Tag Archives: Charlestown Virginia

J. Keagy

1850                Rooms at the Court House, Charles Town, Virginia.

J. Keagy was recorded in two announcements. A third announcement is recorded but it is only speculation on my part that they are the same person. The first announcement appeared on April 16, 1850 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia).  Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Keagy, a daguerrean Artist of considerable merit, is now sojourning in our town, and has his rooms at the Court House.  He has already taken some among the finest likenesses we have ever seen, and is prepared to do any work pertaining to the Daguerrean art.

The second announcement appeared on April 16, 1850 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia).  Daguerreotype Miniatures Taken In The Best Style By J. Keagy, Daguerrian Artist.  Rooms at the Court-House, where he will remain but a short time, for the purpose of taking Miniatures by the improved Daguerrian process.

The Ladies and Gentlemen of Charlestown and Jefferson and cordially invited to call and examine Specimens which the subscriber feels confident will commend him to the patronage of all who wish good Daguerreotype Portraits.

N. B. These Miniatures are taken in all kinds of weather. Miniatures set in Lockets, Rings, etc. in the best style.

The third announcement appeared on October 15, 1855 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  … We publish elsewhere the farewell card of Mr. P. E. Gibbs, who leaves this city for Richmond.  We can but express regret at the departure from us of so accomplished an artist and worthy citizen as Mr. G. [  ?  ] congratulate the people of Richmond on his accession to that city.  As a daguerrean artist we regard Mr. Gibbs as without a superior anywhere.  He leaves the assurance that his place will be well filled in the person of his successor, Mr. Keagy.—Lynchburg Virginian, Oct. 12.

J. Keagy is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Charlestown Virginia or Lynchburg, Virginia. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a John Keagy as being active in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1860. Its unknown if they are the same person.

Hape & Kuhn

1856                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Charles Town, Virginia.                                                1856-1857     Over 207½ West Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Hape & Kuhn (Samuel & Frank) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from September 6 to 20, 1856 in the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Virginia).  Ambrotypes! Or Imperishable Pictures On Glass.  Hape & Kuhn, Ambrotypist Artist of Baltimore, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Charlestown, that they have taken rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, where they are prepared to furnish in the highest style of the art, the now popular and incomparable Ambrotype.

These pictures are made on plate glass and protected by a coating of varnish on both sides, rendering them impervious to the action of water or acids of any kind.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position; and being without the glare of the Daguerreotype, may be seen in any light.  The Ambrotype possesses many beauties not discernable in the Daguerreotype.  Call and examine specimens and see for yourselves.

Hape & Kuhn are recorded in both Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, but not in Virginia.

[1] Directory Of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh.

Adams & Wood

Recorded in the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper, published in Charles Town, Virginia on February 17, 1852.  The following advertisement appeared, note the date on the ad was February 3ed (as annotated in the lower right corner) this was the only newspaper available in February, the next available newspaper that I had access to was on March 2, and they did not appear in that issue.

Premium Daguerreotypes. Adams & Wood, would respectfully inform the citizens of Charlestown and vicinity, that they have taken rooms at the Court House and would invite the attention of all to the superiority of their Miniatures, and solicits a comparison of their with the best made in Baltimore or Philadelphia.  Rooms open a few days only.            [Feb. 3, 1852.