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L. B. Melvin/Melven

1859                Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store, Westfield, New York.

L. B. Melvin/Melven was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The announcement appeared on December 7, 1859. Likenesses.—There are but few who do not appreciate a well executed likeness, and it matters little whether the original is prepossessing or not. There is something undefinable about it.  We cherish the likenesses of those friends with whom we daily associate, and a truthful likeness seems to increase our attachment, and cement more strongly the bonds of friendship.  We do not know how it is, but there is always some pleasing feature that is sure to find its way into the likeness which we seem not to have discovered before; and especially of those cherished friends who have been taken from us.  It is then, perhaps, that we begin to fully appreciate their worth, and to understand truly how dear they were to us; and then it is that we prize, to, whatever serves to call up in memory, their worthy traits, & the pleasing associations of the past.  But we are forgetting ourselves; we only designed expressing the pleasure we derived from a few moments spent in looking over the specimens of art, in the well arranged Ambrotype Rooms of L. B. Melvin.  His pictures are taken and finished up with skill; but his card will be found in another part of the paper. to which all are referred.  Call on him; examine his specimens, and we guarantee you will take away with you your own likeness.

The advertisement ran from December 7 to 28, 1859.  Old Things Become New.  Marble Hall Picture Gallery in Full Blast!

Great reductions in prices.  The best Likenesses of all kinds, either Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melenotypes, Daguerreotypes And all other types, on Leather or Paper taken in any weather, and cheaper and better than was ever offered here before.  Now is the time for all that wish to have a good, correct likeness, as I defy all competition, either in Quality or prices.  Particular attention paid to taking Children’s picture.  A fine lot of specimens on hand.  Call and see.  Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store.  L. B. Melven.

L. B. Melvin/Melven is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Meacham & Sanders

1857-1859       Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders (S. L. Meacham & Sanders) was recorded in two advertisements.  The first was recorded on June 4,  1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The second advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  In The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Mayo

1855                House of S. C. Rogers, Main Street, Huntington, New York.                                    1856                Mr. Shadbolt’s New Building, Main Street, Huntington, New York.

J. Mayo was recorded in one advertisement and four announcements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The advertisement ran from May 11, 1855 to June 1, 1855. Daguerreotypes.  “Secure the Shadow Ere the substance fades.”  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Huntington Village and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the House of S. C. Rogers on main St., where he is prepared to execute Daguerrean Likenesses to the satisfaction of all those who may favor him with their patronage.

Large Sized pictures neatly inserted in good cases for One Dollar and upwards, according to size and quality of Case or Locket.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  All persons wishing for correct likenesses of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  No one requested to pay for a picture they do not like.

Think not these pictures by the sunlight made,                                                                                          Shades though they are, will like a shadow, fade!                                                                                        No!  when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie                                                                                                    When death’s grey film o’er spreads the beaming eye;                                                                               These life like pictures mocking at decay,                                                                                                        Will be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Daguerrean Artist. Huntington, May 11, 1855.

The first announcement (poetry) appeared on  November 16, 1855.                           Daguerreotype Miniatures.                                                                                                                                  Go Gents and Ladies who pretend,                                                                                                                  To have a dear and earthly friend;                                                                                                              Just call at Mayo’s rooms made right,                                                                                                      Learn by his new daguerreotype,                                                                                                                    Now these connected with his fixtures,                                                                                                           He intends to take good pictures.                                                                                                                       For one dollar you get your friend                                                                                                                   In a large case you may depend;                                                                                                                        A quarter more we better do,                                                                                                                                A velvet case is then your due.                                                                                                                            For twelve shillings the case will be                                                                                                                  Gilt in and out as you will see,                                                                                                                              For dollars two, the mattings change                                                                                                          Which brings the valet all in range.                                                                                                                     For two and a half a quarter case,                                                                                                               And on the plate a large face.                                                                                                                         And if a figure added be,                                                                                                                                        Another quarter pays the fee.                                                                                                                                For four, you get a double case,                                                                                                                           Yourself and wife, ‘tis no disgrace,                                                                                                                      In book like form you love to show,                                                                                                                   Which you to California go,                                                                                                                                     But five brings out the Jenny Lind,                                                                                                                      The neatest thing we recommend.                                                                                                                      The double though we charge you six,                                                                                                              It is so large, so neat and rich.                                                                                                                               Nice gold locket, and various size to,                                                                                                                 Of different prices, I have a few.                                                                                                                            By good attention, and delight,                                                                                                                        In taking pictures that are right.                                                                                                                       He hopes to gain the confidence,                                                                                                                        Of all the towns inhabitants,                                                                                                                                  I think that money thus laid out,                                                                                                                        Is better far than squandered out.                                                                                                                  For idle toys, and giddy mirth,                                                                                                                      Which soon are passed and learn no worth;                                                                                                  I hope you will patronize this brilliant art,                                                                                                    In which I hope to share a part,                                                                                                                          My rooms are at the Lady Sutton’s.                                                                                                                  In the beautiful village of Cold Spring.                                                                                                          At which place, I hope you will call,                                                                                                                And never be sorry for patronizing.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Cold Spring, Nov. 1, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on July 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes:  Mr. Mayo Back Again!  Mr. Mayo will take room on or about July 25, at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, on Main street, where he will be prepared to take Photographic pictures upon glass, the distinctness of steel plate engravings, and more durable than oil paintings.

