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Mr. Spencer

1858                Main Street, Clarksburg, Virginia.

Mr. Spencer was recorded in one announcement on January 8, 1858 in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register(Clarksburg, Virginia).  Open Again.—Mr. J. H. Murphy has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, for the accommodation of all who may desire to obtain these elegant and durable pictures.  He has secured the services of Mr. Spencer, an experienced artist, who takes off “the human face divine” in the highest style of the art.  Call soon, for this will be the last chance.

Mr. Spencer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles M. Speelman

1859                Rooms over the Chronicle Office, Penn-Yan, New York.

Charles M. Speelman was recorded in three announcements and three advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on March 9, 1859 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York.   

Photographs, Daguerreotypes, &c.  Mr. T. J. B. House has disposed of his Photograph and Daguerrean Gallery to Mr. C. M. Speelman, who is to take possession on Monday next.  While we regret to part with Mr. House, we are well pleased to know that his successor is fully qualified to fill his place.  Mr. Speelman is an excellent artist and a through gentleman.  He has had much experience in taking pictures, and we are quite sure Mr. House’s patrons will lose nothing by the change, should they wish anything in the line of Photographs, Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  We predict for our young friend Speelman abundant success.

The second announcement appeared on March 10, 1859 in the Yates County Chronicle (Penn Yan, New York).  Mr. T. J. B. House has sold his Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery together with his entire business, to Mr. Charles M. Speelman of Torrey.  Mr. House is an excellent artist, and a very worthy man.  He has made best of friends during his stay of two years in Penn Yan who will regret his departure.  The young man who takes his place is said to be a skillful artists and worthy successor to Mr. House.

The first advertisement ran from March 30 to August 17, 1859 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, &c., Penn Yan, N. Y.  Charles M. Speelman Having purchased the Rooms of T. J. B. House, over the Chronicle office, will carry on the business in all its branches.

Photographs Taken Any Size.  He hopes, by strict attention to business, to retain the public patronage that has ever been given to these rooms.

None But The Best Kind of Pictures taken at this Gallery.  His Instruments are of the best manufacture.  His stock is of the Latest Style and patterns in the New York Market.

Pictures from 50 Cents Upwards.  Cha’s M. Speelman.

The second advertisement ran from March 24 to May 5, 1859 in the Yates County Chronicle  (Pen Yan, New York).   Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, &c., Penn Yan, N. Y.  Charles M. Speelman Having purchased the Rooms of T. J. B. House, over the Chronicle office, will carry on the business in all its branches.  Photographs taken any size.  This is the only room in Yates County where Photographs are taken.  He hopes, by strict attention to business, to retain the public patronage that has ever been given to these rooms.

None but the Best Kind of Pictures taken at this Gallery.  His instruments are of the best manufacture.  His [stock] is of the latest style and patterns in the New York Market.

Pictures from 50 Cents Upwards.  Cha’s M. Speelman.

The third announcement appeared on May 11, 1859 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).   Pictures.  Mr. Speelman has recently added largely to his stock of plain and fancy Cases, &c., and has reduced his prices for Photographs, Ambrotypes and melainotypes.  He takes excellent pictures, and should be liberally patronized.  See his advertisement in another column.

The third advertisement ran from May 12 to July 14, 1859 in the Yates County Chronicle (Pen Yan, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures.  Photographs, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, At Speelman’s Gallery, (over the Chronicle’s Office.)

Mr. Speelman continues to take the best Pictures in Town.  Photographs, Ambrotypes, and in fact, every kind of Picture of his [Profession.]  A large stock of Plain & Fancy Cases Just Received, and Prices Lower then ever before.  Call and examine them.  Particular attention paid to copying , and all work warranted to give entire satisfaction.

Charles M. Speelman is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in West Dresden New York in 1859 without a business address.  There are several scenarios that I would suggest. First—the distance between Pen Yan and West Dresden is less then six miles, Speelman might have had a gallery in both towns.  Second—he might have had a gallery there before March 9 or after July 14th.  Third—since he was recorded in the residence section of the city directory without an address he probably lived in West Dresden and worked in Pen Yan.  Having done a lot of work with city directories this has always puzzled me why did they not add a business address.  Either they worked in a different town or it is also possible they were employed by someone else, another suggestion is they were semi-retired, or in-between jobs.  

