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Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.

1855-1859                   Exchange Building or Odd Fellows Hall, above the store of A. B. Cramer, Bedford, Pennsylvania

1859                            Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.

Thomas R. Gettys, Jr. was recorded in eight advertisements, and five announcements, five advertisements and four announcements in The Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania); and three advertisements and one announcement in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle (Bedford, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from December 21, 1855 to February 1, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  Improved Daguerreotypes!  All who wish to have a good likenesses of themselves or of their friends, can now be accommodated at the “Exchange Building,” Immediately above the store of A. B. Cramer, Where Daguerreotypes of all sizes are done up in the most beautiful style by Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.  Taken singly or in groups.  Persons taken after deceased.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine the specimens.

Young Lady, bring in that venerable father and that watchful mother, and secure that likeness to-day for to-morrow it may be too late.  Mothers, bring in those little ones with curling locks and sparkling eyes: they will make pretty pictures, and then should death remove them, you can exclaim—

“Gone to rest yet we would not recall them

Back to this world of sorrow and pain;

Gone to their rest where no ill can befall them,

Yet we have their likeness both perfect and plain.”

Gold Lockets single and Double.  Also fancy cases constantly on hand.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.   Dec. 21, 1855.

The second advertisement ran from December 21, 1855 to April 18, 1856 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Improved Daguerreotypes!  All who wish to have a good likenesses of themselves or of their friends, can now be accommodated at the “Exchange Building,” Immediately above the store of A. B. Cramer, Where Daguerreotypes of all sizes are done up in the most beautiful style by Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.  Taken singly or in groups.  Persons taken after deceased.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine the specimens.

Young Lady, bring in that venerable father and that watchful mother, and secure that likeness to-day for to-morrow it may be too late.  Mothers, bring in those little ones with curling locks and sparkling eyes: they will make pretty pictures, and then should death remove them, you can exclaim—

“Gone to rest yet we would not recall them

Back to this world of sorrow and pain;

Gone to their rest where no ill can befall them,

Yet we have their likeness both perfect and plain.”

Gold Lockets single and Double.  Also fancy cases constantly on hand.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  

The first announcement appeared on June 6, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  We are happy to inform our readers that T. R. Gettys, Jr., has returned home and reopened his Daguerrean Rooms in the Exchange Building, where he intends to remain during the Summer.  His pictures are good, and cannot be surpassed anywhere.  Those who wish a true, life like picture of themselves, will not be disappointed in getting one if they call him.

See his advertisement in another column, and then visit his gallery at once.

The third advertisement ran from June 6 to December 12, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette

Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes.  Reader have you ever heard of Gettys’ inimitable Daguerreotypes?  If not go at once to his Saloon and see for yourself: and if you want a likeness of yourself or friends, as true as Nature and Art combined can make it, that is the place to get it.  If you want a picture put up in the most approved style and of the best materials—or, in short, if you want the worth of your money in a splendid Daguerreotype or Ambrotype, go to Gettys, as he is the only Artist in Bedford County who can take the new style of Daguerreotype and Ambrotypes.

He spares no pains to give full satisfaction, and permits no picture to go out until he is confident that it will do so.  Having just returned from the East, he is in possession of all the latest improvements in the Art, and can assure his patrons that he can furnish them with a style of picture not taken by any other person in the county.

Rooms at the “Exchange Building,” or Odd Fellows Hall, immediately above the store of Mr. A. B. Cramer.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.            

The fourth advertisement ran from June 6, 1856 to January 9, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes.  Reader have you ever heard of Gettys’ inimitable Daguerreotypes?  If not, go at once to his saloon and see for yourself, and if you want a likeness of yourself or friends as true as nature and art combined can make it, that is the place to get it. 

If you want a picture put up in the most approved style and of the best materials—or in short if you want the worth of your money in a splendid Daguerreotype or Ambrotype, go to Gettys, As he is the only Artist in Bedford County who can take the new style of Daguerreotype and Ambrotypes.

He spares no pains to give full satisfaction, and permits no picture to go out until he is confident that it will do so. 

Having just returned from the East, he is in possession of all the latest improvements in the Art, and can assure his patrons that he can furnish them with a style of picture not taken by any other person in the county.

