N. Tribou

1853                Knapp’s Block, Malone, New York.

1855                Washington Hall, Main Street, Penn Yan, New York.

1855                Address Unknown, Elmira, New York.

N. Tribou was recorded in three advertisements and two announcements.  The first advertisement ran from August 4 to September 15, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium (Malone, New York).   

Daguerreotypes!  The Subscriber having determined on spending a few week in this vicinity, for the benefit of his health, has made choice of Malone as a temporary residence, and has taken rooms in “Knapp’s Block,” for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, Where he would be happy to wait on all who may favor him with their patronage.

He would also take occasion to say that, aided as he is by an experience of nearly nine years, in some of the first establishments of Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and using none but the Best Materials.  He feels no hesitation in saying that the present is an opportunity seldom met with procuring an Accurate And Artistic Picture.

All the newest styles of Plain and Fancy Cases, at the lowest New York Prices.

Persons having had inferior or unsatisfactory pictures taken by inexperienced operators, can have them exchanged at a trifling cost.

Please call and examine for yourselves.

Will positively remain but a few weeks.  N. Tribou. Malone, July 29, 1853.

The second advertisement ran from August 6 to September 27, 1853 in the Franklin Gazette  (Fort Covington, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  The Subscriber having determined on spending a few week in this vicinity, for the benefit of his health, has made choice of Malone as a temporary residence, and has taken rooms in “Knapp’s Block,” for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, Where he would be happy to wait on all who may favor him with their patronage.

He would also take occasion to say that, aided as he is by an experience of nearly nine years, in some of the first establishments of Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and using none but the Best Materials.  He feels no hesitation in saying that the present is an opportunity seldom met with procuring an Accurate And Artistic Picture.

All the newest styles of Plain and Fancy Cases, at the lowest New York Prices.

Persons having had inferior or unsatisfactory pictures taken by inexperienced operators, can have them exchanged at a trifling cost.

Please call and examine for yourselves.  N. Tribou.  Malone, July 29, 1853.

The first announcement appeared in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York) on August 13, 1853.  Daguerreotypes For Fifty Cents!  At Tribou’s Rooms, “Knapp’s Block.”

Open for only a short time longer.

The third advertisement ran from June 27 to July 11, 1855 in the Penn Yan Democrat.  (Penn-Yan, New York).  Daguerreotypes For 25 Cents!  At Tribour’s Rooms, Washington Hall, Main St., Penn Yan.  The Subscriber has opened a room at the above place, for the purpose of making Daguerreotypes at prices varying from 25 c’s to Six Dollars—which for accuracy of delineation, ease and gracefulness of position, Truth fullness of expression, harmonious blending of Light and Shade, beauty and durability of finish, and in fact all the requisites of an accurate and artistic picture, he confidently assures the public Cannot Be Surpassed.

An early call is respectfully solicited, as his stay is limited to A Few Weeks.  N. Tribou, Artist.  Penn Yan, June 26, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on August 15, 1855 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Pass Him.—A daguerrean Artist, by the name of Tribou, who has been sojourning in our village for several weeks, has left for somewhere else, without paying a bill for advertising, amounting to $2, due us.  He advertised to take pictures for 50 cts.  He is a small sized man, with large dark whiskers.  The craft will please give him the benefit of their circulation.—Elmira Gazette.

The same “small sized man, with large dark whiskers,” owed us something like $3, which he wrote to us he would positively pay on the coming Saturday—but, as he absconded the same night, we presume he forgot it.

N. Tribou is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. F. Tracy

1845                233 Broadway, opposite the Park fountain, New York, New York.

J. F. Tracy was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements.  The announcement appeared in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on April 14, 1845.  The daguerreotype—We had thought that the perfection of this art had been attained, but we find there are still improvements.  Among those we have seen recently were some specimens at Mr. Tracy’s rooms, No. 233 Broadway.  He has taken some portraits which, for life-like beauty and effect, cannot be excelled.  He has, likewise, engaged the services of Mr. Burgess, who formerly occupied rooms at the corner of John and Broadway, and those who wish a picture in his style, which is acknowledged to be superior, will please call soon, as Mr. B. leaves the city in a few days.

The first advertisement ran from April 14 to May 27, 1845 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  J. F. Tracy has taken Rooms at No. 233 Broadway, up stairs, second floor, where he is executing some of the most beautiful specimens of the Daguerrian Art in this city.  The prices are according to the style and finish, from One To Three Dollars.

Those in want of perfect Pictures are requested to call and examine his specimens.  Mr. T. is happy to announce that he has engaged the professional services of N. G. Bingers [sic.], for a short time, and those who wish Pictures in his peculiar beautiful style would do well to call soon.

