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Walker & Gavit

1845                15 Dow’s Building, Albany, New York.[1]

Walker & Gavit was recorded in one advertisement that appeared in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York) on December 3, 1845.  Daguerreotype.  Daniel E. Gavit, Premium Photographist, late of the firm of Walker & Gavit, Albany, respectfully informs the citizens of Auburn, that he has opened his Gallery at No. 85 Genesee street, up stairs, for a limited term of Ten Days, and will be happy to wait on those who require his services and will favor him with their patronage.

The Gallery contains perhaps, the largest and most unique variety of specimens ever exhibited in Western New York; containing many of our most eminent statesmen and others, all taken from life, viz: Hon. Henry Clay, Hon. Martin Van Buren, Hon. John Quincy Adams, Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. John C. Spencer, Hon. Silas Wright, Hon. Wm. H. Steward, Hon. Wm. L. Marcy, Hon. Wm. C. Bouck, Hon. C. Morgan, Gov. Briggs of Mass., Judge Miller, Judge Bacon, Nathaniel S. Benton, A. C. Flagg, Hugh Halsey, Gen McNeil, Edwin Croswell, Horace Greeley, Henry Phillips the Vocalist, Bishop Heding, Clark Robinson, and a great number of Ladies and others too numerous to mention in an advertisement.

Copies taken from any of the above for those who wish it at a reasonable charge.

He will add that his pictures have received the Highest Honors wherever they have been exhibited, and at the late Fair of the American Institute, in New York, they were pronounced Superior To All Others, by 20,000 visitors.  A visit to the establishment is respectfully solicited from All.

Every article used in the business, for sale on the most reasonable terms.  Instructions thoroughly given, and Pupils advanced as fast as practicable.

Views of Buildings, Cattle, Horses, and most any thing taken correctly.

Portraits of sick or deceased Persons, taken at their residences when required.  From a list of recommendations from the Press and others, please call at the Galleries.  Auburn, Dec. 3, 1845.

Walker & Gavit are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, unfortunately the identity of Walker remains unknown.

[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Mr. Reynolds

ND                  Address Unknown, Albany, New York.                                                                          ND                  Address Unknown, New York, New York.                                                                            1850               Address Unknown, Penn Yan, New York.

Mr. Reynolds was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 3 to 17, 1850 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  Mr. Reynolds, of New York who formerly operated for Meade & Bro. of Albany, has taken rooms over Rose’s store,—and having availed himself of the recent improvements in the art, the finish of his Pictures will in no way inferior to Brady and other artists of New York who are working after this late improved process.  Pictures finished by this process have a beauty of tone, roundness of features and distinctness of outline that far surpass those by the old method, and may readily be seen in any light.

Mr. Reynolds has brought with him his full gallery of over 100 specimens, containing portraits from life of some of our eminent men among which is one of the late President Taylor.

He has on hand a supply of Lockets and Fancy cases.  Having one of the best instruments he is enabled to take correct Likenesses in any weather—and children of any age, that can sit still five seconds.

Please call immediately, as he will remain but a short time.  Peen Yan, Aug. 27, 1850.

Mr. Reynolds is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1850-1851       271 Main Street, Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Morse (partnership of Aldrich & Morse) was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 1 to March 14, 1851 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Now Is The Time, And Waldo Block is the Place.  In order to introduce our Types to the public, we shall sell them for a few days for fifty cents.  In the Best Cases for One Dollar, such as are sold for $1.50 at other rooms.  We intend to attract the public to our Rooms by making good Miniatures at fair prices, rather than by a display of Stained Glass, costly Mirrors, Tapestry Carpets, &c.  Beware of humbugs, and remember our Rooms are up only one flight of stairs, and that we have decidedly The Best Light in the City.  Aldrich & Morse.  Worcester. Nov. 2, 1850.

Morse is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list the partnership as being active in Albany, New York in 1851-1852.

Jacob H. Lawyer

1848                #2 & #4 Exchange, Second Floor, Albany, New York.[1]                                              1849-1850     37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Jacob H. Lawyer of the partnership of Lawyer and Clark was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 22, 1849 to February 13, 1850 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Albany Daguerrean Gallery.  The Subscribers would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity, that they have opened a Daguerrean Gallery, in the room lately occupied by Messrs. Watson & Ryder, No. 37 Owego-st, where they will be at all times in readiness to furnish the public with better work than ever before done in Ithaca.

Being in possession of all the improvements in the art, they fear no competition, and invite the strictest examination and criticism.  The idea held out by indifferent operators that light eyes cannot be well taken, and linen cannot be made white is expelled at once by an examination of the work in this Gallery.

