Category Archives: Patent

A. Q. Browns

1849                228 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

A. Q. Browns was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 25 to December 3, 1849 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  Fine Arts.—To All Professional Daguerreotypers and Amateurs of the Photographic Art throughout the United States.—The subscribers, owners of Talbot’s United States Patent for taking pictures on paper, by aide of the Camera Obscura, considering that it is more consonant with the spirit of the age and the free institutions of this country, to give access to a valuable invention to every one who desires it, have concluded to dispose of this Patent Right, together with their valuable improvements, in individual licenses, at the trifling sum of thirty dollars for each of the first two hundred licenses, and fifty dollars for each subsequent one.  For this sum every purchaser receives license to exercise the art throughout the United States, with the exception of the States of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas, for which States the exclusive right has been sold previous to this arrangement; a copy of the original patent and a printed pamphlet containing a full, clear, and minute description of the process, as improved by the scribers.  For further particulars, apply to the subscribers or their agents, post paid, who will send by return of mail a full prospectus of all the conditions.  W. & F. Langenheim, Exchange, Philadelphia.  Agent—E. White, 24 Broadway[1], New York City.

A. Q. Browns, 228 Washington Street, Boston.

Hale & Co., Boston.

Eastern Patent Agency, Boston.

W. A. Wisong, Baltimore

W. A. Pratt, Richmond, Va.

John C. Simons, King st., Charleston, S. C.

Peter Smith, Cincinnati, O.

Messrs. Long, St. Louis, Mo.

D. McDonnell, Buffalo, N. Y.

A. Q. Browns is not recorded in other photographic directories.  There were a number of daguerreotypist/photographers who were recorded at 228 Washington Street, Boston most notably in 1849-1850 was Richard Plumbe, brother to John Plumbe, Jr. in 1850-1851 Bates & Guilford who were recorded as running Plumbe’s Daguerreian Gallery.


[1] Possibly a typo for 247 Broadway

A. P. Willoughby

1856                Address Unknown, Findlay, Ohio.

A. P. Willoughby appeared in one announcement in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.) on March 15, 1856.  We understand that Mr. A. P. Willoughby, of Findlay, Hancock county, Ohio, will shortly take out a patent for an Improved mode of dressing daguerreotypes.  He claims as his invention the art of coloring Ambrotypes to life by the application of oil colors, thereby giving the expression and color of the eyes, hair, whiskers, and drapery.  Any color can be produced by this invention that is required to give the picture a life-like appearance. These daguerreotypes are taken at Plumbe’s daguerrean gallery.

A. P. Willoughby is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Benjamin R. Stevens

1841                Mansur’s Building, Central Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1841                Mansur’s Building, 30 Central Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1842                Address Unknown, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Benjamin R. Stevens of Woodward & Stevens; and Stevens & Morse, was recorded in two announcements, one advertisement, and one entry.  The first announcement appeared in the Lowell Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) on April 13, 1841.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We have seen neat and beautiful specimens of these miniatures from Mr. Plumbe, Mechanics’ Hall, and Messrs. Woodward & Stevens, Mansur’s Building, Central Street.

The advertisement ran from May 11 to July 4, 1841 in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Mansur’s Building, No. 30 Central Street.  The subscriber has the honor of announcing to the ladies and gentlemen of Lowell, that he has taken a room at No 30 Central Street, Mansur’s building, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, were every effort will be made to satisfy those who may favor him with a call.  B. R. Stevens.

The second announcement appeared in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) on  May 22.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We call the attention of the public to the advertisement in another column, of Mr. Stevens, of Mansur’s building.  Mr. Stevens is very polite and accommodating, shows his numerous visitors the whole process of taking miniatures, and takes beautiful miniatures, even of the ugliest faces. He merits the patronage of the public.

The entry appeared in the American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.  Patent No. 2,522  Improvement in the mode of fixing daguerreotype-impressions so as to allow of colors being applied to the same.  Benjamin R. Stevens & Lemuel Morse.  Lowell MA  Mar 28, 1842.

Benjamin R. Stevens is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as B. R. Stevens a possible daguerrean and inventor in 1842 in the partnership of Stevens & Morse.

Sylvester W. & Washington L. Pearsall

1859                Address Unknown, New York, New York.

Sylvester W. & Washington L. Pearsall were recorded in an announcement on February 5, 1859 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  Patents week ending February 1, 1859.  Sylvester W. Pearsall and Washington L. Pearsall, Of New York, New York.—For photographic vise. No. 22,822.

Sylvester W. and Washington L. Pearsall are recorded in American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.

Charles Lhomdieu

1852                Address Unknown, Charleston, South Carolina.

Charles Lhomdieu was recorded on November 2, 1852 in an announcement in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  List of Patents Issued from the United States Patent Office for the week ending October 26, 1852….Charles Lhomdieu, of Charleston, S. C.—For improvement in gilding daguerreotypes.  Patent No. 9,354.[1]

Charles Lhomdieu is recorded in American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.

[1] Patent Number from American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.

Daniel J. Kellogg

1856-1857       Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.

Daniel J. Kellogg was recorded three times for two photographic patents.  The first patent appeared on October 1, 1856 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  Patents for the week ending September 30, 1856.  Daniel J. Kellogg, of Rochester, N. Y.—For photographic instrument, No. 15,809.

The same patent announcement appeared on October 7, 1856 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  New Patents Issued for the week ending September 30, 1856.  Daniel J. Kellogg, of Rochester, N. Y.—For photographic instrument. [No. 15,809.]

The second patent announcement appeared on April 8, 1857 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).   Patents for the week ending April 7, 1857.  Daniel J. Kellogg, of Rochester, N. Y.—For improvement in photographic trays.  No. 16,979.

Daniel J. Kellogg is not recorded in other photographic directories.  He is listed in American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.  It is unknown if D. J. Kellogg (posted yesterday) and Daniel J. Kellogg are the same person.

Edward Howell

1857                Address Unknown, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Edward Howell is recorded twice in announcements.  The first announcement appeared in the Evening Star  (Washington, D. C.)  The first dated May 21, 1857.  Patents for the week ending May 19, 1857.  Edward Howell, of Ashtabula, Ohio—For process for removing photographs from glass to paper.  No. 17,330.

The second announcement appeared on September 24, 1857.  Patents for the week ending September 22, 1857. [reissue]  Edward Howell, of Ashtabula, Ohio—For process for removing photographs from glass to paper.  Patented May 19, 1857, No. 17,330.

Edward Howell is not recorded in other photographic directories.