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G. A. Walden

1856                Address Unknown, Richmond, Virginia.

1856                Rooms at Rose’s Hotel, Yorkville, South Carolina.

1856                Rooms at the Palmetto Hotel, Yorkville, South Carolina.

1856                Rooms at the Lindsay Building, Yorkville, South Carolina.

G. A. Walden was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  The first announcement appeared on September 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  We are requested to direct attention to the Advertisement of Mr. G. A. Walden, of Richmond, Va., who has taken rooms at Rose’s Hotel, and proposes in fine style and at reasonable rates, to “Ambrotype” our community.  We have examined several very fair specimens which are ample recommendations of Mr. Walden’s skill as an artist.  Give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from September 11 to 25, 1856.  Ambrotype and Ichtheonotype.  G. A. Walden, of Richmond, Va.  Would inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity that he has taken rooms at Palmetto Hotel, where he is prepared to execute these beautiful pictures in the highest style of the art.  The Ambrotype is taken on glass, and unlike the Daguerreotype, without being reversed.  They can be viewed in any position with distinctness, as they are free from the glare of the metallic plate.  They cannot get dusty, and are impervious to water or acids, and cannot be tarnished or injured even by washing or rubbing, and will last for ages.  The superiority of these pictures in point of beauty and durability, has placed them at the head of the fine arts.

Possessing all the late improvements in the art, instruments and chemicals, he feels warranted in saying that his pictures shall be surpassed by none in the union. 

Portraits of deceased persons copied accurately.  Miniatures from life or paintings taken of any size.

Those only who have lost a dear relative or friend can know how much a Miniature is valued; and few think of this until it is too late.  Call, then, while an opportunity is afforded, for delays are dangerous.  These pictures can be taken in any weather, at a few moments sitting.  He warrants satisfaction, or no charge.

N. B.  Every Lady and Gentleman in the community is particularly invited to call and examine his specimens.  Call soon, as my stay will be short, owing to other engagements.

Instructions given in the Art of Ambrotyping, and apparatus furnished.  G. A. Walden.                  

The second announcement appeared on September 25, 1856.  Come One!  Come All!!  To Walden’s Daguerrean Gallery, in the Lindsay Building, and get an Ambrotype for One Dollar.  You can also have a nice Ambrotype out in your old Daguerreotype cases, for fifty cents.  Those who have daguerreotypes would do well to avail themselves of this opportunity, as his stay will be short in this place.  See advertisement in another column.                 

The second advertisement appeared on September 25, 1856.   Something New.  Ambrotype and Ichtheonotype.  G. A. Walden, of Richmond, VA.  Would inform the ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity that he has taken rooms in the Lindsey Building, where he is prepared to execute these beautiful pictures in the highest style of the art.  the Ambrotype is taken on glass, and, unlike the Daguerreotype, without being reversed.  They can be viewed in any position with distinctness, as they are free from the glare of the metallic plate.  They cannot get dusty, and are impervious to water or acids, and cannot be tarnished or injured even by washing or rubbing, and will last for ages.  The superiority of these pictures in point of beauty and durability, has placed them at the head of the fine arts.

Possessing all the late improvements in the art, instruments and chemicals, he feels warranted in saying that his pictures shall be surpassed by none in the union. 

Portraits of deceased persons copied accurately.  Miniatures from life or paintings taken of any size.

Those only who have lost a dear relative or friend can know how much a Miniature is valued; and few think of this until it is too late.  Call, then, while an opportunity is afforded, for delays are dangerous.  These pictures can be taken in any weather, at a few moments sitting.  He warrants satisfaction, or no charge.

N. B.  Every Lady and Gentleman in the community is particularly invited to call and examine his specimens.  Call soon, as my stay will be short, owing to other engagements.

Instructions given in the Art of Ambrotyping, and apparatus furnished.  G. A. Walden.  Sept. 15.

