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Tunison & Fay

1855-1859       Rooms in Tomb’s Block, opposite the Shawhan House, Tiffin, Ohio.

1859-1863       Rooms in St. John’s Block, opposite the Court House, Tiffin, Ohio.

Tunison & Fay (David C. Tunison & Fabius B. Fay) were recorded seven advertisements and four announcements.  The first eight entries were from The Tiffin Tribune the last three entries are from The Tiffin Weekly Tribune (Tiffin, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from May 9, 1856 to February 27, 1857.  Ambrotypes Tunison & Fay Would respectfully announce to their friends and the public that they have entered into copartnership for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Likenesses in connection with Daguerreotyping.  The Ambrotype is a new and beautiful style of picture taken on glass, and for the delicacy of shade, tone and brilliancy are unequaled by any other style.  To be appreciated they must be seen.  Having obtained the Ambrotype process from one of the best practical operators in the United States, they flatter themselves that they can produce these pictures equal to any taken in this country.—Their cost is but a trifle more than a Daguerreotype, and they are indestructible to the action of the atmosphere and cannot be injured by rubbing or washing.  Call and examine Specimens.

Instructions Given In the Art of Ambrotyping and Daguerreotyping, on liberal terms.

Rooms in Tombs Block, opposite the Shawhan House, Tiffin, Ohio.  Tunison & Fay.  Nov. 16th, 1855.

The second advertisement ran from February 20 to April 24, 1857.   David C. Tunison, Fabius B. Fay.  Tunison & Fay, Tombs Block, O, 3d Story.  Operators of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Paperotypes, And every variety of pictures taken by means of the Camera and chemicals.

The Ambrotype is a new and beautiful style of picture taken on Glass, and for delicacy of shade, brilliancy and tone are unequalled by any process known.  They are Indestructible To the action of the atmosphere, and may be cleansed without injury.  To be fully appreciated they must be seen.  Call and examine them.

The Daguerreotype is so well known as to need no explanation.  The most beautiful pictures taken in this style at a trifle less cost than the Ambrotype.

The Paperotype Is a new and beautiful discovery by which likenesses as accurate and truthful as the Ambrotype are taken on marble board paper, and are peculiarly convenient for sending by mail, as the weight will not add to the cost of postage.

These pictures are furnished at the low cost of 50 Cents!

A cheaper rate than pictures were ever furnished before in this place.

Every variety of pictures taken from the size of a finger ring set, to a parlor wall portrait, and each at a price as low as the lowest.

A long and successful experience enables us to promise as beautiful and delicate and artistic likenesses as can be obtained anywhere in the Union.

Instructions Given, In all the various processes of the art on the most liberal terms.  Tunison & Fay.                       

The third advertisement ran from May 15 to October 30, 1857.  Something New Tunison & Fay Are now prepared to take positive likenesses on Patent Leather, A new style, not easily defaced and durable.  Just the kind to send by mail.  Call and examine them.  They are also taking Likenesses in all the various styles of the Art.  viz.  Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Sphereotypes, Paperotypes etc., etc.  All pictures Warranted to please.  Instructions given in the apparatus furnished on reasonable terms

Gallery in Tomb’s Block, opposite the Shawhan house, Tiffin, Ohio.  May 8, ’57.

The first announcement appeared on October 2, 1857.  A New Discovery.  Tunison & Fay have discovered a new mode of coloring pictures to the life, delineating, with an admirable imitation of Nature, all the different colors and shades of the hair, dress, drapery, scenery, &c.  Call and examine their pictures.  Specimens may be seen at the Fair.

The second announcement appeared on October 30, 1857.  Seneca County Agricultural Society.  List of Premiums…Class 14th-Mechanical Products.

Entry no. 24, display daguerrean pictures Tunison & Fay 1st prem.  Ohio Farmer.

Entry no. 25, display ambrotype pictures Tunison & Fay 1st prem. Diploma.

Entry no. 42, display daguerrean pictures E. M.  Collins 2d premium, diploma.

Entry no. 43, display ambrotype pictures E. M. Collins 2d prem. diploma.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 30, 1857 to April 8, 1859.  Heliography.  If You want a good Likeness—one that is worth having, go to Tunison & Fay’s Gallery, in Tomb’s Block, opposite the Shawhan House;  Where you can get an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Photograph, or any style of picture known to the Photographic Art.

Messrs. Tunison & Fay warrant their pictures to be of The First Class, being unlike those Things made by One Horse Operators, who now infest the country.  Special attention is called to their Tinted Ambrotypes.  They are entirely new and beautiful giving all the colors of the drapery, &c., true to nature.  They are now prepared to put up their inimitable pictures, in a neat morocco case, for Seventy-Five Cents, and warrant them; in all cases, to lie perfectly satisfactory, or no sale.  A general invitation is given to both Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine our different styles, before going elsewhere.  Rooms in Tomb’s Block, opposite the Shawhan House.  Tunison & Fay.

The third announcement appeared on October 29, 1858.  List of Premiums.  Awarded at the 8th annual Fair of the Seneca County Agricultural Society…Class 15th—Fine Arts….

Tunison & Fay, Display Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes 1st Premium, $2.00

E. M. Collins, Display Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes 2d premium, $1.00

Hartsock & Falkner, Display Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes, Discretionary, Diploma.

Tunison & Fay, Display of Photographs and Spherotypes, $2.00.

The fifth advertisement ran from April 15 to 29, 1859.  Heliography.  If You want a good Likeness—one that is worth having, go to Tunison & Fay’s Gallery, in St. John’s Block, opposite the Court House;  Where you can get an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Photograph, or any style of picture known to the Photographic Art.

