Tag Archives: Ambrotypist

I. L. Coffin

1858                26 Ford Street, over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s, Ogdensburgh, New York.

I. L. Coffin was recorded in an advertisement that ran on May 6 to 22, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York). 25 Cent Ambrotype Gallery.  The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Ogdensburgh and vicinity, that he will stop for a few days and take Ambrotypes in cases for Twenty-Five Cents.  His gallery in over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s 26, Ford-st.

I. L. Coffin is not recorded in any other photographic directory.

John R. Clemons

1856                522 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

John R. Clemons was recorded on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America, Number Two, Philadelphia.  In the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In the article the author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia, and wrote the following.

Clemons. — Some very good daguerreotypes. The ambrotypes not so superior. There were but few however in the gallery.

John R. Clemons is known to have operated a studio in Philadelphia.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him from 1853 to 1860.  Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him from 1855-1866.

[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.


Mr. Clark

1855                3 Hathaway Building, Lansingburgh, New York.

Mr. Clark was recorded in an announcement on November 15, 1855 in the Lansingburgh Democrat (Lansingburgh, New York).  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.

After checking the photographic directories the only possible identification for Mr. Clark is Charles R. Clark, who was listed in Troy, New York in 1856 to 1861.  The distance between the two towns is only sixteen to seventeen miles away.  But as always this is only speculation on my part.


Hiram S. Clark

1853                Room at Mr. H. Bean’s Dwelling House, Franklin Street, Grand Haven,                                              Michigan.                                                                                                                      1857                Address Unknown, Neenah, Wisconsin.[1]                                                                      1859                Milwaukee Hotel, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Hiram S. Clark Was recorder in an advertisement that ran from November 23 to December 7, 1853 in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would inform the public that he will remain in town but a few days longer, and those wishing likenesses, please call and get them.  The artist will give entire satisfaction both in his art and the reasonableness of his prices.—Call and examine for yourselves.  Room at Mr. H. Bean’s dwelling house, Franklin Street.

Recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 6 to August 10, 1859 in The Grand Haven News (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Ambrotypes:  The subscriber in returning thanks to his many friends and patrons, for the liberal encouragement extended to him, begs leave to call their attention to his Gallery of Art, at the Milwaukee Hotel, where he will remain a few days and take pictures of various styles, at corresponding prices.  He has also every variety of Cases, &c.  The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.

Not recorded in any photographic directory in 1853, listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, and in the research provided by David V. Tinder, Directory of Early Michigan Photographers.

[1] Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder.

Clark & Howe

Ca. 1856-1860            Ashley’s Building, Westfield, Massachusetts.

 Clark & Howe names were recorded from a Broadside Greg Drake’s Collection.  Ambrotypes, and Cloth Pictures!  E. P. Clark (Artist permanently located in Holyoke) and J. C. Howe, would respectfully inform the citizens of Westfield and vicinity that they are located at Ashley’s Building, Up one flight of stairs—room opposite H. Fuller’s Law office in the same building— for a few days to exhibit a new style of Picture, and to wait upon those who may require their services.

Ambrotypes, Meleneotypes, Ambrographs &c., Also Pictures on Enameled Cloth, Taken for the low price of Twenty-Five Cents, having the beauty of the ambrotype and Daguerreotype combined, and may be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the world free of postage.

Do not lose this opportunity to secure a Likeness at the very lowest price.                                      Some beautiful styles of Ambrotype Cases.   E. P. Clark, J. C. Howe.

E. P. Clark is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Providence, Rhode Island in 1855-1856, and also possibly in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1856. J. C. Howe is not recorded in other photographic directories and the partnership of Clark and Howe are not recorded in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Clark & Hedrick

1856                94 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.[1]                                                        1856                Rooms at the Opelousas Varieties, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Clark & Hedrick were listed in an advertisement from September 6 to October 4, 1856 in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  New Style of Likenesses!  Daguerreotypes Superseded!!  Ambrotypes are far superior to the ordinary Daguerreotype for many reasons, viz:  They are finer and more beautiful; they do not reverse the position, as the Daguerreotype does; they can be seen in any light; they are taken in a much shorter time, therefore the expression is more lifelike.

They can be made double, so as to show two pictures instead of one.                                              They are sealed between two Glasses, and will never fade!                                                                  There is a softness and a brilliancy in this new style of picture which has never been obtained in the old Daguerreotype process.                                                                                    Persons wishing to see this new style of Picture are invited to call at the rooms of the undersigned at the Opelousas Varieties, where they will remain until the first of October.      Clark & Hedrick.  Opelousas, Sept., 6th, 1858.

The same advertisement appeared on September 6, 1856 in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana).

Clark & Hedrick (John H. Clark & F. S. Hedrick) are not new name but the partnership location in Opelousas, Louisiana is.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

E. B. Christmas

1857                Rooms, Main St., opposite the Court House, Millersburg, Ohio.

E. B. Christmas was recorded in an announcement and in an advertisement on March 26, 1857 in the Holmes County Republican (Millersburg, Ohio). E. B. Christmas advertises his Excelsior Ambrotype Gallery in this week’s paper. It is unnecessary for us to say anything in his favor, as he keeps himself informed of a;; the improvements in the art, and takes the best of pictures.

The advertisement ran from March 26 to June 18, 1857.  Excelsior Ambrotype Gallery.  Secure The Shadow Ere The Substance Fades.  Change and decay are written upon all things.  The smiling infant, which to-day may nestle so fondly in a mother’s arms, and gladden all the household by its merry prattle and innocent pranks, may, ere to-morrow’s sun gilds the Eastern horizon, be wrapped in the cold embraces of death.  A father or mother, sister or brother may suddenly be called away from Earth, and surviving friends deeply mourn their loss.  Yet, if we would take the time by the forelock, and secure their shadows ere their substances fade, we would have a sweet memorial left when Death had claimed them as his own.  Speed! Then, delay not, and Secure An Ambrotype, Taken by a master artist, in an artistic style, and one which will stand through centuries to come.

