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O. P. Howe

1854-1855       Car at the East end of the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

1856-1858       Water Street, opposite the Stanley House, Augusta, Maine.

1959                Rooms opposite the foot of Oak Street, Augusta, Maine.

O. P. Howe was recorded in twelve advertisements and three announcements. The first advertisement appeared on December 14, 1854 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).

East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta.

The second advertisement ran from on December 21, 1854 to January 11, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta. 

Mr. O. P. Howe has the pleasure of announcing to the ladies and gentlemen of Augusta and vicinity, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerreotype Establishment at the East end of the Bridge, where he will be happy to wait on all who will favor him with a call, and are in want if Fine Pictures, set in fine Gold Lockets, Pins, or Rings; Rosewood, Gilt, German and French Frames; Papier Mache, Shell, Pearl, Jenny Lind, Morocco, Velvet, Jewel, Octagon Jewel, Dutchess, Mourning, Cabinet, and all kinds of Silk Velvet Cases, at fair prices.

N. B. No cheap 50 cent pictures and cases sold at this establishment.  Every Picture will be executed so that it will be worth the price charged for it.  I have spared neither pains nor expense to make everything just what it should be to meet the wants of First Class Customers.  Come and see.  A share of the patronage is solicited.

To my friends and numerous patrons at Waterville, East, West and North Vassalboro’, China, South China, Branch Mills, Weeks’ Mills, South Windsor, Cooper’s Mills, Turner’s Corner, King’s Mills, Pittston, Alna, Woodbridge’s Corner, New Castle, Sheepscot Bridge, &c., &c., I would say that being now comfortably settled, in my new and enlarged Saloon—probably the largest in the world on wheels—with every facility for producing pictures in the highest style of the Art, I should be pleased to receive a continuance of the favors which have heretofore been so liberally bestowed upon me, and for which I must here take occasion to express my sincere thanks.  Should they visit Augusta this winter, they will find me ready to furnish pictures in my usual perfect manner, on silver or paper, from 8 A. M. till sunset, in any kind of weather.  I choose to let my pictures speak for themselves.  Satisfaction given or no charge.

The subscriber has been for a number of years successfully engaged in furnishing Melodeons and Seraphines.  He will continue to furnish the Best Instruments from the best manufacturers, at their Lowest Cash Prices.  Any one in want of Reed Instruments, Fine Gold Rings, Bosom Pins, Bosom Studs, Ear Drops, Motto Pins, Lockets, Locket Pins, Locket Seals and Rings, Ladies’ and Gent’s Chains, &c., &c., or any description of Sheet Music, can do as well in buying of him, as they can any where else, as his prices never exceed those of other dealers.

The latest Songs, Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Variations, &c. for the Piano, always on hand.

Sheet Music sent by mail.  On receipt of one dollar, I will forward six twenty-five cent pieces, free of postage.  Orders attended to.  O. P. Howe.

The third advertisement was recorded  from January 19 to February 14, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine).  To the Members of the Legislature, and Everybody else.  Poetry And Science.

Attention all hands!  I wish to suggest

To the people of Augusta, where they can do best;

My Miniature House is now wide awake,

And I am ready and Able good pictures to make:

I’ve every convenience to take young and old,

And make as fine as ever was sold.

I wish to remind you that this is the place.

Where, with a fine light, the features I trace,

And with the assistance—the light of the sky—

I never have fail’d to produce “a good eye.”

No “four cent” pictures at this Gallery are made,

Because we think such  things are sure to fade;

Neither will 50 ct. pictures here be sold,

For we Gild our plates with Chloride of Gold;

But for nine shillings, or dollar ‘nd a half,

I’ll put them in cases that are “bound in calf;”

With Gilt out-side—Silk Velvet within—

With a hook on each end as nice as a pin—

I can put them in Rings, in Pins, or in Lockets,

Or in funny little cases to carry in your pockets;

Or in neater ones still, on your table to lay,

Which are inlaid with pearl, and called “Papier Mache.”

Jenny Linds and the like, to numerous to mention,

But to dwell on these is not my intention.

I’ve all kinds of Cases, both single and double,

And Lockets of all sizes, which saves you all the trouble

Of looking any further than my Daguerreotype Car,

At the East end of the Bridge, which is not very far;  

Come in fair weather or foul, or come when you will,

I’ll give you a good Picture if you’ll only sit still.

