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William Lawrence

1850                Rooms at the Athens Hotel, Athens, Tennessee.                                          1851                Room at G. W. Mayo’s Hotel, Athens, Tennessee.

William Lawrence was recorded in two advertisements in The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee).  The first advertisement ran from April 12 to June 7, 1850.                                                              Daguerreotypes.                                                                                                                                  “Surprising art!  by which we lend                                                                                                                Our countenance to an absent friend                                                                                                                Or leave a token for the bower,                                                                                                                    here love laments the parting hour.”

Wm. Lawrence, a daguerrean Artist of long experience and much practice, respectfully informs the citizens of Athens and vicinity, that he has opened a room at the Athens Hotel, where he is prepared to take Miniature Likenesses by Daguerrean process, at prices so reduced as to bring it within the means of every individual to avail himself of the privilege of obtaining a memento so desirable, to bestow upon a loved one.  He respectfully solicits the patronage of Athens and McMinn counties.

Mr. L. could give many flattering notices of his skill, but he deems it unnecessary, as he wishes his work to recommend him.  Instruction given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on liberal terms.  April 5, 1850.

The second advertisement ran from September 26 to October 10, 1851.  Daguerreotypes, The undersigned flatters himself that his prolonged experience will enable him to give entire satisfaction to those who desire Likenesses by this charming process.—Room at G. W. Mayo’s Hotel, where he will be pleased to renew his acquaintance with his old friends, and make as many new ones as may be disposed to give him a call.  Miniatures taken without regard to weather, and neatly set in a Morocco cases, Lockets, Breast-pins, & c.  W. Lawrence.

William Lawrence is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Athens, Tennessee, (McMinn County).  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William Lawrence in Blount County, Tennessee in 1850.  It’s unknown if they are the same person.

W. T. Harris

1853                Rooms in the building on the North side of the Public Square, Athens,                                              Tennessee.

W. T. Harris was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 19 to September 2, 1853.

In The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee).  Daguerrean Gallery, W. T. Harris Respectfully announces to the citizens and public generally, that he has taken rooms in the building on the North side of the Public Square, between the Stores of McEwen & Gillespie and Geo. W. Ross & Co., for a few days only.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they wish to “Secure the shadow Ere its substance fade,” or not.   Aug. 12, ’53.

W. T. Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

T. A. Gray

N.D.                  6 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                                            N. D.                187 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1859                Rooms over Mr. Cleage’s Store, Athens, Tennessee.

T. A. Gray was recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 9 to 16, 1859 in The Athens Post (Athens, Tennessee). Ambrotypes and Photographs! T. A. Gray, Late Principal Operator of M. B. Brady’s Gallery, New York, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Athens and vicinity, his arrival, for the purpose of furnishing to all who may wish them, a life-like Picture of themselves or friends.  Twelve years experience in the business, and a constant residence in large cities, has enabled him to keep pace with all the improvements in the art, and can guarantee a good, durable Likeness to every one, or no charge.  His stock of cases is large and well selected, affording a great variety.

As an inducement, I will present all those who may buy fine cases a Gift Of Jewelry, worth from one to ten dollars.  Please call at my Rooms, over Mr. Cleage’s Store, and examine specimens.

T. A. Gray is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being an operator Ca. 1857 for Dobyns and Harrington in New Orleans, Louisiana. But not as an operator for Brady in New York or as being active in Athens, Tennessee.