Category Archives: Photographs

Moses S. Quivey

1858                Rooms in Haynes Block, above the Bank of Chenango, North Main Street,                                      Norwich, New York.                                                                                                  1859                Address Unknown, Norwich, New York.[1]

Moses S. Quivey was recorded in One Advertisement that ran from September 23 to December 2, 1858.  In The Chenango American (Greene, New York).  M. S. Quivey, Daguerrean and Photograph Artist. Norwich, N. Y.  Rooms in Haynes Block, above the Bank of Chenango, North Main Street.

Moses S. Quivey was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1859 without a business address.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

William T. Purviance

1854                2nd Street, two doors North of Powell & Co.’s. Store, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. 1854-1855     Graham’s Row, two doors east of the Journal office, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. 1856                Rooms at the Town Hall, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.                                                    1858                Address Unknown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.                                                                    1858                Address Unknown, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.                                                                    1859                Address Unknown, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

William T. Purviance was recorded in five advertisements and three announcements.  The first six entries are from the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The last two entries are from the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from August 23 to November 15, 1854.  “Secure the shadow, ‘ere the substance fades,” and call at Purviance’s Daguerrean Gallery on 2nd st., two doors north of Powell & Co.’s. Store.

The second advertisement ran from August 23 to November 22, 1854.  Business Item:  Purviance’s Daguerreotype Gallery, Second St., 2 doors north of the Powell & Co.’s. Store, Clearfield, Pa.

The third advertisement ran from December 13, 1854 to January 10, 1855.  Removed:—Purviance’s Daguerrean Gallery to Graham’s Row, two doors east of the Journal office, up stairs.  He will be happy to see his friends, and furnish them vivid, life-like pictures.  Give him a call.

The first announcement appeared on June 4, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—By an advertisement in today’s Journal, it will be seen the Mr. W. T. Purviance is at present engaged in taking ambrotype likenesses.  There is one quality about these likenesses that is preferable to the daguerreotypes—and that is, they cannot be easily destroyed.  A visit to Mr. P’s rooms will well repay any one who may be desirous of having likenesses taken.  We would state that Mr. Purviance is a good artist, and will undoubtedly render satisfaction.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 4 to 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  Mr. W. T. Purviance, Photographist, begs leave to announce to the citizens of Curwensville and vicinity, that he has opened Ambrotype Rooms at the Town Hall in Curwensville where he will be happy to receive the calls of Ladies and gentlemen, whether they wish pictures or not.  The Ambrotype may be regarded as the ne plus ultra of the photographic art, and is rapidly superseding every other style of picture wherever introduced.—Its brilliancy of tone, beauty of finish, delicacy of expression, and deep luster of drapery, have won for it the highest encomiums of the people and press everywhere.  Combining the highest artistic beauty with absolutely Unfading Durability! It must take the place of all other processes.  It is also worthy of mention that Mr. Purviance does not reverse his pictures.

Landscapes, Views of residences, &c., taken in the highest style of the art.  Paintings, Daguerreotypes, and engravings beautifully copied at reasonable prices.  Small children taken by an Instantaneous Process, with unerring certainty and accuracy.  Ambrotypes beautifully colored if desired.  No difference on account of dark or cloudy weather.  Please call soon, as I shall be able to remain but a week or ten days.

The second announcement appeared on June 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—The attention of the citizens of Curwensville and vicinity is directed to the advertisement of Mr. W. T. Purviance in today’s Journal.  Mr. P. is a good artist and has rendered entire satisfaction here.  The ambrotype is a much more desirable picture than the Daguerreotype, for the reason that it is more clear and distinct, and possesses the quality of “unfading durability.”

The fifth advertisement ran from August 18 to September 29, 1858 in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  Wm. T. Purviance, Ambrotypist And Photographic Artist of Pittsburgh, Will visit Clearfield on a professional tour, on or about the 15th of September next, where he will remain a short time.  Those who wish to get Ambrotypes, or other Photographs, taken in the best style of the art, will than have an opportunity of indulging their taste.  Mr. Purviance brings with him the experience of many years close application to this beautiful art, in and about the City, and all the improvements which have been introduced.  He therefore flatters himself that he will be able to give the most ample satisfaction to those who may give him a professional call.

