C. S. Bonney

C. S. Bonney was recorded on February 4, 1857 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York) Ambrotypes.—We have been shown several specimens of Ambrotypes taken by a new process, by Mr. C. S. Bonney, of this place.  The pictures present a beautiful, clear and natural appearance, surpassing anything in the Daguerrean or Ambrotype line it has yet been our pleasure to examine.  Mr. Bonney has been teaching this new process in this state and Pennsylvania with marked success, and we learn that he is now making arrangements to impart the secret to any artist who may wish to possess it, at a trifling expense.

C. S. Bonney does not appear in other photographic directories I have searched.


Bome was recorded on May 14, 1855 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.) as being part of N. Lott & Company.  Progress Of Art.—Of all the arts useful and elegant in which we can fairly boast of excellence, that of Photography is justly held in high estimation.  The credit of our city in this respect will be much increased by Messrs. N. Lott & Co., who have opened and fitted up as a Daguerrean Gallery a splendid suite of rooms at No. 345 Fulton st. opposite the City Hall.  Bome of Messrs. Lott & Co.’s specimens of single portraits and family groups surpass anything we have seen in the faithful and life-like manner in which every feature and lineament is traced.  A visit to this gallery will well repay the exertion.

Both Lott and Bome are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Samuel Bolliard

Samuel Bolliard was recorder in an article on July 28, 1858 in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ohio.)  Attempted Murder at Mansfield.—A bold and outrageous attempt was made upon the life of Mr. J. H. Cook, proprietor of the Wiler House, Mansfield, on Saturday last, by a man named Samuel Bolliard, a Daguerrean artist.  It appears that Bolliard was indebted to Mr. Cook about seventy dollars for board, and the latter gave him notice that he must liquidate his indebtedness or leave the house.  After a time Bolliard returned with a revolver, and without any other notice of hostile intentions, approached Mr. Cook, who was engaged behind the counter of his office, and presented his pistol and fired, the ball entering in the region of the thigh.  Following up his murderous design, he made successive attempts to discharge the contents of two other barrels, pointing the muzzle of his pistol directly at the breast of Mr. C.

The excuse of Bolliard that Mr. Cook had offered any insult to his wife, will not be credited by any of the numerous acquaintances of Mr. C. who hold him in high esteem as a thorough gentleman in all the relations of life.

Bolliard was immediately arrested, and after an examination before the Mayor on failure to give the necessary bond which was fixed at $2,000, was committed to jail.  The wound of Mr. Cook is painful, but is not considered dangerous.  The ball has not be extracted.

Samuel Bolliard is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William Bogart

William Bogart, 345 Bleecker Street, New York City[1] is a known daguerreotypist.  I added his name because of the contemporary description of his work. He appears in the Photographic and Fine Arts Journal published in New York City on January 1, 1856. The article is entitled the Photographic Galleries of America, Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City

Bogert — An old established gallery. Some very artistic specimens.

[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.

Philip E. Bogart

Philip E. Bogart was listed New York Daily Tribune (New York City) on November 7, 1857.  As being awarded a Diploma at the Twenty ninth annual Fair of the American Institute under  …Daguerreotypes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c. for photographs by the solar camera.  His address is recorded as 58 Pine street, N. Y.

Bogart is not listed in other photographic directories.


Blodget was recorded in two advertisements on October 18 and 19, 1855 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts) in the partnership of Rees, Blodget & Company.  It is not known with any certainty who Rees and Blodget are because no first names were ever recorded in the newspaper.  One could speculate Rees is C. R. Rees who known to have operated studios in Richmond, Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio, and in New York City, among other locations.  The problem with this theory is that in both Richmond and New York he uses steam in his galleries to produce images.  Blodget is also a mystery, it’s possible that he could be Cyrus Blodgett who was in Boston in 1854-1856.

Advertisement from October 18.  Take Notice!—Opposition to Steam Daguerreotypes, taken by a new American discovery, for only 25 cents, warranted to be of the best quality, and satisfaction given.  Something less than 500 taken daily.  No connection with the steam whistle, next door.  Rees, Blodget, & Co, artists.  Piper Block, Main st.

