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J. Park

1859                Address and Location Unknown.

J. Park was recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on October 19, 1859. Wanted.—An Ambrotypist Wishes A Situation; has had eight years experience at the business, five years ambrotyping, three years daguerreotyping.  Address for two days, J. Park, Herald office.

J. Park is not listed in other photographic directories. At this time it is unknown if he found employment or not. In addition it is unknown where he was located or who he worked for since 1851.

Isaac Parish

1858                Morse’s Building, corner Pike & Main Streets, Port Jervis, New York.                      1858                Address Unknown, location Unknown, New Jersey.                                                      1858-1859     Opposite St. John’s Store, Port Jervis, New York.                                                    1859                 Address Unknown, Monticello, New York.

Isaac Parish was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement in the Tri-State Union  (Port Jervis, New York).  The first is for Parish & Edson (posted yesterday) the advertisement ran from February 11 to March 25, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Parish & Edson, the celebrated New York Artists, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they have taken and fitted up rooms for their business, and are now prepared to make pictures surpassed by none.

Large Size, Beautiful Colored, 50 Cents.  Faded Pictures restored.  All kinds of Pictures copied in the highest style of the art.  They are the inventors of the Albatus Lumin process, by which pictures can be taken equally as well in stormy as clear weather.  No one need stay away on account of clouds.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.

They can be found for two weeks only, at Morse’s Building, Cor. Pike & Main Sts.                     N. B. The morning light is most suitable for taking pictures of children.

The second advertisement ran from April 1 to June 17, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Mr. Parish, formerly of the firm of Parish & Edson, flattered by the liberal patronage received, has determined to locate permanently in this place, and has leased for this purpose the rooms occupied by them for the last two months in Morse’s building, corner Pike and Main sts., where he is prepared to take pictures surpassed by none, and at prices placing them in the reach of all.

Pictures beautifully colored and encased for 50 Cents!

Also constantly on hand an elegant variety of Fancy & Plain Cases to suit tastes the most fastidious.

Mr. Parish has ever used the best and most expensive chemicals manufactured in this country and Europe, hence those clear and brilliant pictures to be obtained only at his gallery.  Included in these is the chemical for the instantaneous production of Children’s Pictures, in which Mr. P. is unsurpassed.  Also on hand for this purpose, a full supply of patience.

This gallery is constructed on the most scientific principles, combining the sky and side light, by which are produced those soft and mellow tints and that elegant contrast of light and shade for which his pictures are so justly celebrated.

Thankful to his patrons for past favors, he hopes ever to merit a continuance of their patronage. Isaac Parish.  Morse’s Building, cor. Pike and Main sts., Port Jervis.

The third advertisement ran from June 24 to July 15, 1858.  The Up-Town Gallery.  Something New!  Albatypes and Ambrotypes!  Mr. Parish, who for the last season has received such liberal patronage from the people of this place and vicinity, would call the attention of his patrons to his new and elegant style of Picture, the Albatype, made only by him.  Those who have seen it pronounce it the finest product of the Photographic Art, combining as it does the beauty of the most elegant ivory painting, with the accuracy of the finest Ambrotype, it never fails to please, and can be seen at any angle; possessing at the same time the most brilliant tone, unsurpassed by the finest specimens of the Daguerrean Art.  The accuracy with which it can be copied makes it valuable above all other pictures, and its showing light as well as dark drapery, no less an advantage.  The disagreeable blending of white caps and light hair with the back-ground of the Ambrotype, is in this done away, presenting instead the most delightful contrast—standing out in bold relief, seemingly raised from the plate.  Their durability too is unsurpassed.

Ambrotypes and Albatypes inserted in Lockets, Breastpins, &c., on Mica Melainotypes and Nielograph material.  Constantly on hand, a fine assortment of Fancy Union, Shell and Composition cases.  Beautiful Union Cases for Family Groups.  Prices low—within the reach of all.

Do Not mistake the place—Parish’s Gallery, opposite St. John’s Brick Store, in Morse’s Building, Upper-Town.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 18, 1858 to May 12, 1859.  Notice!  Notice!!  Re-Opening of the Up Town Gallery.  Mr. Parish, after a successful summer tour through Sussex and adjacent counties of New Jersey, has returned to Port Jervis, with increased facilities for Picture taking.