The third announcement appeared on February 16, 1859 in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  Artistic.—We are requested to state that Purviance, our old artistic friend and fellow citizen, has again come to life and revived his business as an ambrotypist.  He has procured fresh chemicals, and new stock, and is now producing, we are informed, brilliant and life-like specimens of the photographic art.  He engages to give entire satisfaction in regard to work and prices.

William T. Purviance is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh from 1857-1863.

Parker C. Purviance

1856-1859       At his residence on 2nd Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-                                       ware establishment Clearfield, Pennsylvania.                                                          1859                   Corner of Second and Cherry Streets, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Parker C. Purviance is recorded in three announcements and four advertisements in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on June 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—By reference to card of P. C. Purviance, it will be seen that he is now prepared to take Ambrotype Likenesses, as well as Daguerrean.  We have seen several of his pictures, and would say that they are, truly, most magnificent.  Persons desirous of having a good likeness of themselves, or friends, can procure the desired object, by calling at Mr. Purviance’s Gallery at his residence, on 2d street.

The first advertisement ran from June 18 to December 3, 1856.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist and Daguerreotypist, Clearfield, PA.

Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-ware establishment.

The second advertisement ran from December 10, 1856 to June 15, 1859.  Ambrotypes.—P. C. Purviance, Professor of Photographic Chemistry.  Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell & Carter’s Tin-ware establishment, Clearfield, Pa.  Days of operation:  Friday and Saturday of each week.

The second announcement appeared on March 10, 1858.  Those who wish to secure a truthful likeness on glass, (i. e. an ambrotype,) would do well to call at Purviance’s Photographic Gallery, on 2d st., as he is now supplied with good chemicals, &c.  His terms are cheap and accommodating; he never charges unless the picture is satisfactory.  Remember the place: 2d St., next door to Merrell & Carter’s Iron and Tin-ware establishment.

The third announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  We direct attention to the new Photographic Gallery of Mr. Purviance on the corner of Second and Cherry street—otherwise designated by the sign of the Red Flag—where the constant attention of Mr. P. is devoted to the business.  We are authorized to say that life-like and beautiful Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellotypes, &c. are taken at this Gallery at very low prices, and entire satisfaction given to customers.

The third advertisement appeared on June 22, 1859.  Ambrotypes For 15 Cents.—The subscriber has opened a new Picture Gallery on the corner of Second and Cherry streets, Clearfield, at the sign of the Red Flag, to which he devoted his whole attention, and where Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferrotypes, Stereoscopes, Nielloyypes, and in fact all varieties of Photographs on Glass, Iron and paper are taken and put up in a superior manner.  Don’t trust his word, but call and examine his specimens, and judge for yourselves.  Being connected with one of the leading Galleries of Pittsburgh, he will be constantly in the receipt of every new and variety of Sun-Light pictures together with such aid and such information as will enable him to produce the most Life-Like and best toned specimens of the Art.  In order that all may have an opportunity of procuring copies of their faces he has determined to be reasonable as to prices; 15 cents and upwards according to size, fixtures and case.  Remember the place, the sign of the Red Flag, corner Second and Cherry streets, directly opposite Judge Moore’s.  Parker C. Purviance.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 3 to December 21, 1859.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist, corner of 2d and Cherry streets, Clearfield, Pa.

Parker C. Purviance is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter

1859                Unknown Address and Location, Illinois.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter was recorded in two announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The first announcement appeared on October 1, 1859.  The County Fair… 2.—Paintings and Drawings.  The display was not large—probably a dozen of entries.  We scarcely saw them and the committee make no comment.  The pictures by Mr. Voegtlin, we are told, however, possessed considerable merit, while the daguerrean pictures, both by Mr. Marston and by Mr. Porter, were as good as they get up anywhere.

Ambrotypes, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                                                    Oil colored photographs, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                          Uncolored photographs, J. E. Porter.                                                                                                                  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, J. E. Porter.

If there is an inconsistency in this last award, the committee must explain it, for we can’t.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1859.  Premium List.  Full List of Premiums awarded at the Fair of the La Salle Co. Agricultural Society, held at Ottawa, Sept. 28, 29, 30.

19—Paintings and Drawings….

Ambrotypes, 2 entries. Jas. Marston.                                                                                                              Photographs in oil, 1 entry.  Jas. Marston.                                                                                                    Uncolored Photographs, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.                                                                        Ambrotypes & Melainotypes, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.

The committee have apparently awarded the same premium to Porter and to Marston.  They probably meant, in the last case, the “collection.”

