Category Archives: Photographs

James Harris

Ca. 1858        Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                                  1858                Address Unknown, Paris, Missouri.                                                                                          1858                Address Unknown, Roanoke, Missouri.

James Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on April 8, 1858 in the  Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Harris, a very excellent artist, is at present at Roanoke, as will be seen by an advertisement in another column.  He was recently in Paris, and his work called forth the following notice from the “Mercury,” which we fully endorse:

“We had the pleasure of visiting lately the Ambrotype and Photograph Gallery of Prof. Harris, and must say that we have seldom if ever seen finer pictures.  The Sphereotype please us best.  This new style of picture must supersede other forms in this beautiful art.  When finished up by such Artists as Prof. Harris, it has that roundness and beauty of the natural form, with an exquisite delicacy of light and shade that we have seen in no other form of Picture.  All lovers of the beautiful and those who may desire correct likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call on Prof. Harris.”

The advertisement ran from April 8 to May 13, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.  Prof. Harris; of Tilford’s City Gallery, St. Louis, respectfully announces to the citizens of Roanoke and vicinity, that he has removed his Daguerrean Car to that place, for the purpose of taking pictures in all the various Branches of the Art!

He flatters himself that he will give general satisfaction.  Those wishing pictures are invited to call at the Car and examine specimens.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings, together with all kinds of cases, always to be found at the Car.  Pictures colored to represent paintings, or give an exact representation of the dress worn.  Prices from One Dollar Upwards.  Roanoke, April 8, 1857. James Harris, Artist.

James Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John Hamilton

1856                151 Bowery, New York, New York.[1]

John Hamilton was recorded on January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Hamilton — A young operator. Let him be determined not to be outstripped in the race, but to read, mark, learn and in-wardly digest the great principles connected with Photography and he must succeed.

John Hamilton is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.

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


S. L. Hall

1856-1857       Rooms Over G. A. Neafus’ Clothing Store, Clinton, Louisiana.

S. L. Hall was recorded and part of John S. McClure’s company in an advertisement that ran from November 29, 1856 to January 17, 1857 in The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton, Louisiana). New Picture Gallery. John S. McClure & Co., Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Clinton and vicinity, that they have just opened an Ambrotype, Sphereotype, and Daguerreian Saloon, over G. A. Neafus’ clothing store.

Six years constant practice of the art, together with the recent improvement which they have added, and the use of C. C. Harrison’s improved Mammoth Camera, enables them to offer rare inducements to all desirous of obtaining perfect and imperishable types of friends and loved ones ere decay’s effacing fingers have swept the lines where beauty lingers.  Hear what Mr. E. Author, who conducts one of the largest establishments in the United States, says of these new improved instruments:  “C. C. Harrison’s improved patent Extra Camera, will add another victory to American skill, and give photography a new impulse.”

P. S.—No one will be expected to take a picture unless perfectly satisfied, but a decision must be made at once, as all pictures are considered sold when once pronounced satisfactory. J. S. McClure, S. L. Hall.

S. L. Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories. J. S. McClure is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Mobile, Alabama in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person.

B. Hafnagel

1857                413 Broadway, New York New York.

B. Hafnagel was recorded on November 7, 1857 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York). Premiums Awarded at the Twenty ninth Fair of the American Institute… Daguerreotypes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c.  B. Hafnagel, No. 413 Broadway, N. Y., for photographic Views and copies of Prints.……………………………….Bronze Medal.

B. Hafnagel is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Bernard Hufnagel from 1856 to 1860 at 413 Broadway, New York City.  This is probably the same person with a variant spelling of the last name.

R. Gustin

1857                Pike Street, in D. T. Cox’s Building, Port Jervis, New York.

R. Gustin was recorded in an advertisement ran from January 15 to March 5, 1857 in the  Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  Collodion Pictures on Glass.  The undersigned would respectfully call the attention of the public to his new process of taking Collodion Pictures on Glass, which are in every respect, far superior to the best results of the Daguerreotype, having none of that objectionable glare.  They are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Their tone is soft, velvety, and harmonious; are more durable, and less liable to spoil by accident, being proof against acids, water and air.

Persons wishing a beautiful, colored, life-like and durable picture, will do well to call immediately, as I shall remain here but a few days.  Room, with a good sky-light, in D. T. Cox’s building, Pike-st.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  R. Gustin.

R. Gustin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. M. Green

N. D.               Address Unknown, Auburn, New York.                                                                                    1858               Address Unknown, Geneva, New York.

