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G. W. Thompson

1857                Rooms at the Holland House, Woodsfield, Ohio.

G. W. Thompson was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  Let everybody go and see Thompson’s miniature gallery.  Daguerreotypes are cast entirely in the shade by his new process.  See advertisement.

The advertisement ran from June 3 to July 29, 1857.  The Comet Visible This celebrated wanderer has just made its appearance, but it is not attracting mor attention than an invention of G. W. Thompson in the Photographic Art, where he has been introduced.  He has taken rooms at the Holland House, in Woodsfield, where he is prepared to take Miniatures in the most beautiful manner, and by all the recent improved processes, including the Ambrotype, Spherotype, Ambrograph and Margariotype.  Also on paper and patent leather for rings lockets or sending in letters.

The Margariotype is a discovery of his own, and is acknowledged by all competent judges to produce a more pleasing effect than anything hitherto discovered.  The Picture is seen standing out as it were entirely free from the back-ground, in the most beautiful relief with all the roundness of statuary—the glowing tints of nature are blending in sublime harmony—all is here presented with the warmest penciling of nature; and needs only to be seen to be appreciated.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, and those wishing pictures can have them taken in any style desired and at the Lowest prices.

Instructions given in all the above processes, also, in Grecian and Oriental painting, on the most favorable terms.

Call soon as I shall remain but a short time.  G. W. Thompson.      

The second announcement appeared on June 10, 1857.  Thompson’s Margariotype.  This newly discovered process of taking miniatures is superseding all others wherever it has been introduced.  Daguerreotype artist are learning the new process and abandoning the old.  We verily believe that Thompson’s pictures are superior to any ever taken in this place.— Call In some fine day and examine his specimens.

G. W. Thompson is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a G. W. Thompson in Russiaville, Indiana in 1860-1861 but it is unknown if they are the same person.

G. M. Thomas

1846                Rooms at the Banner Office, Louisiana, Missouri.

1858                181 Main Street, opposite the Worsham House, Memphis, Tennessee.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in one advertisement in Democratic Banner (Bowling Green, Pike County, Missouri), and mentioned in and additional five advertisements and six announcements in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) while working for William H. DeShong.  The first advertisement ran from July 25 to August 17, 1846 in Democratic Banner.  Daguerreotype.  G. M. Thomas would respectfully inform the citizens of Louisiana and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the above place and will remain in town but a few Days.

Daguerreotype Miniatures taken in the most perfect style, plain or colored; and perfect satisfaction warranted to all.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Rooms at the Banner Office.

The following five advertisements and six announcements appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal.  The first advertisement ran from July 14 to August3, 1858.  DeShong’s Pictures Still all the Rage.  Persons wishing the best style should not fail to give him a call.  He is now assisted by Mr. G. M. Thomas, who is acknowledged to be one of the best artists in the States.

Remember that DeShong has the exclusive right of Memphis for the Melainotype Patent.

His Gallery is 181 Main street, opposite the Worsham House.                                 

The second advertisement ran on November 4 to 6, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—People will inquire no longer where to get pictures, when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s Gallery, 180 Main street, opposite the Worsham House is Making Malameotypes (on iron plates) as cheap, if not cheaper, than those worthless glass pictures made elsewhere.  Recollect—first premium awarded to Thomas for the best pictures at every fair where exhibited.

The third advertisement ran on November 4 & 5, 1858.  We are informed through the press that a great blessing has been conferred on this community by the introduction of a cheap Gallery.  we doubt that the people of Memphis will consider it a greater blessing when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making pictures as cheap, if not cheaper, and warranted fifty per cent better, or no pay required.

The first announcement appeared on November 9, 1858.  To The Citizens of Memphis.—A certain humbug establishment in this city say they have eight premiums awarded them—have sixteen years experience.  They wish to know what more can be said in their favor.  Thomas, at DeShong’s will state for their favor, that he has a little boy under his charge, not thirteen years old, has not had sixteen weeks’ experience (not years), who will bet his own money —$50—he can beat them making pictures.

Thomas bets two to one on the boy.

Thomas bets $100 they never got eight premiums—not even one; bets twenty to one they will never get one in Memphis.

First premium to Thomas throughout the South and West.  Got the fixings as proof.

Thomas, at DeShong’s, is working cheaper, and warranted 100 per cent. Better, or no pay required.

