Category Archives: Melainotypes

J. Harris

1859                Room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street,                            Hillsboro, Ohio.

J. Harris was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 20 to March 24, 1859 in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio). Ho, for Pike’s Peak!  The subscriber respectfully informs the public of Hillsboro and vicinity that he has opened a New Daguerrean Gallery in the room over Wheelock’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory, Union Block, Main street, a few doors east of the Ellicott House where he is now taking superior Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, In the best style, and at prices as low as any other establishment.  Those wanting Pictures are invited to [come and examine his work.  J. Harris.

J. Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Godkin & Co.

Godkin & Co. was recorded on June 2, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York) as visiting the following locations.  Ambrotypes & Photographs.  The undersigned will visit the following named places at the time stated below, fully prepared to take Ambrotypes, Melaineotypes, Photographs, &c., in the best style of modern art:

Rutland Centre—Tuttle’s Hotel; Lockport—Black River Hotel, from Monday, June 6, to Saturday Noon, June 11.                                                                                                                      Leraysville—A. P. Mosher’s Hotel; Great Bend—Stone Hotel, from Monday June 18, to Saturday noon, June 18.                                                                                                                            Philadelphia—R. Washburn’s Hotel; Sterlingville—Sterlingville Hotel, from June 20, to Saturday noon, June 25.                                                                                                                                        Felts Mills—Hotel; Champion Huddle—Z. Marion’s residence, from Monday, June 27, to Saturday noon, July 2.                                                                                                                                 Carthage—Cook’s Hotel; Copenhagen—R. P. Dole’s Hotel, From Monday, July 4, to Saturday noon, July 9.                                                                                                                                                         Champion Village—Gould’s Hotel; South Champion—E. Brown’s residence, from Monday, July 11, to Saturday noon, July 16.                                                                                                               Deer River—at the sign of the Red Flag; Denmark—Hotel, from Monday, July 19, to Saturday noon, July 23.                                                                                                                                            Checkered House 4 Corners—Lewisburg Hotel, from Monday, July 25, to Saturday noon, July 30.                                                                                                                                                              Natural Bridge—Covey’s Hotel, from Monday, Aug. 1 to Saturday noon, August 6.                    Godkin & Co.

Godkin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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.

G. E. Farrington

1859                Rooms at Marshall House, Abbeville, South Carolina.

G. E. Farrington was recorded in an announcement on May 12, 1859 in The Abbeville Banner (Abbeville, South Carolina). Ambrotypes. We are pleased to notice that G. E. Farrington has opened an Ambrotype Gallery in the second story of the Wooden Wing of the Marshall House.  We learn, too, that he is stationed here permanently.  He will be pleased to see his friends and customers from any part of the District.  He is prepared to take Ambrotypes, Spherotypes, Melainotypes and Relievotypes of any size or style.  He is also prepared to insert the best specimens of the art in Broaches, Medallions and Rings.  Mr. Farrington is a permanent resident of the place, and may at all times be found at his rooms to accommodate all who may favor him with a call.

He has some beautiful specimens of his skill which may be seen at his room. To our friends from the country who may desire anything in his line, we can recommend him as an artist in every way worthy of support.

G. E. Farrington is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Ewing

1859                Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Maryland.

Ewing was recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 16 to December 29, 1859 in the Civilian & Telegraph (Cumberland, Maryland).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Great Excitement!!!  Ewing’s Great Sky-Light Gallery, on Baltimore street.  Pictures positively taken at cost.  First rate pictures in good cases at Twenty-Five Cents!

All pictures warranted to give satisfaction, or no charge!!  Taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather!!!  Ambrotypes, Photographs, Melaneotypes, Nellotypes, Ferrotypes, Spherytypes, & Ambrotypes, and all kinds of Pictures taken in the highest style of the art, and at prices so low as to place them within the reach of all.  Instruction given in the art on the most reasonable terms.

Ewing is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. I. Edwards

Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.                                                                                    1854                  Greenwood’s Building, Second Story, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Porter, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Vinton, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Wilkesville, Ohio.                                                                                    1857                  Isham House, Jackson, Ohio.                                                                                          1857-1858       Rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, McArthur, Ohio.

