1850 Corner of State and Water Streets, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
D. Clark was recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 20 to April 8, 1850 in the Tri-Weekly Standard (Bridgeport, Connecticut). City Daguerrian Rooms Corner of State and Water streets, Bridgeport. D. Clark would respectfully announce to the citizens of Bridgeport and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the above location, and is now prepared to give likenesses, which for strictness of delineation and perfectness of mechanical execution, cannot be equalled by any other establishment in this State. Knowing that many wish to avail themselves of likenesses of their friends, whose means are limited, his scale of prices has been fixed at low rates. Likenesses taken of the Sick And Deceased at the shortest notice, and in a superior manner.
Public Buildings, copies of Portraits, &c., taken with apparatus particularly adapted to such purposes.
Pictures taken for Lockets, Bracelets, Pins and Rings. The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.
Instruction in the art given on reasonable terms. Dark dresses in all cases preferred. J 29.
D. Clark is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1850.
1843 Sterling Block, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Mr. Cary appeared in two advertisements in the Republican Farmer (Bridgeport, Connecticut). The first advertisement appeared on August 15, 1843,. Splendid Colored Daguerreotypes. Single or in groups, taken by Cary at the Sterling Block.
The second advertisement was recorded on August 22, 1843. Daguerreotypes.—This method of taking likenesses, is one of the most astonishing discoveries of the age. Had the discovery been made in the seventeenth century, the author would no doubt have been regarded as a witch, and perhaps been hung or burnt at the stake. The improvements that have been recently made in the art, are very great. Not only are the form and features correctly given, but those taken by Mr. Cary, now at Sterling’s Building, give also, to a remarkable degree, the colors of the face. We examined some dozen or more likenesses, in an unfinished state, at his room, last week, and were surprised at the improvement in this respect. Some of them were almost as true as life.—We recognized every face with which we were acquainted, at the very first glance. Among the number, were the likenesses of two children, (brother and sister,) on one plate.—They were complete. Mr. Cary remains here another week.
Mr. Cary is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1843 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is possible that this is Preston M. Cary, but further research is needed to verify this.