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Mrs. Lansing

1857-1858       Rooms opposite the American Hotel, Penn-Yan, New York.

Mrs. Lansing was recorded in five announcements and one advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  The first announcement appeared on April 1, 1857. Daguerreotypes.—Mrs. Lansing has taken the rooms formerly occupied by S. B. Wilson, opposite the American, where she will be pleased to furnish such as may wish with a superior quality of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  We have been shown several specimens of her work, and they are certainly very fine.

The second announcement appeared on May 20, 1857.  Cheap Pictures.—Mrs. Lansing gives notice that she will take Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c. at the low price of 50 cents each.  Mrs. Lansing takes excellent pictures, at very reasonable rates, and is certainly of a generous patronage.  Let our citizens see to it that she does not lack for patrons, and while they bestow a kindness in a worthy direction, they are sure to receive a full return for their favors in the shape of excellent pictures.

The advertisement ran from May 20, 1857 to August 25, 1858.  Cheap Pictures.  Mrs. Lansing takes the Improved Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Melainotype for the small sum of Fifty Cts. Each, the same as heretofore sold for one dollar.

The third announcement ran on October 28, 1857.  Yates Co. Fair.  The Seventeenth Annual Fair of the Yates Co. Agricultural Society was held on the Society’s grounds in this village on Wednesday and Thursday of last week…

T. J. B. House, Daguerrean Artist, exhibited a beautiful Case of Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes, &c. This Case of pictures was arranged at a considerable expense by Mr. House, and proves his skill and taste in this art. It was admired by all, and we can confidently say that it was the most beautiful and complete thing in that line of art ever exhibited in Penn Yan.  Mr. House deserves credit for his display.  Of course the committee and the public will award him the first premium in his class.

Mrs. Lansing also exhibited some specimens of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, &c., well arranged and of good execution.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 18, 1857.  Agricultural Premiums.  Mr. Editor:–Two or three mistakes occur in the published list of premiums which I desire to correct….

The committee on Class 20 say they intended to award the premium for the best exhibition of Daguerrean Work to Mrs. Lansing, but as Mrs. Lansing had made no entry upon the Secretary’s book, she had no card upon her exhibition, and the award fell through.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 23, 1857.  Another Fire.  The business interests of Penn Yan seem almost to be doomed to destruction by the devouring element—fire.  We have now to record the particulars of a third fire in the business portion of our village within a few months.  On Wednesday night last, a fire was discovered in the Millinery Store of Mrs. J. M. Woodruff…Mrs. Lansing occupied the third story, as a residence and Daguerrean Gallery.  Mrs. Lansing also looses everything.  He invalid husband was carried down stairs by Mr. Henry Brown….Mrs. Lansing, had no insurance.  He loss is about $500….

Mrs. Lansing and Mrs. Bradley are great sufferers by this fire, and we are happy to know that liberal contributions have been made by some of our citizens in their behalf.

Mrs. Lansing does not appear in other photographic directories.

A. Lane

1857                Address Unknown, Fair Ground, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

A. Lane was recorded in one advertisement which ran from September 30 to October 7, 1857 in the Democrat and Sentinel  (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Ho! This Way!!  A. Lane would respectfully inform the citizens of Ebensburg and surrounding vicinity that he will visit this place on the 1st day of the Fair and remain a few days for the purpose of taking

Photographic Pictures.  These splendid photographic impressions have never been taken in Ebensburg, and are now introduced for the first time.  It is believed that the merits of this style of likenesses when fully known, will be generally appreciated.  The impression is first taken upon glass and then transferred to paper.  Copies can thus be multiplied almost indefinitely.  These pictures are warranted never to fade.

Melainotypes.   These pictures are not surpassed in richness of tone, warmth of expression and boldness of feature.  For durability there is no question of their superiority.  They may be exposed to a burning sun, to rain or frost, without injury or the least perceptible change.  They may be washed off when solid, and handled without the face being marred.  The pictures are taken on Sheet-Iron prepared expressly for the purpose.  Patent Right secured.  For Lockets and Rings they have no superior.