Thankful for the appreciation the people have shown of his work, he hopes by the aid of a new and enlarged apparatus, Together with an entire new stock of Chemicals and all the latest improvements in the Art, to merit a continuance of their patronage.

Pictures taken at the low price of 50 cents, and beautifully colored.  Pictures taken in any weather, cloudy as well as clear.  Particular attention given to taking children’s pictures, in which Mr. P. is peculiarly successful.  Persons are invited to call and examine his work, Cases, &c.  Gallery opposite St. John’s store, up town, Port Jervis.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 19 to June 30, 1859.  Up Town Gallery.  Mr. M. Perish[1], Would respectfully inform his numerous friends and patrons of this place and vicinity, that he will remain But Three Weeks Longer in this place, and as this will be the last chance to obtain a perfect picture, he invites all who have not supplied themselves with pictures of his taking, to lose no time in doing so.

Pictures of Mr. Parish’s taking are warranted Not To Fade, and none to be found minus, those important organs, the eyes.

Mr. Parish has a new mode of copying pictures, showing a decided improvement on the original picture.  Pictures copied and enlarged to ten times their original size.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breastpins and Rings, of the smallest dimensions.  Remember this is The Last Chance to obtain Pictures of Mr. Parish’s taking.  Gallery, opposite St. John & Everit’s Store.   Port Jervis.

The announcement ran on July 28, 1859.  Mr. Isaac Parish, late of this village, in connection with Mr. Haynes of Newton, has located at Monticello in the ambrotype business.

Isaac Parish is not recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Probably a typo, should be I. Parish.

Parish & Edson

1858                Morse’s Building, corner Pike & Main Streets, Port Jervis, New York.

The partnership of Parish & Edson (Isaac Parish & Edson) was recorded in one advertisement that ran from February 11 to March 25, 1858 in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Parish & Edson, the celebrated New York Artists, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they have taken and fitted up rooms for their business, and are now prepared to make pictures surpassed by none.

Large Size, Beautiful Colored, 50 Cents.  Faded Pictures restored.  All kinds of Pictures copied in the highest style of the art.  They are the inventors of the Albatus Lumin process, by which pictures can be taken equally as well in stormy as clear weather.  No one need stay away on account of clouds.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.

They can be found for two weeks only, at Morse’s Building, Cor. Pike & Main Sts.  N. B. The morning light is most suitable for taking pictures of children.

Isaac Parish & Edson are not recorded in other photographic directories.

O. B. Palmer

1856-1858       21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.

O. B. Palmer was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first announcement appeared on September 17, 1856. The Fair—Official Awards.  Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….

Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.

The first advertisement ran from October 29, 1856 to April 15, 1857.  O. B. Palmer Daguerrean Artist.  No. 21, Main-st., over Dr. J. Spencer’s Drug Store.  Westfield, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from April 22 to August 12, 1857.  Ambrotype Hall.  “There is luck in odd numbers,” says Rory O. Moore.  And if you will only call at No. 21 Main Street, [up stairs,] you’d have the luck to get as nice an ambrotype—put up in any style you choose and at cheap a rate—as can be found in Western New-York.  Lockets, Pins, &c., kept constantly on hand and fitted to order.  O. B. Palmer.

The second announcement appeared on September 15, 1858.  We spent a pleasant half hour the other day, in Mr. Palmer’s Ambrotype Hall.—He has been making many desirable improvements, and has a great variety of specimens of his art.  Those who can appreciate the artistic, and want a capital picture, will do well to visit his rooms.

O. B. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1859 to 1860. Linda A Ries and Jay W. Ruby in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him in Erie from 1864 to 1866. It is possibly they are the same person.  The distance between Westfield, NY and Erie, PA. is roughly 34 miles.

George Porter Paine

1855                Address Unknown, St. Albans, Vermont.

George Porter Paine was recorded in an advertisement in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont) on December 7, 1855.  Ambrotypes.  A New Style of Photographic Pictures taken upon glass combining the beauty of a fine steel engraving with the most brilliant surface.  They can be seen in any light, having none of the dazzling reflection objected to in Daguerreotypes.  Unlike the daguerreotype they do not fade and cannot be affected by climate, water, or even acids.—Likenesses can be taken by this process almost instantaneously, insuring a lifelike expression rare in daguerreotypes.