Plates, Cases, Chemicals, &c., always on hand, and instructions given in the Art on moderate terms.                                                                                                            

The second advertisement appeared on June 13, 1845 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Tracy’s Daguerrean Rooms, 233 Broadway, opposite the Park Fountain.  Portraits from $1 to $5, including case—correct Likenesses, and no other delivered.  Instructions in the art—Plates, Chemicals, &c., &c.

J. F. Tracy does not recorded in other photographic directories.  Nathan G. Burgess association with Tracy was previously unknown.

Benjamin C. Townsend

1843                42 Beaver Street, New York, New York.

Benjamin C. Townsend of the partnership of Welton & Townsend Joseph C. Welton & Benjamin C. Townsend)[1] were recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 20 to 26, 1843 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.  “Scovills” first quality plates, pronounced by the first operators in this country, to be superior to any imported plates, for sale by their agents, Welton & Townsend, 42 Beaver street. 

Benjamin C. Townsend is not recorded in other photographic directories.  According to the 1842/1843 New York City directory their occupation was buttons at 42 Beaver Street, the following directory 1843/1844 their occupation was still listed as buttons but they had moved to 5 William. 


[1] 1842/1843 & 1843/1844 New York City Directory.

Mrs. Townsend

1843                235 West 19th Street, Near 9th Avenue, New York, New York.

Mrs. Townsend was recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 14 to 16, 1843 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Daguerrian Miniatures Of every sizes—copies of Pictures, Statues, Bust, &c., &c. (in all weather) by Mrs. Townsend, No. 235 West 19th street, near 9th avenue.

N. B.  Perfect likenesses may be had for breastpins, Lockets, Bracelets, Rings, &c.

Mrs. Townsend is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Horace S. Tousley

1851-1854       Rooms at J. W. Taggard’s Hall, Adirondac Building, Keeseville, New York.

Horace S. Tousley was recorded in four advertisements and ten announcements in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  The first advertisement ran from November 29, 1851 to April 10, 1852.  Plain and Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures.  H. S. Tousley, Would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Keeseville and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at J. W. Taggard’s Hall, Adirondac Building, for the purpose of taking Miniature Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, having made himself acquainted with the latest improvements in the Art, and by the use of superior chemicals and gelding, and the advantage of a Sky Light which renders the impression permanent, possessing the appearance of real life.

Mr. Tousley warrants satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.  His process being the same as those in the principal cities, and equal in style.  An experience four years in the Art enable him to produce the desired effect.

Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without colors, in a superior style and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets or Cases.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, by way of experiment if they choose.

Instruction given in the Art, every thing appertaining to the business furnished at reasonable prices.

Particular attention paid to taking Large Pictures and Groups of any number.  By the same process, he takes perfect pictures of Infants and Children. 

The first announcement appeared on February 14, 1852.  For The Republican. Daguerreotypes.  Keeseville, February 10.  Mr. Editor:—Having been in the Daguerrean rooms of the gentlemanly Artists, Mr. Tousley, during the past week, I was forcibly struck by the life-like and truthful daguerreotypes of some of our distinguished citizens.  Among those which I was particularly pleased with, were the Rev. Mr. Mattocks, A. C. Nelson, Esq., N. G. Sawyer, Esq., and the group of four fine looking young ladies, which we think for tone, color and finish, cannot be surpassed in the Art.  They reflect great credit upon the talented Artist, and we hope our citizens will prove their appreciation of his efforts to please, by their liberal patronage.

The second advertisement ran from July 17 to August 14, 1852.  H. S. Toulsey’s Gallery.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M. Those In Want Of Daguerreotypes are requested to call, and satisfaction given or no charge made.  Adirondac Buildings, Keeseville, N. Y.  Entrance at M. J. Jenkin’s Jewelry Store.

The second announcement appeared on August 14, 1852.  H. S. Tousley, the accomplished and talented Daguerrean Artist of our village, who’s truthful and artistically executed likenesses haven given such universal satisfaction to our citizens, and which have been pronounced by competent judges superior to any thing of the kind ever exhibited in Keeseville is about to leave us for a short time.  His rooms at this place will be closed until about the 1st of Sept. when he will return.  Due notice will be given.

The third announcement appeared on August 14, 1852.  H. S. Tousley’s Daguerreotype Gallery.  Is closed and will remain closed until about the 1st of Sept. when he will be happy to again meet his numerous friends and customers.  H. S. Tousley.

The third advertisement ran from October 16, 1852 to January 8, 1853.  Tousley’s Sky-Light Daguerreotype Rooms, Adirondac Buildings, Keeseville, N. Y. 

