Tag Archives: Ambrotypist

R. Bostwick

R. Bostwick appeared in two advertisements in The Union News (Union, New York.)  The first ad ran from June 11 to August 20, 1857.  Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes and Stereoscopic Method of taking Pictures, all of which are of the latest improvements, and well known to some of the fraternity as being the most beautiful and durable of any process yet discovered.  Specimens of some of our own townsmen can be seen at my car in Union.  Cases sold 25 per cent less than usual.  Please give me a call before I leave again for the West.      R. Bostwick.  Union, Jan. 14, 1857.

The second advertisement appeared on August 27, 1857 and ran until April 22, 1858.

Ambrotypes.  A gallery In Union!  Now located in the Exchange Block, No. 1, where the Photographic Art will be pursued, with all the latest improvements in the art.  Pictures taken on different materials, such as Glass, Iron, Patent Leather, Paper and Parchment.

Also, instructions given in the art to those who wish.  Three different processes are used in transferring pictures from glass to a lighter and more convenient material, and for sending in letters or cutting for lockets.  Also, the Tinting process, which is beautiful and just the thing, long sought after for coloring the drapery.  Good substantial cases will be offered from fifty cents to six dollars.  Invalids taken at their residences if desired.  R. Bostwick.   Union, Aug. 25, 1857.

In the first advertisement there are several items worth bringing to your attention, no business address is given, and one can only assume that the gallery is in Union, New York.  Second is the date of the advertisement January 14, 1857.  Unfortunately June 11 was the first newspaper that I had access to for 1857.  The other interesting note is his statement about leaving again for the West.

The only other photographic directory that has a listing for R. Bostwick is Craig’s Daguerreian Registry that list a Ransom Bostwick in 1859-1860 in Union, New York without a business address.  It is probably the same person.

Bossue

Bossue was recorded in an advertisement for Tyler and Co. on April 14, 1857 on The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia.)  The Twenty Artist that Tyler & Co. employ are not mere pretenders in their business, but are regular educated gentlemen, calculated to excel in the fine arts and scientific results.  The ease and poetry of position, the life-like expressions of the features and eyes of the portraits, taken at 139 Main street, is not the effect of bungling mechanical doings, but of true artistic skill, seldom met with.  Bossue, the principal Artist of this famous establishment, has been the pioneer in Photography in Europe the last ten years.

Bossue is not recorded in other American photographic directories.  Of the hundreds of advertisements for Tyler & Co., this is the only one that mentions Bossue by name.

James Boone

James Boone was recorded in an advertisement on May 3, 1856 in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio.)  The advertisement ran from May 3, 1856 to March 28, 1857.  Pictures On Glass.  Our friend James Boone is still taking Ambrotypes, & c., at his old stand, in Johnson & Horner’s building.

He has succeeded in doing away with the dark and smutty appearance often to them by other operators, “Jeems” understands his business.  Call and examine his pictures.

James Boone does not appear in other photographic directories.  By the wording in the advertisement James Boone probably was active prior to May 3, 1856 in New Lisbon, Ohio, but no documentation has been found to date to verify this assumption.  John Craig does list a James H. Boone in 1852 in Marshall, Texas as does David Haynes in Catching Shadows, but there is nothing to suggest that they are the same person.

C. S. Bonney

C. S. Bonney was recorded on February 4, 1857 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York) Ambrotypes.—We have been shown several specimens of Ambrotypes taken by a new process, by Mr. C. S. Bonney, of this place.  The pictures present a beautiful, clear and natural appearance, surpassing anything in the Daguerrean or Ambrotype line it has yet been our pleasure to examine.  Mr. Bonney has been teaching this new process in this state and Pennsylvania with marked success, and we learn that he is now making arrangements to impart the secret to any artist who may wish to possess it, at a trifling expense.

