Category Archives: Ambrotypes

Ensminger & Smith

1858                Address unknown, Ashland, Ohio.

Ensminger & Smith was recorded in an announcement on October 6, 1858 in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio).  Premiums Awarded at the Ashland County Fair for 1858….Best lot of ambrotypes Ensminger & Smith 3.00.

The partnership of E. M. Ensminger & Nathan W. Smith are not recorded in other photographic directories.  The both are recorded separately as being active in Ashland, Ohio.

Edwards

1857                Rooms over James Campbell’s Store, Winchester, Tennessee.

Edwards of the partnership of Hubbard & Edwards was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 20 to May 8, 1857 in The Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee).  Ambrotypes~!  Hubbard & Edwards Have taken rooms, for a few weeks, over J. Campbell’s Store, where they are prepared to put up the new and Beautiful Style Of Pictures, Called Ambrotypes, in a manner superior to any taken in Winchester.  A new chemical process which they use in finishing off Pictures, renders them impervious to air, water, or acid, and they will retain their brilliancy for ages,—in short they never fade.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Children taken best from 8 to 12, A. M.

Edwards and Hubbard are not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. I. Edwards

Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.                                                                                    1854                  Greenwood’s Building, Second Story, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Porter, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Vinton, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Wilkesville, Ohio.                                                                                    1857                  Isham House, Jackson, Ohio.                                                                                          1857-1858       Rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, McArthur, Ohio.

D. I. Edwards was recorded in three advertisements and in three announcements. The first advertisement ran from June 29 to August 3, 1854 In the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). Pictures!  Pictures!!  Pictures!!!  “Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.”  What better memento can be given to those we love and cherish, and from whom we are about to be separated, “it may be for years, and it may be forever,” than a faithful resemblance of ourselves.  How pleasant to look upon when the dear one is wandering afar off; or perhaps, alas, numbered with the cold and silent dead.  What a melancholy, yet a pleasing recollection to ponder upon each well known feature, and call up pleasant memories, as we trace each lineament of the absent one; and how consoling to know that although distance divides, and oceans may roll between, still we have the image, as it were, living and breathing before us, and perhaps so life-like is the resemblance, if taken by a good artist, that the imagination is sometimes carried away, and we almost fancy we fear his “foot fall on the stairs.”  Hasten then while you have the opportunity and secure a correct picture, not one that you have to turn to all points of the compass, before you can catch a bare resemblance, but a fine, bold, artist picture that can at once be recognized by everybody.  D. I. Edwards, from Cincinnati, has opened a room in Greenwood’s Building, second street, where he will remain for a few days for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses in the first style of the art.  He has a large instrument of very powerful construction, for the purpose of taking correct pictures of children and aged persons, whereby the time generally occupied for sitting is reduced one half.  An instrument of this kind has long been desired by artist, and he has had the good fortune to procure one.  Pictures taken in any weather, and put up in handsome morocco cases, lined with silk velvet, for $1.50.  Also, a large assortment of Paper Mache, Velvet, Plush, Shell, Book and fancy cases cheap.—Portraits, Miniatures, Daguerreotypes and engravings copied.  Likenesses set in lockets, breast-pins and finger-rings.  Call and see specimens, and pictures guaranteed equal to them.  Don’t forget, second story of Greenwood’s building.

In an announcement that ran on July 27, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). “Tis not in mortals to command success, But we’ll do more; deserve it.”—Shakespeare.  We are led to the above sentence from the “divine bard” on seeing the beautiful tone, and lifelike pictures that Edwards has been producing, during his stay among us.  Our citizens have been so often humbugged by itinerant botches that we have thought it our duty to warn our subscribers, so that they might not be imposed upon, and our citizens both in town and country were cautious in having their faces and features distorted from their natural position, by, it might be, some tyro in the art, but Edwards’ pictures soon convinced them of the real beauty of a fine Daguerreotype, and the consequence was a rush to his rooms, at Greenwood’s building.  Call and look at his numerous specimens of well known residents and we are sure you will not leave without “seeing yourselves as others see you.”  Edwards takes all pictures equal to specimens, and satisfaction guaranteed in all cases.  Mr. E. only requires a person to sit from 5 to 20 seconds, for a first rate picture.

The second announcement appeared on August 31, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  We are requested to inform our subscribers in Porter, Vinton, and Wilksville, that Mr. Edwards the Daguerrian Artist, who has been operating in Gallipolis for the past two months, will visit the above named towns, commencing in Porter, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Pictures.  Mr. E. is a first rate artist, and has taken some of the best pictures ever seen in this town.  Call and see his specimens, which we think are hard to beat.

The third announcement appeared on April 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  We are under obligations to D. I. Edwards, for late Cincinnati Papers.—Mr. Edwards intends visiting Jackson again in taking pictures.  See Advertisement.

