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E. Westcote

1856                Unknown Location, Oneonta, New York.

E. Westcote was mentioned in one advertisement that ran from March 14 to June 6, 1856 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  Ambrotypes.  It Is Talked By A Certain Few that the Ambrotype likeness spoil.  In stating [realities] we hope to be allowed to correct all those false and erroneous illusions.  We will admit that some of the pictures we made before purchasing the Ambrotype right did spoil. We were made to believe that those pictures were equally as good as the patent Ambrotype; they resemble the Ambrotype so nearly that at first sight a person cannot distinguish them from the genuine pictures.  But by keeping them a while they spoil, and soon show for themselves.—This kind of picture is made in the county and sold throughout the State as Ambrotypes.  Their right name we will omit, but will say that they are a positive picture made and finished on the single glass, referred to in the Caution to the people by the Boston Ambrotype Company as worthless.  All those who got that kind of Likeness at our rooms can return them and have the genuine Ambrotype reset in their cases free of charge.

We have recently sold the right of the southern portion of this county to E. Westcote of Oneonta.  His Car and Excelsior Gallery in Cooperstown, are the only places where the genuine patent Ambrotypes can be obtained in Otsego county.

N. D.—Prices as low as the lowest.  All our work warranted to please, and to be as good as at any other room in the State.  Olendorf & Smith.

E. Westcote is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John Wenzen

1857                St. Anthony Street, Near the Post Office, St. Paul, Minnesota.

John Wenzen was recorded in one advertisement that was recorded on January 3, June 13 & August 8, 1857 in the Saint Paul Financial, Real Estate and Railroad Advertiser (St. Paul, Minnesota).  John Wenzen.  Ambrotypes And Photographs, taken in the latest style for from $1.00 to $1.15, at his Gallery, on St. Anthony st., near the Post Office, St. Paul.

John Wenzen is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Recorded in Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865,by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn—John Wenzen this is probably the same person.

H. Wendell

1857                Address Unknown, Amsterdam, New York.

H. Wendell appeared in one announcement on January 29, 1857 in the Mohawk Valley Register  (Fort Plain, New York).  …Mr. Allen, (in connection with H. Wendell of Amsterdam) has secured the Exclusive Right of Mont. County, for the manufacture of Cutting’s Patent Ambrotypes,…

H. Wendell is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Amsterdam, New York.  It is possible H. Wendell is Harvey Wendell who was active in Albany, New York from 1857-1859.   

Wells, Miller & Co.

1857-1858       148 & 149 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.                  

Wells, Miller & Company (Charles Miller) were recorded in two announcements and four advertisements in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  The first announcement appeared on October 9, 1857.  Chittenden County Fair…Works of Art…Wells, Miller and Co., Burlington—exhibited photographs, plain and touched in oils; Sphereotypes, and ambrotypes—all of high order.  These gentlemen are the successor of Mr. Parker, in the establishment on Church St.  Their pictures indicated both skill of the artist, and the improvement which is constantly going on in photographic art.

The first advertisement ran from October 16 to November 13, 1857.  Patent Sphereotypes, Patent Ambrotypes, Photographs. The only picture that will stand, Exclusive Rights, By Wells, Miller & Co.  Successor to T. M. Parker, 148 & 149 Church St., Burlington.

The second announcement appeared on January 8, 1858.  Holiday Presents.  If you wish to give a friend or relative a really appropriate Christmas or New Year’s Present, which cannot fail to be acceptable, go to Wells, Miller & Co.’s. on Church Street, and get one of the new patent Sphereotypes.

For Two Weeks prices of pictures will be low to accommodate all.

The second advertisement ran from March 19 to August 20, 1858.  Wells, Miller & Co., Would Call The Attention of Persons wishing accurate, durable and desirable likenesses, to the various styles of pictures taken by them at their Daguerrian Rooms and Portrait Gallery, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.

Among which are Photographs, Sphereotypes, Ambrotypes, Melanotypes, Lettergraphs, &c.  Our Plain Photographs by an improved process we claim to be unsurpassed by any taken anywhere,—New York and Boston not excepted.  We furnish them also, beautifully finished in Oil, or India Ink, making the most beautiful and satisfactory likenesses known to art; and when several copies are desired, the cheapest pictures taken. 

Our Sphereotypes and patent Ambrotypes are unequalled.  We challenge comparison with them the Lettergraph is a picture taken on prepared cloth, of small size, very cheap, and very convenient for sending in a letter. 

The Public are desired to Take Particular Notice that we Own the Rights for Chittenden County, of the Sphereotype and Patent Ambrotype.—None are genuine without the Patent Mark.  People are cautioned against being humbugged by transient and irresponsible individuals into the purchase of pictures, which inferior at first, are sure to fade and become effaced by time. Our Ambrotypes and Sphereotypes are literally indestructible, except by violence or fire.