C. S. Bonney does not appear in other photographic directories I have searched.

Bleecker Gallery

On June 14, 1858 the following series of seven advertisements appear in the New York Daily Tribune.  (New York City.)  The advertisement only ran in a single issue.  To date no other advertisements have been found for the Bleecker Gallery.  In talking with several photographic historians in New York Jeremy Rowe has suggested that the gallery is probably that of Abraham D. Hopper at 229 Bleecker Street.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Aquaral Photographs.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                  The Bleecker Gallery, Corner Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Photographs, large size, for $1.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes, Large size, in case, for 50c.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Miniatures on Ivory.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Life-size Photographs in Oil.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                        The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Life-size Photographs in Pastel.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                  The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Photographic Views of Villa Residences, &c.

George P. Blakesley

The address and location of George P. Blakesley in 1858 is unknown at this time.  The information comes from a newspaper article in the The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan) announcing the premiums awarded at the Cass County Agricultural Society Fair held in Cassapolis Michigan on October 8th and 9th…Class XVI—Painting, Drawing, &C….Best case of ambrotypes, L. D. Smith.  2d best case of ambrotypes, George P. Blakesley…Trans.

On March 3, 1859 he is reported in the following advertisement in The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan.)  The advertisement ran from March 3 to July 21, 1859.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t you know                                                                                                        At G. P. Blakesley’s the place to go,                                                                                            Ambrotypes, Melaneotypes he does take,                                                                                                And seldom, if ever, an error does make.

Lithographs and other pictures too, we find,                                                                                            are taken in a style to suit the mind,                                                                                                            For a few weeks only, at half price,                                                                                                                He will take your picture, and that in a trice.

Then walk right up to the Daguerrean Car,                                                                                                You Ladies and Gents that come from afar,                                                                                                  And you that live near should never delay,                                                                                                But quick get a likeness, for you it will pay.

His Car is opposite the Canada Store,                                                                                                        Where many likeness he has taken before,                                                                                                And the Canada Store is on Front street,                                                                                                Where George will be happy his friends to greet.

No difference it makes in regard to the weather,                                                                                        If it is cloudy or bright or as light as a feather,                                                                                          For in the business he has been for three years past                                                                              And every improvement has learned to the last.

Now, in himself, he has great confidence of late,                                                                                    No Artist before in this village so great,                                                                                                  Could ever with him begin to compare,                                                                                                        For all them he can beat, is the truth, I declare.

Particular attention to children is paid,                                                                                                    From 9 A. M., to 4 P. M., so don’t be afraid                                                                                                      To bring along your children, and your money likewise,                                                                      And get a nice picture that will please your eyes.

All are invited to call and examine specimens. Geo. P. Blakesley, Artist.  Dowagiac, March 3d, 1859.

Blakesley is recorded as an Ambrotypist in Dowagiac in 1860.  Information from the Directory of Early Michigan Photographers (David V. Tinder)

http://clements.umich.edu/eadadd/tinder_directory.pdf

G. F. Bissell

G. F. Bissell was recorded in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York) in an advertisement that ran on September 23 & 30, 1859.

For Sale.  An Ambrotype Car, nearly new, and in good repair, together with the apparatus and furniture.  Instruction in the art given to the purchaser free.  Terms of payment made easy.  The above property will be sold cheap, and offers a rare chance for some enterprising young man wishing steady, easy and profitable employment.  G. F. Bissell, Laurens, Sept. 19, 1859.

Bissell name is not recorded in other photographic directories.  The possibility exist that Bissell is not a photographer that he is just selling the car, but the possibility also exist that he is selling the car and giving the instructions to whoever purchases the car.

H. Bisbee

H. Bisbee was recorded in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio.) in an advertisement that ran from March 11 to April 22, 1858. The date of the Advertisement recorded at the end of the ad is January 28, 1858.  There are a lot of voids in the newspapers that I had access to. The first issue started on February 15, (Volume 2, No. 41) and ran uninterrupted to December 27, 1855.  The only issues available in 1856 was between January 3 to February 28, and One issue on December 11. In 1857 there were only three issues available October 1 to 15.  In 1858 missing from the database were newspapers published between January 7 to March 4, September 28 and October 7 and 14.  In 1859 there were only two issues missing March 31 and May 19.

