Category Archives: Ambrotypes

Swain & Paul

1856                Address Unknown, Natchez, Mississippi.

1856                Rooms over J. N. Radcliff, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Swain & Paul were recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 23 to September 26, 1856 in The Weekly American Banner (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Call, See, And Judge For Yourselves!  Messrs. Swain & Paul of Natchez, informs the public that they have located permanently in Yazoo City, and have opened at those beautiful rooms over J. N. Ratcliff an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, and Photograph Gallery, where they are prepared to take pictures in all the Photograph Art in a style not to be surpassed by any Artist in the county.  They have a way (peculiar to themselves) of coloring the Ambrotype which makes the most beautiful picture ever produced.

Messrs. S. & P. take pleasure in explaining to those desirous of ascertaining the mode of taking and putting up of these truly elegant and indestructible pictures.  Yazoo City

Swain & Paul are not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. J. Sutton

1856                Rooms at the Munroe House, Woodsville, Ohio.

A. J. Sutton was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 12 to December 3, 1856 in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  Ambrotype Likenesses Of the Finest, Latest. And most Fashionable Style of the Art.  Having taken rooms at the Monroe House, I would respectfully inform the citizens of Woodsfield and vicinity, that I am prepared to furnish them with good Ambrotypes at prices from one to five dollars.

I am also prepared to take Daguerreotypes of the best quality for Lockets pictures, &c.  I warrantee these pictures not to fade, unless broken or otherwise exposed.  Give me a call and see for yourselves.  If you are not pleased, I make no charge.  Ladies and gentlemen, one and all, call and get the shadow ere the substance fades.

N. B. Ambrotypes can be taken and day unless it is very dark.  I shall remain but a short time.  A. J. Sutton.                                   

A. J. Sutton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. K. Sutterley

1858                Rooms on Front Street, over White’s Drug Store, Glasgow, Missouri.

J. K. Sutterley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 18 to 25, 1858 in Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Now is the Time To get a Life-like Ambrotype of Yourself and Children.  The undersigned would inform the people of Glasgow and vicinity, that he has taken the large front room over White’s Drug Store, on Front Street, where he will remain but a short time, to give those an opportunity that wish to get a good Picture of Themselves or family.

My motto is, “satisfactory work or no pay.”—A good Picture can be had as well in a cloudy, as a clear day.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of my work.

Gallery open from 9 to 12 A. M., and from 1 to 5 P. M.  The greatest pains taken with children. J. K. Sutterley, Artist.

J. K. Sutterley is not recorded as being active in Glasgow, Missouri in 1858.  James K. Sutterley is listed in other directories as being active in Chicago, Illinois during this time period, It is unknown if they are the same person, the distance between Chicago, Illinois and Glasgow, Missouri is four hundred miles.

D. Sutphen

1859                6 Seneca-Street, Opposite the Post Office, Geneva, New York.

D. Sutphen was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 25 to December 30, 1859 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York.)  Sutphen’s Photographic, Ambrotype, and Daguerreotype Gallery.  No. 6, Seneca-St., Opposite The Post Office.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the citizens of Geneva and surrounding towns, that he is ready to make all kinds of Camera pictures.—His long experience in the business, and well adjusted chemicals, enables him to make as good pictures as the art can produce.  To be convinced of the fact you need only call and sit for a picture.

If you want a good Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, or Photograph, call at Sutphen’s.  Everything shall be done that is necessary to make this a first-class room, and to make first-rate pictures.

Remember the place, No. 6, Seneca street, over Van Deren’s.  D. Sutphen.

D. Sutphen is not recorded as being active in Geneva, New York.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a David Sutpen as being active in Moravia, New York in 1859.  The distance between the two towns is about 48 miles.  It is unknown if they are the same person but the probability is there.

William Summerhays

1858                            Centre Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Ca. 1860-1865            Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

1860                            Address Unknown, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

1865-1869                   Address Unknown, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

William Summerhays was recorded in one advertisement that was recorded in the Nantucket Inquire (Nantucket, Massachusetts) on May 4, 1858.  The subscriber is now prepared to take those splendid Milleneotypes, which are far superior to anything yet discovered for lockets.  He also continues to take the Ambrotypes, in a style unsurpassed.  Persons wishing an imperishable picture of themselves or friends can obtain them at the most reasonable prices at the Saloon on Centre Street.

P. S.—The Subscriber will remain in Nantucket, and warrants every picture he puts up.  Wm. Summerhays. 

William Summerhays is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1860.


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

A. F. Styles

1858                            Location Unknown, St. Albans, Vermont.

1859                            Location Unknown, Burlington, Vermont.

A. F. Styles was recorded in six announcements.  The first announcement appeared in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on September 24, 1858.  The State Fair…A. F. Styles, of St. Albans, exhibited Ambrotypes, plain and colored.

