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Mr. Long

1840                Hall of The Augusta House, Augusta, Maine.

Mr. Long was recorded in one announcement that appeared on June 13, 1840 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine).  The Daguerreotype.  Mr. Long, a competent lecturer, is in this place, and delivered a lecture and gave an exhibition on the Daguerreotype art at the Hall of the Augusta House on Monday last.  In consequence of a misunderstanding amongst our citizens, the day not being supposed to be sufficiently pleasant for the exhibition, the attendance was small.  He proposes to repeat the lecture and exhibition at the same place, this (Saturday) P. M. at 2 o’clock.  Tickets 25 cents each.  Those who were present on Monday are invited to be present again at that time gratuitously.

We have had some conversation with Mr. Long and are satisfied that his lecture must be highly interesting and valuable, as exhibiting many important facts in natural Philosophy.  The pictures taken are to the very life.  Nothing can be so perfect.  Even images impressed upon the plate, which are, in the distance, to small to be minutely examined by the naked eye, will, by an application of the microscope, be enlarged and then every minute feature of the original will be distinctly seen .  Nearer objects, of course, appear perfect.  The exhibition is worthy of patronage.

Mr. Long (first name is unknown) is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Maine.

Joseph S. Lamson

1846                State Street Chapel, (Old Court House), Augusta, Maine.

1847                Rooms over T. C. Noble’s Store, Augusta, Maine.

Joseph S. Lamson was recorded in five advertisements and four announcements.  The first advertisement ran from March 5 to April 2, 1846 in the Main Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  J. S. Lamson’s Daguerreotype and Miniature Rooms In State St. Chapel, Opposite Mansion House, Where he will remain for a short time, and take Daguerreotype Pictures in the most perfect style that the art can produce, at all times of the day—either single or in groups—plain or colored—without regard to the weather, by calling as above.

Mr. L. will take likenesses of sick people at their residences, if desired, by leaving their address at his rooms.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

 Price of Miniatures, including Case, from $2 to $5.00  Joseph S. Lamson.  Augusta.

The first announcement appeared on March 12, 1846 in the Maine Farmer.  Lamson’s Daguerreotype Rooms.—Those who wish to have an exact fac simile of themselves taken, or wish to examine the interesting process of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, would do well to visit Mr. Lamson at his rooms in the old Court House, opposite the Mansion House, State Street.

Mr. Lamson is a young but skillful artist, and intends making a permanent stand among us.—Our friends will find specimens of this art at the rooms, and many old familiar faces can be seen there, looking as natural as life.

We commend Mr. L. to your patronage.—He will take you “solitary and alone,” or group you in with your family, or some other good company.

The second announcement appeared on March 14, 1846 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Our townsman, Mr. J. S. Lamson, has taken rooms in the State st. Chapel, for the purpose of supplying our people with Daguerreotype likenesses.  We have examined numerous specimens of his work, and think them the most perfect “counterfeit presentments” of the human “face divine” we have ever seen.  The rigid ghastliness that formerly characterized this kind of pictures is now entirely obviated by an improved process, and a most lifelike miniature is produced, marvelous (sp.) alike for its naturalness and faithfulness to the originals.

The second advertisement ran ten times between March 14 to August 22, 1846 in the Gospel Banner.  J. S. Lamson’s Daguerreotype and Miniature Rooms In State St. Chapel, Opposite Mansion House, Where he will remain for a short time, and take Daguerreotype Pictures in the most perfect style that the art can produce, at all times of the day—either single or in groups—plain or colored—without regard to the weather, by calling as above.

Mr. L. will take likenesses of sick people at their residences, if desired, by leaving their addresses at his rooms.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Prices of miniatures, including cases, from $2 to $5.  Augusta, March 4, 1846.

The third announcement appeared on April 25, 1846 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotyping.  Mr. J. S. Lamson of this town is now on a flying professional visit to Waterville.  We commend him to the notice of our friends there as the best and most successful Daguerreotypist we have ever known.

