Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

Parker & Douglas

1849-1850       Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

Parker & Douglas (Thomas Hazard Parker & Douglas) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 12, 1849 to July 27, 1850 in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses Taken at Parker & Douglas’s Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

Parker & Douglas (Thomas Hazard Parker & Douglas) are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Parker & Bellows

1850-1851       Address Unknown, Sag Harbor, New York.

Parker & Bellows (Thomas Hazard Parker & Henry S. Bellows) were recorded in two advertisements in The Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  The first advertisement ran from July 31, 1850 to July 23, 1851.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Taken at Parker & Bellows’s Daguerrean Rooms, with a large and improved apparatus, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens.

The second advertisement ran from July 23 to September 17, 1851. All relations heretofore existing between T. Hazard Parker and Henry S. Bellows, in the Daguerrean business, are this day dissolved, by mutual consent.

All bills connected with the business, will be settled by T. Hazard Parker.  Sag Harbor, July 23, 1851.  T. H. Parker, H. S. Bellows.

Thomas Hazard Parker & Henry S. Bellows are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Park

1859                Address and Location Unknown.

J. Park was recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on October 19, 1859. Wanted.—An Ambrotypist Wishes A Situation; has had eight years experience at the business, five years ambrotyping, three years daguerreotyping.  Address for two days, J. Park, Herald office.

J. Park is not listed in other photographic directories. At this time it is unknown if he found employment or not. In addition it is unknown where he was located or who he worked for since 1851.

Mr. Paret

1859            279 Bowery, Near First Street, New York, New York.

Paret  was recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on  October 4, 1859.  Paret’s Daguerreotypes—Large Size, For 50 Cents; a true and durable picture, warranted.  Gallery, 279 Bowery, near First street, N. Y.

Paret is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as William A Paret, 297 Bowery.  After looking at modern google address it appears that the 279 Bowery address is probably a typo and that 297 Bowery is closer to First Street.

Mr. Pardee

1848-1849       Clinton Hotel, Lansingburgh, New York.

Mr. Pardee was listed in five announcements, the first three are from the Lansingburgh Democrat and Rensselaer County Gazette; the next two are from the Lansingburgh Democrat    (Lansingburgh, New York).  The first appeared on July 27, 1848.  Mr. Pardee, has taken rooms at the Clinton Hotel, and opened his Daguerreotype Gallery for the inspection of our citizens.  We have examined pictures of some of our citizens taken at his room, especially one of an infant 5 months old, which for beautiful accuracy, we have never seen surpassed.  He charges only one dollar for a miniature, which is but half the common price.  We hope he will do a good business.  Give him a call.

The second appeared on August 10, 1848.  Mr. Pardee, at the Clinton Hotel, takes splendid Daguerreotype Pictures.  His prices are so low, only $1 for a miniature and case, that a large number of our citizens are availing themselves of this opportunity for “catching the shadow, ere it fades.”  We would assure the public that he is [ ? ] of superior [ ? ].

The third announcement appeared on December 7, 1848.  Pardee’s Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Pardee still continues at the Clinton Hotel practicing the Daguerrian art, and producing likeness, faithful and in its highest perfection.  He takes them cheap, and the opportunity of securing a perfect facsimile of the “human face divine” of those friends you love, should not be neglected.—He may be found at any time in his room, at which place numerous specimens of “faces familiar” may be seen, and their correctness and beauty acknowledged.

The fourth announcement appeared on March 28, 1849.  Pardee still maintains his well earned reputation of being one of the best artists in the Daguerrian line.  He rooms at the Clinton Hotel, where the visitors can examine specimens of his skill.  One dollar is all it cost to “secure the shadow ere it fades.”  He takes pictures in all kinds of weather.

The fifth announcement appeared on June 28, 1849.  Reader, a word for your private ear.  If you have not yet paid Pardee a visit, and had your daguerreotype taken, you had better do so immediately.  In these Cholera times there is no knowing what may happen, and delays are dangerous.  That’s all.

This is probably Phineas Pardee, Jr.  who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Lansingburgh in 1850-1851.

Mr. Palmer

1853                215 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Palmer was recorded in one advertisement that ran in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts) on February 26, 1853.  Daguerreotype Portrait Painting.  Photographic Portraits are taken with all the recent improvements adopted in the process in France, England and America, by Palmer & Co., 215 Washington street Boston.

