Category Archives: Daguerrean Car

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.

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.

E. R. Graves

1859                Address & Location Unknown, New York.

E. R. Graves was recorded 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

S. Downs was awarded $1 for the best daguerreotypes and Henry Pruden was awarded $1 for the best ambrotypes.

E. R. Graves is possibly Edward R. Graves who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Lockport, New York which is approximately 25 miles away.

James B. Gilson

1854-1855       Public Square, Carrollton, Ohio.                                                                                        1855                   Harlem Springs, Ohio.

James B. Gilson was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements.  The first advertisement, Gilson was part of the partnership of Gilson & Morgan and ran from November 2 to 16, 1854 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Secure The Shadow Before The Substance Fades.  Messrs. Gilson & Morgan takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Carrollton, and vicinity, that they are now in  town with their large Sky Light Daguerrean Car, and are prepared to take likenesses in the most approved style, on the shortest notice, and in all kinds of weather.  From former experience and success in the business, they flatter themselves that they will be able to please the most tasty.

Our prices range from 50 cents upwards,—So come right straight along, for we must have plenty to do, in order to have at these prices.  Boys, give your girls presents in the form of Daguerreotypes, and they will love you twice as much.  Pins, Rings, Lockets, &c., filled in the best of order.

N. B. Pictures must be life like, or no charges will be made. Office hours from 8 A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.  Gilson & Morgan.

The second advertisement ran from November 23, 1854 to March 15, 1855 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Secure The Shadow Before The Substance Fades.  Mr. James B. Gilson takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Carrollton, and vicinity, that they are now in town with his large Sky Light Daguerrean Car, and is prepared to take likenesses in the most approved style, on the shortest notice, and in all kinds of weather.  From former experience and success in the business, he flatter themselves that he will be able to please the most tasty.

My prices range from 50 cents upwards,—So come right straight along, for I must have plenty to do, in order to have at these prices.  Boys, give your girls presents in the form of Daguerreotypes, and they will love you twice as much.  Pins, Rings, Lockets, &c., filled in the best of order.

N. B. Pictures must be life like, or no charges will be made. Office hours from 8 A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.  James B. Gilson.          November 2, 1854.

The announcement appeared on December 7, 1854 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Likenesses.—Our town can boast of two establishments that cannot be surpassed for taking Daguerreotype likenesses.  Mr. J. W. Gould has permanently located here, and has taken rooms, for the present, at the “Patton House.”  He intends on the opening of Spring to erect rooms with Sky Lights suitable for his business; then he will be able to compete with any.  He is able to give a good picture, situate as he is.  Give him a call.

Mr. James B. Gilson has put up for the winter with us.  His Daguerrean Car is situate on the Public Square, directly in front of the Stidger House.  He is furnished with Sky Lights, and can give you a picture on short notice.  Give him a call.

The third advertisement ran from July 5 to September 6, 1855 in The Carroll Free Press  (Carrollton, Ohio).  Come And See.  The undersigned takes pleasure in announcing to the public that they have located for the hot season at the “Harlem Springs,” and are prepared at all times, and in all kinds of weather, to take Daguerreotypes in the latest and most approved style.  Being prepared with the best of material, and the most approved arrangement of side and sky light; and from their former experience in the business, they flatter themselves that they will be able to please all.  All work warranted not to fade.

No charges will be made unless the work is satisfactory.  Terms reasonable—So come along.

Come young, come old, come all,                                                                                                              Come every one of you                                                                                                                                        To J. B. Gilson’s hall,                                                                                                                                                  And have your likeness true;                                                                                                                          That generations all                                                                                                                                                  May know how you did look,                                                                                                                                When we your picture took.B. Dark dress preferable.                                                                                N. B. Gilson, L. Jolly.

James B. Gilson, L. Jolly and Morgan do not appear in other photographic directories.

 

Fox

1853                Address Unknown, McArthur, Ohio.                                                                        1853                Address Unknown, Hamden, Ohio.                                                                            1853                Address Unknown, Jackson, Ohio.

