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A. Wilson

1852-1853       Lafayette Street, over Dr. Buffington’s Office, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A. Wilson was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Daily Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on November 14, 1852.  It will be seen that Wilson has reopened his Daguerreotype saloon on Lafayette street.  He is well fitted up and takes excellent pictures.

The first advertisement ran from November 14, 1852 to September 30, 1853. 1852 November 14.  The Daily Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) November 14, 1852.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  I have just returned from the west—and I am prepared for business.  Now whilst the opportunity offers, is the time to secure a picture.

Obtain the shadow’ ere the substance fades.

When our friends, relatives and sweethearts are with us, it would seem useless to have a likeness of them, but the future may separate us; Ay, death may take them away forever, and then a correct and life-like resemblance of them, is invaluable.

I have all the late styles of cases, Gold Enameled, Papier Maché, Pearls, &c. Gold Lockets, Pins and Bracelets.

Pictures taken at $2. Rooms on Lafayette street—over Dr. Buffington’s office, where the public is invited to call and examine specimens.  A. Wilson.   Nov. 14.

The second advertisement ran from January 16 to July 14, 1853. 

Daguerreotypes.  Be Taken

And for your likeness sit,

I know it’s time enough my dear,

And you have promised it;

But time is on the wing my love,

As Poets oft has sung,

And you’ll be fading soon my dear,

So get it while you’re young.

Wilson’s Office Lafayette Street—Pictures taken in Cloudy weather as well as Sunny weather.

The second announcement appeared on November 10, 1853.  Mr. A. Wilson has returned and re-opened his Daguerreotype in Lafayette street.  Mr. W, is by all odds the best Daguerrean artist we have had in this city, and doubt much if he has his superior in the State.  His saloon is in the second story of the late residence of Judge Chas. Tessier, where he may be found daily, during business hours.

A. Wilson is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It appears according to the first announcement that Wilson has visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana prior to November 1852.  It is unknow where else he may have visited or where his gallery is located.

Vail & Persac

1856                Rooms in Heroman’s Building, corner Florida & Main Streets, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Vail & Persac (William Vail & Marie Adrian Persac) were recorded in ten announcements in the Sugar Planter (West Baton Rouge, Louisiana.) and one advertisement in The Morning Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana.)  The first announcement appeared on July 26.  Daguerreotypes.—We visited the Daguerrean gallery of Messrs. Vail & Persac on Monday last, and were astonished at the beauty, skill and finish of their pictures.  Among them we recognized many faces familiar about town, which to our mind is an evidence that their efforts are justly receiving a liberal share of patronage.  Give them a call and see for yourselves. Rooms in Heroman’s building, corner of Florida and Main Streets.

The second announcement appeared on August 2, 1856.  Call at Vail & Persac’s if you want to see some fine specimens of Daguerrean art.  Our West Baton Rouge friends wanting likenesses taken, would be perfectly satisfied with those taken by Messrs. Vail and Persac.  Don’t forget the place—over G. H. Heroman’s book store.

The third announcement appeared on August 23, 1856.  “Let justice be done through the Heavens fall,” and with a due observation of this maxim, call on Vail & Persac, and secure a “likeness ere the substance fades.”  They are reaping the reward of their labors. 

The fourth announcement appeared on August 30, 1856.  Don’t forget that Vail and Persac are taking daguerreotypes as cheap as ever.  A few more plates left.

The fifth announcement appeared on September 6, 1856.  Vail & Persac still taking pictures as cheap as ever.

The sixth announcement appeared on September 20, 1856.  Vail & Persac.—These eminent Daguerreotypists are still taking their fine pictures at the old stand.  Their pictures are taken in a superior and artistic style, and we would advise all those desiring likenesses to call and examine their specimens.  Rooms in Heroman’s new building, Corner of Laurel and Main Streets.

The advertisement ran from October 9 to December 27, 1856 in The Morning Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  Vail & Persac.  Daguerrean Artists, Heroman’s Building, Corner of Main and Florida streets.  Pictures taken in the very best style of art, any size desired.                       

The seventh announcement appeared on October 11, 1856.  Daguerreotypes.—Vail & Persac continue their extensive business at Heroman’s corner.  Their apparatus is complete in every department, and the most superior likenesses are guaranteed to all.  Gentlemen and ladies from the country can have their daguerreotypes taken at shortest possible notice, without interference with their business.  A few seconds are only required to complete the most beautifully finished picture of old or young.  Call at their rooms and examine specimens.

The eighth announcement appeared on October 18, 1856.  The Reign of Art.—In this wonderful age, art lays her master touches on almost everything.  The ceilings over us and the carpets we tread on, are hollowed by art.—Nothing is too lofty for her touch and nothing too humble.  A new proof of this old conviction has just fallen under our notice, in the shape of daguerreotypes at the establishment of Vail and Persac.  Go and see them by all means.

The ninth announcement appeared on November 22, 1856.  Daguerreotypes.—The pleasure of having the picture of a friend need not be expatiated upon, as it is appreciated by all, and the interchange of these tokens of regard, is one of the most beautiful customs of the age, while the facilities for observing it, leave no excuse for its non-observance.  Mr. Vail, in Heroman’s building is now more fully prepared than ever to take daguerreotype likenesses, and we advise our friends to give him a call.  So says the Gazette!

The tenth announcement appeared on January 24, 1857.  Ambrotypes.—We paid a visit yesterday, to the Daguerreotype gallery of Professor Vail, over Heroman’s store, and were shown some specimens of Ambrotypes that will rank with anything of the kind we have never seen.  The Ambrotype, to our mind is a far superior picture to the daguerreotype; being easier taken; of a softer finish and generally a better likeness.  The Professor is having quite a rush just now, but visitors are freely invited to call and examine specimens.  Rooms corner Main and Laurel streets.

