Category Archives: Melainotypes

Cornelius Murrett Vanorsdell

1859                Opposite C.T. Haigh & Sons’ Store, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cornelius Murrett Vanorsdell was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from May 7 to September 24, 1859 in the North Carolinian (Fayetteville, North Carolina).  The very thing that was needed in Fayetteville a sky light Photographic Gallery.  C. M. Vanorsdell takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Fayetteville and vicinity that he has opened his splendid Sky-light Saloon opposite C. T. Haigh & Sons Store, where he is prepared to give as good likenesses as can be made North or South, having had a long experience in the Photographic Art and being determined to let none but good pictures leave his gallery.  He hopes to receive a liberal patronage. Photographs Ambrotypes Mellaneotypes, cameotypes, &c.

Those for whom our fond emotions cherish,

Secure the shadow e’re the substance perish.

Come all ye fathers and mothers

Come all ye sisters and brothers

Come all ye lovers and friends,

No longer now delay

Come to Van’s Saloon and get

Your picture Before you are called away.

Likenesses neatly set in pins, rings, Bracelets, &c.

Instructions given in the Art.  Stock for sale.

Likenesses taken at short notice of sick or deceased persons at their residence.  Also landscape and views.  April 30.

The second advertisement appeared on July 11, 1859 in the Fayetteville Weekly Observer  (Fayetteville, North Carolina).  Sky-Light Photographic Gallery, In Fayetteville.  Where Photographs, plain or colored, Ambrotypes, Cameotypes, Melaneotypes, and Patent Leather-Types; can be had in all sizes and styles, and in all kinds of weather, except of children, which are to be taken in clear weather only.

Likenesses set in Gold Lockets, Breast-Pins, Bracelets, &c.

Those who wish to patronize this beautiful art are requested to give me a call.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus, stock and chemicals furnished at a small advance on New York prices.

Likenesses taken at short notice of sick or deceased persons, at their residences.

Old Daguerreotypes correctly copied.  C. M. Vanorsdell, Photographist.  Gallery opposite C. T. Haigh & Sons’ Store.  April 29.

C. M. Vanorsdell is recorded in Photographers In North Carolina The First Century, 1842-1941.

W. Van Nostrand

1857                Rooms over Rice, Smith & Co.’s. Store, Plymouth, Indiana

1858                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Indiana.

W. Van Nostrand was recorded in two announcements in the Marshall County Republican  (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first appeared on October 15, 1857.  If you want a first rate picture don’t delay a moment, but go immediately, to Mr. W. Van Nostrand’s Gallery, over Rice, Smith & Co.’s Store, and have your Ambrotype or Melainotype taken.  Mr. V. will take it in a style never before surpassed by any artist in this place.  He leaves now in a few days.  Go soon or you will be too late.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1858.  Van Nostrand has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, with increased facilities for furnishing every one who desires it, with an “express image of their person.”  His pictures are rarely excelled, as his specimens conclusively demonstrates.—Give him an early call, as such favorable opportunities for obtaining correct likenesses are rarely met with.

W. Van Nostrand is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. P. & J. A. Todd

1858                Rooms over A. R. Orchard’s Store, Farnham Street, Omaha City, Nebraska.

J. P. & J. A. Todd were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 3 to September 2, 1858 in the Bellevue Gazette (Bellevue City, Nebraska).  Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery Over A. R. Orchard’s Store, Farnham Street, Omaha City, N. T.  The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine our pictures.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes. And pictures transferred to Leather, taken at reasonable prices.

Pictures taken in from 3 to 5 Seconds.  J. P. Todd, J. A. Todd.

J. P. & J. A. Todd are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Omaha City, Nebraska.  Recorded in Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide is a listing for Jacob Todd who is listed as an ambrotypist in Knoxville Iowa in 1860…Jacob Todd, twenty two years old was enumerated twice in the 1860 federal census of Iowa. On June 6  J. P. Todd declared no property and was living at his parents’ home.  On July 6 Jacob Todd, twenty three years old was listed in Newton, Iowa as J. P. Todd, ambrotypist.  He was living in a boarding house or hotel and declared $200 in real estate and $75 in personal property.  It is possible there was a typo and one of the brothers in the census was J. A ?  (Speculation on my part, just thinking out loud.)  The quickest distance from Omaha City, Nebraska to Knoxville, Iowa is 157 miles.  The distance from Knoxville to Newton, Iowa is about 28 miles.

William W. Tileston

1855                Main Street, over the Marble Depot, opposite Branch Bank, Evansville, Indiana.

1855-1857       Rooms in Dr. Bray’s Building, over the Old Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.   