Messrs. Tunison & Fay warrant their pictures to be of The First Class, being unlike those Things made by One Horse Operators, who now infest the country.  Special attention is called to their Tinted Ambrotypes.  They are entirely new and beautiful giving all the colors of the drapery, &c., true to nature.  They are now prepared to put up their inimitable pictures, in a neat morocco case, for Seventy-Five Cents, and warrant them; in all cases, to lie perfectly satisfactory, or no sale.  A general invitation is given to both Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine our different styles, before going elsewhere.  Rooms in St. John’s Block, opposite the Court House.  Tunison & Fay.

The sixth advertisement ran from May 13 to December 30, 1859 in The Tiffin Weekly Tribune.  

Heliography.  If You want a good Likeness—one that is worth having, go to Tunison & Fay’s Gallery, in St. John’s Block, opposite the Court House;  Where you can get an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Photograph, or any style of picture known to the Photographic Art.

Messrs. Tunison & Fay warrant their pictures to be of The First Class, being unlike those Things made by One Horse Operators, who now infest the country.  Special attention is called to their Tinted Ambrotypes.  They are entirely new and beautiful giving all the colors of the drapery, &c., true to nature.  They are now prepared to put up their inimitable pictures, in a neat morocco case, for Seventy-Five Cents, and warrant them; in all cases, to lie perfectly satisfactory, or no sale.  A general invitation is given to both Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine our different styles, before going elsewhere.  Rooms in St. John’s Block, opposite the Court House.  Tunison & Fay.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 7 to February 13, 1863.  Premium Ambrotypes and Photographs!  Tunison & Fay, Have again Taken the Premium, for the best Specimens of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes & Photographs.  They are now prepared to furnish their beautiful Specimens of Art, (viz: Photographs,) from Miniatures to Life Size, at a very cheap rate.  Copies taken from Old Daguerreotypes or any other kind of Picture, and enlarge to any size required.  Those who want Good Life-Like Pictures, would do well to give us a call and examine our Specimens.  Special attention is called to our Ambrotypes, Taken On Purple Glass, which for beauty and durability is far superior to any other Glass picture.  There is no Black Varnish about them to crack and spoil the picture; and We Warrant them to Stand all kinds of climate or weather.  Our Colored Ambrotypes (giving all the natural colors of the flesh and drapery) are far superior to any thing of the kind in this part of the country, and have taken the First Premium for the last three years, at our Annual Fairs.

A Large Supply of Plain and Fancy Cases always on hand, from the cheapest to the best.  So you can always be accommodated in regard to Price and Quality.  Perfect Likenesses of Small Children Warranted.

Rooms in Tomb’s Block; also opposite the Court House.  Tunison & Fay.    

The fourth announcement appeared on October 14, 1859.  List of Premiums Awarded at the 9th annual Fair of the Seneca County Agricultural Society….Class 15th—Fine Arts.

Best display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, Tunison & Fay, 1st Prem. OF         2.

2d Best display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, Falkner & Pennington, 2d Prem. 1.

Tunison & Fay are recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a David C. Tunison in Brooklyn, New York in 1853-1854.  John also records Tunnison in 1859-1860; Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 list David Tunison as being in the partnership of Tunison & Fay until 1865 and Tunison & Son partnership 1866 to 1889.  The first recorded advertisement Tunison & Son appeared on September 18, 1863.     

Tanner & Cochran

1857                Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Tanner & Cochran (N. S. Tanner & A. Cochran) were recorded in one advertisement on August 26, 1857 in the Lynchburg Daily Virginian (Lynchburg, Virginia).  N. S. Tanner & Co. Photographers, Main St. 3rd Door From Bridge Lynchburg, Va.

New Copartnership.—The undersigned have formed a copartnership under the style and firm of N. S. Tanner & Co. for the purpose of conducting a general Photographic business, at the old stand of Minnis & Tanner, the copartnership dating from the 1st January, 1857.  The business will be greatly enlarged, and everything new in the business will be found at our Gallery, and pictures warranted to please.

We are agents for the sale of Neff’s Patent Melaniotype Rights.  Melaniotype, is a new and beautiful style of picture, and can be colored very highly with pleasing effect.  The Melaniotype manual contains full and complete instructions in Ambrotyping, Photographing on paper, and infact everything that belongs to the business.  Also Lockets, Breast Pins, Rings, &c.

Instruction in either of the above arts given on reasonable terms, and satisfaction given in all cases.  N. S. Tanner, A. Cochran.   may 6.

Tanner & Cochran are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Unfortunately, this was the only newspaper available for 1857.

Sturgess & Taylor

1859                Rooms East Temple Street, Great Salt Lake City, Utah

Sturgess & Taylor (C. Sturgess & G. J. Taylor) were recorded in two advertisements ad one announcement in The Mountaineer (Great Salt Lake City, Utah).  The first advertisement ran from September 3 to 10, 1859.  New Daguerrean Gallery!  Messrs. Sturgess & Taylor Have Just Opened a Daguerrean Gallery, at the old stand, just south of Godby’s Drug Store, where they are prepared to take daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, M-leanotypes, &c., in the latest and most approved style.

Mr. Sturgess has for a number of years past been engaged in some of the first galleries of London, New York, St. Louis and elsewhere, and is thoroughly acquainted with all the late improvements in the art.  Having on hand a well selected assortment of Cases, Plates, and Fittings, to business, they will be able to obtain a liberal share of public patronage.

Pictures taken in various styles, suitable for including in letters. C. Sturgess.  G. J. Taylor.

