Category Archives: Daguerrean Car

Westcott & Dow

1854                Address Unknown, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Westcott & Dow were recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 28 to April, 18, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Excelsior” Daguerreian Car.  Westcott & Dow Would Respectfully Announce to the citizens of Ogdensburgh and vicinity that they will remain in this place a few days with their Mammoth Daguerreian Gallery.

This car is fitted up expressly for this business, having Sky and Side Lights combined.  In this combination of light, which may be used separately if required, the unpleasant shades have been reduced, and mellowness, prominence richness and brilliancy of finish is given to the likeness, rarely found in the most extensive Galleries.

It has become an acknowledged fact that the human countenance can be preserved without decay, and from the long experience and through knowledge of all the improvements appertaining to the art, and the many facilities with which they are enabled to operate in their new Car, they flatter themselves that their work will not suffer in comparison with that of the most popular Artists of the country.

They are now prepared to take pictures of all sizes, from the smallest miniature even to the largest ever taken, at prices ranging from One to Fifteen dollars.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge.

Their Stock is also of the best quality, consisting in part of Gold Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Jewel, Jenny Lind, Pearl, and French Miniature Cases.  Fancy, French, and Kossuth Frames, of large and small sizes, &c.

Single pictures put up and secured with preservers, for the low price on One Dollar.

Likenesses Of Children taken in from two to three seconds in clear weather.  Adults in all kinds of weather.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens, to satisfy themselves.  As they expect to remain but a short time, they would recommend to those who prize the mementoes of departed friends, and would secure their perfect likenesses, to avail themselves of the present opportunity.

Perfect copies of Paintings, Crayons, Daguerreotypes made large or small, as they may require.

N. B—Particular attention given to taking Family Groups.

Hours of operating from 9 to 4 o’clock; Children 10 to 4 o’clock.   

Westcott & Dow are not recorded as being in partnership.  James M. Dow is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active Watertown and Ogdensburg.  He also records a C. P Wescott or Westcott as being active in Watertown, New York, it is unknown if they are the same person. 

James Welch

1856                On the Public Square, Savannah, Ohio.

James Welch appeared in one announcement in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio) on September, 1856.  Great Democratic Rally—Boarder Ruffianism Triumphant……“Buck and Breck, Constitution and Union,” was the significant motto flung to the breeze, and they gave a pure Buchanier demonstration of their devotion to the Constitution and its guarantees of inalienable rights in a base and ruffianly attack upon the property of an individual for the exercise of his right of free thought.  The Daguerreotype Car of Mr. James Welch has occupied a place upon the public square a sufficient length of time to give it a “local habitation and a name.”  It was asked as a privilege by the Democracy, that they might be allowed to erect their platform upon the shady side of said car.  The privilege was courteously granted, but in doing so he surrendered no right to act with his own property as he saw fit.  He chose therefore to hang out a Republican flag through the sky-light of his car; the moment that this was done the ruffian spirit was predominant;…..

James Welch is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Milo Thompson

1852                Clinton Block, Lansingburgh, New York.

1853                State and Grove Streets, Lansingburgh, New York.

Milo Thompson was recorded in two announcements in the Lansingburgh Democrat  (Lansingburgh, New York). The first appeared on October 28, 1852.  Fire.—About 3 o’clock on Friday morning last, a fire was discovered in the Clinton Block of buildings, which before it was extinguished did a large amount of damage.  It broke out in the Saddlery establishment of Mr. Samuel Crabb, from which it extended south to the law office of Mr. I. Ransom, the Daguerrean establishment of Mr. Thompson…

The second announcement appeared on February 10, 1853.  Milo Thompson, of this village, has fitted up a Daguerrean Saloon, on wheels, and furnished it with all the necessary appendages, sky-light, &c., for the prosecution of that business.  It is a very neat affair, and can be seen at the corner of State and Grove streets.

Milo Thompson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. R. Tankersley

1853                Location Unknown, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

J. R. Tankersley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 2 to 16, 1853 in the Democrat and Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  “Wait for the Wagon.”  Daguerreotypes!  J. R. Tankersley, begs to announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that he will arrive with a large and novel travelling Daguerreotype Saloon, and then will be prepared to furnish pictures, made with all the late improvements of the Art, including the combined side and sky-light, by the aid of which he is enabled to produce a life-like resemblance of all who may favor him with a sitting.

His pictures are acknowledged by all who have examined them, to be of the most perfect description both as to fidelity of likeness and shade.  He will remain in this place but a few days, and would advise all who wish to obtain a Faithful Likeness of themselves and friends, to give him an immediate call.  Portraits of Adults taken equally well in cloudy weather, but a clear Sky is preferable for Children.  In Dress avoid all very light colors.