And just in conclusion, I invite one and all,

Take “Time by the fore-top,” and give Howe a call;

For I’ve all things ready, plate bright as a dollar,

I’ll take you so “natural” you’ll almost holler.

N. B. Daguerreotypes taken on Silver or Paper, and satisfaction given or no charge.

Mr. H. is selling some very superior Melodeons and Seraphities at low prices.

Melodeons to let.  O. P. Howe.  Howe’s Miniature House, Jan, 15, 1855.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 7 to July 12, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  (500 Pieces Sheet Music, Just Received, consisting of Songs, Ballads, Quartets, Polkas, &c. &c.  I will forward six 25 cent pieces, postage free, to anyone who will remit one dollar.  Send in your orders for any price you want, and I’ll be sure to have it.  Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from July 26 to August October 4, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons and Seraphines.  For sale and to let by O. P. Howe.  Ware Rooms over Nason & Hamlen’s store, corner Bridge and Water Streets, Augusta, Me.

The seventh advertisement appeared on December 6, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons. Another Lot of those splendid Model Melodeons, made by S. D. & H. W. Smith, and Mason & Hamlin, Boston.  The subscriber begs to inform the people of Augusta, and the Musical public generally, that he has now on hand, and will keep as large an assortment of the above instruments as can be found in any Musical Establishment in Boston…

The eighth advertisement ran from February 7 to April 24, 1856.   Something New!  Ambrotypes and Mezzograph Pictures At Howe’s Miniature House, Water Street, Augusta.  Ambrotypes are taken upon fine plate glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass,—the two being cemented together, so that the picture is just as permanent as the glass on which it is taken.  They are far superior, in many respects, to the best Daguerreotypes.  They will not change or corrode by time, are soft and beautiful in tone, are not reversed in position, and, being taken on glass, are exceedingly brilliant, and are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Mezzographs are taken upon paper, and are equal to steel plate engravings.  They can be painted in Grecian or oil colors.  I am taking more of this kind than in any other style.  They are much admired.  The public are invited to examine specimens at my Gallery opposite the Stanley House.

Having the largest and most expensive apparatus ever brought into this city, and having the exclusive right for making the above pictures, I feel better prepared than ever to wait upon my friends, and respectfully solicit a continuance of the patronage which has been so liberally bestowed for the past year.  Daguerreotypes taken as usual.  O. P. Howe.

The ninth advertisement ran on February 19, 21 and March 2, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal. 

Melodeons!  Those Who Wish To Buy Or Hire Good Melodeons, will find it greatly to their advantage to call at Howe’s Miniature House, East End the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

The tenth advertisement ran from February 21 to March 20, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Notice Particular.  I hereby certify, That I bought of Cutting & Bowdoin the exclusive right of Cutting’s Ambrotype Patent for the State of Maine, except the city of Portland, and that O. P. Howe of Augusta, has no right, whatever, under said patent, I having sold the exclusive right of the city of Augusta, to J. S. Hendee.  Asa Millit.

The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Daguerreotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers, and strangers from out of town, who have occasion to visit Augusta, and who may desire to patronize a daguerreotypist, to the establishment of Mr. O. P. Howe, opposite the Stanley House.

Mr. Howe’s daguerreotypes, and also his ambrotypes, are very fine specimens of his art.

We have also seen some photographs made by him, for a gentleman in connection with this office, which are certainly very finely executed.  Mr. Howe’s establishment is beautifully arranged for the comfort and convenience of his patrons, and we have no hesitation in saying that the treatment they will receive from the hands of this good-natured artist, will remove all sour looks from the countenance, and secure for the sitter a life-like, good-looking and pleasant picture.

The eleventh advertisement ran from March 20 to April 10, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  To Artists.  Howe’s Dry Chemical, Acknowledged, by all Artists who have used it, to be the best, quickest, and safest Chemical in use.  Sent by mail at $1.00 per bottle.

Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Maine.

