Palmer, Bartholomew & Co

1857                Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.

Messrs. Palmer, Bartholomew & Co. were listed in an announcement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on October 7, 1857.  Agricultural Society Report…Painting &c….

In the Daguerreotype Department, there were several exhibitions deserving of more than a Passing notice from your Committee, but as the scale of premiums have been limited, we are reluctantly compelled to contain ourselves to the following;

Best specimens of Daguerreotypes, called Melainotypes, to                                                              No. 162, O. Monroe, Dunkirk; 2d do. No. 158.

The committee would respectfully recommend a premium of the 2d class to.                            No. 316 G. R. Martin, being four Photographs in oil.

There were on exhibition three Ambrotypes without numbers from Messrs. Palmer, Bartholomew & Co. Westfield, deserving much credit for their perfection and life-like expression of the specimens presented for inspection.

Palmer and Bartholomew are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield, New York.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Charles G. Bartholomew in Ithaca, New York from 1849 to 1854 and Auburn, New York from 1854-1860. It is possible that they are the same person but it is only speculation at this time.

Paine, M. S.

1855-1856       233 Grand Street, New York, New York.

M S. Paine (of the firm Martin & Paine) was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York) and one article in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal.  The first advertisement appeared on July 10, 1855.  To Daguerreotypists.—Wanted, A Superior daguerrean operator to take an interest in that old established daguerrean gallery, 233 Grand street, corner of Bowery.  Inquire at M. S. Paine writing and bookkeeping, on the same floor, day or evening.

The second advertisement appeared on July 15, 1855.  $10.—Bookkeeping, Time Unlimited—Writing, $2, twelve lessons, at Paine’s, 233 Grand street, corner of the Bowery.  For sale an old established daguerrean gallery, or an operator wanted to take an interest in the same.  Apply at the Writing Academy, 233 Grand street, corner of the Bowery.

The article appeared on January 1, 1856 entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.  Martin & Paine—These gentlemen join two professions in one, book-keeping and daguerreotyping.  Some pretty fair photographs.

Both Martin and Payne are listed as partners in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry. M. S. Paine is not recorded.  At this time it is unknown if Paine was a daguerreotypist or just a partner in the firm.

George Porter Paine

1855                Address Unknown, St. Albans, Vermont.

George Porter Paine was recorded in an advertisement in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on December 7, 1855.  Ambrotypes.  A New Style of Photographic Pictures taken upon glass combining the beauty of a fine steel engraving with the most brilliant surface.  They can be seen in any light, having none of the dazzling reflection objected to in Daguerreotypes.  Unlike the daguerreotype they do not fade and cannot be affected by climate, water, or even acids.—Likenesses can be taken by this process almost instantaneously, insuring a lifelike expression rare in daguerreotypes.

These pictures can be procured of the subscriber, the only Ambrotype artist in Franklin or Chittenden counties.

Persons desirous to learn the art, can receive instruction from him on reasonable terms.  Price of pictures same as Daguerreotypes!  George Porter Paine.  St. Albans, Nov. 28, 1855.

George Porter Paine is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in St. Albans, Vermont.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a George Porter Paine as being active in St. Louis, Missouri in 1854-1855.  The St. Louis directories were dated 1854-1855, not 1854 and 1855, the names in the directory were recorded in 1854, so it is possible that they are the same person.

Paige & Beach

1848                Concert Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.

Paige & Beach (Blanchard P. Paige & Albert Beach) was first recorded in unpublished research A Directory of Nineteenth Century Photographers of Washington, D. C., by Paula Fleming & Laurie Baty.  Paige & Beach proprietors for Plumbe Gallery, Washington, D.C.

They next appeared in an advertisement and article.  The advertisement appeared in the  New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on July 12, 1848 Henry Clay In His 71St Year.—Published this day, (June 6, 1848.) by E. Anthony, 205 Broadway, a beautiful steel mezzotint engraving of Henry Clay, drawn and engraved from several Daguerreotypes by H. H. Ritchie [Possibly Alexander Hay Ritchie]

This likeness was mainly taken from a fine Daguerreotype now in the possession of the subscriber, executed by Messrs. Paige & Beach, Washington.  The artists is also indebted to Daguerreotypes taken by Messrs. Root, Simons, and W. & F. Langenheim of Philadelphia, and M. B. Brady, M. M. Lawrence and the Plumbe Gallery of New York, to all of whom the subscriber takes this occasion to express his thanks for the liberality with which they placed their valuable pictures at his disposal.

