Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

William White

1842                Corner Fulton & Front Streets, Brooklyn, New York.

William White was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 23 to 26, 1842 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.—Wm. White, corner Fulton and Front streets, up stairs, executes Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in a few seconds, and on moderate terms.  The patronage of the public is respectfully solicited.  Specimens may be seen at his rooms, as above.       

William White is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. R. White

1853                Opposite City Hotel, Lexington, Missouri.

J. R. White was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on  November 30, 1853 in the  Lexington Weekly Express (Lexington, Missouri).  Sky-Light Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The [understated] has the pleasure to announce to the public generally, that he has just returned from New York where he has obtained a superior, quick working Camera and a large lot of Stock, and is now prepared to furnish all who may honor him with a call, [with us has] Sic. furnished Pictures as can be obtained in the State, and at prices to suit patrons.  Opposite City Hotel.  J. R. White.  sep25.

J. R. White is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Lexington, Missouri in 1853.  This is possibly Joseph R. White recorded in Pioneer Photographers from Mississippi to the Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary 1839-1865 as being active in 1860 in Lexington and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as Joseph White also active in Lexington in 1860.

Ensley White

1853                Address Unknown, Atlanta, Georgia.

Ensley White appeared in two announcements.  The first appeared on November 17, 1853 in the  Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, Virginia).  Mr. White, a daguerreotypist, was shot dead in a fracas at Atlanta, Georgia, by a lad named Odena White, formerly of New York.

The second announcement appeared on November 18, 1853 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  Fatal Rencontre.—A young daguerrean artist, named Ensley White, entered a restaurant in Atlanta, Ga., on the 11th inst., while under the influence of liquor.  Becoming noisy and quarrelsome, the proprietor’s son, a youth named James Odena, made some remarks which led to an assault from White, when young Odena drew a revolver and fired twice; after the second fire White advanced on the boy with a pitcher in his hand, and was in the attitude of striking, when the third barrel of the pistol was discharged, the ball passing through his neck.  He immediately fell, and died six hours afterwards.  Odena was furnished with money by a friend, and made his escape on horseback; but by aid of the telegraph, was arrested.

Ensley White is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Asa White

1843-1847       20 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

1848-1851       36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. [1]

1854                36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Asa White was recorded in seven advertisements in the Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts)  and one advertisement in the Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts.) 

1.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179. Asa White, Soda Manufactory; also Pipes, Ornaments, &c., No. 10 Market square, Boston.

2.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179.  Real Turkey Oil Stones ready shaped for mechanics.  A superior article.  Asa White, No. 10 Market square, Boston.

3.  1847.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 179.  Miniatures Daguerreotyped. Price $1.50.  Asa White, No. 20 Washington street, Boston.

4.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts). P. 181.  Asa White, Soda Manufactory; also Pipes, Ornaments, &c., No. 10 Market square, Boston.

5.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 181.  Real Turkey Oil Stones ready shaped for mechanics.  A superior article.  Asa White, No. 10 Market square, Boston.

6.  1848.  Boston Almanac (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 181.  Miniatures Daguerreotyped. Price 75 cts. Including case Asa White, No. 36 Washington street, Boston.

7.  1850-1851.  Boston City Directory (Boston, Massachusetts), P. 43.  Asa White’s Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 36 Washington Street, Boston.

The advertisement in the Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts) ran from May 26 to October 13, 1854.  Whites’ Daguerreotype Rooms.  No. 36 Washington St., Established A. D. 1840, Still continue in successful operation; and having been recently refitted and improved by the addition of a large northern sky-light, (the only one of the kind in the city,) the proprietors feel confident that they can now offer inducements unsurpassed, if not unequalled, elsewhere.  No person is expected to take a likeness that is not perfectly satisfactory. 

Remember the old place, 36 Washington street, near Cornhill. 

This is probably Asa White who was active according to Boston City Directories from 1843–1851.  From 1843-1847 he was at 20 Washington Street and from 1848-1851 at 36 Washington Street.  He was not listed in the 1852 Boston City Directory and possibly subsequent directories.  It is possibly White’s name is used to further the business opportunities, or White was still connected to the business.  If the advertisement in the Liberator is correct then he was active as early as 1840, but no other documented proof has been found to collaborate this information.  Below are the Daguerreotypists or Photographers who were listed at 36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Charles E.  Hale 1842; Asa White 1848-1851; Peter G. Clark 1851-1852; Justin M. Hunting 1852-1857; John D. Fowler 1854; and Freeman J. Amsden 1858-1859. To confuse matters there is also an A. F. White in 1855 at 121 Court; Austin F. White in 1856-1857 at 121 Court and Abiel F. White from 1857-1862 at 121 Court and 1862 at 27 Tremont Row. 


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Whipple

1855                Rooms in Younglove’s Hall, Union Village, New York.

Whipple appeared in one announcement on July 26, 1855 in the Washington County People’s Journal (Union Village, New York).  At 5 P. M., all had re-assembled upon the shore, and the group was taken by the celebrated daguerrian artist, Mr. Whipple of Union-Village.  And I would advise all to call at Mr. Whipple’s rooms in Younglove’s hall and satisfy themselves by a look at this group that he is a skillful, artist, worthy his occupation.

Whipple is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Union Village, New York.  No first name is associated with the announcement and no other advertisements have been found to indicate who Whipple might be.

