Category Archives: Melainotypes

William McBeath

1858                Rooms on Bellevue Street, between Main and Court Streets, Opelousas,                                        Louisiana.

William McBeath was recorded in two advertisements in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from February 27 to March 20, 1858.  Something New Beautiful Pictures.  Such as the Ambrotype, Melainatype, Stereotype and Ambrograph Pictures, taken on the most reasonable terms.  Miniatures inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in beautiful style.

All persons wishing good life-like pictures of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  Rooms on Bellevue street, between Main and Court Streets.  Wm. McBeath.

The second advertisement was recorded on June 19, 1858.  Attention!  Ambrotypes!  I have just received, direct from New Orleans, a fresh supply of Cases, Chemicals, &c., and am now prepared to take miniatures on the most reasonable terms, viz: from $1.00 to $10.00.

I will also fill Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in the most beautiful style and manner, my terms are cheaper than any other Artist in the Parish, by at least 50 per cent.            Now is the time to insure good pictures, as I intend to abandon the profession on the 24th instant.

N. B.—I will sell my entire stock to any one who may wish to embark in this elegant Art, and give full instructions in it, on the most reasonable terms. William McBeath.

William McBeath is not recorded in other photographic directories.

R. L. Lukens

1857                19 East Washington Street, over Harrison’s Bank, Indianapolis, Indiana.

R. L. Lukens appeared in an advertisement that appeared on December 25, 1857 Indiana American (Brookville, Indiana). R. L. Lukens’ Likeness Gallery, No. 19 E. Washington St., over Harrison’s Bank, Indianapolis, Where he is prepared to take Ambrotypes and Melainotypes In good Morocco Cases, for the small sum of 50 Cents! Every variety of Fancy Cases at reasonable prices.  Ladies and Gentlemen, call on Mr. Lukens, and he will give you a life likeness of yourself, or no charge.  Pictures taken in Lockets and Breastpins. Peculiar [lities] for taking likenesses of children.  Full instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.  nov-13.

R. L. Lukens does not appear in other photographic directories. Please note the date at the end of the advertisement (Nov. 13).  No newspapers were available to be reviewed between October 30 and December 18, 1857.

George M. or W. Loud

1856                233 Grand Street, New York, New York.[1]                                                                      1858                132 Bowery, New York, New York.

George M. or W. Loud was recorded in one advertisement and one article. The article appeared on  January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Professor Loud — This artist is determined not to lose customers by being silent. A small label is attached to each of his pictures stating the peculiar value of each. His ivory stereoscopic pictures are pretty fair, as also some of his ambrotypes. Professor Loud seems to doubt the correctness of the term ambrotype by the following label; “Glass picture, by some called Ambrotype.” Professor Loud is also a poet, as the following will show :

Ambrotype — Of the sweet forms we cherish                                                                                                Secure this kind of picture                                                                                                                                 E’re the substance perish.

The advertisement appeared on June 13, 1858 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Photographic Artist Read.—Louds’ Improved white varnish will preserve your negatives, melainotypes and ambrotypes.  Call and get a bottle to try.  Price only 38 cents for six ounce bottle.  The cheapest and best in the market.  Louds, 132 Bowery.

George M. or W. Loud is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

J. H. Larrabee

1859                Address Unknown, Chittenango, New York.

J. H. Larrabee is recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 2 to 23, 1859 in the Cazenovia Republican (Cazenovia, New York). A Card. The Subscriber Respectfully Informs the Citizens of Cazenovia and adjoining Towns, that the Photographs on exhibition in The North West Part Of Floral Hall At The Cazenovia Fair, were not made by Mr. Weld, as was supposed by many and intimated by some, but were made by the Subscriber At His Gallery In Chittenango where he is prepared, at all times to execute Plain and Colored Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and Pictures on Patent Leather, in a style not surpassed in or out of Madison County.  Large Photographs made from small Daguerreotypes, and colored in Oil in a style truly wonderful, which need only to be seen to be admired.  Perfect satisfaction warranted in all cases, or no charge.  J. H. Larrabee.