The second advertisement ran from April 9 to July 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  Embrace the present Opportunity, And Secure a Picture as Is A Picture!  D. I. Edwards, has the pleasure to announce to the citizens of Jackson, that he intends stopping for a short time, and has taken rooms at the Isham House, for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Pictures, in a new mode, and colored to represent life.  He invites particular attention to his new style of Pictures, called Melainotypes, which are superior to any thing ever made.

To put these new pictures within the reach of all, he has reduced the price of Pictures and Case, to One Dollar, guaranteeing them to be superior to any thing yet made in Jackson.  A large assortment of Lockets, Breastpins, and Fancy cases on hand.  Call early and secure one of the life-like pictures.

The third advertisement ran from November 19, 1857 to January 21, 1858 in the M’Arthur Democrat (McArthur, Ohio).  Call and Get a Picture while You Have The Opportunity!  D. I. Edwards Has taken rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, for a short time only, for the purpose of taking Sun Pictures of all kinds and descriptions, by the Ambrotype process, and warranted correct likenesses.

Any kind of picture taken and put up in a good case For One Dollar!  N. B.  No suspension, but pictures taken in any weather.  McArthur, Nov. 12, 1857.

D. I. Edwards is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Edson

1858                Morse’s Building, corner Pike & Main Streets, Port Jervis, New York.

Edson of the partnership of Parish & Edson was recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 11 to March 25, 1858 in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).   Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Parish & Edson, the celebrated New York Artists, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they have taken and fitted up rooms for their business, and are now prepared to make pictures surpassed by none.

Large Size, Beautiful Colored, 50 Cents.  Faded Pictures restored.  All kinds of Pictures copied in the highest style of the art.  They are the inventors of the Albatus Lumin process, by which pictures can be taken equally as well in stormy as clear weather.  No one need stay away on account of clouds.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.

They can be found for two weeks only, at Morse’s Building, Cor. Pike & Main Sts.  N. B.  The morning light is most suitable for taking pictures of children.

Edson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Henry N. Eastman

1857-1861       Genesee Street, East Saginaw, Michigan.[1]                                                                        1859                   Rooms over Sanborn & Tucker’s Provision Store, East Saginaw, Michigan.

Henry N. Eastman was recorded in two advertisements, the first advertisement ran from June 16 to December 29, 1859 in the East Saginaw Courier (East Saginaw, Michigan).  Ambrotypes.  Eastman, Having Fitted Up Rooms over Sanborn & Tucker’s Provision Store, is now prepared to take Ambrotypes in superior style, and put them up in beautiful cases just received by Express.  Good pictures taken as low as Fifty Cents.

The second advertisement ran from August 4 to November 3, 1859  in the East Saginaw Courier (East Saginaw, Michigan).  The World Still Moves!!  Notwithstanding The Earth Continues to perform its diurnal revolutions round the Sun it is nevertheless true, that Eastman still retains his position among the lesser planets of this continental hemisphere, and can daily be seen with the naked eye, and his Ambrotype Gallery, over Sanborn & Tucker’ Store’s.

Pictures Taken in any kind of weather, and satisfaction guaranteed.  Those who desire an Ambrotype, Melainotype or any of the new styles, of pictures which are taken as natural as life, and far better looking than the original, will find it greatly to their interest to call at the Rooms of H. N. Eastman.  His Prices are extremely moderate.  Of those, for whom, you fond emotions cherish, Secure the Shadow, ere the substance perish.

Henry N. Eastman is recorded in Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder

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

Dr. D. D. Dutton

1854                Address Unknown, Fairfield, Indiana.                                                                1855                In Front of Indiana American Office, Brookville, Indiana.                                      1856                West End of the Market House, Brookville, Indiana.                                      1856                Address Unknown, Metamora, Indiana.

Dr. D. D. Dutton was recorded in seven announcements in the Indiana American (Brookville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on March 3, 1854.  The people of Fairfield, and vicinity who have pretty faces would do well to give Dr. Dutton a call, who will spend two weeks there with his shadow catcher.  He takes pretty pictures from pretty faces, but the apparatus for taking pretty faces from ugly faces has not yet arrived.

The second announcement appeared on March 31, 1854.  Fairfield, Ind….We found Dr. Dutton on the second story, and we heard out side that the Dr. is likely to prove some remarks we made about him a few weeks ago, not exactly true, for they say he has made some powerful pretty pictures out of rather common material.

The third announcement appeared on October 13, 1854.  List Of Premiums Awarded At The Third Annual Fair Of The Franklin County Agricultural Society, Held in Brookville, In September Last…Class XVI—Unnumbered Articles….Dr. D. D. Dutton, Box of Daguerreotypes  $1.00.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 9, 1855.              Admittance Free.—Dr. Dutton charges nothing for admittance into his show wagon that graces the front of our office.  He only charges for the pictures he takes.

