Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

L. W. Giles

1848                Address Unknown, Cooperstown, New York.

L. W. Giles was recorded in an a advertisement that ran from July 1 to August 19, 1848 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York). Ladies and Gentlemen. L. W. Giles returns his sincere thanks to the inhabitants of Cooperstown and vicinity, for the liberal patronage they have heretofore bestowed upon him, and informs them that he will soon return from New York, where he is directing his personal attention with the most eminent Artists to the best mode of executing Photographic Miniatures, and with these efforts, combined with procuring the latest improved apparatus, &c., and his former knowledge of the art, he hopes to give such satisfaction in disclosing the beauty of the Daguerreotype as will render him, on the score of merit, preeminent over all competition.

L. W. Giles is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Oliver H. Gilbert

1856                223 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Oliver H. Gilbert 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.           

Gilbert.—A tip top gallery. I was highly pleased with the specimens, and was surprised to find such a good artist among so many poor ones. Reimer, Marston, Newcome, and Gilbert, are too good artists for 2nd Street.

Oliver H. Gilbert is recorded in other photographic directories, but is recorded here 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.

 

George

1849                First Street, Corner Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.  C.

George was recorded in two advertisements in the partnership of George and Hammond.  The first advertisement ran from February 8 to March 16, 1849 in The Daily National Whig (Washington, D. C.).  George & Hammond, Daguerreotypists, first door on First street, corner of Pennsylvania avenue, near the Capitol, thankful for past favors, would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of this city and vicinity, that they intend leaving in a very short time for California.

And having on hand a large Daguerreotype stock, which they are desirous to close up before leaving, would give notice to those who may give them an early call, that they have one very neat  style which they would put up for One Dollar.

Customers may be sure of finding, at this establishment, every desirable style of case.  The latest patterns of Gold Lockets furnished and Miniatures neatly set at reasonable prices.

The second advertisement ran from March 28 to April 27, 1849.  The Daily National Whig (Washington, District of Columbia).  George & Hammond, Daguerreotypists, Corner First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Capitol, Would respectfully announced to the citizens and strangers of Washington that all who wish to secure a correct and cheap Daguerreotype from their establishment must call immediately, as they will positively leave the city in a few days.  A very neat article put up for $1,00.

All should help sustain that art which keeps the absent near;                                                              The beautiful unchanged from Time’s rude theft—                                                                          Guards the fresh tint of childhood’s polished brow,                                                                            And when love yields its idol to the tomb                                                                                                    Doth snatch a copy.

George, and N. H. Hammond are not recorded in other city directories.

William J. George

1853                Address and Location Unknown

William J. George was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 29, 1853 to January 14, 1854 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  To Wm. A. Pratt, Esq., No. 145 Main street, Richmond:

Dear Sir: On a late visit to your city, as an artist, I took great interest in the splendid specimens of Photography exhibited, and was glad to see that with Simons, Whitehurst and yourself, the art was not cut down to the dollar system; but that, sustaining, as you were still able to obtain a fair price and plenty of business, whilst the gentlemen of the dollar fraternity employ themselves in advertising that they have slain their thousands per month.”  Respectfully, your friend, Wm. J. George.

William J. George does not appear in other photographic directors prior to 1855.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a W. J. George as a daguerrean in Richmond, Virginia in 1855.

J. Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, over the Post Office, Geneseo, New York.

J. Geiger was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the partnership of Ranger & Geiger.  The announcement appeared on March 19, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  The improvements made I the last few years in the Daguerrean art, have more than kept pace with the progressive age and has now in this country attained a perfection and excellence that would seem to lead to the conclusion that the art had now reached its acme of beauty and perfection.  It is but a few years since the principle was given us by the French, but the art to-day bears little comparison to what was brought to us from across the water.  Yankee ingenuity, skill and experience has perfected the art.  On a recent visit to the rooms of Mr. J. Geiger, over the Post Office, we could but note the change effected and the improvements made, and in the hands of a skilful artists like Mr. G. persons can obtain “sun delineations” as perfect and natural as the originals.  Mr. G. has facilities that enables him at all times to produce pictures that need only be seen to be appreciated.  His stock is large, and persons should not loose the opportunity of procuring pictures when such an opportunity presents itself.

The first advertisement ran from March 19 to September 3, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerrean & Ambrotype Gallery Geiger is again on hand, just returned from the city, and prepared to offer to his numerous patrons an opportunity to select from the largest and best assortment of Daguerreotype Goods, including every variety of the latest styles of Plain And Fancy Cases, Single & Family Frames, &c. ever brought into this County, and which he will sell at greatly Reduced Prices. from Fifty Cents upwards.  A good picture enclosed in a neat case for Fifty Cents, And warranted to be equal to any taken elsewhere in Western New York, affording all an opportunity of getting correct Likenesses of themselves, their families and relations at much lower prices than formerly.  The wisest statesmen have said “in time of peace prepare for war.”  True affection says, “in health procure a memento that shall last when this frail form shall have passed away.”

Reader, while you mind is upon the subject, come with your family, and secure those family keepsakes which are so highly prized.  Don’t delay until the family circle is broken by the Spoiler.