Thomas does not wish to boast or humbug.  The above is to let the people know where the best pictures in the world are made.

Thomas will stand up to all he says.  Call and see if I am not right.  Will make your pictures for nothing if you don’t think so.

The fourth advertisement ran on November 10 & 11, 1858.  Memphis Against The World.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, will compare malaneotypes and ambrotypes, for superiority, with any body in the world, for $500—more or less.  The pictures are his own productions, and mostly citizens of Memphis.  Call and see them.  They cost less than elsewhere.

Let the people of Memphis recollect that Thomas will make 50 per cent. Better pictures than the great humbug establishment, or no pay required.  I will do what I say.  Rooms 180 Main street.

The second announcement appeared on November 12, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect where they are made.  Thomas had no opposition at Fall Fairs, never expected any—sufficient evidence of their superiority over all others, they are not brought from the North.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better than at the great Humbug Depot, or no pay required—all at DeShong’s, 180 Main street.

The third announcement appeared on November 13, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making Pictures as cheap as elsewhere and warranted 5 per cent. Better or no pay required.  First premium awarded to Thomas at every State Fair, South and West, were exhibited.

The fifth announcement ran on November 18 & 19, 1858.  One hundred persons at least, collected at DeShong’s yesterday, disgusted with their steam portraits made on green window glass—“serves them right,” coming to their senses at last.  First premium awarded to Thomas, at DeShong’s, throughout the South and West; one hundred present better or no pay required and cheaper than elsewhere.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 20, 1858.  The reason everybody are now getting pictures at DeShong’s, is they say Thomas, took the first premium everywhere, without even any opposition.  No one has the presumption to compare pictures when he is in the field—sufficient evidence of their great superiority over all others.  AS cheap as elsewhere.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better; or no pay required.

The fifth announcement appeared on November 25, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect that Thomas, at DeShong’s, has been awarded first Premiums throughout the South and West for the finest pictures.  Warrants them 50 per cent. Better and as cheap as elsewhere, or no pay required.

Everybody says that Thomas’ pictures, at DeShong’s, are the finest they have ever seen in any part of the world.  They are mostly of citizens of Memphis.

The sixth announcement appeared on November 3, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Everybody that has visited the northern cities, and traveled throughout Europe, pronounce Thomas’ Ambrotypes and melaneotypes, (at DeShong’s Gallery,) the finest specimens of the art they have ever seen, in any art of the world.  They cost no more than elsewhere, and are warranted 100 per cent finer, or no pay required.  First Premium awarded to Thomas, at every Fair South and West.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1851 in Mobile, Alabama apparently in partnership with William H. DeShong and again in 1859 in Memphis, Tennessee.  According to the 1858 advertisements and announcements it appears that Thomas worked for DeShong.  This might have changed in 1859 but to date no newspapers have been consulted in Memphis in 1859.

L. T. Tew

1855                Rooms in the County House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1855                Room on Sarah Street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1858-1859       Rooms near the Court House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

L. T. Tew was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Jeffersonian (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on January 18, 1855.  Mr. L. T. Tew, Daguerrean Artist, who is well and favorably known to many of our citizens, as a successful and skillful operator in Daguerreotyping, has fitted up the room on the second floor, in the County House, and is fully prepared to accommodate all who may wish a true and life-like picture of themselves or friends.

Having seen a number of pictures taken by Mr. T., and which are equally as correct as any produced in New York or Philadelphia, we deem it an act of justice to call the attention of our citizens to the opportunity they now have of getting their likeness taken.

The second announcement appeared on November 22, 1855.  Good News.  Daguerreotyping.  Mr. Tew would inform the inhabitants of Stroudsburg and vicinity, that he has returned and opened a room, on Sarah street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, where he is now ready to wait on all who wish good Pictures of themselves or friends.  Also, copying old Daguerreotypes and Paintings.  An inspection of specimens is solicited, where every polite attention will be paid to visitors, whether or not wishing a setting.—Prices to suit the times, from 75 cents to $1 and upwards, in an excellent case and on the finest French plates.

N. B. likeness guaranteed perfect and satisfactory in clear or cloudy weather, of grown persons, children, and family groups in an ordinary bright light, not delaying it too late in the evening; morning is preferable.                              