D. I. Edwards was recorded in three advertisements and in three announcements. The first advertisement ran from June 29 to August 3, 1854 In the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). Pictures!  Pictures!!  Pictures!!!  “Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.”  What better memento can be given to those we love and cherish, and from whom we are about to be separated, “it may be for years, and it may be forever,” than a faithful resemblance of ourselves.  How pleasant to look upon when the dear one is wandering afar off; or perhaps, alas, numbered with the cold and silent dead.  What a melancholy, yet a pleasing recollection to ponder upon each well known feature, and call up pleasant memories, as we trace each lineament of the absent one; and how consoling to know that although distance divides, and oceans may roll between, still we have the image, as it were, living and breathing before us, and perhaps so life-like is the resemblance, if taken by a good artist, that the imagination is sometimes carried away, and we almost fancy we fear his “foot fall on the stairs.”  Hasten then while you have the opportunity and secure a correct picture, not one that you have to turn to all points of the compass, before you can catch a bare resemblance, but a fine, bold, artist picture that can at once be recognized by everybody.  D. I. Edwards, from Cincinnati, has opened a room in Greenwood’s Building, second street, where he will remain for a few days for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses in the first style of the art.  He has a large instrument of very powerful construction, for the purpose of taking correct pictures of children and aged persons, whereby the time generally occupied for sitting is reduced one half.  An instrument of this kind has long been desired by artist, and he has had the good fortune to procure one.  Pictures taken in any weather, and put up in handsome morocco cases, lined with silk velvet, for $1.50.  Also, a large assortment of Paper Mache, Velvet, Plush, Shell, Book and fancy cases cheap.—Portraits, Miniatures, Daguerreotypes and engravings copied.  Likenesses set in lockets, breast-pins and finger-rings.  Call and see specimens, and pictures guaranteed equal to them.  Don’t forget, second story of Greenwood’s building.

In an announcement that ran on July 27, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). “Tis not in mortals to command success, But we’ll do more; deserve it.”—Shakespeare.  We are led to the above sentence from the “divine bard” on seeing the beautiful tone, and lifelike pictures that Edwards has been producing, during his stay among us.  Our citizens have been so often humbugged by itinerant botches that we have thought it our duty to warn our subscribers, so that they might not be imposed upon, and our citizens both in town and country were cautious in having their faces and features distorted from their natural position, by, it might be, some tyro in the art, but Edwards’ pictures soon convinced them of the real beauty of a fine Daguerreotype, and the consequence was a rush to his rooms, at Greenwood’s building.  Call and look at his numerous specimens of well known residents and we are sure you will not leave without “seeing yourselves as others see you.”  Edwards takes all pictures equal to specimens, and satisfaction guaranteed in all cases.  Mr. E. only requires a person to sit from 5 to 20 seconds, for a first rate picture.

The second announcement appeared on August 31, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  We are requested to inform our subscribers in Porter, Vinton, and Wilksville, that Mr. Edwards the Daguerrian Artist, who has been operating in Gallipolis for the past two months, will visit the above named towns, commencing in Porter, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Pictures.  Mr. E. is a first rate artist, and has taken some of the best pictures ever seen in this town.  Call and see his specimens, which we think are hard to beat.

The third announcement appeared on April 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  We are under obligations to D. I. Edwards, for late Cincinnati Papers.—Mr. Edwards intends visiting Jackson again in taking pictures.  See Advertisement.

The second advertisement ran from April 9 to July 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  Embrace the present Opportunity, And Secure a Picture as Is A Picture!  D. I. Edwards, has the pleasure to announce to the citizens of Jackson, that he intends stopping for a short time, and has taken rooms at the Isham House, for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Pictures, in a new mode, and colored to represent life.  He invites particular attention to his new style of Pictures, called Melainotypes, which are superior to any thing ever made.

To put these new pictures within the reach of all, he has reduced the price of Pictures and Case, to One Dollar, guaranteeing them to be superior to any thing yet made in Jackson.  A large assortment of Lockets, Breastpins, and Fancy cases on hand.  Call early and secure one of the life-like pictures.

