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.