Category Archives: Ambrotypes

James Harris

Ca. 1858        Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                                  1858                Address Unknown, Paris, Missouri.                                                                                          1858                Address Unknown, Roanoke, Missouri.

James Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on April 8, 1858 in the  Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Harris, a very excellent artist, is at present at Roanoke, as will be seen by an advertisement in another column.  He was recently in Paris, and his work called forth the following notice from the “Mercury,” which we fully endorse:

“We had the pleasure of visiting lately the Ambrotype and Photograph Gallery of Prof. Harris, and must say that we have seldom if ever seen finer pictures.  The Sphereotype please us best.  This new style of picture must supersede other forms in this beautiful art.  When finished up by such Artists as Prof. Harris, it has that roundness and beauty of the natural form, with an exquisite delicacy of light and shade that we have seen in no other form of Picture.  All lovers of the beautiful and those who may desire correct likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call on Prof. Harris.”

The advertisement ran from April 8 to May 13, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.  Prof. Harris; of Tilford’s City Gallery, St. Louis, respectfully announces to the citizens of Roanoke and vicinity, that he has removed his Daguerrean Car to that place, for the purpose of taking pictures in all the various Branches of the Art!

He flatters himself that he will give general satisfaction.  Those wishing pictures are invited to call at the Car and examine specimens.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings, together with all kinds of cases, always to be found at the Car.  Pictures colored to represent paintings, or give an exact representation of the dress worn.  Prices from One Dollar Upwards.  Roanoke, April 8, 1857. James Harris, Artist.

James Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Harris

1859                Room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street,                            Hillsboro, Ohio.

J. Harris was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 20 to March 24, 1859 in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio). Ho, for Pike’s Peak!  The subscriber respectfully informs the public of Hillsboro and vicinity that he has opened a New Daguerrean Gallery in the room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street, a few doors east of the Ellicott House where he is now taking superior Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, In the best style, and at prices as low as any other establishment.  Those wanting Pictures are invited to [come and examine his work.  J. Harris.

J. Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Harner & Lucas

1858                Main Street, Opposite the Court House, Hillsboro, Ohio.                                          1858                Opposite the Citizen Office, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Harner & Lucas Were recorded in four announcements and two advertisements in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio).  The first announcement ran on September 23, 1858.  Call and see the Pictures taken by Messrs. Lucas & Harner, at their Daguerrean Car.  We have seen specimens of their work which were very superior.

The first advertisement ran from September 23 to October 21, 1858.  Pictures!  Pictures!  If You Want Fine Pictures, Go To The Mammoth Portable Daguerrean Car!  Main Street, opposite the Court House.  Harner & Lucas.

The second announcement appeared on October 14, 1858.  List of Premiums, Awarded at the Ninth Annual Fair of the Highland Co. Agricultural Society, Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 1, 1858….Class U—No. 20….best specimens daguerreotype, Harner & Lucas, 2; best do [specimens] ambrotypes, Harner and Lucas, 2; 2d do [best specimen ambrotype,] J. H. Caskie, 1.

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1858.  A Mistake!  Persons are often liable to be mistaken or deceived.  It is Harner & Lucas that are making the best pictures, of every description in Hillsboro, at the Mammoth Portable Skylight Daguerrean Car, opposite the Citizen Office.  Recollect, they defy all Competition.  Call and see for yourselves.      Harner & Lucas.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 9, 1858.  Daguerrean Car.—Messrs. Harner & Lucas are still in town with their Daguerrean Car, and are doing a fine business in taking Pictures.  They took the two first premiums at our late County Fair, which is a sufficient recommendation of the quality of their work.

The second advertisement ran from December 23 to 30, 1858.  Fine Pictures For Christmas & New Year’s Presents!  What could be more appropriate for a Christmas or New Year’s Present than a fine Daguerreotype?