1857-1859       First Street, opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana

William W. Tileston was recorded in twelve advertisements and fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).   Not included in this post are the advertisements and announcements while with Tileston Brothers and Tileston, Randall & Co. which have previously appeared.  The first announcement appeared on January 1, 1853.  Evansville Temple of Honor.—The regular meeting of this Temple are held every Thursday Evening over the Insurance office, Water st.  Officers for the present term—…W. W. Tileston…

The second announcement appeared on December 26, 1853.  County Convention.  The County Temperance Convention met pursuant to the call, at the Court-house, and organized by electing W. W. Tileston President, and L. Echelbery Secretary…

The third announcement appeared on February 24, 1855.  Returning Thanks, &c.  We have received a friendly letter from Mr. E. Z. Webster, the daguerreotypist.—As he wishes us to thank the citizens of Evansville for their kind patronage to him, &c., we cannot thank them better than by giving them that portion of his letter on the subject.  He says: 

Now Mr. Sanders, I wish you would do me a favor of thanking the citizens of Evansville and vicinity for their kindness and hospitality, together with the very liberal patronage which was extended towards me during my sojourn among them.  They may rest assured that I do fully appreciate each kind act, and if I have succeeded in my endeavors to please both patrons and friends, then in my dearest wish accomplished.  I hope at some future time to be able to reciprocate favors, and in the mean time I shall be most happy if I can be of any service to them either individually or collectively, and in this connection allow me to recommend to their kind consideration my friend, Mr. Tileston, who succeeds me in the rooms I occupied.  He certainly possesses all the necessary requirements for a successful daguerreotypist, and it only requires—what he certainly deserves, the patronage of those citizens who may require the services of a daguerreotypist, to make him become a successful operator.

This is testimony enough in behalf of Mr. Tileston, but we may add our own so far as to say, we have seen a number of pictures taken by him which we though fully as good as Webster’s own, and that is a high compliment.  Mr. T. can be found at the old rooms above the marble works, where he is daily turning out elegant likenesses.—Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from March 22 to 29, 1855.  The Shadow And The Substance Of A Conversation.  The following Conversation took place at the Court House corner the other day, between Joe Shadow and Tom Substance:

Joe—I say, Tom,, when are you going around to Summers & Tilton’s gallery to have your Daguerreotype taken?

Tom—Well, I don’t know.  I must go soon, for they say that during the pleasant weather they are crowded all the time; and Saunders, of the Journal, say their pictures are about as good as Webster’s own.

Joe—I believe they are.  I saw some fine groups there the other day.  I’m going to have my whole family taken in a group.

Tom—I shall go the first fine day, for their pictures are so fine and lifelike.  I wonder where I can get a fine case-a first rate one.

Joe—Why, get it there they have a splendid new stock in a beautiful showcase, just received and in fine order, and expect to enlarge it soon.  They have now on hand a fine assortment of Gold Lockets, Miniature Pins, Paper Macia, Union, Moroco Gilt, Belt, Kossuth, Velvet and Jewel Cases, of all sorts and sizes, and they invite all to call and examine them whether they want to sit for a picture or not.

Tom—I was not aware the kept so fine a stock always on hand:  I shall go right down this morning.  But then I can’t have it taken this morning and I am sorry, for I may not have tine again for several days.

Joe—Why not go to-day?

Tom—It’s so cloudy: they can’t take pictures such weather as this.  Why, it’s raining now.

Joe—There’s where you are out of it.  It’s altogether a mistaken idea people have got into their heads that Daguerreotypes can’t be taken on bright sunny days.  They say they can take as good pictures in such weather as at any other time.  You see their large skylight makes the light always strong in the room, and if they don’t get you a first rate picture they don’t want you to take it.  They are always willing to try, and are determined not to let a picture leave their rooms that is not perfect.

Tom—Well, I shall go right down this morning, for the rooms are always comfortable, and it is a pleasant place to spend the time this dull weather.  But how is it that they carry on the Sign and Ornamental painting and the Gallery too?  They can’t attend to both, certainly.

Joe—Very easy.  You see the sign and ornamental branch is carried on under the immediate supervision of Mr. Summers, while Mr. Tileston turns his whole attention to the 

Tom—Well, I like that very much.  I should think they would go together very well.  Meet me at their gallery in half an hour

Joe—I will: good morning.

Tom—Good morning.                                               

The second advertisement ran from March 30 to May 24, 1855.  More About Elections.  Owing to the great excitement about the city election, and deep interest felt in the Prohibitory Law by all the great political parties, we deem it but our duty to say, that Summers & Tileston, having just received a new Camera direct from New York, are now prepared to take pictures in the best style from a small miniature to a large ½ size.  They are also prepared with the best light in the city for copying pictures.  They guarantee that no picture shall receive injury which may be left in their hands for the above purpose.

N. B.—Why is a Dogratyper taking a picture, like a gent sitting to a handsome gal?  Answer to be had by calling ay Summers & Tileston Gallery.  On Main st., opposite Branch Bank, over the Marble Depot.

The fourth announcement appeared on May 16, 1855.  Great Fire!  Nearly $100,000 Worth of Property destroyed.  About half past 3 o’clock yesterday morning a fire was discovered in the rear part of Anderson’s Barber shop, on the upper side of Main street between Water and First, and in a row of small frame houses…Messrs. Summers & Tileston’s Daguerrean Gallery and Paint shop, above the Marble Depot, were destroyed with every article in them.  No Insurance.  Loss probably $300….

The fifth announcement appeared on May 21, 1855.  Conflagration At Evansville, Indiana.—Below will be found a list of the principal suffers by the fire at Evansville on the 15th:…Summers & Tileston’s daguerreotype gallery were burned.