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ottawa, Illinois in 1860.  They are probably the same person.

W. H. Phares

1859               Address Unknown, Red Wing, Minnesota.

W. H. Phares was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement that appeared in the Red Wing Sentinel (Red Wing, Minnesota).  The first announcement ran on August 20, 1859.  “A Thing of Beauty Is a joy forever,” and some things that are not beautiful, are rendered so by the magic skill of Mr. W. H. Phares, an experienced artist, who has taken for a short time the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Going, where he is prepared to execute in the highest style of the art, Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melaineotypes and Photographs, at prices which cannot fail to give satisfaction.  If you have a father, mother, sister. brother or dear friend, whom you love, and whose image you wish to preserve, now is the time to “secure the shadow ere the substance fades.”  Mr. Phares will remain in town about a week longer.

The advertisement ran from August 20 to 27, 1859.  Premium Ambrotypes and Photographs.  W. H. Phares, Respectfully informs the citizens of Red Wing and vicinity, that he has taken Mr. Going’s rooms for two weeks, where he will put up his inimitable Life Like Pictures!  for those who will favor him with their patronage.  Pictures Taken In All Kinds Of Weather—of adults from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M., of Children, from 10 A. M. till 2 o’clock, clear weather.

They are all warranted not to change.—Please call and examine specimens.  W. H. Phares, Artist.

The second announcement appeared on August 27, 1859.  The Last Chance.  Remember the Mr. Phares will remain in Red Wing but three or four days longer, during which time he will be happy to furnish his inimitable life-like pictures to all who wish them.  Don’t neglect this opportunity, you may not get another very soon.  Mr. Phares is a good artist—a merit which all daguerreans claim, but one which few are entitled to.  His rooms are those formerly occupied by Mr. Going.

W. H. Phares is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George Penabert

1856-1857       168 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]                                            1856-1857       585 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                1857                   587 Broadway, New York, New York.

George Penabert is recorded in one article and six advertisements.  The article appeared on April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  Fredericks, Penabert & Germon, Chestnut St.—The distinguishing feature of this gallery is its oil colored photographs, which are only equaled by some I have seen in Brady’s gallery New York. The positive photographs show much artistic skill, and are notable for great depth of tone, softness of contour, and for even balance of light and shade. The rooms are very prettily furnished, and their appearance very effective.

The first advertisement appeared on August 26 1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).   The Copartnership heretofore existing between Messrs. Gurney & Fredericks having been dissolved by mutual consent.  Mr. Charles D. Fredericks would respectfully announce to his former patrons and friends that he has removed the Photographic department, of which he was the introducer in this country, to his new, large and elegant rooms, at No. 585 Broadway, opposite the Metropolitan Hotel.  The several European artists, which Mr. Fredericks introduced from his Parisian establishment, will continue to assist him in the various styles of coloring, viz: Oil, Paste and Water.  Those who have examined their productions acknowledge them to be superior to those of any other artist in this country.  The advantage which the undersigned has by his connection with his Paris establishment, will enable him to introduce immediately upon their discovery in France the various improvements in the Photographic, Daguerreotype, and Ambrotype branches of the art.  The Daguerreian Department will be under the supervision of an accomplished and scientific operator.  The rooms are more spacious, and elegantly arranged than any in New York, and the reception room being situated on the first floor, obviates the necessity of ascending to lofty flights.  In conclusion the proprietor pledges himself to produce pictures which, for clearness delicacy of touch and harmony in coloring shall suit every taste.  These pictures will be of every style and size, and he trusts that those who so long and kindly have extended to him their patronage, will continue to support his endeavors to maintain art in its most refined state.

Charles D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway.                                                                                                      Fredericks, Penabert & German, Philadelphia.                                                                                           Fredericks, Penabert & Leblanc, Paris.

The second advertisement appeared on December 11, 1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Photographs.—Penabert of Paris, Photographist; finished in oil, aquarelle and pastel, by the talented and inimitable corps of Parisian artists introduced to this country by C. D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The third advertisement appeared on December 12, 1856 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Photographs.—Penabert of Paris, Photographist; finished in oil, aquarelle and pastel, by the talented and inimitable corps of Parisian artists introduced to this country by C. D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

The fourth advertisement ran on December 23 & 26, 1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes.—The most beautiful specimens produced in this city are by E. L. Walker (formerly of Brady’s Gallery), now at the magnificent Gallery of C. D. Fredericks, Photographist, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Photographs.—Penabert of Paris, Photographist.  Finished in oil, aquarelle, and pastel, by the talented and inimitable corps of Parisian artists, introduced to this country by C. D. Fredericks, No. 585 Broadway, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.

