Category Archives: Daguerreian Stock and Materials

James G. Moffet

1848                156 Fulton Street, New York, New York.

James G. Moffet is recorded in an advertisement on May 9, 1848 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  To Daguerreotype Artists.  A Superior quality of Plates, Mats, and Preservers, manufactured and for sale, wholesale and retail, by James G. Moffet, 156 Fulton street,—Third door east of Broadway.

James G. Moffet is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but he does not include a date or address.

Charles Miller

1856-1857       Rooms opposite the Post Office, Brattleboro, Vermont.                                        1858-1859       147½ Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.

Charles Miller was recorded in seven advertisements and nine announcements.  The first advertisement ran from December 6, 1856 to March 7, 1857 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  New Ambrotype Rooms.  The Subscriber Would Respectfully Give notice to the people of Brattleboro and vicinity, that he has fitted up Rooms Opposite The Post Office, where he intends practicing the above Art in all its various branches.

The Ambrotype Is vastly superior, in every point of view, to the Daguerreotype; the image being taken on a transparent plate instead of a polished reflector, has the effect of softening and diffusing the light through the whole, making a Beautiful And Harmonious Picture, presenting none of that shifting and mirror-like appearance always identical in the latter.  By this process, also, it requires only about one-third as long exposure in the Camera as the Daguerreotype,—so that likenesses of children can be taken with almost absolute certainty.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.  Although all may not wish Pictures, I would be most happy to receive calls from any one at any time.  Charles Miller.

The second advertisement ran from June 18 to August 20, 1858 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).

Song Of The Sun-Picture.                                                                                                                                  With old and young, with belle and beau,                                                                                                      Miller’s Saloon is all the go;                                                                                                                                    For why?  his picture can’t be beat                                                                                                                    AT ANY “Art Gallery” on Church street.

They are all made with double glass,                                                                                                                And warranted through all time to last;                                                                                                          They will not fade, they will not spot,—                                                                                                        There’s not a poor one in the lot.

His Sphereotype is something new,                                                                                                             For which he has the Patent, too;                                                                                                                        Look in as you go up the street,                                                                                                                      You ne’er saw any thing so neat;

And Photographs, with light and shade,                                                                                                          In all their beauties—there are made                                                                                                                 By process new; and all around                                                                                                                        Say that they are the best to be found.

Ask the first passer-by you meet                                                                                                                        About his Ambrotypes, complete;                                                                                                                    You’ll find their finish, depth and tone                                                                                                      Equaled by few, excelled by none.

His rooms arranged with taste and care                                                                                                    But for one thing, most pleasant are;                                                                                                                With customers they’re crowed tight                                                                                                              From six at morn, till six at night.

Then haste to Miller’s tis the place                                                                                                                    For Brother’s or Sister’s face,                                                                                                                            Uncle’s or Aunt’s, or Ma’s or Pa’s                                                                                                                Cousin’s or dearest “ye ken wha’s.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Children of each age and size,                                                                                                                Miller’s entitled to the prize;                                                                                                                              So hurry up the little creatures                                                                                                                        One second, and he’ll “take off” their features.

Hasten, then while you have a day,                                                                                                                    To Miller—suffer no delay;                                                                                                                                    Secure, by Miller’s skill portrayed,                                                                                                                    A Shadow” ere the substance fade.

The first announcement appeared on August 13, 1858 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  Photograph of the Allen Monument.—Mr. Miller, of the firm of Wells, Miller & Co. of this place, has just brought us a beautiful photograph of the Ethan Allen Monument.  It gives a view of the monument, as seen from the entrance to the yard, with its surrounding of tombstones and trees.  The effect is uncommonly fine.  We think it fully equal to the best samples of the photographic art which we have seen from any artist whatever.  The monument itself is a credit to the state, and the representation of it is a credit to the photographer.  Mr. Miller furnishes copies at a very available price.

The second announcement appeared on September 24, 1858 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  The State Fair…Floral Hall…Charles Miller, of 147½ Church street, displayed a large number of his fine Sphereotypes and Photographs, both plain and in India Ink and colors, which attracted much deserved attention and admiration.