H. S. Tousley, after an absence of several weeks, has returned and reopened his commodious rooms for the reception of visitors.  He has brought with him from the New York market, a splendid assortment of Cases, &c., and being desirous of keeping pace with the spirit of the times, he has made himself familiar with all the recent improvements in the Daguerreotype system.  Those in want of truthful likenesses had better call without delay, as I shall probably close my rooms in 6 or 8 weeks.  Remember that “procrastination is the thief of time.”  The public is cordially invited to call and examine specimens. 

The fourth announcement appeared on April 2, 1853.  Installation of Peru Lodge No. 281.  By invitation of our Peru brethren, and under the sanction of the Grand Master of the State of New York, Peru Lodge No. 281, of Free and Accepted Masons, was according to primitive usage, installed Ausable River Lodge of Keeseville; the following named brethren acting as grand officers.  

Worshipful C. D. Barton, Grand Master. Worshipful David Pitkin, Deputy G. Master. Worshipful George Miller, G. S. W. Worshipful John Nash, G. J. W. Worshipful Oliver [K], 2d G. Secretary. Worshipful Turner Calkins, G. Treasuer. Worshipful S. Allen, M. D., G. S. Deacon. Worshipful H. S. Tousley, G. J. Deacon. Worshipful C. D. Beaumont, G. Marshall. Worshipful ______ Calkins, Grand Tiler….

The fifth announcement appeared on April 30, 1853.  Don’t Fail To Notice That H. S. Tousley’s Daguerreotype Gallery, at Keeseville is always open from Sunrise till sunset.  Call and see him everybody, as your faces can be taken in great shape, and neatly act in the choicest cases at low prices.

The sixth announcement appeared on July 2, 1853.  The courteous Daguerrean Artists, H. S. Tousley, after a short absence, has again returned to his old quarters in the Adirondac Building.  Mr. Tousley is so well known in this vicinity as an Artist of Rare ability, and has given such unqualified approbation for the past two years, that an endorsement from us is unnecessary.

The fourth advertisement ran from July 30 to December 10, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.  Look At This!  Don’t fail to call and see for yourselves, that H. S. Tousley is yet among you, and may be found, as usual, in his rooms from sunrise until sunset, ready to supply patrons with Daguerreotypes, with or without colors.  He is always ready to make your picture on the shortest notice, and is determined that he will not be outdone by any operator in Northern New York, or even in the cities.  Call and try his skill, as satisfaction will be given in all cases or No Charge.

Mr. T., it is well known has occupied rooms in the Adirondac Buildings, for over 2 years, Where he has had the advantage of an excellent Sky Light which is acknowledged by all competent operators to be unequaled in producing a dark rich picture with well arranged lights and shadows, which will make a Daguerreotype not only pleasing as a portrait but as a work of Art.

Mr. T. has also just received a very extensive assortment of well selected stock, of the latest style and the choicest ever offered in this village.  Pictures taken all sizes from the smallest sized Lockets, Pins, Rings, to Full Size, And warranted to remain permanent, and put up in the best style.

N. B. A Dark Dress is preferable to a light one in all cases to ensure a rich picture though a light one may be taken if desired by the sitter.  Horace S. Tousley.

Entrance at M. J. Jenkins Jewelry Store. 

The seventh announcement appeared on September 17, 1853.  Agricultural Fair.  The Agricultural Fair at E-town [Elizabethtown] yesterday…

Mr. Tousley’s daguerreotypes were the observed of all observers’ and received unequivocal praise at all hands….

The eighth announcement appeared on December 17, 1853.  Masonic.  At a regular communication of Ausable River Lodge, No. 149, of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the following named brethren were elected officers for the year ensuing…H. S. Tousley, Senior Deacon…

The ninth announcement appeared on April 29, 1854.  Something New.—At the Daguerreotype Gallery of Mr. H. S. Tousley, may be seen a group of twelve good looking young gentlemen called the ‘nice young men of Keeseville.’  Young Ladies of taste are particularly requested to call and examine as they claim to have More [Hair] than any twelve men in this vicinity.

The tenth announcement appeared on May 13, 1854.  Temperance Meeting.—At a meeting of the citizens of Keeseville called to be held at the Wesleyan Chapel, on Monday evening, the 8th inst., for the purpose of expressing sympathy with and proffering  support to the Poor-masters of this town in their prosecutions against the violators of the excise law, Major Powers, Esq., was chosen Chairman, and Mr. H. S. Tousley, Secretary….

Horace S. Tousley is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list H. E. Tousley active in 1859 in Ausable Chasm and Keesville, New York.  It is unknown if they are the same person.

J. P. & J. A. Todd

1858                Rooms over A. R. Orchard’s Store, Farnham Street, Omaha City, Nebraska.

J. P. & J. A. Todd were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 3 to September 2, 1858 in the Bellevue Gazette (Bellevue City, Nebraska).  Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery Over A. R. Orchard’s Store, Farnham Street, Omaha City, N. T.  The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine our pictures.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes. And pictures transferred to Leather, taken at reasonable prices.

