Johnson

1847    Address Unknown, Baltimore, Maryland.

Reported in an announcement on  October 14, 1847 in the McGrawville Express (McGrawville, New York).  Deaths In Mexico.—We have before us, this morning, accounts of four isolated deaths in Mexico, three by wounds received in battle, and one by assassination.  The three who died from their wounds, were Lieut. Twiggs, of Virginia and Lieut. Murry Winder, of Maryland, both wounded in the attack on Major  Lally’s command, and Lieut. McElvin, of Ohio, who was wounded in a fight near Santa Fe.  The fourth was an unfortunate Daguerreotype artist from Baltimore, named Johnson, who went out alone with a rifle, near Cerro Gordo, and, falling in with a party of guerillas, was killed by them.—N. Y. Com. Adv.

Reported in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, Maryland in June of 1847.

W. H. Johnson

1856                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

W. H. Johnson was recorded in one announcement on March 24, 1856 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  List of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, Held at Walton on the 24th and 25th of September…Discretionary…

Ambrotype, W. H. Johnson……….1 dollar                                                                                          Second do, B. F. Griswould……….1 dollar.

W. H. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories. B. F. Griswould is possibly B. F. Griswold recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Walton, New York in 1859.

Thomas Johnson

1844                Rooms in Le Roy Place, Binghamton, New York.                                              1845                Rooms over the Post Office, Binghamton, New York.

Thomas Johnson Was recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in the Binghamton Courier (Binghamton, New York).  The first announcement appeared on October 3, 1844.  Johnson’s Photographic Miniatures.  Mr. Johnson begs leave to say to his friends in this village, that he will be at home for a very few days, and has opened a room in Le Roy Place, for the purpose of taking Miniatures by the Photographic Art.  He does not feel disposed to boast of the excellence of his pictures over those taken by other operators, but earnestly solicits his friends to call and examine his specimens, and judge for themselves.  His stay is positively limited to a very few days, and those desirous will do well to call without delay.

The second announce appeared on January 23, 1845.  Photographic Miniatures.—Mr. Thomas Johnson, it will be seen by his advertisement, is again in town for a few days, and prepared to execute photographic miniatures for his friends.  To those acquainted with the merits of Mr. Johnson’s pictures, it will only be necessary to announce that he is here—for the benefit of others, it may not be amiss to add, that all that can be expected from the Daguerreotype process, is accomplished by Mr. Johnson.—We have watch the progress of this art with great interest, and are familiar with the workmanship of the best artists in our cities, and are free to say, that in our opinion, Mr. Johnson has no superior among them.

The advertisement ran from January 23 to March 6, 1845.  Photographic Miniatures.  Mr. Johnson has the pleasure of informing his friends that he is now ready, at his rooms over the Post Office, to give them Very Superior Photographic Miniatures, on reasonable terms.  As his stay is necessarily short, and he came prepared to do a limited business, those who wish pictures would do well to call immediately.  Rooms open from 9 A. M. till 4 P. M.

The third announcement appeared on October 22, 1845.  List of Premiums Awarded At The Broome County Agricultural Fair And Cattle Show October 14th and 15th, 1845…Miscellaneous.

Daguerreotypes, Thomas Johnson………….$1.00.

Thomas Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Thomas H. Johnson

1858                Address Unknown, [Main Street, opposite Republican Office], Geneseo, New                                York.

Thomas H. Johnson was recorded in an advertisement that ran on September 9 & 16, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Photographic!  Thomas H. Johnson, Artist, From Brady’s and more recently from the Root Gallery, New York, would respectfully inform the citizens of Geneseo and Livingston County, that he has leased the sky-light Rooms in this village for a short time, as is prepared to furnish Photographic and Ambrotype Views And Portraits, in the highest Style of the Art at moderate prices.

An examination of his work is solicited.  Daguerreotypes Copied and Enlarged, Plain or in Colors.  Views of Residences, Portraits of Stock, &c.  Particular attention is called to his new style of colored portraits, the Diaphaneotype!  Instructions given at prices to suit the times.

Thomas H. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Geneseo, New York.

Mr. Johnson

1856-1857       Wagons on the Corner of 7th & Broad Streets, Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Johnson was recorded in seven announcements and six advertisements in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virgini).  The first announcement appeared on March 28, 1856.  Daguerreotype Wagons.—Two of Johnson’s Wagons, No. 7 and 10, are now in Richmond, corner of 7th and Broad streets, built with best lights.  Johnson himself, with twelve years’ experience, is operating in them.  Brilliant and highly finished likenesses for Fifty Cents and One Dollar—half the usual prices.  Go early to avoid the crowd.

