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William White

1842                Corner Fulton & Front Streets, Brooklyn, New York.

William White was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 23 to 26, 1842 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.—Wm. White, corner Fulton and Front streets, up stairs, executes Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in a few seconds, and on moderate terms.  The patronage of the public is respectfully solicited.  Specimens may be seen at his rooms, as above.       

William White is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Alexander B. Weeks

1852                137 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Alexander B. Weeks of the partnership of Fredericks and Weeks was recorded in two advertisements. The first advertisement ran from October 13 to 30, 1852 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  In all conscience enough has been said about Daguerreotypes; but, friends, just called at the new Rooms, opened by Fredericks & Weeks, (second floor,) No. 137 Atlantic-st., between Henry and Clinton-sts., Brooklyn, and without saying much, we will show you pictures that we rather guess will please you.  C. D. Fredericks.   A. B. Weekes.

The second advertisement ran from October 25 to November 29, 1852 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  Something New—The attention of the citizens of Brooklyn are respectfully invited to the Daguerreotypes taken daily at the new rooms of Fredericks & Weeks, (second floor,) 137 Atlantic Street, between Clinton and Henry streets, South Brooklyn.  C. D. Fredricks, A. B. Weeks.

Alexander B. Weeks is recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him apparently working for J. Gurney between 1848-1854.

Turck & Elting

1854-1855       57 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Truck & Elting (J. Turck & A. Elting) were recorded in two advertisements and one poem in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  The first advertisement ran from December 7, 1854 to January 6, 1855.  Holiday Presents.—Daguerreotypes.—57 Fulton street, Brooklyn, opposite Hicks st., where the subscribers are prepared to execute likenesses of a superior tone and finish in all the variety of styles for Holiday Presents at low prices.  Having a large assortment of fancy cases, the[y] flatter themselves that they can please all who may favor them with a call.

Their Daguerreotypes are not to be excelled by any others in this city or New York.  J. Turck, A. Elting.                

The poem ran on December 22, 1854.  Santa Claus; Or, A Directory For The Holidays….


When the friends we loved in another day

Are keeping the holidays far away,

And we, though longing, cannot be there,

The pleasures and festive joys to share,

What else can such enchantment lend

As the likeness of an absent friend?

A daguerreotype any taste to suit,

Such as Elting & Turck can execute.

The second advertisement ran from February 9 to May 14, 1855.  Turck & Elting’s Daguerreotype Rooms. 57 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, opposite Hicks st., where we intend offering to the citizens of Brooklyn, and all who may favor us with a call, Daguerreotypes equal to any taken in this city or New York, at the low price of Fifty Cents—including case.

We possess advantages, that few can boast of—our rooms are easy of access, we have a large and beautiful Sky Light, which is admitted to be the best in this city; this, together with twelve years experience in the Daguerreotype business, will be sufficient inducement to all those in want of a pleasing, soft toned, life like and unfading picture to give us a call.

Pictures of Adults take[n] in cloudy as well as clear weather.  J. Turck.  A. Elting.       

Turck & Elting (J. Turck & A. Elting) are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Jeremiah Turck, possibly in Hudson, New York in 1850 recorded as J. Surck and in Troy New York in 1851-1852 as Turck & Forshew and again in Troy in 1857-1858.  It is possibly that they are the same person based on the time line.

Mr. Tarr

1853    283 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Tarr of the firm Harrison & Hill was mentioned in one announcement for Harrison & Hill on August 27, 1853 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York).  …Then long live Harrison and Hill’s Daguerreotype Establishment say we, with young Mr. Tarr, too, whose operating is capital, and his pictures likewise.  As to any flippant criticisms from some New York press, the writer whereof gives up about a quarter of a minute to look at the object criticized, and lets out the decision just as accident or interest turns it, why, the same critic, talking by word of mouth in an assembly of intelligent people, wouldn’t be thought worth any further answer than a pretty broad smile.—Why, old friend, Elizabeth, whose polite and honest face greets us so smilingly at your door, and into whose lap the children, we fancy, are always willing to sit quiet—she may have a far better eye for a good picture than even a Crystal Palace critic has.

Mr. Tarr is nor recorded in other photographic directories.


1844                57 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Skinner was recorded in one announcement that appeared on March 12, 1844 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).  The Ne Plus Ultra.—We have recently been shown some Daguerreotype miniatures, taken by Skinner, 57 Hicks street, which surpass in beauty, distinctness, and life-like expression, the best specimens yet produced in this line of art—so far, at least, as our observation has extended.  The somber aspect of the countenance and dazzling surface of the plate, which have hitherto been considered objections to Daguerreotypes, are obviated in the specimens referred to by tinting and gilding.  The figure is rendered permanent by the same process, and hence not liable to be destroyed by an unlucky slip of the glass, or a trace of the finger.  Indeed it seems as if improvement could no further go; and we can recommend all who wish to procure fac similes of themselves, or friends, at a very moderate price, to call upon Skinner, as above—who, by the way, is a dentist, and practices the art as much from love as for money.

Skinner is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Brooklyn in 1844.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list John Skinner in 1846-1847 in Troy, New York, it is unknown if they are the same person.

A. B. Schermerhorn

1848                Carey’s Building, Brooklyn, New York.

A. B. Schermerhorn was recorded in one announcement in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).  The Doings Of A Night.  Awful conflagration—two hundred dwellings and stores destroyed—three churches burned—immense destruction of property.