A. S. Whipple

1856-1857       Address Unknown, Irasburgh, Vermont.

A. S. Whipple was recorded in four advertisements and one announcement in the Orleans Independent Standard (Irasburgh, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from May 30 to June 13, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  If you want a good Ambrotype or Daguerreotype, you can get them at Whipple’s Saloon, Irasburgh, Vt., May 28th, 1856.

The second advertisement ran from October 31, 1856 to January 9, 1857.  Daguerreotypes!!  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Orleans County, that he is taking Miniatures again at Irasburgh, where he may be found ready to wait on them every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, until further notice is given.

Those wishing for Miniatures, can get them for the moderate sum of One Dollar, put up in a neat Morocco Case, and the picture will be inferior to none taken in County or Town.  You can also find at this establishment a general assortment of Fancy cases and Gold Lockets, all of which will be sold at prices that cannot fail to please.

The subscriber would also take this opportunity to tender his thanks for past favors, and most respectfully solicits a continuance of them.  A. S. Whipple.  Irasburgh, Oct 28, 1856.

The announcement appeared on April 17, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.—Read the advertisement of Mr. A. S. Whipple in another column.  It is a fact beyond dispute, that he can take as good pictures as any man in the State, and for the truth of our assertion we refer the reader to the specimens at his saloon.  He is intending to travel the county during the coming summer in the practice of his art, and those who wish for good pictures would do well to give him a call.

The third advertisement appeared on April 17, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Orleans County, that he has decided to run his Saloon the ensuing summer, and having had it Fitted up in Good Style, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes that cannot be Surpassed in the State, or Approached by any Establishment in the County. 

A good assortment of Cases, both plain and fancy, constantly on hand; also Gold Lockets, Pins, &c., all which will be sold at prices that cannot fail to satisfy the purchaser.

Please call and look at specimens, and then say if I advertise larger that I perform.  Irasburgh, April 15, 1857. A. S. Whipple.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 24 to May 15, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Orleans County, that he has decided to run his Saloon the ensuing summer, and having had it Fitted up in Good Style, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes that cannot be Surpassed in the State, or Approached by any Establishment in the County. 

A good assortment of Cases, both plain and fancy, constantly on hand; also Gold Lockets, Pins, &c., all which will be sold at prices that cannot fail to satisfy the purchaser.

Please call and look at specimens, and then say if I advertise larger that I perform.  Irasburgh, April 22, 1857.  A. S. Whipple.

P. S.  I have moved my Saloon to Coventry Falls; the Ladies and Gentlemen of that place and vicinity are respectfully invited to give me a call.  A. S. W.

A.S. Whipple is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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. 

Wentworth

1853                Concert Hall, Frankfort, New York.

Wentworth of the partnership Payne and Wentworth appeared in one announcement on June 15, 1853 in the Herkimer County Democrat (Frankfort, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Payne & Wentworth have opened Concert Hall, in this village, as a Daguerrean Gallery.  Their specimens are very fine and those in want of a good picture, at a very low price, would do well to give them a call.

Wentworth is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Frankford, New York.  It is possible that this is Henry Wentworth.

Henry Wentworth

1855                Diefendorf Block opposite Sneck’s Hotel, Fort Plain, New York.

Henry Wentworth was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement.  The advertisement ran from March 21 to October 11, 1855 in the Mohawk Valley Register (Fort Plain, New York).  First Premium Daguerreotypes.  H. Wentworth & Co., Beg leave to inform their former patrons and the public that they have taken rooms in the Diefendorf block opposite Sneck’s Hotel.  They have fitted their rooms with Splendid Side and Sky Lights flatter themselves that as Daguerrean Artists, their pictures cannot be excelled.  Prices, from 25 cts., 50 cts., 75 cts., and $1 to $10 and $25.  All of which will be put in cases.         

The Best German Instrument Used.  H. Wentworth & Co.               

The announcement appeared on August 10, 1855 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  Destructive Fire At Fort Plain.—A large fire occurred at Fort Point on Friday last, resulting in the entire loss of Diefendorf’s and Wieting’s blocks, and a part of Webster block.  The losses so far as ascertained areas follows:.. Second floor H. Wentworth daguerrean rooms.  Total loss.  Said to be about $500….

Webster Block.—…Hewitt’s Daguerrian rooms.  Part of stock saved in a damaged condition.  Loss $100; no insurance.

Henry Wentworth is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1859 in Fort Plain and possibly Sharon, New York, a distance of under twenty miles.  It is also unknown but possibly that Henry Wentworth is the same person in the partnership of Payne and Wentworth who were active in 1853 in Frankfort, New York, a distance of thirty six miles.

Conrad Wenck

1852                Address Unknown, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.

Conrad Wenck was recorded in one announcement that appeared on  October 30, 1852 in the  Sunbury American (Sunbury, Pennsylvania).  Agricultural Fair.  The Annual Fair of the Northumberland County Agricultura Society, came off at the borough of Northumberland on Thursday and Friday October 7th and 8th…

On Miscellaneous Articles.  This Committee regret very much the inability of the Society, on account of the lowness of the fee of membership to award prizes in proportion to the merits of the articles exhibited…

For some excellent Daguerreotypes by Conrad Wenck, North’d  .50

Conrad Wenck is not recorded in other photographic directories.