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S. T. Corley

1849-1850       Rooms in the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Camden, South Carolina.                                  1850                  Address Unknown, Darlington, South Carolina

S. T. Corley was recorded in an advertisement and an announcement. The advertisements the first ran from November 28, 1849 to January 2, 1850 in The Camden Journal (Camden, South Carolina). A Favorable Opportunity Is now offered to those who wish to obtain neat Daguerreotype Likenesses of themselves or their friends.  Rooms in the Odd Fellows’ Hall.  Call and examine for yourselves.                    S. T. Corley.

The announcement ran on February 1, 1850 in The Camden Journal (Camden, South Carolina).  Mr. S. T. Corley, of Kentucky, has been successfully engaged in taking Daguerreotype Likenesses at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, in our town, for nearly two months, and has “struck off” many of our citizens.  Mr. C. is a young man of agreeable manners, and his demeanor among us entitles him to patronage and support.  His well assorted supply of cases and lockets, of every sort and size, cannot fail to suit the taste of the most fastidious.—Some of his pictures would well compare with those of Daguerreotypist of more experience and reputation.  Mr. C. has gone to Darlington for a few weeks, after which our citizens will again enjoy the opportunity of having their likenesses taken.

S. T. Corley is listed in Craig’s Daguerrean Registry in April 1848 over Mrs. Swinney’s grocery, Albany, Georgia; 1849 in Laurensville, South Carolina; 1850 in Salisbury, North Carolina. In Early Georgia Photographers 1841-1861: A Biographical Checklist, by E. Lee Eltzroth places his activity dates in Albany, Georgia from April to about May 25, 1848.  In Partners with the Sun South Carolina Photographers 1840-1940, by Harvey S. Teal.  List his activity dates as July 1849 in Laurensville and in March of 1850 in Darlington, South Carolina.

B. A. & Washington W. Chilton

N. D.                   Address Unknown, New York, New York.                                                                        1841-1842       269 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina.[1]                                                              1842                   Rooms at Mr. Starke’s Hotel, Camden, South Carolina.

B. A. & Washington W. Chilton were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Camden Journal (Camden, South Carolina.) The first announcement appeared on March 9, 1842. Miniatures.  By reference to our advertising columns, it will be seen that the Messrs. Chilton propose furnishing those of our citizens who may desire it, with facsimile of themselves.  We have seen some specimens, exhibiting the perfection to which the art has been carried, and although they are not very pretty specimens, they are surprisingly exact likenesses.  Those of our friends, therefore, who may desire to possess a perfect counterpart of themselves, have now the opportunity of doing so.  We want them beforehand, however, not to fall out with the artist, if he should not, at the same time be able to make handsome picture, and a perfect likeness—the latter may be relied on.

The advertisement ran from March 9 to 30, 1842 in The Camden Journal (Camden, South Carolina.)  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The Ladies and Gentlemen of Camden are respectfully informed that the Subscribers, late of New York City, have fitted up rooms at Mr. Starke’s Hotel, and will remain until the first of April, for the purpose of taking Miniature Likenesses, after the manner of M. Daguerre, of Paris.  The process of taking Miniatures in the above manner has been brought to such a state of perfection that the powerful rays of the sun, heretofore so necessary in the operation, have been entirely dispensed with, and likenesses can consequently, be taken in any kind of weather, with perfect accuracy, occupying the time of the sitter but a few seconds.  Specimens can be seen at Mr. McKain’s Drug Store, and at the Subscribers’ rooms.  Office hours from 9 A. M., to 4 P. M. every day.

The second announcement appeared on March 16, 1842 in the same newspaper.  Messrs. Chilton are prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses at their room at Mr. Starke’s Hotel.  As their stay in Camden, is limited to the first of April those who wish to have their miniatures taken, would do well to avail themselves of the present opportunity.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.