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Isaac Gale, Jr.

1848-1849       257 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Isaac Gale, Jr. was recorded in two identical advertisement. The first advertisement ran from December 6, 1848 to January 6, 1849 in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript, and the second advertisement ran from January 25 to March 10, 1849 in The Daily Chronotype  both were published in (Boston, Massachusetts).    Litch’s Sky-Light Daguerreotype Rooms.  Arranged expressly for taking Family Groups—No. 257 Washington Street, 7 doors north of Winter St.

We have the Best Light in the city, and our extensive facilities enable us to execute likenesses, and especially Family Groups, in a style unsurpassed in the world.  Mr. L. (Formerly of the firm of Litch & Whipple), who has been engaged in the art from its commencement in the United States, attended personally to the operating department.

Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge.  Instruction given in the art, and stock and apparatus furnished.  Isaac Gale, Jr., Proprietor.  Albert Litch, Agent.

Isaac Gale, Jr. is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers or other photographic directories.

Zenas Gage, Jr.

ND                       75 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                              1842                    74½ Exchange Building, Auburn, New York.

Zenas Gage, Jr. was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 17 to 31, 1842 in the Auburn Journal and Advertiser (Auburn, New York).  Photography.  Mr. Zenas Gage, Jr., Pupil of John Plumbe, Prof. Photography, in the U. S. Photographic Institute, Boston, respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen of Auburn, that he has taken rooms in Exchange Buildings over No. 74½, where he will furnish those who feel desirous, with beautiful and correct Daguerreotype Likenesses, taken with a costly and perfect instrument, at an ordinary window in about 30 seconds, without the direct rays of the sun.

He will also teach others the art, and furnish them with apparatus as cheap as they can buy in Boston, New York, or elsewhere.  All are cordially invited to call and examine specimens.

Zenas Gage, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. W. Eames

1844                Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.

A. W. Eames was recorded in the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Records on September 16, 1844.  Exhibited Daguerreotypes at the fourth exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.  No award given.

A. W. Eames was not listed in the Boston City Directory for the years between 1843-1846.  He was also not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900 or other photographic directories.

F. M. Danielson

C. 1845-1848 Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                    1849                  9 Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

F. M. Danielson was recorded in three advertisements. The first advertisement ran from July 6 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts). Yes, It is a fact that Dr. A. W. Van Alstin has gone to “California,” and also that F. M. Danielson having had charge of the operating during the past five months in the rooms formerly occupied by him, has purchased the stock and fixtures in the above named rooms, having had four years experience in the Daguerreotype business in Boston and other places is confident that in point of execution, his miniatures cannot be surpassed.  (during three years he was in one of the best rooms in the United States) the patronage of the citizens of Worcester and its vicinity is respectfully solicited.

Miniatures put into silk, $1,00 and into Velvet lined cases $1,50.  N. B. Stock constantly on hand and for sale at reasonable prices.

The second advertisement ran from July 23 to July 27, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  To Daguerreotypists.  500 French Plates of all sizes.  100 Gross of silk and Velvet Cases.  50 Gross of Preservers.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, rotten stone, Hypo Sulphite Soda, Rouge in any quantity, at Boston prices at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

The third advertisement ran from July 28 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).         No. I Will Not sell stock less than cost, or even at cost but I will sell at reasonable profit, my incillities are as great as any man’s in the United States for obtaining stock.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, polishing materials, cases and plates, &c., for sale at a reasonable advance from cost.  Miniatures taken without regard to weather, which for brilliancy of tone, are unsurpassed at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Francis M. Danielson in 1850-1851 at 8 Daniel Street.  In 1855 a Frank M. Danielson is listed as a daguerreian in Portland, Maine.  It is unknown at this time if they are all the same person.

George H. Currier

ND                  Address Unknown, New York, New York.                                                                ND                  Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                          1854               Address Unknown, Sacramento, California.

