Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

Bradley A. Howell

1856                101 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Bradley A. Howell recorded on April 1,1856 in Photographic and Fine Arts Journal  (New York, New York) in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Howell. —The daguerreotype specimens in this gallery, were very unworthy any one calling himself an artist. I can only say, that such pictures as we generally see, are enough to make true artists blush for their art. This does not apply especially to this gallery.

Bradley A. Howell is recorded in Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  He is recorded here because of the firsthand information about his work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

 

Lysander Norman Howard

1848                285 Grand, New York, New York.                                                                                              1848                460 Grand, New York, New York.                                                                                            1849-1853     492 Grand, New York, New York.[1]

Lysander Norman Howard was recorded in an advertisement that ran on July 4, 1848 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  Sons Of Liberty And Daughters Too, Who Wish your pictures taken true; at Howard’s Rooms, four sixty Grand, you’ll get the finest in the land!  Howard’s Daguerreotype Rooms, 460 (removed from 285) Grand.  Open from 7 A. M. until 7 P. M.

Lysander Norman Howard is recorded in New York City in 1848 in Craig’s Daguerreian Register without a business address.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

David Howard

1852-1854       109 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

David Howard was recorded in an announcement that ran on November 22, 1852 in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts).  November 22, 1852, P. 2.  Pictures that are Pictures.  We wish to call the attention of our readers to the Daguerreotype Establishment of Mr. L. H. Hale, No. 109 Washington street, in this city.  As a daguerreotype artist, this gentleman is unexcelled in this country.  Many will remember the splendid rooms he occupied last winter, and the speaking pictures he executed there.  Some time last spring he disposed of the establishment to Mr. Howard, who has had it during the past summer.  But in the management of other hands it did not thrive, and we are glad to see that the original proprietor is again in possession.  He will make it pay, for no man in the city commands a greater patronage than Mr. Hale.  He has gone into the work in earnest, made several improvements, got out splendid show cases, and is again busy in manufacturing “counterfeit presentments” of the elite of Boston, and of all who want pictures, and are so fortunate as to know where to go for them.  At his room may be seen pictures of many of the most distinguished citizens of Boston.

We cannot speak too highly of Mr. Hale’s pictures.  He has an exquisite taste, and he understands so well the secret of success that he will not suffer a picture to go out of his hands that falls short of his most perfect execution in any particular.  We can most cordially recommend him to all wanting pictures as one who will give them an exact likeness and an exquisite picture.

David Howard is listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 as being active in Boston from 1853 to 1854.

C. B. Howard

1855                Address Unknown, Reading, Pennsylvania.

C. B. Howard was recorded in an announcement for Lewis Overpeck on July 13, 1855 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania). New Establishment! Lewis Overpeck would respectfully inform the citizens of Lewisburg and vicinity that he has opened rooms at the Union Temperance Hotel, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the most improved and life-like manner, and put up in cases varying in price from 50 cts. to $5.  He invites the public to call and try his work, feeling assured that they will be pleased with his workmanship.  Having had superior facilities for instructions in the art, (of J. P. Leisenring, Danville, and C. B. Howard, Reading,) he thinks himself as well perfected in the art as any in this or any other State.

C. B. Howard and Lewis Overpeck are not listed in other photographic directories. J. P. Leisenring is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Danville, Pennsylvania in 1854.

A. O. Howard

1851                13 & 15 Arcade Building, Watertown, New York.

A.  O. Howard was recorded in an announcement that ran on June 5, 1851 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  A. O. Howard.—It becomes our painful duty to record the sudden death of this estimable young man.  He was subject to fits from an injury upon the head received in his youth, and while riding in a buggy near Chaumont, where he had gone on business, he was attacked with a fit, fell from the buggy, and in falling broke his neck, causing instant death.  He had been engaged through the winter by C. P. Westcott, in his Daguerrean Gallery, in which business he was an expert operator.  He was about establishing himself in business, when he was overtaken by death in this sudden and unexpected manner.  His mild disposition, agreeable society and moral worth, will cause many friends and associates to morn his early death.

A O. Howard is not listed in other photographic directories.

