Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

Knapp

1856                Bowery, New York, New York.[1]

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

Knapp’s, Bowery. No specimens on which to form a judgment.

[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.

Knapp is unknown and not recorded in other photographic directories as being active on Bowery in 1855-1856 .  William R. Knapp was listed in an advertisement in the New York Daily Tribune on March 22,1854 as being formerly at 103 Bowery.  Its possible that someone is still using Knapp’s name to attract business.  similar cases are Plumbe’s Galleries and Root’s (Samuel A.)

Knapp & Field

1856                477 Broadway, New York, New York.

Knapp & Field (William R. Knapp & James B. Field) were recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 31, 1856.  Knapp’s Colored Improved Durable Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes, 50 cents, including case, twice the size others give for the money, at the only Knapp’s gallery in the city, 477 Broadway, near Wallack’s theatre.  Everybody gets them.  Knapp & Fields.

The second advertisement appeared on December 13.  Knapp’s only Gallery of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Melainotypes, 477 Broadway.  J. B. Fields, Proprietor.

Both William R. Knapp and James B. Fields are recorded in other photographic directories but not as part of a partnership.

Samuel L. Kline

1856                272 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Samuel L. Kline was recorded on  April 1, 1856 in the 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.

Kline. — This artist advertises “enamel pictures at 25 cents and upwards.” The pictures lack clearness and tone, but I will admit they are worth the money.

Samuel Kline is listed in other photographic directories, but is included because of the first-hand account of 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.

Theodore Kirchof

1853-1854       Rooms above J. Strauss Store, Main Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Theodore Kirchof was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements.  The first announcement appeared in The Yazoo Democrat (Yazoo City, Mississippi) on December 7, 1853.  By reference to the advertisement of Mr. Kirchof, it will be seen that he is provided with all the essentials required to copy the “human face divine.”  Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from December 7, 1853 to March 22, 1854 in The Yazoo Democrat  (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Gallery, The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, that he has opened a Gallery above the store of J. Strauss nearly opposite to Heard’s Store, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotypes.  He has on hand many fine specimens and a well selected stock of materials for operation.  His gallery has the advantage of a splendid light which will enable him to take likenesses as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  He would suggest that he is provided with an apparatus with which to take duplicate from old Daguerreotypes, and at the same time to give the copy the same tone and brilliancy of the original.

After many years of experience in the art he thinks himself able to give satisfaction to all who may honor him with a call.  Theodore Kirchof.

The second announcement appeared in The Yazoo City Weekly Whig (Yazoo City, Mississippi) on January 27, 1854.  We direct attention to the advertisement of the daguerrean Gallery in another column.  Mr. Kirchof is the best artist we have ever had among us, and we advise those that want good likenesses to call on him.

The second advertisement ran from January 27 to February 3, 1854 in The Yazoo City Weekly Whig (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Gallery, The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, that he has opened a Gallery above the store of J. Strauss nearly opposite to Heard’s Store, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotypes.  He has on hand many fine specimens and a well selected stock of materials for operation.  His gallery has the advantage of a splendid light which will enable him to take likenesses as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  He would suggest that he is provided with an apparatus with which to take duplicate from old Daguerreotypes, and at the same time to give the copy the same tone and brilliancy of the original.

After many years of experience in the art he thinks himself able to give satisfaction to all who may honor him with a call.  Theodore Kirchof.

The third advertisement ran from March 22 to April 5, 1854 in The Yazoo Democrat.  (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Daguerrean Notice.  Mr. Theo. Kirchof tenders his thanks to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Yazoo City and vicinity, for their liberal patronage, and would state for the information and benefit of those who desire to have good pictures taken of themselves or friends, to call at his rooms on main Street, nearly opposite J. Heard’s Store without delay, as it is his intention to remain only a few days longer.

Theodore Kirchof is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Frederick Kinnaman

1854                Rooms over J. R. Squire’s Store, Ashland, Ohio.

Frederick Kinnaman was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on   September 6, 1854.  It may not be generally known to our citizens that that accomplished young Artist, Frederick Kinnaman, has just fitted up a superb Daguerrean Gallery over the store of J, R Squire, and it is now open for the reception of visitors.  Those who consider their likenesses worth transmitting to their posterity for a century to come, should not fail to call on Mr. K., as he has no superior as an Artist in this section of the State.  Advertisement next week.

The first advertisement ran from September 13 to December 27, 1854.  Excelsior!  F. Kinnaman’s Daguerrean Gallery!  The public are hereby notified, that the undersigned has opened a splendid Daguerrean Gallery, over the store of J. R. Squire, Ashland, Ohio, and respectfully solicits the patronage of the public.  In addition to the usual appendages of a Picture Gallery, the subscriber has added a Mammoth Skylight!  which pours down a flood of light upon the person sitting, thereby enabling the operator to take good pictures at short sittings.  The subscriber understands all the new and old processes perfectly, and has no hesitation in saying that he can give as good satisfaction as any operator in this section of country.  Specimens can be seen by calling at the rooms.  Hours for operating from 8 o’clock, A. M., to 4 o’clock, P. M.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  F. Kinnaman.  Ashland, Sept. 13th, 1854.

