Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

Weiser & Johnston

1849                Rooms on Market Street, over C. L. Jones’ New Store, Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

Weiser & Johnston were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Lewistown Gazette (Lewistown, Pennsylvania).  The announcement appeared on June 30, 1849.  Messrs. Weiser & Johnston have opened a Daguerreotype establishment in the room over C. L. Jones’ new store, where they exhibit and take beautiful specimens of that art.  Thosde we have seen are certainly as perfect as any heretofore brought to our notice.  Give them a call.

The advertisement ran from June 30 to July 14, 1849. Miniatures For Only $1.50.  Weiser & Johnston, Daguerreotype Artist, Would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Lewistown and vicinity, that they have taken rooms for a short time immediately over the Store of Mr. C. L. Jones, In Market Street, and are prepared to execute Daguerreotype Likenesses in a style superior to any heretofore taken in Lewistown.

Then give us a call—our prices are low; Our work, it is perfect, as specimens show; The Sun is our pencil, with rev’rence we say, Your miniature made by the bright King of day.

Call soon.  Remember that delays are dangerous.

Instruction given in the art with all the late improvements, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.                             

Weiser & Johnson are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Looking through other photographic directories it is possible that Johnston is Charles M. Johnston who was active in Lancaster, Pa.  (speculation on my part, no collaborating documentation has been found to substantiate this claim.)  

Weiser & Delano

1857                Address Unknown, Steubenville, Ohio.

Weiser & Delano (George W. Weiser and Douglas C. Delano) were recorded in one announcement on June 17, 1857 in the True American (Steubenville, Ohio).  Great Excitement In Steubenville.—Not so much amongst the Bankers, Merchants and Mechanics, but at the Daguerrean Rooms of Weiser and Delano.

These gentlemen have for the last week been doing a business far beyond anything in that line, ever before witnessed in this city.  The reduced prices for which they are taking likenesses, together with the perfect style in which the work is done, have produced a general excitement in the entire community, and caused a general rush to their rooms.  We very much doubt whether any other city can boast of two better artists.

Go then—you are not afraid to look at yourselves precisely taken as you are, and get your likenesses taken for 25 cts. and then get one for each and every country cousin you have in the nation.

Both George W. Weiser and Douglas C. Delano are recorded in other photographic directories but not recorded as partners.  

W. Weibling

1852-1853       Address Unknown, Connersville, Indiana.

W. Weibling was recorded in two announcement in the Indiana State Sentinel (Indianapolis, Indiana) and one advertisement in the Indiana American (Brookville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on October 28, 1852.  The State Fair.  It is supposed that fifty thousand persons visited the Fair yesterday….

S. Rea, of this city, exhibited in two large frames, Daguerreotypes of the members of the last Senate and House, of this State.  Also, likenesses of many of the young ladies of this city—beautiful, of course, or they would not have been likenesses.  These Daguerreotypes were executed in Rea’s best style, which is equivalent to saying that they cannot be excelled in the world.

Mr. Weibling, from Connersville, also exhibits some excellent Daguerreotypes.  Many of his pictures very nearly, if not quite, equaled Rea’s, and were highly creditable productions.

The second announcement appeared on November 4, 1852.  Premiums Awarded at the First Annual State Fair of Indiana, 1852, as Reported by the Several Committees….Manufactured Articles….

Daguerrean Art, four frames, from the studio of S. Rea, Indianapolis.  The crowd of admiring spectators who constantly surrounded these pictures, attested the approbation of the public.  They were justly regarded as admirable specimens of the art, in style of finish, posture, coloring, and design.  They are worthy the general commendation they received.  Premium $10 and diploma.

Daguerreotypes, a case from W. Weibling, of Connersville, containing several creditable portraits, and exhibiting a good degree of taste and skill in the artist.  $2 and diploma.

Fancy Label, attached to Rea’s Daguerrean collection, from the same.  The committee pronounce them creditable specimens of the art.