The second advertisement ran from September 24 to November 19, 1859.  Another Great Battle!!  Terrific Slaughter!  Thousands of bereaved and disconsolate widows and orphans mourning in the bitterness of despair, and refusing to be comforted simply because they have neglected, in the season thereof, to provide themselves with Life-Like Likenesses, Such as are taken by Sturgess And Taylor, East Temple Street, where tumultuous multitudes of enchanted patrons throng daily to receive those magnificent Xylographic Pictures, which they still continue to present to their numerous friends, at the ridiculously Low Prices which their immense amount of Stock has enabled them to introduce—where Pictures are copied, cleaned and repaired—where likenesses are taken in various styles for inclosing in letters, and where Jewelry and Cases of almost every description are kept constantly on hand!  Go and examine their work, and you will feel to exclaim with the Queen of Sheba, “The half has not been told me.”

Sturgess & Taylor, East Temple Street, Just South of the Salt Lake House.

The announcement appeared on October 8, 1859, Vol. 2, No. 1, P. 2.

Desert State Fair.  The fourth annual exhibition in connection with the Desert Agricultural and Manufacturing Society was held in the Social Hal, in this city, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last…Mr. Cannon, the Daguerrean artist, has at last powerful rivals in Messrs. Sturgess & Taylor.  This last firm took the first prize.  The specimens produced by both houses were excellent, and showed good pictures….

Sturgess & Taylor are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is likely that the two entries for Charles Sturgess in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry are the same person based on the information in the second paragraph of the first advertisement.

Lewis V. Staffer

1856                Over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio.

Lewis V. Staffer was recorded in eight announcements and nine advertisements in The Weekly Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on August 21, 1856. 

Pictures.—Those who desire to obtain valuable and correct likenesses of themselves or their friends, should call at the Ambrotype rooms of Staffer & Stedman in Allen’s Block.  See Advertisement.

The first advertisement ran from August 21 to December 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes taken by Staffer & Stedman, at their Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, O., for seventy-Five Cents, where every variety of likenesses can be obtained.  Ambrotypes inserted in breast pins and lockets.  Whole size likenesses for $5 and $6—former price $10 and $12.  Particular attention paid to taking the likenesses of children.  Having a large sky and side light, impressions taken in from three to five seconds.  Our likenesses are all positive and not reversed. All work warranted.  Likenesses taken either in clear or cloudy weather.  August 21, 1855.

The second advertisement ran from September 4 to December 11, 1856.  Something New.—Staffer & Stedman are now taking Ambrotypes on Paper.  The finest articles in the picture line to send by mail, as it cost no extra postage. 

The second announcement appeared on September 25, 1856.  Portage Co. Agricultural Society.  At the Portage County Agricultural Fair, held September 17th and 18th, 1856, premiums were awarded as follows…On Miscellaneous Manufactured Art… 

L. V. Staffer & Co., Best specimen daguerreotype pictures,  dip.   

The third advertisement ran from October 16, 1856 to May 21, 1857.  Premium Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes.  L. V. Staffer  Co., respectfully invite the public to call at their rooms over Baird’s Jewelry, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, and examine their specimens upon which they received the first premium at the last county fair.  We offer the following reasons why we can produce better pictures than can be obtained elsewhere in this county.  We have the largest and most powerful camera in this section of the state.  Our light is so arranged as not only to give a life like expression to the features, but also drapery of the utmost beauty and richness.  (The want of which is a great fault in the work of some operators.)  We use the genuine chemicals, regardless of expense, and having had ten years experience in the art we know that we can produce better results than the mere tyro of a few months practice.  Those wishing good pictures of themselves or friends will find it to their advantage to call at our rooms and be convinced that this is the place to get a perfect likeness.  Prices as low as in any rooms of good repute in Northern Ohio. Children’s likenesses taken in one or two seconds.  We seldom fail to get a good likeness of the most restless.

Daguerreotypes.—As there are some who still prefer this style, we would say that we are at all times prepared to take them.

Caution.—The public are cautioned against Ambrotypes backed up with black paint or varnished, as the backing will crack eventually and the picture become worthless.  All good operators have discarded this process, we have not used it for many months and all persons having pictures put up by us in that way, are invited to call and when they become cracked and have them made good.  Such pictures can be known by their having a glass over the matting, the position of the setter being reversed, and having a dull appearances at arms length,.

Remember the place, over Baird’s Jewelry Store.  Oct., 16, 1856.  L. V. Staffer  Co.

The third announcement appeared on December 25, 1856.  Holiday Gifts.—We have no doubt but that many of our readers are now thinking of what articles they shall get, with which to present their friends during the present holiday season.  Every body knows that wearing apparel is not a proper article for a gift, and jewelry is considered by many to be equally improper.  Now is this state of the case, we know of nothing more appropriate than an accurate likeness of one’s “own dear self.”  This is a gift which can be received by any one without the least violation of the rules of etiquette, and persons who present such an article are not likely to be soon forgotten, from the fact that whenever it is looked upon, the ‘phiz” of the donor will be observed.  In our peregrinations last week, we called at the Ambrotype Rooms of L. V. Staffer & Co., in Allen’s Block, and if the specimens which were shown us can be taken as an evidence of skill, we have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Staffer stands unrivalled in his profession.  For accuracy, and all other points which go to make up a good picture, he cannot, in our judgement, be excelled by any operator in Northern Ohio.  Call at his Rooms, examine his specimens and our word for it, you will coincide in what we say.

The fourth announcement appeared on March 5, 1857.  Garroting.—The frequency with which this new process of securing victims occurs is truly alarming, and we notice that it has arrested the attention of the Legislature of Massachusetts, who deem it of sufficient importance to appoint a committee to devise [means] of prevention.  The prominent distinctive feature of garroting, is taking the intended victim by the throat, which operation is not at all calculated to amuse the subject, especially if he loses his watch and money.  Now the method of garroting, adopted by Staffer is rather pleasant.  It is true he takes some of your money from you, but he takes you by the hand with a gentlemanly [sir], and gives you an equivalent in the shape of an accurate and life-like Ambrotype.  Call and see him.   