The second announcement ran on October 4, 1854.  F. Kinnaman.—We dropped in to see Fred’s Daguerrean Gallery the other day, and found everything fixed up as neat as a pin.  Fred was as busy as a bee, and seemed to be doing a fine business.  We saw some specimens of his work which were perfectly life-like.  Fred is winning “golden opinions” by his courteous treatment of visitors,and the skill which he displays as an Artist.  Rooms over J. R. Squire’s Store.

The second advertisement ran from January 3 to April 25, 1855.  The World In An Uproar!  H. Burns Daguerrean Gallery!  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the Public, that he has purchased and Extensive Daguerrean Gallery, lately occupied by F. Kinnaman, of Ashland, Ohio, and is fitting it up in a style unsurpassed for beauty and elegance in this section of the country.  He is also adding to his stock a large camera which will enable him to take pictures from the smallest to the largest size.  He has a large and complete assortment of cases of every possible style and size, and will sell pictures lower than they can be bought elsewhere, and he has no hesitation in saying that he can render as good satisfaction as an operator in this section of country.  Specimens can be seen by calling at the rooms.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  Rooms over the store of J. R. Squire.  Don’t mistake the place.  H. Burns.

Frederick Kinnaman is not listed as being active in Ashland, Ohio. In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 there is a listing for Fred Kinnaman as being active in Findlay, Ohio in 1866, 1870-76 and Carey, Ohio in 1878-1879. It is unknown if they are the same person.

G. W. King

1846                Rooms over Edwin Clark’s Store, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.              1847                Room directly opposite G. N. Seymour & Sons, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh,                                      New  York.

G. W. King was recorded in two advertisement and two announcements in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The advertisement ran on March 19 & 26, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Mr. G. W. King, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Ogdensburgh and vicinity that he has taken rooms over Edwin Clark’s store, Ford –street, where he may be found a few days engaged in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, of Persons. Paintings or landscapes.—The extreme fidelity and great durability of these pictures are such, that none should fail to call and secure the shadow ere the substance perish.  Please call and examine prices and specimens.

The first announcement appeared on April 7, 1846.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. G. W. King, a very ingenious artist, is now busily engaged in taking Daguerreotype likenesses, over the store of Mr. Edwin Clark, in this village.  We have seen several specimens of his work upon our citizens which are all marked with great fidelity and perfection in his art.  Considering that his terms are quite low—only two dollars—the exact change in our wallet—we shall sit for our likeness the current week, “wind and weather permitting.”  Oh, what a picture will that be, my countrymen!  Once taken, we shall forthwith transmit it to one whom we were assured in a late valentine, has suffered.                                                                                                      “——–Concealment, like a worm in the bud,                                                                                                                To prey upon her damask check.”

The second advertisement ran from August 10 to September 7, 1847.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Mr. King, Has The Pleasure of announcing to the ladies and Gentlemen of Ogdensburg and vicinity, that he is now opening a room directly opposite G. N. Seymour & Sons, for the purpose of offering something new in the way of Daguerreotype Pictures.  Having just received a New Apparatus from the best manufactory in Europe, of the first quality and Mammoth size, he is enabled to take pictures from the smallest size to those nearly or quite as large as life, and of a tone and finish that cannot be surpassed.  He has also an Apparatus arranged expressly for copying Pictures of all kinds, and for Landscapes from nature, the size and beauty of which make them truly desirable.  Pictures set in Rings, Broaches or lockets.  He has also some elegant Gilt and Embossed Cases, and Rosewood and Mahogany Frames.  All are invited to call and see for themselves.  N. B.—Instructions given and apparatus furnished on the most reasonable terms.

The second announcement appeared on September 7, 1847.  Daguerreotype likeness of Mr. Wright.—Mr. G. W. King, at his Daguerrian rooms, Ford-st., is taking likenesses of Mr. Wright, from the copy published in the Democratic Review in 1846.  The likeness of the review is a very accurate one, and the copies taken by Mr. King are excellently done.  The many admirers of the great and good man now deceased, have an opportunity of obtaining a memento of great value.  As Mr. K. remains in town but a few days, those wishing a copy should leave orders soon.

G. W. King is not listed in other photographic directories.

Kimball

Ca. 1855          Main Street, between Fourth and Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky.

Kimball is mentioned  in an advertisement that was recorded on June 5, 1855 in the Daily Louisville Democrat (Louisville, Kentucky).  The Blue Light!  Harris & Co. have the pleasure of introducing to the citizens of Louisville a new feature in Daguerreotypes, namely: The Blue Light, by which weak eyes can be as well taken as strong ones.  Persons, whose eyes are so sensitive that the ordinary sky-light of the operating room causes a contraction of the muscle, and consequently a Squint, are invited to try this great improvement.