In addition to its merits as an exquisite likeness, this picture stands unrivaled as a work of art.

The title prefixed to this advertisement will distinguish the engraving from any other likeness of Henry Clay published by the subscriber or others.

Price of Proofs on India paper, $1.                                                                                                                      Price of plain paper, 50 cents.                                                                                                                      Price of prints in enameled frames, from $1 upwards.                                                                            For sale by E. Anthony, 205 Broadway.

Daniel Webster.—Also a fine steel engraving of Daniel Webster by Ritchie, from an excellent Daguerreotype by Whipple, of the same size and style with the above.

To any Editor who will give the above advertisement, with this notice, a prominent insertion, a copy of Henry Clay will be forwarded on the receipt of the paper.

The article appeared in the American Telegraph (Washington, D. C.) on July 8, 1851.  A sad case.—about a week ago the records of the Criminal Court should that Albert Beach had been found guilty of obtaining money under false pretenses; and he was yesterday sentenced by Judge Crawford to the Penitentiary for eighteen months.

This man is, we suppose, about thirty-six years old.  He was educated to commercial business in the city of New York, where he afterward held a profitable and responsible position in one of the first establishments.  He subsequently followed the business of daguerreotyping in this city, with apparently very good success; and while so engaged, two or three years ago, married a most estimable and excellent young lady.  To the surprise of many, however, he suddenly sold out his interest in the daguerreotyping establishment, and threw himself out of business for a time; but after a little commenced an auction store, in which his career was brief, as many who had come to know him predicted.  His course was then rapidly downward, and instead of “swelling” at the hotels he turned to lounging at the groggeries; and instead of trying to effect “transactions” at wholesale stores, his aim was simply to “do” some poor fool out of a few dollars.  Caught in one of these tricks, he has at least been sentenced to the felon’s punishment….

The partnership of Paine & Beach is not recorded in published photographic directories.  Paine is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but Albert Beach is not.

Mr. Page

1851                84 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York.

Mr. Page was recorded in an announcement in the Jefferson Republican (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) on November 27, 1851.  Terrible catastrophe at New York.  Nearly Fifty Children Killed, and Forty or Fifty Wounded.  One of the most lamentable occurrences that we have ever been called on to record, took place at Ward School No. 26, in Greenwich Avenue, opposite Charles street, on Thursday last, the 20th inst., when nearly fifty children lost their lives, and many more were so severely injured, that in all probability they will not recover….—Mr. Page, a daguerrean artist, at No. 84 Eighth avenue, has proffered his services to take without compensation the likenesses of any of the children who were killed or who are likely to die from their injuries.  [From the N. Y. Herald]

Mr. Page is not recorded in other photographic directories with the exact activity dates or address.

J. C. Page

1841                Address Unknown, Danvers, Massachusetts.

J. C. Page was recorded in one announcement in the Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts) on  October 18, 1841.  A List of Premiums and Gratuities awarded by the Essex Agricultural Society, at Georgetown, September 29th, 1841.  J C. Page of Danvers for daguerreotype miniatures a gratuity of 1.00.

J. C. Page is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Page, A. M.

1858                Rooms over Drs. Wood’s Drug Store, Greene, New York.

A. M. Page was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Chenango American (Greene, New York).  The first announcement appeared on September 30, 1858.  The County Fair…Martin Page, of this village, successor to R. D. Newton had a beautiful lot of Ambrotypes on exhibition.

The second announcement appeared on the same day September 30, 1858.  The Chenango County Fair…Premiums Awarded…Class 24—Foreign Articles…

Martin Page, 1 Case Ambrotypes, .50

The advertisement ran from November 11 to December 23, 1858.   Ambrotype Gallery!  A. M. Page announces to the public that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by R. N. Newton as an Ambrotype Gallery (over Drs. Wood’s drug store,) and is prepared to furnish the best of Pictures.

