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J. M. Parkhurst

1858                Address Unknown, Amherst, New Hampshire.                    

J. M. Parkhurst was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 19 to June 9, 1858 in The Farmers Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire).  Great Attraction.  Come One!  Come All!!  Wonderful improvements in colored Miniatures by Ambrotype or Melainotype.  J. M. Parkhurst Would respectfully inform those persons wishing to procure a Miniature of themselves or friends, that they can obtain a beautiful and correct Likeness, (with or without colors) and have it inserted in a neat morocco case, by either of the above processes, for the extreme low price of 50 cents, and upwards, by calling at his Saloon in Amherst, where he will remain but a short time only. 

He is also taking pictures on enameled cloth for 25 cents and upwards, which are convenient to transmit by mail.  Mr. P. would say his pictures are put up in the most durable manner and warranted not to fade.  Pictures taken in all weathers and set in every variety of Locket, Pin, Frames or common cases.

Pictures copied in the most satisfactory manner.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.

Instruction given in the art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.

The propriety of an early call is suggested, thereby avoiding the inconvenience of the crowd which always attends the last week of his stay in every place. 

J. M. Parkhurst is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Martin Page

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

Martin Page (possibly A. M. Page is the same person) 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 September 30, 1858.  The Chenango County Fair…Premiums Awarded…Class 24—Foreign Articles…Martin Page, 1 Case Ambrotypes, .25

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. D. 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, Nov. 11, 1858.

Martin Page (A. M. Page) is not recorded in other photographic directories.

M. B. Ogden

1858                Main & Sheboygan Streets, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.[1]                       

M. B. Ogden was recorded in one advertisement (mostly unreadable) that appeared on June 5, 1858 in the Democratic Press (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin).  A New Ambrotype, Melainotype and Photographic Picture Gallery.  M. B. Ogden would inform the citizens of Fond du Lac and vicinity that he has secured C. T. Ripley’s old Daguerrean Rooms and [repaired and refitted them entirely new and spared no pains in securing every[ ? ] [ ? ] and possible advantage peculiar [ ? ] to the picture business.  With the very best of rooms, a new apparatus entire, and having…..]

M. B. Ogden is not recorded in other photographic directories.


[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry for T. C. Ripley.

T. L. Nurse

1852-1856       Corner of Jefferson & Third Streets, Over W. H. Mauro’s Store Burlington, Iowa.

1856-1858       Corner of Jefferson & Third Streets, over Swan’s Store, Burlington, Iowa.

T. L. Nurse was recorded in six advertisements (plus one he was mentioned in) and five announcements in three different newspapers.  The first advertisement appeared on August 19, 1852 in the Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot (Burlington, Iowa).  T. L. Nurse, Daguerrean Artist, Has just received a new supply to his already extensive assortment of stock; and persons wishing Daguerreotypes, can always find at his room the latest style and best quality of cases, lockets, &c., with pictures to correspond.  Please call at the corner of Jefferson and Third streets, and examine for yourselves. 

N. B.  No pains spared to give entire satisfaction to every customer, and no charge if he don’t succeed.  Burlington, May 12, 1852.

The second advertisement was recorded from September 19, 1854 to May 16, 1855 in the   Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa).  Daguerreotypes By T. L. Nurse, Of Chicago, Ill.  He has returned to Burlington with an entire new apparatus and a much better assortment of cases, than were ever before brought to this place, and has fitted up a very Pleasant Room Over W. H. Mauro’s store, (on the south side of Jefferson street, east of Main,) where he has a light second only to a sky-light, a far superior in every respect to the one used while here before.

All are respectfully invited to call and see for themselves.

N. B.—All Pictures warranted perfectly satisfactory or no charge.

Don’s forget the place, on the South side of Jefferson [a few] doors east of Main Street.  August 24, 1854.

The third advertisement ran from May 14, 1855 to February 27, 1856 in the Hawk-Eye. 

Daguerreotypes By T. L. Nurse, Over W. H. Mauro’s Store, (On the south side of Jefferson Street, east of Main.)  He has just returned from Chicago, with a complete assortment of Cases, of all styles, from the cheap $1.50 to the finest French, Also a fine assortment of Gold Lockets, f4om the small shells and Scallops, to those with four openings, which he will sell at lower prices than ever before offered in this city.

Please call and see for yourselves whether you wish pictures or not.