Fox was recorded as part of the partnership of McClure & Fox in three announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement appeared on September 29, 1853 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  Daguerrean Artist.—The Messrs. McClure & Fox, as will be seen by their advertisement in to-day’s paper, have arrived with their Daguerrean Sky Light Car, and those wishing to have their “pretty faces, “ and ugly ones too, taken in good style, would do well to give them a call.  You have “Waited for the wagon” a long time, and it has come at last.  Embrace this opportunity, and “Secure the Shadow ‘ere the substance fades.”

The advertisement ran from September 29 to October 13, 1853 in The Jackson Standard  (Jackson, Ohio).  Sky Light Daguerrean Car.  McClure & Fox.  Respectfully beg leave to announce to the citizens of Jackson, and vicinity, that they have arrived with their Car, and will remain but a short time, all who may desire  superior likeness, (such as are produced by Sky Light Galleries,) may now have an opportunity, without the additional expense of traveling to our larger cities.

A splendid variety of cases always on hand.  In regard to dress—we would suggest to Ladies to wear Black, Brown, Red or any dark color always, avoiding Blue White or any light color.

Copying from Daguerreotypist, Paintings, &c., done in the neatest manner.  Call and examine specimens.  Jackson, Sept. 29, 1853.

The second announcement appeared on October 6, 1853 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  We endorse the following from the McArthur Republican, and will just add that those wishing a good picture, had better have it taken now, as you may not again have the same opportunity:—

McClure & Fox’s Daguerrean Car has left our place for Hamden, where, we understand, they will remain only one week.  They go thence to Jackson.  We bespeak for them a hearty welcome, for we can assure our Jackson friends that their pictures are of the highest order of merit, and far surpass any attempts that ever before have been made in this place.

With Mr. Fox we have been personally acquainted for a number of years. Acquainted for a number of years.  He is a man of character and ability; a real, genuine “clever fellow,” and an accomplished artist.  Being in possession of all the late improvements in the Daguerrean Art, as practiced in the Eastern cities, his pictures are surprisingly accurate and life-like, and cannot fail to render satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.

The third announcement appeared on November 24, 1853 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  Mac. M’Clure, Daguerreotypist, wishes us to say to his friends in this county, that he has “caught a certain Fox” in a ——trap, and wishes us to exhibit him.  We would much rather he would procure the services of a Barnum or do the job himself, but as he thinks folks will believe us before they would them, here goes it:  Some time ago, the firm of Fox & McClure came into our place with a “big Wagon” in which they took Daguerreotypes; Fox, the principal operator, wished for and got a dissolution of partnership, and before leaving for the South, circulated the story, that Monsieur Mac McClue could not take a good picture.  We have examined the work of both these artists, and must give the preference to McClure.

Fox is not recorded in any other photographic directories.  Fox is possibly Robert E. Fox who was active in Zansville, Ohio from 1859 to 1860.  McClure is also not listed in other photographic directories.

Mr. Elam

1857                Address Unknown, Manchester, Virginia.

Mr. Elam was recorded in an announcement on May 28,1857 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  50 Cents, 50 Cents—Mr. Elam is now in Manchester with his big sky-light Daguerreotype wagon, and will remain positively but a few days only, as he has other engagements.  All who desire a good Daguerreotype likeness, would do well to go and have it at once, as his stay is so short in town.  The best of pictures taken for 50 cents.

They make a portrait of such beauteous mien,                                                                                            That to be loved, needs but to be seen;                                                                                                          If seen by you, the occasion you will embrace,                                                                                            To know yourself and grow familiar with your face.

Dress.  Dark attire is generally preferred to light; dark, red and green take black light; green and yellow not so good; pink and black very light.  Avoid too much white, particularly about the neck.  Remember this wagon will be here but a few days.

Mr. Elam is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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.

J. W. Dunham

1854                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Ohio.                                                                                1854-1855     Rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, Plymouth, Ohio.

