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S. L. Meacham

1854                Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                            1854-1855     Rooms over David Lake’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                                                    1857-1859     Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                      1859                Rooms in the Odd Fellows Hall, Okolona, Mississippi.

S. L. Meacham was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement was recorded from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Note the date at the end of the advertisement (May 20, 1854.)  Daguerreotypes.  S. L. Meacham, of St. Louis, Mo., respectfully informs the citizens of Aberdeen, that he has taken rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Hankins, and is prepared to execute all manner of work appertaining to the art.  With an experience of nine years in the business, he feels confident in assuring those who may favor him with their patronage, that they can obtain of him specimens of the art equal to any in the world, as well as True Likenesses.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather, and set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, and cases, from the smallest to full size.  Citizens, Strangers and the ladies especially are invited to call and examine specimens.  May 20, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi). Business Directory.  Daguerreotypist.  S. L. Meacham—Over David Lake’s.

The third advertisement was recorded on June 4, 1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859 in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The announcement appeared on June 30, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Those who wish correct pictures of themselves will find Mr. Meacham, an artist of the first order, in the Odd Fellows Hall.  See Notice.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 30 to July 21, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Ambrotypes, S. L. Meacham (formerly of Aberdeen, Miss.,) respectfully calls the attention of the citizens of Okolona to his rooms in Odd Fellows Hall, where he will remain for a few days.  All those wanting a fine likeness of themselves, as well as a superior picture, would do well to give him an early call.  A fine lot of fancy cases; also, lockets and pins on hand.

S. L. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if S. L. Meacham is the same person as recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as S. L. M. Meacham even though the connection to St. Louis, is compelling the activity dates (S. L. M. Meacham 1851) and S. L. Meacham 1854 is circumstantial evidence and would be speculation at best.

Meacham & Sanders

1857-1859       Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders (S. L. Meacham & Sanders) was recorded in two advertisements.  The first was recorded on June 4,  1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The second advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  In The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Thomas Hankins

1853                Address Unknown, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Thomas Hankins was recorded in an advertisement on April 16, 1853 in The Weekly Independent (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Delays are Dangerous!  The most important concerns of life are too often deferred until a more convenient season, and lasting regrets are frequently the consequence of unnecessary delays.—To-morrow, the kind parent, the beloved child, the affectionate companion, the esteemed friend, the object of your warmest affection, may leave for a distance land, or be laid where your eyes never can behold their features, except in the form we propose to effect for you.  Readers, if you have a kind friend, in whom you feel an interest, and your kind feelings are reciprocated, that friend will value a precious memorial, if taken in our late and improved style.  To all who have lost a relative or friend, and have not even the shadow of a resemblance to look upon, how vary valuable would one of our Life-Like Pictures be.  How often is the remark made?  “Oh, what would I give for such a picture of my parent, child or friend!”  Now, while your mind is interested, we advise you to call at once and have your picture taken by Hankins—return home delighted, and in after life you will thank us for these timely suggestions.

Old images Improved, Exact Copies of Pictures taken, or reduced in size for medallions, Rings and breast-pins, Cases Of All Sorts On Hand!  Pictures taken equally well in cloudy weather.  We design making our Gallery a permanent and pleasant Place of Resort for citizens and strangers.  You cannot call to often.—We particularly ask the attention of the Ladies.   Thos. Hankins.   January 22, 1853.

Thomas Hankins is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as possibly being Thomas Hankins, Jr. who was active in 1859 in Norfolk, Virginia.  John also references a Thomas Haskins as being active in Nashville, Tennessee without activity dates.  it is unknown if they are the same person.