A. Somes

1856                Furman’s Building, State Street, Schenectady, New York.

A. Somes appeared in one announcement in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York) on January 1, 1856. Mr. A. Somes, daguerreotypist, has, by repeated experiments in the new and beautiful art of Ambrotyping, brought it to high perfection.  We recommend to all who desire a perfect and durable likeness, to call on him at his rooms in Furman’s building, State-street.

A. Somes is recorded in other photographic directories as being a daguerreotypist, active in 1857-1858 in Schenectady.

Miss Alice Smith

1857                Address Unknown, Watertown, New York.

Miss Alice Smith was recorded in one announcement in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York) on October 1, 1857.  Jefferson County Agricultural Society.  Premiums Awarded…Pictures…

Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Daguerreotypes, Thos. Waite, Pamelia, book.

Best Specimens Photographs, Hart & Hose, Watertown, Dip. & $1.00.

2d Best Specimens Photographs, G. S. Rugg, Watertown, book.     

Miss Alice Smith, Watertown, recommended, $3.00.

Hart & Hose, Watertown, recommended, $2.00

Those recommend a discretionary premium of $3.00 to No. 207 for best Ambrotypes, also one of $2.00 to No. 65 for 2d best Ambrotypes.

The committee would recommend that, at the next annual exhibition there be one premium for the best ambrotypes and one for the 2d best, and also a premium for the best ambrotype views.  A large portion of the pictures exhibited were of this character, and as they form a very interesting part of the exhibition the committee have recommended premiums to be given, and that greater inducement be offered by the society hereafter for the exhibition of specimens of art.  E. Q. Sewall, T. C. Chittenden, Jr., E. H. Smith, Judges.

Miss. Alice Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Watertown, New York.

L. D. Smith

1858                            Address Unknown, Michigan.

L. D. Smith was recorded in one announcement that appeared on October 21,1858 in The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan.  List Of Premiums Awarded by the Cass County Agricultural Society, at Cassapolis October 8th and 9th, 1858….Class XVI—Painting, Drawing, &C….best case of ambrotypes, L. D. Smith…50.

L. D. Smith is not listed in other photographic directories.

H. A. Smith

1855-1856       Rooms in the Buckeye Hall Buildings, Opposite the Post Office, Fremont, Ohio.

H. A. Smith was recorded in five advertisements in the Fremont Journal (Fremont, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from December 7 to 21, 1855.  Fremont Picture Gallery.  H. A. Smith, Daguerreotypist, Respectfully informs the citizens of Fremont, and vicinity, that he has opened a suit of rooms, in the building known as the “Buckeye Hall Building, nearly, ” opposite Messrs. S. Buckland & Co.’s Drug Store, where intends operating in the Daguerreian and Ambrotype Business.  He has a fine Sky-Light, together with a large Side-Light, fitted in expressly for his own benefit, and under his own directions.  You will find them just suited for the purpose designed.

Pictures taken in Rainy or Cloudy Weather as well as in Clear.  Children’s Pictures taken in Clear Weather in two seconds.  Patrons may rest assured of getting Perfect Miniatures.

His charges will be reasonable.

To the Aged—to those in Middle Life—to the Young—All, now have an opportunity of obtaining “Choice Lights of Remembrance,” to gladden the future, and more especially so, should Death remove the beloved ones from sight.  His services can be had at any time by those wishing to obtain Likenesses of Deceased or Sick persons.

Hours for Children, from 9 A. M., to 2 P. M., Clear weather.  Rooms Adjoining Dr. Parker’s Dental Office, and directly opposite Roberts & Sheldon’s Hardware store.  H. A. Smith.  Fremont, Ohio.

N. B.—Instruction given in Daguerreotyping, Ambrotyping, Pencil Drawing and Oil Painting.  H. A. S.                                                                          

The second advertisement ran from December 28, 1855 to March 28, 1856.  Good News!  Smith, the new Daguerreian, is now taking those fine Ambrotypes, of which, “you read of.”  They are just The thing—they combine durability with beauty, distinctness with softness of tone, and the color of life without the aid of the painter, they can be seen through the glass and are not reversed, like the daguerreotype.

You can see them in any light.  They are free from the polish of the silver plate, and Cannot Be Defaced.  They are impervious to water, air or acid, and will last for Ages Unimpaired.

You are invited to call and look at them, at the New Gallery in Buckeye Hall Building. H. A. Smith.   