Harner & Lucas, at the Mammoth Skylight Car, are still taking the best Pictures ever made in Hillsboro, and have not yet found it necessary to advertise either an Elephant, a Giraffe, or a Balloon Ascension, in order to attract customers.  Their Pictures speak for themselves, and in the opinion of all good judges defy competition.

Give us a call at the Mammoth Car on Main street, a few doors east of High street, and we warrant satisfaction or no charge for our work.

Harner & Lucas does not appear in other photographic directories.

Hape & Kuhn

1856                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Charles Town, Virginia.                                                1856-1857     Over 207½ West Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Hape & Kuhn (Samuel & Frank) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 6 to 20, 1856 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia).  Ambrotypes! Or Imperishable Pictures On Glass.  Hape & Kuhn, Ambrotypist Artist of Baltimore, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Charlestown, that they have taken rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, where they are prepared to furnish in the highest style of the art, the now popular and incomparable Ambrotype.

These pictures are made on plate glass and protected by a coating of varnish on both sides, rendering them impervious to the action of water or acids of any kind.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position; and being without the glare of the Daguerreotype, may be seen in any light.  The Ambrotype possesses many beauties not discernable in the Daguerreotype.  Call and examine specimens and see for yourselves.

Hape & Kuhn are recorded in both Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, but not in Virginia.

[1] Directory Of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh.

S. L. Hall

1856-1857       Rooms Over G. A. Neafus’ Clothing Store, Clinton, Louisiana.

S. L. Hall was recorded and part of John S. McClure’s company in an advertisement that ran from November 29, 1856 to January 17, 1857 in The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton, Louisiana). New Picture Gallery. John S. McClure & Co., Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Clinton and vicinity, that they have just opened an Ambrotype, Sphereotype, and Daguerreian Saloon, over G. A. Neafus’ clothing store.

Six years constant practice of the art, together with the recent improvement which they have added, and the use of C. C. Harrison’s improved Mammoth Camera, enables them to offer rare inducements to all desirous of obtaining perfect and imperishable types of friends and loved ones ere decay’s effacing fingers have swept the lines where beauty lingers.  Hear what Mr. E. Author, who conducts one of the largest establishments in the United States, says of these new improved instruments:  “C. C. Harrison’s improved patent Extra Camera, will add another victory to American skill, and give photography a new impulse.”

P. S.—No one will be expected to take a picture unless perfectly satisfied, but a decision must be made at once, as all pictures are considered sold when once pronounced satisfactory. J. S. McClure, S. L. Hall.

S. L. Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories. J. S. McClure is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Mobile, Alabama in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person.

Byron Hall

1856                21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.

Byron Hall was recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The first announcement appeared on February 13, 1856.  Photography.  We made it convenient a few days since to visit the Daguerreotype Gallery of Byron Hall, and from the specimens shown us, we are impelled to award our premium to Mr. H., for getting up some of the most tasteful and life-like pictures we have ever seen taken in Westfield; and if an abundance of customers is an evidence of success, Mr. H. would seem to be in a prosperous way.—We observed among a multitude of other fine pictures hanging in his room, a beautiful group of young ladies of our village; and also a very striking likeness of the celebrated Indian Chief, Geo. Copway.  Mr. Hall is introducing all the new improvements in his art, so that he cannot fail to suit his customers.

The Advertisement appeared on February 20 and ran until October 22, 1856.  B. Hall, Daguerrean Artist.  No. 21 Main-st., over Dr. J. Spencer’s Dug Store.  Westfield.

The second announcement appeared on September 17, 1856 and is the only mention of the partnership of Hall & Palmer.  The Fair—Official Awards.  Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.

The third announcement appeared on September 17, 1856.  Hall’s Ambrotypes shone out at the Fair.  They are beautifully done.  That row of girls! A triangle of beauty—we’d like to keep them—hem!—The Ambrotypes.

Byron Hall does not appear in other photographic directories.

