Category Archives: Melainotypes

Rugg & Fowler

1857                Washington Hall Block, Watertown, New York.

Rugg & Fowler (George S. Rugg & S. J. Fowler) was recorded in two announcements and three advertisements .  The first announcement appeared in the Northern New York Journal  (Watertown, New York) on May 6, 1857.  Daguerrean Gallery.—Messrs. Rugg & Fowler have fitted up a fine Gallery in Washington Hall building, and are taking some excellent life-like likenesses, either Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Melainotype, Ambrograph, or Photograph.  Indeed we have never seen better specimens of the art than from their Gallery.  Their advertisement will be found in another column of our paper.

The first advertisement ran from May 6 to August 12, 1857 in the Northern New York Journal  (Watertown, New York).  Removal!  New Daguerrean Gallery!  New Firm, New Styles of Pictures, &c. Such As Ambrotypes, or Pictures on Glass, Melainotypes, or Pictures on Iron. Ambrographs, or Pictures on Card Board.  Photographs, &c., &c.

G. S. Rugg, The Well Known Daguerreotypist, has removed his Gallery to Washington Hall Building, and entered into co-partnership with S. J. Fowler, on New York, who has been engaged since the first introduction of the Collodeon Process in teaching and practicing the art of Ambrotyping and Photographing in the principal Galleries in the State.  We, therefore, feel warranted in saying, that we are prepared to produce as good Pictures, as can be made in New York City, or elsewhere.  Our rooms are large, pleasantly located, finely furnished, and easy of access, and we shall spare no pains in endeavoring to please our customers—We have also something entirely New, which is a Patented apparatus for copying Daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes on Canvas to Life Size! And Coloring Them In Oil.  Which are acknowledged the most Perfect Picture Made.

Persons having small Pictures of departed friends, can, by this process have a Perfect Portrait from them.  Please call and examine specimens, whether you want pictures or not.

Daguerreotypes Made in the best Style for those who prefer them.  Rugg & Fowler.        Watertown, March 7, 1857.

The second announcement appeared on May 7, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  Daguerrean Artists.  The tendency towards perfection in no art has been more steady and rapid than that of taking likenesses on silver, glass and other prepared substances.  Pictures are now produced in such elegance of style, softness of tone, and exactness of likeness, on silver, glass, paper, paste-board, &c., as would astonish Daguerre himself could be revisit the earth and witness the progress the great art which bears his name has made within a few years past.  Nor is any city or village more fortunate in the possession of skillful artists in this line than Watertown.  The pictures now produced at Rugg & Fowler’s gallery in the Washington Hall block, evince a practical knowledge of the art in all its branches which marks a degree of perfection that may well be called complete.—Their rooms are very tastefully fitted up with new and elegant furniture for the express purpose of making an inviting retreat for all wishing to see their pictures or procure likenesses.

The second advertisement ran from May 7 to August 13, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  Removal!  New Daguerrean Gallery.  New Firm, New Styles of Pictures, &c. Such As Ambrotypes, or Pictures on Glass, Melainotypes, or Pictures on Iron. Ambrographs, or Pictures on Card B’d.  Photographs, &c., &c.

G. S. Rugg, The Well Known Daguerreotypist, has removed his Gallery to Washington Hall Building, and entered into co-partnership with S. J. Fowler, on New York, who has been engaged since the first introduction of the Collodeon Process in teaching and practicing the art of Ambrotyping and Photographing in the principal Galleries in the State.  We therefore, feel warranted in saying, that we are prepared to produce as good Pictures, as can be made in New York City, or elsewhere.  Our rooms are large, pleasantly located, finely furnished, and easy of access, and we shall spare no pains in endeavoring to please our customers—We have also something entirely New, which is a Patented apparatus for copying Daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes on Canvas to Life Size! Which are acknowledged the most Perfect Picture Made.

Persons having small Pictures of departed friends, can, by this process have a Perfect Portrait from them.  Please call and examine specimens, whether you want pictures or not.

Daguerreotypes made in the best style for those who prefer them.  Rugg & Fowler.  Watertown, May 1, 1857.

The third advertisement ran from August 20 to September 3, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  Dissolution.  The Copartnership heretofore existing under the name and firm of Rugg & Fowler, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be carried on in all its branches by G. S. Rugg.  The debts against the firm will be paid by him, and all debts due the firm must be paid to him.     G. S. Rugg,     sic. O. S. Fowler.        Watertown, Aug. 10, 1857.

Daguerreotyping will be renewed for the benefit of those who still adhere to them, and at reduced prices.  G. S. Rugg.

George S. Rugg is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1854 without an address or location.  J. S. Fowler is listed in 1859 in Watertown, New York without an address.