J. W. Dunham was recorded in a series of advertisements and announcements first by himself and then in the partnership of Armstrong & Dunham. He first appeared in an announcement that ran on March 4, 1854 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio). Mr. Dunham, at his Daguerrean Car is taking any quantity of most excellent pictures.  His arrangements are such that he can take miniatures equal to the best.  We have seen specimens of his work which were truly admirable.

The first advertisement ran from March 4 to June 24, 1854 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Daguerreotypes. D. J. W. Dunham, at the Daguerrean Car in Plymouth, is prepared to take Miniatures in the best style of the art, and on the most reasonable prices.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather.  He pledges himself that his Pictures Shall Not Be Excelled, as regards truthfulness and general excellence.  The public are invited to call and examine.

The second announcement is for the partnership of Armstrong & Dunham and appeared on July 15, 1854 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the room over Wooster’s Drug Store, for the purpose of Daguerreotyping the faces of just as many people as feel so disposed.  Their room is fitted up very neatly, and in excellent taste.  They have every facility for prosecuting their business successfully, being provided with both side and sky lights.  We have examined specimens of their work, and cheerfully endorse it to our readers.

The first advertisement for the partnership of Armstrong & Dunham ran from July 15 to 29, 1854 In the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Daguerreotypes.  Armstrong & Dunham’s new rooms, (over Wooster’s Drug Store,) are now open for the reception of the citizens of Plymouth and the vicinity.  This firm feels confident in saying that there are none better prepared or more capable to give satisfaction in the taking life-like likenesses than they are.  They have procured all the modern improvements in the art, and have finished a room in the best manner, in order that they may not be excelled by any in the country.  All they ask is a trial, and they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  Children that are old enough to keep still five seconds, can be taken.  Miniatures inserted in pins, lockets, &c.  Pictures taken of deceased persons before burial.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call.  Prices very moderate.

The second advertisement for the partnership ran from August 5, 1854 to February 16, 1855 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).    Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.

The third announcement appeared on September 23, 1854 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).   We were shown a few days since, a most beautiful specimen of Dental skill, executed by Armstrong & Dunham, of this village.  It was a full set of teeth for the upper jaw, on gold plate, for a lady near Mansfield.  For beautiful workmanship, and natural, life-like appearance, it will compare favorably with anything we have ever seen.  The fact that the most of the work of this kind in this part of the state is done here, speaks well for our Dentist.

The third advertisement ran from February 23 to March 16, 1855 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).

Daguerreotypes.                                                                                                                         Daguerreotypes! Oh, what delight,                                                                                                                   To gaze upon its works of light,                                                                                                                             How high the polish, pure the tone,                                                                                                                   And every face is nature’s own.                                                                                                                            Sure, never was such transport won,                                                                                                                As by those pictures from the sun,                                                                                                                     Which on the plate imprints the face,                                                                                                              With every line and shade and grace,                                                                                                              Till we admit with throbbing heart;                                                                                                                    Great nature’s triumph over art.     J.W. D.

The fourth advertisement for the partnership ran from March 30 to June 16, 1855 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.

Those wishing to get good Daguerreotypes had better be about it.  Dunham leaves this country next April, and if there are those who want him to take their likenesses, they must be in a hurry.  Perfect satisfaction warranted.  Good pictures for a little money.  Come while Dunham is here.  Over Wooster’s Drug Store.

The fourth announcement for the partnership appeared on March 30, 1855 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.

J. W. Dunham is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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.

J. E. Davidson

1854                Unknown Location, Cadiz, Ohio.

J. E. Davidson was recorded in an advertisement that ran on March 8 to April 5, 1854 in The Cadiz Democratic Sentinel (Cadiz, Ohio). Card to the Public. J. E. Davidson, takes this occasion to inform his friends, that he will return to Cadiz on the First of April, when he will open his well furnished Daguerrean Car, and be ready to take pictures in his well known superior style.  Those of his friends wishing to procure pictures, see his fine specimens or make a friendly call, will be well received with the greatest pleasure.

J. E. Davidson is not recorded in other photographic directories.