The fifth announcement appeared on March 14, 1856.  Ambrotyping.—Dr. Dutton [has] qualified himself for catching the pictures of good looking people according to the latest style, called Ambrotyping, which is said to be, in every respect, superior to the old fashion.  He will be found in his “Car,” west end of the Market House, for some four of five weeks, then he will start his Car to accommodate other people.

The sixth announcement appeared on April 18, 1856.  Persons who want a picture had better be in something of a hurry, as Dr. Dutton intends leaving soon.  He has just received some new material.

The seventh announcement appeared on May 2, 1856.  Dr. Dutton expects to move his picture car next Monday.  He will spend three days next week near Samuel Logan’s, and then go to Metamora in quest of Pretty People.  If you want pictures, call this week.

Dr. D. D. Dutton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. N. Dunham

Ca. 1856          Davis’ Building, Main Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

S. N. Dunham was recorded from a 9th plate advertising card for Steven Lucas in Chris Steele’s Collection.  25 Cents. S. Lucas & Co., Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Stereoscope and Photograph Artists.  Rooms in Davis’ Building, Main Street, Plymouth.   S. Lucas,  S. N. Dunham.

S. N. Duncan is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900 or other photographic directories. Steven Lucas is recorded in other photographic directories.

J. W. Duke

1857                Rooms over Lindsay and Gordon’s Store, Yorkville, South Carolina,

J. W. Duke was recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 17 to October 8, 1857 In the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).    Ambrotypes and Melainotypes.—J. W. Duke would respectfully inform the citizens of Yorkville and the surrounding country that his Gallery, over Lindsay and Gordon’s Store, will be open for the reception of visitors from this date.  Pictures taken for One Dollar, warranted to please.  Give him a call.

J. W. Duke is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1857 in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The distance between the two towns Hillsborough and Yorkville (now called York) is 166 miles. It’s possible they are the same person but at this point it is only speculation.

S. Downs

1857               Rooms 3d loft of Parker’ Block, directly over Parker’s Hat Store, Medina, New                          York.                                                                                                                                        1859                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

S. Downs was recorded in one advertisement and two announcements. The date of the advertisement is May 14, 1857 and recorded on December 10, 1857 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).  Life-Like Ambrotypes.  S. Downs would respectfully inform his customers and the public that he has fitted up rooms for his business in the 3d loft of Parker’ block, directly over Parker’s Hat store, rooms for pleasantness and convenience is not excelled in Western New York.  All such as are desirous of obtaining life-like pictures may rest assured that they can do so by calling on him.  No one need take a picture from his room unless it gives perfect satisfaction.  Call and examine specimens, for you may be sure he exhibits none but his own work.  He is also prepared to give instructions in most of the arts pertaining to the business.

S. Downs is also agent for a number of reliable Fire Insurance companies. Medina, May 14, 1857.

The first announcement appeared on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).  Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859.

List of Entries….Class VII.—Miscellaneous.                                                                                                      S. Downs, specimens Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.                                                                          S. Downs, daguerrean wagon.                                                                                                                              F. H. Finch, specimens of ambrotypes & daguerreotypes.                                                                        E. R. Graves, specimens ambrotypes; colored photographs.                                                                   Henry Pruden, specimens ambrotypes.                                                                                                            Geo. P. Hopkins, specimens photographs; family sewing machine, “Scovill & Goodell

The second announcement announcing the premiums awarded appeared on the same day September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).       Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859..

Premiums Awarded…Class VII. No. 57—Dentistry, Daguerreotypes, &c.…                                    Best specimens daguerreotypes, S. Downs, $1.                                                                                            Best Specimens ambrotypes, H. Pruden, $1.

S. Downs was recorded in Craig Daguerreian Registry for 1859 in Medina & Ridgeway, New York.  F. H. Finch is not recorded in other photographic directories. E. R. Graves is listed in CraigCraig also has a listing for a G. P. Hopkins in Albion and Barre, New York in 1859.  Henry Pruden is also listed in Craig, but he spells his last name Prudden.

C. C. Douglas

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

C. C. Douglas was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 11, 1858 to January 29, 1859 in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Ambrotypes. The Subscriber would hereby give notice that he has taken the room formerly occupied by I. S. Van Scoy, and that during his absence he will continue to supply those who wish, with pictures of themselves or their friends, at prices as low as at any other establishment in the country.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases for pictures intended for Holiday Presents prices from 50 cents to $5.00.  C. C. Douglas.

C. C. Douglas is not listed in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a C. Douglas in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1859-1860 but it is unknown if they are the same person.