We pay particular attention to Pictures Of Children.  Infant’s likenesses taken in one second.  Bring the children along; we can take them; it is a sure thing with us.

We have the best rooms and the largest collection of specimens of our art in this State, and invite the Public generally to give us a call.  Wells, Miller & Co., Church st., Burlington, Vt.      

The third advertisement ran from July 2 to 30, 1858.  Where Did You Get That Picture?  Up At Wells, Miller & Co.’s.  The only pictures made on glass which are durable, are the patent Sphereotype and Patent Ambrotype.

Remember that, by using these Patents, we are able to make a much more prominent, brilliant and better picture, every way, and, as we say, the only Durable Picture; in saying so, we say what we know, as we have tested them to our entire satisfaction.  Wells, Miller & Co. have the exclusive right to use these Patents in this town and vicinity, and if any persons tell you that they make the Sphereotype or Ambrotype, they say what is not true.  And, of course, we shall not allow any one to infringe on them.  The Improved Ambrotype, so called, is worth but very little, and those who purchase them, will soon find out the fact.  They can be made cheap and will not last long; but if any person wishes to have such Pictures, we will make all they may want for 50 cents each.

Photographs made as well by any one in the country—colored in oil or touched with India Ink.

We have competent Copying Apparatus, for copying from small up to any size desired; we can copy up and color to nature, old and dim pictures which will soon be worthless, so that you can see your departed friends in life, as it were.

These Pictures Are As Permanent As Oil Portraits.

Please call at our Rooms, 146½ Church St., Burlington, and examine specimens.  Wells, Miller & Co.  Burlington, May 12, 1858

The fourth advertisement ran from August 20 to October 1, 1858.  Chittenden County Picture Gallery.  Wells, Miller & Co. [Successor to T. M. Parker.] Patent Sphereotype, Patent Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Lettergraphs, Photographs. Plain, In Oil or India Ink.  Pictures made as cheap as in any place in Vermont, and Far Better,

Please remember the place 147½ Church Street, Burlington, Vt.  Burlington, May 17, 1858.

Wells, Miller & Co. do not appear in other photographic directories.  Charles Miller is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Burlington in 1859-1860 (+).  Wells is unknown at this time.  One can speculate that it is Jeremiah D. Wells who was active in Northampton, Massachusetts, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Brattleboro Vermont, (which is over 150 miles away from Burlington) and possibly Port Jervis, New York.

J. D. Wells

1856                Rooms in D. T. Cox’s Building, Pike Street, Port Jervis, New York.

J. D. Wells was recorded in two advertisement and one announcement in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  The first advertisement ran from July 10 to August 14, 1856.  Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery.  The subscriber has opened a room in D. T. Cox’s building, Pike St., with a good skylight and other facilities for taking Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, of superior finish, accuracy and artistic effect, and would be happy to wait upon those wishing a beautiful colored life-like miniature.  Strangers and citizens visiting this gallery can have portraits and miniatures beautifully cased in silk velvet, morocco, or other fancy cases, or set in gold lockets or pins.  Daguerreotypes, paintings or drawings copied, out door views and miniatures of sick or deceased persons taken.

He has made arrangements with Mr. E. Jessup of Middletown, who has the exclusive right for this county, for taking the Double-glass Ambrotypes, to attend at the subscribers gallery in Port Jervis, on Thursday and Friday of each week, and take portraits and miniatures by this new and beautiful process.

Gallery open from 8 o’clock a. m. until sunset.  J. D. Wells.     Port Jervis, June 26, 1856.

The second advertisement ran on July 24, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  The Ambrotype miniatures when taken properly and secured in the best manner surpass all other portraits.

There is the single and double glass process.  In the single the picture is liable to become loosened and fall from the glass, while in the double, the two glasses being cemented together, thereby excluding all influence of the air, they remain permanently fixed upon the glass.  They possess greater relief, depth of tone, as well as greater strength and beauty, than the single glass Ambrotypes.

Mr. E. Jessup of Middletown, the agent of the patentee for the Western portion of Orange County has a few specimens of each, the inspection of which will convince any one of the superiority of the patent double glass pictures.  This fact all should understand, for in the one they have a permanent picture, while in the other they are liable to lose the picture.

Mr. J. D. Wells, of this village, has made arrangements with Mr. Jessup by which he is able to furnish the inhabitants of Port Jervis and vicinity with the true double glass pictures.

N. B.  Some will tell you that they put up the double glass Ambrotypes, while they are only a reversed picture, covered over with a second glass, but not in a manner to exclude the air.  When you buy an Ambrotype, assure yourselves that the two glasses lie in close contact and are firmly cemented together.  Examine well the two classes of pictures before buying.

The announcement appeared on August 7, 1856.  A day or two since we saw several really fine and life-like Ambrotypes taken by our cleaver village artist, J. D. Wells, Give him a call.