Photographic Portrait Painting (sun painting) now takes its place by the side of pencil drawing.  By painting with instruments an outline of mathematical precision is obtained which can scarcely be expected with the hand; and by judicious employment of chemicals and the careful use of color, the finest tone and finish imparted to the picture.   Landscapes and Portraits are taken with equal exactness and fidelity—valuable pieces of sculpture are copied in high relief—and minute Portraits are executed for lockets, broaches, pins and rings.  Unless we are prepared to quarrel with the sun and dispute the laws of nature, we must admit that the trust and most perfect portrait may be obtained by the Daguerreotype.  For specimens see case at the door, 215 Washington St.

Mr. Palmer is not listed in other photographic directories nor was he listed in the Boston City Directory; residence section from 1851-1854.

Randolph Palmer

1841                Studio east corner of the Exchange Building, over Mr. Haight’s Jewelry Store,                               Auburn, New York.

Randolph Palmer was recorded in three advertisements and two announcement in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York).  The first advertisement was recorded on January 6, 1841.  Portrait Painting.  R. Palmer would say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Auburn and its vicinity, that he would be happy to wait upon them in the line of his profession, at his room, Chedell’s Buildings.

As to his ability as an artist, he would leave it with connoisseurs to decide.  His portraits are always ready for inspection: let them speak for themselves.  Call and examine them.  Auburn, February 18, 1840.

The first announcement appeared on January 20, 1841.  The Daguerreotype.  By reference to the advertisement of Mr. R. Palmer in other columns, our readers will notice that he has recently fitted up his establishment so as to enable him to take likenesses, by the new and curious system of Daguerreotype.  It was our intention to have given at this time a sort of bird’s eye view of the course adopted in carrying out the rules of this new discovery;—but we shall be compelled to defer it till our next. Such of our citizens as desire a perfect miniature, will do well to give Mr. P. a call at his “glass house,” east end of Exchange Buildings—and those who desire a Portrait, will there see specimens of his skill with the pencil and brush, as large, as natural, and apparently as animated as life itself.

The second advertisement ran from January 20 to March 24, 1841.  Portraits, Miniatures, And Photographic Likenesses in the Daguerreotype Process R. Palmer, has removed his studio to the east corner of Exchange Buildings, (directly over Mr. Haight’s Jewelry Store,) within the Glass House, where he will always be found ready, and happy, to wait upon all who may desire to hand down to posterity their Phiz upon canvass, Ivory, or Silver

He is perfectly willing to be criticized upon his own productions, but thinks it unfair for critics to find fault with the Pictures which Nature paints.

The Daguerreotype paints along with the colors which the sun produces, by reflecting light upon the sitter,—the sitting for the Daguerreotype vary from 3 to 8 minutes, according to light.  The best time for taking likenesses is in a clear day from 8 A. M., to 3 P. M.—It is not necessary to have the sun shine upon the sitter.

The second announcement appeared on February 10, 1841.  Daguerreotypes.  Likenesses of this description are now taken with the greatest accuracy by Mr. Palmer, at his “glass house” at the east end of the Exchange Buildings.

“The pictures as pictures (says the N. Y. Courier, in speaking of Daguerreotypes) are superior to any other specimens of the art that we have seen, and as likenesses of the originals, there is no sort of mistake.  No one who would be flattered need sit, but the man or woman who seek a similitude of their own face and features, as exact as it is in the mirror into which they look, had better apply here.  It is not a resemblance but an absolute identity of look and appearance, that is the result.”

Mr. P. has also recently succeeded in taking by the above power some beautiful landscape views.

The third advertisement appeared on March 31, 1841.  Portrait Painting.  R. Palmer has removed his room to 89 (Beach’s Block) Genesee st., where he will be happy to attend to all business in the line of his profession.—As to his ability as an artist, he would leave it with connoisseurs to decide.  His portraits are always ready for inspection: let them speak for themselves.

The Ladies and Gentlemen of Auburn and vicinity are respectfully invited to give him a call. Auburn, March, 1841.

