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Knight Brothers

1854-1856       Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

Knight Brothers (H. D & Q. P.) were recorded seven advertisement  in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  The first advertisement ran from June 13 to July 18, 1854.  To The Public.  Daguerreotypes.  Knight Brothers, Would inform their friends and the public at large, that they have purchased of Mr. C. A. Johnson his entire right and interest in the Daguerrean Business of this village, together with his residence on Chestnut st., where they design making their future home.

We would also announce that we have removed the business to the spacious and most convenient suit of rooms which we have recently fitted up in the Cobble Stone Block.  These rooms are furnished with a fine large Sky-Light, and instruments of superior power and finish, together with all such conveniences and facilities as the progress and size of the village seem to demand.

Having had a long and successful experience in the Daguerrean business in the Old Bay State, where the arts and sciences flourish like the “green bay tree,” and witnessing as we have in this village a just appreciation of Daguerre’s wonderful discovery, and the perfection to which it has been brought we have embarked in this enterprise with the full belief that by assiduous and unremitting efforts, we may merit and realize complete success.

Daguerreotypes taken in any style desired.  Portraits and Daguerreotypes accurately copied.

We would also add that Mr. Johnson, our successful predecessor, may be found at our rooms for a few weeks to fulfill some previous engagements, and complete some unfinished work. H. D. Knight. Q. P. Knight.

I had advertised a short time since in a Circular That I had made up my mind to remain in business in this village, but another change as stated above has since taken place; and in retiring from the practice of the Daguerrean Art in this place, which is not without regret.  I take pleasure in saying that the Messrs. Knight Brothers have every advantage and facility for giving entire satisfaction in their profession, and confidently hope the patronage heretofore so liberally bestowed upon me may be as liberally extended to them.                        C. A. Johnson.  June 1854.

The second advertisement ran from July 25, 1854 to October 6, 1855.  New Daguerreotype Rooms, Opened in Cobble Stone Block, Opposite McCullant’s New Building, By Knight & Brother, (Successors of Mr. C. A. Johnson.)  These Rooms are elegant, spacious and commodious, and are furnished with all the conveniences and facilities for executing First Class Daguerreotypes.

A long and successful experience in the art, combined with the unsurpassed facilities which we are now able to avail ourselves of, enables us to speak most confidently of our ability to furnish Daguerreotypes, which, for clearness, accuracy and life-like expression, we trust will be found unsurpassed; and though but recently located, we have already received the most positive assurances that our efforts are appreciated, and are happy to refer to numerous individuals in this village and vicinity, who have favored us with their patronage.

Particular attention paid to Position and Expression, especially the clear and perfect expression of the eyes.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call.

The third advertisement ran from October 10, 1854 to June 30, 1855.  Daguerreotype Saloon for Sale.  A Convenient and well built travelling Daguerreotype Saloon, may be bought at a great bargain for ready pay, if application is made soon.  For particulars enquire at the Daguerrean Rooms of Knight & Brothers, Cobble Stone Block.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 7, 1854 to June 16, 1855.  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypists, (opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.)  It is our constant desire and intension that no Daguerreotype be taken from our rooms unless entire satisfaction be given, and we guarantee that our prices will be found reasonable and satisfactory.  H. D. Knight, Q. P. Knight.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 19, 1854 to May 22, 1855.  What Can be More appropriate or acceptable as a Christmas or New Years’ Gift Than a Good Daguerreotype, neatly fitted into a Gold Locket, or Elegant Fancy Case?  “A word to the wise is sufficient.”  Knight & Brother,  Directly opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23, 1855 to November 1, 1856.  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypists, Rooms in Cobble Stone Block, (opposite McCullant and Lord’s new building.)  It is our constant desire and intension that no Daguerreotype be taken from our rooms unless entire satisfaction be given, and we guarantee that our prices will be found reasonable and satisfactory.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 13, 1855 to November 1, 1856.  “A thing of Life and Beauty is a Joy forever.”  Knight & Brother, Daguerreotypist Our Rooms are fitted up with reference to the best facilities for producing Good Daguerreotypes.  The grand essentials of a Good Daguerreotype are elegance of Finish, Gracefulness of Attitude, combined with a Life-like Expression; and we regard the large and increasing patronage which we are receiving both from citizens and strangers, as proof positive that our efforts in producing these results are well appreciated.

Daguerreotypes taken of any size and style desired.—Portraits and other Daguerreotypes executed with the utmost accuracy.    H. D. Knight,  Q. P. Knight.

Knight Brothers H. D. & Q. P. are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry separately, and speculates that H. D. Knight was a misspelling as was really Q. P. Knight.