The fifth announcement appeared on May 21, 1857.  Photographs, Ambrotypes And Daguerreotypes.—Our neighbor, L. V. Staffer, is now better prepared than ever to wait on those who may wish anything in the above line.  Mr. S. being one of the best artists in Ohio, and naturally a man of fine taste in arranging drapery, etc., should be patronized by those wishing correct representations of themselves or friends.  Call and examine his specimens.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 21 to September 17, 1857.  Get Your Photographs, Ambrotypes, etc., at Staffer & Co.  Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Ravenna, O.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 21 to November 5, 1857.  L. V. Staffer & CO., Photograph, Ambrotype And Daguerreotype Artists, (Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block.)  Are prepared to take every known kind of Likeness in the most superior style.

Photographs!—From the smallest, suitable to send by mail, to the splendid life and cabinet size, colored in oil or water colors.  Large and life-like.  Photographs made from the Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes of deceased persons.  We have the best process for enlarging that has ever been invented.  (patent or otherwise.)

Ambrotypes!—Beautifully clear and brilliant!, resembling in softness and depth of tone an ivory pairing, and put up in the only durable style, viz: without black varnish.  Our work of this class needs no comments.  The fact that we received the first premium on them at the last county fair, in competition with the other artists of this place, speaks for itself.  In addition to the above, we take Daguerreotypes, Ambrographs, Sphereotypes, etc. 

Call and examine our specimens, learn our prices and you will see that this is the place to get your pictures.  Remember the Rooms—over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Main street. 

The sixth announcement appeared on July 2, 1857.  Staffer’s Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery.—In consequence of his large and increasing business demanding it, our neighbor, L. V. Staffer, has fitted up another room for the accommodation of his visitors and patrons.  His rooms are now well arranged, and a visitor can spend an hour with pleasure and profit in examining the productions of his skill.  We know of no man who possesses in a greater degree the happy art of giving life and expression to a picture than Staffer.  He seems to have an intuitive knowledge of what will develop the features, dress, etc., in the best manner, and as a result the subjects of his pictures are recognized instantly.  He is prepared to take Photographs—(a beautiful invention, by the way,)—either cabinet or life size.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes on the most approved principles, and warrants satisfaction or no charge.  Step in and have a chat with him.

The seventh announcement appeared on September 3, 1857.  Gift Enterprise.—We would call particular attention to the gift enterprise of Messrs. Staffer & Co.   There can be no fraud, no dishonesty and no losses, to any person.  The gifts are simply premiums to those who get likenesses.  You get a good picture at the regular price, and well worth all you pay for it in every instance.  Then, in addition to this, you have a chance to draw a prize varying from twenty-five cents to twenty dollars in value.  Staffer & Co. are excellent artists, and their work will be certain to give general satisfaction.

The sixth advertisement ran from August 27 to December 11, 1857.  Gifts!  One Thousand Dollars Worth Of Watches, Jewelry, Etc., To be given away this fall and winter to the customers of L. V. Staffer & Co.

As we are at present laboring under a sever attack of generosity, we have determined to make the following liberal offer to everybody, viz:  To each person getting a likeness at our rooms, in Allen’s Block, Ravenna, after this date, for which we receive $1.50 or more, we shall present one of the following Gifts, to be drawn and the goods received at the time of getting the likeness.

Schedule Of The Gifts. 

2 Gifts, Silver Lever Watches, each $20.                   $40

2 Gifts, Silver Lever Watches, each $12.                   $24

2 Gifts, Gold Lockets, each $10.                                $20

2 Gifts, Gold Lockets, each $8.                                  $16

To be selected, by the holder of the ticket, from an assortment of lockets, Breast pins, Ear rings, &c., To be selected from an assortment of notions.

11 Gifts, each $5.                                                        $55

15 Gifts, each $4.                                                        $60

20 Gifts, each $3.                                                        $60

50 Gifts, each $2.                                                        $100

100 Gifts, each $1.                                                      $100

300 Gifts, each 50 cts.                                                $150

1500 Gifts, each 25 cts.                                              $375.                                                  

2064 Gifts                                                                   $1000

Manner of Distribution.  The tickets filled out to correspond with the above list, will be placed in separate sealed envelopes, and the whole placed in a box for the purpose, and from which the customer will be entitled to draw one, at random, for each picture purchased as above, and the goods specified will be furnished at the usual retail prices.  And that everyone shall have an equal [chance] the number of tickets will always be kept the same; as soon as one is drawn, another of the same amount will be put in its place.

The $1.50 pictures will be put up as heretofore, in fine double gilted cases, with silk velvet lining and stamped matts, and warranted fully equal in every respect to any that can be obtained, for the same price, in any room in Northern Ohio.

In addition to the above scheme, we shall continue to put up likenesses for those who wish them, for 75 cents and $1 each.

Now we would say to each and every one who wants a good likeness, come along.  Where can you do as well?  You get your likeness as cheap as at any other place; you are sure to get back a portion of the price and may receive several times the amount paid—but a word to the wise is sufficient.

Remember our Rooms are over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, south side of Main st., Ravenna.  L. V. Staffer & Co.

The seventh advertisement appeared on October 8, 1857.  Never To Be Undersold.—50 to 100 per cent off.—L. V. Staffer  Co. will put up good Ambrotypes at the following rates, until further notice, viz: $1.00 style for 50 cents; $1.25 for 75 cents; $1.50 for $1.00; $2.00 for $1.25; and for $1.50 we will give a $2.50 style and a chance for a gift of 25 cents to $20.00, as per scheme in another column.  Likenesses put up in any style to suit and warranted.  Now is the time to get your family picture cheap. 