The advertisement ran from September 16, 1858 to November 24, 1859.  Photographs In Every Style of the Art.  L. T. Tew takes this method to inform the inhabitants of this Town and vicinity, that having procured a new Instrument expressly for the purpose, is now prepared to take all the latest styles of Type, combining all the newest improvements of Ambrotypes, Melaionotypes, Photographs, Nielotypes, at his old Room near the Court House, in a style unsurpassed.  From his long experience as an Artist acknowledges no superior.

Those wishing good Likenesses of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens.  No charge made unless perfect satisfaction given.  L. T. Tew.     

L. T. Tew is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Norman Taylor

1858                Address Unknown, Franklin, New York.

1859                Address Unknown, Franklin, New York.[1]

Norman Taylor was recorded in an announcement in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York.)  on December 24, 1858.  List Of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, At The Fair Held At Franklin, September 22d and 23d, 1858….No. 3—Discretionary…

Best Ambrotypes,       N. Taylor, Franklin,                $2.00

2d        do                    E. C. Riggs, Delhi,                  $1.00

Norman Taylor is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry for 1859.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry recorded as a daguerreian.

George P. Taylor

Ca. 1855-1856          10 Federal Street, Salem, Massachusetts.

1857                            Address Unknown, Haverhill, Massachusetts.[1]

1861                            Address Unknown, Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

ND                              Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.

1866-1899                  188 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

George P. Taylor was recorded from an entry in 200 Years Of Masonry In Essex Lodge 1779-1979 By Worshipful Harold Pierce Hadley.

George P. Taylor—born June 9, 1836, at 51 Broad Street, Salem.  Educated in Salem schools and at the age of 17 shipped on the White Swallow, to the Pacific.  Upon his return he was employed at D. W. Bowdoin’s.  From 1857-1859 had a traveling studio and practiced through Massachusetts.  During the Civil War he had a studio in Alexandria, Va.  Ca. 1867 with Charles F. Preston bought out the studio of William Snell the firm was Taylor and Preston he retired in 1906 and died on October 17, 1911.

George P. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is recorded here because of the additional information.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry

[2] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

E. B. Taylor

1855                Large Brick Building, South Side of Square, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

1855                Address Unknown, Millville, Tennessee.

1856                Sulphur Spring at Craighead, Tennessee.

1857-1858       South side of the Square, long brick building, Fayetteville, Tennessee.

E. B. Taylor was recorded in three announcements and five advertisements in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee).  The first announcement appeared on April 26, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, has taken a room in the large brick building, south side of the Square, where he may be found on Friday and Saturday of each week, ready to furnish customers with any number of superior pictures that may be desired.  He has an excellent camera, good light, fine and common plates and cases, the best of chemicals, and what is more, he knows how to use them.  Give him a call—he is a clever, accommodating gentleman.

The first advertisement ran from April 26 to May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber has the pleasure of informing the residents of Fayetteville and vicinity, that he has taken an excellent room in this pace, in the large brick, south side of the public square, where all are respectfully invited to call.  Come whether you want pictures or not, and see what is to be seen.

My stay will be short—only every Friday and Saturday of each week—come without delay.  Secure some precious Memento of your friends before death takes them from you.

E. B. Taylor, Practical Daguerreotypist.                   

The second announcement appeared on May 24, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—By reference to the advertisement of Mr. E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean Artist, it will be seen that he will close his room in this place the last of this week, and open on Friday next week, at Millville.  To our many friends in that region, we commend him as a good operator, and an honorable, gentlemanly, courteous man.

The third announcement appeared on June 26, 1856.  Daguerreotypes—Mr. E. B. Taylor has opened his daguerrean rooms at the Sulphur Spring, eight miles north-west of this place.  Our friends in that section who may desire good pictures, would do well to give him a call.  See his card in another column.

The second advertisement ran from June 26 to July 31, 1856.  Pictures.  Do You Want Good Pictures?  Then come one come all to the Sulphur Spring, at Craighead.  Come and see my new specimens—and you that want your pictures, come and sit for one, and I will try to give satisfaction to all.  If I can’t, I will not bind you to take it.  Come soon as my stay is limited. 

The third advertisement ran from February 5 to October 29, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Daguerrean, Ambrotype, Melainotype Artist, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick, and 3d story.