Ambrographs.  He also takes pictures on Paper, which can be sent safely by mail to any part of the globe with little or no additional postage over that of a common letter.  Who has not in some far distance land, a dear friend who would not hail with pleasure such a memorial.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes also taken by him in a style not to be surpassed.   Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c., copied by either of the above processes at moderate rates.—Persons taken after decease.  Instruction given in the Art.  He has a large assortment of rare and beautiful styles of Cases.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, Finger Rings, &c., in the best manner.  Please call and examine specimens.

A Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania in 1857.  An A. Lane is recorded in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 & Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh in 1859-1860.  It is possible they are the same person, but there is no records to connect them.

J. M. Lancaster

1857                Rooms in Springs’ new brick building, opposite J. T. & S. M. Blair’s Grocery                                    Store, Charlotte, North Carolina.

J. M. Lancaster was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 12 to August 18, 1857 in The Western Democrat (Charlotte, North Carolina). Ambrotype Likenesses. The public is respectfully informed that J. M. Lancaster’s Ambrotype Gallery, opposite J. T. & S. M. Blair’s Grocery Store, in Springs’ new brick building, is now open, where a fine colored Ambrotype can be procured at from 75 cents to $9.

Ladies and gentlemen are requested to call and examine his Specimens, and have a Likeness taken of themselves or children.  Call early, as such an opportunity is seldom offered.  J. M. Lancaster.  Charlotte, May 21, 1857.

J. M. Lancaster is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry  as being active in 1857 in Charlotte, North Carolina as a daguerreotypist without a business address.

M. S. Lamprey

N. D.                   Ayers Building, Manchester, New Hampshire.

N. D. Information from a 9th plate advertising card.  12½ Ct. Picture From M. S. Lamprey & Co.’s Cheap Picture Gallery, Ayer’s Building, Opposite Merrimack Square, Elm Street, Manchester, N. H.

Pictures executed, both day and evening, in every style of the art.  Also, inserted into Pins, Rings, and Lockets.  Particular attention paid to copying pictures, and satisfaction guaranteed.  Also, a large assortment of Cases at the lowest prices.

M. S. Lamprey was not listed in the business section of the Manchester City Directories, issued every other (even) year.  In 1852 Ebenezer Hadley was at that address, in 1854 H. D. W. Moulton was there and in 1856 Frank Gould was there.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him as a Ambrotypist and Daguerrean.  Cuttings patent for the ambrotype dates from July 1854.  To date the Manchester newspapers have not been consulted.

F. F. Lamb

1857-1858       Car on Main Street, Wilmington, Vermont.

F. F. Lamb was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 13, 1857 to June 19, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont). Pictures!!  Pictures!!!   The latest improvements in Pictures is the Sphereotype, to be had at F. F. Lamb’s Traveling Saloon, now at Wilmington Village, on Main Street, and will remain there but a short time longer.  Winter, if trade continues good.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.

All persons in or out of town wishing for a perfect likeness of themselves or their friends, either Sphereotypes, Ambrotypes, Maleneotype, or Photograph, on paper, will do well to give him an early call.

Also, those having Pictures of Living or departed friends, wishing to preserve them, can have them copied on reasonable terms; together with Landscapes, Oil paintings, Machinery, choice Music, and Pictures of all kinds.

With many thanks for the very liberal patronage received, he hopes by a strict attention to his business to merit a continuance of the same.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  F. F. Lamb.  Wilmington, March 1857.

F. F. Lamb is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Wilmington, Vermont. He is recorded in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person at this time.


Robert P. Knox

1858                Rooms over H. W. Lawson’ Tin Manufactory, Abbeville, South Carolina.

Robert P. Knox was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement in The Independent Press (Abbeville, South Carolina).  The announcement ran on April 9, 1858.  We would call the attention to the card of our young townsman, R. P. Knox, who has opened a room for taking ambrotype likenesses.  Give him a call.

The advertisement ran from April 9 to July 9, 1858.  Ambrotypes, Ambrotypes.  Robert P. Knox, Respectfully informs the public, that he has opened a Gallery for taking Ambrotype Likenesses, over H. W. Lawson’s Tin Manufactory:  that he has every means of taking good Pictures, and will spare no pains to give general satisfaction.

