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Tileston, Randall & Co.

1859                50 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston, Randall & Co. (William W. Tileston, Charles M. Tileston and J. D. Randall) were recorded in five announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on September 6, 1859.  Sun Beam Gallery.—Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., will open their new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street, this evening easly gas light with a soiree.  Their friends and the public generally are invited to call and examine their suit of rooms for practicing the photographic art.

The second announcement appeared on September 8, 1859.  Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., Daguerreotypist, opened their handsome new Gallery, on Main street, on Tuesday evening, and entertained a pleasant and numerous company of ladies and gentlemen, who passed the evening in agreeable conversation, and examining the beautiful specimens of the art with which the rooms are adorned.  The gallery will be open every evening, and it will be found a pleasant place of resort for an hour.  The combined experience and talent of the three gentlemen will enable this company to produce the finest pictures in every department of the daguerreotyping and photographic art.

The third announcement appeared on September 21, 1859.  Persons wishing good Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, or Photographs, will bear in mind that the place to get them is at Tileston, Rondall & Co.s new Sun Beam Gallery, No. 50, Main street.  Their pictures possess beauty and delicacy of detail, combined with a rotundity rarely seen in Photographic expressions.  Remember that their gallery is kept open every evening until nine o’clock.  Call and examine their pictures by gas light.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 24, 1859.  The New Art Gallery.—Evansville, both at home and abroad, is noted for her commercial and manufacturing advantages; and truly in this respect she has not been underrated; but while steamers plough our waters, canal barges traverse our rich valleys, and railroads bear in their daily burdens, and all pour their rich stores into our lap of commerce; and although our forges and foundries and mills and factories ring with the hum of machinery and the song of labor, yet our people have not altogether forgotten to mingle the beautiful with the useful, in building up the fair fame of our city.

The growing taste of our people is evinced by the number and order of arrangement of our public libraries and cabinets; the improvements in architecture; the embellishment of public halls, saloons, business houses, churches, and private dwellings; the adornment of grounds; the advancement in music, and the polite modes and habits of our society.  And among the many other improvements in popular taste, none is more perceptible just now than the pleasure and satisfaction everywhere expressed at the recent fitting up by the Messrs. Tileston, Randall & Co., of their new Gallery of Art on Main Street.

Readers, have you yet visited the new rooms of these accomplished artists?  It is well worth a visit by the lovers of taste and the beautiful.  The main stairway entrance from the street is broad and inviting to the ascent.  It is open at all hours of the day, and till nine o’clock at night, and is then brilliantly lighted up with beautiful gas fixtures.  Arrived upon the second floor, you are ushered into an elegant apartment which combines the purpose of a saloon, sitting-room, and gallery of art.  Here you register your name in a book conveniently arranged for that purpose, rest awhile, if you like, on the comfortable sofas, and then look around at the pictures upon the walls.  From the floor to the ceiling is hung an endless variety of portraits, life-size photographs in oil, colored photographs, ambrotypes, sun pictures, stereoscopic views, groups, scenes, landscapes, and every style and variety of pictures known to the art.

After you have, of course, selected from the center table a case in which to have your own pleasant features mapped out, you pull a tasseled cord which hangs by the second stairway and the tinkling of a little silver bell above brings down one of the smiling young men, who usher you up into the chief operating room.  This chamber is forty feet long, by twenty in width, and is lighted by an immense sky light, in the center, over head.  The cameras and screens are so arranged, as that two sets of operators can work at the same time with equal effect, and the screens can be extended in any way on slides and hinges, so as to admit of a group of almost any size being taken, with a back ground of over twenty feet in width.

Before sitting for your picture, you step into a beautiful little alcove, fitted up in one corner, and modestly (!) drawing together the tasteful curtains, you find yourself before a large mirror, with all the other toilet paraphernalia, and you soon make yourself “good looking” enough to be “taken off” without breaking the camera lens.  The impression, with the “delightful expression” is done in a moment, and while your friends, the tall and affable Dan, and the sprightly and skillful Tileston Bros., are perfecting your ugliness in the dark room, you have time to look at the general arrangement.  At one end of the chamber is a large shop or working room, for doing the mechanical work of the establishment, and adjoining this is the dark room, fitted up with every possible permanent arrangement.

At the other end is a room, with large windows opening out to admit the sunlight, for photographic purposes.  Several smaller apartments adjoin, with “no admittance” marked over the entrance, into which, however, you will be “admitted” if you are good-looking, patronizing, and have an uncontrollable desire to poke your nose into all the mysteries of the art.  Your picture, by this time is ready; you are satisfied with it, pay for it, and descend into the lower gallery, where you take a card from a fanciful ocean shell-case on the center table, and descend to the street, wondering why everybody don’t visit Tileston, Randall & Co., Picture Gallery, and resolving to tell your friends so.  In short you are satisfied, after a visit, as we are, that this Gallery will hereafter not only afford pleasure and profit to our own people, but, that strangers, happening in the city, will visit these rooms, along with the other exhibitions of public taste and pleasure which adorn the flourishing city of Evansville.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 17, 1859, Vol. XII, No. 53, P. 1.

List of Premiums Awarded at the South-Western Indiana District Fair… Class No. 12—Art. 

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best collection colored photographs, 1st premium, 5,00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co., of Vanderburgh, [County] best ambrotype and sun pictures, 1st premium, 5 00 and diploma.

Tileston, Randall & Co. are not recorded are being in partnership in other photographic directories.  William W. & Charles M. Tileston and J. D Randall are all three recorded in other photographic directories and William W. & Charles M. Tileston were previously posted on May 26 as the Tileston Brothers.

