James B. Gilson

1854-1855       Public Square, Carrollton, Ohio.                                                                                        1855                   Harlem Springs, Ohio.

James B. Gilson was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements.  The first advertisement, Gilson was part of the partnership of Gilson & Morgan and ran from November 2 to 16, 1854 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Secure The Shadow Before The Substance Fades.  Messrs. Gilson & Morgan takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Carrollton, and vicinity, that they are now in  town with their large Sky Light Daguerrean Car, and are prepared to take likenesses in the most approved style, on the shortest notice, and in all kinds of weather.  From former experience and success in the business, they flatter themselves that they will be able to please the most tasty.

Our prices range from 50 cents upwards,—So come right straight along, for we must have plenty to do, in order to have at these prices.  Boys, give your girls presents in the form of Daguerreotypes, and they will love you twice as much.  Pins, Rings, Lockets, &c., filled in the best of order.

N. B. Pictures must be life like, or no charges will be made. Office hours from 8 A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.  Gilson & Morgan.

The second advertisement ran from November 23, 1854 to March 15, 1855 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Secure The Shadow Before The Substance Fades.  Mr. James B. Gilson takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Carrollton, and vicinity, that they are now in town with his large Sky Light Daguerrean Car, and is prepared to take likenesses in the most approved style, on the shortest notice, and in all kinds of weather.  From former experience and success in the business, he flatter themselves that he will be able to please the most tasty.

My prices range from 50 cents upwards,—So come right straight along, for I must have plenty to do, in order to have at these prices.  Boys, give your girls presents in the form of Daguerreotypes, and they will love you twice as much.  Pins, Rings, Lockets, &c., filled in the best of order.

N. B. Pictures must be life like, or no charges will be made. Office hours from 8 A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.  James B. Gilson.          November 2, 1854.

The announcement appeared on December 7, 1854 in The Carroll Free Press (Carrollton, Ohio).  Likenesses.—Our town can boast of two establishments that cannot be surpassed for taking Daguerreotype likenesses.  Mr. J. W. Gould has permanently located here, and has taken rooms, for the present, at the “Patton House.”  He intends on the opening of Spring to erect rooms with Sky Lights suitable for his business; then he will be able to compete with any.  He is able to give a good picture, situate as he is.  Give him a call.

Mr. James B. Gilson has put up for the winter with us.  His Daguerrean Car is situate on the Public Square, directly in front of the Stidger House.  He is furnished with Sky Lights, and can give you a picture on short notice.  Give him a call.

The third advertisement ran from July 5 to September 6, 1855 in The Carroll Free Press  (Carrollton, Ohio).  Come And See.  The undersigned takes pleasure in announcing to the public that they have located for the hot season at the “Harlem Springs,” and are prepared at all times, and in all kinds of weather, to take Daguerreotypes in the latest and most approved style.  Being prepared with the best of material, and the most approved arrangement of side and sky light; and from their former experience in the business, they flatter themselves that they will be able to please all.  All work warranted not to fade.

No charges will be made unless the work is satisfactory.  Terms reasonable—So come along.

Come young, come old, come all,                                                                                                              Come every one of you                                                                                                                                        To J. B. Gilson’s hall,                                                                                                                                                  And have your likeness true;                                                                                                                          That generations all                                                                                                                                                  May know how you did look,                                                                                                                                When we your picture took.B. Dark dress preferable.                                                                                N. B. Gilson, L. Jolly.

James B. Gilson, L. Jolly and Morgan do not appear in other photographic directories.

 

George C. Gillett

1857                Main Street, over White’s Grocery Store, Geneseo, New York.

George C. Gillett was recorded in an announcement and advertisement.  The announced appeared on May 14, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  We noticed the other day something entirely new in the photographic art, in the way of Ambrotype pictures on patent enamel leather.  They are first taken on glass and then transferred to leather, making a “photo” of great beauty.  Gillett is prepared to furnish the above or any other kind of a sun picture that may be desired.

The advertisement ran from May 14 to July 16, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  War In China!  Important Announcement!  Whether the present war between the English and the “Celestials: shall effect the price of teas or not, I intend to keep Right On taking those fine Likenesses! which have already pleased so many.  The only deviation will be to present every improvement which I can obtain.  If any have had fears about the durability of my Ambrotypes, I would say that I can show them pictures which have been exposed on the roof with no glass over them to the hot sun, Rain, Snow, and hard Frosts, and are now as good as new.

