Putnam & Rablen

1857                Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Middlebury, Vermont.

Putnam & Rablen were recorded in two advertisements in The Middlebury Register  (Middlebury, Vermont). The first advertisement ran from March 11 to 25, 1857.  Improved Ambrotypes.  There is nothing prettier to present to a friend than a “fac simile” of yourself, when you can procure one executed in a scientific manner.  Since the introduction of the Daguerreotyping in America improvements have continually been made by our enterprising countrymen.  One of the latest of these improvements the subscribers now introduce to the citizens of Middlebury.  By it we make the picture of the subject have the appearance of projecting an eight of an inch from the glass, therefore get a full stereoscopic view without the use of lenses.

For Brilliancy of Tone and Durability of finish these pictures cannot be excelled.  One of the subscribers has had long experience in picture making, having for the last 14 years been engaged in the principal establishments both in this country and Europe.  Every improvement that has made its appearance he has had an excellent opportunity to “launch” directory into, and is  therefore fully competent to execute first class work at whichever branch of the picture business he undertakes.  Ambrotypes made after the most improved style, either on light or dark ground. An Ambrotype when properly finished is hermetically sealed between two glasses, so that they cannot be affected by either air or water.  All of our pictures are hermetically sealed, which process any one desirous of seeing will be shown with cheerfulness.  Ambrotypes set in lockets.

Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences.  Particular attention paid to copying Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes of Paintings.  All copies we guarantee equal to the original pictures.

Rooms in Stewart’s Block.  All are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Putnam & Rablen.

The second advertisement ran from April 8 to 22, 1857.  If You Want A Superior Ambrotype, —You had better call soon,—As We Remain In Town But a few days longer.  Rablen & Putnam.

Putnam  & Rablen (W.H. Rablen) are not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Middlebury, Vermont.  W. H. Rablen is probably William Rablen listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Troy, New York from 1854 to 1857.

Purviance

1853-1854       Rooms at the Post Office Building, Federal Street, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Purviance was recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 22, 1853 to September 2, 1854 in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  Purviance’s Daguerrean Rooms, Post Office Building, Third door below Rail Road Station, Federal Street, Allegheny.  Miniatures taken at this Establishment either singly or in groups, of all sizes.  oct. 15.

Purviance is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is possible that William T. Purviance and Purviance are the same person.

 

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.

Lemuel H. Purnell

1852-1853       159 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lemuel H. Purnell was recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 17, 1852 to July 16, 1853 in the Sunbury American (Sunbury, Pennsylvania).  Van Loan Daguerrean Gallery, 159 Chestnut Street, At this celebrated establishment you can always procure the newest and most improved styles of Daguerreotype & Talbotype Portraits, at 50 to 100 per ct. less cost than such pictures can be had for elsewhere.

Now that you can secure such perfect portraits of your loved ones at a mere nominal cost, don’t delay—lest you lose them.

Every Variety of fancy cases, frames, &c., on hand or furnished to order, and every picture made satisfactory and warranted to be in the best style of the art or No Charge.  Call and see us at 159 Chestnut st.  L. H, Purnell.  Philadelphia July 17, 1852.

Lemuel H. Purnell is recorded in other photographic directories as only being active in 1853.

Charles W. Purcell

1849-1850       128 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]                                                        1851                   Rooms in Sharpe & Yandee’s Building, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Charles W. Purcell was mentioned in an announcement that appeared on October 9, 1851 in the Indiana State Sentinel (Indianapolis, Indiana).  “Here Life Seems Speaking From A Hundred Frames.”—The new and beautiful Daguerreotype Rooms of Mr. S. Rea are completed, and are now open for the reception of visitors.  The quality of Mr. Rea’s pictures has always been greatly admired, but since he has introduced the improvement of his new sky-light, and side-lights, he is enabled to give a much better finish to Daguerreotypes, and to produce a more perfect picture than heretofore.  By his new arrangement of light, the difficulty heretofore experienced in taking the likenesses of children, aged persons, and those with light-colored or weak eyes, has been removed, and an impression is taken on the plate in a very short space of time.  We have seen several of his pictures taken by the new light, and for beautiful gradation of light and shade, clearness in the image, and the softness of tone, we have never seen them equaled.