Pictures taken in from 3 to 5 Seconds.  J. P. Todd, J. A. Todd.

J. P. & J. A. Todd are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Omaha City, Nebraska.  Recorded in Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide is a listing for Jacob Todd who is listed as an ambrotypist in Knoxville Iowa in 1860…Jacob Todd, twenty two years old was enumerated twice in the 1860 federal census of Iowa. On June 6  J. P. Todd declared no property and was living at his parents’ home.  On July 6 Jacob Todd, twenty three years old was listed in Newton, Iowa as J. P. Todd, ambrotypist.  He was living in a boarding house or hotel and declared $200 in real estate and $75 in personal property.  It is possible there was a typo and one of the brothers in the census was J. A ?  (Speculation on my part, just thinking out loud.)  The quickest distance from Omaha City, Nebraska to Knoxville, Iowa is 157 miles.  The distance from Knoxville to Newton, Iowa is about 28 miles.

John Tobias

1859                426 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.

John Tobias was recorded in one advertisement that ran from February 18 to December 28, 1859 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  Tobias, Optician, 426 Penn. Avenue, Bet 4½ And 6th Sts….Tobias’ Ambrotype Rooms, Where you will obtain a good likeness, equal to any other Establishment, and at moderate charges.                                                                                   

John Tobias is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1860.

William Tinsley

1849                Room over G. D. Wells, Drug Store, Penn Pan, New York.

William Tinsley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 15 to July 3, 1849 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Portrait Painter & Daguerrean.  Respectfully inform the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, that he has opened Rooms for the practice of the above Arts.

He has been successful in procuring Optical instruments of the finest workmanship, possessing powers superior to anything that has yet appeared in this region, and equal to anything that ever may come into competition.  By which he flatters himself he shall be able to produce works of the most minute fidelity, varying in size from 4 inches to the smallest locket or finger-ring.

Operating room over the Drug store of G. D. Wells.  Penn-Yan, May 8, 1849.

William Tinsley is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1850-1851 in Penn Pan, New York without a business address.  Tinsley is recorded in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860 as a portrait painter in Albany, New York in 1852.

William W. Tileston

1855                Main Street, over the Marble Depot, opposite Branch Bank, Evansville, Indiana.

1855-1857       Rooms in Dr. Bray’s Building, over the Old Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.   

1857-1859       First Street, opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana

William W. Tileston was recorded in twelve advertisements and fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).   Not included in this post are the advertisements and announcements while with Tileston Brothers and Tileston, Randall & Co. which have previously appeared.  The first announcement appeared on January 1, 1853.  Evansville Temple of Honor.—The regular meeting of this Temple are held every Thursday Evening over the Insurance office, Water st.  Officers for the present term—…W. W. Tileston…

The second announcement appeared on December 26, 1853.  County Convention.  The County Temperance Convention met pursuant to the call, at the Court-house, and organized by electing W. W. Tileston President, and L. Echelbery Secretary…

The third announcement appeared on February 24, 1855.  Returning Thanks, &c.  We have received a friendly letter from Mr. E. Z. Webster, the daguerreotypist.—As he wishes us to thank the citizens of Evansville for their kind patronage to him, &c., we cannot thank them better than by giving them that portion of his letter on the subject.  He says: 

Now Mr. Sanders, I wish you would do me a favor of thanking the citizens of Evansville and vicinity for their kindness and hospitality, together with the very liberal patronage which was extended towards me during my sojourn among them.  They may rest assured that I do fully appreciate each kind act, and if I have succeeded in my endeavors to please both patrons and friends, then in my dearest wish accomplished.  I hope at some future time to be able to reciprocate favors, and in the mean time I shall be most happy if I can be of any service to them either individually or collectively, and in this connection allow me to recommend to their kind consideration my friend, Mr. Tileston, who succeeds me in the rooms I occupied.  He certainly possesses all the necessary requirements for a successful daguerreotypist, and it only requires—what he certainly deserves, the patronage of those citizens who may require the services of a daguerreotypist, to make him become a successful operator.

This is testimony enough in behalf of Mr. Tileston, but we may add our own so far as to say, we have seen a number of pictures taken by him which we though fully as good as Webster’s own, and that is a high compliment.  Mr. T. can be found at the old rooms above the marble works, where he is daily turning out elegant likenesses.—Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from March 22 to 29, 1855.  The Shadow And The Substance Of A Conversation.  The following Conversation took place at the Court House corner the other day, between Joe Shadow and Tom Substance:

Joe—I say, Tom,, when are you going around to Summers & Tilton’s gallery to have your Daguerreotype taken?

Tom—Well, I don’t know.  I must go soon, for they say that during the pleasant weather they are crowded all the time; and Saunders, of the Journal, say their pictures are about as good as Webster’s own.

