Category Archives: Daguerreian Stock and Materials

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.

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.