The third advertisement was recorded on May 28, 1846. In the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The subscriber has taken Rooms (in State Street Chapel, opposite the Mansion House,) formerly occupied by Mr. Cannon, and is prepared to take Daguerreotype Miniatures in the most perfect style that the Art can produce, at all times of the day—either single or in groups—plain or colored—without regard to the weather.  He will take likenesses of sick people at their residences, if desired.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Price of Miniatures, including Case, from $2 to $5.00  Joseph S. Lamson.  Augusta, March 5, 1846.

The fourth announcement appeared on July 16, 1846 in the Maine Farmer.  On His Legs Again. Our friend and townsman, J. S. Lamson, we are happy to state, is on his legs again.—i. e. so far recovered from his late illness as to be able to resume operations at his Daguerreotype Rooms, in the basement story of the Baptist Church, opposite the Mansion House.  Mr. Lamson, as everybody knows in these parts, is a very successful artist.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 14 to July 30, 1847 in The Age. Daguerreotype–Removal. J. S. Lamson has removed to the room over the store of T. C. Noble.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 20 to July 8, 1847 in the Maine Farmer.  Daguerreotype—Removal.  J. S. Lamson has removed to the room over the store of T. C. Noble.

Joseph S. Lamson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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…

Jonas G. Holcolmb

1848-1850       Rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop, Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1853-1854       Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1855-1856       Rooms over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store, Augusta, Maine.

Jonas G. Holcolmb was recorded in seven advertisements and three announcements in three different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from April 6 to 20, 1848 in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the bookstore of D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either Single or in Groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The first announcement appeared on April 8, 1848 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine).  Our Friend J. G. Holcomb, as may be seen by his advertisement in another column, has opened a Daguerrian establishment in this town.  We commend him to the patronage of the people as being every way qualified to give satisfaction in his profession.

The second advertisement ran from April 8, 1848 to February 17, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the Book store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The third advertisement ran from April 7 to August 8, 1848 in The Age (Augusta, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The subscriber having taken rooms over the Book Store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the art affords.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms—and their patronage is earnestly solicited.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The second announcement appeared on April 21, 1848 in The Age.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Mr. J. G. Holcomb, who has taken rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, exhibits specimens of his work which are rich as any we have seen.  We hope that our citizens will not fail to patronize him liberally.

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1848 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotyping.  Our neighbor Holcolmb, whose room is over Stanwood’s bookstore in Market square, produces some of the most perfect specimens of this ingenious art that we have ever seen.  We believe he is uniformly successful in getting good likenesses, without the annoyance and fatigue of frequent sittings, while in delicacy of shading, depth and richness of tone, and the easy, unconstrained naturalness that characterizes them, he is almost unrivalled.  Give him a call.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Masonic.  The following are elected officers of Bethlehem Lodge for the ensuing year:—R. W. William A Drew, Master; W. E. Wills, S. W.; W. J. G. Holcomb, J. W.;…

The fifth announcement appeared on October 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  These are nature’s paintings, and of course are perfect.  Daguerre’s Art is one of the greatest discoveries of this wonderful age.  Of course, now, all persons will have their likenesses, and those of their friends, taken.  We were in Chase’s and North’s rooms in Boston a fortnight ago, and saw what are said to be the best specimens in the city—and they were truly life-like, but not more so than some we have seen executed in Augusta.  The sun paints as faithfully on the Kennebec as in the City of Notions.  If you doubt it, just call in at A. J. Pierce’s Gallery on Water-st., and see how an ingenious man can help Nature do her work most beautifully.  Or, if more convenient, visit, our friend Holcomb’s Room on Market Square, and you will find there a man and his work worthy of your attention and patronage.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 16 to April 27, 1850 in the Gospel Banner.  Jonas G. Holcolmb, Daguerrean Artist, Rooms over D. C. Stanwood’s Bookstore, No. 8 Market Square, Having recently made very great improvements in this wonderful art, is now prepared to execute likenesses of Persons, copies of Portraits, Engravings, &c. for Frames, Cases and Lockets in the most durable manner, and in a style which cannot fall to please.  All pictures taken at the above rooms warranted not to fade.  Prices reduced.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to examine specimens at the rooms.