J. M. Green was recorded in an announcement on March 5, 1858 in the Geneva Daily Gazette  (Geneva, New York).  The students of Hobart College lately conceived the idea of securing photograph likenesses of their eminent and revered Professors and fellow classmates.  To that end they have employed Mr. J. M. Green recently of Auburn, a gentleman highly skilled in the Photographic Art.  This will give him abundant occupation for a time, for the engagement, we understand, is to execute some 500 likenesses.  While Mr. Green is with us, many of our fellow citizens will doubtless avail themselves of the opportunity to secure pictures in the best style of the art.

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

Great Western Gallery

1859                68 and 70 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Great Western Gallery was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 31 to April 15, 1859 in The Daily Press (Cincinnati, Ohio).  Home Interest…An excellent Picture of yourself or friends or friends for only twenty-five cents, at the Great Western Gallery, 68 and 70 West Fourth street.

Pictures inserted in Rings, Lockets and Breastpins, as cheap as the cheapest, at 68 and 70 West Fourth street.

Great Western Gallery is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. R. Graves

1859                Address & Location Unknown, New York.

E. R. Graves was recorded on September 22, 1859 in The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York).  Union Agricultural Society of Ridgeway And Shelby.  Second Annual Fair held at Medina, N. Y., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept 14, 15 & 16, 1859.                                     List of Entries….Class VII.—Miscellaneous…

S. Downs, specimens Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.                                                                          S. Downs, daguerrean wagon.                                                                                                                            F. H. Finch, specimens of ambrotypes & daguerreotypes.                                                                      E. R. Graves, specimens ambrotypes; colored photographs.                                                                  Henry Pruden, specimens ambrotypes.                                                                                                  Geo. P. Hopkins, specimens photographs; family sewing machine, “Scovill & Goodell

S. Downs was awarded $1 for the best daguerreotypes and Henry Pruden was awarded $1 for the best ambrotypes.

E. R. Graves is possibly Edward R. Graves who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Lockport, New York which is approximately 25 miles away.

Charles Graver

1857-1858       Address Unknown, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Charles Graver was recorded in an announcement and advertisement.  The announcement ran on December 12, 1857 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotyping.—It will be seen by the card of Mr. Graver that he has arrived in our town, and proposes introducing our citizens to his beautiful art of Crystalographing and Ambrotyping.  Those who have not yet taken advantage of this beautiful art to perpetuate their own or the features of those whom they love, should not lose the present opportunity.  Mr. G. guarantees that his pictures cannot be surpassed; and he speaks with confidence which gives surety that he is a perfect master of his art.  See his card.

The advertisement ran from December 12, 1857 to January 13, 1858.  In the Southern Sentinel  (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!  Charles Graver Has the honor to inform the citizens of Plaquemine and vicinity that he has arrived for the purpose of submitting to their respectful notice his peculiar style of taking those beautiful, mellow toned and everlasting images called Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!

The Crystalograph is a positive Photographic image, taken on glass.  It possesses a boldness of relief, a softness, a commingling of light and shade, a distinctness and delicacy of tone, which eclipses every other kind of sun drawn picture.

Any lady or gentleman having in their possession pictures taken in New Orleans, the Northern States or elsewhere, are urgently requested to bring them up to the Gallery for comparison, and if I cannot produce a picture which, for striking resemblance, elegance of position, pure natural flesh color, nice gradation of light and shade and harmony of tone, infinitely surpassing the specimen brought, no charge will be made.

All lovers of the beautiful in the Fine Arts are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they wish pictures or not.  Black silk or plaid dresses preferable to all others.When a family is taken a large deduction will be made.  Crystalograph copies taken from Daguerreotypes, and improved on the original.  Equally fine pictures taken in cloudy as in fine weather.  Other operators’ pictures taken over at a very low figure.  Prices varying from $2.50 to $5.00.

Parties anxious to secure pictures which cannot be excelled by Any in the United States or in Europe, are requested to call immediately, as the operator’s stay is very limited.  dec 9.

Charles Graver does not appear in other photographic directories.

G. W. Granniss

1856                352 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.

G. W. Granniss was recorded in an advertisement as part of the partnership of Root & Granniss. The advertisement ran from July 29 to August 11, 1856 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  Root & Granniss, M. A. Root.  G. N. Granniss Photographic, Ambrotype, and Daguerrean Gallery.  Is Now Open At No. 352 Pennsylvania avenue, near Seventh street, where Photographs, colored or plain; Ambrotypes tinted and colored, new style; and Daguerreotypes, are taken in the highest perfection of the art.

The Public are respectfully invited to visit our Gallery whether desiring pictures or not.

G. W. Granniss is not recorded in other photographic directories.