Miniatures can be obtained here of any size or price, at which they ought honestly to be afforded, but always of a superior quality.  The senior partner of the establishment have been employed as the operators in Meade & Bro’s. Gallery in Albany, in 1848, the best in the state feels confident of being able to give the public better Miniatures than have ever been furnished, and satisfy all that they have heretofore been outrageously humbugged.  The following recommendation is from Messrs. Meade, Albany:

We confidently recommend Mr. J. H. Lawyer to the public as a first rate Daguerrean Artist, understanding all the late improvements in the art.  Mr. L. has taken pictures in our establishment and has given general satisfaction.   Meade & Brother.  Albany, July 10, 1848.

The experience of the senior partner for the last three years in the business in the best Galleries, is sufficient to entitle him to the confidence of public when those around him are but beginners in the business without experience or taste.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms, and chemicals, &c. kept constantly on hand for sale.  J. H. Lawyer.  F. C. Clark.  Ithaca, August 20, 1849.

J. H. Lawyer is listed in other photographic directories, but is listed here for the information in the advertisement.

[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Myron E. Judd

1851                   Address Unknown, Albany, New York.                                                                          1852-1854       41 South Pearl Street, Albany, New York.                                                                        1853-1856       3 Hathaway Building, Lansingburgh, New York.

Myron E. Judd was recorded in four announcements and one advertisement in Lansingburgh Democrat (Lansingburgh, New York).  The first announcement appeared on December 1, 1853.  It is currently reported that a new Daguerrean Saloon is to be opened in a few days in Hathaway’s building.  Judd of Albany is to be the artist.

The second announcement appeared on September 21, 1854.  The Country Fair…In the Daguerrian Gallery of Mr. Judd, we recognized many familiar faces, which gave the Fair quite a “home” aspect.

The advertisement ran from March 29, 1855 to March 6, 1856.  Daguerreotypes.  All persons Wishing To Secure good Daguerreotypes are again reminded that Mr. Judd takes the very best of Pictures in all kinds of weather.  He keeps constantly on hand a good assortment of plain and Fancy Cases, and his prices are strictly in accordance with the times—at the lowest rates.  It is needless to say, only to such as are not acquainted, that Mr. Judd takes the utmost pains to please.  Remember that life ins uncertain.  Secure the shadow ere the substance perish.  Put it not off until tomorrow, or you may regret it when too late.

The little laughing, loving child, in life so sweet                                                                                      Father, Mother, sister and brother, in a loving group do meet;                                                          But suppose that either or any by nature is taken away—                                                                        Quick! Then, be up, go over to Judd’s, and get their shadows to-day.

Yes and how dear is one of those daguerreotypes when any of our friends are suddenly taken away;—perhaps a father—perchance a mother.  How dear is the smile retained in a shadow when you see the originals no more.—Those persons wishing Good Likenesses of their Children should not wait until Saturday the most hurrying day of all the week.  Put by all, school not excepted.  Come when the light is good, to give the artist a good chance, and in return you will have a good picture.  Dress at all times in something dark.  Avoid as much as possible all light colors.  Wear brown, green, red, check or black.

Judd’s Rooms, No. 3 Hathaway’s Block, are as pleasantly located as could be desired.—Independent entrance, only one flight of stairs, easy of access to old people.  Mr. Judd is truly thankful for the liberal patronage bestowed upon him by the citizens of Lansingburgh and vicinity.  With increasing confidence in his ability to please, he would again invite all to his rooms, and solicit a continuance of the patronage so liberally bestowed upon him for the past year.  Myron E. Judd.   Lansingburgh, March 29, 1855.

The third announced appeared on April 19, 1855.  The more we examine the daguerreotypes taken by Mr. Judd, the more we are convinced that he has no superior as an Artist in this section of the State.  We have in our private daguerrean gallery perhaps forty specimens, taken by different artists, some here, some in Troy, New-York, and the far West, and we venture to say that no judge of a good picture would fail of arriving at the conclusion that Judd’s are clearly entitled to the premium.  His rooms are very tastefully fitted up, and he has every accommodation for visitors.  Another advantage in dealing with him is that he never lets a poor picture leave his hands—a person, therefore, who is no judge, stands an equal chance with those who are connoisseurs in the art.  One more fact we must mention—his charges will be found to be very moderate.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 15, 1855.  The Daguerrian Saloon formerly occupied by Mr. Judd, has passed into the possession of Mr. Clark, who is ready at all times to secure “the shadow, ere the substance perish,” for all those who wish it.—We noticed an Ambrotype of one of our active citizens hanging at his door a few days since—and if we can form an opinion from that, we judge that Prof. Judd’s mantle has fallen upon no unworthy successor.

Myron E. Judd is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry from 1851 to 1854 while in Albany, New York.