All Pictures warranted perfectly satisfactory or no charge.

Artists supplied with Instruments, Apparatus and tock, at reasonable rates.

The first announcement appeared on January 2, 1856 I the Hawk-Eye.  Beautiful Pictures.—We have examined some of the pictures taken by Mr. Nurse and find them very fine.  They are taken upon glass, are durable, can be seen in any light and altogether superior to the Daguerreotype.  See advertisement.

The fourth advertisement ran from January 2 to May 21, 1856 in the Hawk-Eye.  Glass Pictures, Or, Improved Ambrotypes, At Nurse’s Daguerrean Rooms, over W. H. Mauro’s Store.  These Pictures are a late improvement on the Patent Ambrotypes, being taken in the same manner, but put up differently.  Pictures by this process, instead of having the tone of the Patent pictures, are warm and life-like in tone, possessing a brilliancy never before obtained, and are pronounced by all impartial judges, to be far superior.  Please call and see fo4 yourselves, and remember the place to get Good Pictures, cheap, is a few doors east of Coolbaugh & Brooks’ Bank.  Satisfaction warranted in every instance, or no charge.  A large assortment of Plain and Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets, etc., constantly on hand.

P. S.  Don’s be humbugged into purchasing anything, just because it is patented, especially when you can get a superior article at a less price.  dec. 27.  T. L. Nurse, Artists.

The second announcement appeared on September 3,1856 in the Hawk-Eye.  Stereoscophic (sic.) Ambrotypes.—We were shown recently, by Mr. T. L. Nurse, a number of new style Ambrotypes, which it appears to us, were superior to anything we have met with, growing out of the wonderful discovery of Daguerre.  The principle distinction of the new improvement, is the seeming prominence of the figure, and the boldness of every line and shade.  They are worth attention from those who admire and appreciate every new feature of this graphic art, and all who desire a likeness of self or friend should give Mr. Nurse a call.  They will find his room worth a visit.

The fifth advertisement ran from September 10 to December 24, 1856 in the Hawk-Eye.  Something New!  T. L. Nurse would respectfully inform the public that he is ow taking a new and very superior Picture on Glass, called the Sphereoscopic Ambrotype.  They are pronounced by all to be as much superior to the Ambrotype, as the Ambrotype is to the Daguerreotype.  The objection of a Picture being too dark is entirely removed; for while they are lighter than the Ambrotype or Daguerreotype, they are at the same time more distinct than either.

Please call and see for yourselves.

He is still taking Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Photographs, either plain or colored in oil colors.

Ambrotypes set in Pins, Lockets, &c.

All work warranted satisfactory, or no charge.

The Spereoscopic Ambrotype is Patented, and can only be had at the rooms of T. L. Nurse, corner of Jefferson and Third streets.  Entrance to rooms on Third street.

The third announcement appeared on December 31, 1856 in the Hawk-Eye.  A Good Gift.—If “a thing of beauty is a joy forever,” as it probably is, just step into the Gallery of T. L. Nurse, and take a look at his beautiful Ambrotypes and Photographs, that need but the breath and spirit of life to move them to speak.  There is nothing more suitable as a present to your friends about the Holidays, than a likeness of yourselves, and nearly as acceptable.

The sixth advertisement (the one  that he was mentioned in) first appeared on December 9, 1857 in the Hawk-Eye.  Now is the time to get a Good Picture!  Ambrotypes, Photographs, Holotypes.  Prices To Suit The Times!!  H. N. Twining having taken the Rooms formerly occupied by T. L. Nurse, corner of Third and Jefferson street, will be happy to see all who are in want of a fine Picture, a real artistic gem.  Pictures [of] all styles with all the late improvements.  Particular attention is given to taking likenesses of small children.  From his long experience he is satisfied he can please all, even the most fastidious.  Call and see.  Remember, Thining’s Gallery is the only place in the West where you can get the Holotype or large views.—He has the mammoth instrument expressly for this purpose and the exclusive right of Des Moines County.—Prices to suit the times.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge.

The seventh advertisement was recorded from January 1 to February 14, 1858 in the Daily Iowa State Gazette (Burlington, Iowa).  Removal.—T. L. Nurse, Daguerreotype, Ambrotype And Photographic Artist, has removed his room to the corner of Jefferson and Third streets, over Swan’s store, where he has fitted up a fine suite of rooms and added many new improvements.