The third advertisement ran from May 21 to June 25, 1855.  Once More In The Field.  Summer & Tileston, after shaking themselves for a few days from the ashes of the late fire, have fitted up the sky-light rooms over Wm. Hughes’ store; corner of Main and second streets, where they will be happy to see their friends and old customers and the public generally, who wish to preserve the shadow of their friends, “ere the substance fades.”  Thankful for the liberal patronage extended to them for the past three months, they would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Perfect pictures taken at the shortest notice, and entire satisfaction given, or no sale.                                          

The fourth advertisement ran from May 30 to June 29, 1855.  Not Left Town Yet.  Messrs. Summers & Tileston would respectfully inform their old friends and customers, and the public generally, that they have suspended their Daguerrean operations for a short time, for the purpose of fitting up rooms in Dr. Bray’s building, over the old post office.  Workmen are now busily engaged in putting up a mammoth sky light, etc., and in a few days we shall be better prepared for taking fine pictures than ever.                      

The fifth advertisement ran from June 9 to 25, 1855.  Poetry For The Million.

Summers & Tileston are the persons,

You’ll please to find them out;

There rooms are opposite the post office

Or somewhere thereabout.

They have a mammoth sky-light,

The largest in the city,

The only light adapted

For taking pictures pretty.

They take miniatures for lockets,

For breastpins and for rings,

Take copies from daguerreotypes,

Also from oil paintings.

Their pictures are uniformly low.

Their pictures hard to beat;

So pray, call at their gallery

And see there’s no deceit.

For life you know, is uncertain,

And death is very sure,

Therefore, ere the substance fades.

The shadow you should secure.

The sixth announcement appeared on June 13, 1855.  Once more In The Field.—Messrs. Summers & Tileston, as our readers know, were burned out by the late fire, and lost everything they had in their rooms, and nothing insured.  Although thus deprived of almost everything but their energy, they did not “give it up so,” but at once set to work preparing new and far superior rooms to those they formerly occupied.  They are now located in Dr. Bray’s building opposite the Post office, in the most central part of the city, and very convenient to the ladies.—They have fitted up their rooms very neatly and are now prepared to take likenesses all kinds of weather, in the best style, and at low prices.  We hope they will receive an extensive patronage in view of their late losses, renewed expenses, and more particularly because they take just as good Daguerreotype likenesses as are made in the West.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 23, 1855. The Sun Beam.—This is the name given to Summers & Tileston’s new Daguerrean Gallery. By a lady.  They have accepted the compliment, and “The Sun Beam Gallery” will soon be known as the place to obtain good likenesses.  The proprietors have reduced their prices, and are now making some of the best Daguerreotypes ever taken in this city.  Call and see their new rooms and specimens.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23 to October 18, 1855.  New Gallery, New Name, And New Prices!  The Sun Beam Gallery!  Messrs. Summers & Tileston have now fully completed their Daguerrean Rooms in Dr. M. J. Bray’s buildings, on First street, opposite the post office, and are now ready to receive visitors and to take pictures in the latest and most approved style.  Having fitted up our rooms with the eye to comfort, they are neat, cool and airy, while we have a mammoth sky-light, which enables us to take picture that will compare favorably with any in the West.—Therefore we feel confident of giving perfect satisfaction in all cases, which we guarantee, or no sale.  Please call and see us at the Western Sun Beam.

N. B.—Pictures taken for one dollars.                                              

The eighth announcement appeared on September 27, 1855.  Dissolution Notice.  The co-partnership heretofore existing between Summers & Tileston is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be continued by W. W. Tileston, who is authorized to settle the business of the late firm.

A Card.  The undersigned would take this method of returning his sincere thanks to the public for the liberal patronage extended to the late firm, and hopes that by giving his personal attention exclusively to the business to merit a continuance of the same.  W. W. Tileston.

The ninth announcement appeared on October 16, 1855.  List of Awards at the First Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…The Premiums are awarded by the several Committees as follows:  Class 21. 

Best Daguerreotypes—W. W, Tileston.

The tenth announcement appeared on November 23, 1855.  Billy Tileston and his partner are now taking some beautiful Daguerreotypes at the Sun Beam gallery.  Drop in, and you can have the opportunity of seeing yourselves as others see you.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 20, 1855 to April 25, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sun Beam Opposite The Post Office.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

I have also associated with me for a short time Mr. J. Walmsby, who is an operator of many years experience, by which arrangement, one, or both of us, may always be found at the rooms, ready to take pictures.

Remember the place opposite the Post Office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  W. W. Tileston.

The eighth advertisement ran from February 8, 1856 to January 3, 1857.  Ambrotypes Taken At The Sun Beam!  Having gone to a very heavy expense in learning the process, and in fitting up my room for taking Ambrotypes.  I am now prepared to put up in the finest style any sized Ambrotypes, from a one-ninth to one-half size.  The Ambrotype is far superior to the Daguerreotype in tone and beauty, having none of the glare of the Daguerreotype plate, and can be seen in any light.  We also take two pictures at one sitting, a positive and a negative picture, and when held to the light it is perfectly transparent.  The Ambrotype are durable, being, when finished, entirely air and water tight, and can be taken in all kinds of weather.

Time for adults for a sitting from 10 to 30 seconds; children from 3 to 10 seconds.  Please call and see specimens.

