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Westcott & Dow

1854                Address Unknown, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Westcott & Dow were recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 28 to April, 18, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Excelsior” Daguerreian Car.  Westcott & Dow Would Respectfully Announce to the citizens of Ogdensburgh and vicinity that they will remain in this place a few days with their Mammoth Daguerreian Gallery.

This car is fitted up expressly for this business, having Sky and Side Lights combined.  In this combination of light, which may be used separately if required, the unpleasant shades have been reduced, and mellowness, prominence richness and brilliancy of finish is given to the likeness, rarely found in the most extensive Galleries.

It has become an acknowledged fact that the human countenance can be preserved without decay, and from the long experience and through knowledge of all the improvements appertaining to the art, and the many facilities with which they are enabled to operate in their new Car, they flatter themselves that their work will not suffer in comparison with that of the most popular Artists of the country.

They are now prepared to take pictures of all sizes, from the smallest miniature even to the largest ever taken, at prices ranging from One to Fifteen dollars.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge.

Their Stock is also of the best quality, consisting in part of Gold Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Jewel, Jenny Lind, Pearl, and French Miniature Cases.  Fancy, French, and Kossuth Frames, of large and small sizes, &c.

Single pictures put up and secured with preservers, for the low price on One Dollar.

Likenesses Of Children taken in from two to three seconds in clear weather.  Adults in all kinds of weather.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens, to satisfy themselves.  As they expect to remain but a short time, they would recommend to those who prize the mementoes of departed friends, and would secure their perfect likenesses, to avail themselves of the present opportunity.

Perfect copies of Paintings, Crayons, Daguerreotypes made large or small, as they may require.

N. B—Particular attention given to taking Family Groups.

Hours of operating from 9 to 4 o’clock; Children 10 to 4 o’clock.   

Westcott & Dow are not recorded as being in partnership.  James M. Dow is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active Watertown and Ogdensburg.  He also records a C. P Wescott or Westcott as being active in Watertown, New York, it is unknown if they are the same person. 

N. M. Smith

1856-1857                   8 Safford Block, Watertown, New York.

N. M. Smith was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on March 13, 1856.  To Daguerreotype Artists.  Having disposed of my entire wholesale stock of Daguerreotype Materials to N. M. Smith & Co., Druggists, No. 8 Safford Block, I would now cheerfully recommend them to my customers and the public generally. C. P. Westcott.  Watertown, N. Y. March 1st, 1856.

The Subscribers, in addition to the stock purchase of C. P. Westcott, are now receiving direct from the importers and most approved manufacturers, a full and general assortment of cases, Plates, Chemicals, and all materials used in taking Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Photographic Pictures; and will hereafter keep a full stock to supply operators in either of the above Arts.  Also Cameras, Tubes, and a general variety of apparatus used for that purpose.

Orders from Dealers and Operators filled with care, at the lowest Wholesale Prices.  All Goods safely packaged and forwarded according to directions.

They will also continue to keep a full stock of Drugs and Medicines, Oils, Varnishes, Dye-Stuffs, Paints, Window Glass, Brushes, Chemicals, &c., which they will sell at Wholesale or Retail at the lowest Market Prices. No. 8 Safford Block, opposite American Hotel. N. M. Smith & Co.

The second advertisement appeared on May 7, 1857.  Melainotype.  The Attention Of Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Photographic Artists, is particularly invited to this new and beautiful discovery, the Melainotype; combining cheapness and durability, with great saving of labor, time and trouble.—it is certainly the newest, latest, and greatest improvement in the art.

The Plates, with the Licenses for using them, are sold at the Patentees’ lowest wholesale prices by the subscriber, Druggists and Dealers in Chemicals and Daguerrean Goods generally.  No. 8, Safford Block.  N. M. Smith & Co.  Wholesale Agents.  Watertown, May 5, 1856.

N. M. Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. O. Howard

1851                13 & 15 Arcade Building, Watertown, New York.

A.  O. Howard was recorded in an announcement that ran on June 5, 1851 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  A. O. Howard.—It becomes our painful duty to record the sudden death of this estimable young man.  He was subject to fits from an injury upon the head received in his youth, and while riding in a buggy near Chaumont, where he had gone on business, he was attacked with a fit, fell from the buggy, and in falling broke his neck, causing instant death.  He had been engaged through the winter by C. P. Westcott, in his Daguerrean Gallery, in which business he was an expert operator.  He was about establishing himself in business, when he was overtaken by death in this sudden and unexpected manner.  His mild disposition, agreeable society and moral worth, will cause many friends and associates to morn his early death.

A O. Howard is not listed in other photographic directories.