The third advertisement appeared on  January 25, 1856.  Only Fifty Cents!!  You can get at the New Gallery opposite the Post Office, Fremont, a good Daguerreotype Likeness, for Fifty Cents! or a fine Ambrotype, one that is beautiful and life-like, and imperishable, for One Dollar.  Call early, as the Artist’s stay in town is limited to a few weeks.  Now is the time to get Good Pictures, and no mistake.  Children’s pictures taken in two seconds.  Copying neatly executed.  Hours for children, from 9 a. m. to 2 p. m., clear weather.  Adults pictures taken in any weather.  All work Warranted good, or no charge.  Oil Paintings, and fine French Engravings, beautifully framed, for sale.  H. A. Smith.

The fourth advertisement appeared on February 22, 1856.  Only Ten Days!  Pictures On Glass For One Dollar!!  Don’t forget the place.  Rooms in “Buckeye Hall Building,” opposite the Post Office, Fremont.  The Rooms will be closed the first of March.  The Artist leaves for Fostoria (or Rome) in a few days.

“First come, first served.  H. A. Smith, Artist.  Fremont, Ohio, February 22d, 1856.

The fifth advertisement appeared on April 18, 1856.  Fremont Picture Gallery.  I. B. Sharp, successor to H. A. Smith, respectfully informs the citizens of Fremont and vicinity, that he is still taking those Ambrotypes in the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Smith.  Pictures taken in Rainy or Cloudy weather as well as Clear.  Children’s Pictures taken in clear weather in two seconds!  Patrons may rest assured of getting perfect miniatures. 

Instructions given in Ambrotyping.  Terms, reasonable.  Rooms in Buckeye Buildings, opposite the Post Office.                                                                                               

H. A. Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. K. Smith

1857                At the Wharf, Pomeroy, Ohio.

1858                Rooms over T. O. Crawford’s Store, Pomeroy, Ohio.

G. K. Smith was recorded in two advertisements in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from August 25 to September 15, 1857. Ambrotypes.  G. K. Smith, Artist, has opened rooms on the “Floating Gallery,” now lying at Pomeroy, where he will remain two weeks, to enable all to get one of his unrivaled miniatures.  These pictures will be found far superior to any ever before taken at this place; they have a life-like tone, combined with a perfect Stereoscope relief that is rarely met with in Photographic Portraiture, and are pronounced by good judges, perfect gems of the Art.

Those in want of a perfect likeness, should improve this opportunity.

Perfect satisfaction guaranteed.

Rooms open from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M.  Hours for children 9 to 11.  August 18th ’57.

The second advertisement appeared on August 31, 1858.  Life-Size Photographs!  Plain, Or Colored, In Oil, Can Be Had At G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Girls.  Who would have a beautiful Likeness of themselves for a “Cousin,” or a friend, Should go to G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Mothers Who would have a life-like Picture of their little loves, should go between the hours of 11 A. M. and 2 P. M., to G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Ladies, Whether old or young, should remember that they can get better and cheaper pictures than has ever before been made in Pomeroy, at G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Young Men Who would be remembered in the days of their youth, should get a dozen Photographs to distribute among their friends.  They are the most durable and cheapest picture ever made.  They are only three dollars per dozen at G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Parents Should secure one of those imperishable Photographs, colored in oil, to leave to perpetuate their memory among their descendants, long years hence, when but for the Portrait that hangs on the wall, their once-familiar faces should have faded from the mind of their children and be forgotten.  You who have lost your parents and have no likeness left to remember them by, think what a treasure a perfect Likeness would be to you now, and get one while you may, at G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

Old Daguerreotypes.  Those who have old Daguerreotypes, half faded away, of some dear friend, now gone, can have a beautiful colored Photograph made from them, at G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store.

The Public Are respectfully invited, whether wanting pictures or not, to satisfy themselves that the above is not gas or humbug, by calling and examining specimens of work at G. K. Smith’s Gallery, Over T. O. Crawford’s Store. 

G. K. Smith is not listed in other photographic directories.

A. F. Smith

1858-1859       Baltimore Street, 2 Doors North of the Post Office, Cumberland, Maryland.