Joe—I believe they are.  I saw some fine groups there the other day.  I’m going to have my whole family taken in a group.

Tom—I shall go the first fine day, for their pictures are so fine and lifelike.  I wonder where I can get a fine case-a first rate one.

Joe—Why, get it there they have a splendid new stock in a beautiful showcase, just received and in fine order, and expect to enlarge it soon.  They have now on hand a fine assortment of Gold Lockets, Miniature Pins, Paper Macia, Union, Moroco Gilt, Belt, Kossuth, Velvet and Jewel Cases, of all sorts and sizes, and they invite all to call and examine them whether they want to sit for a picture or not.

Tom—I was not aware the kept so fine a stock always on hand:  I shall go right down this morning.  But then I can’t have it taken this morning and I am sorry, for I may not have tine again for several days.

Joe—Why not go to-day?

Tom—It’s so cloudy: they can’t take pictures such weather as this.  Why, it’s raining now.

Joe—There’s where you are out of it.  It’s altogether a mistaken idea people have got into their heads that Daguerreotypes can’t be taken on bright sunny days.  They say they can take as good pictures in such weather as at any other time.  You see their large skylight makes the light always strong in the room, and if they don’t get you a first rate picture they don’t want you to take it.  They are always willing to try, and are determined not to let a picture leave their rooms that is not perfect.

Tom—Well, I shall go right down this morning, for the rooms are always comfortable, and it is a pleasant place to spend the time this dull weather.  But how is it that they carry on the Sign and Ornamental painting and the Gallery too?  They can’t attend to both, certainly.

Joe—Very easy.  You see the sign and ornamental branch is carried on under the immediate supervision of Mr. Summers, while Mr. Tileston turns his whole attention to the 

Tom—Well, I like that very much.  I should think they would go together very well.  Meet me at their gallery in half an hour

Joe—I will: good morning.

Tom—Good morning.                                               

The second advertisement ran from March 30 to May 24, 1855.  More About Elections.  Owing to the great excitement about the city election, and deep interest felt in the Prohibitory Law by all the great political parties, we deem it but our duty to say, that Summers & Tileston, having just received a new Camera direct from New York, are now prepared to take pictures in the best style from a small miniature to a large ½ size.  They are also prepared with the best light in the city for copying pictures.  They guarantee that no picture shall receive injury which may be left in their hands for the above purpose.

N. B.—Why is a Dogratyper taking a picture, like a gent sitting to a handsome gal?  Answer to be had by calling ay Summers & Tileston Gallery.  On Main st., opposite Branch Bank, over the Marble Depot.

The fourth announcement appeared on May 16, 1855.  Great Fire!  Nearly $100,000 Worth of Property destroyed.  About half past 3 o’clock yesterday morning a fire was discovered in the rear part of Anderson’s Barber shop, on the upper side of Main street between Water and First, and in a row of small frame houses…Messrs. Summers & Tileston’s Daguerrean Gallery and Paint shop, above the Marble Depot, were destroyed with every article in them.  No Insurance.  Loss probably $300….

The fifth announcement appeared on May 21, 1855.  Conflagration At Evansville, Indiana.—Below will be found a list of the principal suffers by the fire at Evansville on the 15th:…Summers & Tileston’s daguerreotype gallery were burned.

The third advertisement ran from May 21 to June 25, 1855.  Once More In The Field.  Summer & Tileston, after shaking themselves for a few days from the ashes of the late fire, have fitted up the sky-light rooms over Wm. Hughes’ store; corner of Main and second streets, where they will be happy to see their friends and old customers and the public generally, who wish to preserve the shadow of their friends, “ere the substance fades.”  Thankful for the liberal patronage extended to them for the past three months, they would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Perfect pictures taken at the shortest notice, and entire satisfaction given, or no sale.                                          

The fourth advertisement ran from May 30 to June 29, 1855.  Not Left Town Yet.  Messrs. Summers & Tileston would respectfully inform their old friends and customers, and the public generally, that they have suspended their Daguerrean operations for a short time, for the purpose of fitting up rooms in Dr. Bray’s building, over the old post office.  Workmen are now busily engaged in putting up a mammoth sky light, etc., and in a few days we shall be better prepared for taking fine pictures than ever.                      

The fifth advertisement ran from June 9 to 25, 1855.  Poetry For The Million.

Summers & Tileston are the persons,

You’ll please to find them out;

There rooms are opposite the post office

Or somewhere thereabout.

They have a mammoth sky-light,

The largest in the city,

The only light adapted

For taking pictures pretty.

They take miniatures for lockets,

For breastpins and for rings,

Take copies from daguerreotypes,

Also from oil paintings.

Their pictures are uniformly low.

Their pictures hard to beat;

So pray, call at their gallery

And see there’s no deceit.

