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.