Category Archives: Melainotypes

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.

Clark & Howe

Ca. 1856-1860            Ashley’s Building, Westfield, Massachusetts.

 Clark & Howe names were recorded from a Broadside Greg Drake’s Collection.  Ambrotypes, and Cloth Pictures!  E. P. Clark (Artist permanently located in Holyoke) and J. C. Howe, would respectfully inform the citizens of Westfield and vicinity that they are located at Ashley’s Building, Up one flight of stairs—room opposite H. Fuller’s Law office in the same building— for a few days to exhibit a new style of Picture, and to wait upon those who may require their services.

Ambrotypes, Meleneotypes, Ambrographs &c., Also Pictures on Enameled Cloth, Taken for the low price of Twenty-Five Cents, having the beauty of the ambrotype and Daguerreotype combined, and may be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the world free of postage.

Do not lose this opportunity to secure a Likeness at the very lowest price.                                      Some beautiful styles of Ambrotype Cases.   E. P. Clark, J. C. Howe.

E. P. Clark is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Providence, Rhode Island in 1855-1856, and also possibly in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1856. J. C. Howe is not recorded in other photographic directories and the partnership of Clark and Howe are not recorded in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

William H. Chalmers

1853-1861       Post Office Corner, Augusta, Georgia.[1]                                                                            1856                   Address Unknown, New York, New York.1                                                                          1856                   Address Unknown, Edgefield, South Carolina.                                                                  1858                   over Burpee’s Carriage Shop, opposite the Bank, Athens, Georgia.1  

William H. Chalmers was listed in four advertisements in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina.)  The first three are when he was in partnership with John Leigh as Leigh & Chalmers.  The first advertisement ran from October 1, to November 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  Those Beautiful and Imperishable Pictures can be had at John Leigh’s Office.  They are superior in Brilliancy, depth of tone and finish to any ever offered in this community.  Leigh & Chalmers.  Edgefield, Sept. 30, 1856.

The second ran from October 1 to December 31, 1856.  Photographs.  This beautiful style of Picture so popular in both this country and Europe, can be had at Leigh & Chalmers’ Gallery, Augusta, Ga.  Persons having Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends can have them photographed from life-size to the smallest miniature.                                                                Leigh & Chalmers.  Augusta, Sept. 30, 1856.

The third advertisement ran on March 4, 1857.  Photograph of Hon. P. S. Brooks.  Messrs. Leigh & Chalmers, of Augusta, have kindly forwarded to us a photograph likeness of our lamented Brooks, for which we return then thanks.  It is just the thing we were endeavoring to procure and is a most acceptable gift.  The likeness is striking and the execution excellent.  As there are very many citizens of Edgefield who would be glad to have a faithful portrait of their late beloved representative, we would suggest to them that, for only $4, they can procure such an one from Messrs. Leigh & Chalmers.  Mr. Leigh brought up a hundred copies the other day, but they are going off very rapidly.  Those who have engaged them should apply early; and those who have not done so, can now make the arrangement with Mr. L., who is at this place for the present.

The fourth advertisement was for William H. Chalmers alone and ran from December 8 to 29, 1858 in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina.)  Ambrotypes For Fifty Cts. At The Chalmers’ Gallery, Post Office Corner, Augusta, Geo.  Wm. H. Chalmers, the well-known and successful Ambrotypist, is still furnishing pictures in the same Beautiful And Life-Like Style, that was so much admired last season, for the Low Price of 50 Cts. and upwards, According to the size and style of case.  The Gallery having a Mammoth Sky-Light and Side-Light combined, together with Instruments of the latest and most approved kinds, Pictures can be taken at all hours of the day, and as well in cloudy weather as in clear.

Having secured the services of several of the Best Operators in the United States, Likenesses will in all cases be Perfect or no charge.  Each Picture will be handsomely colored by an experienced Artist, and warranted not to fade.