For life you know, is uncertain,

And death is very sure,

Therefore, ere the substance fades.

The shadow you should secure.

The sixth announcement appeared on June 13, 1855.  Once more In The Field.—Messrs. Summers & Tileston, as our readers know, were burned out by the late fire, and lost everything they had in their rooms, and nothing insured.  Although thus deprived of almost everything but their energy, they did not “give it up so,” but at once set to work preparing new and far superior rooms to those they formerly occupied.  They are now located in Dr. Bray’s building opposite the Post office, in the most central part of the city, and very convenient to the ladies.—They have fitted up their rooms very neatly and are now prepared to take likenesses all kinds of weather, in the best style, and at low prices.  We hope they will receive an extensive patronage in view of their late losses, renewed expenses, and more particularly because they take just as good Daguerreotype likenesses as are made in the West.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 23, 1855. The Sun Beam.—This is the name given to Summers & Tileston’s new Daguerrean Gallery. By a lady.  They have accepted the compliment, and “The Sun Beam Gallery” will soon be known as the place to obtain good likenesses.  The proprietors have reduced their prices, and are now making some of the best Daguerreotypes ever taken in this city.  Call and see their new rooms and specimens.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23 to October 18, 1855.  New Gallery, New Name, And New Prices!  The Sun Beam Gallery!  Messrs. Summers & Tileston have now fully completed their Daguerrean Rooms in Dr. M. J. Bray’s buildings, on First street, opposite the post office, and are now ready to receive visitors and to take pictures in the latest and most approved style.  Having fitted up our rooms with the eye to comfort, they are neat, cool and airy, while we have a mammoth sky-light, which enables us to take picture that will compare favorably with any in the West.—Therefore we feel confident of giving perfect satisfaction in all cases, which we guarantee, or no sale.  Please call and see us at the Western Sun Beam.

N. B.—Pictures taken for one dollars.                                              

The eighth announcement appeared on September 27, 1855.  Dissolution Notice.  The co-partnership heretofore existing between Summers & Tileston is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be continued by W. W. Tileston, who is authorized to settle the business of the late firm.

A Card.  The undersigned would take this method of returning his sincere thanks to the public for the liberal patronage extended to the late firm, and hopes that by giving his personal attention exclusively to the business to merit a continuance of the same.  W. W. Tileston.

The ninth announcement appeared on October 16, 1855.  List of Awards at the First Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…The Premiums are awarded by the several Committees as follows:  Class 21. 

Best Daguerreotypes—W. W, Tileston.

The tenth announcement appeared on November 23, 1855.  Billy Tileston and his partner are now taking some beautiful Daguerreotypes at the Sun Beam gallery.  Drop in, and you can have the opportunity of seeing yourselves as others see you.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 20, 1855 to April 25, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sun Beam Opposite The Post Office.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

I have also associated with me for a short time Mr. J. Walmsby, who is an operator of many years experience, by which arrangement, one, or both of us, may always be found at the rooms, ready to take pictures.

Remember the place opposite the Post Office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  W. W. Tileston.

The eighth advertisement ran from February 8, 1856 to January 3, 1857.  Ambrotypes Taken At The Sun Beam!  Having gone to a very heavy expense in learning the process, and in fitting up my room for taking Ambrotypes.  I am now prepared to put up in the finest style any sized Ambrotypes, from a one-ninth to one-half size.  The Ambrotype is far superior to the Daguerreotype in tone and beauty, having none of the glare of the Daguerreotype plate, and can be seen in any light.  We also take two pictures at one sitting, a positive and a negative picture, and when held to the light it is perfectly transparent.  The Ambrotype are durable, being, when finished, entirely air and water tight, and can be taken in all kinds of weather.

Time for adults for a sitting from 10 to 30 seconds; children from 3 to 10 seconds.  Please call and see specimens.

P. S.—daguerreotypes taken in the different styles.  W. W. Tileston.

The eleventh announcement appeared on February 9, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. Tileston, the well known Daguerreotypist of this city, is now engaged in taking beautiful ambrotypes, an improvement over the Daguerreotype.  The likeness is taken on glass, and before put in the case is transparent when held to the light, but placed before a black back ground represent on one side a positive picture and the other a negative.  In the case, they resemble a Daguerreotype, but are of much finer tone, free from that shine which prevents the Daguerreotype from being seen to advantage except in a certain light, and are indeed a much more perfect picture.  By this process, the eyes are taken perfectly, while by the old way, The eyes of some subjects never can be correctly pictured.  The best likeness we have ever had of ourself, was taken by this ambrotype process, and we have been Daguerreotypes innumerable times.  We would advise those wanting really good likenesses of themselves to hand down to posterity, or to present to members of the present generation to become ambrotyped at once.  Mr. Tileston has been at a heavy expense learning this branch of the art, and improving his rooms, and he deserves a large increase of patronage.  His advertisement will give some additional particulars.