A J. H. Larrabee is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1859 in Binghampton, New York it is possible they are the same person the distance between Binghampton and Chittenango, New York is about 80 miles.

Augustus Larcombe

1856                40 College Street, Nashville, Tennessee.                                                            1858                Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, Nashville, Tennessee.

Augustus Larcombe was recorded in two Announcements and four advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from March 11 to April 16, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  A. Larcombe, Ambrotypist.  No. 40, College Street, Corner of Union, Ambrotypes—the new Photographic Pictures on Glass, made by Cutting’s Patent Process, are now offered to the public as the most beautiful and only permanent likeness in the world.

All sizes and styles from Breastpins to Cabinet Portraits.  Daguerreotypes copied in Ambrotype.  Caution—Imitation Pictures got up by Daguerreotypist are not Ambrotypes.  One is perishable, the other immortal.  Genuine Ambrotypes are made at 40, College street and no where else in Nashville.

The first announcement appeared on October 26, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  Mechanics’ Institute.  Second Annual Exhibition.  Premiums Awarded…Class No. 6—Marble Work, Paintings, Drawing, Daguerreotypes, Etc.

J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Miniatures on Ivory……………………….5                                        J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Photographs, plain and colored…………5                                      A. Larcomb, Nashville, Ambrotypes…………………….…………………..5                                    Hughes Brothers, Nashville, Daguerreotypes…………………………….5

The second advertisement ran from November 13 to December 19, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  Larcombe’s Ambrotypes Took the first Premium over all competitors at the recent Exhibition, and are acknowledged to be the best Pictures in Tennessee.

Made as heretofore at New York and Philadelphia prices, and put up in tip top style at his Ambrotype Rooms, No. 40 College street, over Campbell & Donegan’s.

The third advertisement ran from February 1 to October 1, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  The Genuine Ambrotype—the Premium Picture—is beyond comparison the best style of likeness yet introduced, and stands without rival:

Time cannot change them,                                                                                                                              Light cannot fade them,                                                                                                                            Dampness cannot mould them,                                                                                                                          Dust can never reach them,                                                                                                                                   Rust cannot corrode them.

Made as heretofore by Larcombe, Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, and put up in tip-top style at Eastern prices.  Made in no other rooms in Nashville.

The second announcement appeared on July 21, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  The Ambrotype Process.  This new process of photography upon glass excels all previous methods of taking portraits by the action of light.  The daguerreotype, it is well known, too commonly wears a sharp angular, harsh expression, arising from too strong a contrast of light and shade.  The photograph, on the contrary, is apt to wear a dull inanimate expression, and its unnatural hue is sometimes far from being agreeable.  By the ambrotype process entire precision of outline and naturalness of feature and expression are secured, while at the same time a tone of softness is diffused over the picture from the more graceful effect of light and shade upon a surface of glass.  Moreover, two pictures are obtained from one impression, the face of the glass exhibiting the sitter as he sees himself in a mirror, while the reverse shows him as he appears to others.  The latter is a very great advantage over either the daguerreotype or the photograph.  These always present a reversed picture, more natural to the eye of the subject himself than to others; but the ambrotype gives both the mirror face and the natural face.  It will probably be some considerable period of time before this beautiful branch of the art is brought to the highest state of perfection of which it is capable, but scarcely a week goes by without some improvement being announced.

Call on Larcombe if you would get an Ambrotype in its most perfect state.

The fourth advertisement ran from September 21, 1858 to November 28, 1859 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Home Again!  Mr. Larcombe desires to inform his friends and the public generally that he has returned from his Northern tour, and is ready to open the fall campaign.

Fully posted in all recent improvements in Photographic Manipulation—relying, as heretofore, solely upon the merits of his pictures, and determined to spare no effort to please, he confidently invites those who have never given him a fair trial, to do so.