George H. Currier was reported in Pioneer Photographers Of The Far West A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865.  By Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn.  Their original citation was from the Sacramento Daily Union (Sacramento, California) on November 18, 1854.  Robert H. Vance announced the accession of a new “artist,” or, presumably, operator, for his Sacramento gallery: “the subscriber takes pleasure in announcing to the public of Sacramento and vicinity, that he has engaged the services of Mr. Geo. H. Currier, an experienced artist from the first establishments in New York and Boston…”

This is the only mention of George H. Currier in other photographic directories.  He was not listed in the 1840-1854 Boston City Directory.

Peter G. Clark

1850                Address Unknown, [Boston], Massachusetts.[1]                                                1851                247 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[2]                                                      1851-1852     36 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[3]                                                      1852-1854      in San Francisco, California.[4]                                                                          1853                Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]                                                  1854                103 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[3]                                                    1854-1856      in New York City.[4]                                                                                                1855                158 Bowery, New York, New York.[5]                                                                      1857                Lower Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.[4]  1859-1862      in San Francisco, California.[4]

Peter G. Clark first appeared in the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Report for September 1850.  He exhibited daguerreotypes at the sixth exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, no award was given.

Reported on December 20, 1851 in The Carpet Bag (Boston, Massachusetts). A Present.—We have received from the artist, Mr. P. G. Clark, No. 247 Washington street, an elegant and faithful likeness of Mrs. H. M. Stephens, of this city, and we take pleasure in exhibiting the treasure to our many visitors. [We have an adjourned promise of the transcript of another fair face from the East—“down east,”—when the “sometimes operator” shall get back.] Of course we are proud of it, and of course we thank the donor, and commend him to the notice of that public which always patronizes those who favor the printers.

Reported in the September 1853 report of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.  Peter G. Clark exhibited daguerreotypes at the sixth exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Award a bronze medal for daguerreotype views of California.

Reported in an advertisement on December 22, 1855 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York). Handsome Ladies!—Pictures Taken Gratis!—The time fixed for the opening of Barnum’s Gallery Of Beauty has been extended for a short period $20,000 will be expended in Premiums to the 100 handsomest Ladies and for painting their portraits.  Highest prize $1,000.  For particulars see circulars at the Museum.  Daguerreotypes for this Gallery will be taken free of all expense to the sitter, if application be made to them immediately, by all the principal artists in the United States, including the following superior Daguerreotypist in the City of New York.

J. Gurney, No. 489 Broadway; M. M. Lawrence, No. 831 Broadway; S. Root, No. 363 Broadway; Meade Brothers, No. 233 Broadway; R. Anson, No. 589 Broadway; Beckers & Piard, No. 264 Broadway; M. H. Kimball, No. 407 Broadway; J. W. Thompson, No. 315 Broadway, and 182 Fulton-st, Brooklyn; M. Kerston, No. 421 Broadway, cor. of canal; P. Welling, Cor. of Bleecker and Carmine-sts; P. G. Clark, No. 156 Bowery; Jullus Brill, No. 204 Chatham-st; R. A. Lewis, No. 142 Chatham Square.

Peter G. Clark is known see the following publications for more information Pioneer Photographers of the Far West, A Biographical Dictionary 1840-1865Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

The new Information, is the fact that he showed at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association in 1850 and in 1853, the advertisement in the Carpet Bag newspaper with the 247 Washington Street address, and the December 22, 1855 New York Daily Tribune advertisement with address of 156 Bowery, New York.

[1] Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association records, 1850 & 1853.                                        [2] The Carpet Bag (newspaper).                                                                                                                        [3] Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.                                                                          [4] Pioneer Photographers of the Far West.                                                                                                        [5] New York Daily Tribune (newspaper).

Mr. Childs

1848                Rooms over S. Walker’s Store, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.      1848                Rooms over D. Turner, Jr.’s Store, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Mr. Child can be tied to two partnerships The first I posted yesterday was an advertisement recorded on April 14 to May 19, 1848 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont.)  Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Childs & Steele have fitted up Rooms over S. Walker’s store, Church Street, Burlington, Vt., expressly for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We have every convenience for taking groups of from two to ten on the same plate, or single pictures, of superior style and finish.  Set in frames, cases or lockets at moderate prices.

Business hours from 9 A. M. to 5 P. M.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call at our Rooms and examine specimens.  Entrance up stairs, between N. Lovely’s and S. Walker’s stores.