Advertisement from October 19.  Rees, Blodget, & Co. do not take Daguerreotypes by steam, as their noisy competitors boast to do, but at the same time give all who visit them good portraits, and at a quick rate, for 25 cents.  Rees, Blodget & Co. have opened their rooms at Piper’s Block, bent upon blowing up all steam boilers in the vicinity, if they burst themselves in doing so.

Rees, Blodget and Company are new names and not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.

Bleecker Gallery

On June 14, 1858 the following series of seven advertisements appear in the New York Daily Tribune.  (New York City.)  The advertisement only ran in a single issue.  To date no other advertisements have been found for the Bleecker Gallery.  In talking with several photographic historians in New York Jeremy Rowe has suggested that the gallery is probably that of Abraham D. Hopper at 229 Bleecker Street.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Aquaral Photographs.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                  The Bleecker Gallery, Corner Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Photographs, large size, for $1.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes, Large size, in case, for 50c.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Miniatures on Ivory.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Life-size Photographs in Oil.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                        The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Life-size Photographs in Pastel.

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Professor James Van Zandt Blaney

Professor James Van Zandt Blaney was recorded in the May 18, 1849 Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, South Carolina.)    Talbotype Drawing.—A friend of ours has sent us a specimen of Talbotype drawing, an improvement on daguerreotyping, which consists in fixing the object on paper instead of on a metal plate.  It is a new invention, and the picture before us-a cottage, the residence of Dr. Blaney, in Chicago—is remarkably clear and distinct.  We are not aware that any pictures after the Talbotype method have yet been taken in New Orleans.  The one under notice was executed by Dr. Blaney, Professor of Chemistry in the Medical College of Chicago, who, we are informed, has made still further improvements in this beautiful art.—N. O. Pic.

George P. Blakesley

The address and location of George P. Blakesley in 1858 is unknown at this time.  The information comes from a newspaper article in the The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan) announcing the premiums awarded at the Cass County Agricultural Society Fair held in Cassapolis Michigan on October 8th and 9th…Class XVI—Painting, Drawing, &C….Best case of ambrotypes, L. D. Smith.  2d best case of ambrotypes, George P. Blakesley…Trans.

On March 3, 1859 he is reported in the following advertisement in The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan.)  The advertisement ran from March 3 to July 21, 1859.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t you know                                                                                                        At G. P. Blakesley’s the place to go,                                                                                            Ambrotypes, Melaneotypes he does take,                                                                                                And seldom, if ever, an error does make.

Lithographs and other pictures too, we find,                                                                                            are taken in a style to suit the mind,                                                                                                            For a few weeks only, at half price,                                                                                                                He will take your picture, and that in a trice.

Then walk right up to the Daguerrean Car,                                                                                                You Ladies and Gents that come from afar,                                                                                                  And you that live near should never delay,                                                                                                But quick get a likeness, for you it will pay.

His Car is opposite the Canada Store,                                                                                                        Where many likeness he has taken before,                                                                                                And the Canada Store is on Front street,                                                                                                Where George will be happy his friends to greet.

No difference it makes in regard to the weather,                                                                                        If it is cloudy or bright or as light as a feather,                                                                                          For in the business he has been for three years past                                                                              And every improvement has learned to the last.

Now, in himself, he has great confidence of late,                                                                                    No Artist before in this village so great,                                                                                                  Could ever with him begin to compare,                                                                                                        For all them he can beat, is the truth, I declare.

Particular attention to children is paid,                                                                                                    From 9 A. M., to 4 P. M., so don’t be afraid                                                                                                      To bring along your children, and your money likewise,                                                                      And get a nice picture that will please your eyes.

All are invited to call and examine specimens. Geo. P. Blakesley, Artist.  Dowagiac, March 3d, 1859.

Blakesley is recorded as an Ambrotypist in Dowagiac in 1860.  Information from the Directory of Early Michigan Photographers (David V. Tinder)