Have you a friend or companion who would highly prize your Ambrotype?  Call at Geiger’s Rooms where he may be found during all business hours, prepared to do all work pertaining to that art.  He has a superior apparatus, and assures the public that his pictures shall be of the first quality, and from 25 to 50vper cent cheaper than can be obtained elsewhere.

Miniatures taken in clear or cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings and Bracelets, &c.  Views of Residences taken.  Also miniatures taken of the sick or dead, if desired, on reasonable terms.  Copying of every description done on short notice.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.

Thankful for former very liberal patronage, a continuance of the same is respectfully solicited.  Don’t forget the place.  It is over the Post Office, Main-st., Genesco.  J. Geiger, March 2d, 57.

The second advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M.  W. Ranger. J. Geiger.

J. Geiger is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William E. Ranger in Warsaw, N. Y. as a daguerrean in 1859.  It is possible that they are the same person Geneseo is about 21 miles from Warsaw.

W. E. Geer

1856                Car near G. W. Hoxsie’s Store, Kinderhook, New York.                                          1857                Rooms over Becker’s Store in Valatie, New York.                                                        1857-1858     Car near G. W. Hoxsie’s Store, Kinderhook, New York.

W. E. Geer was recorded in five advertisements. The first advertisement appeared on May 29, 1856 in the Kinderhook Herald (Kinderhook, New York). The fact has become absolutely notorious that the best Pictures, at the most reasonable prices of any room in town, are to be procured only at Geer’s Saloon, near G. W. Hoxsie’s Store.  The beautiful Ambrotype, now the most desirable and popular pictures made, are still to be obtained at the Kinderhook Daguerrean Car.  Pictures made at a sitting of three to ten seconds; best hours from 8 o’clock, A. M. to 3 P. M. Daguerreotypes still taken for those who prefer.  Call and see.

The second advertisement ran from June 5 to 26, 1856.  In the Kinderhook Herald (Kinderhook, New York).  Ambrotypes!  The great demand for this new quality of portrait is without a parallel in the history of Photography in this country.  In most respects it is a new art.  While possessing every excellence of the Daguerreotype, it avoids its objectionable features.  Persons desiring portraits of Great Durability, should obtain the Ambrotype.  They are not influenced by any atmospheric action.  Family Groups are taken by this process instantaneously and perfectly.  It is especially adapted to the production of Portraits of Children, so often unattainable by the Daguerreotype or Photograph.  Pictures taken at a sitting of from two to five seconds—stormy weather no hindrance.  Ambrotypes copied from old Daguerreotypes.—Daguerreotypes still made for those who desire them.  cases of all sizes and qualities, in either of which we are ready to insert good pictures of our patrons and friends, at the Daguerrean Saloon, near G. W. Hoxsie’s Store. W. E. Geer, Artist.

The third advertisement ran from September 10 to November 12, 1857 In the Kinderhook Herald (Kinderhook, New York).  Ambrotypes.  Call at the Car and get one of those nice 50 cent Ambrotypes—only 50 cents for case and type.  Large size.

The fourth advertisement appeared on October 22, 1857 in the Kinderhook Herald (Kinderhook, New York).  Pictures for the Million!!  The Ladies and Gentlemen of Valatie, Kinderhook and vicinity, are informed the subscriber has leased and refitted the Ambrotyping rooms lately occupied by J. T. Nichols, over Becker’s Store in Valatie.

These rooms are large, and especially fitted for Picture making in all branches.  Our facilities are such now that we can make Ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, Melainotypes or Photographs on paper.  Cases of all qualities and sizes at prices from 25 cents to 15 dollars.  Patronage solicited, and all work warranted to be as good as can be had elsewhere.  W. E. Geer, Valatie, Oct. 22, 1857.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 31, 1857 to January 7, 1858 in the Kinderhook Herald (Kinderhook, New York).  Ambrotypes—Large Size, Only 50 Cents.  at the Daguerrean Car near G. W. Hoxsie’s store.  A good selection of Cases, of every style and size, constantly on hand, at prices from 25 cents to 5 dollars.

Cases for New Years Presents.  Call and see them.  Our Ambrotypes, Melainotypes or Daguerreotypes will suit all, while our prices are as low as in New York city.  Those wishing Frames for Family groups, of any size or device, can have them at short notice, and 25 per cent cheaper than elsewhere.  Special attention given to copying.   W. E. Geer.

Willard Ellis Geer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, possibly active as an itinerant in Nassau, New York in 1854.   There is a very high probability that they are the same person based on the fact that they are using a car/wagon and that the three towns are close to each other.

Gedney

1856                Address Unknown, New York, New York.[1]

Gedney 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.

Gedney—Some of the specimens are very fair. It is a neat gallery and everything is well arranged.

Gedney is recorded as a daguerrean in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but is recorded here 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.

 

Gayford

1852                Rooms above Mr. Allen’s Book Store, Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

Gayford of the partnership was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 9 to 30, 1852 in the Lewistown Gazette (Lewistown, Pennsylvania).  The Ladies and Gentlemen Of Lewistown and vicinity are respectfully informed that the National Daguerreotype Gallery is now open in rooms above Mr. Allen’s Book Store, where Gayford & Manington are prepared, with the latest and best style of stock, to execute orders in a manner not to be surpassed for style, execution or moderate price.