The advertisement ran from October 21 to November 25, 1853.  Likenesses Only $1.  Beautiful Colored Daguerrean Likenesses.  Weibling’s Sky-Light Gallery, Connersville, Ind. 

Mr. Weibling takes pleasure in announcing to his friends that he is permanently located in Connersville.  His Rooms have been constructed expressly for the Daguerrean Art, and are second to no other Gallery in the West, for Artistic Arrangement of Light; they also possess rare facilities in the Chemical and Mechanical Departments. 

His Reception Room Has been fitted up expressly in view of rendering every convenience—especially to Ladies and Children.  By the use of a large and superior Instrument, Mr. W. is enabled to secure, with ease and accuracy,  Post Mortem Pictures, And every variety of Landscape, in all its Natural Beauty and Grandeur.  Portraits copied, and types taken of all sizes, for insertion in Lockets, Tombstones, &c.

Mr. W. will constantly keep on hand, and sell at standard prices, Instruments, Chemicals, Materials, &c.  Also fine Lithographs, Picture Frames, of all sizes, and Jewelry of every description.  He has a fine whole size instrument (Lewis make) that he will sell, or exchange for a half size instrument.

Odd Fellow’s and Masonic Regalia made to order, and sold cheaper than they can be had at any Establishment in the city.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. till 4 P. M.

W. Weibling is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Weeks

1855                Address Unknown, New York, New York.[1]

Weeks of the firm Jackson & Weeks was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal.  (New York, New York) on January 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Jackson & Weeks — Some specimens good, some bad, some miserable. Very little attention paid to order and cleanliness.

Weeks is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first hand account of their (Jackson & Weeks) 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.

E. E. Weeks

1858                            Address Unknown, Sandusky, Ohio.

E. E. Weeks appeared in one announcement in the Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, Ohio) on September 21, 1858.  State Fair—Awards of Premiums…Fine Arts—Drawings And Paintings…

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, display of daguerreotypes,…… diploma

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, Ambrotypes,……………………silver medal

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, melaineotypes………………….silver medal

E. E. Weeks is not recorded in other photographic directories.  R. E. Weeks is recorded in other directories and it is possible they are the same person, but further research is needed.

David S. Weeks

1852                Main Street, at Richard Kirk’s Store, Glen Cove, New York.

1852                House of John Charlick, Roslyn, New York

David S. Weeks was recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in The Plaindealer  (Roslyn, New York).  The first advertisement ran from July 9 to 16, 1852.  Daguerreotype Likenesses!  David S. Weeks, Daguerrian Artist from New-York, Has Opened His Rooms For A few days only, at the store of Richard Kirk, on Main-St., where he is prepared to take Portraits & Miniatures by this beautiful art, in a style of finish greatly superior to any offered before in this place.

How often has the regret been expressed by hundreds, that they do not possess a Likeness of a departed friend or relative, which might have been taken when in health and life, and how valuable do these become to those who possess them, when their friend have passed away.

The present is a favorable opportunity to secure these faithful representations of our friends while they are offered at such prices that all may possess them.  The impressions are truly the exact resemblance of the face, made upon tablets of silver, rendered perfectly durable by a chemical Preparation, and not the mere fancy of the painter’s skill.

Hours of operating from 8 A. M. until sundown.

Hours for Children from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

The citizens of Glen Cove and its vicinity, are most respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.                                                                                             

The first announcement appeared on July 16, 1852.  Weeks, the Daguerreotype man, still continues with us, and is doing a good business.  Our friends who have not had their “picture taken” should make all haste, ere they be too late; for it is not often that they have the opportunity of being operated upon by a good artist.  Give him a call!

The second announcement appeared on July 30, 1852.  Weeks, the Daguerreotype man, is about leaving this place, as the reader will understand by referring to his advertisement in to-day’s paper, for the beautiful village of Roslyn, where he intends being on Monday or Tuesday next, and where we predict for him a good business.

