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D. I. Edwards

Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.                                                                                    1854                  Greenwood’s Building, Second Story, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Porter, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Vinton, Ohio.                                                                                        Ca. 1854          Address Unknown, Wilkesville, Ohio.                                                                                    1857                  Isham House, Jackson, Ohio.                                                                                          1857-1858       Rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, McArthur, Ohio.

D. I. Edwards was recorded in three advertisements and in three announcements. The first advertisement ran from June 29 to August 3, 1854 In the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). Pictures!  Pictures!!  Pictures!!!  “Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.”  What better memento can be given to those we love and cherish, and from whom we are about to be separated, “it may be for years, and it may be forever,” than a faithful resemblance of ourselves.  How pleasant to look upon when the dear one is wandering afar off; or perhaps, alas, numbered with the cold and silent dead.  What a melancholy, yet a pleasing recollection to ponder upon each well known feature, and call up pleasant memories, as we trace each lineament of the absent one; and how consoling to know that although distance divides, and oceans may roll between, still we have the image, as it were, living and breathing before us, and perhaps so life-like is the resemblance, if taken by a good artist, that the imagination is sometimes carried away, and we almost fancy we fear his “foot fall on the stairs.”  Hasten then while you have the opportunity and secure a correct picture, not one that you have to turn to all points of the compass, before you can catch a bare resemblance, but a fine, bold, artist picture that can at once be recognized by everybody.  D. I. Edwards, from Cincinnati, has opened a room in Greenwood’s Building, second street, where he will remain for a few days for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses in the first style of the art.  He has a large instrument of very powerful construction, for the purpose of taking correct pictures of children and aged persons, whereby the time generally occupied for sitting is reduced one half.  An instrument of this kind has long been desired by artist, and he has had the good fortune to procure one.  Pictures taken in any weather, and put up in handsome morocco cases, lined with silk velvet, for $1.50.  Also, a large assortment of Paper Mache, Velvet, Plush, Shell, Book and fancy cases cheap.—Portraits, Miniatures, Daguerreotypes and engravings copied.  Likenesses set in lockets, breast-pins and finger-rings.  Call and see specimens, and pictures guaranteed equal to them.  Don’t forget, second story of Greenwood’s building.

In an announcement that ran on July 27, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio). “Tis not in mortals to command success, But we’ll do more; deserve it.”—Shakespeare.  We are led to the above sentence from the “divine bard” on seeing the beautiful tone, and lifelike pictures that Edwards has been producing, during his stay among us.  Our citizens have been so often humbugged by itinerant botches that we have thought it our duty to warn our subscribers, so that they might not be imposed upon, and our citizens both in town and country were cautious in having their faces and features distorted from their natural position, by, it might be, some tyro in the art, but Edwards’ pictures soon convinced them of the real beauty of a fine Daguerreotype, and the consequence was a rush to his rooms, at Greenwood’s building.  Call and look at his numerous specimens of well known residents and we are sure you will not leave without “seeing yourselves as others see you.”  Edwards takes all pictures equal to specimens, and satisfaction guaranteed in all cases.  Mr. E. only requires a person to sit from 5 to 20 seconds, for a first rate picture.

The second announcement appeared on August 31, 1854 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio).  We are requested to inform our subscribers in Porter, Vinton, and Wilksville, that Mr. Edwards the Daguerrian Artist, who has been operating in Gallipolis for the past two months, will visit the above named towns, commencing in Porter, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Pictures.  Mr. E. is a first rate artist, and has taken some of the best pictures ever seen in this town.  Call and see his specimens, which we think are hard to beat.

The third announcement appeared on April 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  We are under obligations to D. I. Edwards, for late Cincinnati Papers.—Mr. Edwards intends visiting Jackson again in taking pictures.  See Advertisement.

The second advertisement ran from April 9 to July 9, 1857 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  Embrace the present Opportunity, And Secure a Picture as Is A Picture!  D. I. Edwards, has the pleasure to announce to the citizens of Jackson, that he intends stopping for a short time, and has taken rooms at the Isham House, for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Pictures, in a new mode, and colored to represent life.  He invites particular attention to his new style of Pictures, called Melainotypes, which are superior to any thing ever made.

To put these new pictures within the reach of all, he has reduced the price of Pictures and Case, to One Dollar, guaranteeing them to be superior to any thing yet made in Jackson.  A large assortment of Lockets, Breastpins, and Fancy cases on hand.  Call early and secure one of the life-like pictures.

The third advertisement ran from November 19, 1857 to January 21, 1858 in the M’Arthur Democrat (McArthur, Ohio).  Call and Get a Picture while You Have The Opportunity!  D. I. Edwards Has taken rooms at Sisson & Halbert’s Hotel, for a short time only, for the purpose of taking Sun Pictures of all kinds and descriptions, by the Ambrotype process, and warranted correct likenesses.

Any kind of picture taken and put up in a good case For One Dollar!  N. B.  No suspension, but pictures taken in any weather.  McArthur, Nov. 12, 1857.

D. I. Edwards is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John W. & Henry M. Diggins

1857                Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.

John W. and Henry M. Diggins was recorded in an article on November 10, 1857 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  The Photographed Bank Bills.—The examination of John W. and Henry M. Diggins, on a charge of being engaged in photographing bills of the Northern Bank of Kentucky, took place before the Police Court in Cincinnati on the 3d inst.  Against John W. there was no evidence whatever to connect him with the charge, and he was discharged by the Court.

The principal witness against the defendants was Henry Campbell, father of Alexander Campbell, who furnished the information upon which the two brothers were arrested.  He testified that he took a letter to the daguerrean room of Henry M. Diggins, from his son, who was in jail at Louisville, urging the brothers to raise money to get him out of the scrape; that in the course of a conversation with Henry M. the latter said that the photographed bills were as good as half the money afloat, and as the banks were all cheating he did not think it any harm to make the bills; that they could be made so as to pass in the banks.