Ladies will find his present rooms the most conveniently and pleasantly located of any in the City, Cherry Street, corner of Union.

Augustus Larcombe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Nashville starting in 1857.

Mrs. Lansing

1857-1858       Rooms opposite the American Hotel, Penn-Yan, New York.

Mrs. Lansing was recorded in five announcements and one advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  The first announcement appeared on April 1, 1857. Daguerreotypes.—Mrs. Lansing has taken the rooms formerly occupied by S. B. Wilson, opposite the American, where she will be pleased to furnish such as may wish with a superior quality of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  We have been shown several specimens of her work, and they are certainly very fine.

The second announcement appeared on May 20, 1857.  Cheap Pictures.—Mrs. Lansing gives notice that she will take Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c. at the low price of 50 cents each.  Mrs. Lansing takes excellent pictures, at very reasonable rates, and is certainly of a generous patronage.  Let our citizens see to it that she does not lack for patrons, and while they bestow a kindness in a worthy direction, they are sure to receive a full return for their favors in the shape of excellent pictures.

The advertisement ran from May 20, 1857 to August 25, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  Mrs. Lansing takes the Improved Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Melainotype for the small sum of Fifty Cts. Each, the same as heretofore sold for one dollar.

The third announcement ran on October 28, 1857.  Yates Co. Fair.  The Seventeenth Annual Fair of the Yates Co. Agricultural Society was held on the Society’s grounds in this village on Wednesday and Thursday of last week…

T. J. B. House, Daguerrean Artist, exhibited a beautiful Case of Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes, &c. This Case of pictures was arranged at a considerable expense by Mr. House, and proves his skill and taste in this art. It was admired by all, and we can confidently say that it was the most beautiful and complete thing in that line of art ever exhibited in Penn Yan.  Mr. House deserves credit for his display.  Of course the committee and the public will award him the first premium in his class.

Mrs. Lansing also exhibited some specimens of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c., well arranged and of good execution.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 18, 1857.  Agricultural Premiums.  Mr. Editor:–Two or three mistakes occur in the published list of premiums which I desire to correct….

The committee on Class 20 say they intended to award the premium for the best exhibition of Daguerrean Work to Mrs. Lansing, but as Mrs. Lansing had made no entry upon the Secretary’s book, she had no card upon her exhibition, and the award fell through.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 23, 1857.  Another Fire.  The business interests of Penn Yan seem almost to be doomed to destruction by the devouring element—fire.  We have now to record the particulars of a third fire in the business portion of our village within a few months.  On Wednesday night last, a fire was discovered in the Millinery Store of Mrs. J. M. Woodruff…Mrs. Lansing occupied the third story, as a residence and Daguerrean Gallery.  Mrs. Lansing also looses everything.  He invalid husband was carried down stairs by Mr. Henry Brown….Mrs. Lansing, had no insurance.  He loss is about $500….

Mrs. Lansing and Mrs. Bradley are great sufferers by this fire, and we are happy to know that liberal contributions have been made by some of our citizens in their behalf.

Mrs. Lansing does not appear in other photographic directories.

A. Lane

1857                Address Unknown, Fair Ground, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

A. Lane was recorded in one advertisement which ran from September 30 to October 7, 1857 in the Democrat and Sentinel  (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Ho! This Way!!  A. Lane would respectfully inform the citizens of Ebensburg and surrounding vicinity that he will visit this place on the 1st day of the Fair and remain a few days for the purpose of taking

Photographic Pictures.  These splendid photographic impressions have never been taken in Ebensburg, and are now introduced for the first time.  It is believed that the merits of this style of likenesses when fully known, will be generally appreciated.  The impression is first taken upon glass and then transferred to paper.  Copies can thus be multiplied almost indefinitely.  These pictures are warranted never to fade.

