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Mr. Spencer

1858                Main Street, Clarksburg, Virginia.

Mr. Spencer was recorded in one announcement on January 8, 1858 in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register(Clarksburg, Virginia).  Open Again.—Mr. J. H. Murphy has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, for the accommodation of all who may desire to obtain these elegant and durable pictures.  He has secured the services of Mr. Spencer, an experienced artist, who takes off “the human face divine” in the highest style of the art.  Call soon, for this will be the last chance.

Mr. Spencer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. G. Richmond

1856                Masonic Hall, Clarksburg, Virginia.

J. G. Richmond was recorded in three advertisements and three announcements in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from August 29 to October 3, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. J. G. Richmond, Respectfully solicits the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clarksburg and vicinity, to the new style of Likenesses taken on Glass, which, in beauty and life-like appearance, far excel the Daguerreotypes, and no possibility of fading, they may be emersed in water for several weeks without the slightest injury.  Rooms in the Masonic Hall, over Murphey’s and Irwin’s stores.  Instruction given on reasonable terms.  Come and see his specimens.  Daguerreotypes copied I Ambrotype and improved.

The first announcement appeared on September 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.—We would recommend to those who desire a good picture of themselves or friends, to call at the rooms of Mr. Richmond, opposite the Courthouse, in this place.  His specimens embrace some of the finest we ever saw, indeed, he seems to be particularly  fortunate in tracing a life-like representation of the person before him.  This is the first time our citizens have had the opportunity of securing ambrotypes, and we advise them to take advantage of it.  They are decidedly superior to daguerreotypes.

The second announcement appeared on September 26, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.—We understand that Mr. Richmond, the popular artist now in town, contemplates leaving in a few days.  We would advise all those who have not obtained an Ambrotype of themselves, to call at once as they will never have a better opportunity.

The second advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.  “Richmond is Himself Again!”  Six Richmond’s have been slain, but one still lives, and will Take Ambrotypes at the Masonic Hall, for one week only.  Mr. R. returns his thanks for favors bestowed during his recent sojourn in this place, and hopes to meet a continuance for one week longer.  All who wish to obtain an endurable likeness had better call at once as Richmond will positively leave at the expiration of the stated time.  The lovers of the fine Arts are acquainted with the style of Mr. R’s work; therefore, it is only necessary to say that “Richmond is himself again!”  November 5th. 1856.

The third advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.                                                                          Shadows of the Real.                                                                                                                                                At Richmond’s rooms you’re sure to find,                                                                                                        Rare Pictures, just to suit the mind.                                                                                                                    Come One!  Come all! don’t let him wait,                                                                                                        You’ll find him there with polished plates.

In Case of blue, red or green,                                                                                                                        Your face like life, may soon be seen:                                                                                                                Each line portrayed in light and shade,                                                                                                            Come pluck the flower ere it fade.

Secure the chance before it passes,                                                                                                                  You’ll ve’ve regret it charming lasses—                                                                                                              You’ll ne’er regret it gent’s so gay,                                                                                                                        The morrow is not thine, so come to-day.

Old Buck has won, they all pretend to say,                                                                                                    While the exhibition at the Masonic Hall is surely free.                                                                              So now we’ll have filled with money bet so free,                                                                                        Then let us go to Richmond’s and let him squint away.

The third announcement appeared on November 14, 1856.  Fine Pictures.—Mr. Richmond is still making fine pictures at the Masonic Hall in this place.  We understand that he has concluded to remain a few days longer, an we advise all who want correct ambrotypes or daguerreotypes, to give him a call.

Mr. Richmond is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. H. Murphey (Murphy)

1856-1857                   Address Unknown, Clarksburg, Virginia, [West Virginia]                              1857-1858                   Main Street, Clarksburg, Virginia, [West Virginia]

J. H. Murphey (Murphy) was recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, Virginia, [West Virginia]). The first advertisement ran from December 5, 1856 to May 14, 1858. J. H. Murphey, Daguerrean and Ambrotype artist, having purchased the apparatus of Mr. Richmond will continue the business as heretofore, and would say to all those wishing Pictures to give him a call.

The first announcement appeared on September 25.  Last Chance.—J. H. Murphy’s Gallery of Ambrotypes, Photographs, &c., will be open for taking pictures until Saturday, the 3d of October, when it will be permanently closed.  Those wishing pictures had better apply at once.

The second advertisement ran from March 27, 1857 to May 14, 1858.  Murphey’s Gallery Of Daguerreotypes, Photographs and Ambrotypes, on Main Street, Clarksburg, Va.  J. H. Murphy has fitted up a gallery for the above pictures, and having availed himself of all the latest improvements of the art, he flatters himself that he can give full satisfaction.  The public invited to call and examine specimens.  Cloudy days are preferred except for children.

The second announcement appeared on January 8, 1858.  Open Again.—Mr. J. H. Murphy has again opened his Ambrotype Gallery, for the accommodation of all who may desire to obtain these elegant and durable pictures.  He has secured the services of Mr. Spencer, an experienced artist, who takes off “the human face divine” in the highest style of the art.  Call soon, for this will be the last chance.

J. H. Murphey (Murphy) is not listed in other photographic directories.