I would also call attention to a new process for transferring likenesses from glass to patent leather, which I have obtained at considerable expense.—They possess great brilliancy, and cannot be rubbed off without taking the enamel of the leather with them.—They are just the thing to send in a letter, as they cost no additional postage, and are really very nice.

Copying done Promptly and Well.  Children taken perfectly in from 2 to 3 seconds in a fine day.  Please call at my rooms West side of Main Street, over White’s Grocery.  George C. Gillett.

George C. Gillett is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. L. Gillen

1850                Rooms South West corner of the Public Square in Major Heard’s old Store,                                    Canton, Mississippi.

D. L. Gillen was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement. The announcement appeared on October 17, 1850 in The Madisonian (Canton, Mississippi). We would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Mr. Gillen who is now prepared to take likenesses on the most approved Daguerreotype style.

From the specimens we have seen, we think he will be able to give general satisfaction to those wishing their likeness taken.

The advertisement ran from October 17 to November 14, 1850 in The Madisonian (Canton, Mississippi).  Daguerreotype.  D. L. Gillen, Photographical Artist.  Has arrived in Canton and has opened a Gallery on the South West corner of the Public Square, in Major Heard’s old store.

Mr. G. now offers an opportunity to all persons who feel disposed to have their Likeness taken, the chance to have them executed in the Best Daguerreotype Style, and very respectfully invites the Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine his specimens:

Secure the shadow ere the Substance fade,                                                                                              Let Nature copy that which Nature made.                                                                                                Canton October 9th ’50.

D. L. Gillen is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. W. Giles

1848                Address Unknown, Cooperstown, New York.

L. W. Giles was recorded in an a advertisement that ran from July 1 to August 19, 1848 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York). Ladies and Gentlemen. L. W. Giles returns his sincere thanks to the inhabitants of Cooperstown and vicinity, for the liberal patronage they have heretofore bestowed upon him, and informs them that he will soon return from New York, where he is directing his personal attention with the most eminent Artists to the best mode of executing Photographic Miniatures, and with these efforts, combined with procuring the latest improved apparatus, &c., and his former knowledge of the art, he hopes to give such satisfaction in disclosing the beauty of the Daguerreotype as will render him, on the score of merit, preeminent over all competition.

L. W. Giles is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Oliver H. Gilbert

1856                223 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Oliver H. Gilbert was recorded on April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal  (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.           

Gilbert.—A tip top gallery. I was highly pleased with the specimens, and was surprised to find such a good artist among so many poor ones. Reimer, Marston, Newcome, and Gilbert, are too good artists for 2nd Street.

Oliver H. Gilbert is recorded in other photographic directories, but is recorded here because of the first hand account of his work.

[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.

 

B. F. Gilbert

1859                Rooms over the Gazette Office, Delhi, New York.

B. F. Gilbert was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 18 to December 28, 1859 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York). Ambrotypes, Spherotypes, &c. The only place to get a good likeness, is at B. F. Gilbert’s Gallery.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens before purchasing elsewhere.  Rooms over the Gazette Office, Delhi.

B. F. Gilbert is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Robert Wolcott Gibbes

1857                Address Unknown, South Carolina.

Dr. Robert Wolcott Gibbes was recorded in an announcement that appeared on November 19, 1857 in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  What We Saw And Heard….There were objects at the fair to please the eye, the taste and the fancy of the fastidious amateur, and the judgment and good sense of the plain, substantial farmer…. But it will make the decent more gradual to sketch in the next place the picture gallery.  In this department we must confess our expectations were not altogether realized.  Nevertheless, there were several good paintings and a choice selection of hallotypes and photographs on exhibition.— The finest pictures, we believe, belonged to Dr. Gibbes.  Messrs. Kingsmore & Wearn, of Newberry, sent down some beautiful photograph portraits.  Those of Hon. John Belton O’Neall and Hon. Preston S. Brooks attracted most attention.

Dr. Robert Wolcott Gibbes was not recorded in other photographic directories.

George

1849                First Street, Corner Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.  C.

George was recorded in two advertisements in the partnership of George and Hammond.  The first advertisement ran from February 8 to March 16, 1849 in The Daily National Whig (Washington, D. C.).  George & Hammond, Daguerreotypists, first door on First street, corner of Pennsylvania avenue, near the Capitol, thankful for past favors, would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of this city and vicinity, that they intend leaving in a very short time for California.

And having on hand a large Daguerreotype stock, which they are desirous to close up before leaving, would give notice to those who may give them an early call, that they have one very neat  style which they would put up for One Dollar.