A few months later he is recorded in two advertisements in the partnership of Wakefield & Childs the first advertisement ran from August 17 to September 1, 1848 in the Daily Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York.)  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, will open miniature rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. about the 25th of August.

P. S. Those wishing Miniatures will do well to wait and examine specimens before obtaining elsewhere.

The second advertisement ran from September 2 to 14, 1848 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, have opened rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. and are prepared to execute likenesses in the latest and most approved styles, and neatly set them into Frames, Pins and Lockets.  All who feel an interest in the Art will please call and see specimens.

Mr. Childs can be attributed to the partnership of Childs & Steele base on the first advertisement in Burlington, Vermont and the second advertisement ties the two together as Childs being from Burlington, Vermont and Wakefield to Boston.  Wakefield is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Daniel Chapman

N.D.                 Address Unknown, Hyannis, Massachusetts.                                                              1855                Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                    1857-1859     Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.

Daniel Chapman was first recorded in Hyannis, Massachusetts from a broadside formerly in Harvey Zucker Collection.  In 1855 and in 1857-1859 he was listed in the Boston City Directory as a daguerreotypist without a business address.

At the Daguerrean Saloon, [            ] Hotel  “One chance more, as I will own, So call before I go.”

The undersigned would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Hyannis and his patrons generally that he will remain but one week more, and those wishing Pictures of themselves or friends will do well to embrace this opportunity, as his work needs no recommendation but to call and sit.  Having had ten years’ experience, and taken thousands of Pictures he trusts he will give the best of satisfaction.

Cases of all kinds. Lockets, Pins, Rings, & c., constantly on hand.  Pictures for 50 Cents, and upwards.

Daniel Chapman.  P. S.—Adults taken equally as good in cloudy as fair weather.  Children taken from 10 to 2 o’clock in fair weather.

Chapman was not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900 as an itinerant in Hyannis, Massachusetts or in 1855 in Boston.  He was listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1855, 1857-1859.


1847                Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts

Champney of the firm White & Champney were recorded in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript on November 24, 1847.  They were not listed in Boston City Directories between 1840 and 1850.

Another Great Step In The Arts And On A Great Occasion.  [for the Transcript]                            At the laying of the corner stone of the Cochituate Reservoir on Saturday, the Daguerreotype apparatus was employed by two young artists of this city, Messrs. White & Champney.  Their immediate design was to procure accurate and full views of the things visible, and of all the persons, public and private, who took part in or attended the proceedings, preliminary to the execution of a grand painting of the entire scene.  This is the first time that the beautiful and effective invention of Daguerre has been availed of, in order to secure a representation of a public ceremony of the kind.  Owning to unaccountable circumstances, the impressions upon the plates were less brilliant than had been anticipated, but not fewer than three several views were obtained, each peculiar, comprehensive, and complete in itself, one soon after the procession halted and during the prayer, another as the contractors were letting down the corner stone upon the box in the cavity below, and the third in the midst of the mayor’s address.  The number of human heads, thus fixed by the light of Heaven upon the polished metal plates of the artist, is absolutely countless.  They are of all sizes—varying from that of a pin’s head, to that of “a small pea.”  Among the most conspicuous likenesses are those of the Mayor, Alderman, Common Councilmen, and Water Commissioners, Mr. Whittlesey, member of congress, the Chaplin, Ex-Governor Armstrong and Ex-Mayor Quincy and the offers of the city.  The citizens and spectators generally are in all sorts of groups and positions—some presenting the whole and some but a portion of their faces and persons.  The various pieces of machinery on the premises and buildings in the vicinity, are also distinctly seen.  On one side are the members of the band with their brass instruments glistening in the beams of light, and here and there, are troops of school children looking on the movements of the City Fathers, or watching the workmen about the grounds.

These extraordinary Daguerreotypes will doubtless be esteemed extremely precious—particularly at a future day; and it is gratifying to learn that from them are forthwith to be made, of suitable size, a perfect and magnificent painting of the ceremonies of laying this corner stone, and of the scenery, just as they were on this occasion, engraved by the flashing of the sun upon the silver tablets of Daguerre.