Category Archives: Daguerrean Car

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.

George W. Cornelius

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.                                                                              1859                   Address Unknown, Farmland, Indiana.                                                                      1859                  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.

George W. Cornelius was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 2, 1858 to June 9, 1859 in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Solograph, Photographs, etc.  G. W. Cornelius Would respectfully inform the citizens of Winchester and vicinity that he is on hands with the same old Car in which years ago in this place, he took Over 600 Pictures acknowledged by one and all to be Superior to any taken before or since in the place.  Having the advantage of a large Sky Light!  His pictures are unsurpassed in brilliancy of tone, accuracy of expression, and clearness of the Eye.

By the aid of a Quick worker, the only instrument of the kind this side of Cincinnati, he Never Fails to secure the Likeness of a Child however small.

On November 10, 1859 the following announcement appeared in the Randolph County Journal.  (Winchester, Indiana).—Mr. G. W. Cornelius left here yesterday morning with his Daguerrean Car for Farmland, where he expects to remain two or three weeks, and then return to Winchester.  Those who want good pictures of themselves or friends can not do better than to give him a call while he sojourns at Farmland.  He is a superior Artist.

On December 15, 1859 an announcement in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).—G. W. Cornelius, the Daguerrean, has returned to Winchester.

George W. Cornelius is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as George W. (Cornelis) Cornelius.  In partnership of Bishop & Cornelis in 1853 Northwest corner of Main & 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. And in 1860-1861  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.  In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 he is recorded as a daguerreotypist in Cincinnati in 1853.

S. G. Conger

1852                Address Unknown, Fort Covington, New York.                                                    1852                Address Unknown, Malone, New York.                                                                          1853                In Front of the Franklin House, Malone, New York.

S. G. Conger was recorded an announcement and two advertisements. The announcement ran on November 13, 1852 in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York).  Daguerreotype Saloon.  The undersigned will be in Malone with his Daguerrean Saloon in a few days, and those wishing to get correct likenesses of themselves or friends will do well to call, for perhaps a better opportunity may never present itself.

Think not these portraits made by light,                                                                                                           Will fade and vanish at a sight,                                                                                                                             No—when the ruby lip is dust shall lie,                                                                                                             When death’s grey film o’erspreads the sparkling eye,                                                                               These life-like pictures will mock at decay,                                                                                                     And still be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. C. is now in town, and ready to receive visitors.

In the first advertisement that ran from April 7 to May 12, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium (Malone, New York).    S. G. Conger, Daguerrean Artists, Would respectfully inform the ladies and gentlemen of Malone and its vicinity that he will remain a few weeks in town, and those that wish to get Daguerreotype Miniatures taken of themselves or friends will have a favorable opportunity of doing so on moderate terms and in the highest perfection of the art.

Miniatures put up in Broaches, Lockets, Rings, &c.                                                                                     Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as in a clear day.                                                                      N. B.—Satisfaction given or no charge.                                                                                                              Instructions in the Art carefully given on moderate terms.

The second advertisement ran from July 14 to October 27, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium  (Malone, New York).  In Town Again!  Conger’s Daguerrean Saloon, Has taken the Old Stand, in front of the Franklin House, where he will always be ready to wait on those that will favor him with a call.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, and in as Good Style, as can be got in this vicinity.  If you don’t believe it, come and try it.—There is no use of boasting of my experience in regard to my work; I will leave it with the public to judge for themselves in regard to the beauty of my pictures, the correctness of delineation, or perfectness of the whole mechanical execution in this truly beautiful Art.             A correct likeness or no charge.

S. G. Conger is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Clarkson

1851                Nearly Opposite the store of H. S. Smith, Huntington, New York.                  1851                Address unknown, Cold Spring, New York.                                                      1851                On the Common, Roslyn, New York.

The Partnership of Disbrow and Clarkson was recorded in three announcement and one advertisement.  The first announcement ran on April 18, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Daguerreotypes.—It is an old saying, and none the less true than old “Something new comes every day.”  The last came, in this vicinity, we chronicle as the arrival of a portable Daguerrean Gallery which is now located nearly opposite the Store of H. S. Smith, where the Proprietors are prepared to see and wait upon our citizens, in all branches of the Daguerrean Art, and furnish them a likeness second to none and equal to the best, in any style and form desired.  The arrangement for light—a great essential in daguerreotyping, known to those who have the least knowledge of the art—will be found superior to that secured in an ordinary room.  Being invited to call and see, we went and see’d. The conveniences of the Rooms, neat and tasty—are equal to those of a parlor.  We advise those who want a good reflection of themselves, to embrace the present occasion to get a faithful one.

They were next recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 18 to May 9, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Rare Chance For The People!!  The subscribers would beg leave to call the attention of all the good people of Huntington and vicinity to the Traveling National Daguerrean Saloon, which is now located on Main st., in Huntington Village, where they will remain a short time, kindly soliciting the patronage of those persons in want of correct likenesses of themselves or friends.  The National has its commodious wings and superior sky lights, which combine its adaptation to perfect the Daguerrean Art. What is there of earthly treasures that we can more highly prize as a Keepsake, than a correct Likeness of some absent friend or relation?

N. B. Miniatures For Lockets, Pins, or Rings. Without further comment, please Call and satisfy yourselves. Correct Likeness, or no Charge.  Disbrow & Clarkson, Huntington, April 16, 1851.

The second announcement ran on May 23, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, with their Daguerrean Gallery, remain in this village only this week.  Those intending to visit them must do so immediately.  On Monday next they locate at Cold Spring for a short stay.

The third announcement ran on November 7, 1851 in The Plaindealer (Roslyn, New York).  The Daguerrian Saloon.  Some of our readers in passing through our beautiful village, have no doubt noticed a strange looking object on the common, which the matter of fact may have deemed a bathing machine, drawn up for the season, whilst the more imaginative may have pictured it a miniature Noah’s Ark; or at least, one of Barnum’s Fejee caravans.  Had they noticed closer, they would have perceived that it was neither of these, but a perambulating Daguerrian Saloon, attended by two of the genus-homo.—The one a methodistical looking man, who (see hand-bill) addresses the world at large, as “dear friends”; the other, a good-natured looking young man, in appearance and manners somewhat different from his senior.  These two are the proprietors who philanthropically travel around the country, giving, for the price of twelve shillings; and, contraywise, painting men, horses, houses, monkeys, or anything else in nature, with fidelity, skill and dispatch.  Now, ye good people, who have an idea that ye are good looking, or would like to leave a memorial of yourselves with a friend, now is your chance.  Twelve shillings for immortality!  Cheap enough, in all conscience.  A purse is being raised by our enthusiastic subscribers, which, when filled, is to be devoted to the patriotic purpose of having our portraits taken.—These portraits will, no doubt, be in great request; and the world at large had better call at once on Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, and secure an impression.  These are the times when true greatness is held up to light, and fears not the sun’s rays.—Whosoever would be great, must first secure twelve shillings, and then, hey for a Daguerreotype.

Disbrow & Clarkson are not listed in partnership in any of the photographic directories that I have access too.  John Craig list three Clarkson’s in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, an F. K. Clarkson is listed in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1860; Theodore F. Clarkson is listed in Waukegan, Illinois; and Clarkson (no first name is on Long Island in 1853). Without more information it is only speculation that they are the same person.  Disbrow, only one listing in Craig’s was found for a Charles Disbrow in 1849-1850 in New Haven, Connecticut.  Again it possible they are the same person, but at this time its only speculation.