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U. S. Daguerreotype Company

N. D.               30 & 32 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1855                105 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

N. D.  Ninth Plate advertising card in C. L. Branch’s collection, posted on Facebook.

U. S. Daguerreotype Company, Tyler & Co., Nos. 30 and 32, West Fourth St., Cincinnati.

Thirty operators employed in making 800 Portraits daily, by a new German process connected with machinery, and the triple Camera, which takes three likenesses at one sitting.

Superior Daguerreotypes for 25 cents and upwards.  Tyler & Co.

1855.   Ohio Photographers 1839-1900.  By Diane VanSkiver Gagel. 

United States Daguerreotype Co.  103 Superior Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Tyler & Company are recorded in many photographic directories.  It is unknown at this time if Tyler & Company were involved with the 1855 gallery in Cleveland. 

J. A. Templeton

1859                            Corner of Fifth and Western Row, Cincinnati, Ohio.

J. A. Templeton was recorded in four advertisements and one announcement in The Daily Press  (Cincinnati, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from February 22 to 28, 1859.  Home Interest…J. A. Templeton has recently refitted his new Gallery of Art, corner of Fifth and Western row.  He is now fully prepared to take all kinds of pictures at reduced prices.

The second advertisement ran from March 1 to 9, 1859.  Home Interest…J. A. Templeton, cor. Of Western Row and Fifth, is now taking pictures which are so life-like that they are the admiration of all.

The third advertisement ran from March 11 to 14, 1859.  Home Interest…J. A. Templeton, Artist, Corner of Fifth and Western Row, is the place to get a really beautiful Photograph.  They are warranted to please.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 15 to 19, 1859.  Home Interest…For fine Pictures, of any kind, the place to go is on the corner of Fifth and Western Row, where Templeton will always be found.

The first announcement appeared on March 21, 1859.  Home Interest…It is generally admitted that Templeton takes perfect pictures—Photographs in particular.  One need only see his sample to be convinced of this fact.

J. A. Templeton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William P. Swain

1845                23 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

William P. Swain was recorded in one advertisement that ran on August 7 & 14, 1845.  Morocco Case Manufactory.  The subscriber has taken the stand at No. 23 East Fourth street, Cincinnati, lately occupied by Mr. J. A. Kimball, where he will manufacture to order, Surgical, Dental, Jewelry and Daguerreotype Miniature Cases, of the very best style and quality, and at the lowest eastern prices.

Miniature Cases of all sizes constantly on hand and for sale, wholesale and retail.

Orders from the country respectfully solicited and promptly attended to.

William P. Swain is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. W. Stillman

1859                            146 Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

G. W. Stillman was recorded in five advertisements in The Daily Press (Cincinnati, Ohio).  The  advertisement ran from February 23 to March 1, 1859.  Home Interest…The Union Gallery, now under the supervision of Mr. Stillman, is one of the best in the city.  Stillman’s pictures astonish the natives by their beauty and cheapness.  Don’t forget to give them a call.  No 146 Fifth street.

The second advertisement ran from March 4 to 10. 1859.  Home Interest…G. W. Stillman, late Hoag’s Gallery, 146 West Fifth street, is prepared to take Pictures at much reduced prices.  Give him a call; you are sure to be pleased.  His motto is “Excelsior.”

The third advertisement ran from March 10 to 19, 1859.  Home Interest…G. W. Stillman is doing a rushing business at his Gallery on Fifth street.  His Pictures are proverbial for their beauty and originality.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 21 to 26, 1859.  Home Interest…Stillman’s is the place to get your phiz taken.  His style of taking pictures is generally admired.

The fifth advertisement ran from March 28 to 31, 1859.  Home Interest…To get a good Melainotype, Stillman is the gentleman to apply to.  He insures a correct Picture always.

G. W. Stillman is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a George H. Stillman in Cincinnati in 1855, and in 1859-60.  It is unknown if they are the same person.

E. Shewell

1854    Address unknown, Portsmouth, Ohio.

E. Shewell was mentioned in an advertisement that ran from December 15, 1854 to July 13, 1855 in The Portsmouth Inquirer (Portsmouth, Ohio).  Portsmouth Daguerrean Gallery.  Mr. Lamartine would respectfully announce to the citizens of Portsmouth and vicinity that he has purchased the entire stock of E. Shewell, deceased, and will carry on the above business at the old stand.  Mr. L. intends making this a permanent location, and he would say to those wishing pictures, call in and look at our work, as we give satisfaction or no sale.

Pictures of all sizes taken.  Also, Lockets, Rings, Broaches and Pins taken at the shortest notice.

Open from 8 A. M., to 4 P. M.  Instruction in the art given, and apparatus furnished.  Dec. 8th.

E. Shewell is recorded in Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Cincinnati in 1853 and Portsmouth in 1853-1854.

Mr. Scott

1846                Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Scott appeared in one announcement in the American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper (Baltimore, Maryland) on December 12.  Items of News…A man named Scott, engaged in the daguerreotype business at Cincinnati, has been arrested on the charges of obtaining goods in New York, under false pretenses.

Mr. Scott is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Sawyer

1847                Address Unknown, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Sawyer was recorded in one announcement in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont) on February 18, 1847.  A Mr. Sawyer of Cincinnati has succeeded in taking a Daguerreotype of Driesbach wrestling with his tigers.  He was obliged to venture into the open cage.

Mr. Sawyer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Robinson & Ellis

N. D.               Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.

Robinson & Ellis (Josiah C. Robinson & Lemuel Ellis) research provided by Graham Garrett. Stanstead, Lennoxville and Sherbrooke, L. C. (Quebec).  Senior partner was Joseph C. Robinson, born in the U. S. in 1826.  Listed as a portrait painter and daguerreotypist.  Mentioned on Sherbrooke Census as having a residence in Lennoxville.  Advertisement on January 9th, 1851 stated, “Messrs. Robinson & Ellis, the celebrated Photographic Artists, (from Boston), contemplated visiting Sherbrooke about the 25th Jan….”  Listed in 1848 as having gallery at 170 Broadway, N.Y., Cincinnati, 1850-51.  Lemuel Ellis (q.v.), a partner, was also located at 123 Washington St., Boston, and advertised in Montreal in 1854.

Josiah C. Robinson not (Joseph C.) is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York and Cincinnati.  Lemuel Ellis is also recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  The information about the Canadian connection and being from Boston prior to 1851 is new information.


Great Western Gallery

1859                68 and 70 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Great Western Gallery was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 31 to April 15, 1859 in The Daily Press (Cincinnati, Ohio).  Home Interest…An excellent Picture of yourself or friends or friends for only twenty-five cents, at the Great Western Gallery, 68 and 70 West Fourth street.

Pictures inserted in Rings, Lockets and Breastpins, as cheap as the cheapest, at 68 and 70 West Fourth street.

Great Western Gallery is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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.