His operating room is furnished with the best sky light west of Chicago, ad provided with all the necessary apparatus for working any and all the branches of the Photographic art.  His reception room is open at all times to visitors who may wish to examine specimens or obtain pictures, and he extends a cordial invitation to All to call and judge for themselves if he has not the best rooms and the best light in the country; all will be treated with civility and politeness, whether they contemplate sitting for their pictures or not.

Ambrotypes made in the highest and best styles of the art, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  All kinds of pictures copied with neatness and dispatch.  [may20’56.

The fourth announcement appeared on August 17, 1858 in the Hawk-Eye.  Died.  Yesterday afternoon, of consumption, Mr. T. L. Nurse.

The fifth announcement first appeared on August 24, 1858 in the  Hawk-Eye.  Administration Notice.  Estate of T. L. Nurse, Deceased.  The undersigned has this day been appointed by the County Court of Des Moines County, Iowa, Administrator of the estate of T. L. Nurse, deceased, late of this county.

All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make payment to the undersigned, and persons having claims against said estate, are herby notified to present the same to said Court for allowances.  J. M. Broadwell, Administrator. 

T. L. Nurse is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1856 in Burlington, Iowa.

William Nims

1858                Rooms in Wing’s Exchange, Fort Edward, New York.

Williams Nims was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 11 to August 6, 1858 in the

Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  Nims’s Gallery.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Patent Leather Pictures and Photographs are continually made at Nims’e Gallery, in Wing’s Exchange, Fort Edward, As Good as they can be made in any of the Cities, and Better than they are made in any gallery north of the cities.

Ambrotypes—25 cts., and upwards.

Melainotypes,      “                 “

P. L. Pictures, 50 cts.

Photographs, 1st copy, $1.00

Duplicates,  50. [cts.]

William Nims is probably the same William Nims recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active Fort Ann, New York in 1859.  Fort Edward is 12.3 miles (modern roads) from Fort Ann.

M. Murphy

1857                Spaulding Block, Maquoketa, Iowa.

M. Murphy was recorded on one advertisement that appeared on July 28, 1857 in the Weekly Maquoketa Excelsior (Maquoketa, Iowa).  Ambrotypes For Fifty Cents, Ay Murphy’s Daguerrean Gallery.  I am Now Prepared To Take Pictures in Cases for the above named price, for a short time only, and persons wanting Cheap Pictures Would do well to call soon.  I have now on hand a fine assortment of plain and Fancy Cases, of all descriptions, comprising Union, Shell, Turkey Morocco, &c., &c.

Having had several years experience in the Daguerrean business, and having been in the Ambrotype business for more than a year in this place—which is twice as long as nine-tenths of the traveling humbugs, that pretend to be Artists, have spent at the business—I flatter myself that I will be able to please the most fastidious.

I would just say for the benefit of the public, that if I do not take Better Pictures Than any they can get taken elsewhere in Maquoketa, or Jackson county, I will not charge them anything for what I do take.

Beware Of Side Shows.  Gallery in the 3d story of Spaulding Block, up the Winding Stairs.  M. Murphy.  Maquoketa, June 30, 1857.

M. Murphy is not recorded as being active in Maquoketa, Iowa in 1857.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a M. Murphy in St. Louis, Missouri in 1860, it is unknown if they are the same person.

J. H. Murphey

1856-1857                   Address Unknown, Clarksburg, Virginia.

1858                            Main Street, Clarksburg, Virginia.

J. H. Murphey (last name also spelled Murphy) was recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from December 5, 1856 to May 14, 1858.  J. H. Murphey, Daguerrean and Ambrotype artist, having purchased the apparatus of Mr. Richmond will continue the business as heretofore, and would say to all those wishing Pictures to give him a call.

The first announcement appeared on September 25, 1857. Last Chance.—J. H. Murphy’s Gallery of Ambrotypes, Photographs, &c., will be open for taking pictures until Saturday, the 3d of October, when it will be permanently closed.  Those wishing pictures had better apply at once.

The second advertisement ran from March 27, 1857 to May 14, 1858.  Murphey’s Gallery Of Daguerreotypes, Photographs and Ambrotypes, on Main Street, Clarksburg, Va.

J. H. Murphy has fitted up a gallery for the above pictures, and having availed himself of all the latest improvements of the art, he flatters himself that he can give full satisfaction.  The public invited to call and examine specimens.