The calamity which has fallen on our city is so sudden, so wide spread and so deeply afflicting that we know not how to begin the record of its fearful events.  On Saturday night our citizens retired to their beds without apprehension of danger, without a thought that the destroying angel had stretched forth his arm over our devoted city.  But when the sun arose on Sunday Morning he looked through the chambers of the east on such a scene of devastation as never spread itself open to his eyes in the annals of this young city.  In the brief space of six hours the devouring flame had swept over eight entire blocks in the densest portion of our city, consuming about two hundred buildings and turning into the streets, from their warm beds, probably not less than four hundred persons. As near as we are now able to arrive at the facts the amount of property destroyed may be worth nearly a million dollars……..

138 Fulton Street.  John C. Smith, Lawyer; Charles J. Lowry, Lawyer; Sam H. Cownwell, Copyist; William H. Franklin, Daguerreotypist; L. Hjousberry, piano fortes; John Rolf, lawyer and city surveyor; Cyrus P. Smith, lawyer.

Carey’s Buildings.  S. Adams, drugs; M. Nevin, books; Silas Ludlam, city survear; G. King, Architect; H. A. Moore, attorney; W. C. Halsey, portrait painter; McDevett, portrait painter; U O of Am. Mechanics; Brooklyn Freeman; Schermerhorn, daguerreotypes; Brooklyn Star.

An A. B. Schermerhorn is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without activity dates or address.

Miller Brothers

1854                Corner First and South Seventh, Williamsburg, New York.

Miller Brothers were recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on October 26, 1854.  Elegant Daguerreotype Establishment For sale.—The subscriber offers for sale at a great bargain, the most beautiful daguerrean rooms in Williamsburg, located in the most central and public part of the city.  The finishing and embellishment of the rooms will favorably compare with the best Broadway establishments, there being a splendid gallery of the celebrities of Europe and America, all handsomely framed, with everything requisite for caring on the business.  Price $2,000.  Apply to Russell W. Westcott, 72 Eighth avenue, New York.

The second advertisement appeared on November 1, 1854.  For sale—A Daguerrean Gallery, The Best location in Williamsburg, fitted up in fine style, long lease and cheap rent, will be sold for half its value.  Apply on the premises, over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank, corner of First and South Seventh streets, Williamsburg.  Miller Brothers.

The third advertisement appeared on December 19, 1854.  Russell W. Westcott, Auctioneer.—Elegant daguerreotype establishment at auction on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 11 o’clock, on the corner of First and South Seventh streets, Williamsburg, over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank.  Splendid location.  The rooms are gorgeously furnished—velvet carpets, rosewood chairs, marble top chairs, writing desk, show cases, &c.; with over 250 European and American portraits, including Shakspeare’s Seven Ages, all richly framed, full sized cameras, and everything in fine order for carrying on the business; with five year lease from May next, at a low rent.  The rooms can be examined at any time previous to the sale, which will be peremptory, rain or shine.

Miller Brothers are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1854 on First and South Seventh Streets, Williamsburg.  William H. Miller is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1854 over the Farmers’ and Citizens’ Bank, and is likely one of the brothers, but no reference to who the other brother is.  Craig does reference J. & D. (James & David) Miller in 1854-1855 at 687 6th Avenue, New York City.

N. Lott

1855                345 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York.

N. Lott was recorded in an announcement on May 14, 1855 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York). Progress Of Art.—Of all the arts useful and elegant in which we can fairly boast of excellence, that of Photography is justly held in high estimation. The credit of our city in this respect will be much increased by Messrs. N. Lott & Co., who have opened and fitted up as a Daguerrean Gallery a splendid suite of rooms at No. 345 Fulton st. opposite the City Hall.  Bome of Messrs. Lott & Co.’s specimens of single portraits and family groups surpass anything we have seen in the faithful and life-like manner in which every feature and lineament is traced.  A visit to this gallery will well repay the exertion.

N. Lott is not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. P. Jackson

1845-1846       122 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                           1846-1847       43 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York.

H. P. Jackson was recorded three times. The first time was posted two days ago on (August 20, 2019) under Jackson & Gould reporting on a court case (Jackson & Gould vs Insley), second an advertisement and third an announcement.

The advertisement ran from June 13, 1846 to May 21, 1847 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York.  Jackson’s N. York & Brooklyn daguerrian Gallery, Removed From 122 Broadway, N. Y. To Number 43 Fulton street, Brooklyn.

The thousands that have patronized this Gallery in New York, afford the best evidence that his portraits cannot be surpassed, if equaled, by any establishment in the United States.  The recent valuable discoveries made by Mr. Jackson in the art enable him to make his portraits permanent and durable, being coated with a surface of pure transparent gold,) while those taken at other establishments have been found to fade.  The ladies and Gentlemen of Brooklyn, together with his old customers in New York, are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.

H. P. Likenesses of sick or deceased persons taken at residences, at the shortest notice.         

The announcement appeared on November 2, 1846 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).   Local Intelligence: &c….Deferred from Saturday…The office of Wm. Jenkins, Sheriff of Kings county, in the second story of No. 43 Fulton street, was entered on Thursday evening and the thieves found nothing more attractive than a weapon known as a “dummy,” which they carried off with them.  The daguerreotype rooms of Mr. Jackson, on the same floor, were likewise forced open, and a number of pictures stolen, showing that the thieving gentry have cultivated minds and some taste in the fine arts….

H. P. Jackson is only recorded with the 122 Broadway address in 1846-1847 in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.


1843                Address and location unknown possibly Brooklyn, New York.

Hodgkinson was recorded in an announcement that appeared on October 19, 1843 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat (Brooklyn, New York).  Fair of the Brooklyn Institute….The colored Daguerreotypes, by Hodgkinson, are very fine.

Hodgkinson does not appear in other photographic directories.