Category Archives: Daguerreian Stock and Materials

Fletcher Westray

1850                71 front Street, New York, New York.

Fletcher Westray was recorded in the 1850 New York City Directory, residence listing as a  Commission Merchant, 71 Front, H-24 E. 18th and two advertisement.  The first ran on September 26 & 28, 1850 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.—Seven cases Photographic Plates silvered by this electro-chemical process, the great superiority of which can be testified to by eminent Daguerreotypist, just received and for sale by Fletcher Westray, 71 Front-st.

The second ran in the New York Herald (New York, New York) on September 26, 1850. 

Daguerreotype Plates.—Seven cases Photographic Plates, silvered by the electro-chemical process, the great superiority of which can be testified to by eminent daguerreotypists, just received and for sale by Fletcher Westray, 71 Front street.

Fletcher Westray is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Willian West

1843-1844       Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Willian West was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York.)  The first advertisement ran from June 22 to September 5, 1843.  Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, having procured the agency for the sale of Voigtander’s Daguerreotype Apparatus, constructed according to Professor Petzval’s calculation, have on hand a large assortment of these Apparatus, and artists as well as amateurs of their art, wishing to procure a good apparatus, will find it to their advantage to procure instruments of this construction.  They also have lately imported a large quantity of German and French plates, and all the chemicals used in their art, which they warrant in every respect, as they are made to their order.  Polishing substances, and morocco cases, and all necessary materials, are sold on the most reasonable terms.  The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—

E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y. P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C. Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va. P. Laurens, Esq., Savannah, Ga. William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio.

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to W. & F. Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

The second advertisement ran from October 17, 1843 to January 26, 1844.  Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, has received a large supply of Voigtander’s celebrated Daguerreotype Apparatus, large and small sizes, with achromatic lenses made according to Professor Petzval’s calculation.

Also a new supply of the best plates and chemicals, which he warrants good and sells at reduced prices.

The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—

E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y.  P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C.  Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va.  S. Broadbent, Esq., for the Southern States.  William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio.         

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to William Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

William West is not recorded in other photographic directories.  William West is possibly a retailer of photographic supplies or a druggist but no other information has been found to date.

Welton & Townsend

1843                42 Beaver Street, New York, New York.

Welton & Townsend (Joseph C. Welton & Benjamin C. Townsend) were recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York) and two New York City Directories 1842/1843 and 1843/1844.  The advertisement ran from April 20 to 26, 1843. Daguerreotype Plates.  “Scovills” first quality plates, pronounced by the first operators in this country, to be superior to any imported plates, for sale by their agents, Welton & Townsend, 42 Beaver street.                                                                                                                       

1842/1843 New York City Directory recorded the partnership in the directory as Buttons 42 Beaver in partnership as Welton & Townsend.

1843/1844 New York City Directory recorded the partnership as Welton & Townsend 5 William.

Welton & Townsend are not recorded in other photographic directories.

James C. Spencer

1845                Rooms over A. L. & G. N. Webb’s Store, Plattsburgh, New York.

James C. Spencer of the firm Barstow & Spencer was recorded in two advertisements that appeared in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on March 15, 1845.  Colored Photographs.  “First Come First Served.”  Barstow & Spencer Will remain in Plattsburgh for a short time only, taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, at the rooms hereto fore occupied by Geo. F. Barstow where they will be happy to attend to as many more as may choose to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, for a trifle, beautifully accurate likenesses of themselves or friends. 

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of their work.  Geo. F. Barstow. Jas. C. Spencer.  March 11.

The second advertisement appeared on May 10, 1845.  Plumbe’s Premium Colored Daguerreotypes.  Barstow and Spencer would inform the public that they will remain at their rooms one week longer, and that they have just returned from Plumbe’s National Miniature Gallery, New York, with the latest improvements in the Photographic Art; they are certain of giving their customers complete satisfaction by furnishing them with Pictures which for beauty and accuracy of delineation cannot be surpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the late specimens of their work.

Daguerreotype Apparatus and Stock of a superior quality, for sale.  Also, instruction in the art given on reasonable terms.  G. F. Barstow,  J. C. Spencer. 

James C. Spencer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William H. Smith

1845-1846       4 Maiden Lane, New York, New York.[1]

1847                4 Maiden Lane, New York, New York.

William H. Smith is recorded in four advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on January 29, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.—Small quarter and large sizes, No. 40 and 60.  For sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co.  No. 4 Maiden Lane.  

The second advertisement ran from May 20 to 27, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates—Just received, a large assortment of Daguerreotype plates, full, quarter and small size; for sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co., 4 Maiden lane.                         

The third advertisement appeared on April 6, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.  Just Received—Just received, a large assortment of Daguerreotype plates, small, quarter, half and full size.                   

For sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co., 4 Maiden Lane                                                    

The fourth advertisement ran from April 27 to 29, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.—Wm. H. Smith & Co., No. 4 Maiden Lane, have now on hand Daguerreotype plates of the best quality, from the most celebrated makers at Paris, which they offer as follows:—

3000 Full Size, No. 40, at………..$10.00 per dozen

3000 half    “      “    40, at………..$5.00     “       “

6000 quarter       “    40, at………..$2.55     “       “

18,500 medium   “   40, at…………$1.60     “       “

Terms—Six months for bills over $100.  Cash discount of 5 per cent from all sums less than that amount.                                                                                                                         

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W. H. Smith is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1845-1846.


