J. M. Campbell

1856-1857       Court Street, opposite Kirby House, Watertown, New York.

J. M. Campbell was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 25, 1856 to January 15, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.) Lights And Shadows From Real Life! A. M. Campbell, Daguerreotypist And Ambrotypist, would respectfully inform the people of Watertown and surrounding country, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerrean Car on Court Street, opposite the Kirby House for a short time, where he proposes to furnish all who may desire, with faithfully delineated, Life-Like, and Rich Toned Pictures.  At prices varying from Fifty Cents upward, according to style and size of plate.  His Car is large and commodious, and having the advantage of a superior Light, and long experience in the business, he flatters himself that for accuracy and effect, his Pictures are not to be surpassed.

Who can so truly appreciate the value of a good Daguerreotype, as the friends of the loved and lost?

“Blest be the Art which keeps the absent near,                                                                  The beautiful, unchanged from Time’s rude theft,                                                           Guards the fresh tint on Childhood’s polished brow,                                                      And when Love yields its idol to the tomb,                                                                         Doth snatch a copy.”

Pictures neatly set in Pins, Keys, Bracelets, Lockets, and all work Warranted not to fade.  Hours of operating from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.  Please call and examine specimens.

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

J. Caldwell

1856                Rooms at the Isham House, Jackson, Ohio.

J. Caldwell was recorded in an advertisement on November 13, 1856 in The Jackson Standard. (Jackson, Ohio.) Daguerreotype Gallery.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Jackson and vicinity, that I have taken rooms in the Isham House, where I am prepared to execute any thing in the Art, in the most satisfactory manner.  Those that wish to patronize me, will please call soon, as I expect to go South before navigation closes.

N. B.  Pictures can be taken just as well in cloudy weather as clear. I have had many years experience in the Art, and know I can please all.        Oct 2, 1856.               J. Caldwell, Artist.

Please note that the date at the end of the advertisement is October 2, 1856.  Only 14 Issues in 1856 were available to me of The Jackson Standard, twelve issues were available from January 3 to March 20, and the remaining two were on November 13 and December 11.  Two interesting statements are made in the advertisement first that he expects to go south before navigation closes, to my thinking that means he is using the Ohio River to travel on the Mississippi River, and points south.  Secondly in the second paragraph he states that he has had many years experience in the art.  As I read more newspapers across the country hopefully more information can be added to this photographer history.

J. Caldwell is not listed in other photographic directories that can be verified as being the same person.

Mrs. Cain or Cane

1859                200 Superior, South Side, Cleveland, Ohio.

Two entries today, Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Cane, they are probably the same person.  Mrs.  Cain is recorded in an advertisement that ran on May 23 to 31, 1859 in the Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, Ohio.)  Ambrotypes And Photographs.—Mrs. Cain has her picture gallery at her old stand, No. 200 Superior street (South Side).  First class pictures taken on reasonable terms, and warranted to suit.                          my18.

Mrs. Cane

1858                106 Superior Street, South Side, Cleveland, Ohio.

Mrs. Cane was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 24 to October, 20, 1858 in the  Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, Ohio.)  Mrs. Cane, Ambrotype and Melaneotype Artist, No. 106 Superior St., South Side.) Cleveland, Ohio.

Mrs. Cain or Cane does not appear in John Craig’s Daguerreian Registry or in Diane VanSkiver Gagel’s Ohio Photographers 1839-1900.  In addition information from the Cleveland City Directories for the late 1850’s cannot verify the correct spelling of her last name or provide a first name.  The Cleveland Morning Leader that I have access to starts on June 1, 1858 (Vol. 12, Issue No. 131) and for the most part is a complete run through December 31, 1859.

E. T. Cabanis

1848                Rooms over Barns & Beidler’s Store, Springfield, Illinois.

E. T. Cabanis was recorded in the January 6, 1848 Illinois Journal (Springfield, Illinois.) Daguerreotype Miniatures.  E. T. Cabanis wishes to inform the public that he has fitted up very comfortable rooms and is (Sundays excepted) taking likenesses in a manner that cannot fail to please all persons of taste.  As he wishes to remain in Springfield, not intending to travel, he begs all lovers of the art, and all who would have elegant likenesses of themselves or friends, to give him at least a passing notice.