In looking through Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Ohio Photographers 1839-1900, H. Bisbee is not recorded.  Albert Bisbee is recorded in both books and an A. Bisbee is recorded in Ohio Photographers (possibly same person.)  Albert Bisbee was active in Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland and Zanesville.  Albert Bisbee and Y. Day patented the Sphereotype on May 27, 1856. It is unknown if H. is a typo or if H. is a relative.

Fifty Cent Pictures Going Off By The Dozen At Bisbee’ Ambrotype & Sphereotype “One Horse Side-Light Rooms,” which Have Not Proved a Failure Yet, But are open Daily at the Corner of Main and Columbus Streets, (rooms formerly occupied as an Ice-Cream Saloon, Where the citizens and inhabitants of the surrounding country are invited to call and examine our “Side-Light” Pictures, and compare them with those made at the two horse ‘Sky-Light Gallery.’

We have just received from New York, A Large Supply of Cases, of all qualities and prices, and are now prepared to furnish all who wish, with an Ambrotype Likeness, cheaper than the cheapest.  We also own the exclusive right to make (what the two horse “sky-light” professor calls “our new style pictures.” better known throughout the United States and Europe, as “Bisbee’s Patent Sphereotype.” the most durable and beautiful of all pictures, each of which, when properly finished, has the Patent Stamp on the mat, and no stealing or infringing on others rights.

We are also willing to furnish the Prof. with any number of “pictures” made by our own individual self, at our “One-horse small window side light rooms” that he may use as specimens, to assist in “getting up a reputation for him,” to bring him up even, so that we can trot along together, “It is really a wonder that our friend” did not think of this scheme himself a long time ago, it would have saved him the expense of circulating so many bills every month, making “a great cry, and little” pictures.  We would recommend that he examine the (Patent) “Law’ more carefully to which he has reference, and there he will see why the Patent stamp is a proper finish, and also the consequences of not finishing properly.—

As to his right to make the Sphereotype he has just the same to rob a bank, provided some shrewd boy should sell him printed instructions (for one dollar) how to do it; we also advise him (for his sake) to throw no more stones at “small windows” while he has so “large ones exposed, of which he boasts.—Those wishing a “Genuine Sphereotype” or perfect” Ambrotype” can obtain them at our rooms, at half the price for which they are sold at the two-horse “Sky-Light gallery” and better pictures than he dare make.  Lancaster, January 28, 1858.  H. Bisbee.

William W. Bingham

William W. Bingham was recorded in The Chenango American (Greene, New York) in an advertisement that ran from August 4 to December 29, 1859.  Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Patent Leather Pictures.  The subscriber respectfully informs the citizens of this village and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms over Drs. Wood’s Drug Store, where he is prepared to furnish Pictures, that cannot fail to please. Persons desirous of obtaining a Good Life-Like Picture, can now have an opportunity, as the subscriber has spared neither pains nor expense in making himself proficient in the business.  He feels confident that he is able to furnish his patrons with Pictures that cannot be surpassed.

Life is uncertain, and should an all wise Providence remove any of your friends from the scenes of earth, it would be a sweet satisfaction to be able to look on their countenances.  Hence lose no time.  Pictures of deceased persons taken correctly.  Persons desirous of obtaining duplicates of which they have already on their possession can be accommodated.  Your patronage is solicited.

N. B.—Particular attention paid to taking children’s portraits.  Wm. W. Bingham, Artist.

William W. Bingham does not appear in other photographic directories consulted.

James V. Bergen

In an advertisement which ran from May 24 to July 19, 1859  in the Long Island Farmer, and Queens County Advertiser (Jamaica, New York.)  Ambrotypes At A Low Price.  The subscriber, having fitted up Rooms expressly for Ambrotypes, is now prepared to furnish Likenesses of the very best quality, and at prices as low as any establishment in the Country, or in the World.  Knowing that his success must depend upon his work, he is determined to send out Pictures that will far surpass the average made in New York city.  His light is a Sky-Light and Side-Light Combined.  By this arrangement he hopes to retain the advantages of both, without the defects of either.

N. B.—No Picture finished until pronounced satisfactory. Especial care taken with children‘s portraits. Rooms in Fulton, two doors west of Washington St.  James V. Bergen.

Bergen does not appear in any other photographic directories that I have consulted.