The eighth announcement appeared on October 15, 1857. List of Premiums Awarded at the Twelfth Annual Fair of the Portage County Agricultural Society, held at the Fair Grounds in Ravenna, on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of September 1857…Class 17–On Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles…

Frank Ford, best show of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and plain photographs, for each a Diploma.

L. V. Staffer & Co., best show of colored photographs, Diploma.

The Eighth advertisement ran from January 7 to June 17, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Photographs.  Those wanting a first class Likeness and one that is correct, cannot do better than call on Staffer & Co., at their gallery in Allen’s Block, where you will find a large collection of fine specimens, all of their own manufacture. 

The ninth advertisement appeared on March 31, 1859.  People’s Gallery.  At the old stand of L. V. Staffer & Co., nearly opposite the east end of Phoenix Block, Ravenna, Ohio.

Superb Ambrotypes, Photographs And Melainotypes, 50 Per Cent Less Than Elsewhere.

Persons in want of pictures of any style will find it much to their interest to call at this Gallery before purchasing elsewhere.  No time will be spent in unprofitable “gassing” but all are invited to come and judge for themselves as to the quality of the work with the assurance that no pains will be spared, to make the best picture possible for every customer, and no one will be expected to take work away unless perfectly suited.  O. F. Stedman.  Ravenna, March 31, 1850.

Lewis V. Staffer is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Two additional items have just been discovered.  The first an announcement appeared on April 5, 1854 in the Portage County Democrat (Ravenna, Ohio).  Which establishes his first name.   Married At Cuyahoga Falls, on the 30th ult., by Rev. Thomas Stubbs, Me. Lewis V. Staffer and Miss Sophronia L. Matthews; all of Ravenna. 

The second is an advertisement in The Weekly Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio) that ran from April 17 to May 1, 1856.  L. V. Staffer, who has had charge of Wm. B. Matthews’ Daguerrean Rooms for the past year, announces to his friends ad the public generally, that he will hereafter be found at the Ambrotype rooms of O. F. Stedman & Co., in Allen’s block, where he will be happy to wait upon those in want of good pictures with promptness and dispatch.

J.  Thomas Smith

1856-1857       151 Main Street, Eagle Square, Richmond, Virginia.

1859                Corinthian Hall, Richmond, Virginia.

1859                215 Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.[1]

1860                77 Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.1

J.  Thomas Smith was recorded in fifteen advertisements and three announcements in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from December 27, 1856 to January 1, 1857. This is to inform my friends and the public generally, That I am now taking Pictures at the well established rooms of Mr. Powers, where I should be pleased to receive a liberal patronage.

Ambrotypes one Dollar—entire satisfaction, or no charge.  Respectfully, J. Thos. Smith.

The second advertisement ran from April 13 to 16, 1859.  Ambrotypes And Photographs.  Having purchased the Fine Art Gallery in Corinthian Hall. recently occupied by P. E. Gibbs, I respectfully solicit a call from all who wish to obtain a good Likeness of themselves or friends, before purchasing elsewhere.  Having employed one of the best artist in America, I deem it unnecessary to say more than guarantee satisfaction, or no charge.  Respectfully, J. Thos. Smith                                                                           

The third advertisement ran on April 15 & 16, 1859.  Photographs, Ivorytypes, Ambrotypes and Melaneotypes.  The above styles Pictures can be obtained at Corinthian Hall, (Gibbs’ old stand) of the best quality.  Particular attention is called to copying old Daguerreotypes by the Photographic process.  J. Thos Smith.

P. S.—One of the best Artists employed.

Prices Low.                                                                                                                

The first announcement appeared on April 16, 1859.  To The Public.—Having purchased the Gallery of Mr. P. E. Gibbs, in Corinthian Hall, I respectfully announced to my friends, and the public generally, that I am prepared to make every style of Picture pertaining to the art.

I have in my employ a No. 1 Operator.  Particular attention paid to copying old pictures by the Photographic or Ambrotype process.  They can be enlarged to life size, if desired.  J. Thos Smith.

The fourth advertisement ran on April 19 & 20, 1859.  Photographs, Ambrotypes, Ivorytypes and Melainotypes can now be had, of surpassing beauty, at Corinthian Hall, Gibbs Oud Stand.  J. T. S.                                                    

The fifth advertisement ran from April 20 to 26, 1859.  Pictures, Pictures—All kinds of pictures know in the art taken at Corinthian Hall—Gibbs’ Old Gallery.  Photographs colored in Oil, Water, Pastel, Crayon, Indian Ink.  Particular attention called to enlarging old Daguerreotypes by the Photographic process.  Pictures of deceased persons and invalids at their residence.  I warrant my pictures not to be surpassed by any in America.  Call and examine for yourselves.  J. Thos Smith.

P. S.—Master workman employed.                                                                          

The sixth advertisement ran from April 27 & 28, 1859.  Pictures, Pictures—All kinds of pictures know in the art taken at Corinthian Hall—Gibbs’ Old Gallery.  Photographs colored in Oil, Water, Pastel, Crayon, Indian Ink.  Particular attention called to enlarging old Daguerreotypes by the Photographic process.  Pictures of deceased persons and invalids at their residence.  I warrant my pictures not to be surpassed by any in America.  Call and examine for yourselves.  J. Thos Smith.

P. S.—Master workman employed.                                                              

The seventh advertisement ran from May 2 to 6, 1859.  To Strangers And Citizens Of Richmond—Attention Asked To Gibbs’s Old Gallery, Corinthian Hall.—Sphereotypes, a glass picture; something entirely new, and finished in a style not known to any one outside of this gallery.  Come and see them.  Photographs colored in oil, pastel and water.  Ambrotypes and Melaneotypes, at low prices.  Any one in want of a good picture of themselves or friends, will find it to their interest to call and examine specimens before purchasing elsewhere.  Entire satisfaction or no charge.  Respectfully, J. Thos Smith.         