The fifth advertisement ran from October 24 to November 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer.  Jonas G. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Executes Likenesses of Persons—Copies from Paintings and Engravings in superior style and life like appearance; either I cloudy or fair weather.  All work warranted to give satisfaction when delivered—and not to fade.  Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop,. Water street, Augusta.

The sixth advertisement appeared on January 21, 1854 in The Age.  Crystalotypes.  Mr. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Has the pleasure of informing his friends and customers that he has made arrangements whereby he is enabled to supply Crystalotype Likenesses (or Daguerreotypes on Paper,) of all sizes, from miniatures to life, in a style of workmanship of the highest order.

Persons desirous of obtaining likenesses in this form can be accommodated by calling upon Mr. H. at his Rooms on Water street, where specimens of the beautiful art of Crystalotyping are exhibited.

Prices of Crystalotypes from $3 to $25.  Duplicates from $1 and upwards, according to size.  Augusta, Nov. 9, 1853.

The seventh advertisement was recorded on January 3 to 31 & May 1, 1856 in The Age. 

Daguerreotype Notice.  Mr. J. H. Holcomb. Of Augusta, Has removed to the new and elegant Rooms. (over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store,) recently fitted up expressly for the Daguerreotype Business, with all the modern improvements; and is now ready to furnish customers with various styles of Pictures, executed in a skillful manner, and equal to work done by the best Artists in the United States.  September 16, 1855. 

Jonas G. Holcolmb is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without business addresses.   

William Hastings

1846                Rooms over the Office of Register od Deeds, Augusta, Maine.

William Hastings was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 21 to June 4, 1846 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Wm. Hastings has removed his Daguerreotype Apparatus to the room over the Office of the Register of Deeds, near the Mansion House, where he will take Miniature Likenesses in any weather, and during the most of the day.  He makes use of a good and approved instrument, and believes he can give good satisfaction to all who may please to call upon him.

Specimens may be seen at the room. 

William Hastings is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. C. Hall

1849                Water Street, Over D. Alden & Co’s Hat and Cap Store, Augusta, Maine.

E. C. Hall was recorded in one advertisement that ran from May 31 to December 26, 1849 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Rooms, Over D. Alden & Co’s Hat and Cap Store, Water Street, Augusta, Maine.  The subscribers would respectfully inform the people of Augusta and vicinity, that they have had long experience in their business, and have within the last six months made a simple discovery and decided improvements, which is highly pleasing to the operator and subject.  By this new beautifier and accelerating chemical agent, with our top-light and large apparatus, miniatures will be executed in the surprising short space of from 3 to 15 seconds, bearing any tone, from deep, rich shade, to the freshness of life.  Those having poor and spotted Daguerreotypes, taken by the old process, can exchange them for finished ones, (warranted not to change,) for the very low price of $1.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and judge for themselves.  Rooms open from 7 A. M. to 6 P. M.

Instruction given in the Art, with all the late improvements.  Apparatus of all kinds for sale, and stock of the best quality.  E. C. Hall & Co.

E. C. Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Francis Hacker

1850                Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over Granite Hall, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Room nearly opposite the Winthrop House, Winthrop, Maine.

1852-1853       21 Angell Street, rear, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

1852                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.[2]

1853                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

ND                  Provincetown, Massachusetts.[3]

ND                  Yarmouth, Massachusetts.3

ND                  South Dennis, Massachusetts.3

ND                  West Harwich, Massachusetts.3

ND                  Chatham, Massachusetts.3

1855                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

1855                Brewster, Massachusetts.3

1855                Dennis, Massachusetts.3

Francis Hacker was recorded in two articles, two advertisements, and five broadsides.  The first article  appeared on March 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Destructive Fire in Augusta.  The most serious fire that has occurred in this place for several years, broke out about half past nine o’clock, on Saturday evening last, in the tailor’s shop of James Dealy, on Water street four doors south of North’s Block, and nearly opposite the Stanley House…