The second advertisement ran from July 30 to August 6, 1852.  Daguerreotype Likenesses!  David S. Weeks, Daguerrian Artist from New-York, Has Opened His Rooms For A few days only, at the House of John Charlick, Roslyn, where he is prepared to take Portraits & Miniatures by this beautiful art, in a style of finish greatly superior to any offered before in this place.

How often has the regret been expressed by hundreds, that they do not possess a Likeness of a departed friend or relative, which might have been taken when in health and life, and how valuable do these become to those who possess them, when their friend have passed away.

The present is a favorable opportunity to secure these faithful representations of our friends while they are offered at such prices that all may possess them.  The impressions are truly the exact resemblance of the face, made upon tablets of silver, rendered perfectly durable by a chemical Preparation, and not the mere fancy of the painter’s skill.

Hours of operating from 8 A. M. until sundown.

Hours for Children from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

The citizens of Glen Cove and its vicinity, are most respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.                                                                                             

David S. Weeks is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Alexander B. Weeks

1852                137 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Alexander B. Weeks of the partnership of Fredericks and Weeks was recorded in two advertisements. The first advertisement ran from October 13 to 30, 1852 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  In all conscience enough has been said about Daguerreotypes; but, friends, just called at the new Rooms, opened by Fredericks & Weeks, (second floor,) No. 137 Atlantic-st., between Henry and Clinton-sts., Brooklyn, and without saying much, we will show you pictures that we rather guess will please you.  C. D. Fredericks.   A. B. Weekes.

The second advertisement ran from October 25 to November 29, 1852 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  Something New—The attention of the citizens of Brooklyn are respectfully invited to the Daguerreotypes taken daily at the new rooms of Fredericks & Weeks, (second floor,) 137 Atlantic Street, between Clinton and Henry streets, South Brooklyn.  C. D. Fredricks, A. B. Weeks.

Alexander B. Weeks is recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him apparently working for J. Gurney between 1848-1854.

Webster’s & Holland

1851                Mattingly’s Hall, Bardstown, Kentucky.

Webster’s & Holland (Edward Z., Israel B. Webster and W. A. Holland) were recorded in one advertisement that ran on November 13, 1851 in the Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Kentucky). Websters & Holland, Daguerrean Artists.  Webster & Brother, of Louisville, KY., have associated with them Mr. W. A. Holland, and for the time being have established a Branch of their extensive Establishment in “Mattingly’s Hall,” Bardstown, Ky., where they would be happy to see all who may desire to secure Miniatures of themselves or friends.

All work warranted to give entire satisfaction.

The public generally are invited to call and examine our specimens whether they wish pictures or not.  Websters & Holland.

N. B.—Instruction imparted and apparatus furnished to all who may desire.  W. & H.  oct. 16. 

While all three partners are recorded in other photographic directories the partnership is not.

Webster & Tileston

1856-1857                   Bray’s Building, Evansville, Indiana.

Webster & Tileston (Edward Z. Webster & William W. Tileston) were recorded in one advertisement in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).   The advertisement ran from November 19, 1856 to April 2, 1857.  Webster’s Sphereotypes, Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Callodiotypes.  And all other styles of Heliographic Pictures can be obtained at Webster & Tileston’s Gallery in Bray’s Building, at prices ranging from One Dollar up.

Please call soon, as Webster’s time is limited.  W. & T.

Webster & Tileston are both recorded in other photographic directories but not as partners.

Webber & Lancey

1850                Lemist’s Building, over Dr. Webber’s Dentistry Rooms, Roxbury, Massachusetts

Webber & Lancey (Cushing Webber & Samuel F. Lancey, Jr.) were recorded in one advertisement that appeared in the Norfolk County Journal (Roxbury, Massachusetts) on October 19.  Dissolution of Copartnership.  The Copartnership heretofore existing between Webber & Lancey, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business of the late firm will be settled by Cushing Webber.  C. Webber, S. F. Lancey, Jr. Roxbury, Oct. 2d, 1850.

Cushing Webber is not recorded in other photographic directories, Samuel F. Lancey, Jr. is recorded in other directories as being active in Roxbury from 1849 to 1856.