G. A. Walden is not recorded in other photographic directories.

N. Wakefield

1858                Rooms formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank, Plymouth, Indiana.

N. Wakefield was recorded in two advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat. (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first advertisement ran from January 7 to April 29, 1858.  Sky-Light Ambrotype Rooms.  Having fitted up a pleasant suit of rooms with a Sky-light, in the room formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank, adjoining Westervelt’s old stand, where you will always find me ready  to take your pictures in any style or form, and at any price from 50 Cts. To $10.00, And on Glass, Iron, Leather or paper.  Satisfaction given or no charge.  All are invited to call and sit for Pictures whether they wish to buy or not.  N. Wakefield, Resident Artist.               

The second advertisement ran from January 7 to April 15, 1858.  Sky-Light Ambrotype Rooms!  All You That Want To See yourself as you are, true and lifelike, will please call at my new Ambrotype Rooms and get a Picture, as it will only cost you Fifty Cents!

As I intend to remain here, I have taken great pains in fitting up my rooms to make them pleasant.  You will find me in the room formerly occupied by the Plymouth Bank.

One and All,  

Are invited to call,

And if you don’t wish to buy,

You may before you die!

N, Wakefield, Resident Artist. N. Wakefield is not recorded in other photographic directories.             

A. P. Vlasto

1856                423 Broadway, New York, New York.

A. P. Vlasto was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement.  The advertisement appeared in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on March 30, 1856.  Vlasto’s Photograph, Ambrotype and Daguerreotype gallery, 423 Broadway, three doors above Canal street.—Pictures of the finest class taken in every style.  Prices moderate.  The public are respectfully invited to examine the specimens of superior photographs, &c.  A. P. Vlasto.

The announcement appeared on June 26, 1856 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  An Artist Taking Poison.—Mr. A. P. Vlasto, a daguerreian artist doing business at No. 423 Broadway, was on Wednesday morning found lying on the floor of his gallery, insensible and quite stupid, as supposed from the effects of a dose of poison which, doubtless, he had purchased and taken the evening previous.  When the discovery was made, a physician was called in at once and applied the usual remedies in such cases, but there are scarcely any hopes of recovery.  The cause which induced Mr. Vlasto to take the poison was not ascertained; but if death ensues further particulars respecting the matter will be learned.  He it is said, had no pecuniary embarrassments.

A.P. Vlasto is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. M. Verbois

1857                Address Unknown, Thibodaux, Louisiana.

1857                Address Unknown, Grosse Tete, Louisiana.

L. M. Verbois was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on May 9, 1857.  Ambrotypes.  If it is not already publicly known, it will be in a few days, that Capt. Verbois, having made himself thoroughly acquainted with the art of Ambrotyping, under the tuition of that celebrated artist, Mr. Chas. Wilson, will commence the practice of his artr forthwith on the opposite side of the river.  His specimens that we have seen are in no way inferior to those of his tutor, and we feel sure that he can give the highest satisfaction.  The Thibodaux Minerva thus speaks of the captain:

We have concluded to pay our distresses to Capt. Greenwood, better known to his numerous friends from New Orleans to Bayou Sara, as le Capitaine Verbois, the Professor’s (Wilson) student and worthy assistant in his beautiful art.  The Captain has now been a student of the Professor for over four months, and some of his essays at counterfeiting the human face are equal if not superior, in some instances, to those of the Professor himself.—In fact, in due course of time we have no hesitancy in believing that the Captain will be as proficient in picture taking as he is, or has been, in commanding a steamboat.  This is our opinion, and we wish it circulated among his numerous country friends in the river parishes, where he intends to pursue his calling at the end of his present stay in Thibodaux.

The second announcement appeared on August 1, 1857.  Ambrotypes.—Those of our friends on the Bayou Grosse Tete, who would be glad to have an excellent Ambrotype portrait of themselves or family, will be pleased to learn, by his card, that Capt. Verbois is about to visit their section, as we can recommend him as a first rate artist.

The advertisement ran from August 1 to 22, 1857.  To the People of Grosse Tete.  Ambrotypes.—The undersign respectfully informs the citizens of Grosse Tete that he designs visiting that section the coming week.  He guarantees that his Pictures shall be faithful likenesses and taken in the highest order of the art—surpassed by none.  Lose not the present opportunity.  L. M. Verbois.

