Category Archives: Photographs

Robert Wolcott Gibbes

1857                Address Unknown, South Carolina.

Dr. Robert Wolcott Gibbes was recorded in an announcement that appeared on November 19, 1857 in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  What We Saw And Heard….There were objects at the fair to please the eye, the taste and the fancy of the fastidious amateur, and the judgment and good sense of the plain, substantial farmer…. But it will make the decent more gradual to sketch in the next place the picture gallery.  In this department we must confess our expectations were not altogether realized.  Nevertheless, there were several good paintings and a choice selection of hallotypes and photographs on exhibition.— The finest pictures, we believe, belonged to Dr. Gibbes.  Messrs. Kingsmore & Wearn, of Newberry, sent down some beautiful photograph portraits.  Those of Hon. John Belton O’Neall and Hon. Preston S. Brooks attracted most attention.

Dr. Robert Wolcott Gibbes was not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, over the Post Office, Geneseo, New York.

J. Geiger was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the partnership of Ranger & Geiger.  The announcement appeared on March 19, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  The improvements made I the last few years in the Daguerrean art, have more than kept pace with the progressive age and has now in this country attained a perfection and excellence that would seem to lead to the conclusion that the art had now reached its acme of beauty and perfection.  It is but a few years since the principle was given us by the French, but the art to-day bears little comparison to what was brought to us from across the water.  Yankee ingenuity, skill and experience has perfected the art.  On a recent visit to the rooms of Mr. J. Geiger, over the Post Office, we could but note the change effected and the improvements made, and in the hands of a skilful artists like Mr. G. persons can obtain “sun delineations” as perfect and natural as the originals.  Mr. G. has facilities that enables him at all times to produce pictures that need only be seen to be appreciated.  His stock is large, and persons should not loose the opportunity of procuring pictures when such an opportunity presents itself.

The first advertisement ran from March 19 to September 3, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerrean & Ambrotype Gallery Geiger is again on hand, just returned from the city, and prepared to offer to his numerous patrons an opportunity to select from the largest and best assortment of Daguerreotype Goods, including every variety of the latest styles of Plain And Fancy Cases, Single & Family Frames, &c. ever brought into this County, and which he will sell at greatly Reduced Prices. from Fifty Cents upwards.  A good picture enclosed in a neat case for Fifty Cents, And warranted to be equal to any taken elsewhere in Western New York, affording all an opportunity of getting correct Likenesses of themselves, their families and relations at much lower prices than formerly.  The wisest statesmen have said “in time of peace prepare for war.”  True affection says, “in health procure a memento that shall last when this frail form shall have passed away.”

Reader, while you mind is upon the subject, come with your family, and secure those family keepsakes which are so highly prized.  Don’t delay until the family circle is broken by the Spoiler.

Have you a friend or companion who would highly prize your Ambrotype?  Call at Geiger’s Rooms where he may be found during all business hours, prepared to do all work pertaining to that art.  He has a superior apparatus, and assures the public that his pictures shall be of the first quality, and from 25 to 50vper cent cheaper than can be obtained elsewhere.

Miniatures taken in clear or cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings and Bracelets, &c.  Views of Residences taken.  Also miniatures taken of the sick or dead, if desired, on reasonable terms.  Copying of every description done on short notice.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.

Thankful for former very liberal patronage, a continuance of the same is respectfully solicited.  Don’t forget the place.  It is over the Post Office, Main-st., Genesco.  J. Geiger, March 2d, 57.

The second advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M.  W. Ranger. J. Geiger.

J. Geiger is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William E. Ranger in Warsaw, N. Y. as a daguerrean in 1859.  It is possible that they are the same person Geneseo is about 21 miles from Warsaw.

George Preserved Gaige

1856                369 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]

George Preserved Gaige 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.

Gaige—Another artist, another excellent gallery. The ambrotypes are fair, but susceptible of improvement. We were much pleased with the daguerreotypes. The photographs lack depth of tone. 

George Preserved Gaige is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but is included 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.

 

 

H. O. Freeman

1859                Address unknown, Celestine, Indiana.

H. O. Freeman was recorded in an announcement on December 21, 1859 in The Jasper Weekly Courier (Jasper, Indiana). Fine Pictures.—We advise all in the vicinity of Celestine, who want number one pictures, to call o Mr. H. O. Freeman.  He will stay there about ten days, and can’t be bent taking melainotypes or ambrotypes.

H. O. Freeman was not recorded in other photographic directories.

Edwin R. Fredericks

1856                 168 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Edwin R. Frederick as part of the partnership of Fredericks, Penabert & Germon was recorded in the April 1, 1856 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.

Frdericks, 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.

Edwin R. Fredericks is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, and is included here because of the firsthand account of their 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.

 

C. J. Fox

1858                 Address Unknown, Richmond, Virginia.

C. J. Fox appeared in an advertisement on March 18, 1858 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  Rooms Wanted, For A Photographic Gallery On the second or third floor.  The south side of Main street, between 7th and 12, preferred.  Apply personally or by letter, to C. J. Fox, American Hotel.

A Charles J. Fox is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York City in 1859.  It is unknown if they are the same person.