Presents For The Holidays.—There is nothing so acceptable for a Holiday present as a beautiful Photograph, Daguerreotype, or Ambrotype, which should be secured as early as possible at Fredericks Magnificent Gallery, No. 585 Broadway, opposite the Metropolitan Hotel.

The fifth advertisement appeared on October 17, 1857 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) .  Card.—Mr. George Penabert, having returned from Paris would be happy to see his friends at Fredricks’s Photographic Temple of Art, 585 and 587 Broadway.

The sixth advertisement appeared on October 17, 1857 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Card.—Mr. George Penabert, having returned from Paris, would be happy to see his friends at Fredricks’s Photographic Temple of Art, 585 and 587 Broadway.

George Penabert is recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him as Penabert.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.  Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

 

Miss. Partridge

1858                Address Unknown, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Miss.  Partridge was recorded on October 27, 1858 in one announcement in the Weekly North Carolina Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina).  [By Our Own Reporter.]  Annual Fair Of The State Agricultural Society Of North Carolina, Held in this City On the 19th, 20th, 21st, & 22d October, 1858….List of Premiums Awarded…Floral Hall…No. 63—Fine Arts.

Best specimens of daguerreotypes, T. J. Haven(s),                                        5.                                    Best specimens of ambrotypes, T. J. Haven(s),                                                5.                                      Best specimens of photographs, Havens & Andrews,                                   5.                                  Best piece colored photographs, Miss Partridge,                                            5.                                    Best improvement on ambrotypes or daguerreotypes, Mr. Havens,      5.                                      2d Best specimen of painting in oil, Miss. Partridge,                                     5.

*Miss. Partridge may be a colorist and not a photographer.  Note explanation from committee.  [Miss. Partridge specimen of oil painting is well drawn and fairly executed; but being a copy, the committee deems Mrs. Walker’s oil painting , (as being a sketch from nature,) most worthy of the first premium, especially, as it bears a favorable comparison, in execution, with Miss. Partridge’s painting.

Miss. Partridge is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Isaac Parish

1858                Morse’s Building, corner Pike & Main Streets, Port Jervis, New York.                      1858                Address Unknown, location Unknown, New Jersey.                                                      1858-1859     Opposite St. John’s Store, Port Jervis, New York.                                                    1859                 Address Unknown, Monticello, New York.

Isaac Parish was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement in the Tri-State Union  (Port Jervis, New York).  The first is for Parish & Edson (posted yesterday) the advertisement ran from February 11 to March 25, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Parish & Edson, the celebrated New York Artists, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they have taken and fitted up rooms for their business, and are now prepared to make pictures surpassed by none.

Large Size, Beautiful Colored, 50 Cents.  Faded Pictures restored.  All kinds of Pictures copied in the highest style of the art.  They are the inventors of the Albatus Lumin process, by which pictures can be taken equally as well in stormy as clear weather.  No one need stay away on account of clouds.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.

They can be found for two weeks only, at Morse’s Building, Cor. Pike & Main Sts.                     N. B. The morning light is most suitable for taking pictures of children.

The second advertisement ran from April 1 to June 17, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Mr. Parish, formerly of the firm of Parish & Edson, flattered by the liberal patronage received, has determined to locate permanently in this place, and has leased for this purpose the rooms occupied by them for the last two months in Morse’s building, corner Pike and Main sts., where he is prepared to take pictures surpassed by none, and at prices placing them in the reach of all.

Pictures beautifully colored and encased for 50 Cents!

Also constantly on hand an elegant variety of Fancy & Plain Cases to suit tastes the most fastidious.

Mr. Parish has ever used the best and most expensive chemicals manufactured in this country and Europe, hence those clear and brilliant pictures to be obtained only at his gallery.  Included in these is the chemical for the instantaneous production of Children’s Pictures, in which Mr. P. is unsurpassed.  Also on hand for this purpose, a full supply of patience.

This gallery is constructed on the most scientific principles, combining the sky and side light, by which are produced those soft and mellow tints and that elegant contrast of light and shade for which his pictures are so justly celebrated.