The twelfth advertisement ran from October 15 to November 19, 1857 in the Maine Farmer.  Something New!  The Greatest Invention of the Age!  The March of Improvement is ever onward!  The Ambrotype supplanted the Daguerreotype, the Melainotype is now rapidly taking the place of both!  Melainotypes.  The subscriber begs to call the attention of all lovers of Pictures, and all in want of Permanent and Perfect Likenesses of themselves or friends, to a new style of Picture, called the Melainotype.  They are taken on a thin sheet of iron; are patented in the United States and England; they can be sent in letters without extra postage, can be handled without and glass over them; can be washed when soiled; they will bend without injury; are not affected by light, atmosphere, rain, or anything else.  In  short, they are the Cheapest, Prettiest, and Most Durable Picture Ever Yet Invented.  They Cannot Fade, but will last for all time.  Try one!  Try one!

Taken at “Howe’s Saloon,” opposite Stanley House, Augusta.  O. P. Howe.

The second announcement appeared on November 11, 1858 in the Maine Farmer.  At Work Again. Our neighbor O./P. Howe who has been confined by sickness for several months, has just re-opened his Daguerreotype Saloon, and is prepared to take portraits in the best style.  Ambrotype, photograph, and other styles of sun-painting done to order.  Give him a call.

The third announcement appeared on December 29, 1859 in the  Maine Farmer.  Ambrotypes And Photographs.  Our old acquaintance Howe, whose success and popularity as an artist formerly made his “institution” on Water Street the resort of all who wanted a good picture for themselves or friends, we are glad to see, after an interregnum of several months, has re-located himself in Augusta, at the rooms opposite the foot of Oak St.  He is prepared to supply any description of picture in the line of his profession in a style that will be satisfactory to all who may patronize him.  Call and examine his specimens.

O. P. Howe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Augusta, Maine in 1856.  More research is needed it appears that Howe was running several businesses in Augusta at the same time and did not feel the need to advertise through the newspapers as often as some daguerreotypist/photographers…

A. B. Houdlette

1859                Front Street, Richmond, Maine.

A. B. Houdlette appeared in one advertisement on September 21, 1859 in the Rising Sun (Richmond, Maine).  A. B. Houdlette, [Successor to Jas. H. Delaney.]  Patent Ambrotyper!  Front Street, Richmond, Maine.

Every description of Sun Pictures successfully produced at his rooms, from the smallest Locket Picture to the Life Size.

Copying done in the neatest manner.

Pictures taken for Twenty-Five Cents, and warranted to give satisfaction.

The public are invited to call and examine our specimens.  A. B. Houdlette, Front Street, Richmond, Me.

A. B. Houdlette is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Samuel A. Hopple

1859                Franklin House, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Samuel A. Hopple was recorded on one advertisement that ran from June 29 to July 6, 1859 in the Arkansas True Democrat (Little Rock, Arkansas).  Samuel A. Hopple, Photographic Artists, Respectfully announces to the citizens of Little Rock and vicinity, that he has opened a gallery at the Franklin House, opposite the steamboat landing, where he is prepared to take life-like Ambrotypes and Medainotypes (Sic.) of the best quality, and on the most favorable terms.

The public are invited to call and examine specimens.  S. A. Hopple, Artist.

Samuel A. Hopple is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Little Rock, Arkansas. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Samuel A. Hopple in 1860-1861 in Jefferson, Indiana, it is unknown if they are the same person.

Joseph Hill

1857                Address & Location Unknown, Minnesota.

1858                Drew’s Building, Third Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Joseph Hill[1]was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement was recorded on October 31, 1857 in the Falls Evening News (Minneapolis, Minnesota).  Great Excitement At The New Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery!!  Pictures for the Million!  50 taken in one day, and more waiting!  J. Hill & Co., successor to J. H. Kelley invite the Public to examine their specimens of Photographs, colored and plain. Ambrotypes by an entire new process.  Melainotypes, Daguerreotypes and Pictures on patent leather. Having a complete stock of cases, Frames, Lockets, &c., we are now prepared to put up pictures in every form—we also have on hand a few oil paintings for sale cheap.

N.B. Particular attention is invited to the clear and life-like expression of the eye, the rich and beautiful softness of tone, the rare and exquisite finish of both plate and picture, and especially to their permanence.  We wish it distinctly understood that we use none but the very best materials.  Those who have favored us with a call, have expressed the most perfect satisfaction, and that they are in point of delineation, boldness and unerring truthfulness, equaled by few.  J. Hill & Co.  Oct. 21.