The twelfth announcement appeared on May 7, 1856.  Proceedings of the City Council.  Monday Evening, May 5. 

Council met pursuant to adjournment.—Present, Mayor Hewson, and Councilmen Scantlin, Rathbone, Cook, Orr, Setchell, Venneman, Johnson , and Hunnel.  Minutes read and approved….The following allowances were made for services rendered at city election, and afterwards…W. W. Tileston, $5,00…

The thirteenth announcement appeared on October 21, 1856.  List of Premiums Awarded at The Second Annual Fair of The Vanderburgh County Agricultural & Horticultural Society…Division F.—Class No. 1…

W. W. Tileston, Best Ambrotypes, diploma.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on November 17, 1856.  Easy.—Sauntering down the street Saturday morning, who should we meet but Webster—the veritable E. Z. Webster, of picture notoriety.  It is unnecessary to state, that we have been in good humour ever since.  Since he last visited Evansville, Webster has become an editor, and we have a “fellow feeling” for him.  His paper, the “Heliographic Mirror,” lies on our Sanctum table, and when we wish to rid ourselves of a talkative visitor, we push him into an arm chair, and give him the “Mirror.”  When he laughs too loud we turn him out.  And this reminds us that Webster is “turning out” some pictures at Tileston’s gallery that are perfectly—well, to say the best of them, are just such as Webster takes, and “nobody else.”  Call round and get your shadow, done up in a style that will surprise even yourself.  Folks don’t know how good looking they are, until Webster has “tuk’em.”

The ninth advertisement ran from November 19, 1856 to April2, 1857.  Webster’s Sphereotypes, Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Callodiotypes.  And all other styles of Heliographic Pictures can be obtained at Webster & Tileston’s Gallery in Bray’s Building, at prices ranging from One Dollar up.

Please call soon, as Webster’s time is limited.  W. & T.

The tenth advertisement ran from November 26, 1856 to March 30, 1857.  For the Journal.

I never ‘spired tew be a poit, 

(I need’nt tell, I ‘spose you no it;)

But if I thawt there’s virtu in it—

Darn’d if I would’nt in a minit!

But when you tawk of dog’ratypin,

Webster’s round and takes delite in;

Ded or ‘live he’ll stamp your feeturs.

And “babiz” tew, deer little creeturs.

On paper, iron, glass or plate,

He’ll fix yewr shadder sure as fate,

So natural and so trew to life,

When yew’re away ‘twill fool yewr wife.     

The eleventh advertisement ran from April 27 to May 28, 1857.  Daguerreotypes Taken At The Sunbeam, Opposite the P. O.  Having made an entire change in my Mammoth Sky Light, by which I am enabled to take much finer pictures than heretofore, so that I am now prepared to take pictures of all sizes that will compare favorably with any taken in the West.

Remember the place, opposite the Post office.

N. B.  We are also prepared to go out and take likenesses of corpses at short notice.  sept15.      W. W. Tileston

The twelfth advertisement ran from May 29 to June 5, 1857.  Sun Beam Gallery, First Street, Opposite the Post Office.  The above Gallery having just undergone an entire change and refitting, is now re-opened for the Spring Business, With a new and beautiful stock of Cases, Frames, and Apparatus.  Feeling thankful for the past liberal patronage, I would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Warranting satisfaction in all cases, I would solicit an examination of my stock and specimens.  W. W. Tileston.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 5, 1857.

Promptitude.—Whatsoever thou resolvest to do—do it quickly—defer not till the evening what should be the work of the morning.  Therefore, call at the Sun Beam Daguerrian Gallery, on first street, and get you one of Tileston’s superior pictures, either a Colodiotype, Melaneotype, or any type connected with the Heliographic art.  He warrants perfect satisfaction in all cases.

W. W. Tileston is recorded in other photographic directories and has been previously posted on May 26 as Tileston Brothers, and yesterday May 28 as Tileston, Randall & Co.

Tileston, Randall & Co.

1859                50 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston, Randall & Co. (William W. Tileston, Charles M. Tileston and J. D. Randall) were recorded in five announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on September 6, 1859.  Sun Beam Gallery.—Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., will open their new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street, this evening easly gas light with a soiree.  Their friends and the public generally are invited to call and examine their suit of rooms for practicing the photographic art.

The second announcement appeared on September 8, 1859.  Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., Daguerreotypist, opened their handsome new Gallery, on Main street, on Tuesday evening, and entertained a pleasant and numerous company of ladies and gentlemen, who passed the evening in agreeable conversation, and examining the beautiful specimens of the art with which the rooms are adorned.  The gallery will be open every evening, and it will be found a pleasant place of resort for an hour.  The combined experience and talent of the three gentlemen will enable this company to produce the finest pictures in every department of the daguerreotyping and photographic art.