On his cross-examination, Campbell admitted that he had insisted upon the brothers raising $85 to get his son out of the scrape, and that he told Henry M. that unless the money was forth-coming he would have him arrested upon the charge which was subsequently made against both brothers.

This was the substance of the testimony upon which the defense attempted to show a conspiracy to extort money on the part of the Campbells.  None of the bills were found upon the persons or premises.  The prosecution claimed that with the evidence of their principal witness, the younger Campbell, they would be able to fasten crime upon Henry M. Diggins.  Mayor Thomas, acting Police Judge, therefore held him to bail in $300, which was given, and the accused set at liberty.—Cin. Gaz.

Henry M. Diggins is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Ohio Photographers 1839-1900.  John W. Diggins has not been recorded in other photographic directories.

George W. Cornelius

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.                                                                              1859                   Address Unknown, Farmland, Indiana.                                                                      1859                  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.

George W. Cornelius was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 2, 1858 to June 9, 1859 in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Solograph, Photographs, etc.  G. W. Cornelius Would respectfully inform the citizens of Winchester and vicinity that he is on hands with the same old Car in which years ago in this place, he took Over 600 Pictures acknowledged by one and all to be Superior to any taken before or since in the place.  Having the advantage of a large Sky Light!  His pictures are unsurpassed in brilliancy of tone, accuracy of expression, and clearness of the Eye.

By the aid of a Quick worker, the only instrument of the kind this side of Cincinnati, he Never Fails to secure the Likeness of a Child however small.

On November 10, 1859 the following announcement appeared in the Randolph County Journal.  (Winchester, Indiana).—Mr. G. W. Cornelius left here yesterday morning with his Daguerrean Car for Farmland, where he expects to remain two or three weeks, and then return to Winchester.  Those who want good pictures of themselves or friends can not do better than to give him a call while he sojourns at Farmland.  He is a superior Artist.

On December 15, 1859 an announcement in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).—G. W. Cornelius, the Daguerrean, has returned to Winchester.

George W. Cornelius is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as George W. (Cornelis) Cornelius.  In partnership of Bishop & Cornelis in 1853 Northwest corner of Main & 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. And in 1860-1861  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.  In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 he is recorded as a daguerreotypist in Cincinnati in 1853.

Dr. A. Caspari

1843-1844       Address Unknown, Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. A. Caspari was recorded twice in advertisements that appeared the in The New York Herald (New York, New York) on June 1, and ran until September 5, 1843 and on October 17, 1843 to January 26, 1844.  It is unknown if Dr. Caspari is a daguerreotypist, a supplier or just an agent for the Langenheim Brothers.  Philip Haas, Edward White, and Peter Laurens[1] are daguerreotypist, Dr. Caspari and William West are not recorded in other photographic directories that I have access to.

Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, having procured the agency for the sale of Voigtander’s Daguerreotype Apparatus, constructed according to Professor Petzval’s calculation, have on hand a large assortment of these Apparatus, and artists as well as amateurs of their art, wishing to procure a good apparatus, will find it to their advantage to procure instruments of this construction.  They also have lately imported a large quantity of German and French plates, and all the chemicals used in their art, which they warrant in every respect, as they are made to their order.  Polishing substances, and morocco cases, and all necessary materials, are sold on the most reasonable terms.  The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—                                                                                                                                      E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y.                                                                                                                              P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C.                                                                                                                      Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va.                                                                                                                              P. Laurens, Esq., Savannah, Ga.                                                                                                                  William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio. Added to advertisement on June 22, 1843.

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to W. & F. Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

The second advertisement ran on  October 17, 1843.  Peter Laurens has been replaced by Samuel Broadbent for the Southern States.  Philadelphia Daguerreotype Establishment.  Exchange Building, Rooms 26 & 27.  The Subscribers, has received a large supply of Voigtander’s celebrated Daguerreotype Apparatus, large and small sizes, with achromatic lenses made according to Professor Petzval’s calculation.

Also a new supply of the best plates and chemicals, which he warrants good and sells at reduced prices.  The following gentlemen have agreed to act as their agents, viz:—                E. White, 175 Broadway, N. Y. P. Haas, Esq., Washington, D. C. Dr. A. Caspari, Richmond, Va.  S. Broadbent, Esq., for the Southern States.  William West, Esq., Cincinnati, Ohio.

All communications (post paid) and orders, accompanied with remittance, will be promptly attended to, and should be directed to William Langenheim, Exchange Building, Phila.

[1] Active in Savannah, Georgia from 1843 until at least 1863.  Early Georgia Photographers, 1841 – 1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth.

 

James Alexander

From The Daily Press, published in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 27, 1859 the following announcement appeared.  Wanted—Mr. James Alexander (Daguerrean Artist) and Jesse M. Adams are requested to call immediately at the Daguerrean Room located on the south-west corner of Sixth street and Western row, (over Hanneford’s Drug Store,) where they will hear something to their interest by leaving their address.

As far as I can ascertain James Alexander is a new name, he is not recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry or Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 (Diane VanSkiver Gagel.)  It is unknown if James Alexander was from Cincinnati or some other part of Ohio or if he possibly is from Kentucky or Indiana?  The same also applies to Jesse M. Adams.  Both Alexander and Adams are not recorded in the 1859 or the 1860 Cincinnati City Directory, resident section nor are they recorded as photographers in the business section.  The address south west corner of sixth and Western Row belongs to Duncan & Davis, (James H. Duncan & W P. Davis).  They were not listed in the 1860 Cincinnati city business directory and the studio address is now listed under Samuel Hewitt.