Who has not lost a friend?  And when a friend is gone, how precious every relic of the departed!  The father who is now happy in the possession of his children, should not risk a single day without securing their Miniatures, for they may be snatched away in an instant.  How many times the cost would the bereaved families give for Daguerreotypes of their Children—Children of their Parents, and Sweethearts of their Lovers!  Come One, Come All!

Prices—From One Dollar upwards, according to Size and Style of Case.   Ebensburg,

J. R. Tankersley is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Spooner

1851                Opposite the Empire House, Cooperstown, New York.

Mr. Spooner was recorded in One advertisement and two announcements in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 8 to March 15, 1851. The Traveling United States Daguerrean Gallery, Will remain in Cooperstown (opposite the Empire House) a short time if sufficient encouragement be given.

By the fine arrangement of light in this carriage, pictures are made more even shaded than in rooms usually, on account of having the benefit of a Sky and Side Light Combined, and are made in half the usual time of sitting.

Mr. Spooner has different sized Cameras, and is prepared to make pictures of various sizes, and set them in Frames, Cases, Lockets, Rings, Pins or Bracelets, particular attention paid to taking pictures of children.  Time—from one to four Seconds. 

Pictures taken from sick and deceased persons at their residences.  Copies taken from Daguerreotypes or Portraits.  Also, views taken of residences, &c.

Pictures taken as well in cloudy, as fair weather.

The Carriage will be open for sitters and visitors from 8½ A. M., until 4½ P. M., excepting children under six years of age, who must come between the hours of 10 A. M. and 2 P. M.   

The first announcement appeared on March 1, 1851.  Mr. Spooner, Daguerreotypist, has been in town a few weeks, during which he has taken a large number of Daguerreotypes.  Mr. S. is an excellent artist.  His pictures are in the finest style of the art.  We understand that he will remain here a few days longer, and then will travel through the country, when those who desire to “secure the shadow, ere the substance fades,” will have a convenient opportunity to do so.

The second announcement appeared on April 5, 1851.  Particular Notice.  The Daguerreotype Carriage will remain in Cooperstown (opposite the Empire House) but a few days longer, and persons wishing pictures must call immediately.  Mr. Spooner has regained his health and will be there to [     ] to the business himself.   March 27, 1851.

Mr. Spooner is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Cooperstown, New York.  It is unknown if Mr. Spooner is one of the Spooner’s from Springfield or New Bedford, Massachusetts.

C. Sibley

1852                On the Common, Barre, Massachusetts.

C. Sibley of the partnership Mason & Sibley was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on  July 30, 1852 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Mason & Sibley Are Now In Town, with their, Mammoth Traveling Daguerreian Saloon.  The largest Ever Built, and on the principle of the Best City Rooms, with one Large Sky, and 2 Large Side Lights, which can be so arranged as to produce any kind of shade desirable.

We would invite the citizens of Barre, and vicinity, to give us a call, whether they wish to sit for a picture or not.  Pictures put up of every size and style.

Pictures of the Sick or Deceased, taken at their Residence at all times, by giving short notice.

We keep posted up in all the Improvements of the Art from Europe and this Country, Let The Cost Be What It May.

Cloudy weather preferable, except for Children.

Any one wishing to learn the Art, are requested to call at the National, and make inquiries.

Stock and Apparatus furnished to Pupils at the Wholesale Prices.

The Daguerreian Saloon is stationed on the Common.  J. L. Mason, C. Sibley, Proprietors and Artists.  Barre, July 16, 1852.

C. Sibley is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Dr. Reynolds

ND                  96 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                              1852               Near the Common, Woburn, Massachusetts.

Dr. Reynolds was recorded in one announcement that appeared on April 10, 1852 in the Woburn Journal (Woburn, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.  We have received from a friend the following complimentary notice of the manager of the Daguerreotype Saloon now in town and from our observations are sure that our correspondent is correct as to the quality of pictures taken, as well as the reasonable price charged.

Now is an excellent opportunity to have a likenesses taken, thus saving the trouble and expense of a journey to Boston, and at the same time feeling assured that you will get just as good a picture of Dr. Reynolds as of any of the Boston operators, at one half the expense

Boston, March 29th, 1852.                                                                                                                                      Mr. Editor.— Being called to your thriving village on a matter of business last week, I noticed the Daguerreotype Saloon of Mr. B. P. Batchelder, near the Common.  I desire to say a brief word in relation to the merits of the “Operator” Dr. Reynolds, whose services the proprietors have secured.  The Dr. has been a very successful assistant of the world famed Whipple of this city, whose success in this wonderful art is almost marvelous.  Dr. Reynolds is no pretender but an educated practical chemist, and the inhabitants of Woburn can now rely upon receiving as perfect a picture at their own doors, as they can possibly obtain by a journey to Boston, and at about one half the price.  Families desiring groups, or the pictures of their little ones will find this an opportunity which will not again soon occur.  Knowing what I here state to be entirely correct, I hope that the Dr. will receive the patronage he so well merits.  R.