P. S.—daguerreotypes taken in the different styles.  W. W. Tileston.

The eleventh announcement appeared on February 9, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. Tileston, the well known Daguerreotypist of this city, is now engaged in taking beautiful ambrotypes, an improvement over the Daguerreotype.  The likeness is taken on glass, and before put in the case is transparent when held to the light, but placed before a black back ground represent on one side a positive picture and the other a negative.  In the case, they resemble a Daguerreotype, but are of much finer tone, free from that shine which prevents the Daguerreotype from being seen to advantage except in a certain light, and are indeed a much more perfect picture.  By this process, the eyes are taken perfectly, while by the old way, The eyes of some subjects never can be correctly pictured.  The best likeness we have ever had of ourself, was taken by this ambrotype process, and we have been Daguerreotypes innumerable times.  We would advise those wanting really good likenesses of themselves to hand down to posterity, or to present to members of the present generation to become ambrotyped at once.  Mr. Tileston has been at a heavy expense learning this branch of the art, and improving his rooms, and he deserves a large increase of patronage.  His advertisement will give some additional particulars.

The twelfth announcement appeared on May 7, 1856.  Proceedings of the City Council.  Monday Evening, May 5. 

Council met pursuant to adjournment.—Present, Mayor Hewson, and Councilmen Scantlin, Rathbone, Cook, Orr, Setchell, Venneman, Johnson , and Hunnel.  Minutes read and approved….The following allowances were made for services rendered at city election, and afterwards…W. W. Tileston, $5,00…

The thirteenth announcement appeared on October 21, 1856.  List of Premiums Awarded at The Second Annual Fair of The Vanderburgh County Agricultural & Horticultural Society…Division F.—Class No. 1…

W. W. Tileston, Best Ambrotypes, diploma.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on November 17, 1856.  Easy.—Sauntering down the street Saturday morning, who should we meet but Webster—the veritable E. Z. Webster, of picture notoriety.  It is unnecessary to state, that we have been in good humour ever since.  Since he last visited Evansville, Webster has become an editor, and we have a “fellow feeling” for him.  His paper, the “Heliographic Mirror,” lies on our Sanctum table, and when we wish to rid ourselves of a talkative visitor, we push him into an arm chair, and give him the “Mirror.”  When he laughs too loud we turn him out.  And this reminds us that Webster is “turning out” some pictures at Tileston’s gallery that are perfectly—well, to say the best of them, are just such as Webster takes, and “nobody else.”  Call round and get your shadow, done up in a style that will surprise even yourself.  Folks don’t know how good looking they are, until Webster has “tuk’em.”

The ninth advertisement ran from November 19, 1856 to April2, 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.

The tenth advertisement ran from November 26, 1856 to March 30, 1857.  For the Journal.

I never ‘spired tew be a poit, 

(I need’nt tell, I ‘spose you no it;)

But if I thawt there’s virtu in it—

Darn’d if I would’nt in a minit!

But when you tawk of dog’ratypin,

Webster’s round and takes delite in;

Ded or ‘live he’ll stamp your feeturs.

And “babiz” tew, deer little creeturs.

On paper, iron, glass or plate,

He’ll fix yewr shadder sure as fate,

So natural and so trew to life,

When yew’re away ‘twill fool yewr wife.     

The eleventh advertisement ran from April 27 to May 28, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sunbeam, Opposite the P. O.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

Remember the place, opposite the Post office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  sept15.      W. W. Tileston

The twelfth advertisement ran from May 29 to June 5, 1857.  Sun Beam Gallery, First Street, Opposite the Post Office.  The above Gallery having just undergone an entire change and refitting, is now re-opened for the Spring Business, With a new and beautiful stock of Cases, Frames, and Apparatus.  Feeling thankful for the past liberal patronage, I would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Warranting satisfaction in all cases, I would solicit an examination of my stock and specimens.  W. W. Tileston.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 5, 1857.

Promptitude.—Whatsoever thou resolvest to do—do it quickly—defer not till the evening what should be the work of the morning.  Therefore, call at the Sun Beam Daguerrian Gallery, on first street, and get you one of Tileston’s superior pictures, either a Colodiotype, Melaneotype, or any type connected with the Heliographic art.  He warrants perfect satisfaction in all cases.

W. W. Tileston is recorded in other photographic directories and has been previously posted on May 26 as Tileston Brothers, and yesterday May 28 as Tileston, Randall & Co.

Tileston, Randall & Co.

1859                50 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston, Randall & Co. (William W. Tileston, Charles M. Tileston and J. D. Randall) were recorded in five announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on September 6, 1859.  Sun Beam Gallery.—Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., will open their new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street, this evening easly gas light with a soiree.  Their friends and the public generally are invited to call and examine their suit of rooms for practicing the photographic art.

The second announcement appeared on September 8, 1859.  Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., Daguerreotypist, opened their handsome new Gallery, on Main street, on Tuesday evening, and entertained a pleasant and numerous company of ladies and gentlemen, who passed the evening in agreeable conversation, and examining the beautiful specimens of the art with which the rooms are adorned.  The gallery will be open every evening, and it will be found a pleasant place of resort for an hour.  The combined experience and talent of the three gentlemen will enable this company to produce the finest pictures in every department of the daguerreotyping and photographic art.