This process is styled Ambrotype, from a Greek work, signifying Immortal.  The Ambrotype is taken upon glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass, the two being united by an indestructible gum, enabling the picture to retain its brilliancy for ages.  It will not corrode at sea, or change in any climate, is beautiful in tone, bold and clear in effect, and can be see in any light; and owing to the brief time it requires to sit, the veriest child, as well as the grey-headed father, can be taken.  Pictures can be taken of various sizes by this process, and are well adapted to set in frames to hang in rooms, thus combining the useful with the ornamental.

Those sitting for Ambrotypes will be detained but a short time, as he has procured the services of Mr. Pettis, a gentleman of artistic taste and experience in the Ambrotype Art.  The Ambrotype is generally acknowledged to be superior to the Daguerreotype, and is rapidly taking its place.

Large-sized Ambrotypes taken for one dollar, including a neat case, and warranted to please.  Morning light the best.  Please call soon, as we cannot stop but a short time.

The third announcement appeared on July 25, 1856.  Mr. Mayo at Huntington again.  Mr. Mayo the Daguerreotypist, is at Huntington again, and has taken rooms at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, in Main street.  He has also employed Mr. Pettis to assist him, and is now prepared to take Ambrotypes also, which are in many respects far superior to the Daguerreotypes.  We advise all who want a picture to call soon and see his specimens, and then we have no doubt they will sit for their own.  Call soon, as his stay is to be limited, having other engagements.

The fourth announcement appeared on August 15, 1856.  Positively the Last Call.  The subscriber returns his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers for their pas favors, and would inform those who have not been Daguerreotyped that his engagements are such that he positively cannot stop at Huntington but three or four days longer.  If well, then, come and have your likeness taken before changed by disease; if sick; do not put off too long, as many have done, to the sorrow of their friends.  J. Mayo, Daguerrean.

J. Mayo is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Huntington, New York.

Theodore Mayer

1856                167 Bowery, New York, New York.

Theodore Mayer was recorded on January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.  Mayer — An excellent gallery. The ambrotypes show some skill, and I noticed some very fair photographs.

Theodore Mayer is recorded in other photographic directories, ut is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

E. P. Masterson

1857-1859       Rooms on Pike Street, in D. T. Cox’s Building, Port Jervis, New York.

E. P. Masterson was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 12, 1857 to February 3, 1859 in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  Collodion Pictures On Glass.—The undersigned would respectfully call the attention of the public to his new process of taking Collodion Pictures on Glass, which are in every respect Far Superior to the best results of the Daguerreotype—having none of that objectionable glare, and are perfectly distinct in any angle.

Their Tone Is Soft, Velvety, and harmonious, and possesses all the freshness and beauty of a steel engraving.  Their brilliancy is not impaired by time, but remains perfectly clear and distinct for ages, and serves as a memento to be handed down from generation to generation.  They are not liable to spoil by accident, being proof against acids, water and air.

Persons wishing a Beautiful, Colored, Life-Like Picture, Will do well to call.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  Rooms with sky-light in D. T. Cox’s Building, Pike-st., near the depot.       E. P. Masterson, Port Jervis, July 25, 1857.

E. P. Masterson Is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Martson

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Martson (possibly Joseph Marston) was recorded on April 1,1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  Martson. — A really tip-top artist. His daguerreotypes surpass. His Ambrotypes are excellent, as also his retouched photographs. This artist has three galleries in the city. I saw some really fine positive photographs, which might place him among the first.

Joseph Marston is recorded in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

Martin & Barber

1856                Hazzard Block, over Loucks & Bush Ware Room, Jamestown, New York.

Martin & Barber were recorded in one  advertisement ran from August 15 to September 5, 1856 in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York).  Here where you get your Money Back.  New Daguerrean Gallery In Jamestown.  Over the Ware Room of Loucks & Bush, Hazzard Block, where the subscribers will be ready to wait upon all who favor them with a call.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes made and put up in every style now known in the Art.  Call and see us one and all.  Our Prices will vary always to suit customers.  Now is the time to get good Pictures and pay no more than their true value.  Martin & Barber.

Martin & Barber are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Martin is possibly G. R. Martin.

H. A. Marsh

1857-1859                   Rooms first building south of the Bank, Main Street, Ashtabula, Ohio.