The second advertisement was recorded on March 13, 1858 in the Saint Paul Financial, Real Estate and Railroad Advertiser (St. Paul, Minnesota).  New Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery.  Hill, Kelly & Company, Having opened a suit of Rooms in Drew’s Building, on Third Street, (next door to Cathcart’s) are now ready to wait on all who may favor them with a call, and prepared to take all the different styles of pictures now in use, consisting of

Photographs, colored and plain, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Daguerreotypes, and Pictures on Patent Leather—all of which are warranted.  Perfect satisfaction will be given, or no charge.

A share of the public patronage is respectfully solicited.  St. Paul, Jan. 25th, 1858.

J. Hill is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1858-1859 on Third Street between Robert and Minnesota Streets. 


[1] Minnesota History 52/2 Summer 1990, P. 44.

G.C. Hernandez

1859                505 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York.

G.C. Hernandez was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on August 6, 1859 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Ambrotypist Wanted.—A Good Operator, At Hernandez’s gallery, 505 68th av., between 40th and 41st sts.  One having an instrument preferred.  Apply between the hours of 8 A. M. and 6 P. M.

G. C. Hernandez is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active as a daguerreotypist in 1860 at 567 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York.

J. Helion

1855                383 Broadway, New York, New York.

J. Helion was recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on July 6, 1855.  To Daguerreans—A Rare Chance—To Be Disposed of, on very easy terms, the daguerrean portion of the photographic and daguerrean business, in Broadway.  Apply at the Helion Gallery, 383 Broadway.

The second advertisement ran on October 19 & 20, 1855.  “Which Nobody Can Deny” With Truth.—Photographs on glass, known as ambrotypes, are taken best and cheapest by far at Helion Gallery 383 Broadway.  Strangers, get your likeness in this new style, at 383 Broadway.

The third advertisement ran on October 30 & November 1, 1855.  “Which Nobody Can Deny” With Truth.—Photographs on glass, known as ambrotypes, are taken best and cheapest by far at Helion Gallery 383 Broadway.  Strangers, get your likeness in this new style, at 383 Broadway.

J. Helion is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1856-1857.

N. F. Hawkins

1855-1856       Rooms over Langley’s Store, Jackson, Mississippi.

1860                Corner Pearl & State Streets, over Langley’s Store, Jackson, Maiiissippi.[1]

N. F. Hawkins was recorded in two advertisements in the Weekly Flag of the Union (Jackson, Mississippi).  The first appeared on January 16, 1856.

New Establishment Over Langley’s Store.  Reflected By Sky Light!!!  Having a very large and newly improved Apparatus, together with our new arrangement of Reflected Sky Light and a determination to excel in our beautiful Art, we are now prepared to execute larger and much finer Pictures than those taken by the old process.

Our Stereoscopic Pictures, (something entirely new,) are pronounced by connoisseurs to be as life like as Pictures can be made.  Give us a call, we guarantee satisfaction or no charge. Hawkins & Co.  Jackson, December 28, 1855.

The second also appeared on January 16, 1856.  Call and see us!!!  If you wish a very superior Miniature, with the most life-like color and expression, call at Hawkins & Co. Gallery, Over Langley’s Store.  Our pictures shall be of the very finest quality and shall give entire satisfaction or no charge.  So call at once, and see for yourselves.  The Ladies especially, are solicited to call.

Prices in accordance with the hard times.

Remember our Rooms are over Langley’s Store, nearly opposite the Capital.  [ ? ]Hawkins & Co.

P. S.  We have just received a [ ? ] large lot of the very finest cases.

N. F. Hawkins is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Jackson, Mississippi in 1860.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

A. J. Hasler

1857                South of Edwards’ Hotel, Plymouth, Indiana.

A. J. Hasler was recorded in one announcement and one advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat (Plymouth, Indiana).  The announcement appeared on April 23, 1857.  For the benefit of our readers in Marshall, we would say that Mr. Hasler, Ambrotype and Melainotype Artist, has located here for a short time; and having seen a number of his pictures, we have no hesitancy in recommending him to the public as one of the best artist that has ever been in our place.  Those wishing a good likeness of themselves or friends cannot do better than to call at his Car, South of Edwards’ Hotel, where he will be pleased to wait on all who may favor him with a call.