L. M. Verbois is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Vaughn

1859                Address Unknown, West Point, Arkansas.

Vaughn of the partnership of (Maxwell & Vaughn) appeared in one announcement on February 4, 1859 in the Des Arc Citizen (Des Arc Arkansas).  Messrs. Maxwell & Vaughan, are prepared to take Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c., at West Point.  From their experience, and high estimate placed upon their pictures, we have no doubt but they will be liberally patronized.  We have a specimen of their work, which can be seen at the Citizen Office.

Vaughn of the firm of Maxwell & Vaughan are recorded in Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 as being active in Batesville, Arkansas on June 14, 1859.

Vassallo & Peck

1858-1859       262 Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

Vassallo & Peck, over the course of nineteen days from December 12, 1858 to January 16, 1859 advertisements were found fifty-three times in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee).  At the same time Vassallo had another advertisement that ran from October 3, 1858 to January 18, 1859 for the Star Gallery without Peck’s name on it.

December 12, 1858.

1. Holliday Gifts.—The great rush still continues at the celebrated Star Gallery, No. 262, Main street, for those beautiful ferreotypes and ambrotypes, which are creating such an excitement among the ladies on account their durability, and life-like appearance and cheapness—all prices from fifty cents up.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

2. Notice Extraordinary.—Mr. Peck having lately returned from Europe, we are now prepared tp take 1000 pictures per day by our new French process.  Vassallo & Peck, Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

3. New French Discovery.—The ferreotype, which has superseded all other pictures known in Europe, is the only imperishable picture made, and excels all others in brilliancy of tone and life-like appearance; the plate, being porus, by a peculiar combination the chemicals are absorbed, and the picture becomes a part of the plate itself.  To be had only at the Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

December 14, 1858.

4. Only 50 Cents—Those beautiful ferrotypes are taking the place of all other pictures, and can be taken just as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  By our new French process we are now enable to make 1,000 per day.  No charge made unless perfectly satisfactory.  Vassallo & Park, Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

December 16, 1858.

5. It is surprising what a rush there is at the Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street, for these beautiful Ferreotypes, which excel all other pictures ever known.  One thousand can be taken per day, by the new French process, known only to Vassallo & Peck.  Go and examine their specimens, by all means.  Pictures taken as well in inclement as in clear weather.  Prices from 50 cents to $100.

December 22, 1858.

6. Mr. Peck having lately returned from Europe, we are now prepared to make 1000 of those superb, imperishable ferreotypes per day, by the new French process.  Vassallo & Peck, No. 262 Main street.

7. Star Gallery Still Ahead.—Prices of [any styles of pictures reduced.  1000 made per day by the new French process.  Ferreotypes and ambrotypes for only 50 cents.  Vassallo & Peck, Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

8. The new French picture, the ferreotype, excels all others ever known, and is warranted imperishable.  It is taken on a porous plate, and by a peculiar combination the chemicals are absorbed, and the pictures become a part of the plate itself.  Known only to Vassallo & Peck, No. 262 Main street.

December 23, 1858.

9. Recollect.—The Ferreotypes are made only by Vassallo & Peck, at their Gallery of Art, No.262 Main street.  A superb lot of new style cases, suitable for holiday gifts, just received, and will be sold less at any other gallery in Memphis.  Give them a call and you will not regret it.

10. We would say to one and all, go to No. 262 Main street, if you want the cheapest and best pictures ever made in the city.  Prices of all styles reduced.  Ferreotypes and Ambrotypes in cases for only 50 cents.  Vassallo & Peck, Star Gallery.

December 24, 1858.

11. One thousand dollars worth of cases, of the richest and newest patterns, suitable for the holidays, just received at Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

12. The superior finish of Vassallo & peck’s life-like ambrotypes and ferreotypes is causing an immense rush at their gallery of art, No. 262 Main street.  They recognize no superior in their line of business, and richly merit the success they are meeting with.  Give them a call and you will not regret it.