J. W. Houghton

1856-1857      Rooms over Houghton & Loughmiller’s Drug Store, Winchester, Tennessee.  1857                  New House on South-East side of the Square, near Custer House, Winchester,                              Tennessee.

J. W. Houghton appeared in three announcements and three advertisements. The first Announcement appeared on August 16, 1856 in The Winchester Weekly Appeal (Winchester, Tennessee).  Mr. J. W. Houghton is now prepared to execute, in the very best style of the art, Ambrotypes, Photographs and Daguerreotypes, at his room above the Drug establishment of Messrs. Houghton & Loughmiller.  Those who feel symptoms of approaching dissolution, should call and secure a shadow of themselves.  Mr. H’s pictures cannot fail to please.

The first advertisement ran from August 16 to December 19, 1856 in The Winchester Weekly Appeal (Winchester, Tennessee).  Photography.  I am now prepared to execute, in the best style of the art, Ambrotypes, Photographs, or Daguerreotypes, at my rooms, over Houghton & Loughmiller’s drug store.

Those wishing Miniatures, please call and examine specimens.  The Ambrotype I have recently introduced, and succeed far beyond my most sanguine expectations.  They are surely a great improvement over the Daguerreotype, both in beauty of appearance and facility of execution.  Bring on your children—they can be taken before they can have time to move.  Satisfaction in all cases guaranteed or no charge.  J. W. Houghton.

The second announcement appeared on  August 30, 1856 in The Winchester Weekly Appeal (Winchester, Tennessee).  During the nice sun-shiny days that are coming on persons must not forget the way to the daguerrean rooms of J. W. Houghton, where they can be accommodated with either Daguerreotypes, Photographs, or Ambrotypes in a style that will ensure satisfaction.  Rooms over the drug store of Houghton & Loughmiller.

The second advertisement ran from January 22 to May 15, 1857 in The Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee).  Photography.  I am now prepared to execute, in the best style of the art, Ambrotypes, Photographs, or Daguerreotypes, at my rooms, over Houghton & Loughmiller’s drug store.

Those wishing miniatures, please call and examine specimens.  The Ambrotype I have recently introduced, and succeed far beyond my most sanguine expectations.  They are surely a great improvement over the Daguerreotype, both in beauty of appearance and facility of execution.  Bring on your children—they can be taken before they can have time to move. Satisfaction in all cases guaranteed or no charge.  J. W. Houghton.  Winchester, Aug. 16, ’56.

The third announcement appeared on May 8,1857 in The Home Journal.  (Winchester, Tennessee).  Pictures.—Mr. J. W. Houghton has taken rooms at the new house just erected on the South-East side of the square, near the Custer House.  We have been over, and take pleasure in saying that a neater room could not have been easily found.  Now the nice sunshiny days are greeting us, we would advise our friends (and enemies too, if it be possible that we have any!) to go and have themselves pictured.  Mr. H. is prepared to take either daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes.

The third advertisement ran from June 6 to 20, 1857 in The Winchester Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee).  Photography.  I am now prepared to execute, in the best style of the art, Ambrotypes, Photographs, or Daguerreotypes, at my rooms, over Houghton & Loughmiller’s drug store.

Those wishing Miniatures, please call and examine specimens.  The Ambrotype I have recently introduced, and succeed far beyond my most sanguine expectations.  They are surely a great improvement over the Daguerreotype, both in beauty of appearance and facility of execution.  Bring on your children—they can be taken before they can have time to move. Satisfaction in all cases guaranteed or no charge.  J. W. Houghton.  Winchester, Aug. 16, ’56.

J. W. Houghton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Frederick W. Houghton

1852                First Door North of the Orthodox Church, Petersham, Massachusetts.

F. W. Houghton was recorded in an advertisement and an announcement in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts). The advertisement appeared on September 3, 1852, Vol. 9, No. 19, P. 3.  F. W. Houghton’s, Daguerreian Rooms, First Door North of the Orthodox Church, Are now in operation, for the accommodation of all, who wish perfect likenesses of themselves or friends. Pictures copied from Portraits, Daguerreotypes, Paintings, &c.