S. T. Robinson

1857                Room of Mr. John Neal, adjoining R. P. Cunningham & Co.’s. Grocery Store,                                    Eaton, Ohio.                                                                                                                                  1857                Main Street, Opposite Stephens & Co.’s Store, Eaton, Ohio.

S. T. Robinson was recorded in two advertisements in the Preble County Democrat (Eaton, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from May 21 to July 9, 1857.  Photography In Eaton.  The Subscriber respectfully announces to the citizens of Eaton and Preble County generally, that he has taken and entirely refitted the room of Mr. John Neal, adjoining R. P. Cunningham & Co.’s. Grocery, for taking Pictures.  He is prepared to take Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Sphereotypes, Stereotypes, Photographs or Mezzographs.

Having had several years experience in the Photographic Art, he flatters himself that he is  prepared to give satisfaction to all that may favor him with their patronage.

Prices—The Melainotype will be put up as low as 75 cents.                                                                Single Photographs, (whole size) $4; by the dozen, $10.                                                                          Color Photographs, $10 each.                                                                                                                               Lockets, Pins, Rings, of any size, filled.  S. T. Robinson.  Eaton, May 21.

The second advertisement ran from July 9 to August 20, 1857.  Photography In Eaton.  Persons wishing Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Spereotypes, Stereoscopes, or Photographs, will please call on the subscriber on Main street, opposite.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather and on the most reasonable terms.

Copies enlarged and put up in the best of style.  Lockets, Pins, Rings, of the smallest size, filled.  S. T. Robinson.

S. T. Robinson is not listed in other photographic directories.  It is possible that this is the same person as J. T. Robinson (posted yesterday 11-6-20).

Robinson & Sample

1858                Osman’s Post Office Building, Ottawa, Illinois.

Robinson & Sample (S. T. Robinson & S. R. Sample) were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The announcement ran on April 24, 1858.  Pictures!  Pictures!!—Messrs. Robinson & Sample have just fitted up, in the new post office block (third story) a handsome suit of daguerrean rooms, where they are now ready to make copies of the “human face divine” in a style up to the finest touches of nature.  They appear to be adapts in the whole range of the photographic art.  They take daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, spereotypes, metanotypes, hallotypes, and we don’t know how many other types; at prices ranging from about nothing upwards.  Whether you can afford to have your handsome countenance perpetuated or not, go at least and see their pictures, for they are worth looking at.

The advertisement ran from May 1 to June 5, 1858.  Photography In Ottawa!  Robinson & Sample Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ottawa and surrounding country that they have just fitted up a suit of rooms in Osman’s Post Office Building, where they are prepared to put up Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Spereotypes, Stereoscopes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c., in the highest style of the art.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings of all sizes filled.  S. T. Robinson,  S. R. Sample.

Robinson & Sample are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Kinney Rishel

1859                Rooms in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the Hotel, Bloomsburg,                                      Pennsylvania.

J. Kinney Rishel was recorded in one announcement that appeared on August 17, 1859 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures Unparalleled—Our estimable young friend, J. Kinney Rishel, successor of Joseph Huckle, is amply prepared to execute work in his branch in such a manner as to compare favorably with any work done in the cities.  His room is in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the hotel.  His prices are moderate; thus affording all an opportunity of having a likeness taken of him or herself.  His facilities are such as to enable him to execute Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellographs in the best style of the art.  Attend to this matter, friends, while an opportunity is offered you: tomorrow it may be too late!

When death the soul from body once has torn,                                                                                        No artist’s hand can trace the living form.

J. Kinney Rishel is not listed in other photographic directories.

Moses Reeves, Jr.

1857-1858       49 Owego Street, over T. C. Thompson’s Merchant Tailor’s store, Ithaca, New                             York.

Moses Reeves, Jr. was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements  The first announcement appeared on July 1, 1857 in the Auburn Weekly American (Auburn, New York).   The Flood At Ithaca.  This calamity was a dreadfully destructive of lives and property.  Bridges, dams, buildings, trees, lumber and animals were swept away by the irresistible torrent.  Many mills and dwellings were destroyed, and several lives….

Mr. Moses Reeves, daguerrean artist buoyed up by a floating timber, was seen to ride high above the surface with portions of his body, for a distance, then, struck by a log, he disappeared, and to his friends was lost; but by a strange good fortune he states the he emerged some rods below, clinging with a death grasp to his float.—onward he floated, among the wrecks of buildings and a furious surf…At eleven O’clock at night Mr.  Reeves reached dry land about one and half miles below his place of starting….

The second announcement appeared on July 4, 1857 in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, South Carolina).  Great Deluge in Ithica New York.  A letter from Ithica, New York, dated June 18, says:  This town was yesterday visited by the most destructive flood that ever came upon it, from many streams that pour their waters into the basin of the Cayuga Lake….