These pictures can be procured of the subscriber, the only Ambrotype artist in Franklin or Chittenden counties.

Persons desirous to learn the art, can receive instruction from him on reasonable terms.  Price of pictures same as Daguerreotypes!  George Porter Paine.  St. Albans, Nov. 28, 1855.

George Porter Paine is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in St. Albans, Vermont.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a George Porter Paine as being active in St. Louis, Missouri in 1854-1855.  The St. Louis directories were dated 1854-1855, not 1854 and 1855, the names in the directory were recorded in 1854, so it is possible that they are the same person.

Page, A. M.

1858                Rooms over Drs. Wood’s Drug Store, Greene, New York.

A. M. Page was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Chenango American (Greene, New York).  The first announcement appeared on September 30, 1858.  The County Fair…Martin Page, of this village, successor to R. D. Newton had a beautiful lot of Ambrotypes on exhibition.

The second announcement appeared on the same day September 30, 1858.  The Chenango County Fair…Premiums Awarded…Class 24—Foreign Articles…

Martin Page, 1 Case Ambrotypes, .50

The advertisement ran from November 11 to December 23, 1858.   Ambrotype Gallery!  A. M. Page announces to the public that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by R. N. Newton as an Ambrotype Gallery (over Drs. Wood’s drug store,) and is prepared to furnish the best of Pictures.

The reputation of his Pictures is sufficiently established in this section, to need no puffing on his part.  They speak for themselves.

Particular attention paid to Copying Pictures.  Pictures taken in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., &c.  A style of Picture taken on Leather, just the thing to send by mail to your friends abroad.  Prices ranging from 50 cents upwards.  Greene.

A. M. Page and Martin Page are probably the same person.  They are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Edward H. Olds

1850-1852       Ford Street, over J. H. Guest’s Store, Clark’s Row, Ogdensburgh, New York.      1853-1859       8 Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Edward H. Olds was recorded in six advertisements and twelve announcements.  The first advertisement ran from April 9, 1850 to April 22, 1851 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Daguerrian Gallery, Over the store of J. H. Guest, Clark’s Row, Ford street.  A New feature in the art of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, By Sky-Light.

Miniatures of various sizes, and of the best execution, are taken at the above Rooms, which have seen fitted up expressly for the purpose.  The attention of the public is earnestly solicited.   Operating hours from 8 A. M., till 4 P. M.  E. H. Olds.

The first announcement appeared on May 14, 1850 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Daguerreotypes by Sky-Light.”  Messrs. Smith & Oswell:  Gentlemen—Seeing the above mentioned new invention in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, I was induced to sit for one; and to my astonishment, succeeded in getting a good likeness, well shaded, and devoid of the dtiff, hard expression, usually seen, in such miniatures, and that without experiencing the unpleasant sensation to the eyes, caused by the ordinary method in use heretofore.

So well please was I with this trial, that I requested some friends, whose daguerreotypes—not likenesses—I had taken by different operators—some within two months—to sit for their’s; and the result was, Mr. Olds possesses those first taken, and I possess those taken by him, in exchange—In other words, exchanging pictures for likenesses.

Give us a call Mr. Olds, before you are much Older.   Yours, &c., “A. Bytownian.”

The second announcement appeared on September 21, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Official Report Of The St. Lawrence Agricultural Fair….Discretionary Premiums.

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes,             $1.00.

The third announcement appeared on October 26, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Destructive Fire In Ogdensburgh…In a short space of time buildings on the west side of Isabella street were enveloped in flames, and every building on the north side of Ford street from Mr. J. N. Oswell’s corner to and including Mr. Benedict’s block…

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes, loss $200.   No insurance.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1853 to October 12, 1858 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Established Daguerreian Gallery, Eagle Block, same Entrance with Eagle Hall.  E. H. Olds.  Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The third advertisement ran from January 17 to May 16, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture-Gallery, No. 8 Eagle Block, Ford-street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y., Has Been Fitted Up Expressly For him in every particular necessary for the execution of first-class Daguerreotypes.

Pictures put up in plain and fancy frames; Cases of all sizes and kinds—Mother of Pearl, Goat Skin, Morocco, Gutta  Percha, Shell inlaid with Silver, Union, Jenny Lind, Papier Mache, Books; Plain Cases, with plain and engraved borders, &c.  A splendid assortment of Gold Lockets.  Pictures neatly set in Pins, Rings, seals, Keys, &c., &c.