Cloudy days are preferred except for children. 

The second announcement appeared on January 8, 1858.  Open Again.—Mr. J. H. Murphy has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, for the accommodation of all who may desire to obtain these elegant and durable pictures.  He has secured the services of Mr. Spencer, an experienced artist, who takes off “the human face divine” in the highest style of the art.  Call soon, for this will be the last chance.

J. H. Murphey (or Murphy) is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. W. C. Morrison 

1846-1847       Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.

1847-1848       Front Street, Bath, Maine.

1853-1855       Address Unknow, Portland. Maine.

1856-1858       130 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1858-1859       130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1860                139 Middle Street Portland, Maine.[1]

1861                26 Market Square, Portland, Maine.

J. W. C. Morrison was recorded in thirteen advertisements (four of which he was mentioned in) and seven announcements in seven different newspapers.  Morrison was in the partnership of Silsbee & Morrison; Smith & Morrison and Albert M. McKenney who worked for/with.  The first announcement appeared on January 2, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  Smart Day’s Work.—Twenty Daguerreotype likenesses were taken, finished and delivered yesterday by Silsby & Morrison.—Bath Tribune.

The first advertisement ran from April 27, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune (Bath, Mine).  J. W. C. Morrison, Daguerrean Gallery, Front Street, Bath, Me.  Four Doors North of the Eliot House.

The second advertisement ran from November 6, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  City Daguerrian Gallery.  J. W. C. Morrison, At his Old rooms, four doors North of the Eliot House, Front St., continues to furnish pictures in the best style of the art, and unsurpassed by any in the country.

Mr. Morrison would invite the public to call and examine specimens of his work, among which may be found many familiar faces, depicted with the utmost truthfulness and beauty.

Pictures taken of the sick and deceased persons by leaving orders at his rooms.

Views of Buildings and Landscapes taken, without being reversed.  Bath, August 21, 1847.

The third advertisement ran from December 13, 1847 to January 26 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  For Holiday Presents or Gifts Of Affection, Daguerreotype Miniatures are acknowledged by universal custom to be the most proper.

They can be procured at all hours, at Morrison’s City Gallery and set in a few minutes in Frames, Cases, Lockets, &c., a large assortment of which in constantly on hand.”

The second announcement appeared on December 27, 1847 in The Northern Tribune.  Presents.  There is nothing more appropriate for a present than a Daguerreotype Miniature.—They can be had in this city in the highest state of perfection.  For further particulars see Daguerrian advertisements.  Bath Daguerrian can’t be beat.

The fourth advertisement (first he was mentioned in) ran from July 18 to September 26, 1850 in the Eastern Times (Bath, Maine).  Daguerreotype Rooms.  B. F. Upton respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen of Bath and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. J. W. C. Morrison, where he will be happy to supply any in want with superior Daguerreotype Miniatures.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.

The third announcement appeared on October 25, 1853 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser  (Portland, Maine).  [Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.]  The Cattle Show And Fair—Second Day.  Pictures…In the center of the hall was a case of photographic pictures, or daguerreotypes on paper, of familiar views, by Smith & Morrison & Co…

Of daguerreotypes, Carlton and Howe contributed two cases of very life-like and beautiful specimens.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 8, 1843 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.  Agreeable to notice , the Fair and Show commenced in Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1853.  The Cattle Show was held in the pasture, corner of Green and Portland Streets.  The Fair of produce and manufactured articles, at Lancaster Hall…

Premiums on Fine Arts, &c…

In regard to Daguerreotypes and Photographs, which perhaps may not be classed so properly under any other department as this.  Your committee particularly recommend notice to be made by you by a Diploma of the fine Crystalotypes (called Daguerreotypes on paper) exhibited by Smith & Morrison of Portland.  As most creditable beginnings of the introduction into our vicinity, so much to be hoped for, of the beautiful development of Photography.

Of the Daguerreotypes exhibited by Geo. W. Howe, as well as those by Mr. S. L. Carlton, they urge honorable mention as sustaining the reputation which the professors of that art have well earned, during many years for those executed here as being among the most beautiful in the world.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 3, 1854 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  The Fair…In Lancaster Hall.  Messrs. Smith & Morrison of this city, contribute a great variety of their superior Photographic likenesses and views.  This branch of the art has been pushed to a wonderful degree of perfection and in the above named firm finds exceedingly skilfull followers.