Mr. Moses Reeves, daguerrean artist buoyed up by a floating timber, was seen to ride high above the surface with portions of his body, for a distance, then, struck by a log, he disappeared, and to his friends was lost; but by a strange good fortune he states the he emerged some rods below, clinging with a death grasp to his float.—onward he floated, among the wrecks of buildings and a furious surf…At eleven O’clock at night Mr.  Reeves reached dry land about one and half miles below his place of starting….

The first advertisement ran from May 20, 1857 to May 26, 1858 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The Cheapest Yet!  A Large Size Ambrotype Or Daguerreotype, For 50 Cents.  As there has been small size Daguerreotypes taken in town for some time for 50 cents.  I have made arrangements for a Stock of Cases, so that I am now prepared to take Large Size Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes For Fifty Cents!  The same as have heretofore been taken for One Dollar.

I have also purchased the right for taking Melainotypes, or pictures on enameled sheet Iron.  Pictures on leather and indeed on everything the art is capable of producing.

Remember the number 49 Owego-street, Ithaca, one door below L. H. Culver’s, and over T. C. Thompson’s Merchant Tailor’s Store.  M. Reeves, Jr.

The second advertisement ran from September 15, 1858 to February 23, 1859 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The Sun Still Shines!  “By their Works ye know them.”  I would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that I have taken the rooms formerly occupied by M. Reeves, over T. C. Thompson’s and 2 doors west of Culver’s store, where I am prepared to take all kinds of Photographic Pictures in a superior manner.  I will take pictures of Invalids or Deceased Persons, at their residence, on the most reasonable terms and the shortest possible notice.  Portraits painted—miniature or life size—in oil and crayon, Views of residences, Draughting and pictures of every description painted to Order.  J. Beardsley.  Ithaca.

Moses Reeves, Jr. is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry. As being active in New York City from 1852 to 1856, but not in Ithaca, New York.

W. B. Ranger

1857-1859       Main Street, Geneseo, New York.

W. B. Ranger was recorded in four advertisements in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York). The first advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858. 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.

The second advertisement ran from May 26 to August 11, 1859.  Ranger’s Photographic And Fine Art Gallery, Now Open.  I would say to the citizens of this town and surrounding country, that I have returned and taken charge of the old Daguerrean Gallery, West side of Main street.

Photographs, Ambrotypes, Cameotypes, Grained Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Pictures on Patent Leather, Taken in the highest style of the art.

All who want pictures give me a call, and I will give you as good work as can be obtained elsewhere.  Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences; old Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, or Paintings, taken and enlarged.

Citizens and Strangers are invited to call and examine work, whether they wish to purchase or not.  Satisfaction given, and all work warranted.

Through instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished.  Don’t forget the place, west side Main Street, Geneseo.   W. B. Ranger.  my. 12.

The third advertisement ran from August 25 to December 8, 1859.  Photographs, Photographs.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Crayon Pictures!  Pictures On Gutta Percha!  To send to friends in a letter, without extra postage.

Diaphaneotypes, Old Daguerreotypes, Paintings, &c., Copied.                                                Pictures of Deceased Or Sick Persons, Taken At Their Residences.

In fact, all kinds of Pictures that are known to the Photographic Art, that have been proved, taken in the highest style, and finished in the most durable manner Where?  Why, At Ranger’s Premium Photograph Gallery!  Geneseo, August 18, 1859.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 27 to December 8, 1859.  Attention.  Stereoscopes and Stereo Pictures.  Something that every family should have in their parlors for their own gratification and to please their friends.  I would say to the public that I have on hand the Stereo Pictures, and Stereoscopes, which I shall sell at the lowest possible rates.  Views of all the principal points of interest in the world furnished to order, at city retail prices.  I shall keep constantly on hand a variety of pictures and instruments of different prices.  Call and see them at Ranger’s Photographic Gallery, Main St., Geneseo.  oct. 20.

W. B. Ranger is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Ranger & Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, Geneseo, New York.

Ranger & Geiger (W. B. Ranger & J. Geiger) were recorded in one advertisement that 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.

W.  B. Ranger and J. Geiger are not listed in other photographic directories.

R. Ralyea

1858                No. 2 Exchange Block, Union New York.

R. Ralyea was recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 4 to August 12, 1858.

in The Union News (Union, New York).  Ambrotype and Melainotype Gallery.  R. Ralyea takes this method of announcing to the people of Union and vicinity that as his health will not permit him to travel, he has located at Exchange Block, No. 2, (front room over Ralyea & Son’s store,) where he is prepared to take Ambrotypes & Melainotypes in superior styles for those who will favor him with a call.  Pictures taken on Glass, Iron and patent Leather.  Also, fitted to lockets in a neat and workmanlike manner.  Daguerreotypes copied if desired.  Invalids taken at their residence where requested, and charges reasonable.