D. J. Kellogg

1851                Rooms in Champion’s Block, opposite the Court House, Batavia, New York.      1851                Rooms two doors east of J. H. Story’s Dry Goods Store, Cooperstown, New                                    York.                                                                                                                                              1851-1852     Rooms in Taggart’s Block, opposite Genesee House, Batavia, New York.

D. J. Kellogg was recorded in three advertisements and two announcements. The first advertisement ran from March 11 to April 15, 1851 The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York). Encourage the Arts.  D. J. Kellogg, Daguerreotypist And Portrait Painter, Offers his services in the line of his Arts to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Batavia, and adjacent country.  Daguerreotype Miniatures taken after the latest improvements, and warranted not to fade or spot.  Miniatures taken in cloudy weather as well as clear.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  Miniatures taken and put in fine cases for the small sum of 75 cents or $1.00.  Those wishing Daguerreotypes will do well to call soon, as Mr. K. will remain in town but a few days.

N. B. Lessons given in landscape Painting and Drawing. Rooms, in Champion’s Block, opposite the old Court House, till May 1.

The first announcement ran on August 23, 1851 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. D. J. Kellogg is taking daguerreotypes at his rooms in the building adjoining our office.  He has some specimens which we have never seen surpassed.

The second advertisement ran on August 23 & 30, 1851 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  Encourage the Arts.  D. J. Kellogg, Daguerreotypist And Portrait Painter, Offers his services in the line of his Arts to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Cooperstown and the adjacent country.  Daguerreotype Miniatures taken after the latest improvements, and warranted not to fade or spot.  Miniatures taken in cloudy weather as well as clear.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.—Miniatures taken and put in fine cases for the small sum of 75 cents or one dollar.  Those wishing Daguerreotypes will do well to call soon, as Mr. K. will remain in town but a few days.

Rooms, two doors east of J. H. Story’s Dry Good Store.  August 20, 1851.

The second announcement appeared on August 30, 1851 in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Kellogg’s pictures are beginning to be appreciated by our citizens, who have never had a better opportunity afforded them for procuring superior likenesses.—Mr. K. remains only a short time in the village.

The third advertisement ran from October 28, 1851 to January 20, 1852 in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  D. J. Kellogg, Daguerreotypist And Portrait Painter,  Offers his services in the line of his arts to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Batavia, and the adjacent country.—Daguerreotype Miniatures taken after the latest improvements, and warranted not to fade or spot.  Miniatures taken in cloudy weather as well as in clear.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  Those wishing Daguerreotypes will do well to call soon, as Mr. K., will remain in town but a few days.

N.  B.—Lessons given in Landscape Painting and Drawing.                                                              Rooms in second story of Taggart’s Block, opposite Genesee House.

D. J. Kellogg is not listed in other photographic directories. In tomorrow’s post is a listing for Daniel J. Kellogg which is possibly the same person.

Dr. Ganson

1841                Address Unknown, Batavia, New York.

Dr. Ganson is recorded in an announcement that appeared on August 17, 1841 in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  Dr. Ganson, has recently introduced into our village, from N. York, an improved Daguerreotype apparatus.—We are authorized to say, when not otherwise engaged in his profession, Dr. G., would be happy to show its results, to any who may have the curiosity to call at his office and witness them.  The time required to take a likeness at mid-day, with a cloudless sky, is from twenty-five to fifty-five seconds.

Dr. Ganson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. M. Dexter

1844                Rooms at the Genesee Hotel, Batavia, New York.

J. M. Dexter was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 23 to September 4, 1844 in  The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  Colored Photographic Miniatures, taken in one minute.  Mr. J. M. Dexter respectfully informs the citizens of Batavia and its vicinity, that he has received all the late improvements in the art of taking Miniatures by the Daguerrean System.  He will stop a short time at the Genesee Hotel, for the purpose of taking exact likenesses of those persons who may favor him with a call.  Miniatures taken in clear or cloudy weather, and with any expression of countenance the person may wish to assume.  Miniatures from Portraits accurately taken.  Specimens of the art may be seen at his Rooms.  Mr. D. also gives instructions in this truly wonderful art and furnishes the Improved Daguerrean Apparatus on reasonable terms.  Call and see.

J. M. Dexter is not listed in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Dexter C. 1845 in Albany, New York it is unknown if they are the same person.

William Allen

Recorded in The Spirit of the Times which was published in Batavia, New York, William Allen advertised that he is taking daguerreotype miniatures at the Genesee House.  In addition to taking likenesses he also is marking copies of portrait paintings and daguerreotypes and he has lockets of all sizes and prices constantly on hand.  Advertisement ran from December 5, 1848 to January 2, 1849.

In searching through the photographic directories and histories no other William Allen has been located.  As discussed in the post dated February 9 under Mr. Allen. It is possible that William A. Allen who was in Brooklyn at the time is the same person but at this time it is only speculation without more information.