Thankful to his patrons for past favors, he hopes ever to merit a continuance of their patronage. Isaac Parish.  Morse’s Building, cor. Pike and Main sts., Port Jervis.

The third advertisement ran from June 24 to July 15, 1858.  The Up-Town Gallery.  Something New!  Albatypes and Ambrotypes!  Mr. Parish, who for the last season has received such liberal patronage from the people of this place and vicinity, would call the attention of his patrons to his new and elegant style of Picture, the Albatype, made only by him.  Those who have seen it pronounce it the finest product of the Photographic Art, combining as it does the beauty of the most elegant ivory painting, with the accuracy of the finest Ambrotype, it never fails to please, and can be seen at any angle; possessing at the same time the most brilliant tone, unsurpassed by the finest specimens of the Daguerrean Art.  The accuracy with which it can be copied makes it valuable above all other pictures, and its showing light as well as dark drapery, no less an advantage.  The disagreeable blending of white caps and light hair with the back-ground of the Ambrotype, is in this done away, presenting instead the most delightful contrast—standing out in bold relief, seemingly raised from the plate.  Their durability too is unsurpassed.

Ambrotypes and Albatypes inserted in Lockets, Breastpins, &c., on Mica Melainotypes and Nielograph material.  Constantly on hand, a fine assortment of Fancy Union, Shell and Composition cases.  Beautiful Union Cases for Family Groups.  Prices low—within the reach of all.

Do Not mistake the place—Parish’s Gallery, opposite St. John’s Brick Store, in Morse’s Building, Upper-Town.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 18, 1858 to May 12, 1859.  Notice!  Notice!!  Re-Opening of the Up Town Gallery.  Mr. Parish, after a successful summer tour through Sussex and adjacent counties of New Jersey, has returned to Port Jervis, with increased facilities for Picture taking.

Thankful for the appreciation the people have shown of his work, he hopes by the aid of a new and enlarged apparatus, Together with an entire new stock of Chemicals and all the latest improvements in the Art, to merit a continuance of their patronage.

Pictures taken at the low price of 50 cents, and beautifully colored.  Pictures taken in any weather, cloudy as well as clear.  Particular attention given to taking children’s pictures, in which Mr. P. is peculiarly successful.  Persons are invited to call and examine his work, Cases, &c.  Gallery opposite St. John’s store, up town, Port Jervis.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 19 to June 30, 1859.  Up Town Gallery.  Mr. M. Perish[1], Would respectfully inform his numerous friends and patrons of this place and vicinity, that he will remain But Three Weeks Longer in this place, and as this will be the last chance to obtain a perfect picture, he invites all who have not supplied themselves with pictures of his taking, to lose no time in doing so.

Pictures of Mr. Parish’s taking are warranted Not To Fade, and none to be found minus, those important organs, the eyes.

Mr. Parish has a new mode of copying pictures, showing a decided improvement on the original picture.  Pictures copied and enlarged to ten times their original size.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breastpins and Rings, of the smallest dimensions.  Remember this is The Last Chance to obtain Pictures of Mr. Parish’s taking.  Gallery, opposite St. John & Everit’s Store.   Port Jervis.

The announcement ran on July 28, 1859.  Mr. Isaac Parish, late of this village, in connection with Mr. Haynes of Newton, has located at Monticello in the ambrotype business.

Isaac Parish is not recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Probably a typo, should be I. Parish.

John Pardoe

1858                Address Unknown, Oneonta, New York.

1859 January 21.  The Freeman’s Journal.  (Cooperstown, New York.)  January 21, 1859, Vol. LI, No. 24, Whole No. 2,624, P. 4.

List of Premiums Awarded by the Otsego Co. at [ ? ] in 1858….Discretionary Permits….

Bolles & Smith, patent Camera-Box, dip and cash $3.                                                                          Bolles & Smith, Photographs and Ambrotypes, cash $1.                                                              J. Pardoe, oil paintings and photographs in oil, cash $2.

John Pardoe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active as a daguerreian in Oneonta in 1859.  He is also listed in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artist in America 1584-1860.  John Pardoe, Portrait painter of NYC, who exhibited at the American Institute in 1848.  NYCD 1848-1849, as a painter.  This is possibly the same person.  The question is did he take the photographs or did he just paint them?