The third announcement appeared on September 21, 1859.  Persons wishing good Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, or Photographs, will bear in mind that the place to get them is at Tileston, Rondall & Co.s new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street.  Their pictures possess beauty and delicacy of detail, combined with a rotundity rarely seen in Photographic expressions.  Remember that their gallery is kept open every evening until nine o’clock.  Call and examine their pictures by gas light.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 24, 1859.  The New Art Gallery.—Evansville, both at home and abroad, is noted for her commercial and manufacturing advantages; and truly in this respect she has not been underrated; but while steamers plough our waters, canal barges traverse our rich valleys, and railroads bear in their daily burdens, and all pour their rich stores into our lap of commerce; and although our forges and foundries and mills and factories ring with the hum of machinery and the song of labor, yet our people have not altogether forgotten to mingle the beautiful with the useful, in building up the fair fame of our city.

The growing taste of our people is evinced by the number and order of arrangement of our public libraries and cabinets; the improvements in architecture; the embellishment of public halls, saloons, business houses, churches, and private dwellings; the adornment of grounds; the advancement in music, and the polite modes and habits of our society.  And among the many other improvements in popular taste, none is more perceptible just now than the pleasure and satisfaction everywhere expressed at the recent fitting up by the Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., of their new Gallery of Art on Main Street.

Readers, have you yet visited the new rooms of these accomplished artists?  It is well worth a visit by the lovers of taste and the beautiful.  The main stairway entrance from the street is broad and inviting to the ascent.  It is open at all hours of the day, and till nine o’clock at night, and is then brilliantly lighted up with beautiful gas fixtures.  Arrived upon the second floor, you are ushered into an elegant apartment which combines the purpose of a saloon, sitting-room, and gallery of art.  Here you register your name in a book conveniently arranged for that purpose, rest awhile, if you like, on the comfortable sofas, and then look around at the pictures upon the walls.  From the floor to the ceiling is hung an endless variety of portraits, life-size photographs in oil, colored photographs, ambrotypes, sun pictures, stereoscopic views, groups, scenes, landscapes, and every style and variety of pictures known to the art.

After you have, of course, selected from the center table a case in which to have your own pleasant features mapped out, you pull a tasseled cord which hangs by the second stairway and the tinkling of a little silver bell above brings down one of the smiling young men, who usher you up into the chief operating room.  This chamber is forty feet long, by twenty in width, and is lighted by an immense sky light, in the center, over head.  The cameras and screens are so arranged, as that two sets of operators can work at the same time with equal effect, and the screens can be extended in any way on slides and hinges, so as to admit of a group of almost any size being taken, with a back ground of over twenty feet in width.

Before sitting for your picture, you step into a beautiful little alcove, fitted up in one corner, and modestly (!) drawing together the tasteful curtains, you find yourself before a large mirror, with all the other toilet paraphernalia, and you soon make yourself “good looking” enough to be “taken off” without breaking the camera lens.  The impression, with the “delightful expression” is done in a moment, and while your friends, the tall and affable Dan, and the sprightly and skillful Tileston Bros., are perfecting your ugliness in the dark room, you have time to look at the general arrangement.  At one end of the chamber is a large shop or working room, for doing the mechanical work of the establishment, and adjoining this is the dark room, fitted up with every possible permanent arrangement.

At the other end is a room, with large windows opening out to admit the sunlight, for photographic purposes.  Several smaller apartments adjoin, with “no admittance” marked over the entrance, into which, however, you will be “admitted” if you are good-looking, patronizing, and have an uncontrollable desire to poke your nose into all the mysteries of the art.  Your picture, by this time is ready; you are satisfied with it, pay for it, and descend into the lower gallery, where you take a card from a fanciful ocean shell-case on the center table, and descend to the street, wondering why everybody don’t visit Tileston, Randall & Co., Picture Gallery, and resolving to tell your friends so.  In short you are satisfied, after a visit, as we are, that this Gallery will hereafter not only afford pleasure and profit to our own people, but, that strangers, happening in the city, will visit these rooms, along with the other exhibitions of public taste and pleasure which adorn the flourishing city of Evansville.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 17, 1859, Vol. XII, No. 53, P. 1.

List of Premiums Awarded at the South-Western Indiana District Fair… Class No. 12—Art. 

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best collection colored photographs, 1st premium, 5,00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best ambrotype and sun pictures, 1st premium, 5 00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co. are not recorded are being in partnership in other photographic directories.  William W. & Charles M. Tileston and J. D Randall are all three recorded in other photographic directories and William W. & Charles M. Tileston were previously posted on May 26 as the Tileston Brothers.

Tileston Brothers

1857-1859       First Street opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston Brothers (William W. & Charles M.) were recorded in fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on June 6, 1857.  The Tileston’s of the Sunbeam Gallery seem determined to keep pace with all the late improvements in their line, and are daily turning out some of the finest pictures we have ever seen taken in this city.  One of them is now away up the river purchasing stock, and getting the late improvement.

The second appeared on June 27, 1857.  The pictures taken by Tileston & Bro., at the Sun Beam Gallery, on First street, seem to be all the go, and give very general satisfaction.  Persons from the neighboring towns and country should give them a call, to see their gallery and specimens.  Their prices are low, ranging from $1 up.  Remember the place, on First street, opposite the Post Office.  They allow none but first rate pictures to leave their rooms.

The third appeared on July 8, 1857.  Stop in as you pass the Sun Beam Gallery, as Tileston & Bro take pleasure in waiting on their visitors.  They may be found on first street opposite the Post Office, where they are constantly turning out their much admired pictures, taken from one dollar up.

The fourth appeared on September 7, 1857.  We know of no place so pleasant to visit as Tileston & Bro’s Ambrotype Gallery, First Street, opposite the Post Office.  The specimens are good and plenty of them.  They make and put up pictures in the finest style, and warrant them to give satisfaction.