Mr. S. L. Carlton, the well known daguerreotypist, has a fine show of miniatures, &c., among which are likenesses of many of our city worthies—and one of Lady Cusac Rooney.

Mr. Frank Danielson, successor to Stevens, has also a collection of choice specimens in the daguerreotype line, which will not suffer in comparison with any other in the apartment. 

The fifth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 24, 1857 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 17, 1857 in the Christian Mirror.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The seventh advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to October 21, 1856 in the Christian Mirror.  Notice Photographic.  Having secured the services of that old campaigner in the Daguerreotype business, and oldest Ambrotypist in the State, A. M. McKenney, Esq., I am now able to give more of my personal attention to the production of first rate Photographs Pictures from Life, or Copies of Daguerreotypes, executed at short notice.  J. W. C. Morrison, 130 Middle Street.

The eighth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The ninth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland.

The sixth announcement appeared on December 4, 1856 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine). Maine State AG. Society.  Awards Of Premiums…. Division IV.  Class VI—Miscellaneous And Incidentals…

G. M. Howe, Portland, daguerreotypes,…………Dip.

J. W. C. Morrison, Portland, photographs,………Dip.

R. Adams, Portland, ambrotypes,……………….Dp.

L. Wing[2], Waterville, do.,………………………2.00.

The tenth advertisement (the second one he was mentioned in) appeared on September 28, 1858 in the Christian Mirror. Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McGlaughlin, (successor to J. W, C. Morrison.) At their chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle St., Are producing these pictures in all the various styles of the art and equal to any in the country; from the Life Size Head down to the tinniest Locket picture. Satisfaction Warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of Sick Or Deceased Persons, in the city, or at a distance. 

Also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public buildings,  Natural scenery &c. &c. in the city or elsewhere. 

Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the Nos.  130, 134 and 136 Middle St. Portland, ME.

The eleventh advertisement (third he was mentioned in) appeared on October 1, 1858 in the  Zion’s Advocate (Portland, Maine).  Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McLaughlin, Successors to J. W. C. Morrison.  At Their Chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Are producing these pictures in all the various Styles of the art and equal to any in the Country, from the life size head down to the tinniest Locket picture.  Satisfaction warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of sick or deceased, in the city, or at a distance—also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public Buildings or Natural Scenery in the city or elsewhere.  Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the No. 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street.

The twelfth advertisement (fourth he was mentioned in appeared on January 18, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Isaac H. Dupee, Photographer and Ambrotypist, Would Inform the citizens of Portland and vicinity, that he has taken the well known rooms of J. W. C. Morrison, for the purpose of making a permanent business of the art.  having had ten years experience in the business, he flatters himself that he can satisfy all who may want a good Likeness, and permanent pictures of themselves, or friends.

Every kind of work done at these rooms, usually done in our line of business.  We will [do our] best endeavors to please.

Particular attention paid to [ ? ], Also, to making Pictures of Sick or Deceased persons—and all work entrusted to his care will be done in the Best Manner, and at reasonable rates.

I keep constantly on hand a good assortment of Gold Lockets, Cases, Frames, &c. &c.—all of which will be sold very low.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  Picture Frames.—From the advertisement of Mr. Morrison, in this paper, it will be seen that he has removed to larger and more commodious rooms, 26 Market Square.  He has a large stock of plain and ornamental, gilt, black-walnut and rose-wood mouldings—together with a complete assortment of Photographic materials.

The thirteenth advertisement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  (Removal!  J. W. C. Morrison, & Co., Manufactures and dealers in Picture Portrait and Looking Glass Frames, have removed to No. 26 Market Square, opposite Doering Hall, where may be found Gilt prepared, and Ornamental Mouldings of every style and finish, Looking Glass Frames, &c.

Also an ample stock of Photographic Goods including every article needed by the Photographic Artist.

J. W. C. Morrison is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but the above provides more information, earlier dates and unknown partnerships.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Probably Simon Wing.