The eighth advertisement appeared on May 16, 1859.  Smith’s Gallery, Corinthian Hall!  Smith’s Gallery, Corinthian Hall! 

See his new style picture, Sphereotype.

See His Photographs, Corinthian Hall.

See his double glass Ambrotypes, and all pictures known in the art.  Gibbs’ old stand.

See Ladd & Webster’s Sewing Machines in operation.

Pictures and Machines warranted to please, or no sale.                                                        

The second announcement appeared on May 17, 1859.  We have longed wished for some one to make genuine Double Glass Ambrotypes for 50 cents, and we understand that Mr. Smith, successor to Mr. P. E. Gibbs, Corinthian Hall , intends making them; and, if he does, we should patronize him.  He is well known to the most of us, and understands his business thoroughly.  We have seen several specimens of his work, and we have no hesitation in saying that he is making some of the finest Ambrotypes in this city.

Go and see them and judge for yourselves.  Many Friends.                         

The ninth advertisement ran on July 25 & 26, 1859.  I am now making a very superior style of Ambrotypes, and invite the ladies to give me a call, feeling assured that no other picture has ever been invented that will surpass it in beauty of tone and finish.  Those that have seen them pronounce them to be superior to anything they have ever seen.

Children’s Pictures made in one second, and warranted to please.  A call is solicited from my friends and the public generally.  Respectfully, J. Thos. Smith.                         

The tenth advertisement ran on August 5 & 6, 1859. 

Pictures, Pictures—Superior Ambrotypes. 

See them and be convinced. 

They are not to be excelled.

They speak for themselves.

Come and see them at

Smith’s Gallery.

They are made on the first floor,

And no two pair stems to climb.

They are pronounced the best by all who see them.                                                  

The eleventh advertisement ran on August 10 & 11, 1859.  Photographs And Ambrotypes.—I am prepared to make Photographs as low as they can be made in the Northern cities—of the best quality, in gilt frames, $1.50.  Artists employed for each branch of the business.  My Ambrotypes are pronounced superior by all who have seen them; the eyes are perfect, and face not chalky-white; made with or without shades, just to suite the purchasers.

Smith’s Gallery, Between 9th and 10th sts.                                                                 

The third announcement appeared on August 11, 1859.  I saw yesterday some of the finest Ambrotypes my eyes ever [upheld.]  They were made at Mr. Smith’s Gallery of a family from the South.  He deserves credit for his Pictures.  If you wish to see a fine Ambrotype, of the Picture, look on his center table.  He told me they were of his own make, and made in the last two weeks.  His prices are reasonable.  A. H.                  

The twelfth advertisement ran on August 12 & 13, 1859.  Between 9th and 10th Streets, Corinthian Hall—Smith’s Ambrotype And Photographic Gallery.—Superior Ambrotypes—see them and judge for yourself.—They are pronounced the best by all who see them.   Prices low.  Made with or without shades, as the person may fancy.

The thirteenth advertisement ran on August 27 & 29, 1859.  The Fine Art Gallery of Mr. J. Thos. Smith, having been thoroughly repaired, is again open for the reception of visitors.  He is making some of the finest Ambrotypes ever exhibited to the Richmond people.  We should see them and judge for ourselves.  They cannot be surpassed.  His prices are low.  He keeps every kind of case; also, frames of all kinds.             

The fourteenth advertisement ran October 13 & 14, 1859.

1859 October 13.  The Daily Dispatch.  (Richmond, Virginia.)  October 13, 1859, Vol. XVI, No. 89, P. 2.

Crowded, Crowded.—

Every Day, Every Day.

Smith’s Gallery. Smith’s Gallery.

Always Crowded. Always Crowded.

Smith’s Gallery. Smith’s Gallery.

Best Ambrotypes And Photographs. Best Ambrotypes And Photographs.

Low Prices. Low Prices.

All Made Satisfactory, All Made Satisfactory,

Or No Charge. Or No Charge.

Best Artists Employed. Best Artists Employed.

Smith’s Gallery. Smith’s Gallery.

Corinthian Hall. Corinthian Hall.

Smith employs more artists than any other house, and makes the best Ambrotypes cheaper than any one else.

His Gallery is all the time full of visitors. 

Smith’s Gallery, Corinthian Hall.  Two Rooms In Operation.  oc. 12.

The fifteenth advertisement ran from December 6 to 8, 1859.  Ladies And Gentlemen Of Southern Principals.—Having returned home from Charleston.  I offer my personal services to those who wish to obtain Photographs or Ambrotypes of themselves or friends at the most reasonable terms, guaranteeing satisfaction, or no charge.  Best operators employed.  J. Thomas Smith, Corinthian Hall.                                                     

J. Thomas Smith is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Richmond, Virginia in 1859-1860.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

George S. Rugg

1854-1856       Fairbanks’ Block, corner Arsenal and Court-sts., Watertown, New York

1857                Washington Hall Block, Watertown, New York.

1859                480 & 482 Broadway, Albany, New York.

George S. Rugg was recorded in six advertisements and five announcements in two different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from August 31, 1854 to May 17, 1855 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  George S. Rugg’s Sky And Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  The subscriber would respectfully say to the citizens of Watertown and vicinity, that he has opened in Fairbanks’ Block Splendid Daguerrean Gallery, convenient in every respect for executing pictures of all sizes, from the smallest ever taken to the largest.  His rooms are all separated from each other, so that no one branch of the business shall interfere with the other.  He will keep constantly on hand every variety of the Latest and Best Styles of Daguerreotype Stock.  Artists Supplies With Stock on most liberal Terms.