The fifth appeared on October 6, 1857.  Report of Awards Made at the Third Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh county Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F.  Class No. 1—Fine Arts, &c.

Tileston & Bro’s, Best Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, Diploma.

The sixth appeared on October 17, 1857.  The Camera used by Tileston & Bro. at their Gallery on First street, opposite the Post Office, is the largest ever used in this city, with which they are now making beautiful whole size pictures in cases or frames.  These pictures are the largest ever gotten up in this place, and when framed make handsome parlor ornaments.  Give them a call and examine their specimens.

The seventh appeared on March 30, 1858.  The finest pictures now taken in the city are taken at Tileston & Bro’s gallery, on First street, opposite the Post Office, where the largest collection of specimens ever exhibited in this city can be seen at all hours during the day.—Readers, your face should be among the collection.

The eighth appeared on October 11, 1858.  Vanderburgh County Fair.—Persons visiting our city during the fair will find it to their interest to call at Tileston & Bro.’s gallery on First street, between Main and Locust, where one of the proprietors can at all times be found ready to wait upon their visitors, either by taking their picture in any style of the art from a miniature to a large sized colored Photograph, or showing their specimens.

The ninth appeared on October 18, 1858.  Photographs.—No object attracted more attention and admiration at the Fair than the beautiful colored photographs by the different artist in the city.  One of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, by Tileston Brothers, attracted the eye of every one, and was the object of universal remark.  Every admirer of the distinguished Senator should obtain one to become familiar with the features of so eminent a statesman.

The tenth appeared on October 19, 1858.  List of Premiums Awarded by the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F—Class 1.

Randall & Elliott, best collection of Ambrotypes…………………………$1 and dip.

Tileston and Brother, best plain and colored collection of Photographs…..$1 and dip.

The eleventh appeared on December 18, 1858. Chromotypes.—The Messrs. Tileston, assisted by Mr. Webster of Louisville, are producing a beautiful new style of pictures, called Chromotypes, which are equal in beauty and effect to any thing we have seen.  They rival the colored photographs in distinctness and beauty of delineation, and are at the same time much less expensive.  We advise the lovers of art to call at the Tileston gallery and inspect them.

The twelfth announcement appeared on December 21, 1858.  Messrs. Tileston & Bro.—We have been presented with a photographic likeness of Judge Douglas, by the Brothers Tileston.—it is excellent as a work of art, and the likeness represents the Judge as he appeared a few years ago, before his former serene expression had been made rigid and severe, by rough encounters with Lecomptonism.

The thirteen announcement appeared on April 7, 1859.  We would call attention to those beautifully colored pictures called Chronotypes made at Tileston Brothers’ Gallery, opposite the Post Office.  Also their beautiful plain and colored photographs, of all sizes, from one-fourth up to life-size, ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and all the different styles of pictures to be had at their gallery.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on April 27, 1859.  Tileston’s Gallery.—Yesterday we saw at Tileston’s Gallery, photographic portraits—full life size—of Dr. George B. Walker and his lady, which present most perfect living likenesses of the originals; as specimens of the perfection to which the art of photographing has been advanced, they are worth inspection.  The friends of the Doctor and Mrs. W. will, of course, go to see them.  We learn that the negatives were taken here, and the painting was done by an artist in Louisville.  Messrs. Tileston have now the means of furnishing the most perfect effigies and counterfeit presentments of all who wish to see themselves as others see them, or desire that a copy of their lineaments shall be preserved, after they shall fade and pass away.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 22, 1859.  The Library Association acknowledge the receipt from Tileston Bros., of a very fine photograph likeness of the Rev. Dr. Baird, (large size).  Donations of this sort are appreciated.  They add to the attractions of the rooms, and besides from a contribution to the stock of the Association, by no means insignificant.  A gallery of portraits of eminent literary men would be a very appropriate adornment for the Library Room.  And it is hoped that the artist friends of the institution will manage to keep the Association under accumulating obligations for their favors.  The portrait of Dr. Baird, besides being a perfect likeness, is, in its mechanical execution, an excellent production.  Messrs. Tilestons need no other recommendation than their own work.

Tileston Brothers are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in Evansville, Indiana 1858-1861. In the eleventh announcement the brothers are assisted by Webster from Louisville, Kentucky this is Edward Z. see post on May 29th William W. Tileston.

G. M. Thomas

1846                Rooms at the Banner Office, Louisiana, Missouri.

1858                181 Main Street, opposite the Worsham House, Memphis, Tennessee.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in one advertisement in Democratic Banner (Bowling Green, Pike County, Missouri), and mentioned in and additional five advertisements and six announcements in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) while working for William H. DeShong.  The first advertisement ran from July 25 to August 17, 1846 in Democratic Banner.  Daguerreotype.  G. M. Thomas would respectfully inform the citizens of Louisiana and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the above place and will remain in town but a few Days.

Daguerreotype Miniatures taken in the most perfect style, plain or colored; and perfect satisfaction warranted to all.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Rooms at the Banner Office.

The following five advertisements and six announcements appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal.  The first advertisement ran from July 14 to August3, 1858.  DeShong’s Pictures Still all the Rage.  Persons wishing the best style should not fail to give him a call.  He is now assisted by Mr. G. M. Thomas, who is acknowledged to be one of the best artists in the States.