J. D. Wells is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Port Jervis, New York.  It is possible that this is Jeremiah D. Wells from Northampton, Massachusetts who also had galleries in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and Brattleboro, Vermont.

Henry M. Wells

1856                Address Unknown, Cambridge, New York.

Henry M. Wells appeared in one announcement in the Washington County People’s Journal  (Union Village, New York) on October 16, 1856.  Sixteenth Annual Cattle Show And Fair of the Washington County Agricultural Society.  List of Premiums Awarded at Union Village, Sept. 17th and 18th, 1856….

Non Enumerated Articles.  The committee respectfully reports that Henry M. Wells of Cambridge, presented to the committee for inspection a large variety of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and crayon daguerreotypes, which excel in beauty and finish, and awarded him a meritorious premium of three dollars.

Henry M. Wells is possibly recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1859 as H. M. Wells of North White Creek, New York which is only 15 miles away from Cambridge. 

George Y. Weise

1857                Room above the Post Office, Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

1857-1858     Market Street, Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

George Y. Weise was recorded in three advertisements and two announcements in the Sunbury American (Sunbury, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from April 11 to May 9, 1857. Ambrotype, Melainotype And Ambrograph Gallery.  Geo. Y. Weise, will continue for a few day only, to take pictures upon Glass, Iron, or Paper. At his room on the 3d story Brick Building above the Post Office.  Persons wishing a really good likeness had better come at once and secure those truly beautiful embossed shadows of a living substance.

Persons wishing instructions in the Art, can receive them, by applying immediately. 

The first announcement appeared on May 9, 1857.  Borough Election.  At an election held at the Court House on Monday last, for borough officers for the ensuing year, the following persons were elected…Town Clerk—Geo. Y. Weise.

The second advertisement ran from August 22 to November 7, 1857.  Picture Gallery.  Geo. Y. Weise has again commenced and will continue to take Ambrotypes, &c., at his Room above the Post Office.  Persons wishing to have good likenesses taken, will please call and see us.  We will take pictures at reduced prices and take trade in payment for the same.

All kinds of pictures copied. 

The second announcement appeared on August 29, 1857.  Ambrotypes.—Mr. George Y. Weise informs us that he is getting a new supply of cases and other materials from Philadelphia, and will be able to please the taste of all.  Mr. Weise, who has taken some excellent pictures, is a skillful and intelligent operator, and there is no reason why he should not be able to produce first class pictures.

The third advertisement ran from December 12, 1857 to January 9, 1858.  Ambrotypes!  Geo. Y. Weise has removed his Photographic Gallery to his residence in Market Street, three doors east of Youngman’s Printing Office, where he will take Pictures at prices to suit the times.  His assortment of Plain and Fancy Cases are sufficiently large to suit all who may favor him with a call. 

George Y. Weise is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. E. Weeks

1858                            Address Unknown, Sandusky, Ohio.

E. E. Weeks appeared in one announcement in the Cleveland Morning Leader (Cleveland, Ohio) on September 21, 1858.  State Fair—Awards of Premiums…Fine Arts—Drawings And Paintings…

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, display of daguerreotypes,…… diploma

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, Ambrotypes,……………………silver medal

E. E. Weeks, Sandusky, melaineotypes………………….silver medal

E. E. Weeks is not recorded in other photographic directories.  R. E. Weeks is recorded in other directories and it is possible they are the same person, but further research is needed.

Webster & Tileston

1856-1857                   Bray’s Building, Evansville, Indiana.

Webster & Tileston (Edward Z. Webster & William W. Tileston) were recorded in one advertisement in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).   The advertisement ran from November 19, 1856 to April 2, 1857.  Webster’s Sphereotypes, Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Callodiotypes.  And all other styles of Heliographic Pictures can be obtained at Webster & Tileston’s Gallery in Bray’s Building, at prices ranging from One Dollar up.

Please call soon, as Webster’s time is limited.  W. & T.

Webster & Tileston are both recorded in other photographic directories but not as partners.


1857                Collamore Building, Massachusetts and Henry Streets, Lawrence, Kansas.

Weaver was mentioned in two advertisements in The Kansas Herald of Freedom (Wakarusa, Kansas, Territory).  The first appeared on June 20, 1857.  Lawrence Door, Sash, & Molding Company, Respectfully informs the inhabitants of Kansas Territory that they have established a warehouse under Weaver’s Ambrotype Gallery, Collamore estate, at the corner of Massachusetts and Henry streets, in Lawrence, K. T….

The second appeared on December 5, 1857.  To Let, A Splendid Daguerrean Gallery in Collamore Building, at the corner of Massachusetts and Henry Streets.  Enquire of Geo. W. Collamore, No. 41 Massachusetts Street. Weaver is not recorded in other photographic directories.