The second announcement appeared in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on  September 24, 1858.  The State Fair…Award of Premiums…A. C. Styles, St. Albans, Photographs in Watercolors, and Ambrotypes, $5.00.

The third announcement appeared in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont) on September 25, 1858.  Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Vermont Agricultural Society.  The Eighth Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society was held at Burlington, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week….Premiums Awarded….Floral Hall…

A. F. Styles, St. Albans, Photographs in Water colors, and Ambrotypes    5.00 

C. L. Howe, Brattleboro, Photographs                                                           5.00

Chas. Miller, Burlington, India Ink Photographs                                           5.00

The fourth announcement appeared in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on  September 16, 1859.  The State Fair…Floral Hall…Mr. A. F. Styles of Burlington, also occupies considerable space with Photographs—some of them quite good, especially the views.  A Photographic view of High Bridge is particularly excellent.

The fifth announcement appeared in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont) on September 24, 1859.  Ninth Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society.  In accordance with arrangements effected last year, the ninth annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society was held at Burlington on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th days of September, inst, on the grounds occupied by the Society in 1856 and again in 1858….Premiums Awarded…Floral Hall…

C. Miller, Burlington, Photographs, 1st premium diploma & 5.00

A. F. Styles, Burlington, Photographs, 2nd premium diploma & 3.00           

The sixth announcement appeared in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on  September 23, 1859.  The State Fair…Photographs…Though the committee assign a second place of honor to the plain photographs, exhibited by Mr. A. F. Styles, of Burlington, there are among them many specimens, of great merit. 

A. F. Styles or (A. C. Styles) is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as A.F. or A. J. Styles as being active in Burlington and St. Albans, Vermont in 1860. 

William M. Straight

1858-1859       Rooms over the Post Office, Brockport, New York, New York.

William M. Straight was recorder in three advertisements in The Brockport Republic  (Brockport, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on January 7, 1858.  Ambrotypes!  For Ten Cents.  The subscriber, wishing to accommodate himself to the “Hard Times,” proposes to take Ambrotypes, one day in each week, for the small sum of Ten Cents, each.

Those whom the hard times have afflicted so much that they cannot afford a better one, will please call at Straight’s Gallery on Wednesday of any week, Where they can have their Ambrotypes taken at the above price, the weather making no difference.

He also has a variety of Ambrotype Stock, Which he will put up at proportionately low prices, varying from ten cents to ten dollars.  Remember the place is—Straight’s Gallery, sign of the big Camera, over the Post Office, Brockport.  Wm. M. Straight, Artist.

The second advertisement dated April 25, 1858 ran from October 15 to December 17, 1858.

“Secure the Shadow before the Substance fades.”  New Daguerrean Establishment.  The undersigned has opened a very pleasant and convenient suite of Daguerrean Rooms in Randal’s Block, over the Post Office, where he is prepared at all times to do anything in the Daguerreotyping line in an artistic manner and very cheap.  He is putting up neat and well taken pictures in good one-ninth size cases, for the small sum of 50 Cents each.  Also pictures to send by mail, for 25 Cents, which is more than half loss than was ever done before in Brockport.  He also manufactures those beautiful Door Plates at short notice.

Remember the place—Randal’s Block Over the Post Office.  Wm. M. Straight, Brockport, Apr. 25, 1858.

The third advertisement ran on December 24, 1858 to March 11, 1859. Ambrotypes!  For Ten Cents.  The subscriber, wishing to accommodate himself to the “Hard Times,” proposes to take Ambrotypes, one day in each week, for the small sum of Ten Cents, each.

Those whom the hard times have afflicted so much that they cannot afford a better one, will please call at Straight’s Gallery on Wednesday of any week, Where they can have their Ambrotypes taken at the above price, the weather making no difference.

He also has a variety of Ambrotype Stock, Which he will put up at proportionately low prices, varying from ten cents to ten dollars.  Remember the place is—Straight’s Gallery, sign of the big Camera, over the Post Office, Brockport.  Wm. M. Straight, Artist.

William M. Straight is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under an alternative spelling of “William M. Strait” in Brockport, New York.  He also list him in Lockport in 1859-1860.

Stoutnour

1857                Rooms on Market st., opposite Hening & Melvin’s Drug Emporium, Steubenville, Ohio.

Stoutnour was recorded in one advertisement dated June 10 and that ran on June 17 & 24, 1857 in the True American (Steubenville, Ohio).  Ambrotypes.  Call at Stoutnour’s Gallery andexamine the new improvements in Ambrotyping introduced by Mr. C. A. Griffin, of New York. Pictures taken at this Gallery are equaled by few and excelled by none.  Perfect pictures taken in from 1 to 3 seconds.  Market st., opposite Hening & Melvin’s Drug Emporium.  je 10.

Stoutnour is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. M. Stoughton

1857-1858       Doctor Rawson’s Block, Findlay, Ohio.