A. Fletcher

1858                     Rooms nearly opposite the Wilson House, Salem, Ohio.

A. Fletcher was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 3 to August 28, in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio).  A. Fletcher, Photograph Artist, From Massillon, Ohio, Has taken rooms for a short time with Mr. Duck, Ambrotypist, nearly opposite the Wilson House, Salem, Ohio, where he is prepared to execute Photographs On white paper, both plain and fancy, in the most beautiful styles of the Art

Daguerreotypes, or Ambrotypes of deceased, or absent friends, can be magnified up to any size required, and furnished equal to the finest steel engraving.

Photographs are considered the cheapest as well as the most enduring and most beautiful pictures made.  Please call and examine specimens.

At this time it is unknown if he is the same A. Fletcher who was in Barre, Massachusetts in 1846 and Springfield, Massachusetts in 1848.

M. W. Fitch

1855-1860       Address Unknown, Freemont, Ohio.[1]                                                                      1856-1859       Rooms in Nims’ Block, Fremont, Ohio.                                                                                  1859                   Rooms Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets,                                         Fremont, Ohio.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements. The first announcement appeared on October 24, 1856 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio). Ambrotypes and Painting.  Mr. A. D. Wiles, has sold his stock, fixtures, &c. in the ambrotype business, and removed from the place.  His successor, Mr. Fitch, will continue to occupy the same rooms.  Mr. F., is also a very fine painter; and those of our citizens who wish can have the opportunity of sitting for their portraits.  Call at his rooms.

The first advertisement ran from October 31, 1856 to March 11, 1859 in the Fremont Journal.  (Fremont, Ohio).  Fitch’s Gallery of Art.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Photographs taken in superior style.  Also, Portraits painted Life Size, either from the sitter, or from Daguerreotypes, and satisfaction warranted in all cases.

I have lately purchased the stock, fixtures, &c., belonging to the A. D. Wiles’ room, in Nims’ block, and shall continue the business at the same place, where I shall be happy to attend to those who favor me with a call.  Instruction given in Ambrotyping, also in Portrait and landscape painting.  M. W. Fitch.  Fremont. Oct. 31, 1856.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair.  This annual exhibition which came off on the Agricultural Society’s grounds in Fremont…Painting, Printing, &c., No. 31.

5.  Ambrotypes…M. W. Fitch.                                                                                                                                6.  Oil Painting….M. W. Fitch.

The announcement appeared on October 15, 1858 in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Sandusky County Fair, 1858.  Premiums Awarded…No. 31—Painting and Printing….

M. W. Fitch, Ambrotypes…Diploma.                                                                                                              M. W. Fitch, Oil Painting….Diploma.

The second advertisement ran from March 18 to December 30, 1859.  In the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  Ambrotypes.    M. W. Fitch, takes pleasure in saying to his numerous patrons and friends, that he is still Making Pictures in the Best Style, and on as reasonable terms as any artist in town.  He has Lately added a large Camera, to his apparatus capable of taking ambrotypes direct from the sitter.  Oil paintings made from daguerreotypes or from life and warranted satisfactory.  Instructions given in the business. Rooms—Over the Bank of Fremont, corner of Front and Croghan Streets.  M. W. Fitch.   Fremont, March 18, 1859.

M. W. Fitch was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Fremont, Ohio for 1859-1860.

[1] Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 by Diane VanSkiver Gagel.

Marshall Finley

1848                Address Unknown, Canandaigua, New York.                                                      1859                Address Unknown, Canandaigua, New York.

Marshall Finley was recorded in two announcements.  The first on November 1, 1848 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Ontario County Fair.  Premiums On Non-Enumerated Articles….                                                                                                                                                                     Daguerreotypes, Mr. M. Finley, Canandaigua,                     $1.

The second announcement appeared on October 12, 1859 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Premiums Awarded at the 20th Annual Fair of the Ontario County Agricultural Society….

Best exhibition ambrotypes, M. Finely, Canandaigua,         $2.                                                                do        do          photographs,       do,             do,                            $2.

Marshall Finley is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

O. D. Finch

1859               264 3ed Street, East of the Post Office, Dayton, Ohio.

O. D. Finch was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement.  The announcement ran on September 5, 1859 in the Dayton Daily Empire (Dayton, Ohio).  The Presentation at Springfield.  On Saturday evening last, the Oregon Fire Company of this city went up to Springfield, for the purpose of presenting the Rover Fire Company of that city with a Large Photographic Picture….The Photograph was an excellent front view of the Oregon Engine House , flanked by 73 members of the company.  It was about 3 ft. in length by 2½ in breadth, and had about it a magnificent frame.  The Photograph was by Mr. O. D. Finch, of this city, and is a credit to them and the art….

The advertisement ran from September 20 to December 14, 1859 in the Dayton Daily Empire.  (Dayton, Ohio).  Opening Of New Daguerreotype & Photographic Rooms, (September 6th.) At the Gallery of Art, 264, 3ed Street, East Of The Post Office.  The Subscriber Respectfully informs his friends and patrons, that he has resumed his old business of Daguerreotyping in connection with his Gallery of Painting, for which purpose he has fitted up rooms in the most elegant style, over his Picture Frame and Looking Glass Store.  Having secured the services of Mr. O. D. Finch, who has the reputation of being one of the most skillful Photographist in the West, he thinks he cannot fail to render the most entire satisfaction to all who want a faithful likeness.

Picture Frames of every description, and looking Glasses of all sizes, always on hand, or made to order.        sep 6.   T. W. Cridland.

O. D. Finch is not recorded in other photographic directories.