Edward H. Olds

1850-1852       Ford Street, over J. H. Guest’s Store, Clark’s Row, Ogdensburgh, New York.      1853-1859       8 Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Edward H. Olds was recorded in six advertisements and twelve announcements.  The first advertisement ran from April 9, 1850 to April 22, 1851 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Daguerrian Gallery, Over the store of J. H. Guest, Clark’s Row, Ford street.  A New feature in the art of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, By Sky-Light.

Miniatures of various sizes, and of the best execution, are taken at the above Rooms, which have seen fitted up expressly for the purpose.  The attention of the public is earnestly solicited.   Operating hours from 8 A. M., till 4 P. M.  E. H. Olds.

The first announcement appeared on May 14, 1850 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Daguerreotypes by Sky-Light.”  Messrs. Smith & Oswell:  Gentlemen—Seeing the above mentioned new invention in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, I was induced to sit for one; and to my astonishment, succeeded in getting a good likeness, well shaded, and devoid of the dtiff, hard expression, usually seen, in such miniatures, and that without experiencing the unpleasant sensation to the eyes, caused by the ordinary method in use heretofore.

So well please was I with this trial, that I requested some friends, whose daguerreotypes—not likenesses—I had taken by different operators—some within two months—to sit for their’s; and the result was, Mr. Olds possesses those first taken, and I possess those taken by him, in exchange—In other words, exchanging pictures for likenesses.

Give us a call Mr. Olds, before you are much Older.   Yours, &c., “A. Bytownian.”

The second announcement appeared on September 21, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Official Report Of The St. Lawrence Agricultural Fair….Discretionary Premiums.

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes,             $1.00.

The third announcement appeared on October 26, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Destructive Fire In Ogdensburgh…In a short space of time buildings on the west side of Isabella street were enveloped in flames, and every building on the north side of Ford street from Mr. J. N. Oswell’s corner to and including Mr. Benedict’s block…

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes, loss $200.   No insurance.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1853 to October 12, 1858 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Established Daguerreian Gallery, Eagle Block, same Entrance with Eagle Hall.  E. H. Olds.  Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The third advertisement ran from January 17 to May 16, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture-Gallery, No. 8 Eagle Block, Ford-street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y., Has Been Fitted Up Expressly For him in every particular necessary for the execution of first-class Daguerreotypes.

Pictures put up in plain and fancy frames; Cases of all sizes and kinds—Mother of Pearl, Goat Skin, Morocco, Gutta  Percha, Shell inlaid with Silver, Union, Jenny Lind, Papier Mache, Books; Plain Cases, with plain and engraved borders, &c.  A splendid assortment of Gold Lockets.  Pictures neatly set in Pins, Rings, seals, Keys, &c., &c.

His Apparatus and Stock are of the very best quality.  He has secured the advantages of the latest improvements and discoveries, which, together with his long experience in the business, enable him to promise satisfaction to all admires of good pictures.

Thankful for past favors, he solicits a visit to his Gallery from his former patrons and many new ones.  Hours of Attendance—from 8 o’clock A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 11, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For The Sentinel.  Ambrotypes.  Editor Sentinel.—Very few are aware of the great improvement in the art of taking portraits.  Daguerreotypes are eclipsed and thrown into the shade by what is termed Ambrotypes or pictures on glass.  Being desirous of having my phiz preserved after I had left this sublunary sphere, I stepped into the Premium Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery of our fellow townsman, E. H. Olds, Esq., Eagle Block, who, in addition to being the best artist in Northern New York, is a “prince of good fellows.”  A very few moments sufficed to transfer my agreeable countenance to a plate of polished glass, in a manner truly astonishing to those not having seen specimens of Ed’s word.  Mr. Olds with his usual enterprise, has at great expense purchased the only right of taking double-glass Ambrotypes for this county, and should receive the patronage he deserves.

There is a kind of picture called by some Ambrotypes, that do not bear the least comparison with the genuine.  Having had opportunities of seeing the works of the best city operators, I can say with truth that the pictures of Mr. Olds are fully equal to them, and in many cases superior; for the reason that he allows none but first class pictures to leave his gallery.  Persons wishing a good picture should visit Olds’ Gallery, and examine his specimens of Ambrotypes.  He still continues to take his unequalled premium daguerreotypes for those who wish them.  Veritas.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 18, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Santa Claus.—We noticed that Santa Claus has arrived in town with a large lot of splendid articles for Christmas presents, and has left them at a good many places…while Olds catches in Daguerreotype or Ambrotype “the human face divine” and cages it in lockets, rings, seals or cases, we do the Fancy Job Work to tell where to find the goods.  And all advertise in the Sentinel.  Who can doubt that the little ones will be cared for on Christmas!