13. Facts For The People.—It is a fact that everybody is rushing to Vassallo & Peck’s, No. 262 Main street, to have their ferreotypes taken by the new French process.  It is a fact that said ferreotypes are the finest and most durable pictures ever made.  It is a fact that they take a picture for only fifty cents, as good as any made in Memphis; and it is a fact that, after reading this, they expect that you will favor them with your patronage.  So mote it be.

December 25, 1858.

14. Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street, open every day and evening during the holidays.

15. Cheapest and best ambrotypes in the South taken at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 Main street.

16. Beautiful and correct likenesses inserted in cases for only 50 cents, at the celebrated Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

17. Recollect those ferreotypes, which surpass all others for durability and truthfulness to nature, are made only by Vassallo & Peck, Star Gallery, 262 Main street.

18. The new French process, known only to Vassallo & Peck, turns out the most beautiful pictures with lighting speed.  One thousand can be made per day.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

December 28, 1858.

19. Ambrotypes at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 main street.

20. Ferreotypes at Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

21. The cheapest and best pictures ever made in the South are now taken at the celebrated Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

December 29, 1858.

22. Look out for something new in a few days, at Vassallo & Peck’s celebrated Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

23. Vassallo & Peck make better and cheaper pictures than any other artists in the South.  No. 262 Main street.

24. Vassallo & Peck’s pictures need no puffing.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

25. Vassallo & Peck challenge all competition.  No. 262 Main street.

January 1, 1859.

26. Vassallo & Peck having reduced the prices of all styles of pictures, are now prepared to make 1,000 of their justly celebrated Ferreotypes per day by their new French process.  Prices from 50 cents up.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

27. Vassallo & Peck do just what they advertise; they make the best and cheapest pictures taken in the South, and guarantee complete satisfaction or no charge made.  Their reputation as first class artists is second to none in the States.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

One thousand dollars worth of the latest and most superb patterns of cases; suitable for New Year’s gifts, just opened at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 Main street.  Prices reduced.  The ladies, and all lovers of fine art, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

28.  One thousand dollars worth of the latest and most superb patterns of cases; suitable for New Year’s gifts, just opened at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 Main street.  Prices reduced.  The ladies, and all lovers of fine art, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

January 4, 1859.

29. Just In Time.—Vassallo & Peck were completely rushed out of their fine stock of cases yesterday; but fortunately, received another lot last night, which will be offered to their customers at lower rates than ever before heard of in Memphis.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

30. Vassallo & Peck are artists of the highest standing and the exquisite work they turn out is the admiration of all lovers of fine art.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

31. Vassallo & Peck’s celebrated Ferreotypes are wonderful pictures, life-like and brilliant, in fact they speak for themselves, prices 50 cents and upwards.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

January 5, 1859.

32. The Ferreotypes excel all other pictures—Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

33. Ferreotypes, from 50 cents to almost any price—Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

34. The great rush still continues at Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

35. The French Ferreotype are imperishable—Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

36. The new French Process is the wonder of the age—Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

37. Worth Visiting.—The finest specimens of life-size portraits, Photographs, both plain and in oil colors, Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Chromotypes, Ferreotypes, and all styles of pictures known, are to be seen at Vassallo & Pick’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 main street.  Free to visitors.

January 6, 1859.

38. The new French process known only to Vassallo & Peck enable those finished artists to make superior pictures in all kinds of weather.  Their specimens are well deserving of attention—free to visitors.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

39. The ferreotypes are imperishable, and excel all other pictures known.  Prices from 50 cents to $1 00.  Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 Main street.

January 7, 1859.

40. The pictures made by Vassallo & Peck need no praise; they speak for themselves.  Life-like, brilliant and durable, they command the admiration of all who behold them.  Give them a call.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

41. By the new French process pictures can be taken equally well in all kinds of weather.  Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

42. Fine likenesses, in cases, for only 50 cents, at the Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

January 8, 1859.