Customers may be sure of finding, at this establishment, every desirable style of case.  The latest patterns of Gold Lockets furnished and Miniatures neatly set at reasonable prices.

The second advertisement ran from March 28 to April 27, 1849.  The Daily National Whig (Washington, District of Columbia).  George & Hammond, Daguerreotypists, Corner First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Capitol, Would respectfully announced to the citizens and strangers of Washington that all who wish to secure a correct and cheap Daguerreotype from their establishment must call immediately, as they will positively leave the city in a few days.  A very neat article put up for $1,00.

All should help sustain that art which keeps the absent near;                                                              The beautiful unchanged from Time’s rude theft—                                                                          Guards the fresh tint of childhood’s polished brow,                                                                            And when love yields its idol to the tomb                                                                                                    Doth snatch a copy.

George, and N. H. Hammond are not recorded in other city directories.

William J. George

1853                Address and Location Unknown

William J. George was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 29, 1853 to January 14, 1854 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  To Wm. A. Pratt, Esq., No. 145 Main street, Richmond:

Dear Sir: On a late visit to your city, as an artist, I took great interest in the splendid specimens of Photography exhibited, and was glad to see that with Simons, Whitehurst and yourself, the art was not cut down to the dollar system; but that, sustaining, as you were still able to obtain a fair price and plenty of business, whilst the gentlemen of the dollar fraternity employ themselves in advertising that they have slain their thousands per month.”  Respectfully, your friend, Wm. J. George.

William J. George does not appear in other photographic directors prior to 1855.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a W. J. George as a daguerrean in Richmond, Virginia in 1855.

J. Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, over the Post Office, Geneseo, New York.

J. Geiger was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the partnership of Ranger & Geiger.  The announcement appeared on March 19, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  The improvements made I the last few years in the Daguerrean art, have more than kept pace with the progressive age and has now in this country attained a perfection and excellence that would seem to lead to the conclusion that the art had now reached its acme of beauty and perfection.  It is but a few years since the principle was given us by the French, but the art to-day bears little comparison to what was brought to us from across the water.  Yankee ingenuity, skill and experience has perfected the art.  On a recent visit to the rooms of Mr. J. Geiger, over the Post Office, we could but note the change effected and the improvements made, and in the hands of a skilful artists like Mr. G. persons can obtain “sun delineations” as perfect and natural as the originals.  Mr. G. has facilities that enables him at all times to produce pictures that need only be seen to be appreciated.  His stock is large, and persons should not loose the opportunity of procuring pictures when such an opportunity presents itself.

The first advertisement ran from March 19 to September 3, 1857 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Daguerrean & Ambrotype Gallery Geiger is again on hand, just returned from the city, and prepared to offer to his numerous patrons an opportunity to select from the largest and best assortment of Daguerreotype Goods, including every variety of the latest styles of Plain And Fancy Cases, Single & Family Frames, &c. ever brought into this County, and which he will sell at greatly Reduced Prices. from Fifty Cents upwards.  A good picture enclosed in a neat case for Fifty Cents, And warranted to be equal to any taken elsewhere in Western New York, affording all an opportunity of getting correct Likenesses of themselves, their families and relations at much lower prices than formerly.  The wisest statesmen have said “in time of peace prepare for war.”  True affection says, “in health procure a memento that shall last when this frail form shall have passed away.”

Reader, while you mind is upon the subject, come with your family, and secure those family keepsakes which are so highly prized.  Don’t delay until the family circle is broken by the Spoiler.

Have you a friend or companion who would highly prize your Ambrotype?  Call at Geiger’s Rooms where he may be found during all business hours, prepared to do all work pertaining to that art.  He has a superior apparatus, and assures the public that his pictures shall be of the first quality, and from 25 to 50vper cent cheaper than can be obtained elsewhere.

Miniatures taken in clear or cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings and Bracelets, &c.  Views of Residences taken.  Also miniatures taken of the sick or dead, if desired, on reasonable terms.  Copying of every description done on short notice.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.

Thankful for former very liberal patronage, a continuance of the same is respectfully solicited.  Don’t forget the place.  It is over the Post Office, Main-st., Genesco.  J. Geiger, March 2d, 57.

The second advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858 in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M.  W. Ranger. J. Geiger.

J. Geiger is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William E. Ranger in Warsaw, N. Y. as a daguerrean in 1859.  It is possible that they are the same person Geneseo is about 21 miles from Warsaw.