Remember the place—Christmas’ Excelsior Ambrotype Rooms, Main St., opposite the Court House, Millersburg, Ohio.

An E. B. Christmas was listed in Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 in Mansfield, Ohio in 1866.  It is unknown at this time if they are the same person.

A. A. Cheney

1858                Opposite the Post Office, Brattleboro, Vermont.

A. A. Cheney was recorded in an advertisement on August 14 which ran until October 16, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont.) Daguerreotypes! Ambrotypes, &c.  All varieties of Sun Pictures Executed in the best manner and on the most reasonable terms.  At the sign of Miller’s Picture Gallery, opposite the Post Office,——Brattleboro.  Perfect Satisfaction Guaranteed.

A. A. Cheney does not appear in other photographic directories.

Chase & Welch

1856                222 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                          1857                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chase & Welch were recorded in three advertisements and an announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts.)  The first advertisement ran from July 26 to August 8, 1856.  Special Notice.  Re-Opened by a New Company.—The subscribers would respectfully inform the citizens of Worcester and vicinity, that they have purchased the Ambrotype Rooms in Foster’s Block, No. 222 Main Street, and will be in operation on and after Monday, July 28, 1856.  In re-opening this beautiful suit of rooms, the proprietors are happy to announce to the citizens of Worcester and vicinity, that they have secured the services of Mr. Wm. Hathaway, as their Operator and Artist.  Those wishing for pictures of themselves or friends, are respectfully informed that every picture emanating from the establishment will be warranted to give entire satisfaction.  The Ambrotype has now become the prevailing style of Picture in all the principal cities of the Union.  We shall, as soon as necessary arrangements can be made, be able to supply the public with all kinds of Photographic Pictures.

N.B.  Ambrotypes at the same price of good Daguerreotypes.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Chase & Welch.  Wm. Hathaway, Artist

The second advertisement ran from November 4 to November 18, 1856.  We would advise all who are in want of superior pictures of themselves or friends, to call at the rooms of Chase & Welsh, in Foster’s Block, 222 Main Street.  We pronounce their pictures superior to those taken at any other establishment in the city.  We have observed the beautiful pictures in their show case, and to say that they were most natural and lifelike, is to use a hackneyed expression; but no other would be appropriate in this case.  Their pictures are bold and clear, and for brilliancy of tone and finish, we do not hesitate to say that they are superior to any other establishment in the city; and we would say to all, if you want a likeness that you will not be ashamed to look at, and show to your friends, call at their rooms, and you will not be disappointed.  Their prices are very moderate, and their pictures will give entire satisfaction.

The third advertisement ran on November 13 & 14, 1856.  And was issued by Benjamin D. Maxham.  Take Notice, that our friend Chase proposes to make single glass pictures.  Why this condemnation to what he calls humbug!

The only place to procure the genuine improved Ambrotype on double glass, is at B. D. Maxham’s.  He will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth; that in his opinion the Daguerreotype is far more durable, being composed entirely of mineral substances, whereas the Ambrotype is vegetable.  As for the patent, it was given up six months since Mr. Cutting, as also was the use of gum.  The only way to seal up a picture to make it permanent, is to seal them up in tin boxes, the same as sardines are sealed.

The announcement is a reply from Chase & Welch to Benjamin D. Maxham’s advertisement which ran on November 25, 1856.  We see by the Spy of Nov. 18th, that B. D. Maxham wants the public to take notice that friend Chase proposes to make single pictures, and wants to know why this condecentson to what he calls humbug.  I have never have called the single glass picture a humbug; what I call humbuging the community is, for a man professing what he does, to deceive the public by selling a single glass picture, and telling them that it is an Ambrotype, when he knows that it is not, and never can be an Ambrotype.  He knows very well what constitutes an Ambrotype, and he knows that to make it an Ambrotype, it must be sealed between two plates of glass with Fir Balsam, or its equivalent.  He knows that he has not a right to take the Ambrotype picture, and therefore cannot take them, but if he can deceive and impose upon the public by misrepresentation and deception, it will answer his base purpose.  In his advertisement he says, that he will tell the truth and nothing but the truth, but he forgets to tell the whole truth for he says that the patent was given up some six months ago by Mr. Cutting, as also the use of gum.  Now, if his object was not to deceive, why did he not tell that Mr. Cutting surrendered his patent and applied for re-issue and got it, against the combined forces of the Daguerreotypist, who brought every thing to bear against it which they possibly could, to break it down and prevent a re-issue, but it proved a decided failure.  The government granted a re-issue covering the whole ground; and now, if he can dupe and deceive the public by telling them that his pictures are Ambrotypes, he will not hesitate to do it.  Now where is the deception? why does he wish to impose upon the public by selling a spurious article for a genuine?  Can there be any thing manly in this?  Does this look like having a just regard for other people’s rights?  I leave it with the public to decide, and will say that the only place where you can get a genuine Ambrotype, is at Chase & Welch’s rooms in Foster’s Block, No. 222 Main street.  We have the exclusive right for taking Cutting’s patent Ambrotypes, for the City of Worcester, and all pictures emanating from any other room in the city, called Ambrotypes, are spurious and worthless.                          Chase & Welch.

Chase & Welch was listed in the 1857 Worcester City Directory, residence section but was not included in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry only list them in 1857.