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J. H. Spear

1849-1853       Rooms in Hall’s Long Building, Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

J. H. Spear was recorded in four advertisement in the Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, Vermont).  In addition to yesterday’s post of Spear & Mack’s one announcement and two advertisements.  The first advertisement appeared on July 16, 1851.  Note the date of the advertisement of April 1, 1851.  Daguerreotypes!  J. H. Spear’s Daguerrean Gallery is the place to get as good a Daguerreotype Likeness as can be obtained in the State.  Skylight Used.

Pictures taken in all weathers, and perfect satisfaction warranted or no charge. Hall’s Long Building, Main st.  Brattleboro, April 1, 1851.

The second advertisement appeared on August 27, 1851.  Again note the date of advertisement July 28, 1851.  Vermont Daguerrean Gallery.  The subscriber, thankful for the very liberal patronage received for the past two years, would inform the citizens of Brattleboro and the adjoining towns, that having Newly Fitted Up His Rooms, and spared no pains or expense to obtain all the Late Improvements in the Art, is now able to produce Pictures that cannot fail to give Perfect Satisfaction.

Prices varying from $1 to $6, according to the Size and Style of the Case.  Hall’s Long Building, Main Street.  J. H. Spear.  Brattleboro, July 28, ’51.

The third advertisement appeared on July 7, 1852  J. H. Spear’s Sky-Light Daguerreotype Rooms, Hall’s Long Building, Main Street.

Pictures taken in all weather and perfect satisfaction warranted or no charge.  Prices from One to Eight Dollars.  Brattleboro, Sept. 10th, 1851.  

The fourth advertisement appeared on January 26, 1853.  Daguerreotyping, The subscriber would respectfully give notice to the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by J. H. Spear for the purpose of taking and putting up Daguerreotypes in all the various styles of the art, such as Rings, Pins, Lockets, cases, frames, &c., &c.

All who feel interested in this beautiful art, and especially those who wish to obtain a perfect and pleasing Daguerreotype Likeness of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to give him a call, and secure one or more of those Beautiful Mementoes of Life, ere it shall be too light.  The pictures taken by the subscriber, for the richness and softness of tone, the clearness and distinctness of the expression of the eyes, are not surpassed by any.

Daguerreotypes and Paintings of all kinds, copied in the very best manner.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge will be made, as none but good work will be allowed to go from this room.  J. L. Lovell.  Brattleboro, Jan. 6, 1853

J. H. Spear is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Brattleboro, Vermont.  J. H. Spear was in the partnership of Spear & Mack in 1849.  It is possible that this is James H. Spear who was active in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Note on the Windham County Democrat I only had access to twenty issues between 1842 to 1853.

Spear & Mack

1849                Hall’s Long Building, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Spear & Mack (James H. Spear & J. C. Mack) were recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The announcement appeared on April 27, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Cooley & West have been succeeded in the Daguerreotype business in this village, by Messrs. Spear and Mack, at the old stand, Hall’s Long Building.  With the best apparatus and materials, united to skill and experience, the new comers are prepared to portray the “human face divine” in any style that may be desired, to the perfect satisfaction of sitters.  [Advertisement Next Week.] 

The first advertisement ran from May 4 to June 1, 1849.  As It Should Be.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Spear & Mack, Successors to Cooley & West, having recently purchased the interest in the same, and having had their Rooms fitted up with all the late Improvements of the “Sky-Light,” after the style of our best City Operators, with an entire New Stock of Plates, Chemicals, &c.  are now prepared to take Pictures, in groups or single, on large or small sized Plates; and with the use of their new, splendid, and recently imported German Camera, are now prepared to take Pictures equal to any taken at any other establishment in the United States,—having had long experience in the business, they cannot fail of giving perfect representations of the original, in point of light, shade, and color.

Pictures taken in cloudy as well as in fair weather, with the use of their new “Camera,” which requires a thorough knowledge of the difference in time (required to sit).

Likenesses taken of sick or deceased persons, Portraits, Daguerreotype and Painted Miniatures, Landscapes, Buildings, &c., &c., copied with accuracy and at short notice.

Terms reasonable and satisfaction warranted.

The inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity are most respectfully invited to their rooms and see specimens recently taken.

Also We keep constantly on hand an assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals, &c., adapted to the Daguerrian trade, which we will sell as low as can be purchased elsewhere.  J. H. Spear, J. C. Mack. Brattleboro, April 23.

The second advertisement ran from June 1 to August 17, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Spear & Mac, having recently purchased the interest of Cooley & West in this establishment, and fitted their room up with all the late improvements in the Art, including a Sky-Light after the style of the best city Operators, are prepared, with their lately imported German Camera, to take pictures equal to those taken at any other establishment in the United States.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as fair weather.

Terms reasonable and satisfaction warranted.

Please call and examine specimens, at Hall’s Long Building.

Instruction given in the Art.                          