A cordial invitation is extended to all to visit his Gallery, and examine his stock, specimens, &c. No Picture will be considered sold until perfect satisfaction is given.  he has all the Latest Improvements in the Daguerreotype Art.  He has lately discovered a new Chemical Compound for cleaning plates, which excels every other article for that purpose now in use, enabling him to produce better and more Life Like Pictures Vignette and Stereoscopic Pictures will be neatly executed if desired.  Also Pictures taken on Ornamental Back-Ground.

Opinions Of The Watertown Press.  Daguerreotyping.—We were more than ever impressed with the beauty and utility of this invention, while lately visiting the pleasant suit of rooms expressly fitted up for the execution of this art, by our friend Rugg, in the Fairbanks Block, and examining the specimens of his handiwork.  We there saw the likeness of some of our townsmen, that if anything was wanting to render perfect we were not able to detect it; pictures that spoke highly of the skill of the operator.  Mr. Rugg has spared no pains or expense in fitting up this suit of rooms, and we hope he will receive a share of the public patronage.  A trial of his ability to give satisfaction, will convince all who may favor him with a call.— The New York Reformer.

Rugg’s Gallery.—In the very top of Fairbanks’ Block, is the best place to take likenesses we ever visited.  A man may let his face out there to double in a few seconds.  If any one shall desire that there should be any more faces in the world, that appear just like his own, let him call on Rugg, up, up, up stairs at “Fairbanks.”—Democratic Union.

Fairbanks’ Block, on the Corner of Arsenal and Court-sts., (opposite American Hotel,) Entrance to Daguerrean Gallery, on Court and Arsenal Streets.  Geo. S. Rugg.  Watertown, April 10, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from February 7, 1856 to April 30, 1857 in The New York Reformer.  S. S. (sic.) Rugg, Artist in Patent Ambrotype and Photographic Pictures.  Corner of Court and Arsenal Streets, Opposite the American Hotel.

The Ambrotype was invented by Mr. Cutting, of Boston, and is patented in the United States, Great Britain and France.  The picture is taken on fine plate glass, and permanently secured between two plate of glass, and permanently secured between two plates of glass; is bold, clear and distinct, not reversed, and will not change in any climate—taken from the smallest to full size.

The Public are cautioned in purchasing pictures taken on glass as Ambrotypes, that do not bear patent stamp.

Pictures taken on single glass, and covered with black paint, are not Ambrotypes.

Notice.  G. S. Rugg has this day purchased the exclusive right, for making Cutting’s Patent Ambrotype Pictures, in the Counties of Jefferson and Lewis, N. Y..—Shaw & Clark, Att’ys for Company.  Watertown, Jan. 1st, 1856.

The first announcement appeared on March 5, 1857 in The New York Reformer.  Removal.—G. S. Rugg, Artists, has removed his Daguerreian Gallery from Fairbanks’ Block, Court-st., to Washington Hall Block, where he has fitted up rooms with new and elegant furniture, and is prepared to take pictures in the best styles of the art.

But his old rooms are not deserted:  Mr. Oscar Button, an operator of experience, has engaged the same rooms in the Fairbanks Block, vacated by Mr. Rugg, and will continue the business in all its branches.

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

The third advertisement ran from May 6 to August 12, 1857 in the Northern New York Journal.  

Removal!  New Daguerrean Gallery!  New Firm, New Styles of Pictures, &c. Such As Ambrotypes, or Pictures on Glass, Melainotypes, or Pictures on Iron. Ambrographs, or Pictures on Card Board.  Photographs, &c., &c.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fifth advertisement was recorded from August 12 to September 30, 1857 in the Northern New York Journal.  Bought Out!  Having Purchased The Sky and Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  (Known as Rugg’s Gallery, in the Fairbank’s Block,) the undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that after many additions and improvements, in which he has spared no pains or expense, he is now fully prepared to execute Pictures in the very best style and finish the art is enable of producing.  He has had many years experience in the art, and during the time has been in many of the larger cities of the Union, North and South, East and West.  All work taken by him is warranted and unless entire satisfaction is given, the money will be refunded.  Of Cases, Frames, &c. he has an entirely new lot of every possible variety.

Remember, Fairbanks Buildings, Corner Court And Arsenal Streets, Opposite The American Hotel.  O. P. Button.  Watertown, April 29, 1857.

The sixth advertisement ran from August 20 to September 3, 1857 in The New York Reformer. 

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

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

The fourth announcement appeared on October 1, 1857 in The New York Reformer.  Jefferson County Agricultural Society.  Premiums Awarded…Pictures…

Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Thos. Waite, Pamelia, book.

Best Specimens Photographs, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. & $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Photographs, G. S. Rugg, Watertown, book.

Miss Alice Smith, Watertown, recommended, $3.00.

Hart & Hose, Watertown, recommended, $2.00

Those recommend a discretionary premium of $3.00 to No. 207 for best Ambrotypes, also one of $2.00 to No. 65 for 2d best Ambrotypes.

The committee would recommend that, at the next annual exhibition there be one premium for the best ambrotypes and one for the 2d best, and also a premium for the best ambrotype views.  A large portion of the pictures exhibited were of this character, and as they form a very interesting part of the exhibition the committee have recommended premiums to be given, and that greater inducement be offered by the society hereafter for the exhibition of specimens of art.  E. Q. Sewall, T. C. Chittenden, Jr., E. H. Smith, Judges.

The fifth announcement appeared on January 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer.  Fire In Broadway.—The only really alarming fire that has occurred in this city for six months, broke out a little before 9 o’clock on Saturday evening, on the third floor on Nos. 480 and 482 Broadway, in a room occupied by G. S. Rugg (late of Watertown) as a photographic gallery.  The origin of the fire is not known definitely, but is supposed to have been either a spontaneous combustion or taken from a spirit lamp in his laboratory.  When discovered, the room was enveloped in flames, and in a very short space of time the fire had crept through the lath and plaster partitions into the fourth story and thence to the roof….