The Public are invited to call and examine the large collection of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Melainotypes, Photographs, Paintings, &c., on exhibition.  Entrance to Gallery on door above the Post Office.

N. B. Instructions given in the Art and Apparatus furnished.         Augusta, Dec. 7.

[1] Early Georgia Photographers, 1841 – 1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth

Charles Carel

1857-1858       Court Street, Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.                              1858                   Court Street, Rooms over Swallow’s Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.

Charles Carel is first recorded in an announcement and a advertisement on December 29, 1857 in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio.)  Charles Carel is taking fine pictures for forty cents.

The advertisement ran from December 29, 1857 to February 29, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  I Would respectfully inform the people of Pomeroy and vicinity that I am now taking Splendid and Life-Like Ambrotypes and Melainotypes at Forty Cents.  Also a large assortment of Cases, to suit any taste, and at the most moderate prices.  Room over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.  Call soon as I warrant my pictures not to fade.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.

In the same newspaper again an announcement followed by an advertisement appeared on  February 16, 1858.  Charles Carel, Daguerrean artist gives notice of his intention to leave Pomeroy, and those who fail to procure the advantages of his low prices for pictures, can but blame themselves.

The advertisement ran from February 16 to March 23, 1858.  “Pitch In.”  Pictures Cheaper Than Ever.  I take this method of informing the public that hereafter I will take splendid and life-like Pictures Cheaper Than Ever.  Also, to call soon, as I can stay in this place but a short time longer.  I will take $1.50 Pictures for $1.25; $1.25 do. for $1; 75 cent do. for 60 cents, and all others in proportion.

Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.  Please call soon, as it is the Last chance you will have of getting Splendid Pictures at such low prices.  I warrant my pictures not to fade in any climate.

N. B.—Instruction given in every branch of the art. Price $30. Apply soon.

The next advertisement ran from April 6, 1858 to June 8, 1858.  Carel Still About.  I am Still In Pomeroy, And Shall remain till further notice.  Pictures from 40 cts. to Five Dollars, Warranted not to fade.  A splendid Stock of material on hand.  Call soon and get one of my durable and, if desired, Cheap Pictures.

Rooms over W. Stivers’ Store.  Entrance on Court street, next door below O. Branch’s store.

N. B.—Instruction given in every branch of the art. Price $30. Apply soon.

The following announcement appeared on August 10, 1858 followed by and advertisement.  Carel, the “countenance taker,” has something to say this week, and he says it right out.  Don’t overlook the “document.”  See his card in another column.  When carel is beat in his line, we venture to say he will “draw the drapery of his couch around him”—and quit.

The Advertisement ran from August 10 to 24, 1858.  Read This, Everybody!  Whereas, The proprietor of a “one horse” Picture Boat has taken pains to tell people that my 50 cent Pictures will fade.  I would inform the public that it is Utterly False, as can be proven by Hundreds of my pictures which I have taken during my stay here, of which Not One has ever faded In The Least.

Recollect that I am stationed here permanently, and am Accountable for Every Picture I turn out.  I Warrant my 50 cent pictures and all others to Stand in any climate; if not, Return Them And You Can Have Your Money!  I can always be found at my Gallery, over Swallow’s Store, on Court Street, where I will take Pictures for 50 cents, which I will warrant Never to fade, and which are better and more life-like than those which the “Fellow” referred to above charges  One Dollar for.  I have just received a fine stock of Cases and Material of all kinds, which I will dispose of Cheaper than any floating “gas” concern at or within forty miles of Pomeroy.  Recollect, I Pledge myself to take Better, More Durable and Cheaper Pictures than Any floating concern on the River.  I have settled Permanently in Pomeroy, and if any of my pictures fade, I will always be found ready to refund the money.             Chas. Carel.