His Apparatus and Stock are of the very best quality.  He has secured the advantages of the latest improvements and discoveries, which, together with his long experience in the business, enable him to promise satisfaction to all admires of good pictures.

Thankful for past favors, he solicits a visit to his Gallery from his former patrons and many new ones.  Hours of Attendance—from 8 o’clock A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 11, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For The Sentinel.  Ambrotypes.  Editor Sentinel.—Very few are aware of the great improvement in the art of taking portraits.  Daguerreotypes are eclipsed and thrown into the shade by what is termed Ambrotypes or pictures on glass.  Being desirous of having my phiz preserved after I had left this sublunary sphere, I stepped into the Premium Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery of our fellow townsman, E. H. Olds, Esq., Eagle Block, who, in addition to being the best artist in Northern New York, is a “prince of good fellows.”  A very few moments sufficed to transfer my agreeable countenance to a plate of polished glass, in a manner truly astonishing to those not having seen specimens of Ed’s word.  Mr. Olds with his usual enterprise, has at great expense purchased the only right of taking double-glass Ambrotypes for this county, and should receive the patronage he deserves.

There is a kind of picture called by some Ambrotypes, that do not bear the least comparison with the genuine.  Having had opportunities of seeing the works of the best city operators, I can say with truth that the pictures of Mr. Olds are fully equal to them, and in many cases superior; for the reason that he allows none but first class pictures to leave his gallery.  Persons wishing a good picture should visit Olds’ Gallery, and examine his specimens of Ambrotypes.  He still continues to take his unequalled premium daguerreotypes for those who wish them.  Veritas.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 18, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Santa Claus.—We noticed that Santa Claus has arrived in town with a large lot of splendid articles for Christmas presents, and has left them at a good many places…while Olds catches in Daguerreotype or Ambrotype “the human face divine” and cages it in lockets, rings, seals or cases, we do the Fancy Job Work to tell where to find the goods.  And all advertise in the Sentinel.  Who can doubt that the little ones will be cared for on Christmas!

The fourth advertisement ran from May 13 to October 28, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For Sale.  The Subscriber wishes to sell for cash or exchange for other property, a good Daguerrean Saloon, running gear, &c, in perfect order.

Any one wishing to purchase can make a great bargain by calling upon E. H. Olds, at his Daguerrean Rooms in Ogdensburgh.

The sixth announcement appeared on October 7, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Premiums Awarded By The St. Lawrence International Agricultural & Mechanical Society, September, 1856….Class 7—No. 36—Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, &c….

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Antriphograph Likeness, E. H. Olds, Ogdensburgh, $5. & D.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 20, 1857 to August 13, 1859 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Premium Daguerreian Gallery Sign of the mammoth Eagle, No. 8, Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh.

The seventh announcement appeared on August 1, 1857 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Pictures.—A visit to Olds’ Picture Gallery will reveal some of the most perfect specimens of the art to be found in world.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Photographs and a variety of other kinds of pictures are put up in various styles and forms and upon many kinds of material.  The most perfect picture we have ever seen is one of a new style, original with Olds’, and which as yet has received no name.  Every and feature and point stands out boldly, every hair is distinctly produced, indeed the miniature seem actually composed of flesh and blood, and possessed of life.—We have seen nothing that approaches so near perfection.

The eighth announcement appeared on September 17, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Elegant Pictures.—Olds is bound not to be excelled in producing elegant pictures.  Every new invention brought out calculated to improve the style of picture or the facility of taking them, is promptly secured, while his own inventive genius is constantly at work for new discoveries.  Last evening we saw a large crowd eagerly inspecting one of Olds’ latest specimens, which was hanging in Sprague’s show window.  It was a picture of the Institute taken from the foot of Knox Street, near the bank of the Oswegatchie river.  It was taken just before the commencement of School, when the students and pupils were upon the walk, giving the picture a very lively effect.  Knox street, nearly down to Franklin is brought out most beautifully, and all the premises about the institute are produced to perfection.  It is as perfect a specimen of Daguerrian art as ever was taken.  Olds has the best set of instruments of any artist in the State, and can take a picture a little superior to any of them.  Tall talk but nevertheless true.  A visit to his rooms will satisfy any one.  We admire his enterprise.