The advertisement ran from June 10 to 24, 1858. Ambrotype Car For Sale; nearly new,–Price $125,–can be seen in Rochester, Ind.

Address or apply to A. J. Hasler, Warsaw, Ind., or to G. J. Carbutt, Plymouth, Ind. 

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

S. W. Hartshorn

ca.1844-1845  25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island

1850-1857       25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rohde Island.

1857-1858       81 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

1859                98 & 100 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

S. W. Hartshorn was recorded in five advertisements, four in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island) and one in the Providence Journal.  The first advertisement was recorded on March 23, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  Hartshorn has just finished a suite of Rooms, with a new and improved Sky-Light, in the Hall above the room occupied by him for the last five years, where he is still better prepared to take Daguerreotype Miniatures of every size, single or in groups, in a style not to be surpassed by any.

Grateful for past favors, I respectfully ask a continuance of the same, and invite ladies and gentlemen to visit my rooms at all times, whether intending to sit for a picture or otherwise.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster st.  o6.

The second advertisement was recorded on July 2, 1850 in the Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Superior Skylight Daguerreotypes.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, and Wm. S. Johnson have associated themselves together in business and respectfully inform their friends and the public generally that the are prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses in a style not executed by any.

Having the largest rooms, the most extensive apparatus and long experience, with an improved skylight, they are confident that for beauty of finish, distinctness of impression, superior tone, and life-like expression of the eyes, their pictures will compare favorably with any taken elsewhere.

Pictures of all sizes and warranted not to fade taken without regard to weather.  Instruction given and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  The Rooms are at No. 25 Westminster st. up stairs, open all hours of the day, and ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

N. B. A superior instrument that operates in from one to ten seconds is used for children and others who desire it.  a29.

The third advertisement was recorded on April 30 and June 11 & 18, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerres.—Just received, a further supply of Fancy Cases, for Daguerreotypes, embracing all the desirable styles, both double and single, which I shall be happy to show to my customers, and to place within them a Perfect Likeness, either Crayon or such other as may be preferred.  My assortment of Plain Cases is complete for those who wish a more moderate priced article.  In fact, I have everything pertaining to the business in “good order and well conditioned,” and can always be found at my old stand, No. 25 Westminster-st., ready to supply the wants of those who call on me, pledging myself to furnish as perfect an article as can be obtained anywhere.  S. W. (sic.) Hartshorn, Agent.

The fourth advertisement was recorded on September 15, 1855 in the General Advertiser  (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes.  I have reduced the prices of all kinds of Daguerreotypes to the lowest possible mark, some of them even as low as Twenty-Five Cents!!!

As my rooms are known to be the most extensive and convenient, and having the Largest Sky Light in the State, the best Instruments, and all improvements in the art, I have no hesitation in promising satisfaction to all who may give me their patronage.  Recollect that my number is 25 Westminster-st., and Daguerreotypes may be had for the same number of cents.  J. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster-st.

The fifth advertisement was recorded on January 30, 1858 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Removal.  The subscriber informs his friends and the public, that he has removed his Daguerreotype, Photograph and Ambrotype Rooms from his Old Stand, to 81 Westminster-st., where he is prepared to furnish, as heretofore first rate Likenesses, at Moderate Prices.  He respectfully solicits a continuance of the liberal patronage that he has received for the last 12 years.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent.  my30.

S. W. Hartshorn is recorded in other photographic directories.  The new information is that he was active in Providence as early as 1844-1845.  Please note that only fourteen issues were available for me to look at in the General Advertiser between 1847-1858.  The dates at the end of each advertisements (when noted) are the start dates of the advertisements.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Leroy Hancock

Pre-1853         Corner Lackawanna & Penn, Honesdale, Pennsylvania.[1]

1854-1860       Near the Depot, Scranton, Pennsylvania.1                 

Leroy Hancock was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on July 25, 1856 in the Pittston Gazette (Pittston, Pennsylvania).  Ambrotypes!  Daguerreotypes, Hylotypes, and the Crayon Pictures, in a superior manner, and of the last styles, taken at Hancock’s Gallery, Scranton, Pa.  N. B.—Always at home.  May 9, 1856.

Leroy Hancock is recorded in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900.


[1] Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900.