H. A. Marsh was recorded in four advertisements and one announcement in the Ashtabula Weekly Telegraph (Ashtabula, Ohio). The first advertisement ran from July 3 to December 18, 1858. H. A. Marsh, Successor to E. Howell Would respectfully announced to the citizens of Ashtabula, and surrounding country, that he has recently purchased the entire interest of E. Howell in the Daguerreian business in this place, including his Papertype, recently patented, and that he is prepared to take correct likenesses, in all the different branches of the art, and in the most approved style.  Having had several year’s experience with the first artists in the country, I am enabled to keep up with all the improvements, and feel safe in saying I will furnish as good pictures, and correct, to the life, as can be obtained anywhere in this section of country.  No pictures shall go from my rooms, that are not entirely satisfactory, and warranted.  Pictures taken on patent leather, if desired.  Lockets and Miniature Pins filled at reasonable rates.  Particular attention given, in taking childrens’ likenesses.  Rooms first building south of the Bank, Main Street, where I can always be found from 8 o’clock, A. M. to 5 P. M.

Old Pictures copied, and new ones taken in any weather.            Ashtabula, July 15th, 1857.

The second advertisement ran from July 3, 1858 to December 31, 1859.  H. A. Marsh, Successor to E. Howell, Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Artist.  Also E. Howell’s new Papertype, recently Patented.  Lockets and Miniatures Pins filled at reasonable rates.  Pictures taken on patent leather, if desired.  Rooms, first building south of the Bank, Main Street, Ashtabula, Ohio.

The announce appeared on October 16, 1858.  Premiums Awarded by the Ashtabula Farmers Club. Held at Ashtabula, October 5th & 6th, 1858….Class XIX.  Fine Arts, Ornamental Works, &c. 49 entries.  First Premiums H. A. Marsh in both Ambrotypes & Photographs.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1858 to November 19, 1859.  Look Here!  Every one of the lovers of art, every one who admires the beautiful, and especially, every one who delights to look upon the familiar face of a dear friend or relative, (though that friend may be thousands of miles away. Or in the Spirit Land.) take notice that you can get a true—life likeness of yourself or friends at Marsh’s Gallery of Art in Ashtabula, and also, that during the Holidays, in consideration of the closeness of times, I will furnish superior pictures at Much Reduced Prices!

What Christmas or New Year Gifts, are more appropriate than to present a perfect likeness of Yourself to your friends.  I intend to keep constantly on hand a variety of good durable cases, also frames to hang up, so that as you sit by your fireside, you can behold the faces you love, beaming upon you, waking up old memories, and calling to mind past scenes of pleasure and enjoyment.

Having recently refitted my rooms, I shall endeavor to make it as pleasant and agreeable as possible, for all who may give me a call, whether wishing pictures or not.  But remember, time waits for no man, and hard times does not prevent death from removing those you love.

Secure the shadow, Ere the substance Fades; which you can do at Marsh’s Ambrotype Gallery, in cloudy as well as clear weather, between 8 A. M., and 4 P. M.  Rooms first building south of Bank.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 12 to December 31, 1859.  Look Here!  H. A. Marsh!  Photographic Pictures.  I am now taking some fine Photographs, a new and popular style of Pictures, on paper.  After the first is taken, any number can be printed from it, without repeated sitting.

Also—Every other style of pictures, taken in the Best & Most Durable Manner, Warranted.  All of the above styles of pictures, can be obtained Cheap at Marsh’s Gallery, First building South of the Bank.

H. A. Marsh is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1859-1860 in Ashtabula, Ohio.

L. W. F. Mark

Ca. 1859          20 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                 ND                     Address and Location Unknown.

L. W. F. Mark was recorded from a facsimile of a broadside. From (Jim Foster’s Classy Camera, Urbana, IL.) with notes. Ca. 1859.

Photographs!  Ambrotypes.  L. W. Mark, Late of Boston, has now the pleasure of informing the inhabitants of this town and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at

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for a few days only, for the purpose of taking Photographs, Ambrotypes & Lettertypes.  With superior German Instruments, and the best Stock, he is prepared to take Group or single Miniatures at the lowest prices, and trusts he can please even the most fastidious.

At this Establishment, all are allowed to sit and make changes until satisfied with a likeness.

The supply of Plain and Fancy Cases, Frames, and Life-like Likenesses, and the terms at which they are furnished, he trusts will be an inducement to call and see specimens, if not to patronize.

Copying and all that pertains to the art done at short notice.—Pictures of Deceased Persons taken at their residences; Views, &c.

Parents wishing Miniatures of their Children, will please come in the fore part of the day, as the light is stronger and better.  Come One, Come All, Give the Lame Man a Call!  L. W. F. Mark.

“Twenty-two original broadsides were found with much of the photographers camera equipment.  He was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire.  In the 1850’s he worked as an apprentice at a Boston Daguerreian Gallery located at 20 Washington Street.  In a letter to his mother dated 1859 he wrote I live in a gentleman’s hotel and looking around at all the potential Customers…he purchased two of Roberts, Box-in-a-Box Daguerrian cameras one ¼ plate and one ½ plate, plate holders, tripod, and other materials for wet-plate photography.  He returned to Keene, New Hampshire and became town clerk.

L. W. F. Mark is not recorded in other photographic directories.