1858-1859 Rooms in Shaw’s new Row, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
A. M. Hall was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements. The announcement appeared in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania) on September 29, 1858.
Ambrotyping.—In our advertising columns will be found the card of Mr. A. M. Hall photographic artist who is now operating in our town. We have not yet seen any of his specimens, but has the reputation of being a good artist. The best way to find out is to have your picture taken at once.
The first advertisement appeared in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania). On September 29, 1858. Ambrotypes for 50 cts! The undersigned would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clearfield and vicinity, that he has fitted up Rooms in Shaw’s New Row where he will remain for a few days only. All who would desire a lifelike likeness of the latest and improved style will please call. You that have beauty should to Hall take it, You that have none, should go let him make it. A. M. Hall. Sept. 24th, 1858.
The second advertisement ran from September 29, 1858 to February 16, 1859 in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania). Ambrotypes for 50 Cents!! The undersigned would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clearfield and vicinity, that he has fitted up rooms in the new row of Judge Shaw, opposite the “Raftsman’s Journal” office where he will remain for a few days only, prepared to present pictures to all who may favor him with a call which will exceed the expectations of the most fastidious. Photographs of every description taken when called for. Secure the shadow ere the substance fade. A. M. Hall.
A. M. Hall does not appear in other photographic directories.
1859 Room’s in Shaw’s New Building, Clearfield, Pennsylvania,
William H. Crandall was recorded in an announcement on June 8, 1859 in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania). Ambrotypes! There is now an opportunity for all to procure pictures of themselves and friends. The undersigned has fitted up Rooms in Shaw’s new building, where he will remain a short time. Plating in fine gold or silver done on reasonable terms.
He was also recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 8 to July 11, 1859 in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania). Ambrotypes.—The undersigned has fitted up rooms in Shaw’s new row, where he is prepared at all times to take pictures in a workmanlike manner. He will remain until after the coming Courts. Call and examine specimens. N. B. Planting with fine Gold and Silver, done on short notice and reasonable terms.
William H. Crandall is listed in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 in Berwick, Pennsylvania without activity dates or address. The distance between the two towns are about 140 miles.
1854 Rooms in the Store Room formerly occupied by Isaac Smith, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.
Henry L. Bridge was listed in an announcement and advertisement on August 23, 1854 in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania.) Business Items: Our friend Bridge, who is a cleaver fellow and deserving of patronage, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery, at Curwensville. He takes beautiful pictures, and we have no doubt those of our readers who give him a call, will receive entire satisfaction.
The advertisement ran from August 23 to September 20, 1854. Daguerreotype Gallery, At Curwensville.—The undersigned, would inform the public that he has opened a Daguerrean Room, in the Store Room, formerly occupied by Isaac Smith, in Curwensville, where he will take some of the best, cheapest, and most life-like pictures, that can be obtained in the country. H. L. Bridge.
Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a Henry Bridge as a daguerreian in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania from 1854-1860, and later was also reported to work in Pine Grove and Clearfield, Pennsylvania. John’s only reference to his entry was the city directories provided to him on microfiche by the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. In all probability this is the same individual. One could hypothesize that since Bridge shows up in the city directories in Bellefonte that this was his home base. He probably was only listed in the residence section as a daguerreian without a business address, since John did not include an address in the entry. In looking at a map of the area it is possible that Bridge made a circuit going from town to town.
The above is speculation on my part. This is the only entry I have for Henry L. Bridge from the Raftsman’s Journal or any other newspapers in the area. But, together with John’s work a pattern begins to emerge. Further research might help to get a clearer picture of his activities.