Rooms at the “Exchange Building,” or Odd Fellows Hall—immediately above the store of Mr. A. B. Cramer.    T. R. Gettys, Jr.                       

The second announcement appeared on December 26, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  Holliday Presents.  As the time is at hand for the presentation of gifts, nothing could be more appropriate than one of Gettys’ beautiful Daguerreotype or Ambrotype pictures, done up in plain or ornamental cases, at moderate prices.  We have examined some of his specimens, and have no hesitation in saying that they will compare favorably with any we have seen in the city galleries.  His rooms are in the Exchange.  Give him a call.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 22, 1857 to March 4, 1859 in The Bedford Gazette.  Gettys’ Photographic Galleries!  Exchange Building, Bedford, Pa., Where Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c., &c., of every description, are executed in the latest style and improvements of the Art.  A full assortment of plain and fancy cases, and gold and plated Lockets, at very low prices.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.

The sixth advertisement ran from May 29, 1857 to November 20, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Gettys’ Photographic Galleries, Exchange Building, Bedford, Pa., Where Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c., &c., of every description, are executed in the latest style and improvements of the Art.  A full assortment of plain and fancy cases, and gold and plated Lockets, at very low prices.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.  May 22, 1857.

The third announcement appeared on October 16, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  New advertisements.  A number of new advertisements appear in this number of the Gazette…—T. R. Gettys intends taking any quantity of Daguerreotypes, &c., during fair week.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 16-23, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  “Oh! the Show, the Beauties of the Show!”  It is generally supposed that the great attraction of the approaching County Fair, will be the Elephant or some other animal, but we are sure that those who fail to visit Gettys’ celebrated and elegantly fitted up Ambrotype and Daguerreotype Gallery, will miss the greatest attraction of the season.  He has the most magnificent collection of Photographs, colored and plain, also Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, on Exhibition, we have ever seen, and those who fail to see them and also secure one of themselves, will ever after have cause of regret.  Room in the Exchange Building.                

The fourth announcement appeared on November 6, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  Bedford County Agricultural Society October 21st. 22d. and 23d. 1857.  Premiums Awarded….Domestic manufactures, 2d Division…Thos. R. Gettys, Jr., exhibited a beautiful display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, which was highly creditable to his artistic skill, we award him a premium of $1.

The fifth announcement appeared on November 6, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle

Bedford County Agricultural Society, Award Of Premiums, October 1857.  …Thos. R. Gettys, Jr., exhibited a beautiful display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, which was highly creditable to his artistic skill, we award him a premium of 1 00.

The eighth advertisement ran from July 1 to November 4, 1859 in The Bedford Gazette

New Improvements at Gettys’ Photographic Gallery.  The undersigned, having procured the services of Mr. John Vallade, of Paris, an artist of rare attainments, is now prepared to furnish photographs in India Ink, oil and water colors, 50per cent cheaper than any ever offered to the citizens of this Borough.  Also the next and beautiful improvement known as the “Ivorytype” will be furnished for less than city prices. These pictures are beautifully colored and possess all the delicate tints of the paintings on ivory surpassing in beauty and richness of tone anything of the kind heretofore introduced.

A skylight Gallery will be fitted up at the Bedford Springs this week, where those partial to Skylight Pictures can be accommodated.  June 1, 1859.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.

Thomas R. Gettys, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active between the target dates of this project.  Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 does list Gettys as being active in Bedford in 1864-1866.

Uriah E. May

1856                Rooms above Capt. Arnold’s Store, Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Uriah E. May was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle (Bedford, Pennsylvania).  The announcement appeared on June 6, 1856. We call attention to the advertisement of Mr. Uriah E. May.  His Daguerrean Rooms is in the new frame building above the store room of Capt. Arnold.  His pictures are highly praised.

The advertisement appeared on June 6, 1856.  O Yes!  Ladies and Gentlemen, call I this way if you please, and have a true likeness of yourselves taken.  Having opened out a new Daguerrean Establishment a few doors west of the Bedford Hotel, I am prepared to execute likenesses in the various styles.  Miniatures set in lockets, medallions, breastpins, etc.  Common and fancy cases just received from the city.  No pains will be spared in trying to suit all who shall give me a call.  I shall remain here but a short time, and persons wanting pictures will please call in soon.  U. E. May.

Uriah E. May is not recorded in other photographic directories.