Category Archives: Photographs

J. S. Meyer

1859                Address Unknown, New York, New York.

J. S. Meyer was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York). The first advertisement appeared on January 10, 1859. A Daguerreotypist And Photographer wishes employment.  Apply at J. S. Meyer’s gallery, 138 Canal st.

The second advertisement appeared on October 12, 1859.  A Good Photographer And Daguerreotypist wishes employment in or out of the city.  Inquire of Mr. J. Meyer, 349 Canal street.

J. S. Meyer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. C. A. Merrell

1858                Rooms at the Western Hotel, McArthur, Ohio.

D. C. A. Merrell was recorded in an announcement and advertisement in the M’Arthur Democrat (McArthur, Ohio). The announcement appeared on September 16, 1858. Daguerreotypes.—Now is the time to have your likeness taken.—Mr. D. C. A. Merrell, an excellent artist, is ready to accommodate you with any description of photographs. See Advertisement.

The advertisement ran from September 16 to November 4, 1858.  Photographic Pictures!  For A Few Days Only!  D. C. A. Merrell, Having taken rooms at the Western Hotel for a short time, is now prepared to take all kinds of Photographic Likenesses in the best style and the cheapest rates.  Lockets, Cases and Breast-Pins always on hand.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at his room.

D. C. A. Merrell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. B. Melvin/Melven

1859                Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store, Westfield, New York.

L. B. Melvin/Melven was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The announcement appeared on December 7, 1859. Likenesses.—There are but few who do not appreciate a well executed likeness, and it matters little whether the original is prepossessing or not. There is something undefinable about it.  We cherish the likenesses of those friends with whom we daily associate, and a truthful likeness seems to increase our attachment, and cement more strongly the bonds of friendship.  We do not know how it is, but there is always some pleasing feature that is sure to find its way into the likeness which we seem not to have discovered before; and especially of those cherished friends who have been taken from us.  It is then, perhaps, that we begin to fully appreciate their worth, and to understand truly how dear they were to us; and then it is that we prize, to, whatever serves to call up in memory, their worthy traits, & the pleasing associations of the past.  But we are forgetting ourselves; we only designed expressing the pleasure we derived from a few moments spent in looking over the specimens of art, in the well arranged Ambrotype Rooms of L. B. Melvin.  His pictures are taken and finished up with skill; but his card will be found in another part of the paper. to which all are referred.  Call on him; examine his specimens, and we guarantee you will take away with you your own likeness.

The advertisement ran from December 7 to 28, 1859.  Old Things Become New.  Marble Hall Picture Gallery in Full Blast!

Great reductions in prices.  The best Likenesses of all kinds, either Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melenotypes, Daguerreotypes And all other types, on Leather or Paper taken in any weather, and cheaper and better than was ever offered here before.  Now is the time for all that wish to have a good, correct likeness, as I defy all competition, either in Quality or prices.  Particular attention paid to taking Children’s picture.  A fine lot of specimens on hand.  Call and see.  Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store.  L. B. Melven.

L. B. Melvin/Melven is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. L. Meacham

1854                Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                            1854-1855     Rooms over David Lake’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                                                    1857-1859     Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                      1859                Rooms in the Odd Fellows Hall, Okolona, Mississippi.

S. L. Meacham was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement was recorded from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Note the date at the end of the advertisement (May 20, 1854.)  Daguerreotypes.  S. L. Meacham, of St. Louis, Mo., respectfully informs the citizens of Aberdeen, that he has taken rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Hankins, and is prepared to execute all manner of work appertaining to the art.  With an experience of nine years in the business, he feels confident in assuring those who may favor him with their patronage, that they can obtain of him specimens of the art equal to any in the world, as well as True Likenesses.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather, and set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, and cases, from the smallest to full size.  Citizens, Strangers and the ladies especially are invited to call and examine specimens.  May 20, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi). Business Directory.  Daguerreotypist.  S. L. Meacham—Over David Lake’s.

The third advertisement was recorded on June 4, 1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859 in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The announcement appeared on June 30, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Those who wish correct pictures of themselves will find Mr. Meacham, an artist of the first order, in the Odd Fellows Hall.  See Notice.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 30 to July 21, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Ambrotypes, S. L. Meacham (formerly of Aberdeen, Miss.,) respectfully calls the attention of the citizens of Okolona to his rooms in Odd Fellows Hall, where he will remain for a few days.  All those wanting a fine likeness of themselves, as well as a superior picture, would do well to give him an early call.  A fine lot of fancy cases; also, lockets and pins on hand.