The fourth advertisement ran from May 13 to October 28, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For Sale.  The Subscriber wishes to sell for cash or exchange for other property, a good Daguerrean Saloon, running gear, &c, in perfect order.

Any one wishing to purchase can make a great bargain by calling upon E. H. Olds, at his Daguerrean Rooms in Ogdensburgh.

The sixth announcement appeared on October 7, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Premiums Awarded By The St. Lawrence International Agricultural & Mechanical Society, September, 1856….Class 7—No. 36—Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, &c….

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Antriphograph Likeness, E. H. Olds, Ogdensburgh, $5. & D.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 20, 1857 to August 13, 1859 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Premium Daguerreian Gallery Sign of the mammoth Eagle, No. 8, Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh.

The seventh announcement appeared on August 1, 1857 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Pictures.—A visit to Olds’ Picture Gallery will reveal some of the most perfect specimens of the art to be found in world.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Photographs and a variety of other kinds of pictures are put up in various styles and forms and upon many kinds of material.  The most perfect picture we have ever seen is one of a new style, original with Olds’, and which as yet has received no name.  Every and feature and point stands out boldly, every hair is distinctly produced, indeed the miniature seem actually composed of flesh and blood, and possessed of life.—We have seen nothing that approaches so near perfection.

The eighth announcement appeared on September 17, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Elegant Pictures.—Olds is bound not to be excelled in producing elegant pictures.  Every new invention brought out calculated to improve the style of picture or the facility of taking them, is promptly secured, while his own inventive genius is constantly at work for new discoveries.  Last evening we saw a large crowd eagerly inspecting one of Olds’ latest specimens, which was hanging in Sprague’s show window.  It was a picture of the Institute taken from the foot of Knox Street, near the bank of the Oswegatchie river.  It was taken just before the commencement of School, when the students and pupils were upon the walk, giving the picture a very lively effect.  Knox street, nearly down to Franklin is brought out most beautifully, and all the premises about the institute are produced to perfection.  It is as perfect a specimen of Daguerrian art as ever was taken.  Olds has the best set of instruments of any artist in the State, and can take a picture a little superior to any of them.  Tall talk but nevertheless true.  A visit to his rooms will satisfy any one.  We admire his enterprise.

The sixth advertisement ran from November 30, 1858 to December 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture Gallery.  Pictures Of All Styles Taken On Reasonable Terms.  Pictures magnified and colored in oil if required.  No. 8 Eagle Block, Sign Of The Mammoth Eagle, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The ninth announcement appeared on  September 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The Fair….Music Hall…The exhibition of photographs both plain and colored in oil, daguerrian landscapes, ambrotypes and other varieties of the Art, by Olds were especially worthy of more than a passing remarks.  It has been the good fortune of Mr. Olds to carry off the first premium where ever his pictures have been exhibited.  His gallery has received diploma after diploma, and it is not too much to say that his efforts are still onward.  Few artists possess the ability to make a picture speak like Olds, and we have no doubt he could win laurels in wider fields.  We think his specimens are not to be surpassed anywhere.

The tenth announcement appeared on  October 4, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Messrs. La Mountain And Haddock Safe!…Olds, will take their daguerreotype, and they will leave on the 12 o’clock train for Watertown.

The eleventh announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Frank Leslie’s for this week, Contains a picture of Messrs. LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburgh , after escaping from the wilderness—from a photograph by Olds.  Single copies, 5 cents.  Mr. Rand has ordered a large number, and will able to supply all who call.

The twelfth announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Photography.  Many of our citizens will have noticed, in the Reformer counting-room window, a photograph of LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburg on their way home from the Canada wilderness—pantaloons used up, one of them hatless, and both nearly barefooted.  The picture was taken by our old friend, E. H. Olds, Esqr., of Ogdensburgh, whose reputation as an artist and whole-souled man is as wide as the State.  We had less than ten minutes to spare him, and he had no time to finish up the minor details, yet the picture is recognized by all who know the parties, as very accurate and faithful.

Edward H. Olds is recorded in other photographic directories but is recorded here because the activity dates begin in 1850.