[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry

N. M. Smith

1856-1857                   8 Safford Block, Watertown, New York.

N. M. Smith was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on March 13, 1856.  To Daguerreotype Artists.  Having disposed of my entire wholesale stock of Daguerreotype Materials to N. M. Smith & Co., Druggists, No. 8 Safford Block, I would now cheerfully recommend them to my customers and the public generally. C. P. Westcott.  Watertown, N. Y. March 1st, 1856.

The Subscribers, in addition to the stock purchase of C. P. Westcott, are now receiving direct from the importers and most approved manufacturers, a full and general assortment of cases, Plates, Chemicals, and all materials used in taking Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Photographic Pictures; and will hereafter keep a full stock to supply operators in either of the above Arts.  Also Cameras, Tubes, and a general variety of apparatus used for that purpose.

Orders from Dealers and Operators filled with care, at the lowest Wholesale Prices.  All Goods safely packaged and forwarded according to directions.

They will also continue to keep a full stock of Drugs and Medicines, Oils, Varnishes, Dye-Stuffs, Paints, Window Glass, Brushes, Chemicals, &c., which they will sell at Wholesale or Retail at the lowest Market Prices. No. 8 Safford Block, opposite American Hotel. N. M. Smith & Co.

The second advertisement appeared on May 7, 1857.  Melainotype.  The Attention Of Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Photographic Artists, is particularly invited to this new and beautiful discovery, the Melainotype; combining cheapness and durability, with great saving of labor, time and trouble.—it is certainly the newest, latest, and greatest improvement in the art.

The Plates, with the Licenses for using them, are sold at the Patentees’ lowest wholesale prices by the subscriber, Druggists and Dealers in Chemicals and Daguerrean Goods generally.  No. 8, Safford Block.  N. M. Smith & Co.  Wholesale Agents.  Watertown, May 5, 1856.

N. M. Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories.

C. Wells Simons

1842                155 Broadway, New York, New York.

C. Wells Simons appeared in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on September 15, 1842.  For Sale—Improved Daguerreotype Apparatus, with full instructions, for sale low—Persons, who in consequence of the depressed times have been thrown out of employment, may, with a very limited capital, enter into this elegant profitable business with a certainty of success.—There are many towns, even in this State, that have not yet been visited by any operators; and at the South and West there is a first rate field open for those wishing to travel.

A full knowledge of the Art can be obtained in a few days, by applying to C. Wells Simons, 155 Broadway, N. Y.

N. B.—Persons in the country can be furnished with the Apparatus, and written instructions that will enable them to operate successfully.  C. Wells Simon.         

C. Wells Simons is not recorded in other photographic directories.  C. Wells Simons was not listed in the 1841-1842 or the 1842-1843 New York City directories.  It is unknown if Simons was an amateur or professional daguerreotypist or a retailer of daguerrean equipment.

George W. Schuyler

1849                42 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

George W. Schuyler was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on April 25, 1849 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Daguerrian,—A large assortment of Scovill’s and French Plates, of the best qualities, assorted cases, Preservers, Mattings, extra glass, quickstuff, chlorides of gold, and gold saucers, rough and prepared cotton, etc. etc. at New York retail prices.  G. W. Schuyler, No. 42 Owego-st., Ithaca.

George W. Schuyler is not listed in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a Schuyler in the partnership of Johnson & Schuyler in Ithaca, New York in 1849.  In my opinion they are not the same person, nor are Johnson & Schuyler daguerreian artists.  See Johnson & Schuyler post.

W. Schaus

1853                303 Broadway, New York, New York.

W. Schaus was recorded in one advertisement that ran on November 29 & 30, 1853 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Color Boxes—Just Received an invoice of the best French colors for daguerreotypes, in boxes, with brushes, pencil, and case.  For sale wholesale and retail, by W. Schaus, printseller and artists’ colorman, 303 Broadway, up stairs.

W. Schaus is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Abraham B. Sands

1844                273 Broadway, New York, New York.

Abraham B. Sands was recorded in two advertisements in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on July 15, 1844.  Daguerreotype Chemicals.—Johnson’s Prepared Bromine and Chloride of Gold, Hypo Sulph Soda, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, Tripoli.  Chloride of Gold, and every Chemical required in the Daguerreotype art, of warranted purity and at reasonable prices.  For sale by A. B. Sands & Co. Druggist, 273 Broadway in the Granite Building, corner. Chamber st.

The second advertisement appeared on November 4, 1845.  Abraham B. Sands & Co.  Granite Building, 273 Broadway, Corner of Chambers-street.  Wholesale And Retail Chemicals and Apothecaries, and importer of Drugs, Chemicals, Perfumery, Fancy Articles, &c. … Chloride of Gold, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, prepared Bromine for Daguerreotypes, Hypo Sulph Soda, Tripoli, &c., &c….

Abraham B. Sands is not recorded in other photographic directories.