Category Archives: Daguerreotypes

Proctor & Buell

1852                Room over William’s Hardware Store, Grand Rapids, Michigan.                                1852                New School House, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Proctor & Buell (Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell) were recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).   The first advertisement ran from March 2 to May 5, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

P. S.  Messrs. P. & B., will visit Grand Haven, in April, when they will hope to receive that encouragement which their merit claims.

The first announcement appeared on March 23, 1852.  A reference to our advertising columns will show that Messrs. Proctor & Buell, Daguerreian artist, of Grand Rapids, will visit us in April, for the purpose of transferring to silver plates the “human face divine,” in which business they have gained an enviable reputation.

The second advertisement ran from May 12 to June 2, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

Messrs. P. & B. have taken rooms at the New School-house, in this place, where they will remain for two weeks.  Those wishing pictures of themselves or friends, are very respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

The second announcement ran on May 26, 1852, Vol. I, No. 45, P. 2.  Mr. Buel, the daguerreian artist, of the firm Proctor & Buel, is in town yet, and wants to see every one of you at his gallery in the New School-house. Where he will be “very happy” to sit you and make a durable shadow of you.  Give him a call, any way, and see if his picture ain’t  “some.”

Both Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell are recorded in other photographic directories, but not as partners.

Messrs. Pride

1844                Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

Messrs. Pride were recorded in two announcements in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  The first announcement ran on March 27, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—It may not be known to many of our readers that the Messrs. Pride have taken one of the upper rooms in the Cobble-Stone block, and are prepared to furnish Daguerreotype Miniatures on the “shortest notice.  We examined several that were taken yesterday, many of which were as perfect as could possibly be taken.  They warrant a faithful picture to any one who will sit,—one which shall be satisfactory to the sitter.  Our citizens will find it a pleasant place to lounge for a half hour.  Call and see for yourself.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1844.  Photographic Likenesses.—The Messrs. Pride continue to furnish accurate portraits at their daguerrian Gallery, in the Cobble Stone block.  The likenesses taken yesterday and the day before are excellent.  Call and examine them, or come and see ours.

Messrs. Pride are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Cephas Pride

1849                One Door North of N. M. Wardwell’s store, Pulaski, New York.

J. Cephas Pride is recorded in one advertisement that ran on May 16 & 23, 1849 in the Richland Courier (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  The Subscriber would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Pulaski and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Gallery, one door north of N. M. Wardwell’s store, where he will be happy to receive a call from his friends; and pledge himself that he will take their Miniatures better than any other artist has been able to do heretofore, in this place.  J. Cephas Pride.  Pulaski, May 9, 1849.

J. Cephas Pride is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. B. Pride

1849-1850       Ford’s Building, north of the Salmon River House, Pulaski, New York.

G. B. Pride was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 5, 1849 to February 6, 1850 in the Richland Courier (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerrean Gallery, In the second story of Ford’s building, north of the Salmon River House, Pulaski, N. Y.  G. B. Pride Would inform his friends and the public that he is now in readiness to wait upon them, and as he has been to much expense in procuring the best materials, and fitting up a suitable gallery, he feels confident of being able to give perfect satisfaction.  A perfect likeness warranted in all cases.  Pulaski.

G. B. Pride is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Robert T. Price

1855                Address Unknown, Elizabethtown, New Jersey

Robert T. Price was mentioned in one advertisement on March 13, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  To Let—For One Or More Years, From The first day of April next, (an excellent chance for boarding house keepers,) the large brick boarding house on the north east corner of Broad and Jersey streets, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, at present occupied as a boarding house, large garden, good well of water, two large cisterns, plenty of cellar, all paved, and every other convenience, suitable for a first class boarding house, and within two minute walk of the depot, and one hour’s ride from the city.  For further particulars inquire of Robt. T. Price, daguerrean artist, Elizabethtown, N. J., or city reference of , Alphonso Lettellier 481 Broadway, Jewelry store.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an R. T. Price active in 1850-1851 in Elizabethtown and again in 1859 and suggest that they are the same person.  According to Gary Saratzky’s website  gary.saretsky.com/photohistory/njphotographers.html it is possible to connect the R. T. Price, Robert T. Price & Robert T. Price & son to suggest that he possibly was active  from 1850 to 1866.

A. H. Preble

1851                Rooms in Temperance Hall, Woodville, Mississippi.

A H. Preble was recorded in one advertisement and two announcements in The Woodville Republican (Woodville, Mississippi).  The advertisement ran from April 22 to July 15, 1851 Daguerrean Gallery.  A. H. Preble would respectfully inform his friends and the public that he has taken his old room, the Temperance Hall, and is now prepared to wait upon all that are desirous of obtaining a perfect likeness.  Miniatures taken single or in groups, and colored true to life, in a superior style, and warranted not to fade.

Pictures and paintings of all kinds copied satisfactorily, or no charge made.

The first announcement appeared on May 27, 1851.  Mr. Preble is still taking miniatures in this place.  He is an adept in his profession.  Those wanting to see themselves as others see them, had better call early, and have their ‘pictur’ taken.

The second announcement appeared on June 17, 1851.  Mr. Preble, who has won for himself a high reputation as a Daguerrean, is still among us, immortalizing our Citizens.  We heard a lady the other day say that somebody had complimented her by stealing her picture.  It is no theft to steal a Bible or picture, unless it is done through mercenary motives.  A higher compliment could not be paid to a lady or an artist than that of stealing a picture.  We would say to those who desire a correct likeness, and a cheap one, to call at once on Mr. Preble.

A. H. Preble is not listed in other photographic directories.

R. C. Pratt

1844                Address Unknown, Binghamton, New York.

R. C. Pratt was recorded in an announcement on  September 26, 1844 in the Binghamton Courier (Binghamton, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  We dropped in to Mr. R. C. Pratt’s room the other day and examined with much gratification his specimens in the Daguerreotype art.  They are certainly very superior, possessing a delicacy and finish and life, which we have rarely seen equaled and never surpassed.  Features and drapery are alike perfect.  Those of our citizens wishing likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call upon Mr. Pratt.  His stay here, he informed us, will not extend beyond a very few days.

R. C. Pratt is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. William Pratt

1846                Address Unknown, New London, Connecticut.

E. William Pratt appeared in an announcement on December 4, 1846 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  View of the Atlantic Ashore.—We have received an excellent daguerreotype view of the steamer Atlantic, ashore on Fisher’s Island.  It was taken by Mr. E. Williams Pratt, the daguerreotype artist of New London.

E. William Pratt is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New London, Connecticut.  It is unknown if Erastus W. Pratt recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry or E. W. Pratt (posted yesterday) are the same person.

E. W. Pratt

1849                Address Unknown, Taunton, Massachusetts.

E. W. Pratt was recorded in an announcement in the Taunton Daily Gazette (Taunton, Massachusetts) on August 11, 1849.  We would advise all of our citizens to visit the “Daguerrean Studio, “which is stopping in this place for a limited period.  The specimens speak volumes in favor of the artist, Mr. E. W. Pratt, and to those who are not ready supplied with a good Daguerreotype Picture, affords an opportunity rarely met with.  Give him a call before it is to late.

E. W. Pratt is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Taunton, Massachusetts.  It is unknown if Erastus W. Pratt recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry or E. William Pratt (posted tomorrow) are the same person.