D. M. Stoughton was recorded in four advertisements in The Hancock Jeffersonian (Findlay, Ohio).  The first advertisement dated April 10, 1857 ran on June 19 and 26, 1857, when he was by himself.

A New & Valuable Discovery. 

Enameled Photographs, 

Enameled Photographs,

Can Be Sent By Mail,

Can Be Sent By Mail,

To Any Part Of The World,

To Any Part Of The World,

Without Injury, or Extra Postage,

Without Injury, or Extra Postage,

And the only place where they can be obtained in perfection is at Stoughton’s, Stoughton’s Doctor Rawson’s Block, Stoughton’s old stand, where he can always be found, ready to wait upon his friends and customers,  having during the past season, repaired and refitted his rooms, he flatters himself that they now possess conveniences, both for himself and customers, superior to any in North-Western Ohio.  He never fails in executing Likenesses of children, by the aid of an improvement of his own, together with a powerful Sky-Light, he is enabled to take them at a sitting of only one second.—Enameled Photographs are superior to anything ever discovered, for locket pictures, &c.  Ambrotypes warranted not to crack.

N. B.—Instructions given in the art.  Findlay, April 10, 1857.

The second advertisement ran from July 17 to October 23, 1857 under the firm name of Stoughton & Hartsock.  Sphereotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the people of Hancock county that they have formed a co-partnership for the purpose of introducing the celebrated Patent Sphereotype!

This style of picture is unparalleled for beauty, and is acknowledged by all to be the greatest improvement of the age, in the Art Of Picture Taking!!

There is a softness and delicacy and beautiful, and which cannot be surpassed.  Call and examine their specimens.  They will also take Ambrotypes!  With all the latest improvements, together with pictures on paper, Cloth, Leather, &c.  Pictures taking on Leather In a recent discovery, and is very convenient for filing Lockets, or for sending any distance by mail in letters, which may be done without injury to the picture or extra postage.  By the aid of a Powerful Sky-Light, and excellent Chemicals, they are enabled to execute Pictures at a sitting of only one second; hence they seldom fail in getting the likenesses of Children.  Satisfaction warranted in all cases, both in regard to Price and Quality!!  And are determined not to be excelled.  They may be found at Stoughton’s old stand.  Stoughton & Hartsock.  Findlay, O., July 10, 1857.

The third and fourth advertisement appeared under the firm name of Stoughton & Reiterman.  The third advertisement ran on March 12 to October 15, 1858.  Stoughton’s. Ambrotype Gallery.  This establishment has been so long in operation, and its reputation is so well known by the people of Hancock and adjoining counties, that we presume it is not necessary to mention The Fact, that all the different styles of pictures are taken here, in a manner that Cannot Be Surpassed, and at low prices as they can be obtained at any other place.  There may be some, however, that are ignorant of these facts, and for their benefit they are mentioned.

Particular attention is called to our method of taking Likenesses on Leather, Card, Paper, &c. This is a convenient means of sending likenesses by leather, which can be done without extra postage.

Rooms in Doct. Rawson’s Block, opposite Ewing’s.  Stoughton & Reiterman.  D. M. Findlay, Ohio, March 5, 1858.

The fourth advertisement ran on October 15 & 22, 1858.  Stoughton’s. (Stoughton & Reiterman’s) Ambrotype Gallery.  This establishment has been so long in operation, and its reputation is so well known by the people of Hancock and adjoining counties, that we presume it is not necessary to mention The Fact, that all the different styles of pictures are taken here, in a manner that Cannot Be Surpassed, and at low prices as they can be obtained at any other place.  There may be some, however, that are ignorant of these facts, and for their benefit they are mentioned.

Particular attention is called to our method of taking Likenesses on Leather, Card, Paper, &c.

This is a convenient means of sending likenesses by leather, which can be done without extra postage.

Rooms in Doct. Rawson’s Block, opposite Ewing’s.  Stoughton & Reiterman.  Findlay, Ohio,

D. M. Stoughton, Stoughton & Hartsock and Stoughton & Reiterman are not recorded in other photographic directories.  W. Reiterman is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Findlay, Ohio in 1860.

Stoltz & Beall

1859                Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio.

Stoltz & Beall (William B. Stoltz) was recorded in one advertisement that ran from August 25 to December 29, 185 in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio).  Attention!!  Stoltz & Beall’s Ambrotype Gallery, North Side of Main Street, 2 doors West of Beerys Grocery Store over Becks Store.

Rooms neatly fitted, large and commodious.  You will find us ever ready and willing to accommodate the public with good, cheap, and life-like pictures.  We flatter ourselves that we are able to please even the most fastidious.  To the public we tender our sincere thanks for their liberal Patronage and hope that it will not only continue, but that we may merit an increase.  Stoltz & Beall.                 

William B. Stoltz is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Lancaster, Ohio in 1859 working for William R. Rhoades’ studio.