The third announcement appeared on September 24, 1858 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  State Fair…Award of Premiums…Floral Hall…Chas. Miller, Burlington, India Ink Photographs,  $5 00.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 24, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Vermont Agricultural Society.  The Eighth Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society was held at Burlington, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week….Premiums Awarded….Floral Hall…

A. F. Styles, St. Albans, Photographs in Water colors, and Ambrotypes 5.00                                  C. L. Howe, Brattleboro, Photographs  5.00                                                                                                    Chas. Miller, Burlington, India Ink Photographs   5.00

The fifth announcement appeared on September 30, 1858 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  List Of Premiums, Vermont State Fair, September 1858.….Floral Hall…

A. C. Styles, St. Albans, Photographs in Water colors, and Ambrotypes 5.00                                  C. L. Howe, Brattleboro, Photographs  5.00                                                                                          Chas. Miller, Burlington, India Ink Photographs  5.00

The third advertisement ran from November 5, 1858 to May 27, 1859 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  Chittenden County Picture Gallery.  Cha’s. Miller, [Successor to T. M. Parker.]  Patent Sphereotype, Patent Ambrotype, Melainotype, Lettergraphs, Photographs, Plain, In Oil or India Ink.  Pictures made as cheap as in any place in Vermont and Far Better.

Please remember the place, 147½ Church Street, Burlington, Vt.,

The sixth announcement appeared on November 12, 1858 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  Likeness.—Miller is getting up some beautiful and lifelike Photographs, colored in oil, about these days.  They are fully equal to city work, as are also his Indian Ink and plain photographs.  If you doubt, drop in at 147½ Church Street and examine specimens.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 27 to June 24, 1859 in the Burlington Free Press  (Burlington, Vermont).  Stereoscopes And Stereoscopic Pictures.  These beautiful and attractive Ornaments for the Parlor or Library Table, may be found at less than City Prices, at the Daguerreian Rooms of the subscriber, on Church Street.

Just Received—a fresh supply of Stereoscopic Pictures, comprising landscapes and objects of interest in Europe, Groups and In-door Scenes, in great variety, both plain and colored.  Charles Miller, Chittenden County Daguerreian Gallery, 147½ Church Street.  Burlington, May 19.

The fifth advertisement was recorded on  June 17,1859 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  June 17, 1859.  A fresh lot of Stereoscope Slides just received at Miller’s.  May 31.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 24 to November 25, 1849 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  A Dozen of nice Photographs for five dollars at Miller’s.  May 31.

The seventh announcement appeared on  September 16, 1859 in the Burlington Free Press  (Burlington, Vermont).  The State Fair…Floral Hall…Charles Miller of Burlington, exhibits Photographs in a great variety—of Miller’s plain Photographs and Sphereotypes, we have often had occasion to speak.  They are hard to beat.  A photograph of J. B. Wheeler, Esq., finished in India Ink, is fully equal to any thing of the kind wherever seen.  Some of the Photographs finished in Oil, exhibited by Mr. Miller, are striking likenesses and pleasing pictures.

The eighth announcement appeared on September 23, 1859 in the Burlington Free Press  (Burlington, Vermont).  The State Fair…Photographs.  The committee assign the highest place of honor to the plain and colored photographs exhibited by Mr. Charles Miller, of Burlington.  They show uncommon excellence.  A specimen or two of sphereotypes are also deserving of an honorable mention.

The ninth announcement appeared on September 24, 1859 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  Ninth Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society.  In accordance with arrangements effected last year, the ninth annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society was held at Burlington on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th days of September, inst, on the grounds occupied by the Society in 1856 and again in 1858….Premiums Awarded…Floral Hall…

C. Miller, Burlington, Photographs, 1st premium diploma & 5.00                                                        A. F. Styles, Burlington, Photographs, 2nd premium diploma & 3.00

The seventh advertisement ran from December 3 to 30, 1859 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  Pictures!  Pictures!  The subscriber has just returned from market with the largest stock of Daguerrian Goods, Cases, Frames &c., ever brought into the Town of Burlington.  It comprises Oval Frames in rich gilt and ornamental mouldings; black and gold ditto; passe partouts and miniature cases of all approved kinds, including several new and beautiful styles, all eminently suitable for framing and encasing Miller’s Unrivalled Photographs and Sphereotypes, which are taken as usual at his Gallery, 147 Church St.

N. B.—Daguerrean Artist supplied with stock and chemicals at wholesale rates, as low as can be bought in the cities. Charles Miller. Burlington

Charles Miller is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Burlington, Vermont in 1859-1860.

Legal & Bouland

1850                86 William Street, New York, New York.

Legal & Bouland (Eugene Legal & Fred B. Bouland) were recorded in one advertisement that ran on September 19 & 20, 1850 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.—For sale Cheap, A small consignment of Daguerreotype Plates.Legal & Bouland, 86 William street, up stairs.

Legal & Bouland are not listed in other photographic directories.  Both Eugene Legal and Fred B. Bouland are listed in the 1850 New York City resident directory as Importers, 86 William Street.