Pictures in good substantial cases from 50 cents to $5.

Instructions given in the art to those who wish.  Please call and examine specimens whether you wish pictures or not.

All kinds of grain taken in exchange for pictures.

R. Ralyea is not listed in other photographic directories.

 

Parker C. Purviance

1856-1859       At his residence on 2nd Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-                                       ware establishment Clearfield, Pennsylvania.                                                          1859                   Corner of Second and Cherry Streets, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Parker C. Purviance is recorded in three announcements and four advertisements in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on June 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—By reference to card of P. C. Purviance, it will be seen that he is now prepared to take Ambrotype Likenesses, as well as Daguerrean.  We have seen several of his pictures, and would say that they are, truly, most magnificent.  Persons desirous of having a good likeness of themselves, or friends, can procure the desired object, by calling at Mr. Purviance’s Gallery at his residence, on 2d street.

The first advertisement ran from June 18 to December 3, 1856.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist and Daguerreotypist, Clearfield, PA.

Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-ware establishment.

The second advertisement ran from December 10, 1856 to June 15, 1859.  Ambrotypes.—P. C. Purviance, Professor of Photographic Chemistry.  Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell & Carter’s Tin-ware establishment, Clearfield, Pa.  Days of operation:  Friday and Saturday of each week.

The second announcement appeared on March 10, 1858.  Those who wish to secure a truthful likeness on glass, (i. e. an ambrotype,) would do well to call at Purviance’s Photographic Gallery, on 2d st., as he is now supplied with good chemicals, &c.  His terms are cheap and accommodating; he never charges unless the picture is satisfactory.  Remember the place: 2d St., next door to Merrell & Carter’s Iron and Tin-ware establishment.

The third announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  We direct attention to the new Photographic Gallery of Mr. Purviance on the corner of Second and Cherry street—otherwise designated by the sign of the Red Flag—where the constant attention of Mr. P. is devoted to the business.  We are authorized to say that life-like and beautiful Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellotypes, &c. are taken at this Gallery at very low prices, and entire satisfaction given to customers.

The third advertisement appeared on June 22, 1859.  Ambrotypes For 15 Cents.—The subscriber has opened a new Picture Gallery on the corner of Second and Cherry streets, Clearfield, at the sign of the Red Flag, to which he devoted his whole attention, and where Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferrotypes, Stereoscopes, Nielloyypes, and in fact all varieties of Photographs on Glass, Iron and paper are taken and put up in a superior manner.  Don’t trust his word, but call and examine his specimens, and judge for yourselves.  Being connected with one of the leading Galleries of Pittsburgh, he will be constantly in the receipt of every new and variety of Sun-Light pictures together with such aid and such information as will enable him to produce the most Life-Like and best toned specimens of the Art.  In order that all may have an opportunity of procuring copies of their faces he has determined to be reasonable as to prices; 15 cents and upwards according to size, fixtures and case.  Remember the place, the sign of the Red Flag, corner Second and Cherry streets, directly opposite Judge Moore’s.  Parker C. Purviance.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 3 to December 21, 1859.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist, corner of 2d and Cherry streets, Clearfield, Pa.

Parker C. Purviance is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter

1859                Unknown Address and Location, Illinois.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter was recorded in two announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The first announcement appeared on October 1, 1859.  The County Fair… 2.—Paintings and Drawings.  The display was not large—probably a dozen of entries.  We scarcely saw them and the committee make no comment.  The pictures by Mr. Voegtlin, we are told, however, possessed considerable merit, while the daguerrean pictures, both by Mr. Marston and by Mr. Porter, were as good as they get up anywhere.

Ambrotypes, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                                                    Oil colored photographs, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                          Uncolored photographs, J. E. Porter.                                                                                                                  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, J. E. Porter.

If there is an inconsistency in this last award, the committee must explain it, for we can’t.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1859.  Premium List.  Full List of Premiums awarded at the Fair of the La Salle Co. Agricultural Society, held at Ottawa, Sept. 28, 29, 30.

19—Paintings and Drawings….

Ambrotypes, 2 entries. Jas. Marston.                                                                                                              Photographs in oil, 1 entry.  Jas. Marston.                                                                                                    Uncolored Photographs, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.                                                                        Ambrotypes & Melainotypes, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.

The committee have apparently awarded the same premium to Porter and to Marston.  They probably meant, in the last case, the “collection.”

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ottawa, Illinois in 1860.  They are probably the same person.