The Melainotype is something entirely new.  It can be seen alike in all lights.  There is no metallic glare in the way as is in a Daguerreotype, and cannot be surpassed by any other Pictures for their richness and beauty, and they can be sold from 75 cents up.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  I only ask from 1 to 3 seconds in clear weather to take children’s Pictures.  The Melainotype Pictures can be sent in a letter, without a case, and not be soiled.  Come everybody, and see what is to be seen, and get Pictures if you want.  If I can’t give satisfaction before finishing, there is no obligation on the purchaser.      

The fourth advertisement ran from October 29 to November 19, 1857.  E. B. Taylor, Artist, Fayetteville, Tenn.  Takes this method of informing his friends and the public generally, that his business requires him to close his Gallery in Fayetteville in a few days—or at farthest, 3 weeks.  All those desiring Pictures will come.  I have some fine Frames and fine Cases I will sell very low. The price of other Cases as heretofore.  Those owing me will please pay against that time.  If not paid without suing for it, be assured you never get another on a credit.                            

The fifth advertisement ran from February 18 to 25, 1858.  E. B. Taylor, Has opened his Picture Gallery at his old stand, South side of the Square, Fayetteville, middle door of the long brick building, and third story.—My room will be open to all who will favor me with a call.  Always kept on hand an assortment of Cases and Frames.  Prices as heretofore.  I will say to those owing me, that I am obliged to have money to carry on the business. And if settlement is not made by the First Monday in March, I will certainly place their account in the hands of an officer for collection.                 

E. B. Taylor is not recorded in other photographic directories.

O. A. Taft

1859                Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont.

O. A. Taft was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 1 to December 28, 1859 in

The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  O. A. Taft, Ambrotype Artist, Stewart’s Block, Main St., Middlebury, Vermont.  Rooms up two flights of stairs.

O. A. Taft is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in 1860 in Middlebury, Vermont.

Swain & Paul

1856                Address Unknown, Natchez, Mississippi.

1856                Rooms over J. N. Radcliff, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Swain & Paul were recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 23 to September 26, 1856 in The Weekly American Banner (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  Call, See, And Judge For Yourselves!  Messrs. Swain & Paul of Natchez, informs the public that they have located permanently in Yazoo City, and have opened at those beautiful rooms over J. N. Ratcliff an Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, and Photograph Gallery, where they are prepared to take pictures in all the Photograph Art in a style not to be surpassed by any Artist in the county.  They have a way (peculiar to themselves) of coloring the Ambrotype which makes the most beautiful picture ever produced.

Messrs. S. & P. take pleasure in explaining to those desirous of ascertaining the mode of taking and putting up of these truly elegant and indestructible pictures.  Yazoo City

Swain & Paul are not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. J. Sutton

1856                Rooms at the Munroe House, Woodsville, Ohio.

A. J. Sutton was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 12 to December 3, 1856 in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  Ambrotype Likenesses Of the Finest, Latest. And most Fashionable Style of the Art.  Having taken rooms at the Monroe House, I would respectfully inform the citizens of Woodsfield and vicinity, that I am prepared to furnish them with good Ambrotypes at prices from one to five dollars.

I am also prepared to take Daguerreotypes of the best quality for Lockets pictures, &c.  I warrantee these pictures not to fade, unless broken or otherwise exposed.  Give me a call and see for yourselves.  If you are not pleased, I make no charge.  Ladies and gentlemen, one and all, call and get the shadow ere the substance fades.

N. B. Ambrotypes can be taken and day unless it is very dark.  I shall remain but a short time.  A. J. Sutton.                                   

A. J. Sutton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. K. Sutterley

1858                Rooms on Front Street, over White’s Drug Store, Glasgow, Missouri.

J. K. Sutterley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 18 to 25, 1858 in Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Now is the Time To get a Life-like Ambrotype of Yourself and Children.  The undersigned would inform the people of Glasgow and vicinity, that he has taken the large front room over White’s Drug Store, on Front Street, where he will remain but a short time, to give those an opportunity that wish to get a good Picture of Themselves or family.

My motto is, “satisfactory work or no pay.”—A good Picture can be had as well in a cloudy, as a clear day.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of my work.

Gallery open from 9 to 12 A. M., and from 1 to 5 P. M.  The greatest pains taken with children. J. K. Sutterley, Artist.

J. K. Sutterley is not recorded as being active in Glasgow, Missouri in 1858.  James K. Sutterley is listed in other directories as being active in Chicago, Illinois during this time period, It is unknown if they are the same person, the distance between Chicago, Illinois and Glasgow, Missouri is four hundred miles.