Mr. Morgan

1857                Next Door West of the City Hotel, Frederick, Maryland.

Mr. Morgan was recorded in two advertisements and mentioned in a third in the Examiner  (Frederick, Maryland).  The first advertisement ran from July 15 to 29, 1857.  Every One Read!  Read!  Read!  Great Attraction, Immense Rush!  Immense Reduction in prices!  At Morgan’s Sky-Light Gallery, Formerly Addis’ Gallery, the only properly constructed Sky-Light in Fred’k.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes and Daguerreotypes, As well-finished and executed as any Gallery in Frederick, and at One-Third The Price of any other in the town.

This superb and only well arranged Sky-light Gallery was built and modled after the most celebrated in the principal cities, and acknowledged to be, and has the approval of such men as Whitehurst, Perkins, and Brady to have advantages over any other in Frederick, and not surpassed by any in the United States.  The citizens here care very little for the opinion of S. D. Humphrey or any other imported picture agent from New York, disposing of rights, in which having offered here first, finally succeeded, blarney in humbugging some other Daguerreotypist with N. G. Burgess one of the most celebrated and scientific practical photographers of the age, and to whom a certain friend of ours in the business is indebted to what little he knows of Ambrotyping, says in his last great work upon the art—”That a sky-light that is no more than ten or fifteen feet from the sitter in the highest point, and falling over in such a manner, that the lowest portion of it shall be five feet from the floor, has been found to work far better than any other, as it is absolutely requsite to have a good volume of light on the drapery, for [unless] this attained no good results can be produced.”  This is the only sky-light in town that is constructed upon this principle, and consequently must produce the best picture.  Every child knows that without a round, distinct light falling upon each eye, resembling a pin-head, and that no celebrated portrait painter from the days of Rubens, Vandaye, Rembrandt, Velasquez, and Murillo ever neglected to put there to give expression and life to the picture.  Let us here no more croaking about spectrums in the eye.  The public or at least some of the citizens here are aware that a daguerreotypist in this town admitted his light to be to high, and requested the former proprietor of this establishment previous to his leaving to regulate his light and chemicals.  What would “master artist” say to that.  We would wish the public to know that we have learnt this business practically from the best operators in the country and not from book learning like some other daguerreotypist here.  These matters are merely adverted to in order to repel the imputations in a recent advertisement by one in the same business.  Morgan only wants the public to test his worth and let that speak for him.

Students will bear in mind that this is the only Gallery where they can be taught practically, in less time and on the lowest terms of any in Frederick.

The second advertisement ran from August 5 to September 16, 1857.  The greatest Discovery Out.  The Marble Relievotype! Is taken only at Morgan’s Gallery, Next door to the City Hotel, Fred’k., Md.  The surprising effects of this singular and beautiful discovery in Photography, which I accidently made a few days ago, must be seen to be appreciated.  The Picture, in colors, stands out in bold relief from a marble background, on which it casts a shadow, like statuary.  Those, who have seen this admiration of its beauty and perfection.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine this curious invention.

The third advertisement appeared on September 30, 1857 in an advertisement for George Tetherly.  New York Gallery.  Photographs! Ambrotypes!! Daguerreotypes, &c.  The subscriber having taken the gallery next door to the City Hotel, formerly occupied by Mr. Addis, and latterly by Mr. <organ, is prepared to furnish the best Pictures to be had in them city, at the lowest prices.  Having secured the services of a celebrated Artist from the Galleries of Brady and of Gurney in New York City, he is enabled to warrant satisfaction in every branch of his business, to those who may favor him with their custom.

His gallery is easier of access than any other in the city, being in the second story, and the Sky-light is unrivalled.  With such advantages, he is determined to deserve a share of public patronage.  Geo. Tetherly.  W. Patrick St., Frederick. 

Mr. Morgan is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Frederick, Maryland.

Moore

1859                Near the Ferry Landing, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Moore was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on November 14, 1859 in The Penny Press (Cincinnati, Ohio).  Art Palace.—We hope our citizens desirous of procuring likenesses of themselves and family will call at the “Art Palace,” near the ferry landing, and let Mr. Moore demonstrate to them that his pictures are of a superior order.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes and Stereoscopes are executed in the best style.  In this latter branch, in particular, he has been experimenting for the last ten years, and has now one of the best instruments in the country.  Let everybody call and examine the likenesses taken with it.

Moore is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Cincinnati.  William H. Moore was active in Cincinnati in 1857 to 1897 his address in 1859 was 10 W. Fifth Street,[1]  which is several blocks from the waterfront.  One might speculate that “near the ferry landing” might suggest that his Art Palace was a boat?


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.