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James C. Spencer

1845                Rooms over A. L. & G. N. Webb’s Store, Plattsburgh, New York.

James C. Spencer of the firm Barstow & Spencer was recorded in two advertisements that appeared in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on March 15, 1845.  Colored Photographs.  “First Come First Served.”  Barstow & Spencer Will remain in Plattsburgh for a short time only, taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, at the rooms hereto fore occupied by Geo. F. Barstow where they will be happy to attend to as many more as may choose to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, for a trifle, beautifully accurate likenesses of themselves or friends. 

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of their work.  Geo. F. Barstow. Jas. C. Spencer.  March 11.

The second advertisement appeared on May 10, 1845.  Plumbe’s Premium Colored Daguerreotypes.  Barstow and Spencer would inform the public that they will remain at their rooms one week longer, and that they have just returned from Plumbe’s National Miniature Gallery, New York, with the latest improvements in the Photographic Art; they are certain of giving their customers complete satisfaction by furnishing them with Pictures which for beauty and accuracy of delineation cannot be surpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the late specimens of their work.

Daguerreotype Apparatus and Stock of a superior quality, for sale.  Also, instruction in the art given on reasonable terms.  G. F. Barstow,  J. C. Spencer. 

James C. Spencer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George F. Barstow

Yesterday I posted the entries for the partnership of Barstow and Spencer. George F. Barstow the senior member of the partnership was first recorded in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York) on January 29, 1845, the advertisement ran until February 12th.

Premium Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures. George F. Barstow Would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Keeseville and vicinity, that he will remain in town for a short time only, and that possessing a superior apparatus, with all the late important improvements, he is prepared to execute every variety of these Miniatures in a style unsurpassed.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the specimens at his room, over E. A. Hurlbut’s office, and favor him with their patronage, so far only as he gives complete satisfaction.

On February 15, 1845 he is recorded in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York) and ran until March 8th.  The partnership is announced the following week on March 15th.

Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures. Geo. F. Barlow would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Plattsburgh and vicinity that he is prepared to execute Photographic Likenesses with all the late improvements, in a style unsurpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the specimens at his rooms over Messrs. A. L. & G. N. Webb’s store, and favor him with their patronage so far only as he gives complete satisfaction, February 14, 1845.

Based on the wording in the advertisements and the proximity between Keeseville and Plattsburgh which is a distance of 15 to 20 miles, it is a safe assumption to suggest that they are the same person.

Barstow & Spencer

Two advertisements were recorded in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.) on March 15 and on May 10, 1845.  The partnership of George F. Barstow & James C. Spencer have been previously unrecorded in photographic directories or histories.

Colored Photographs.  “First Come First Served.”  Barstow & Spencer Will remain in Plattsburgh for a short time only, taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, at the rooms hereto fore occupied by Geo. F. Barstow where they will be happy to attend to as many more as may choose to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, for a trifle, beautifully accurate likenesses of themselves or friends.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of their work.                 Geo. F. Barstow.         Jas. C. Spencer.                      March 11.

May 10, 1845.  Plumbe’s Premium Colored Daguerreotypes.  Barstow and Spencer would inform the public that they will remain at their rooms one week longer, and that they have just returned from Plumbe’s National Miniature Gallery, New York, with the latest improvements in the Photographic Art; they are certain of giving their customers complete satisfaction by furnishing them with Pictures which for beauty and accuracy of delineation cannot be surpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the late specimens of their work.

Daguerreotype Apparatus and Stock of a superior quality, for sale.  Also, instruction in the art given on reasonable terms.     G. F. Barstow, J. C. Spencer. Plattsburg, May 10, 1845.

What is the connection to John Plumbe, Jr. were they students, did they work in one of his establishments or did they just purchase supplies from him?  These are the only entries found for James C. Spencer, see tomorrows post for more on George F. Barstow.