Randolph Palmer is not recorded in other photographic directories.  He is recorded in The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In America 1584-1860 as a portrait painter working in Auburn, New York from 1839 to 1843 and also working in Albany and Seneca Falls.

John Palmer

1856                Address Unknown, Schellsburg, Pennsylvania.

John Palmer was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 16 to June 13, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania).  Ho! Ye Sons Of Art!!!  Excelsior Daguerrean Gallery!  John Palmer, Artist, would respectfully inform the citizens of Schellsburg, that he will remain in that place a short time for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses.  Photographic pictures of every description executed in a neat, beautiful and permanent manner.  Likenesses Singly Or In Groups!  Portraits of sick, or deceased persons, taken on the shortest notice, Daguerreotypes, Paintings, engravings, &c., accurately copied when desired.  Pictures will be put up in beautiful cases, medallions or lockets, to suit the tastes of customers—also handsomely set in rings or breastpins.  He defies competition to surpass his pictures either in correctness, or in depth of tone and finish.  His Study Is To Please.  No pictures will be required to be taken unless it gives Full And Entire Satisfaction.

Ladies and gentlemen, young and old, are invited to his gallery to examine specimens—all will be welcome visitors whether wanting pictures or not.  Come one, come all!

John Palmer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John C. Palmer

1846-1851       Palmer & Ramsay’s Jewelry Store, Raleigh, North Carolina.

John C. Palmer was recorded in five advertisements in The North Carolina Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina).  The first advertisement ran from March 4 to 18, 1846.  A Fine Assortment of Watches, Jeweler, and Cutlery, For sale very cheap.  Watches repaired well, and warranted.

Daguerreotype Likenesses.  Taken in superior style, large or small size, from one to five on the same plate—warranted equal to any taken at the North—colored so as to be as durable as painted portraits.  Specimens can be seen at my room.  J. C. Palmer.

The second advertisement ran from November 24, 1847 to January 12, 1848.  Daguerreotype Gallery.  J. C. Palmer has just returned from the North and is prepared to execute Likenesses in the most perfect and new style, warranted never to fade or lose their color, large or small, in Breast Pins or Lockets—having purchased Breast Pins and Lockets expressly for the business.  Call and see, and have your likeness taken for your Wife, Children and Husbands.  Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.

A fine and good assortment of Cases, Plates, and materials of all kinds for sale cheap for cash only.  Orders attended to punctually.

The third advertisement ran from January 26 to February 16, 1848.  Daguerreotype Gallery.  J. C. Palmer has just returned from the North and is prepared to execute Likenesses in the most perfect and new style, warranted never to fade or lose their color, large or small, in Breast Pins or Lockets—having purchased Breast Pins and Lockets expressly for the business.  Call and see, and have your likeness taken for your Wife, Children and Husbands.  Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.

A fine and good assortment of Cases, Plates, and materials of all kinds for sale cheap for cash only.  Orders attended to punctually.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 27 to November 21, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.  John C. Palmer has perfected himself in the above Art, having lately received all the improvements from the North.  The Celerotype which far excels other improvements they are now as perfect as life.  Warranted a good Picture.  The only fault to them some times they are too natural.  Call at Palmer and Ramsay’s Jewelry store.

The fifth 1850 Advertisement ran from November 27, 1850 to August 16, 1851.  John C. Palmer’s Daguerrean Gallery, In his finely Furnished Room warrants the Likenesses perfect, and to please.  His reputation is so well known in North Carolina, it is useless to say more.  Call at Palmer & Ramsay’s Jewelry Store.

John C. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without a business address and without the connection with Palmer & Ramsay Jewelry Store.

C. A. Palmer

1853                Rooms over J. P. Plank’s Store, Herkimer, New York.

C. A. Palmer was recorded in one advertisement that ran from October 5 to November 9, 1853 in the Herkimer County Democrat (Frankfort, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  Persons wishing to procure for themselves or friends a good Daguerreotype, are respectfully solicited to call soon at the room of the subscriber, In Herkimer, over J. P. Plank’s Store, where he will remain but a short time longer.

Pictures put up in every variety of Cases, Lockets and Rings, in a manner that cannot fail to please.

Do not postpone coming, for his stay in this place is of short duration.  C. A. Palmer, Artist.

C. A. Palmer is not recorded in other photographic directories.