Melainotypes.   These pictures are not surpassed in richness of tone, warmth of expression and boldness of feature.  For durability there is no question of their superiority.  They may be exposed to a burning sun, to rain or frost, without injury or the least perceptible change.  They may be washed off when solid, and handled without the face being marred.  The pictures are taken on Sheet-Iron prepared expressly for the purpose.  Patent Right secured.  For Lockets and Rings they have no superior.

Ambrographs.  He also takes pictures on Paper, which can be sent safely by mail to any part of the globe with little or no additional postage over that of a common letter.  Who has not in some far distance land, a dear friend who would not hail with pleasure such a memorial.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes also taken by him in a style not to be surpassed.   Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c., copied by either of the above processes at moderate rates.—Persons taken after decease.  Instruction given in the Art.  He has a large assortment of rare and beautiful styles of Cases.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, Finger Rings, &c., in the best manner.  Please call and examine specimens.

A Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania in 1857.  An A. Lane is recorded in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 & Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh in 1859-1860.  It is possible they are the same person, but there is no records to connect them.

F. F. Lamb

1857-1858       Car on Main Street, Wilmington, Vermont.

F. F. Lamb was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 13, 1857 to June 19, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont). Pictures!!  Pictures!!!   The latest improvements in Pictures is the Sphereotype, to be had at F. F. Lamb’s Traveling Saloon, now at Wilmington Village, on Main Street, and will remain there but a short time longer.  Winter, if trade continues good.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.

All persons in or out of town wishing for a perfect likeness of themselves or their friends, either Sphereotypes, Ambrotypes, Maleneotype, or Photograph, on paper, will do well to give him an early call.

Also, those having Pictures of Living or departed friends, wishing to preserve them, can have them copied on reasonable terms; together with Landscapes, Oil paintings, Machinery, choice Music, and Pictures of all kinds.

With many thanks for the very liberal patronage received, he hopes by a strict attention to his business to merit a continuance of the same.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  F. F. Lamb.  Wilmington, March 1857.

F. F. Lamb is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Wilmington, Vermont. He is recorded in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person at this time.

 

Knapp & Field

1856                477 Broadway, New York, New York.

Knapp & Field (William R. Knapp & James B. Field) were recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 31, 1856.  Knapp’s Colored Improved Durable Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes, 50 cents, including case, twice the size others give for the money, at the only Knapp’s gallery in the city, 477 Broadway, near Wallack’s theatre.  Everybody gets them.  Knapp & Fields.

The second advertisement appeared on December 13.  Knapp’s only Gallery of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Melainotypes, 477 Broadway.  J. B. Fields, Proprietor.

Both William R. Knapp and James B. Fields are recorded in other photographic directories but not as part of a partnership.

Benaiah G. Jayne

1857-1859       94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Benaiah G. Jayne was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The first advertisement ran from February 4 to August 5, 1857.  Found At Last!  The place in Ithaca where True And Perfect Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, can be obtained.  The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that they have taken the Daguerrean Rooms, 94 Owego-st, Ithaca, formerly occupied by F. C. Clark, and recently by N. J. Kellogg, 2 doors west of Avery, Woodworth & co.’s store, and opposite Greenly’s, where they are prepared to Take Pictures, in the Latest and Most Improved Style of the Art.  Having had a long experience in the business, they are confident of giving entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with a call.  In order to bring their pictures into immediate notice they will for the coming Month take Pictures for Fifty Cents!

Remember! We guarantee you a Better Picture than can be obtained elsewhere in the county, or no charge.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

The first announcement ran on February 12, 1857.—The advertisement of Messrs. Jayne & Co. Daguerreotype and Ambrotype operators may be found in our columns, to-day.  These gentlemen reach us with high recommendations and the likenesses taken by them since here have proved them to be superior in their art.

