856.  All those persons who desire to procure the likeness of themselves or friends, would do well to call upon Mr. Finch, who is one of the best Daguerrean Artists in the State.  Mr. Finch’s shop is in Hathaway’s building.

The sixth announcement appeared on September 18, 1856.  The Fair…  Finch’s Daguerreotypes are the best on exhibition.

The seventh announcement appeared on November 27, 1856.  Finch’s Daguerrean Room is one of the attractive spots of “the garden,” and it does not fail to secure the attention of many passers by.—His Ambrotypes, Photographs, and Daguerreotypes, are splendid specimens of the art, and in his line of business he has no superior.

The eighth announcement appeared on February 5, 1857.  If you have not visited Finch’s Ambrotype Gallery, in Hathaway’s Row, you are behind the age.  His pictures are worthy of examination, as combining all the excellences of the art.  We doubt if he could not compete with the most renowned in his profession.

The ninth announcement appeared on February 12, 1857.  The Fine Arts.  All those who have any fancy for the Fine Arts, should not miss of calling at Fitch’s Photographic Gallery, and examine a specimen of his ambrotypes, colored in Oil.  These pictures are taken by the collodian process, on a metallic plate instead of glass, and then painted in Oil Colors.  They are the most life-like, high toned pictures we have seen, yet possessing all the accurateness of a Daguerreotype, giving natural color, even to the color of the eyes, and we see no reason why they should not be as lasting as any other oil painting.  Mr. Finch informs us that he can copy old Daguerreotypes, and enlarge them several times, and have the copy painted, making a perfect picture, equal to that taken from life.  We think that friend Finch will have enough of that sort of work to do, as there are scores of Daguerreotypes of deceased persons, whose friends would like to see pictured out in Nature’s colors.  Those who have Daguerreotypes to copy, should give Mr. Finch a Call, and have the shadow secured by this new process.

The first advertisement ran from June 18 to July 9, 1857.  A Card.  H. J. Finch would tender his thanks to his friends in Lansingburgh and vicinity for their liberal patronage and would also inform them that his Ambrotype Rooms will be closed after the 20th of this month until the 20th of September, when he will again be happy to wait upon his old customers and all may favor him with a call.

The tenth announcement appeared on June 18, 1857.   H. J. Finch, Esq., of this village, has been chosen Secretary of the Grand National Horse Exhibition and fair, to be held in September next, in Albany.  $6000 in premiums will be awarded, and it is to be conducted in the most liberal manner.

The eleventh announcement appeared on June 18, 1857.  Where To Go.—If you want clothing of any kind, Charley Clark’s “Taylor’s Camp,” is the place to get it, and after you are dressed up in a suit purchased of him, go to Finch’s and get one of those inimitable illuminated Ambrotypes that he takes.  If these directions are followed, we’ll guarantee the only fault to be found will be that the miniature will be a “little flattering.”  Enough said.

The twelfth announcement appeared on July 23, 1857.  A Card.  Those who wish a good Ambrotype, would do well to call at Fitch’s Rooms.  Mr. Finch has made arrangements with Mr. Dewel formerly operator for Clark and Holmes to continue the business during his absence.

The thirteenth announcement appeared on January 7, 1858.  H. J. Finch, Artist, has re-opened his Ambrotype Saloon, and is prepared to take pictures for the million.  Try him on once.  He makes excellent pictures.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on February 17, 1858.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. James Irving, of Troy, has leased the Daguerrian rooms in this place, lately occupied by Mr. Finch, and is now fully prepared to make first class pictures in his inimitable style.  Those who desire a really good picture should give Mr. Irving a call.

H. J. Finch is not listed in other photographic directories.