Tileston Brothers

1857-1859       First Street opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston Brothers (William W. & Charles M.) were recorded in fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on June 6, 1857.  The Tileston’s of the Sunbeam Gallery seem determined to keep pace with all the late improvements in their line, and are daily turning out some of the finest pictures we have ever seen taken in this city.  One of them is now away up the river purchasing stock, and getting the late improvement.

The second appeared on June 27, 1857.  The pictures taken by Tileston & Bro., at the Sun Beam Gallery, on First street, seem to be all the go, and give very general satisfaction.  Persons from the neighboring towns and country should give them a call, to see their gallery and specimens.  Their prices are low, ranging from $1 up.  Remember the place, on First street, opposite the Post Office.  They allow none but first rate pictures to leave their rooms.

The third appeared on July 8, 1857.  Stop in as you pass the Sun Beam Gallery, as Tileston & Bro take pleasure in waiting on their visitors.  They may be found on first street opposite the Post Office, where they are constantly turning out their much admired pictures, taken from one dollar up.

The fourth appeared on September 7, 1857.  We know of no place so pleasant to visit as Tileston & Bro’s Ambrotype Gallery, First Street, opposite the Post Office.  The specimens are good and plenty of them.  They make and put up pictures in the finest style, and warrant them to give satisfaction.

The fifth appeared on October 6, 1857.  Report of Awards Made at the Third Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh county Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F.  Class No. 1—Fine Arts, &c.

Tileston & Bro’s, Best Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, Diploma.

The sixth appeared on October 17, 1857.  The Camera used by Tileston & Bro. at their Gallery on First street, opposite the Post Office, is the largest ever used in this city, with which they are now making beautiful whole size pictures in cases or frames.  These pictures are the largest ever gotten up in this place, and when framed make handsome parlor ornaments.  Give them a call and examine their specimens.

The seventh appeared on March 30, 1858.  The finest pictures now taken in the city are taken at Tileston & Bro’s gallery, on First street, opposite the Post Office, where the largest collection of specimens ever exhibited in this city can be seen at all hours during the day.—Readers, your face should be among the collection.

The eighth appeared on October 11, 1858.  Vanderburgh County Fair.—Persons visiting our city during the fair will find it to their interest to call at Tileston & Bro.’s gallery on First street, between Main and Locust, where one of the proprietors can at all times be found ready to wait upon their visitors, either by taking their picture in any style of the art from a miniature to a large sized colored Photograph, or showing their specimens.

The ninth appeared on October 18, 1858.  Photographs.—No object attracted more attention and admiration at the Fair than the beautiful colored photographs by the different artist in the city.  One of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, by Tileston Brothers, attracted the eye of every one, and was the object of universal remark.  Every admirer of the distinguished Senator should obtain one to become familiar with the features of so eminent a statesman.

The tenth appeared on October 19, 1858.  List of Premiums Awarded by the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F—Class 1.

Randall & Elliott, best collection of Ambrotypes…………………………$1 and dip.

Tileston and Brother, best plain and colored collection of Photographs…..$1 and dip.

The eleventh appeared on December 18, 1858. Chromotypes.—The Messrs. Tileston, assisted by Mr. Webster of Louisville, are producing a beautiful new style of pictures, called Chromotypes, which are equal in beauty and effect to any thing we have seen.  They rival the colored photographs in distinctness and beauty of delineation, and are at the same time much less expensive.  We advise the lovers of art to call at the Tileston gallery and inspect them.

The twelfth announcement appeared on December 21, 1858.  Messrs. Tileston & Bro.—We have been presented with a photographic likeness of Judge Douglas, by the Brothers Tileston.—it is excellent as a work of art, and the likeness represents the Judge as he appeared a few years ago, before his former serene expression had been made rigid and severe, by rough encounters with Lecomptonism.

The thirteen announcement appeared on April 7, 1859.  We would call attention to those beautifully colored pictures called Chronotypes made at Tileston Brothers’ Gallery, opposite the Post Office.  Also their beautiful plain and colored photographs, of all sizes, from one-fourth up to life-size, ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and all the different styles of pictures to be had at their gallery.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on April 27, 1859.  Tileston’s Gallery.—Yesterday we saw at Tileston’s Gallery, photographic portraits—full life size—of Dr. George B. Walker and his lady, which present most perfect living likenesses of the originals; as specimens of the perfection to which the art of photographing has been advanced, they are worth inspection.  The friends of the Doctor and Mrs. W. will, of course, go to see them.  We learn that the negatives were taken here, and the painting was done by an artist in Louisville.  Messrs. Tileston have now the means of furnishing the most perfect effigies and counterfeit presentments of all who wish to see themselves as others see them, or desire that a copy of their lineaments shall be preserved, after they shall fade and pass away.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 22, 1859.  The Library Association acknowledge the receipt from Tileston Bros., of a very fine photograph likeness of the Rev. Dr. Baird, (large size).  Donations of this sort are appreciated.  They add to the attractions of the rooms, and besides from a contribution to the stock of the Association, by no means insignificant.  A gallery of portraits of eminent literary men would be a very appropriate adornment for the Library Room.  And it is hoped that the artist friends of the institution will manage to keep the Association under accumulating obligations for their favors.  The portrait of Dr. Baird, besides being a perfect likeness, is, in its mechanical execution, an excellent production.  Messrs. Tilestons need no other recommendation than their own work.

Tileston Brothers are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in Evansville, Indiana 1858-1861. In the eleventh announcement the brothers are assisted by Webster from Louisville, Kentucky this is Edward Z. see post on May 29th William W. Tileston.