The second announcement appeared on March 31, 1856.  Fathers!  Mothers!  Brothers!  Sisters!  Friends!—Go to Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad streets, and get one of his fifty cents or dollar likenesses.

The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1856.  If you have seen any of Johnson’s Fifty Cent or Dollar Pictures, you will go to his Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad sts., and get one or two to give to your friends.

The fourth announcement appeared on April 2, 1856.  A Word to the Wise, &c.—Two of Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons are now corner of 7th and Broad streets.  The superior lights enable him to take good pictures in any kind of weather.  His work is of the best style; he has been many years at it.  Reduced prices, fifty cents and one dollar.

The fifth announcement appeared on April 3, 1856.  Why do you Dress so nicely to get Your Likeness?—Go just as you are to Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad streets, and get on of his Fifty Cent or Dollar pictures.  He will make your cloths look equal to the best.

The sixth announcement appeared on April 4, 1856.  If you have seen any of Johnson’s Fifty Cent or Dollar Pictures, you will go to his Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad streets, and get one or two likenesses to give to your friends.  They are in the best style, and larger than you can get elsewhere.  Johnson himself is operating in these wagons.  No. 7 and 10; he has been about 12 years in the business.

The first announcement ran from April 5 to May 29, 1856.  If you have seen any of Johnson’s Fifty Cent or Dollar Pictures, you will go to his Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad streets, and get one or two likenesses to give to your friends.  They are in the best style, and larger than you can get elsewhere.  Johnson himself is operating in these wagons.  No. 7 and 10; he has been about 12 years in the business.

The seventh announcement appeared on April 8, 1856.  Wanted.—Two Horses and a Driver for a little more than one hour a day, for which one dollar each day will be paid.  Apply to Mr. Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons, corner of 7th and Broad streets.

The second advertisement ran from May 1 to June 4, 1856.  A Book For Nothing!  Instructions Gratis!—Go to the Daguerreotype Wagons, corner of 7th and Broad streets, and get one or two of Johnson’s 50 cent or dollar pictures for your friends; and he will give you his Treatise on daguerreotyping and Photography, by which you may learn the various processes used in the art.  Remember his prices are low.  He does a large business can sell cheap.  Johnson with his assistants take a very large number of Daguerreotypes daily.  He can, therefore, sell you larger pictures for 50 Cents and One Dollar, than you can get elsewhere; they are in the best style.  He has been many years in the business.  Good pictures taken in any kind of weather, as the lights in the wagons are built for the purpose.  Daguerreotype Wagons, Corner 7th and Broad streets.

The third advertisement ran from May 12 to 14, 1856.  Five Operators, with extra Apparatus, and another of Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons, corner of 7th and Broad streets, will be engaged during the holidays, so that visitors will not be delayed.  Those desiring good and cheap pictures will do well to embrace this opportunity, as Johnson’s stay in this city is now very limited.  For the quality of the pictures, he refers to the twelve hundred ladies and gentlemen who have patronized him in Richmond.  Price Fifty Cents, One Dollar and upwards.   Daguerreotype Wagons, Corner 7th and Broad Streets.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 17 to 19, 1856.   A Good Business Chance.—One of Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagons with apparatus complete, for-sale cheap.  It is now doing a good business.  And one of Johnson’s operators would remain with the purchaser for a time, if required, and could thoroughly instruct him in the art.  For terms, &c. enquire at the Wagon, corner of 7th and Broad Streets.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 11 to November 6, 1856.  If you have seen any of Johnson’s Fifty Cent or Dollar Pictures, you will go to his Daguerreotype Wagons, corner 7th and Broad streets, and get one or two likenesses to give to your friends.  They are in the best style, and larger than you can get elsewhere.  Johnson himself is operating in these wagons.  No. 7 and 10; he has been about 12 years in the business.

The sixth Advertisement ran from December 13, 1856 to January 28, 1857.  Many Thousand Likenesses have been taken this year in Johnson’s Daguerreotype Wagon, corner of 7th and Broad streets.  Go and get one of his 50 cents or dollar pictures, and you will be pleased with it.