43. Life-size portraits, photographs, ambrotypes, Chromotypes, ferreotypes, and all styles of pictures known, made by those inimitable artists, Vassallo & Peck.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

January 9, 1859.

44. It is a fact, that Vassallo & Peck’s Imperishable Ferreotypes are the wonder and admiration of all Memphis.

45. It is a fact, that Vassallo & Peck make better and cheaper pictures than ever before made in the South.

46. It is a fact, that Vassallo & Peck give a most superb picture in a nice case for only 50 cents.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main st.

47. Private Parlor, for Ladies at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No. 262 Main st.

January 11, 1859.

48. Vassallo & Peck’s pictures are truly wonders of art, surpassing anything ever before made in Memphis.  Prices from 50 cents up.  Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

49. Private parlor for ladies, at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No 262 Main street.

January 12, 1859.

50. Pictures from fifty cents up, at Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.

51. The Imperishable ferreotypes are to be had only at Vassallo & Peck’s, No. 262 Main street.

52. Private parlor for ladies, at Vassallo & Peck’s Gallery of Art, No 262 Main street.

January 16, 1859.

53. The French Ferreotype, which is taking the place of all other styles of pictures, and which is so justly celebrated for it brilliancy, life-like appearance, and durability, can be had only at Vassallo & Peck’s Star Gallery, No. 262 Main street.  Prices from 50 c. up.  Recollect no charge is made unless perfect satisfaction is given.

Vassallo & Peck are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in partnership.  F. N. Vassallo is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry. Peck is not recoded in other photographic directories as being active in Memphis, Tennessee.  Checking the 1859 Memphis city directory no listing for Peck was found the in the residence or business directory under Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes & Photographs.

Cornelius Murrett Vanorsdell

1859                Opposite C.T. Haigh & Sons’ Store, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cornelius Murrett Vanorsdell was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from May 7 to September 24, 1859 in the North Carolinian (Fayetteville, North Carolina).  The very thing that was needed in Fayetteville a sky light Photographic Gallery.  C. M. Vanorsdell takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Fayetteville and vicinity that he has opened his splendid Sky-light Saloon opposite C. T. Haigh & Sons Store, where he is prepared to give as good likenesses as can be made North or South, having had a long experience in the Photographic Art and being determined to let none but good pictures leave his gallery.  He hopes to receive a liberal patronage. Photographs Ambrotypes Mellaneotypes, cameotypes, &c.

Those for whom our fond emotions cherish,

Secure the shadow e’re the substance perish.

Come all ye fathers and mothers

Come all ye sisters and brothers

Come all ye lovers and friends,

No longer now delay

Come to Van’s Saloon and get

Your picture Before you are called away.

Likenesses neatly set in pins, rings, Bracelets, &c.

Instructions given in the Art.  Stock for sale.

Likenesses taken at short notice of sick or deceased persons at their residence.  Also landscape and views.  April 30.

The second advertisement appeared on July 11, 1859 in the Fayetteville Weekly Observer  (Fayetteville, North Carolina).  Sky-Light Photographic Gallery, In Fayetteville.  Where Photographs, plain or colored, Ambrotypes, Cameotypes, Melaneotypes, and Patent Leather-Types; can be had in all sizes and styles, and in all kinds of weather, except of children, which are to be taken in clear weather only.

Likenesses set in Gold Lockets, Breast-Pins, Bracelets, &c.

Those who wish to patronize this beautiful art are requested to give me a call.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus, stock and chemicals furnished at a small advance on New York prices.

Likenesses taken at short notice of sick or deceased persons, at their residences.

Old Daguerreotypes correctly copied.  C. M. Vanorsdell, Photographist.  Gallery opposite C. T. Haigh & Sons’ Store.  April 29.

C. M. Vanorsdell is recorded in Photographers In North Carolina The First Century, 1842-1941.

W. Van Nostrand

1857                Rooms over Rice, Smith & Co.’s. Store, Plymouth, Indiana

1858                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Indiana.