Dr. Reynolds is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John Piper

1858                            Daguerreian Car on the Railroad Square, Dowagiac, Michigan.                1858-1859                 Rooms over F. J. Baum & Co.’s Clothing Store, Dowagiac, Michigan.

John Piper was recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan).  The first advertisement ran from May 6 to November 4, 1858.  John Piper, Ambrotype Artist.  Likenesses taken on short notice, and warranted not to fade.  Children’s pictures taken in one second.  Operating in Baldwin’s Daguerreian Car, on the Railroad Square, near the liberty pole, Dowagiac, Mich.  Also fine boots made to order

The second advertisement ran from May 6 to June 24, 1858.  Fine Boots.  Mr. J. Piper, at the Daguerreian Car, Respectfully announces to the citizens of Dowagiac and vicinity, that he is prepared to manufacture to order Fine Boots! Of all description, in the best style.  All work warranted.  Dowagiac, May 6, 1858.

The third advertisement ran from November 11, 1858 to July 21, 1859.  John Piper, Ambrotype Artist.  Likenesses taken on short notice, and warranted not to fade.  Children’s pictures taken in one second.  Operating in Rooms over F. J. Baum & Co.’s Clothing Store, Dowagiac, Mich.  Also fine boots made to order

The announcement appeared on September 29, 1859.  List of Premiums Awarded at the Annual Fair of the Cass County Agricultural Society, held September 21st and 22d, 1859….Class 21—Paintings And Drawings…

best ambrotypes, John Piper, 50.

John Piper is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. W. & N. C. Pine

1853                Corner Grove & Congress Streets, Lansingburgh, New York.                                  1854                Address Unknown, Union Village, New York.

G. W. & N. C. Pine were recorded in two announcements in the Lansingburgh Democrat  (Lansingburgh, New York) and two advertisements in the Washington County People’s Journal  (Union Village, New York).  The first announcement appeared on July 14, 1853.  “True to life!”  “The most natural I ever saw!”  “They are decidedly the best I have yet seen in Lansingburgh!”  Such are some of the expressions that may be heard daily from persons who have paid Pine’s Mammoth Daguerrean Saloon, corner of Grove and Congress streets, a visit.  It seems to be a fixed fact that Pine is at the head of his profession, equal in rank to the best artists of the present day.

The second announcement appeared on July 28, 1853.  Never were there finer Daguerreotypes executed in the world than those daily produced by our friends, the Pines at their Mammoth Saloon, on the corner of Congress and Grove streets.—Rain or shine, they are always in readiness to wait on their friends, and “secure the shadow ere the substance fade,” with true Yankee genius.  The reason they meet with such great and unprecedented success is, they are among the first artists in the country, are affable in their manners, and will allow no one to leave with poor pictures.

The first advertisement ran from September 21 to October 12, 1854.

Wait, For The wagon!                                                                                                                                                Daguerreotypes, neat and fine,                                                                                                                           Daguerreotypes, rain or shine,                                                                                                            Daguerreotypes—by Messrs. Pine,

At their mammoth Daguerreotype Car, which will be in Union-Village about the 27th of September, and remain in the place for a few days only.

Improvements in Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Pine take Miniatures with the New Crystal Back Ground, which greatly increases their beauty and permanence.

Please call and examine specimens.   G. W. & N. C. Pine.  Sept. 19, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from October 19 to November 30, 1854.  Ho! For The Wagon!  Pine Has Come!  Daguerreotyping in all its varieties, at Pine’s mammoth Car, which will remain in Union-Village for a short time.  Please call and examine specimens.

G. W & N.C. Pine are not recorded in other photographic directories.

John V. Parker

1853                Address Unknown, Mohawk, New York.

John V. Parker was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 13 to May 11, 1853 in the Herkimer County Democrat (Frankfort, New York).  Daguerreotypes!!  The Car lately owned by Mr. Joslin having been purchased by the subscriber will remain in Mohawk for a few weeks.  The patronage of the public is respectfully solicited. John V. Parker.  Mohawk, April 11, 1853.

John V. Parker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list several Joslin’s working in Philadelphia but it would be only speculation to suggest they were the same person.