The reputation of his Pictures is sufficiently established in this section, to need no puffing on his part.  They speak for themselves.

Particular attention paid to Copying Pictures.  Pictures taken in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., &c.  A style of Picture taken on Leather, just the thing to send by mail to your friends abroad.  Prices ranging from 50 cents upwards.  Greene.

A. M. Page and Martin Page are probably the same person.  They are not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Page

1841                Clarendon House, 304 Broadway, corner Duane Street, Room 22, fourth Story,                             New York, New York.

A. Page was recorded in one advertisement which ran from  October 4 to 7, 1841 in the New York Tribune.  Photographic Likenesses, (Price very moderate,) By the Daguerreotype Process; Taken By A. Page.  Fourth Story of the Clarendon House, 304 Broadway, Corner Duane st., New-York, Room No. 22.   Likenesses taken in a few seconds in any kind of weather.

A. Page was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active at 204 Broadway.

Lewis Overpeck

1855                Rooms at the Union Temperance Hotel, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lewis Overpeck was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  The advertisement ran from July 13 to November 23, 1855.  New Establishment!  Lewis Overpeck would respectfully inform the citizens of Lewisburg and vicinity that he has opened rooms at the Union Temperance Hotel, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the most improved and life-like manner, and put up in cases varying in price from 50 cts. to $5.  He invites the public to call and try his work, feeling assured that they will be pleased with his workmanship.  Having had superior facilities for instructions in the art, (of J. P. Leisenring, Danville, and C. B. Howard, Reading,) he thinks himself as well perfected in the art as any in this or any other State.

The announcement appeared on December 7, 1855.  If Lewis Overpeck, who once kept a Daguerrean Shop in Lewisburg, will call at our office, he will hear something to his advantage; if not, the public will hear something to their advantage.

Lewis Overpeck is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William W. Ormsbee

1854-1855       Rooms at Dr. Brockway’s Office, Middlebury, Vermont.

William W. Ormsbee was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from February 15 to October 25, 1854.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Doct. Brockway, has taken into partnership with him a young man, who will practice this Art and assist in Dentistry.

They have obtained the latest and most expensive and approved instrument and apparatus, and will have both Northern and Sky-Light, (regarded as the most perfect,) as well as a first rate assortment of Cases, both single and groups.  They will be in readiness to wait on Gentlemen and Ladies in this department after the present week.  Having the good will, the influence and instructions, of Mr. Tapley, known as a skillful artist, they expect to please, and of course enjoy the patronage of this community.  Josephus Brockway, Wm. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury, Feb. 14, 1854.

The first announcement appeared on October 11, 1854. The County Fair.  Our County Fair, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week,…

1st Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury,                  2.00                                2nd Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. H. Gillmore.  do                                     1.00

The second advertisement ran from October 25, 1854 to January 31, 1855.  The Best Daguerreotypes.  At the late Fair at Middlebury, the committee on Paintings, &c., Mr. Battell, chairman, (the celebrated portrait painted, Mr. Mason, by invitation, advising) made the following Awards:

1st best Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee, $2                                                                                                2d best (being but two exhibitors) Gillmore, 1.

The pictures exhibited by Ormsbee were his 2d best, as they were duplicates; persons sitting having taken their choice.  Several were likenesses of the last graduating class.  This class were at great pains to obtain the best, as they were to be multiplied and perpetuated by lithograph copies.  The reputation of Tapley attracted them to Brandon; but not quite satisfied, some of them set to Gilmore, but after full trial a majority sent to New York for lithographing were of those taken by Ormsbee, the rest were by Tapley.

Five only of the sixteen exhibited were taken with any reference to the Fair.  To judge of pictures, the difference in the eyes of Ormsbee’s and Gillmore picture could not fail to attract attention.  Ormsbee’s present a clear, well defined eye, Gillmore’s owing probably to his instrument, doubly refractory quality, besides giving an eye imperfectly defined, produces one or more extra white spots apparent in all the pictures on exhibition by Gillmore with one exception.

Ormsbee’s rooms are at the dwelling of Doct. Brockway, Dentist.  N. B.  Ormsbee’s Camera is one of the most modern and perfect furnished by the Present market.

William W. Ormsbee is not recorded in other photographic directories.