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L. M. Rice

1853                On the Common, Barre, Massachusetts.

L. M. Rice was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  The first announcement appeared on September 2, 1853.  Rices Sky-Light Daguerreotypes.  The American Miniature Palace will be in Barre about the 20th of September, and will remain a few days—during which time will be executed, in its neatly and well arranged rooms, work that shall defy competition, from any source whatever.  L. M. Rice. August 26, 1853.

The second announcement appeared on September 23, 1853.  Arrival Of The American Miniature Palace In Barre.  This splendid Daguerreotype establishment is now located on the Common, in this village, and the proprietor cordially invites the citizens of Barre and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art whether they are desirous of procuring Daguerreotypes or not.

Ever prompted by a strong desire to give perfect satisfaction to all and a steady determination to excel as an artist.  Mr. Rice has had for the last eight years the most flattering success fully assuring him his efforts have not been in vain.

Prices as cheap as at any other establishment, quality of the work considered.  L. M. Rice.

The advertisement appeared on November 4, 1853.  Pictures at Home Only Two Weeks Longer!!!  Do you wish to procure a first class Daguerreotype, without the trouble and expense of going to Worcester or Boston to obtain it—one quite as good as those taken at either place?  If so, please call at the American Miniature Palace, in Barre, where you will find an Artist that can suit you, if a good picture will do it.  L. M. Rice.  Barre, Oct. 21, 1853

L. M. Rice  is not recorded in other photographic directories as being acting in 1853 in Barre, Massachusetts.  An L. M. Rice is recorded in A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 as being active in Brookfield, Massachusetts, ca. 1864-66,  Information from the reverse of a carte de visite of O. P. Townsend’s “Successor to L. M. Rice.  with a green three cent  U. S. Inter. Revenue Proprietary tax stamp.  Another carte de visite does exist with the same information without a tax stamp.  The only hard date for Townsend is from The New England Business Directory for 1860.  The distance between Barre and Brookfield is a about sixteen miles.  It is possible they are the same person.

Mason & Sibley

1852                Daguerreian Saloon is stationed on the Common, Barre, Massachusetts.

Mason & Sibley (J. L. Mason & C. Sibley) was recorded in an advertisement that appeared on July 30, 1852 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Mason & Sibley Are Now In Town, with their, Mammoth Traveling Daguerreian Saloon.  The largest Ever Built, and on the principle of the Best City Rooms, with one Large Sky, and 2 Large Side Lights, which can be so arranged as to produce any kind of shade desirable.

We would invite the citizens of Barre, and vicinity, to give us a call, whether they wish to sit for a picture or not.  Pictures put up of every size and style.

Pictures of the Sick or Deceased, taken at their Residence at all times, by giving short notice.  We keep posted up in all the Improvements of the Art from Europe and this Country, Let The Cost Be What It May.  Cloudy weather preferable, except for Children. Any one wishing to learn the Art, are requested to call at the National, and make inquiries.  Stock and Apparatus furnished to Pupils at the Wholesale Prices.  The Daguerreian Saloon is stationed on the Common.  J. L. Mason, C. Sibley, Proprietors and Artists. Barre, July 16, 1852.

Mason & Sibley are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Huntington

1841                Rooms at Wheelock’s, Barre, Massachusetts.

Mr. Huntington was recorded in an announcement on July 30, 1841 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype.  Mr. Huntington, who has taken rooms for a few days at Wheelock’s takes miniatures by this wonderful art, in the best style.  We sat a minute and a quarter before the magic box the other day, when he caught us nice as a pin.  The likeness is so perfect as to be universally pronounced that of a remarkably handsome youth—albeit, we would not vouch for its effect on children who might see it.  There is no mistake about the gentleman or his apparatus, and those who wish for their perfect likenesses would do well to give him a call.  N. B. Those so plain that their portraits need flattery, had better not attend, as the apparatus cannot be adapted to such an end.

Mr. Huntington is not recorded A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 or  in other photographic directories.

A. Fletcher

1846                Town House, Barre, Massachusetts.                                                                          1848                Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts[1]

A. Fletcher is recorded in an announcement on August 14,1846 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype. Secure the shadow, ere the substance fade, Let nature copy that which nature made.  A. Fletcher, Daguerreotypist, Has taken rooms for a short time at the Town House, where he is prepared to execute Photographic or Daguerreotype Miniatures, in neat and elegant style, with or without coloring as may suit the taste of purchasers and with all the latest improvements.  Terms moderate.  Please call and examine.  Hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

A. Fletcher is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 in Barre or Springfield, Massachusetts, nor is he listed in other photographic directories in Barre, Massachusetts. He is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Springfield, Massachusetts.

[1] information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

H. F. Brooks

1856                Rooms over Store of E. B. Shattuck & Co, Barre, Massachusetts          1857                Upper Rooms in the Brick Block, Barre, Massachusetts.

H. F. Brooks is mentioned in six advertisements in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts.) The first appeared on July 4, 1856. Daguerreotypes!  H. F. Brooks, May be at the rooms heretofore occupied by Mr. Tapley, where he is prepared to furnish people with good Daguerreotypes, and at fair prices.  A complete assortment of Cases and Lockets can be found from which customers can make selections to please their various tastes.  Barre, June 6, 1856.

It is unknown if Mr. Tapley is a daguerreotypist or not.  John Craig list in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry a Charles E. Tapley in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1857-1860 it is unknown if they are the same person.

The second and third advertisements appeared on December 19, 1856 and January 16, 1857.  And announces that Fred Ruggles has taken over the rooms formerly occupied by H. F. Brooks.

The fourth and fifth advertisement are for Brooks & Ruggles which appeared on March 13 and May 1, 1857 which were posted yesterday.

The sixth advertisement ran on September 11, 1857.  Barre Annual Cattle Show and Fair!  Persons visiting Barre during the Fair will find H. F. Brooks Ambrotype Rooms, lust the place to pass an hour or two, where he will be happy to wait upon his friends and take his or her Ambrotype, with that correctness which characterizes the city artist.  Give him a call in Brick Block.  N.B. Remember the place H. F. Brooks.

H. F. Brooks was not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.

Brooks & Ruggles

1857                Brick Block, Barre, Massachusetts.

Brooks & Ruggles were recorded in two advertisements in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts) the first on March 13, 1857.  Picture Emporium.  We the undersigned, having leased and fitted up the Upper Rooms in the Brick Block, with all the modern improvements in artistical works, together with a large and splendid Sky-Light, by which light we are enabled to take a picture of from one to twelve persons upon a single plate, are now prepared to furnish all persons wishing for a likeness of themselves or friends, with one, that cannot be surpassed by any other artists.  Brooks & Ruggles.  H. F. Brooks, F. Ruggles

The second advertisement appeared on May 1, 1857.  “I Still Live.”  So said the immortal Webster.  We still live, so say the subscribers, and if the public have any doubt in regard to it, they can be convinced of the fact by calling into our Picture Gallery, at any day, we are ready and waiting to give a cordial welcome to all who may favor us with a call.  Price of Pictures varying from 25 cts. to $10,00.  Rooms in Brick Block.  Brooks & Ruggles.  H. F. Brooks, F. Ruggles, Barre

Brooks & Ruggles were not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.