S. L. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if S. L. Meacham is the same person as recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as S. L. M. Meacham even though the connection to St. Louis, is compelling the activity dates (S. L. M. Meacham 1851) and S. L. Meacham 1854 is circumstantial evidence and would be speculation at best.

Meacham & Sanders

1857-1859       Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders (S. L. Meacham & Sanders) was recorded in two advertisements.  The first was recorded on June 4,  1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The second advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  In The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Theodore Mayer

1856                167 Bowery, New York, New York.

Theodore Mayer 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.  Mayer — An excellent gallery. The ambrotypes show some skill, and I noticed some very fair photographs.

Theodore Mayer is recorded in other photographic directories, ut is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

Martson

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Martson (possibly Joseph Marston) was recorded 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.  Martson. — A really tip-top artist. His daguerreotypes surpass. His Ambrotypes are excellent, as also his retouched photographs. This artist has three galleries in the city. I saw some really fine positive photographs, which might place him among the first.

Joseph Marston is recorded in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

H. A. Marsh

1857-1859                   Rooms first building south of the Bank, Main Street, Ashtabula, Ohio.

H. A. Marsh was recorded in four advertisements and one announcement in the Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph (Ashtabula, Ohio). The first advertisement ran from July 3 to December 18, 1858. H. A. Marsh, Successor to E. Howell Would respectfully announced to the citizens of Ashtabula, and surrounding country, that he has recently purchased the entire interest of E. Howell in the Daguerreian business in this place, including his Papertype, recently patented, and that he is prepared to take correct likenesses, in all the different branches of the art, and in the most approved style.  Having had several year’s experience with the first artists in the country, I am enabled to keep up with all the improvements, and feel safe in saying I will furnish as good pictures, and correct, to the life, as can be obtained anywhere in this section of country.  No pictures shall go from my rooms, that are not entirely satisfactory, and warranted.  Pictures taken on patent leather, if desired.  Lockets and Miniature Pins filled at reasonable rates.  Particular attention given, in taking childrens’ likenesses.  Rooms first building south of the Bank, Main Street, where I can always be found from 8 o’clock, A. M. to 5 P. M.

Old Pictures copied, and new ones taken in any weather.            Ashtabula, July 15th, 1857.

The second advertisement ran from July 3, 1858 to December 31, 1859.  H. A. Marsh, Successor to E. Howell, Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Artist.  Also E. Howell’s new Papertype, recently Patented.  Lockets and Miniatures Pins filled at reasonable rates.  Pictures taken on patent leather, if desired.  Rooms, first building south of the Bank, Main Street, Ashtabula, Ohio.

The announce appeared on October 16, 1858.  Premiums Awarded by the Ashtabula Farmers Club. Held at Ashtabula, October 5th & 6th, 1858….Class XIX.  Fine Arts, Ornamental Works, &c. 49 entries.  First Premiums H. A. Marsh in both Ambrotypes & Photographs.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1858 to November 19, 1859.  Look Here!  Every one of the lovers of art, every one who admires the beautiful, and especially, every one who delights to look upon the familiar face of a dear friend or relative, (though that friend may be thousands of miles away. Or in the Spirit Land.) take notice that you can get a true—life likeness of yourself or friends at Marsh’s Gallery of Art in Ashtabula, and also, that during the Holidays, in consideration of the closeness of times, I will furnish superior pictures at Much Reduced Prices!

What Christmas or New Year Gifts, are more appropriate than to present a perfect likeness of Yourself to your friends.  I intend to keep constantly on hand a variety of good durable cases, also frames to hang up, so that as you sit by your fireside, you can behold the faces you love, beaming upon you, waking up old memories, and calling to mind past scenes of pleasure and enjoyment.

Having recently refitted my rooms, I shall endeavor to make it as pleasant and agreeable as possible, for all who may give me a call, whether wishing pictures or not.  But remember, time waits for no man, and hard times does not prevent death from removing those you love.

Secure the shadow, Ere the substance Fades; which you can do at Marsh’s Ambrotype Gallery, in cloudy as well as clear weather, between 8 A. M., and 4 P. M.  Rooms first building south of Bank.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 12 to December 31, 1859.  Look Here!  H. A. Marsh!  Photographic Pictures.  I am now taking some fine Photographs, a new and popular style of Pictures, on paper.  After the first is taken, any number can be printed from it, without repeated sitting.