Also, taken from deceased persons, and invalids, if required, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Frames, Cases, &c.  Perfect Satisfaction Guarantied, in all cases, or “No Charge.”  He respectfully solicits a share a share of the public patronage.  Fred’k W. Houghton, Artist. Petersham, Aug. 20, 1852.

The announcement appeared on September 10, 1852.  Frederick W. Houghton’s, Daguerreotype Artist.  Petersham, Mass.  First door North of the Orthodox Church.

Frederick W. Houghton is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 or other photographic directories.

Mr. Horton

1850                Chapin’s Block, Cabotville, Massachusetts.

Mr. Horton was recorded in an announcement that appeared on January 2, 1850 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Large Fire In Cabotville.—Cabotville seems to have got up a fire fever.  On Wednesday morning, the new building, built last season, and known as “Chapin’s Block,” suffered severely.  Sixty-six feet of the block was owned by Giles S. Chapin, 22 by Mrs. A. Wait, and 22 by E. B. Haskell.  The fire broke out in the third story of the part belonging to Mr. Haskell, in Horton’s Daguerrian Gallery, and destroyed the building as far as Chapin’s part of the block, where it me with a brick partition, and was arrested, not, however, without damage to Mr. Chapin of about $1,000.  Haskell’s part was occupied by a grocery in the basement, kept by himself; a dry  goods store on the first floor owned by Lewis Cutler, on the 2d floor by Dr. Morgan’s Dentistry Office, and on the third by Mr. Horton, the daguerrian.  Mrs. Wait’s part was occupied by her own millinery store and T. S. Morgan, jeweller.  The goods from all these establishments were mostly saved, with the exception of Mr. Haskell’s groceries, who lost considerable.  The loss of the building is estimated at $6,000, and the entire loss at $10,000.  We learn that nearly everything is insured.  The exertions of the firemen on the occasion are spoken of in terms of the highest praise.—A correspondent informs us that Mr. Haskell and Mrs. Wait were each insured $2,000 on their building, and that the daguerreotype room, where the fire originated, had not been in use for several days.

Mr. Horton is not listed in other photographic directories.

Hooper

1851                Union House, Port Jervis, New York.

Hooper was recorded in an announcement that appeared on July 3, 1851 in the Tri-State Union  (Port Jervis, New York).  If any are disposed to know how they look, and have no mirror at hand, friend Hopper at his rooms at the Union House, will take a perfect likeness of them in Daguerreotype, “quicker’n lightnen.”

Hooper is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. J. Holmes

1850-1851       Rooms in Younglove’s Hall, Union Village , New York.

J. J. Holmes was recorded in two advertisements that ran in the Union-Village Journal (Union, New York).  The first advertisement ran from October 24 to December 26, 1850.  Sky-Light Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The subscriber respectfully announces to the public that he has returned to his old rooms in Younglove’s Hall, where he will be happy to serve those who may favor him with a call, with Daguerreotype Pictures of any size, single, or in groups, of any number.

Those wishing can be furnished with Sky-Light pictures, by which arrangements the heavy shade on one side of the face is avoided, giving an even and perfect shadow, and life like appearance.  Please call as soon as convenient, for my stay will depend on the amount of patronage I receive, for like all who live by eating, I have to pay for my corn.  J. J.  Holmes.

The second advertisement ran from February 6 to April 17, 1851.  Sky-Light Daguerreotype Miniatures For $1.00.  The subscriber respectfully announces to the public that he has returned to his old rooms in Younglove’s Hall, where he will be happy to serve those who may favor him with a call, with Daguerreotype Pictures of any size, single, or in groups, of any number.

Those wishing can be furnished with Sky-Light pictures, by which arrangements the heavy shade on one side of the face is avoided, giving an even and perfect shadow, and life like appearance.  Having but a short time longer to stay in this place, I will take Pictures from the date hereof for one dollar.  J. J. Holmes.

J. J. Holmes is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Union Village, New York in 1850-1851. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a J. J. Holmes in Sandy Hill, Kingsbury, N. Y. in 1859, it is unknown if they are the same person.