Mr. Johnson does not appear in other photographic directories as being active in Richmond, Virginia.  Further research is needed on this daguerreotypist, he claims to have twelve years’ experience (ca. 1844) and has a number of traveling daguerreotype wagons.  So far these are the only announcements/advertisements found, or anyone by name Johnson with a daguerreian wagon(s). There are several Johnson’s who were active in the early 1840’s but to suggest them would be pure speculation.  A listing for C. A. Johnston (will be posted on 9-10-19) appears on July 30 & 31, 1856 were he is asking permission to locate a travelling daguerreotype wagon in Washington, D. C. Its possible they are the same person based on the proximity to Richmond the dates of the announcements and spelling variant of his last name.

J. P. Johnson

1851                Cadiz Hotel, Cadiz, Ohio.

J. P. Johnson 1851 was recorded in an advertisement and an announcement in The Democratic Sentinel and Harrison County Farmer (Cadiz, Ohio). The advertisement ran from August 6 to 27, 1851.

Look down, ye seraphs from the Sun                                                                                                                And see the wonders we have done!                                                                                                            We talk by lightning, ride by steam,                                                                                                              And paint by Sol’s eternal beam!

J. P. Johnson, Daguerrean Artist, Would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Cadiz and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the Cadiz Hotel, where he is prepared to take pictures in the latest and most approved style. Mr. J. has taken lessons of some of the best Daguerreotypist in the United States. He Therefore flatters himself that he can produce better pictures than have ever been taken heretofore in this part of the State.  Ladies and Gentlemen will please call and examine specimens.

The announcement appeared on September 10, 1851.  “Secure the Shadow, ere the substance fades.”  This is the advice that is good, and should be adopted by every one who has a wife, sister, father, mother, husband, brother, or child.—Death is at all times stalking abroad, and ere we are aware of it, a near and dear friend is stricken down.  And under such circumstance, do we not highly prize a gift or memento left by them.  But is not a picture, taken by some master hand, and displaying with truth and fervency the face of those whose memory we love to cherish.  J. P. Johnson, is one that can give you a correct daguerreotype likeness of the human face divine, and if any of our citizens wish to avail themselves of his skill, now is the time to do so, as he intends leaving town in a few days.  He may be found at the Cadiz Hotel, where specimens may be seen.

J. P. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. H. Johnson

1847                Rooms over Dr. Fitch’s Office, Delhi, New York.

G. H. Johnson was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 18 to September 8, 1847 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  G. H. Johnson having opened a room over Dr. Fitch’s office, (where he will remain for a short time.)  is now prepared to take likenesses, and will warrant perfect satisfaction to all who may favor him with a sitting.  Likeness taken of children from miniatures and portraits.  Instructions given in the art on research reasonable terms.

G. H. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Delhi, New York. In Craig’s Daguerreian Registry John list a George H. Johnson as being active in New York city prior to arriving in San Francisco in 1849. This is possibly the same person but without further research this is just speculation.

Johnson & Gurney

1852                Rooms at the Odd-Fellows’ Building, Franklin, Louisiana.

Johnson & Gurney were recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on April 3, 1852. Messrs. Johnson and Gurney daguerreotypist, have taken rooms at the Odd-Fellows’ building, for the purpose of “practicing the daguerrean art in all its minutiae.”  The specimens of their work, which may be seen at the entrance to their rooms, are highly finished and beautiful.  See their card in another column.

The advertisement ran from April 3 to 24, 1852.  Mr. Johnson, The Oldest Daguerreotypist now living, and Mr. Gurney, of the firm Gibbs & Gurney, of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss., have opened a room in the Odd-Fellows’ Hall, at Franklin, where they will remain a short time, for the purpose of practicing the Daguerrean Art in all its minutiae.

Mr. Johnson is a pioneer in the business, has practiced the Art ever since its introduction into the United States, and is acknowledged by Root, Brady, Plumb and Hill, of New York, and Jacobs, Maguire and Moissenett, of New Orleans, to be the best artist now living in America, as almost all of the above artist have received their instructions direct from him.

We have a beautiful variety of Cases and Lockets of all descriptions, namely—Parodi Cases, Kossuth Cases, Jenny Lind Cases, Catharine Hayes, Eareka Cases, Bridal Cases, Breast Pins, &c.   The Citizens of Franklin and its Vicinity are invited to call and examine our specimens.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge made.  N. B.—A rare chance is now offered for obtaining instructions in this beautiful Art, direct from Mr. Johnson.   Charles E. Johnson.  M. J. Gurney.

The second announcement appeared on April 10, 1852.  Messrs. Johnson & Gurney Daguerreotypist, are making admirable pictures at their rooms, in the Odd Fellows’ building.

The third announcement appeared on April 17, 1852.  Messrs. Johnson & Gurney Daguerreotypist, will only remain at their rooms in the Odd Fellows’ building a few days longer.  Those needing pictures had better make an early call.