W. Van Nostrand was recorded in two announcements in the Marshall County Republican  (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first appeared on October 15, 1857.  If you want a first rate picture don’t delay a moment, but go immediately, to Mr. W. Van Nostrand’s Gallery, over Rice, Smith & Co.’s Store, and have your Ambrotype or Melainotype taken.  Mr. V. will take it in a style never before surpassed by any artist in this place.  He leaves now in a few days.  Go soon or you will be too late.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1858.  Van Nostrand has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, with increased facilities for furnishing every one who desires it, with an “express image of their person.”  His pictures are rarely excelled, as his specimens conclusively demonstrates.—Give him an early call, as such favorable opportunities for obtaining correct likenesses are rarely met with.

W. Van Nostrand is not recorded in other photographic directories.

C. M. Van Doren

1857-1858       Rooms over the City Bank of Eames, Allen & Co., Ottawa, Illinois.

C. M. Van Doren was recorded in one  advertisement that ran from October 6, 1857 to October 2, 1858 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  New Picture Gallery.  The lovers of fine arts, and the public generally, are invited to examine specimens now on exhibition at the new Rooms just opened over the City Bank of Eames, Allen & Co., north of the Court House, under the supervision of James Marston.

The undersigned having purchased the interest of Mr. Marston, in the above business, is now prepared to furnish Ambrotypes in the highest style of the art, warranted in every instance to give satisfaction or no charge made.  The services of Mr. Marston have been secured for a short time, and those acquainted with his skill will need no further assurance for getting truthful pictures.  A share of the public patronage is solicited.  Ottawa, October 3, 1857.  C. M. Van Doren.

C. M. Van Doren is not recorded in other photographic directories. James Marston is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ottawa, Illinois .

E. M. Van Aken

1856-1858       Rooms over the Post Office, Lowville, New York.

1859                Rooms in the New Brick Block of J. O’Donnell & Co., Lowville, New York.

E. M. Van Aken is recorded in six advertisements and six announcements in The Lewis County Banner (Lowville, New York.)  The first advertisement ran from September 3 to 17, 1856.  Notice The Subscriber Would Give Notice that he is now engaged in fitting up a Portrait Gallery, In this village, which will be completed this week, expressly for producing the Very Best Results in all the different styles of Ambrotyping, Daguerreotyping and Photographing.  Rooms over the Post Office, Third Floor.  E. M. Van Aken.  Lowville, August 26, 1856.

The first announcement appeared on September 10, 1856.  We would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of E. M. Van Aken’s Daguerrean Rooms to be found in another column.  Give him a call.

The second advertisement ran from September 10, 1856 to January 28, 1857.  Van Aken’s Picture Gallery, at Lowville.  Rooms Over The Post Office. 

Land of the North! How little ye know,

They power of they Arts, whose glories I sing;

For the’re wafted to all by breezes that blow,\

From perennial lands of soft, gentle spring.

The Goddes of science has stooped in her flight,

To deposit with us a gift fair and bright!

And what do you think her majesty gave?

The “Camera Tube,” that’l picture the brave,

The young, or the old, the lovely and fair;

Oh! Really good gracious! What a blessing it are.

Daguerreotypes bright,

And Photographs right,

That index the face as truly as life;

With Ambrotypes new,

So faithful and true,

To picture husband, son, daughter and wife.

Secure the shadow, er’e the substance fade;

For time will cast or’e all a deeper shade.

And life-like ties will soon be broken,

And farewell words yet to be spoken.

Van Aken’s rooms are just the place,

To get a picture of your face.

They’ll keep all right forever,

And ner’e will dim, no never!

Come and see;

The sight is free,

Call All, E. M. Van Aken, Artist.  Lowville, Sept. 10, 1856.

The third advertisement ran from January 28 to November 11, 1857.  Van Aken’s Picture Gallery.  All kinds of Photographs, Ambrotypes, and Daguerreotypes taken at this establishment with accuracy, and dispatch.

Pictures of every description copied into any of the above styles, and diminished or enlarged to any desired size.  E. M. van Aken, Artists.  Lowville, Jan. 27, 1857.