N. B. Rooms over Barns & Beidler’s store, opposite the south entrance of the State House.

E. T. Cabanis is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Byron & Bent

1851                155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Byron & Ben were first recorded in an announcement on May 12, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Brooklyn Not To Be Outdone.—Byron & Bent, of 155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, whose artistic skill as Daguerreotypist, is rapidly gaining for them a distinguished celebrity, determined to keep pace with the New York artists, have, with a laudable enterprise, fitted up a Daguerrian gallery that will vie with any in the modern Gotham.  In point of accuracy of delineation, distinctness of execution and style, the likenesses by Byron & Bent, are as perfect as any we have seen, and superior to many, by artists who have had a longer experience, and hold a high rank in their profession.  We command Messrs. B. & B. to the patronage of their fellow citizens.  Their charges are moderate, and the portraits are permanent, which is not the case with very many of the low priced artists—we mean those who charge 50 cts.  Pay them a visit, and give them a trial; you will be sure to call again!

The following week an advertisement appeared on May 17 and ran until August 22, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Daguerrian Gallery, (From Meade Brothers,) 155 Atlantic street, Brooklyn.  The great want of a good Daguerrian Gallery, in South Brooklyn, has long been felt, and the subscribers have been induced to fit up the first floor over the splendid store of G. D. Sweetzer, at 155 Atlantic street, as one of the first class; and they can say, without fear of contradiction, that in point of convenience and general capabilities, it is surpassed by none in the States.

The Proprietors will always be on the spot, and guarantee that none but Superior Pictures shall be issued from their establishment.  Ladies and elderly persons will find a great convenience in the gallery and operating room being on the first floor.  Children’s Portraits taken in a few seconds.  Portraits taken at private residences.  A choice assortment of Lockets & c.  Portraits (colored) from $1.00 upwards, Portraits with Locket included,          $2.50.  Byron & Bent.

While Walter C. Byron and Edward Stanley Bent are known and have been recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry the new information is that they worked for the Meade Brothers.

Oscar P. Button

1857-1859       Fairbanks Block, corner of Court and Arsenal Streets, Watertown, New York.

Oscar P. Button is mentioned in an announcement on March 5, 1857 The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  Removal.—G. S. Rugg, Artists, has removed his Daguerreian Gallery from Fairbanks’ Block, Court-st., to Washington Hall Block, where he has fitted up rooms with new and elegant furniture, and is prepared to take pictures in the best styles of the art.

But his old rooms are not deserted:  Mr. Oscar Button, an operator of experience, has engaged the same rooms in the Fairbanks Block, vacated by Mr. Rugg, and will continue the business in all its branches.

The first advertisement found appeared 19 March 1857 and ran until June 18, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  Bought Out!  Having Purchased The Sky and Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  (Known as Rugg’s Gallery, in the Fairbank’s Block,) the undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that after many additions and improvements, in which he has spared no pains or expense, he is now fully prepared to execute Pictures in the very best style and finish the art is enable of producing.  He has had many years experience in the art, and during the time has been in many of the larger cities of the Union, North and South, East and West.  All work taken by him is warranted and unless entire satisfaction is given, the money will be refunded.  Of Cases, Frames, &c. he has an entirely new lot of every possible variety.

Remember, Fairbanks Buildings, Corner Court And Arsenal Streets, Opposite The American Hotel.

The same advertisement ran on May 6, 1857 and ran until September 30, 1857 in the Northern New York Journal (Watertown, New York.)  Bought Out!  Having Purchased The Sky and Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  (Known as Rugg’s Gallery, in the Fairbank’s Block,) the undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that after many additions and improvements, in which he has spared no pains or expense, he is now fully prepared to execute Pictures in the very best style and finish the art is enable of producing.  He has had many years experience in the art, and during the time has been in many of the larger cities of the Union, North and South, East and West.  All work taken by him is warranted and unless entire satisfaction is given, the money will be refunded.  Of Cases, Frames, &c. he has an entirely new lot of every possible variety.

Remember, Fairbanks Buildings, Corner Court And Arsenal Streets, Opposite The American Hotel.         O. P. Button.   Watertown, April 29, 1857.

The next advertisement appeared on December 30, 1858 and ran until March 17, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  O. P. Button, Daguerrean Operator, Fairbanks Block, Corner Of Court and Arsenal Streets, Watertown.  Pictures taken in every style of the art, and Twenty-Five Per Cent Cheaper than at any other rooms in town.—Call and examine specimens.

Oscar P. Button does not appear in other photographic directories.

S. E. Bottolph

1859                Address Unknown, Malone, New York.

S. E. Buttolph was mentioned in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York) on May 20, 1859. Franklin Co. Items. Mrs. Cornelia L. Buttolph, wife of S. E. Buttolph, ambrotype artist, died suddenly of heart disease at Malone on Saturday the 14th.  She had just returned to her room, from a walk, when she was taken suddenly ill, and exclaimed that she was dying….