The sixth advertisement ran from November 30, 1858 to December 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture Gallery.  Pictures Of All Styles Taken On Reasonable Terms.  Pictures magnified and colored in oil if required.  No. 8 Eagle Block, Sign Of The Mammoth Eagle, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The ninth announcement appeared on  September 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The Fair….Music Hall…The exhibition of photographs both plain and colored in oil, daguerrian landscapes, ambrotypes and other varieties of the Art, by Olds were especially worthy of more than a passing remarks.  It has been the good fortune of Mr. Olds to carry off the first premium where ever his pictures have been exhibited.  His gallery has received diploma after diploma, and it is not too much to say that his efforts are still onward.  Few artists possess the ability to make a picture speak like Olds, and we have no doubt he could win laurels in wider fields.  We think his specimens are not to be surpassed anywhere.

The tenth announcement appeared on  October 4, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Messrs. La Mountain And Haddock Safe!…Olds, will take their daguerreotype, and they will leave on the 12 o’clock train for Watertown.

The eleventh announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Frank Leslie’s for this week, Contains a picture of Messrs. LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburgh , after escaping from the wilderness—from a photograph by Olds.  Single copies, 5 cents.  Mr. Rand has ordered a large number, and will able to supply all who call.

The twelfth announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Photography.  Many of our citizens will have noticed, in the Reformer counting-room window, a photograph of LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburg on their way home from the Canada wilderness—pantaloons used up, one of them hatless, and both nearly barefooted.  The picture was taken by our old friend, E. H. Olds, Esqr., of Ogdensburgh, whose reputation as an artist and whole-souled man is as wide as the State.  We had less than ten minutes to spare him, and he had no time to finish up the minor details, yet the picture is recognized by all who know the parties, as very accurate and faithful.

Edward H. Olds is recorded in other photographic directories but is recorded here because the activity dates begin in 1850.

O’Conner & Atkins

O’Conner & Atkins were recorded in one announcement on March 24, 1859 in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  Delaware County Agricultural Society.  Premium List—1859…  Class L—No. 3—Discretionary.

Best ambrotypes, Jones & Ferguson, Kortright,         $1                                                                            2d best, M. L. Lemily, Kortright,                                        .75                                                                          3d best, O’Conner & Atkins,                                                .50

O’Conner & Atkins are not recorded in other photographic directories.  One could speculate that they are from Delhi, New York since that is where the newspaper is published and the other entries are listed as being from Kortright, New York.

W. L. Nickles

1857                Rooms over Dr. Paul’s Office, up stairs, Abbeville, South Carolina.

W. L. Nickles was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement in The Independent Press (Abbeville, South Carolina). The announcement appeared on January 16, 1857.  Ambrotypes.  By reference to the card of Mr. W. L. Nickles, it will be seen that he is prepared to take Ambrotype Likenesses in the best style of his art.  All who are desirous of a good picture should avail themselves of the present opportunity

The advertisement ran from January 16 to 23, 1857.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes!!  The subscriber has supplied himself with the best of materials and is prepared to take Ambrotype Likenesses, in the most approved Style of his art.  He will spear no pains to give satisfaction, and hopes to receive a due share of public patronage.

Room upstairs, immediately over Dr. Paul’s Office. W. L. Nickles.

W. L. Nickles is not recorded in other photographic directories. Probably the same person as W. L. Nickle which was posted yesterday 6-2-20.

W. L. Nickle

1857                Rooms at the Marshall House, Abbeville, South Carolina.

W. L. Nickle was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Abbeville Banner (Abbeville, South Carolina). The announcement ran on January 15, 1857.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. W. L. Nickle, it will be seen, has just completed arrangements by which he can furnish all who favor him with a call, with one of his never-fading pictures.  Give him a call, we will guarantee that he will give satisfaction, or make no charge.

The advertisement ran from January 15 to 22, 1857.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes!!  W. L. Nickle would respectfully inform the citizens of Abbeville, that he is now prepared to take Ambrotypes—those beautiful and life-like pictures—in a superior style.

He has taken rooms at the Marshall House, where he would be pleased to receive calls from those wishing work in this line.

W. L. Nickle is not recorded in other photographic directories. Probably same person as W. L. Nickles which will be posted tomorrow 6-3-20.