The third advertisement ran from November 19, 1857 to January 21, 1858 in the M’Arthur Democrat (McArthur, Ohio).  Call and Get a Picture while You Have The Opportunity!  D. I. Edwards Has taken rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, for a short time only, for the purpose of taking Sun Pictures of all kinds and descriptions, by the Ambrotype process, and warranted correct likenesses.

Any kind of picture taken and put up in a good case For One Dollar!  N. B.  No suspension, but pictures taken in any weather.  McArthur, Nov. 12, 1857.

D. I. Edwards is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Henry N. Eastman

1857-1861       Genesee Street, East Saginaw, Michigan.[1]                                                                        1859                   Rooms over Sanborn & Tucker’s Provision Store, East Saginaw, Michigan.

Henry N. Eastman was recorded in two advertisements, the first advertisement ran from June 16 to December 29, 1859 in the East Saginaw Courier (East Saginaw, Michigan).  Ambrotypes.  Eastman, Having Fitted Up Rooms over Sanborn & Tucker’s Provision Store, is now prepared to take Ambrotypes in superior style, and put them up in beautiful cases just received by Express.  Good pictures taken as low as Fifty Cents.

The second advertisement ran from August 4 to November 3, 1859  in the East Saginaw Courier (East Saginaw, Michigan).  The World Still Moves!!  Notwithstanding The Earth Continues to perform its diurnal revolutions round the Sun it is nevertheless true, that Eastman still retains his position among the lesser planets of this continental hemisphere, and can daily be seen with the naked eye, and his Ambrotype Gallery, over Sanborn & Tucker’ Store’s.

Pictures Taken in any kind of weather, and satisfaction guaranteed.  Those who desire an Ambrotype, Melainotype or any of the new styles, of pictures which are taken as natural as life, and far better looking than the original, will find it greatly to their interest to call at the Rooms of H. N. Eastman.  His Prices are extremely moderate.  Of those, for whom, you fond emotions cherish, Secure the Shadow, ere the substance perish.

Henry N. Eastman is recorded in Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder

[1] Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder

J. W. Duke

1857                Rooms over Lindsay and Gordon’s Store, Yorkville, South Carolina,

J. W. Duke was recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 17 to October 8, 1857 In the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).    Ambrotypes and Melainotypes.—J. W. Duke would respectfully inform the citizens of Yorkville and the surrounding country that his Gallery, over Lindsay and Gordon’s Store, will be open for the reception of visitors from this date.  Pictures taken for One Dollar, warranted to please.  Give him a call.

J. W. Duke is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1857 in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The distance between the two towns Hillsborough and Yorkville (now called York) is 166 miles. It’s possible they are the same person but at this point it is only speculation.

George W. Cornelius

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.                                                                              1859                   Address Unknown, Farmland, Indiana.                                                                      1859                  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.

George W. Cornelius was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 2, 1858 to June 9, 1859 in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Solograph, Photographs, etc.  G. W. Cornelius Would respectfully inform the citizens of Winchester and vicinity that he is on hands with the same old Car in which years ago in this place, he took Over 600 Pictures acknowledged by one and all to be Superior to any taken before or since in the place.  Having the advantage of a large Sky Light!  His pictures are unsurpassed in brilliancy of tone, accuracy of expression, and clearness of the Eye.

By the aid of a Quick worker, the only instrument of the kind this side of Cincinnati, he Never Fails to secure the Likeness of a Child however small.

On November 10, 1859 the following announcement appeared in the Randolph County Journal.  (Winchester, Indiana).—Mr. G. W. Cornelius left here yesterday morning with his Daguerrean Car for Farmland, where he expects to remain two or three weeks, and then return to Winchester.  Those who want good pictures of themselves or friends can not do better than to give him a call while he sojourns at Farmland.  He is a superior Artist.

On December 15, 1859 an announcement in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).—G. W. Cornelius, the Daguerrean, has returned to Winchester.

George W. Cornelius is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as George W. (Cornelis) Cornelius.  In partnership of Bishop & Cornelis in 1853 Northwest corner of Main & 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. And in 1860-1861  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.  In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 he is recorded as a daguerreotypist in Cincinnati in 1853.