The Metropolitan Gallery consists of two large rooms, in Sharpe & Yandee’s building.  One is used for operating, and the other as the gallery and reception room.  The latter is tastefully and splendidly furnished, the pictures being arranged on each side of the room, and also in the frame-work of a circular moveable case, placed on a pedestal in the centre of the room.  His beautiful assortment of fine gold lockets and breastpins for miniatures, occupy a portion of this case.

Mr. Rea has secured the services of Mr. Charles W. Purcell, of Baltimore, an experienced operator, and he pledges himself that not a picture shall leave his establishment that does not give entire satisfaction.

Charles W. Purcell is recorded in other photographic directories but the above information helps to clarify his timeline.

[1] Baltimore activity dates and address from Directory of Maryland Photographers 1939-1900, p. 43.  By Ross J. Kelbaugh..

James Adolphus Pugh

1856                Address Unknown, Mulberry Street, Macon, Georgia.

James Adolphus Pugh appeared in an announcement on October 8, 1856 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana).  Great Fire in Macon.—A little before daybreak, on Monday, the 22d ult., our citizens were aroused by the ringing of alarm bells and the cry of fire.  The cause of the fire is not known, but it was first discovered, we believe, on the premises of Mr. E. E. Brown, on Mulberry street, opposite the Lanier hotel,…The following is a list of the houses destroyed, some of which were owned by their occupants, and others by different persons:…Pugh’s daguerreotype gallery;…

J. A. Pugh is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Macon, Georgia in 1859, they are possibly the same person.

Proctor & Buell

1852                Room over William’s Hardware Store, Grand Rapids, Michigan.                                1852                New School House, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Proctor & Buell (Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell) were recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).   The first advertisement ran from March 2 to May 5, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

P. S.  Messrs. P. & B., will visit Grand Haven, in April, when they will hope to receive that encouragement which their merit claims.

The first announcement appeared on March 23, 1852.  A reference to our advertising columns will show that Messrs. Proctor & Buell, Daguerreian artist, of Grand Rapids, will visit us in April, for the purpose of transferring to silver plates the “human face divine,” in which business they have gained an enviable reputation.

The second advertisement ran from May 12 to June 2, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

Messrs. P. & B. have taken rooms at the New School-house, in this place, where they will remain for two weeks.  Those wishing pictures of themselves or friends, are very respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

The second announcement ran on May 26, 1852, Vol. I, No. 45, P. 2.  Mr. Buel, the daguerreian artist, of the firm Proctor & Buel, is in town yet, and wants to see every one of you at his gallery in the New School-house. Where he will be “very happy” to sit you and make a durable shadow of you.  Give him a call, any way, and see if his picture ain’t  “some.”

Both Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell are recorded in other photographic directories, but not as partners.

Messrs. Pride

1844                Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

Messrs. Pride were recorded in two announcements in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  The first announcement ran on March 27, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—It may not be known to many of our readers that the Messrs. Pride have taken one of the upper rooms in the Cobble-Stone block, and are prepared to furnish Daguerreotype Miniatures on the “shortest notice.  We examined several that were taken yesterday, many of which were as perfect as could possibly be taken.  They warrant a faithful picture to any one who will sit,—one which shall be satisfactory to the sitter.  Our citizens will find it a pleasant place to lounge for a half hour.  Call and see for yourself.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1844.  Photographic Likenesses.—The Messrs. Pride continue to furnish accurate portraits at their daguerrian Gallery, in the Cobble Stone block.  The likenesses taken yesterday and the day before are excellent.  Call and examine them, or come and see ours.

Messrs. Pride are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Cephas Pride

1849                One Door North of N. M. Wardwell’s store, Pulaski, New York.

J. Cephas Pride is recorded in one advertisement that ran on May 16 & 23, 1849 in the Richland Courier (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  The Subscriber would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Pulaski and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Gallery, one door north of N. M. Wardwell’s store, where he will be happy to receive a call from his friends; and pledge himself that he will take their Miniatures better than any other artist has been able to do heretofore, in this place.  J. Cephas Pride.  Pulaski, May 9, 1849.

J. Cephas Pride is not recorded in other photographic directories.