The second advertisement ran from March 4 to August 5, 1857.  Pictures for 50 Cents, Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  The subscriber would respectfully announce that in consideration of the very liberal patronage they have received since in Ithaca they will continue to take Pictures at their former low prices.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Don’t forget the place 94 Owego-st.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1857.—Pictures of friends and of families have become as common as sunlight, and have also become quite as necessary.  No one seems to exist or become a member of society unless he can show his picture to himself and fellow men, and therefore a good one is desirable.  The skill of B. G. Jayne, & Co. in the Daguerreotype line is proverbial, and they have so near attained perfection that a picture of oneself, we are inclined to think, is handsome!  However people will so differ in opinion!

The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1857.  Editor Journal—Permit me through the columns of your paper to call the attention of your numerous readers to the firm of B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, 94 Owego street.  It is always desirable to have young men of ability and moral worth settle among us; and more particularly is it so in in this instance when they are complete masters of a beautiful and useful art.  Daguerreotyping has become a necessity in every community.  Almost every household feels a strong desire to have true and perfect likenesses of its members, that when they are called, as all must be sooner or later, to that home from which, none return, there may be left a life-like representation behind.  I desire to make no invidious comparison between Messrs. B. G. Jayne & Co., and other artists in this village, but simply to say that from what I have seen of their work, I believe they can and do produce Daguerreotype and Ambrotype pictures true to life.  That I consider the perfection of the art.       W.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  A 5 dollar bank note.  In center of the note is a round building, a train pulling three cars.   B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, Rooms North Side of Owego Street, opposite the Old Bank Of Ithaca.  Secured By Daguerrean Stock.  B. G. Jayne & Co. will produce a Superior Likeness on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give Satisfaction.

The fifth announcement appeared on July 1, 1857.  A series of six fine daguerreotype and ambrotype views taken after the late flood by B. G. Jayne & Co., and have been forwarded to Frank Leslie of New York, who telegraphed for the same.  Mr. D. E. Sedgwick has a superb picture of one of the best views after the Freshet.

The third advertisement ran from August 26, 1857 to February 9, 1859.  Ambrotypes.  Something Entirely New At B. G. Jayne & Co.’s.  Pictures On Patent Leather!  Which for depth of tone, fineness of finish, naturalness of expression, and brilliancy of effect, are unsurpassed by any productions in the Photographic Art.  The Ambrographs can be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the country without injury, and without any additional charge of postage.

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, Taken at Jayne & Co.’s Rooms, and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  Don’t forget the place, No. 94 Owego street, opposite the old Bank of Ithaca, and two doors west of Avery, Woodworth & Co.’s.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Instructions given in the Art, and a well selected assortment of Daguerrean Stock and Chemicals on hand and for sale upon the most reasonable terms.

The sixth announcement appeared on February 23, 1859.  Progress in all the arts at the present moment is a matter of every day occurrence, and indeed so common has it become that our people seem to expect it, as a matter of course.  From the dull, dead-looking daguerreotypes, operators improved to a life-like expression; from that to Ambrotypes, then Melaniotypes, and now the perfection of the art seems to have been attained in beautiful Photographs.  Some splendid specimens may be seen at Jayne’s.

The fourth advertisement ran from February 23 to August 3, 1859.  Photographs At Jayne’s.  The subscriber would announce to the public that he is now prepared to furnish Photographs on paper which cannot fail to satisfy the most inveterate critic.

A general invitation is extended to all to call and examine specimens.  I am also taking first class Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, And Daguerreotypes.  All of which are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, or no charge.  Room 94 Owego street, next door to Grant’s Block and opposite the Old Bank.  B. G. Jayne.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  The New Light.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Tompkins County that I have purchased the right for this county Mace’s Nonpareil Gas Generator, And shall hereafter keep on hand a full supply of Chandeliers, Brackets, Pendants, and Lamps.  This Light is fully equal to Coal Gas in brilliancy, and far superior in point of economy, furnishing a light equal to a Five Foot Coal Gas Burner, for less than One Cent Per Hour….B. G. Jayne.

Benaiah G. Jayne is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ithaca, New York in 1859.