…Six buildings were entirely consumed; one was torn down, and three others were very much injured.  The loss, as near as we can ascertain is as follows…

…The next building was considerably injured, and the stock of goods it contained was removed.  It was own by D. Alden, who had an insurance of $600 upon it, and was occupied as a hat store by Jona. Peirce, who had an insurance of $1,500.  On the second floor was a daguerreotype room occupied by F. Hacker.  His stock was removed and damaged some—not insured…

The first advertisement ran from July 20 to August 3, 1850.  Great Excitement!  The Patent Magic Background.  The discovery of which is due to C. J. Anthony, of Pa.  By this process the most beautiful effects are produced, and the pictures set forth in bold relief on a background of every variety of shade and light.

F. Hacker is happy to inform his friends and the public that he has recently made extensive alterations and improvements at his Rooms, over Granite Hall, and has fitted them up expressly for his business.  He has secured the right to use the Magic Back Ground.  With this improvement, and the late improvements in chemicals, he flatters himself that he can take pictures, of any size, shade, or shape, equal, if not superior to any offered to the public.  He invites his friends and the public to call and examine specimens.

Rare Chance for Daguerreotype Artists.  Stock of every description, including French and American plates, Frames, Cases, Fancy Cases, Lockets, polishing materials, &c. 

Chemicals.  Quick Silver, Iodine, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, Chloride of Gold, and every article used in the business. 

Constantly receiving Stock of all descriptions, and of the latest patterns, all of which will be sold at Boston and New York prices.

All orders by Stage or otherwise, attended to with promptness and dispatch.  F. Hacker’s Daguerrian Gallery, (over J. Pierce’s Hat Store,)  Granite Hall, nearly opposite the Stanley House.

The second advertisement ran from September 12 to 26, 1850.  Miniatures.  Daguerreotype Pictures for the Million.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Winthrop and vicinity that he has taken the Rooms recently occupied by Mr. Stanley, nearly Opposite The House, Where he is prepared to execute Daguerreotype Pictures in as good style as they can be taken by any Artist in the state of Maine.  He has procured all the latest improvements in the Art, such as the “Patent Magic Back-ground,” and the “Electro Magnetic Buff,” by means of which children and weak-eyed persons can be taken in one-fourth the time required by the old process, and in a much superior manner.  Pictures Warranted in any weather, and he will color them in a superior style if desired.  He will also Set them in Lockets, Pins, Rings ad Cases.  He invites all persons to call and examine his specimens, and he flatters himself that they will find them superior to any that have ever before been offered for their inspection.  Rooms open from 7 A. M. till 6 P. M.  Miniatures taken as cheap as at any other Establishment.  F. Hacker.

The second article entitled Providence Photographer in the 1860s by Maureen Taylor.

Maureen states that he was born in Vassalborough, Maine in 1827. And began his career in Augusta, Maine approximately in 1850.  In 1852 he was in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1852, 1853 and 1855 he operated a studio in Martha’s Vineyard over the store of Frederick Baylies, Main Street, Edgartown, [Massachusetts].   Between 1857-1862 he may have had studios in Michigan and Superior, Wisconsin.  In 1863 he is back in Providence, Rhode Island…

Five broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s collection.  He was active in Provincetown, Yarmouth, South Dennis, West Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, and Sandwich, Massachusetts.   

N.D. [After 1852]  F. Hacker, would inform his friends and the public of Provincetown, that he has again returned, and having secured a Room over Enoch Nickerson’s (formerly occupied by Alstram & Holmes’) Store. He has had it fitted up with a large sky-light expressly for his business, and having had from five to six years experience and constant practice with some of the best operators in the N. E. States, he deems it no arrogance to assert, that pictures taken by him, for distinctness of outline, depth and purity of tone, clearness of the eyes and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerre, contrasts favorably with those hard and flat pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon an unsuspecting public.

N.D.  [After 1852]  Rare Chance to Get Good Pictures, F. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer to accomodate those who are desirous of obtaining a good Daguerreotype.