While S. E. Buttolph is known and recorded as a daguerreian in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry this gives us a little more information.  We know have his wife’s name and that he made ambrotypes also.

James C. Butler

1847                100 State Street, Schenectady, New York.                                                            1848                Room in the Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.

James C. Butler was recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from September 17 to October 15, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York.)  Improved Daguerreotypes.—Plain or Colored.—The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Schenectady and its vicinity, that he has taken the rooms recently occupied by Mr. Cooke for the purpose of giving all an opportunity of obtaining perfect likenesses of themselves by the improved Daguerreotype.

The experience that Mr. B. has had, warrants him in saying that all those who will favor him with a call for their likenesses, will obtain that which will give them perfect satisfaction.  Family groups taken at their residences if desired.  James C. Butler, 100 State st.

The second advertisement ran from October 22 to 29, 1847 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar.—The subscriber would give notice that he has reduced the usual price of Daguerreotypes to One Dollar.  All who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity, must do so within four weeks from date, as his engagements will not admit of a longer stay.  All likenesses taken are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, and be equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Specimens can be seen at his rooms, 100 State street.—Schenectady, Oct 18, 1847.   James C. Butler.

The third entry announces Butler’s arrival in Plattsburg on November 25, 1848 in the  Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.)  See Mr. Butler’s Daguerreotype notice in another column, and then call at his room and look at his beautiful and life-like pictures.

The fourth entry is the advertisement mentioned in the announcement and ran from November 25 to December 16, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerreotype Room in the Fireman’s Hall, where he will be happy to wait on all those who may want a correct likeness.  The subscriber is confident, from past experience, that he can produce a more perfect and durable likeness than was ever taken in this place and equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Those who have friends living at a distance and wish to present them with their likeness, can do so by having them taken at my room.  I will then forward them from the post office of this place any distance not exceeding three hundred miles, for twenty-five cents; over three hundred miles, and to any post office within the United States, for fifty cents.

The price of likenesses will depend on the size and style in which they are put up.  Likenesses set in pins, bracelets, lockets, and taken in every style of the art.  Also, of the sick and feeble taken at their residence, and of the deceased persons, if desired.  Portrait paintings, daguerreotypes and engravings copied with accuracy.

Those wishing to learn the business can receive such instructions in the art as will enable them to operate in a short time, not only to operate, but to take likenesses with a tone, finish and expression which will give satisfaction to all.  All are invited to call at the Firemen’s Hall and examine specimens, whether they wish to sit for their likeness or not.

James C. Butler does not appear in other photographic directories.

George H. Butler

1853-1856       140 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                          1855                   257 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

George H. Butler was recorded twice in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts) on July 12, 1853 in an announcement and then in an advertisement.  New Daguerreotype Rooms.  It will be seen by reference to our advertising columns, that Messrs. Seaver & Butler have established themselves at No. 140 Washington street, where they would be happy to see their friends and the public, and to serve them in the line of their art.

The advertisement ran from July 12 to 25, 1853.  New Daguerreotype Rooms.  140 Washington Street, Seaver & Butler, having recently purchased these rooms, and neatly fitted and newly furnished them throughout, till they are surpassed in convenience and elegance by none in the city, are now prepared to take Likenesses with promptness, in the very best style of the art, and in every size and mode of finish.  The public are respectfully invited to give them a call.  Entire satisfaction guaranteed.

Mr. Seaver having been employed as Operator at Ives’s Establishment, for over a year past, would be pleased to see his numerous friends and acquaintances at his new place of business, where they will meet with entire satisfaction, as heretofore.

George H. Butler has been recorded in other photographic directories.  The 1853 information above is new and was not included in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.

Alexander Butler

1853                Address & Location Unknown

Alexander Butler is recorded on January 20, 1854 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York.)  In a listing of The [1853] Exhibition At The Crystal Palace. Official Awards of Juries.  Jury F.  Class 10.  Philosophical Instruments And Their Products….Alexander Butler is awarded a Bronze Medal for several excellent Daguerreotypes.  In the space where his city or state is recorded it only says U. S.

Alexander Butler name does not appear in the Official Catalogue of the New-York Exhibition of Industry of All Nations, 1853. Under   Class 10.  Philosophical Instruments And Their Products. Unfortunately Craig’s Daguerreian Registry records him as probably being from New York City.  Regrettably the information does not indicate this assumption to be true.