Johnson & Gurney (Charles E. Johnson & M. J. Gurney) are not recorded as being partners in other photographic directories.  Both are recorded in separately.

William Lyman Jewell

1851                Address Unknown, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                            1851                Rooms above Messrs. Wolf & Levy’s Store, on Commercial Row, Woodville,                                    Mississippi.                                                                                                                              1851                Address Unknown, Wilkinson, Mississippi.

William Lyman Jewell was recorded in three advertisements in The Woodville Republican (Woodville, Mississippi).  The first advertisement ran from July 22 to August 12, 1851.Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned respectfully informs the citizens of Woodville and its vicinity, that he has secured the rooms above Messrs. Wolf & Levy’s Store, on Commercial Row, where he will be prepared to take the best, cheapest, and most perfect likenesses that have ever been produced in this place.  He uses one of the best instruments in the United States, the new method, and the latest improvements.  Having practiced under the best artist in New Orleans, for a long time, he flatters himself that he will be able to render entire satisfaction.

Copies of Family portraits and paintings of any kind, taken equal to the originals.  The ladies and gentlemen are respectfully solicited to call at his rooms, and examine specimens.  The room will only be open regularly on Tuesdays, from 8 o’clock A. M. to 5 P. M.

Terms:  half the regular charge, from Two to twelve dollars a picture; satisfaction given, or no charge made.  Artist supplied with all kinds of cases, plates, &c.  Full instructions given in the art, for $25, payable in advance.  W. L. Jewell.

The second advertisement ran from September 16 to 23, 1851.  Great Discovery In The Daguerreotype Art!  The great obstacle, which has long been a stumbling stone, in perfecting the Daguerreotypes of the present day, has at last been overcome and beaten down, by our young Artist of Woodville, Mr. Wm. Lyman Jewell; who is by the bye a typo of the first school.

The discovery was made on the 12th inst., after his having tried many times on former occasions without success.  It consists in the following essential points, which are diamond drops to traveling Artist especially.

1st.  The picture produced by this new method does not reverse the objects, as the present one, but copies every item right, such for instance as a mole on the right cheek, by this process it will be on the same in the picture, the hair parted on the left side, will be so, and not as the present mode, for the latter always gives just the reverse.

2nd.  By this process, a picture can be taken in any window light, the distance of the camera from the person, is shortened to one-fifth the distance, taking a much cleared picture than by the present method.

3rd.  The light is so arranged, that a person with weak eyes can sit without its having the least effect upon them; the person may sit for any length of time and the picture will come out just the right color.  The same articles are used with but one exception, which can be had in any house.  It will be known hereafter as the Jewellotype.  Mr. Jewell intends giving it to the world through Artist, by the 15th of October; all those who are desirous of procuring information will be accommodated, by sending him the amount of $10 each by the 15th of next month, as the instructions will all be mailed on that day.  Those wishing to take lessons from him from the 1st. of October, will be instructed in the Daguerrean Art, until they are satisfied that they can take good pictures, for the sum of $25.     J.

The third advertisement ran from September 16 to 23, 1851.  Daguerreotype Pictures.  Mr. Wm. L. Jewell, assisted by Mr. Mershon, respectfully informs the citizens of Wilkinson and surrounding counties that they will start out on a travelling tour on Monday, 14th September, for a short time, in this part of the State, for the purpose of affording all those who may wish to obtain pictures of the above character an opportunity of so doing.  They use one of the best instruments in the United States, the new method, and latest improvements.  Mr. Jewell, having practiced under the best artist, and followed the business for the last three years, he pledges himself to render entire satisfaction.

Persons within a distance of fifty miles, wishing to have portraits of their families taken, by addressing a few lines to that effect to him at Woodville will be waited upon as soon as possible.  He will open his rooms in Woodville about the 1st of October.

William Lyman Jewell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Benaiah G. Jayne

1857-1859       94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Benaiah G. Jayne was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The first advertisement ran from February 4 to August 5, 1857.  Found At Last!  The place in Ithaca where True And Perfect Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, can be obtained.  The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that they have taken the Daguerrean Rooms, 94 Owego-st, Ithaca, formerly occupied by F. C. Clark, and recently by N. J. Kellogg, 2 doors west of Avery, Woodworth & co.’s store, and opposite Greenly’s, where they are prepared to Take Pictures, in the Latest and Most Improved Style of the Art.  Having had a long experience in the business, they are confident of giving entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with a call.  In order to bring their pictures into immediate notice they will for the coming Month take Pictures for Fifty Cents!