Likeness for $1.00, and Case Complete.  Old Pictures taken, 50 cents.  No picture need be paid for unless approved of.  Please call and examine specimens, & c.

Gayford and Manington are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles H. Gay

1845                Rooms in Whitney’s Hotel, Woodstock, Vermont.                                            1845                Rooms In Spalding Building, Montpelier, Vermont.                                              1845                Room, over Bancroft & Riker’s Store, Montpelier, Vermont.                                          1845-1846     Rooms in the Masonic Hall, Rutland, Vermont.                                                                  ND                    192 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                  1847                Younglove’s Hall, Union Village, New York.                                                    1849                No’s. 10 & 12 Washington Place, Union Village, New York.

Charles H. Gay was recorded in one announcement and five advertisement.  The first advertisement ran from September 11 to October 9, 1845 in the Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Cha’s H. Gay, Of New York; Would respectfully inform the citizens of Woodstock and vicinity that he has opened his Gallery of Daguerreotype Portraits, at Whitney’s Hotel, where he will remain, for a short time, and is prepared to execute Portraits and Miniatures in a style not surpassed by any ever taken.  He is prepared to execute portraits and miniatures from the smallest to the largest size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate. The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 a. m. 6 p. m.

The second advertisement ran from October 16 to November 6, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotype!  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Would respectfully inform the citizens of Montpelier, that that he has opened his Daguerreian Rooms in Spalding Building, over the store of Bancroft & Riker, where he would invite the attention of the citizens, and members of the Legislature, to his splendid specimens of Daguerreotype Portraits and Miniatures.  He is prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot fail to please.  Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Landscape views taken in superior style.  The public generally are invited to call.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 6 P. M.

The announcement appeared on October 23, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Something Worth Seeing.—All who are friends of the fine arts, and would like to see Daguerreotype likenesses, superior to any ever taken in the State, will do well to call at Charles H. Gay’s room, over Bancroft & Riker’s store.  His apparatus is of a superior kind and none can look upon his likenesses without being disposed to patronize him.  Here is a rare chance for those who may wish to procure a beautiful and perfect likeness.

The third advertisement ran from December 4, 1845 to February 12, 1846 in the Rutland Herald  (Rutland, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Daguerrean Artist, would respectfully inform the citizens of Rutland, that he has opened his Room in the Masonic Hall, opposite A. Dyer’s, where he will remain for a short time and will be prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken either in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot be surpassed.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to ½ past 4 P. M.  Operations without regard to weather from 9 A. M. to 4 P. M.  The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 27 to August 26, 1847 in the Washington County Journal  (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  Chas. H. Gay, formerly from 192 Broadway, N. Y., would respectfully announce to the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that his Daguerrian Gallery is now open at Younglove’s Hall, where it will remain for a short time, and would invite the attention of the citizens to his unrivalled specimens of the Photographic Art.

He is prepared to execute all the various sizes, from the smallest locket size to the largest Cabinet size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from 2 to 20 taken on a single plate.  Landscape Views, Views of Private Residences, Copies of Paintings, Statuary, &c., executed in an unrivalled manner.  These Pictures are taken with a Speculum, and will not be reversed.  The style and finish of these Pictures shall excel in beauty and faithfulness, and possess all the colors of life.

The citizens are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the Art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Operations from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M., without regard to weather.  Rooms open from 8 A. M., to 7 P. M.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 10 to 31, 1849 in the Washington County Journal (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotype Atelier.  Charles H. Gay would respectfully inform the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that he has returned, and has opened his Daguerrian Gallery at Rooms No. 10 & 12, Washington Place, where he will remain a short time, and is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes Portraits & Miniatures in a style that cannot be surpassed.  He is prepared to execute all the various sizes (embracing [unreadable]           ) from the largest to smallest ever taken, either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from two to twenty taken on a single plate.

From the long experience of the proprietor in the business, the superiority of his instruments having both German and American, he flatters himself he will be able to give the most perfect satisfaction.

Pictures taken equally well in cloudy as clear weather.  N. B.—Those having pictures taken by the old process, can have them retaken at a small expense.             The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

There is a Charles H. Gay recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry who was active in 1845 in Providence, Rhode Island; Troy, New York in 1847-48; in New London, Connecticut in 1850, and 1853-56.  The question is are the all the same person?

J, S. A. Gavitt

1858                Main Street, over G. W. Little & Co.’s Store, Delaware, Ohio.

April 9, 1858 Delaware Gazette.  (Delaware, Ohio.)  April 9, 1858, Vol. XLI, No. 1, P. 3.

Right Now!—Go to Gavitt’s Palace of Art, you that desire a life-like and perfect Ambrotype for fifty cents; something that will be an ornament in your family.  Rooms over G. W. Little & Co.’s. Store, west side Main street.

J. S. A. Gavitt is recorded in Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry Spelled  Gavi.t and the activity date starting in 1859.