Vail & Persac are recorded in other photographic directories.  Photography in New Orleans; Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865; Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In America 1564-1860 list Adrian Persac as a Landscape painter active in Louisiana between 1857-1872.  The advertisement ran until December 27, 1856, the November 22 and January 24th announcements do not mention Persac name.

George W. Roberts

1854                Lafayette Street, over Booth & Quiggin’s shoe store, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

George W. Roberts  was recorded in two announcements and one advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on June 4, 1854 in The Weekly Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  Our friend G. W. Roberts Esq. is now fitted up in the old stand of Wilson on Lafayette street, where he is prepared to take daguerreotypes in the number one style of art.  As long as that interesting period of human existence continues to come, when an exchange of daguerreotypes is required, so long will the services of competent artist be required to “catch the substance, ere the shadow fails.”  There is no more accomplished hand at this thing, in this city at this time, than our friend Roberts on Lafayette street.

The advertisement ran from June 14 to August 26, 1854 in The Daily Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  The undersigned takes pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Baton Rouge and vicinity that he has established a daguerrean Room on Lafayette street over Booth & Quiggin’s shoe store, where he is prepared to take likenesses and copies of likenesses in the very best style.

He is prepared to take landscapes.  All work warranted to give satisfaction.  Charges moderate. To persons furnishing their own cases a liberal deduction will be made.  Geo. W. Roberts.

The second announcement appeared on June 18, 1854 in The Weekly Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  Persons desiring to have good copies of the original “pictures” should look in at Robert’s Daguerrean rooms, over Booth & Quiggins shoe store, on Lafayette street.

George W. Roberts is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. D. Hooper

1856                Rooms over J. Simon’s Store, Third Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

J. D. Hooper was recorded in an announcement that appeared on December 2, 1856 in The Morning Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). Ambrotypes—Mr. J. D. Hopper, is now located over the store of J. Simon, on Third street, where he is taking Ambrotypes and Photographs, in the very best style of art.  The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.

J. D. Hooper is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1852                Address Unknown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Digby was recorded in an announcement on November 13, 1852 in The Daily Comet (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).  Ed. Comet—Dear Sir:—Sometime ago I promised to give you a few Daguerreotypes uncolored, from my double convex achromatic Voitlander instrument.  In fact, if my memory serves me right I did give you two or three imperfect outlines of noted individuals.  The last exhibited to the public through your paper, was a specimen of the “Moddle Club President” which was such a life-like picture, that no less than seventeen elderly gentlemen have discovered its resemblance to themselves.  Were I not a very retired unassuming individual, and had I not yourself to stand between my slender body and the enemy, the light of my double achromatic would be shut down, and my own transcendent light blown out long since, and the world deprived of some of the best pictures (I flatter myself) that were ever taken by the heat of the noonday sun.

During the session of the Legislature I was forced as you know to suspend the Daguerreotyping business, for the reason that I could not take a good picture—even from my own imagination, without some half dozen fellows coming to claim the same, and threaten me with a suit for damages for exposing phizes to public gaze without obtaining an autobiography to accompany it.  This placed me in some very peculiar situations, in which I found it difficult to get out.  I have now on my shelf, portraits of the following persons which as the times are quite I will at leisure present.  There is a model doctor, lawyer, and Devine.—The model office-seeker.  I have also strong pictures of the model Southern Belle, and the model Belle’s mamma and papa, the model Louisiana Youth, or rather a young man.  And I shall favor your reader with them in due time. Digby.

Digby Is not recorded in other photographic directories.

C. Deall (C. Devall)

1852-1853       Rooms Third Street near the Market, Baton-Rouge, Louisiana.

C. Deall (Devall) was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 25,1852 to January 29, 1853 in the Baton-Rouge Gazette (Baton-Rouge, Louisiana).  Devall’s Daguerrean Rooms. Third Street near the Market.  C. Deall, respectfully informs the public that his rooms are now in readiness for the reception of visitors, whose likenesses he is prepared to take, in superior style, either singly or in groups.  Please call and examine.

C. Deall (Devall) is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Combs

1846                Rooms at City Hotel, Baton-Rough, Louisiana.

Mr. Combs was recorded in an announcement that ran on February 28, 1846 in the Baton-Rouge Gazette (Baton-Rouge, Louisiana).  Daguerreotype.—Those of our citizens who may be desirous of having their portraits taken, are invited to pay a visit to Mr. Combs, at the City Hotel.  The papers published in the various places he has visited, speak highly of his talents as an artist.

Mr. Combs is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1859                Rooms over Mr. Asher’s Store, Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Chappel was recorded in an advertisement in the Sugar Planter (West Baton Rouge, Louisiana.)  on December 31, 1859.  The Baton Rouge Cheap Ambrotype Gallery, Over Mr. Asher’s Store, On Lafayette Street.  Is the place to get a superior, Life-like Ambrotype, of the medium size, for 50 Cents.

These pictures are not the Little Insignificant Daubs which many, who call themselves artist, palm off on the community, at that low price, but they are large, fine pictures of the same size as those generally sold at prices ranging from $1.50 to $2.00.

The public are invited to call at our Rooms and compare our Pictures with those taken by any of the first-class artist.

We are now receiving additions to our already fine stock and apparatus, and are prepared to furnish our friends with superior styles of Pictures, Cases, and Frames.

The public will not fail to remember that the Baton Rouge Cheap Ambrotype Gallery Is not a traveling Institution, but a Permanent Thing, a part of Baton Rouge itself.

Chappel does not appear in other photographic directories.