He deems it unnecessary to call the attention of the public to the many recommendations which he has received from different Artist, but would rather invite them to an examination of his work which is the best guarantee of the superiority of his Pictures.

P. S.  Remember that he closes his Saloon at South Yarmouth September 29th, and will move to South Dennis, Monday October 1st.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on Hand.

P. S.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets, and Stereoscopic Cases

N.D.  [After 1852] A Good Chance To Get Pictures Taken equally as well as those taken by the best artist in the city.  F. Hacker, The unrivalled Daguerrean Artist, is in town, and will remain One Week to accommode those who are in want of a good Picture.

Having had from five to six years experience and constant practice in some of the best rooms in the principal cities in the New England States, and that with a constant desire to please, will enable him to take portraits, far superior to any ever before offered to the people of the Cape.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his work.

P. S.—Please call and compare his Daguerreotypes with those taken by other operators.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

N. B.—A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

His Saloon is located near Uncle Peter Baker’s Hotel, South Dennis.  Remember he moves to West Harwich, Monday October 8th.

N.D.  [After 1852] Last Chance F. Hacker Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, to accommodate those who are in want of pictures, taken by him.

He feels confident that a close examination of his pictures will satisfy the most incredulous, of the superiority of his work.  Call soon, as he positively leaves for Chatham, Monday, 29th.

P. S.—Saloon open from 8, A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets and Stereoscopic Cases.

N. B.—His Saloon is located opposite the new hall.

1855 April 14.  Hacker’s Saloon Will remain in town until the 30th, when he will move to Dennis.  Those in want of Pictures by him should call soon.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of stereoscopic Fancy cases and Gold Lockets, on hand.

The Painters of old, as we all of us know,

When Portraits they took worked uncommonly slow,

And long ere they’d finished the picture required,

The unfortunate Sitters were angry or tired.

Even when they had finished the figure and face,

There often was wanting expression or grace;

So that friends said—”the Picture does not at all strike,

And there’s something about it that’s not very like.”

Now we know of a Painter,—his name is Sun,

Who but asks you to sit and your Likenesses is done!

So correct are his Portraits, that nought can surpass

Their fidelity, not e’en your dressing room glass!

And where does he take off these Likenesses rare?

You’ll see if to Hacker’s Saloon you repair,

Where quickly, at prices exceedingly low,

You Pictures may get of a belle or a beau.

Have your father or mother, child, sister or wife,

Whose features you’d see when no longer in life?

Go to Hacker’s Saloon, where, though others have tried

In vain, you’ll without the least doubt be supplied.

Be it cloudy or clear, morning, evening and noon,

F. Hacker you’ll find in his splendid Saloon.

Brewster, April 14, 1855.

Francis Hacker is recorded in Craig’s Daguerrian Registry as being active in 1852-1853.  Maureen Taylor’s article verified that he was active in Augusta Maine in 1850.  Still more work is needed, the activity dates in Edgartown, Massachusetts might be during the summers only or was it a permanent location?  Since I don’t have access to the Vineyard Gazette, I can only go on the citation date used in the article, 1852 June 4; 1853 June 10 and 1855 July 20.  The same is true for the broadsides more work is needed…  


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Maureen Taylor in an online article entitled Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s.

[3] Broadside from Harvey Zucker’s collection

Starbird & Dodge

1859                Address Unknown, Augusta, Maine.

Starbird & Dodge (Charles H. Starbird) was recorded in one announcement in Oxford Democrat (Paris, Maine) on  September 30, 1859.  Maine State Fair…There is a fair display of plain and colored Photographs exhibiting great perfection in this wonderful art.  Photographs are destined ere long to supersede portraits painted in oil, not only because they can be taken in greater perfection but because they cost so much less.

Burnham Brothers of Portland…

Silsbee, Case & Co., of Boston…

Starbird and Dodge of Augusta occupy the next space and have a fair collection.  Their portraits of the Augusta Clergymen were very fine.

S. W. Sawyer, of Winthrop…

[Simon] Wing of Warterville.

Starbird & Dodge are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Augusta, Maine in 1860.