Remember that DeShong has the exclusive right of Memphis for the Melainotype Patent.

His Gallery is 181 Main street, opposite the Worsham House.                                 

The second advertisement ran on November 4 to 6, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—People will inquire no longer where to get pictures, when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s Gallery, 180 Main street, opposite the Worsham House is Making Malameotypes (on iron plates) as cheap, if not cheaper, than those worthless glass pictures made elsewhere.  Recollect—first premium awarded to Thomas for the best pictures at every fair where exhibited.

The third advertisement ran on November 4 & 5, 1858.  We are informed through the press that a great blessing has been conferred on this community by the introduction of a cheap Gallery.  we doubt that the people of Memphis will consider it a greater blessing when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making pictures as cheap, if not cheaper, and warranted fifty per cent better, or no pay required.

The first announcement appeared on November 9, 1858.  To The Citizens of Memphis.—A certain humbug establishment in this city say they have eight premiums awarded them—have sixteen years experience.  They wish to know what more can be said in their favor.  Thomas, at DeShong’s will state for their favor, that he has a little boy under his charge, not thirteen years old, has not had sixteen weeks’ experience (not years), who will bet his own money —$50—he can beat them making pictures.

Thomas bets two to one on the boy.

Thomas bets $100 they never got eight premiums—not even one; bets twenty to one they will never get one in Memphis.

First premium to Thomas throughout the South and West.  Got the fixings as proof.

Thomas, at DeShong’s, is working cheaper, and warranted 100 per cent. Better, or no pay required.

Thomas does not wish to boast or humbug.  The above is to let the people know where the best pictures in the world are made.

Thomas will stand up to all he says.  Call and see if I am not right.  Will make your pictures for nothing if you don’t think so.

The fourth advertisement ran on November 10 & 11, 1858.  Memphis Against The World.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, will compare malaneotypes and ambrotypes, for superiority, with any body in the world, for $500—more or less.  The pictures are his own productions, and mostly citizens of Memphis.  Call and see them.  They cost less than elsewhere.

Let the people of Memphis recollect that Thomas will make 50 per cent. Better pictures than the great humbug establishment, or no pay required.  I will do what I say.  Rooms 180 Main street.

The second announcement appeared on November 12, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect where they are made.  Thomas had no opposition at Fall Fairs, never expected any—sufficient evidence of their superiority over all others, they are not brought from the North.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better than at the great Humbug Depot, or no pay required—all at DeShong’s, 180 Main street.

The third announcement appeared on November 13, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making Pictures as cheap as elsewhere and warranted 5 per cent. Better or no pay required.  First premium awarded to Thomas at every State Fair, South and West, were exhibited.

The fifth announcement ran on November 18 & 19, 1858.  One hundred persons at least, collected at DeShong’s yesterday, disgusted with their steam portraits made on green window glass—“serves them right,” coming to their senses at last.  First premium awarded to Thomas, at DeShong’s, throughout the South and West; one hundred present better or no pay required and cheaper than elsewhere.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 20, 1858.  The reason everybody are now getting pictures at DeShong’s, is they say Thomas, took the first premium everywhere, without even any opposition.  No one has the presumption to compare pictures when he is in the field—sufficient evidence of their great superiority over all others.  AS cheap as elsewhere.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better; or no pay required.

The fifth announcement appeared on November 25, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect that Thomas, at DeShong’s, has been awarded first Premiums throughout the South and West for the finest pictures.  Warrants them 50 per cent. Better and as cheap as elsewhere, or no pay required.

Everybody says that Thomas’ pictures, at DeShong’s, are the finest they have ever seen in any part of the world.  They are mostly of citizens of Memphis.

The sixth announcement appeared on November 3, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Everybody that has visited the northern cities, and traveled throughout Europe, pronounce Thomas’ Ambrotypes and melaneotypes, (at DeShong’s Gallery,) the finest specimens of the art they have ever seen, in any art of the world.  They cost no more than elsewhere, and are warranted 100 per cent finer, or no pay required.  First Premium awarded to Thomas, at every Fair South and West.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1851 in Mobile, Alabama apparently in partnership with William H. DeShong and again in 1859 in Memphis, Tennessee.  According to the 1858 advertisements and announcements it appears that Thomas worked for DeShong.  This might have changed in 1859 but to date no newspapers have been consulted in Memphis in 1859.

L. T. Tew

1855                Rooms in the County House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1855                Room on Sarah Street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1858-1859       Rooms near the Court House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

L. T. Tew was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Jeffersonian (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on January 18, 1855.  Mr. L. T. Tew, Daguerrean Artist, who is well and favorably known to many of our citizens, as a successful and skillful operator in Daguerreotyping, has fitted up the room on the second floor, in the County House, and is fully prepared to accommodate all who may wish a true and life-like picture of themselves or friends.

Having seen a number of pictures taken by Mr. T., and which are equally as correct as any produced in New York or Philadelphia, we deem it an act of justice to call the attention of our citizens to the opportunity they now have of getting their likeness taken.