Remember! We guarantee you a Better Picture than can be obtained elsewhere in the county, or no charge.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

The first announcement ran on February 12, 1857.—The advertisement of Messrs. Jayne & Co. Daguerreotype and Ambrotype operators may be found in our columns, to-day.  These gentlemen reach us with high recommendations and the likenesses taken by them since here have proved them to be superior in their art.

The second advertisement ran from March 4 to August 5, 1857.  Pictures for 50 Cents, Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  The subscriber would respectfully announce that in consideration of the very liberal patronage they have received since in Ithaca they will continue to take Pictures at their former low prices.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Don’t forget the place 94 Owego-st.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1857.—Pictures of friends and of families have become as common as sunlight, and have also become quite as necessary.  No one seems to exist or become a member of society unless he can show his picture to himself and fellow men, and therefore a good one is desirable.  The skill of B. G. Jayne, & Co. in the Daguerreotype line is proverbial, and they have so near attained perfection that a picture of oneself, we are inclined to think, is handsome!  However people will so differ in opinion!

The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1857.  Editor Journal—Permit me through the columns of your paper to call the attention of your numerous readers to the firm of B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, 94 Owego street.  It is always desirable to have young men of ability and moral worth settle among us; and more particularly is it so in in this instance when they are complete masters of a beautiful and useful art.  Daguerreotyping has become a necessity in every community.  Almost every household feels a strong desire to have true and perfect likenesses of its members, that when they are called, as all must be sooner or later, to that home from which, none return, there may be left a life-like representation behind.  I desire to make no invidious comparison between Messrs. B. G. Jayne & Co., and other artists in this village, but simply to say that from what I have seen of their work, I believe they can and do produce Daguerreotype and Ambrotype pictures true to life.  That I consider the perfection of the art.       W.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  A 5 dollar bank note.  In center of the note is a round building, a train pulling three cars.   B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, Rooms North Side of Owego Street, opposite the Old Bank Of Ithaca.  Secured By Daguerrean Stock.  B. G. Jayne & Co. will produce a Superior Likeness on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give Satisfaction.

The fifth announcement appeared on July 1, 1857.  A series of six fine daguerreotype and ambrotype views taken after the late flood by B. G. Jayne & Co., and have been forwarded to Frank Leslie of New York, who telegraphed for the same.  Mr. D. E. Sedgwick has a superb picture of one of the best views after the Freshet.

The third advertisement ran from August 26, 1857 to February 9, 1859.  Ambrotypes.  Something Entirely New At B. G. Jayne & Co.’s.  Pictures On Patent Leather!  Which for depth of tone, fineness of finish, naturalness of expression, and brilliancy of effect, are unsurpassed by any productions in the Photographic Art.  The Ambrographs can be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the country without injury, and without any additional charge of postage.

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, Taken at Jayne & Co.’s Rooms, and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  Don’t forget the place, No. 94 Owego street, opposite the old Bank of Ithaca, and two doors west of Avery, Woodworth & Co.’s.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Instructions given in the Art, and a well selected assortment of Daguerrean Stock and Chemicals on hand and for sale upon the most reasonable terms.

The sixth announcement appeared on February 23, 1859.  Progress in all the arts at the present moment is a matter of every day occurrence, and indeed so common has it become that our people seem to expect it, as a matter of course.  From the dull, dead-looking daguerreotypes, operators improved to a life-like expression; from that to Ambrotypes, then Melaniotypes, and now the perfection of the art seems to have been attained in beautiful Photographs.  Some splendid specimens may be seen at Jayne’s.

The fourth advertisement ran from February 23 to August 3, 1859.  Photographs At Jayne’s.  The subscriber would announce to the public that he is now prepared to furnish Photographs on paper which cannot fail to satisfy the most inveterate critic.

A general invitation is extended to all to call and examine specimens.  I am also taking first class Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, And Daguerreotypes.  All of which are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, or no charge.  Room 94 Owego street, next door to Grant’s Block and opposite the Old Bank.  B. G. Jayne.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  The New Light.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Tompkins County that I have purchased the right for this county Mace’s Nonpareil Gas Generator, And shall hereafter keep on hand a full supply of Chandeliers, Brackets, Pendants, and Lamps.  This Light is fully equal to Coal Gas in brilliancy, and far superior in point of economy, furnishing a light equal to a Five Foot Coal Gas Burner, for less than One Cent Per Hour….B. G. Jayne.

Benaiah G. Jayne is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ithaca, New York in 1859.