Gallery on Main street, between Fourth & Fifth, stand formerly occupied by Kimball.    my. 14.

This is possibly J. A. Kimball.  The speculation on my part is based on the entry in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as J. A. Kimball being active in Louisville Kentucky in 1851-1852.  The date of the advertisement appears at the end of the ad my. 14.  Theodore Harris is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Register  as being active in Louisville, Kentucky in 1855 as Harris & Co.

Kimball & Iles

1856                347 Broadway, New York, New York.

Kimball & Iles (Myron H. Kimball & [George] Iles) appeared in four advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement ran on September 17, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotypes, with a Case.—Cheapest ever before offered in the world.  Messrs. Kimball & Iles will open their large and commodious ambrotype and daguerreotype gallery, 347 Broadway, corner of Leonard street, on Thursday, the 18th inst., when will be offered to the public beautiful and imperishable likenesses for only twenty cents, each with case.  Mezzographs, photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and microtypes executed in the first style of the art, at less than half the price asked in any other establishment in America.

The second advertisement ran on September 24, 1856.  Twenty Cent Likenesses, with Case, at Kimball & Iles’ cheap picture factory, 347 Broadway, four hundred taken daily.

The third advertisement ran on October 7, 1856.  20 Cent Likenesses, with Case.—A Beautiful ambrotype likeness, with a case, for only twenty cents.  N. B.—The only establishment in the world where twenty cent portraits can be had.  Kimball & Elis, 347 Broadway.

The fourth advertisement appeared on October 10, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotype Likenesses, with a case, at Kimball & Iles’, 347 Broadway.  One thousand taken daily.

The partnership of Kimball & Iles is mentioned in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Myron H. Kimball, without a hard date, John speculates that George Iles is the other partner, even though George is not listed as a daguerrean until 1858-1859 at 285 Hudson Street.  Myron H. Kimball and George Iles are both recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New York city.  Myron H. Kimball continues to advertise without Iles at the 374 Broadway address.

E. C. Kiblinger

1855-1858       Address Unknown, Jackson. Louisiana.

E. C. Kiblinger is recorded in two announcements and two advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on July 21, 1855 in The American Patriot (Clinton, Louisiana).  By reference to our advertising list the reader will find the card of our old friend E. C. Kiblinger, who still continues the practice of the daguerrean art in Jackson.  We have not yet had an opportunity to look at his specimens, but every one who has examined them reports most favorably of their life-like exactness in appearance.  Those of our friends and patrons who
“would catch the shadow ere the substance flies,” we recommend them to call at Mr. Kiblinger’s daguerrean gallery where the thing will be done up to their entire satisfaction.

The first advertisements ran from July 21, 1855 to January 12, 1856 in The American Patriot  (Clinton, Louisiana).  E. C. Kiblinger, Daguerrean Gallery, Jackson, LA.  Pictures taken on whole plates or any other size down to the smallest sitting, for rings or pins.  Likenesses of Infants and family place Pictures taken by a “Quick Worker,” Old Pictures or Paintings copied, and satisfaction given in all cases or no sale.

Post Mortem Pictures taken at short notice when a conveyance is furnished.  Apparatus, Stock and Chemicals for sale, and Instructions carefully and thoroughly given in the art at liberal rates.  Please call and examine specimens.  Jackson, July 20, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on June 21, 1856 in The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  On yesterday, Prof. D. G. Morse brought to our office, for our inspection, some exquisitely beautiful specimens of the Ambrotype, a modern invention in the way of likenesses, taken by E. C. Kiblinger, at his Ambrotype, Photograph, and Daguerrean Gallery, Jackson, La.  These specimens show a high order of artistic talent, and prove the operator to have a thorough knowledge of his business.  We would recommend the lovers of the beautiful, to call on Mr. K., at his gallery, and procure a likeness, on glass, taken by an artist second to no other.  The Ambrotype is taken on glass, and is far more durable and naturally lifelike than the Daguerreotype, and is bound to supersede it.

From the specimens before us, we have no hesitancy in pronouncing and recommending Mr. Kiblinger as a perfect master of the Beautiful art.  He is far ahead of any operator who has ever visited this section of country.  He will give through instructions in the art, to any one wishing to learn the business.  See his advertisement in another column.

The second advertisement ran from June 21, 1856 to July 10, 1858 in The Feliciana Democrat  (Clinton, Louisiana).  E. C. Kiblinger’s Ambrotype, Photograph and Daguerrean Gallery, Jackson, LA.  Good Pictures Taken In All The Above Styles, or No Sale.

The double Ambrotype, on glass, shows on both sides, or really two pictures, and is a great favorite with lovers of the beautiful.

Through Instructions carefully given to those wishing to learn the above arts.  Complete Sets of Apparatus furnished at reasonable rates.  All are invited to call and examine specimens.

E. C. Kiblinger is not listed in other photographic directories.