The second announcement appeared on November 22, 1855.  Good News.  Daguerreotyping.  Mr. Tew would inform the inhabitants of Stroudsburg and vicinity, that he has returned and opened a room, on Sarah street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, where he is now ready to wait on all who wish good Pictures of themselves or friends.  Also, copying old Daguerreotypes and Paintings.  An inspection of specimens is solicited, where every polite attention will be paid to visitors, whether or not wishing a setting.—Prices to suit the times, from 75 cents to $1 and upwards, in an excellent case and on the finest French plates.

N. B. likeness guaranteed perfect and satisfactory in clear or cloudy weather, of grown persons, children, and family groups in an ordinary bright light, not delaying it too late in the evening; morning is preferable.                              

The advertisement ran from September 16, 1858 to November 24, 1859.  Photographs In Every Style of the Art.  L. T. Tew takes this method to inform the inhabitants of this Town and vicinity, that having procured a new Instrument expressly for the purpose, is now prepared to take all the latest styles of Type, combining all the newest improvements of Ambrotypes, Melaionotypes, Photographs, Nielotypes, at his old Room near the Court House, in a style unsurpassed.  From his long experience as an Artist acknowledges no superior.

Those wishing good Likenesses of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens.  No charge made unless perfect satisfaction given.  L. T. Tew.     

L. T. Tew is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. B. Taylor

1855                Large Brick Building, South Side of Square, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1855                Address Unknown, Millville, Tennessee.

1856                Sulphur Spring at Craighead, Tennessee.

1857-1858       South side of the Square, long brick building, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

E. B. Taylor was recorded in three announcements and five advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee).  The first announcement appeared on April 26, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, has taken a room in the large brick building, south side of the Square, where he may be found on Friday and Saturday of each week, ready to furnish customers with any number of superior pictures that may be desired.  He has an excellent camera, good light, fine and common plates and cases, the best of chemicals, and what is more, he knows how to use them.  Give him a call—he is a clever, accommodating gentleman.

The first advertisement ran from April 26 to May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber has the pleasure of informing the residents of Fayetteville and vicinity, that he has taken an excellent room in this pace, in the large brick, south side of the public square, where all are respectfully invited to call.  Come whether you want pictures or not, and see what is to be seen.

My stay will be short—only every Friday and Saturday of each week—come without delay.  Secure some precious Memento of your friends before death takes them from you.

E. B. Taylor, Practical Daguerreotypist.                   

The second announcement appeared on May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—By reference to the advertisement of Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, it will be seen that he will close his room in this place the last of this week, and open on Friday next week, at Millville.  To our many friends in that region, we commend him as a good operator, and an honorable, gentlemanly, courteous man.

The third announcement appeared on June 26, 1856.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor has opened his daguerrean rooms at the Sulphur Spring, eight miles north-west of this place.  Our friends in that section who may desire good pictures, would do well to give him a call.  See his card in another column.

The second advertisement ran from June 26 to July 31, 1856.  Pictures.  Do You Want Good Pictures?  Then come one come all to the Sulphur Spring, at Craighead.  Come and see my new specimens—and you that want your pictures, come and sit for one, and I will try to give satisfaction to all.  If I can’t, I will not bind you to take it.  Come soon as my stay is limited. 

The third advertisement ran from February 5 to October 29, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean, Ambrotype, Melainotype Artist, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick, and 3d story.

The Melainotype is something entirely new.  It can be seen alike in all lights.  There is no metallic glare in the way as is in a Daguerreotype, and cannot be surpassed by any other Pictures for their richness and beauty, and they can be sold from 75 cents up.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  I only ask from 1 to 3 seconds in clear weather to take children’s Pictures.  The Melainotype Pictures can be sent in a letter, without a case, and not be soiled.  Come everybody, and see what is to be seen, and get Pictures if you want.  If I can’t give satisfaction before finishing, there is no obligation on the purchaser.      

The fourth advertisement ran from October 29 to November 19, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Artist, Fayetteville, Tenn.  Takes this method of informing his friends and the public generally, that his business requires him to close his Gallery in Fayetteville in a few days—or at farthest, 3 weeks.  All those desiring Pictures will come.  I have some fine Frames and fine Cases I will sell very low. The price of other Cases as heretofore.  Those owing me will please pay against that time.  If not paid without suing for it, be assured you never get another on a credit.                            

The fifth advertisement ran from February 18 to 25, 1858.  E. B. Taylor, Has opened his Picture Gallery at his old stand, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick building, and third story.—My room will be open to all who will favor me with a call.  Always kept on hand an assortment of Cases and Frames.  Prices as heretofore.  I will say to those owing me, that I am obliged to have money to carry on the business. And if settlement is not made by the First Monday in March, I will certainly place their account in the hands of an officer for collection.                 

E. B. Taylor is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William Summerhays

1858                            Centre Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Ca. 1860-1865            Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

1860                            Address Unknown, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

1865-1869                   Address Unknown, Nantucket, Massachusetts.[1]

William Summerhays was recorded in one advertisement that was recorded in the Nantucket Inquire (Nantucket, Massachusetts) on May 4, 1858.  The subscriber is now prepared to take those splendid Milleneotypes, which are far superior to anything yet discovered for lockets.  He also continues to take the Ambrotypes, in a style unsurpassed.  Persons wishing an imperishable picture of themselves or friends can obtain them at the most reasonable prices at the Saloon on Centre Street.

P. S.—The Subscriber will remain in Nantucket, and warrants every picture he puts up.  Wm. Summerhays. 

William Summerhays is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1860.

[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.