The third announcement appeared on September 21, 1859.  Persons wishing good Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, or Photographs, will bear in mind that the place to get them is at Tileston, Rondall & Co.s new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street.  Their pictures possess beauty and delicacy of detail, combined with a rotundity rarely seen in Photographic expressions.  Remember that their gallery is kept open every evening until nine o’clock.  Call and examine their pictures by gas light.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 24, 1859.  The New Art Gallery.—Evansville, both at home and abroad, is noted for her commercial and manufacturing advantages; and truly in this respect she has not been underrated; but while steamers plough our waters, canal barges traverse our rich valleys, and railroads bear in their daily burdens, and all pour their rich stores into our lap of commerce; and although our forges and foundries and mills and factories ring with the hum of machinery and the song of labor, yet our people have not altogether forgotten to mingle the beautiful with the useful, in building up the fair fame of our city.

The growing taste of our people is evinced by the number and order of arrangement of our public libraries and cabinets; the improvements in architecture; the embellishment of public halls, saloons, business houses, churches, and private dwellings; the adornment of grounds; the advancement in music, and the polite modes and habits of our society.  And among the many other improvements in popular taste, none is more perceptible just now than the pleasure and satisfaction everywhere expressed at the recent fitting up by the Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., of their new Gallery of Art on Main Street.

Readers, have you yet visited the new rooms of these accomplished artists?  It is well worth a visit by the lovers of taste and the beautiful.  The main stairway entrance from the street is broad and inviting to the ascent.  It is open at all hours of the day, and till nine o’clock at night, and is then brilliantly lighted up with beautiful gas fixtures.  Arrived upon the second floor, you are ushered into an elegant apartment which combines the purpose of a saloon, sitting-room, and gallery of art.  Here you register your name in a book conveniently arranged for that purpose, rest awhile, if you like, on the comfortable sofas, and then look around at the pictures upon the walls.  From the floor to the ceiling is hung an endless variety of portraits, life-size photographs in oil, colored photographs, ambrotypes, sun pictures, stereoscopic views, groups, scenes, landscapes, and every style and variety of pictures known to the art.

After you have, of course, selected from the center table a case in which to have your own pleasant features mapped out, you pull a tasseled cord which hangs by the second stairway and the tinkling of a little silver bell above brings down one of the smiling young men, who usher you up into the chief operating room.  This chamber is forty feet long, by twenty in width, and is lighted by an immense sky light, in the center, over head.  The cameras and screens are so arranged, as that two sets of operators can work at the same time with equal effect, and the screens can be extended in any way on slides and hinges, so as to admit of a group of almost any size being taken, with a back ground of over twenty feet in width.

Before sitting for your picture, you step into a beautiful little alcove, fitted up in one corner, and modestly (!) drawing together the tasteful curtains, you find yourself before a large mirror, with all the other toilet paraphernalia, and you soon make yourself “good looking” enough to be “taken off” without breaking the camera lens.  The impression, with the “delightful expression” is done in a moment, and while your friends, the tall and affable Dan, and the sprightly and skillful Tileston Bros., are perfecting your ugliness in the dark room, you have time to look at the general arrangement.  At one end of the chamber is a large shop or working room, for doing the mechanical work of the establishment, and adjoining this is the dark room, fitted up with every possible permanent arrangement.

At the other end is a room, with large windows opening out to admit the sunlight, for photographic purposes.  Several smaller apartments adjoin, with “no admittance” marked over the entrance, into which, however, you will be “admitted” if you are good-looking, patronizing, and have an uncontrollable desire to poke your nose into all the mysteries of the art.  Your picture, by this time is ready; you are satisfied with it, pay for it, and descend into the lower gallery, where you take a card from a fanciful ocean shell-case on the center table, and descend to the street, wondering why everybody don’t visit Tileston, Randall & Co., Picture Gallery, and resolving to tell your friends so.  In short you are satisfied, after a visit, as we are, that this Gallery will hereafter not only afford pleasure and profit to our own people, but, that strangers, happening in the city, will visit these rooms, along with the other exhibitions of public taste and pleasure which adorn the flourishing city of Evansville.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 17, 1859, Vol. XII, No. 53, P. 1.

List of Premiums Awarded at the South-Western Indiana District Fair… Class No. 12—Art. 

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best collection colored photographs, 1st premium, 5,00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best ambrotype and sun pictures, 1st premium, 5 00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co. are not recorded are being in partnership in other photographic directories.  William W. & Charles M. Tileston and J. D Randall are all three recorded in other photographic directories and William W. & Charles M. Tileston were previously posted on May 26 as the Tileston Brothers.