A. F. Smith was recorded in three advertisement  in the Civilian & Telegraph (Cumberland, Maryland).  The first advertisement ran from April 28 to December 22, 1858.  Smith’s Art Union!  Very Great Attraction!  The Well Known & Celebrated Ambrotype & Photograph Artist.  A. F. Smith would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the city of Cumberland and the surrounding country, that he has established himself permanently in this city, and is prepared to execute work in every style of the art, and in all kinds of weather, On Moderate Terms,

Satisfaction given or no charge.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Surpassing art, by which we lend,

Our countenance to absent friends;

Or leave a token for the bower,

Where love laments the parting hour:

Where childhood, with its winsome faces,

Or lovely woman’s queenly grace;

Or lordly man’s imperial frown.

Are each adroitly penciled down.

Gallery and Reception Rooms, 2 doors North of the Post Office, Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Md.  Full Instruction in the Art on moderate terms.

The second advertisement ran from June 30 to December 29, 1859.  Smith’s Great Southern Sky-Light Gallery 2 doors North of the Post Office, Balto. St., Cumberland, MD.  A. F. Smith would respectfully return his sincere thanks to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the city of Cumberland and surrounding country for their very liberal patronage, and hopes by strict attention to business and his efforts to please, to still merit and receive an equal share of your custom.

I am prepared to execute work in every style of the art on a very accommodating terms.  I am not selling pictures at cost, consequently I can afford to do my work well, in proof of which you only have to call and have one taken in good cases for 25 and 50 cents.

Don’t forget the place—2 doors North of the Post Office, Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Md.

N. B.—I am also selling color Lithographic Views of the Tomb of Washington and Mount Vernon Mansion, in aid of the Ladies Mt. Vernon Association.  Call and examine Specimens. 

The third advertisement ran from October 27 to December 22, 1859.  Pictures!  Pictures!!  A. F. Smith would respectfully announce to the citizens of Cumberland and surrounding country, that he has just received from the east a whole sized Camera, one of the largest that has ever been in this city.  He is now prepared to make full size photographs, Ambrotypes and Hollotypesas well as all of the smaller sizes, on the most reasonable terms.

I make no pretensions of being the cheapest, but I do claim to do my work in the most artistic and workmanlike manner, in proof of which you have only to call and examine specimens.

Operators supplied with pure chemicals of my own manufacture on reasonable terms.  Gallery and Reception Rooms 2 doors North of the Post Office, Balt. St., Cumberland, Md.  Also agent for the Stereoscopic Boxes and Views of all parts of the world.  A. and F. G. copy.

A. F. Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories.         

Mr. Sloan

1857                Rooms on Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Mr. Sloan was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The South-Western  (Shreveport, Louisiana).  The announcement appeared on June 10, 1857.  Melainotypes.—Mr. Sloan, an experienced artist, has opened on Texas street, a gallery, where he is prepared to that Melainotype and Ambrotype pictures in a superior manner.  Being fully conversant will all the latest improvements in the photographic art, he is able to produce superior pictures.

The advertisement ran from June 10 to 17, 1857.  Melainotypes and Ambrotypes.  The subscriber begs respectfully to announce that he has taken rooms on Texas street—No. 1, up stairs—for the purpose of taking these beautiful Pictures, which have been pronounced by artists and connoisseurs to be the newest, latest and greatest improvement in Photography.  The Melainotype possesses several advantages over any other style of picture, among which will name a few, viz: they will receive a fall without fracture; a bend without injury; may be washed off when soiled; be handled without the face being marred; they are susceptible of high and beautiful coloring; which for richness of tone, completeness of design, and boldness of feature, cannot be surpassed by any other style of picture, and can be cut in breastpins, lockets, etc., like a daguerreotype; and for durability, there is no question of their superiority.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and view my specimens, whether they want pictures or not.

All pictures warranted to give satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  Sloan.

Mr. Sloan is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Shreveport, Louisiana.

F. M. Slater

1858                Sixth Street, Near Chestnut, Evansville, Indiana.

F. M. Slater was recorded in three announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on February 25, 1858.  We learn that the Ambrotype Car of F. M. Slater on Sixth street near Chestnut is crowded daily with visitors.  We also hear that Mr. Slater is making pictures 25 percent lower than any artist in town.

The second announcement appeared on March 3, 1858.  Ambrotypes for 50 cents at Slater’s Car on Sixth street near Chestnut.

The third announcement appeared on April 29, 1858.  A great Battle with the Mormons.  On the 26th of this month Slater’s Ambrotype Car will be moved to the upper part of the city.  Those who wish to get pictures while the car is still on Sixth street, will please call soon.  Pictures for fifty cents.

F. M. Slater is not recorded in other photographic directories.