William King & Brother

1859                2 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

William King & Brother were recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 6 to 31, 1859 in The Daily Exchange (Baltimore, Maryland).  Christmas!  Christmas!!  Christmas!!!  Presents For The Holidays.  Stereoscopic Views of the most noted scenery, places, buildings, monuments, statuary, &c., of this and foreign countries, together with descriptive, sentimental and comic figures and groups, as true as nature, one of the most pleasing and instructive presents for the season.

Also, a fine selection of Photographs and plain and colored prints.  Wm. King & Bro., Artist and Photographer’s Depot, No. 2 N. Liberty Street.

William King & Brother are not listed in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh until 1863.  Possibly William H., King, Jr. and Alfred H King active in New York city 1849-1857.

F. M. Danielson

C. 1845-1848 Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                    1849                  9 Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

F. M. Danielson was recorded in three advertisements. The first advertisement ran from July 6 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts). Yes, It is a fact that Dr. A. W. Van Alstin has gone to “California,” and also that F. M. Danielson having had charge of the operating during the past five months in the rooms formerly occupied by him, has purchased the stock and fixtures in the above named rooms, having had four years experience in the Daguerreotype business in Boston and other places is confident that in point of execution, his miniatures cannot be surpassed.  (during three years he was in one of the best rooms in the United States) the patronage of the citizens of Worcester and its vicinity is respectfully solicited.

Miniatures put into silk, $1,00 and into Velvet lined cases $1,50.  N. B. Stock constantly on hand and for sale at reasonable prices.

The second advertisement ran from July 23 to July 27, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  To Daguerreotypists.  500 French Plates of all sizes.  100 Gross of silk and Velvet Cases.  50 Gross of Preservers.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, rotten stone, Hypo Sulphite Soda, Rouge in any quantity, at Boston prices at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

The third advertisement ran from July 28 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).         No. I Will Not sell stock less than cost, or even at cost but I will sell at reasonable profit, my incillities are as great as any man’s in the United States for obtaining stock.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, polishing materials, cases and plates, &c., for sale at a reasonable advance from cost.  Miniatures taken without regard to weather, which for brilliancy of tone, are unsurpassed at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Francis M. Danielson in 1850-1851 at 8 Daniel Street.  In 1855 a Frank M. Danielson is listed as a daguerreian in Portland, Maine.  It is unknown at this time if they are all the same person.

George Dabbs

1849                102 Williams Street, New York, New York.

George Dabbs was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 17 to May 28, 1849 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  Levi Chapman, No. 102 William street, New York, Manufacturer Of The  Celebrated Magic Razor Strop, of four sides; also Pocket Books, Wallets, Spectacle and Bankers’ Cases, in every variety, on the most extensive scale.

Daguerreotype Cases $144; {Medium sizes, from $18 to $60 per gross.  {Quarter sizes, from size from $83 2 to $[30] to $84 per gross.  {Half sizes, from $82 to $144 per gross.  Mats and Preservers of all kinds.  Geo. Dabbs, Jas. Creamer, Agents.

George Dabbs  is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1850 as working for Levi Chapman in New York City.

Chessman & Wright

1854                Address Unknown, Salem, Ohio

Chessman & Wright were recorded in an advertisement on May 6 and ran until September 2, 1854 in the Anti-Slavery Bugle.  (New-Lisbon, Ohio.)  Daguerreotype Materials, At Wholesale Only.  Artists are informed that we intend to keep a supply of Stock on Hand, and endeavor to promote their interest and ours, by exchanging goods for Cash.                Chessman & Wright.  Salem, April 29, 1854.

The partnership of Chessman & Wright is not recorded in other photographic directories.  With no first names attached to the advertisement it’s difficult to suggest who and where they may also have been active.

William Bristol

1850                108 Genesee Street, Utica, New York.

William Bristol was recorded in  The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York) in an advertisement that ran from May 4 to 18, 1850.  Wm. Bristol & Co., No. 106 Genesee Street, Utica, Wholesale Dealers and Jobbers of Daguerreotype Stock and Chemicals, American and Foreign Cameras and Apparatus.  Beg leave to inform Daguerreotype operators, that they have lately added to their former stock of Cases, Plates, Chemicals, &c., a complete stock of Cameras of all sizes, and Daguerreotype Apparatus, which they offer to operators who may call upon them or order from them, together with all articles in their line, as cheap as they will be furnished by any jobbing house in the United States.  Buying of the manufacturers and importers only, they are willing to compare their prices with those of any house in any part of the country; as also the quality of their goods. And their method of doing business.—Medium Star Plates $20 per gross, other sizes in proportion.  Manufactures of Webb’s chloride of gold.         Wm. Bristol & Co.  Utica, May 1, 1850.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him active in 1851 without a business address.