On August 24, 1858 J. C. Moore responses to Carel’s advertisement.  For the Telegraph.  Messrs. Editors:  My attention has been called to an advertisement which appeared in your last week’s issue, in which a contemptible scamp signing himself “Chas. Carel,” made an attack upon me and my business, in terms that would have done credit to the vilest blackguard in the land, the whole thing being no more nor less than a perfect tissue of falsehood and slander.

Among other things, he informs the public that he can take “better pictures for 50 cents than we do for one dollar.”  Now, Mr. Editor, in order to test the sincerity of the above piece of hombast, we make the above mentioned “Charles Carel.” the following proposition, which we dare him to accept.  We will deposit 50 or $100, in the hands of any responsible citizen of Pomeroy, he to deposit a like amount with the same.  He can take any citizen he may choose, and take two, four, or six impressions—do his best.  We take the same person and take one-half the number he does, and send the pictures to Cincinnati to three Artist.  He to select one, we another and they a third, and the “fellow” who makes the best picture takes the whole amount of money so deposited.  As the aforesaid “Chas.” Is of a sporting turn, we may expect to have some fun when he accepts the above proposition.  In conclusion I will say to the public that I am now taking very much finer pictures than have ever been taken in Pomeroy, as I do not work in a half-house side light room, but am provided with the best arranged light ever on the Ohio River.  Remember we take no 25 cent shadows, but warrant every pictures for all time.

N. B. The public are respectfully invited to call on board and examine our specimens, and compare them with some of “Carel’s,” which we have taken over.     J. C. Moore, Floating Artist.

On October 26, 1858 the following notice appears.  Mr. E. Feiger has bought out the Daguerrean Gallery in Swallow’s building, on Court street, and proposes taking pictures of all kinds as cheap and good as has before been taken in this place.  See advertisement.

Charles Carel is not listed in other photographic directories during the scope of the project dates.  He possibly is listed in Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900.  Diane list a Carel (no first name) in Gallipolis in 1860-1865, and a Charles Carel in Gallipolis from 1866-1884.  Pomeroy is about twenty miles from Gallipolis.

John W. Campbell

1857-1859       Rooms over James Campbell’s Grocery Store, Winchester, Tennessee.

John W. Campbell was recorder in one announcement and four advertisements in The Winchester Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee.)  This is new information and not a new name, Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him as a daguerrean from 1860-1861.  The first advertisement ran from November 21, 1857 to January 9, 1858.   Ambrotypes And Melainotypes Jno. W. Campbell has opened a room over James Campbell’s Grocery Store, and would invite the people of Winchester and Franklin County to come and give him a trial, as he feels confident he can give entire satisfaction in the melainotype and ambrotype—two styles of pictures which are now universally admired and recommended above all others.  Pictures taken at prices ranging from Dollar to Twenty.

Without any puffing or blowing, he would simply ask all in want of pictures to come and see if he cannot perform to their satisfaction.   Nov. 21.      John W. Campbell.

The announcement ran on January 16, 1858.  Mr. J. W., Campbell inserts a card in to day’s paper, stating that he is newly fitted for taking pictures.  We have examined his specimens and must pronounce them excellent.  We solicit for him a call from any who want themselves pictured.

The second advertisement ran from January 16 to July 15, 1858.  Pictures.  Jno. W. Campbell Again takes the privilege of informing the ladies and Gentlemen of Winchester and vicinity that he is taking the best and cheapest Ambro and Melainotypes in the State.  He has a new instrument, which he knows is perfect, and will take almost all colors.  If not, he flatters himself that he can use the paint brush, and give the richest of colors.  He invites all to call soon.

The third announcement ran from May 28 to June 10, 1858.  Fine Arts.  J. W. Campbell Takes pleasure in informing the Ladies of Winchester that he has recently refitted his Ambrotype and Melainotype Gallery for the reception of all who may call and desire good pictures.  Call at Campbell’s Gallery.

The fourth advertisement ran from 1858 November 4, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  J. W. Campbell, Ambrotype and Melainotype Artist, Public Square, Winchester, Tenn.