George S. Rugg is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a G. S. Rugg in 1854 without a business address or location, it is unknown if this is the same person.

William Richardson

1857                Rooms at the Post Office Building, Amherst, New Hampshire.

William Richardson was recorded in two advertisements in The Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire).  The first advertisement ran from November 18 to December 2, 1857.Better Times Coming!  Pictures for the People only 37½ cts.  Wm. Richardson would respectfully inform the citizens of Amherst and vicinity, that he has opened Rooms at the Post Office Building, for the purpose of Making the new and beautiful style of pictures—the Ambrotype—the only Picture that will not fade or change.  Having a new and complete Apparatus of superior quality, with long experience in the business, he assures the public hat no pains will be spared to produce as good Likenesses as at other establishments.  Adults taken equally well in any weather.  Particular attention paid to copying Pictures.  Call early as he will remain but a few days.  Amherst, Nov. 17.

The second advertisement was recorded on December 9 & 16, 1857.  Ambrotypes!  Wm. Richardson would respectfully inform the citizens of Amherst and vicinity, that he will remain but 10 Days Longer at his recent location, (Post Office Building,) where he will be pleased to accommodate all who are in want of those Beautiful Ambrotypes, Melainotypes &c.  Amherst, Dec. 8, 1857.

William Richardson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

K. S. Porter

1859                Address Unknown, Milford, New Hampshire.

1859                Union Hall, Amherst, New Hampshire.

K. S. Porter was recorded in three advertisements in The Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire).  The first advertisement ran from January 12 to 26, 1859.Ambrotypes & Melainotypes Mr. K. S. Porter, Having leased the Daguerreotype Saloon and apparatus formerly belonging to J. L. Kimball, of Milford, N. H., would say to the public of Milford and vicinity, that he intends to offer said saloon for the reception of all those who are in want of Ambrotypes or Melainotypes of themselves or friends, on and after the 15th inst.

Pictures taken in the latest style and on the most reasonable terms.

One and all are most respectfully invited to call, whether in want of likenesses of themselves or friends.  

Old Pictures copied to order.  Milford, Jan. 10, 1859.

The second advertisement ran from February 2 & 10, 1859.  Look!  Look!  Ambrotypes & Melainotypes Mr. K. S. Porter, Having leased the Daguerreotype Saloon and apparatus formerly belonging to J. L. Kimball, of Milford, N. H., would say to the public of Milford and vicinity, that he intends to offer said saloon for the reception of all those who are in want of Ambrotypes or Melainotypes of themselves or friends, on and after the 15th inst.

Pictures taken in the latest style and on the most reasonable terms.

One and all are most respectfully invited to call, whether in want of likenesses of themselves or friends. 

Old Pictures copied to order.  Milford, Jan. 10, 1859.

The third advertisement ran from July 27 to August 24, 1859. K. S. Porter Would respectfully inform the citizens of Amherst that he has taken the room in the Brick Building known as Union Hall, for two weeks, where he is prepared to furnish any person with Ambrotypes of the first class, in size and style of finish to suit, and at prices that cannot but be satisfactory.  Pictures set in lockets and pins of any size.  Also views  taken if desired.

As his stay may not be prolonged beyond the time mentioned, those desiring pictures should call early. 

K. S. Porter is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as possibly being Kilburn S. Porter.   who was active in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1859, and in Milford, New Hampshire in 1860.

Abe Pierce

1858                Juneau House, New Lisbon, Wisconsin.

1859                Address Unknown, Mauston, Wisconsin.

Abe Pierce was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Juneau County Argus (New Lisbon, Wisconsin). The advertisement appeared on November 8, 1858. Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Spherotypes, And in fact all the late improved Types and Graph’s, can be had by calling at Abe Pierce’s Ambrotype and Photographic Gallery, in the Juneau House, New Lisbon.  As Intended to stop here but a few weeks, I will say to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that I am prepared to do work as Cheap, and as life-like as any done in the State.  Work is not expected to leave the room unless perfect satisfaction is given.  Copying done with neatness and dispatch.  Abe Pierce Artist.  October 11th, 1858.

The announcement appeared on January 1, 1859.  Abe Pierce’s Daguerrean Gallery has, for the present been removed to Mauston, where he will continue the business with all the improvements in the art, and life-like illustrations peculiar to his work.  Family orders promptly filled at the lowest rates.  My friends are invited to call at all times.

Abe Pierce is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. M. Parkhurst

1858                Address Unknown, Amherst, New Hampshire.                    

J. M. Parkhurst was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 19 to June 9, 1858 in The Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire).  Great Attraction.  Come One!  Come All!!  Wonderful improvements in colored Miniatures by Ambrotype or Melainotype.  J. M. Parkhurst Would respectfully inform those persons wishing to procure a Miniature of themselves or friends, that they can obtain a beautiful and correct Likeness, (with or without colors) and have it inserted in a neat morocco case, by either of the above processes, for the extreme low price of 50 cents, and upwards, by calling at his Saloon in Amherst, where he will remain but a short time only. 

He is also taking pictures on enameled cloth for 25 cents and upwards, which are convenient to transmit by mail.  Mr. P. would say his pictures are put up in the most durable manner and warranted not to fade.  Pictures taken in all weathers and set in every variety of Locket, Pin, Frames or common cases.

Pictures copied in the most satisfactory manner.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.

Instruction given in the art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.

The propriety of an early call is suggested, thereby avoiding the inconvenience of the crowd which always attends the last week of his stay in every place. 

J. M. Parkhurst is not recorded in other photographic directories.