Also—Every other style of pictures, taken in the Best & Most Durable Manner, Warranted.  All of the above styles of pictures, can be obtained Cheap at Marsh’s Gallery, First building South of the Bank.

H. A. Marsh is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1859-1860 in Ashtabula, Ohio.

L. W. F. Mark

Ca. 1859          20 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                 ND                     Address and Location Unknown.

L. W. F. Mark was recorded from a facsimile of a broadside. From (Jim Foster’s Classy Camera, Urbana, IL.) with notes. Ca. 1859.

Photographs!  Ambrotypes.  L. W. Mark, Late of Boston, has now the pleasure of informing the inhabitants of this town and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at

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for a few days only, for the purpose of taking Photographs, Ambrotypes & Lettertypes.  With superior German Instruments, and the best Stock, he is prepared to take Group or single Miniatures at the lowest prices, and trusts he can please even the most fastidious.

At this Establishment, all are allowed to sit and make changes until satisfied with a likeness.

The supply of Plain and Fancy Cases, Frames, and Life-like Likenesses, and the terms at which they are furnished, he trusts will be an inducement to call and see specimens, if not to patronize.

Copying and all that pertains to the art done at short notice.—Pictures of Deceased Persons taken at their residences; Views, &c.

Parents wishing Miniatures of their Children, will please come in the fore part of the day, as the light is stronger and better.  Come One, Come All, Give the Lame Man a Call!  L. W. F. Mark.

“Twenty-two original broadsides were found with much of the photographers camera equipment.  He was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire.  In the 1850’s he worked as an apprentice at a Boston Daguerreian Gallery located at 20 Washington Street.  In a letter to his mother dated 1859 he wrote I live in a gentleman’s hotel and looking around at all the potential Customers…he purchased two of Roberts, Box-in-a-Box Daguerrian cameras one ¼ plate and one ½ plate, plate holders, tripod, and other materials for wet-plate photography.  He returned to Keene, New Hampshire and became town clerk.

L. W. F. Mark is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George W. Manly

1855-1858                   Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.                                                      1858-1859                   Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

George W. Manly was recorded in four advertisements and three announcements in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from June 23, 1855 to March 22, 1856.  Geo. W. Manly, Daguerreian Artist!  Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The second advertisement ran from March 29, 1856 to February 6, 1858.  Geo. W. Manly, Ambrotype And Daguerrian Artist!  Carey’s Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The first announcement appeared on  August 22, 1857.  Photograph Oil Pictures.—Manly at his Daguerreian and Photograph rooms immediately under the Bugle office, gets up pictures in the best style of the art, and is ever ready to give his patrons the benefit of all valuable improvements in his business.  The most recent and beautiful of these is that of transferring photographs to paper in oil, giving them the appearance and it is said, the durability of oil paintings.  The pictures are really magnificent, and we recommend our friends who have occasion for the services of an artist to call on Mr. Manly before sitting elsewhere.  One advantage of these pictures is, that being on card board, they can be sent by mail, if desired, with only the ordinary expense of letter postage.  They can also be afforded at reduced prices.

The third advertisement ran from January 2, 1858 to May 14, 1859.  Geo. W. Manly, Ambrotype And Daguerrian Artist!  Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The second announcement appeared on  February 12, 1859.  G, W. Manley, so long and so favorably known in Salem as an accomplished artist, is about to open rooms in Akron, (though his numerous patrons will rejoice to learn he is not to close those he now occupies.)  We have pleasure in recommending Mr. Manly to our readers in Summit county, as a prompt and attentive business man, and skilful in his profession.  Those who patronize him may rely upon having good pictures in good style, either ambrotypes, or photographs.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 29, 1859 to December 31, 1859.  George W. Manly, Ambrotype And Photograph Artist!  Schillings’ Block, Main Street, Salem, Ohio.

The third announcement appeared on  December 17, 1859.  Likeness of John Brown.—Manley, of this place, has a photograph likeness of John Brown, which he sells at 50 cts.  We are unable to speak of its accuracy from personal knowledge, but the artist assures us it is a good likeness.

George W. Manly is listed in other photographic directories as being active in Akron and Salem, Ohio (1859-1860).  This is possibly the same Manly who was active in Salem in the firm of Manly & Carpenter (1853-1855).