A. M. Hall

1858-1859               Rooms in Shaw’s new Row, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

A. M. Hall was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements.  The announcement appeared in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania) on September 29, 1858.

Ambrotyping.—In our advertising columns will be found the card of Mr. A. M. Hall photographic artist who is now operating in our town.  We have not yet seen any of his specimens, but has the reputation of being a good artist.  The best way to find out is to have your picture taken at once.

The first advertisement appeared in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  On September 29, 1858.  Ambrotypes for 50 cts!  The undersigned would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clearfield and vicinity, that he has fitted up Rooms in Shaw’s New Row where he will remain for a few days only.  All who would desire a lifelike likeness of the latest and improved style will please call.  You that have beauty should to Hall take it, You that have none, should go let him make it.  A. M. Hall.  Sept. 24th, 1858.

The second advertisement ran from September 29, 1858 to February 16, 1859 in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  Ambrotypes for 50 Cents!!  The undersigned would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clearfield and vicinity, that he has fitted up rooms in the new row of Judge Shaw, opposite the “Raftsman’s Journal” office where he will remain for a few days only, prepared to present pictures to all who may favor him with a call which will exceed the expectations of the most fastidious.  Photographs of every description taken when called for.  Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.                     A. M. Hall.

A. M. Hall does not appear in other photographic directories.

Hall & Palmer

1856                21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.

Hall & Palmer (Byron Hall & O. B. Palmer) were recorded in an announcement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on September 17, 1856. The Fair—Official Awards.  Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.

Hall & Palmer are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Byron Hall is not listed in other photographic directories.  O. B. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1859-1860, and in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 as be active in Erie in 1864-1866, but there is no proof that they are the same person.

Hall & Co.

1859                Corner of Bridge and Congress Street, Georgetown, Washington, D. C.

Hall and Co. were recorded in an advertisement and announcement in the Evening Star  (Washington, D.C.)  The advertisement ran from July 12 to 18, 1859.  Hallo!  Where Have You Been?  To Hall & Co.’s Ambrotype Gallery to have my Picture taken.

What did you give for it?   Twenty-five Cents—case and all.

Good buy, I am going there too, and advise all my friends to do the same.—remember, Hall & Co., corner of Bridge and Congress streets, over Cissell’s drug store, Georgetown.

On July 14, 1859 the announcement appeared.  Georgetown.  Correspondence of The Star….If you want to see yourself as others see you, (we mean the form and features) just go to Hall & Co.’s ambrotype gallery, corner of Bridge and Congress streets, over Cissell’s drug store.  Here you can obtain a likeness unsurpassed by those taken at any establishment in the District, and upon reasonable terms.  Just stop and take a look at the life-like specimens of his art at his gallery—likenesses of some of our citizens—and we will guarantee that the temptation to obtain your own will be irresistible.

Hall and company do not appear in other photographic directories.  It is possible that Hall and Company is Allen F. Hall who appears in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1860 without a business address in Georgetown.

William Gustin

1856                Address and Location Unknown.                                                                        1857                Address Unknown, Troy, Pennsylvania.

William Gustin was recorded in two announcements in the Bradford Report (Towanda, Pennsylvania).  The first appeared on October 16, 1856.  Premiums Awarded at the Fourth Annual Fair of the Bradford County Agricultural Society, October 2, 1856…2d premium for Ambrotypes to Wm. Gustin.

The second announcement appeared on October 29, 1857.  Teachers’ Institute at Troy…The names of more than ninety teachers were registered the first under the direction of the principal. While thus collected into as compact a group as possible, Mr. Gustin, an artist of Troy, succeeded in getting two very fine Ambrotypes of the group.  So perfect were the shadows thus fastened upon the glass plates, that an individual who was previously acquainted with any or all of the one hundred and forty or fifty faces upon the plate, could recognize them instantly.  The whole group is seen standing except the County Superintendent who appears in front seated in an arm chair.

William Gustin is not recorded in other photographic directories.