Robert P. Knox is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1856.

James Knox

1858                Market Street, Cadiz, Ohio.

James Knox was recorded in an announcement and two advertisements in The Cadiz Democratic Sentinel (Cadiz, Ohio).  The announcement ran on April 14, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Photographs.  James Knox at his Ambrotype Car on Market Street, is taking some of the finest Pictures ever seen in this place.  Call soon, and get your Picture taken.  Prices range from fifty cents to ten dollars.

The first advertisement ran on April 14 & 21, 1858.  Large Pictures.  James Knox Is now prepared to take Pictures, full size, in the latest and most approved manner, at his Ambrotype Car, Cadiz, Ohio.  Call soon and get your full sized Pictures taken.

The second advertisement ran on June 9 & 16, 1858.  Large Pictures.  James Knox is prepared to take full sized Photographs and Ambrotypes, in the latest and most approved style, at reasonable prices.

He will also take small pictures on paper suitable for sending away, for 25 cents.—Call soon, as he will leave in a few days.

James Knox is not listed in other photographic directories.

W. H. Knapp

1859                Rooms in the west end of the Post Office Building, up-stairs, Westfield, New                                   York.

W. H. Knapp was recorded in two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The first advertisement ran from April 4 to May 18, 1859.  New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the west end of the post office building up stairs.

The subscriber has furnished these rooms with the best apparatus, desirable stock and an experienced workman, and will use all reasonable effort to please those who will favor him with their patronage.  W. H. Knapp.

The second advertisement ran from April 27 to December 28, 1859.  The New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the Post Office building are full of customers each day waiting for The finest Likenesses, ever taken in Westfield.  Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., in all kinds of weather.

A large variety of choice cases just received.  A First Class Picture taken or no pay.  Prices Low.

W. H. Knapp is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield New York.

Knapp & Field

1856                477 Broadway, New York, New York.

Knapp & Field (William R. Knapp & James B. Field) were recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 31, 1856.  Knapp’s Colored Improved Durable Ambrotypes and daguerreotypes, 50 cents, including case, twice the size others give for the money, at the only Knapp’s gallery in the city, 477 Broadway, near Wallack’s theatre.  Everybody gets them.  Knapp & Fields.

The second advertisement appeared on December 13.  Knapp’s only Gallery of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes and Melainotypes, 477 Broadway.  J. B. Fields, Proprietor.

Both William R. Knapp and James B. Fields are recorded in other photographic directories but not as part of a partnership.

Kimball & Iles

1856                347 Broadway, New York, New York.

Kimball & Iles (Myron H. Kimball & [George] Iles) appeared in four advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement ran on September 17, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotypes, with a Case.—Cheapest ever before offered in the world.  Messrs. Kimball & Iles will open their large and commodious ambrotype and daguerreotype gallery, 347 Broadway, corner of Leonard street, on Thursday, the 18th inst., when will be offered to the public beautiful and imperishable likenesses for only twenty cents, each with case.  Mezzographs, photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and microtypes executed in the first style of the art, at less than half the price asked in any other establishment in America.

The second advertisement ran on September 24, 1856.  Twenty Cent Likenesses, with Case, at Kimball & Iles’ cheap picture factory, 347 Broadway, four hundred taken daily.

The third advertisement ran on October 7, 1856.  20 Cent Likenesses, with Case.—A Beautiful ambrotype likeness, with a case, for only twenty cents.  N. B.—The only establishment in the world where twenty cent portraits can be had.  Kimball & Elis, 347 Broadway.

The fourth advertisement appeared on October 10, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotype Likenesses, with a case, at Kimball & Iles’, 347 Broadway.  One thousand taken daily.

The partnership of Kimball & Iles is mentioned in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Myron H. Kimball, without a hard date, John speculates that George Iles is the other partner, even though George is not listed as a daguerrean until 1858-1859 at 285 Hudson Street.  Myron H. Kimball and George Iles are both recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New York city.  Myron H. Kimball continues to advertise without Iles at the 374 Broadway address.