The second announcement appeared on March 4, 1857.  E. M. Van Aken came into our Office a few days since, and presented to the fraternity an Ambrotype of the craft, at work, for which he will receive their thanks.  It is a fine Picture, but we need not have said this, for he does not let anything go out of his Gallery, excepting it gives ample satisfaction.

The third announcement appeared on May 27, 1857.  Pictures!  100 Lithographs of W. Root Adams, Principal of Lowville Academy, for sale-at Van Aken’s Picture Gallery, at 25 Cts., each.  E. M. Van Aken, Artist.  Lowville, May 18th, 1857.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 18, 1857.  See the new advertisement of Mr. Van Aken, on the third page.  He has an elegant suite of rooms, where all the branches of his art are carried out in perfection.  His taste and execution in all kinds of picture taking, are not to be surpassed, even in cities.  He has also reduced the price of photograph.  So remember, “Tribute to whom tribute is due.”

The fourth advertisement ran from November 18, 1857 to January 20, 1858.  Van Aken’s Photograph, Ambrotype, And Melanotype Gallery.  Great reduction in the price of Photographs! 

Until further notice is given, the Large Sized, or “Whole Plate” Photograph will be made at this establishment, at the following rates:—For the first Picture $2.00—any number after the first, 25 cents each.

The great advantage which the Photograph has over every other style of picture, is that from a single sitting, they may be multiplied to any number with perfect uniformity, and perfection.  They are not reversed, it gives a positive picture, with lights and shadows conformable to nature.

The Ambrotype which has entirely superseded the Daguerreotype, is made upon fine plate glass.  They are perfectly distinct in any angle of light, and are exceedingly brilliant.  The intensity and clearness, combined with the richness of light, and accuracy of the middle tints, give them a superiority over all other pictures in the light and shade.

The Melanotype is made upon Sheet Iron, and resembles in appearance, the Daguerreotype; yet, like the Ambrotype, they are perfectly distinct in angle of light.  They are very convenient for inserting into Lockets, Pins, Bracelets, Rings, &c.

Copies made from pictures of every description, and enlarged or diminished to any desired size. E. M. Van Aken, Artist.  Lowville, Nov. 18, 1857.

The fifth advertisement ran from February 18 to April 14, 1859.  New Picture Gallery.  The subscriber, in returning his grateful acknowledgements to the ladies and Gentlemen of this place, for past favors, begs most respectfully to announce, that he has fitted up a Gallery in the New Brick Block of J. O’Donnell & Co., Where he has every facility for taking the following styles of Pictures, from the smallest Miniature to Life Size, Viz.:  Ambrotypes, Melanotypes, Photographs, plain, Photographs, beautifully colored in Oil, Water Colors, or India Ink.  Also, A New Style Of Pictures, On Enameled Cloth, to be sent in letters, without casing, saving postage.  Those wishing Life Size Portraits, In this section of the State, will not be obligated to go to our large cities, as heretofore, but can be accommodated with a correct and faithful likeness, At Lowville, N. Y.

In prices, I also engage to conform to right, reason, and to please all who may favor me with their patronage.

All are invited to call and examine my Pictures, and accept the thanks of the proprietor. E. M. Van Aken, Artist.  Lowville, Feb. 1859.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 5, 1859.  List of Premiums Awarded by the Lewis County Agricultural Society, at the Annual Fair, held at the Village of Lowville, Sept. 22d, 23d, and 24th….Discretionary Premiums….

Best sample of Stereoscopic and Photographic Views of the North Woods, E. M. Van Aken,  $2.00

The sixth announcement appeared on December 7, 1859.  Capt. John Brown.  I have received from Thadeus Hyatt, New York, a Photograph and Autograph of John Brown, the original delivered to him by the hand of the old hero himself; a copy of which is in the hands of Mr. Van Aken, the artist, who will supply the demand at the same price charges in New York, One Dollar, and pay over to the family of John Brown seventy-five cents of every dollar so received.  J. A. Northrop.  Lowville, Dec. 5, 1859.

E. M. Van Aken is not recorded in other photographic directories.