Spear & Mack are not recorded in other photographic directories as being partners.  James H. Spear is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts 1853–1856 . J. H. Spear will be posted in tomorrow’s post as being active until 1853 in Brattleboro, Vermont.  It is possible they are the same person. J. C. Mack is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles T. Ripley

1846                Address Unknown, Troy, New York.                                                                              1846                Rooms over Mr. Steen’s Bookstore, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Charles T. Ripley was recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The first announcement appeared on March 19, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—Mr. C. T. Ripley, of Troy, N. Y., has been in the village for some days, engaged in taking miniatures by the daguerreotype process; and has succeeded admirably well in obtaining correct likenesses.  He makes an absolutely ugly man appear to be very good advantage; while the ladies look so like themselves, that a bashful friend of ours spends all his evenings at Mr. R’s rooms, gazing at their portraits; it being, he says, “a more quiet and far less dangerous pleasure, than visiting the originals.”  Call, and see for yourselves.  Rooms over Mr. Steen’s Bookstore.

The second announcement appeared on April 9, 1846.  Mr. Editor:  I had the pleasure a day or two since of looking in at Mr. Ripley’s Daguerreotype Rooms, and of seeing some specimens of his skill in the art; and it is no more than justice to Mr. R., to say, that I think his work would not suffer in the comparison with that done by the best city Artist.  Likenesses may now be obtained with such facility, and at such slight expense, that one is hardly excusable for neglecting it. Your’s, &c.     ——

We understand that Mr. Ripley is to remain in town but a few days longer, and those who are desirous of being taken would do well to call soon.

The advertisement ran from April 30 to May 7, 1846.  Mr. C. T. Ripley, now absent, will return the last part of the present week, when he will be prepared to execute likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, of all sizes to suite customers.  Mr. R. is grateful for past patronage, and is confident that he can give satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.

The third announcement appeared on May 7, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—Mr. C. T. Ripley has returned, and is now prepared to execute likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, of all sizes, and set in cases, lockets, &c.  Mr. R. is grateful for past patronage, and is confident that he can give satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.  Mr. R. will be in town but a few days.  Please call soon.

Charles T. Ripley is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Troy, New York 1845-1847.

Cooley & West

1848                Rooms in Hall’s Long Building, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Cooley & West were recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from May 5 to June 30, 1848.

Daguerreotypes.  The Vermont Daguerrian Gallery Is now being fitted up in Hall’s Long Building.  It will be opened for the reception of visitors, May 10, 1848, when the proprietors will be happy to have a call from the citizens generally, and to show them our specimens; also our assortment of Gold Lockets, which will be sold very cheap, by the single one or by the dozen.

Operators that are in want of Lockets will find it for their advantage to give them a call before purchasing at Boston or other places.

Also, will be kept at their Gallery a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals and every thing appertaining to the Daguerreotype line, which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Likenesses taken of deceased persons; also from Paintings, Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c.

Pupils thoroughly instructed in the art, and furnished with instruments, if desired.   O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West.

The second advertisement ran from June 30 to August 11, 1848.  Miniatures.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Cooley & West Would inform the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity that they have fitted up their rooms in a superior manner for taking beautiful Daguerreotype Likenesses, in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Rings, &c., by side or sky light, as the sitter may prefer.  We flatter ourselves, with our long and successful experience in the business, in the Southern as well as the Northern States, and with the late great improvements in the art, we shall be able to take Likenesses of Persons, Portraits, Miniatures, Paintings, Engravings, &c., in a style of execution, boldness of character, beauty of expression, in variety of sizes, and delicacy of light and shadow that will suit the most fastidious.

Constantly on hand, a splendid assortment of Gold and Gilt Lockets.  Operators are requested to give us a call before purchasing elsewhere, as we shall sell very cheap. Single or by the dozen.  Also a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals, every thing appertaining to the Photographic Art, and which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Operators are invited to examine our Photographic Accelerating Fluid, which is acknowledged by the best artist to be the best thing now in use.

Likenesses taken of deceased persons.  Particular attention paid to instructing pupils in every branch of the business.  Also all the late improvements in the art.  Persons wishing to go South or West will find it for their interest to give us a call before engaging elsewhere.  Constantly on hand, German, French and American Cameras, which will be sold low.O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West, Hall’s Long Building, over the Post Office.

The announcement ran on April 27, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Cooley & West have been succeeded in the Daguerreotype business in this village, by Messrs. Spear and Mack, at the old stand, Hall’s Long Building.  With the best apparatus and materials, united to skill and experience, the new comers are prepared to portray the “human face divine” in any style that may be desired, to the perfect satisfaction of sitters.  [Advertisement Next Week.]

Otis H. Cooley was active in Springfield, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont.  George S. West is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. A. Cheney

1858                Opposite the Post Office, Brattleboro, Vermont.

A. A. Cheney was recorded in an advertisement on August 14 which ran until October 16, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont.) Daguerreotypes! Ambrotypes, &c.  All varieties of Sun Pictures Executed in the best manner and on the most reasonable terms.  At the sign of Miller’s Picture Gallery, opposite the Post Office,——Brattleboro.  Perfect Satisfaction Guaranteed.

A. A. Cheney does not appear in other photographic directories.