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O. P. Howe

1854-1855       Car at the East end of the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

1856-1858       Water Street, opposite the Stanley House, Augusta, Maine.

1959                Rooms opposite the foot of Oak Street, Augusta, Maine.

O. P. Howe was recorded in twelve advertisements and three announcements. The first advertisement appeared on December 14, 1854 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).

East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta.

The second advertisement ran from on December 21, 1854 to January 11, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta. 

Mr. O. P. Howe has the pleasure of announcing to the ladies and gentlemen of Augusta and vicinity, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerreotype Establishment at the East end of the Bridge, where he will be happy to wait on all who will favor him with a call, and are in want if Fine Pictures, set in fine Gold Lockets, Pins, or Rings; Rosewood, Gilt, German and French Frames; Papier Mache, Shell, Pearl, Jenny Lind, Morocco, Velvet, Jewel, Octagon Jewel, Dutchess, Mourning, Cabinet, and all kinds of Silk Velvet Cases, at fair prices.

N. B. No cheap 50 cent pictures and cases sold at this establishment.  Every Picture will be executed so that it will be worth the price charged for it.  I have spared neither pains nor expense to make everything just what it should be to meet the wants of First Class Customers.  Come and see.  A share of the patronage is solicited.

To my friends and numerous patrons at Waterville, East, West and North Vassalboro’, China, South China, Branch Mills, Weeks’ Mills, South Windsor, Cooper’s Mills, Turner’s Corner, King’s Mills, Pittston, Alna, Woodbridge’s Corner, New Castle, Sheepscot Bridge, &c., &c., I would say that being now comfortably settled, in my new and enlarged Saloon—probably the largest in the world on wheels—with every facility for producing pictures in the highest style of the Art, I should be pleased to receive a continuance of the favors which have heretofore been so liberally bestowed upon me, and for which I must here take occasion to express my sincere thanks.  Should they visit Augusta this winter, they will find me ready to furnish pictures in my usual perfect manner, on silver or paper, from 8 A. M. till sunset, in any kind of weather.  I choose to let my pictures speak for themselves.  Satisfaction given or no charge.

The subscriber has been for a number of years successfully engaged in furnishing Melodeons and Seraphines.  He will continue to furnish the Best Instruments from the best manufacturers, at their Lowest Cash Prices.  Any one in want of Reed Instruments, Fine Gold Rings, Bosom Pins, Bosom Studs, Ear Drops, Motto Pins, Lockets, Locket Pins, Locket Seals and Rings, Ladies’ and Gent’s Chains, &c., &c., or any description of Sheet Music, can do as well in buying of him, as they can any where else, as his prices never exceed those of other dealers.

The latest Songs, Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Variations, &c. for the Piano, always on hand.

Sheet Music sent by mail.  On receipt of one dollar, I will forward six twenty-five cent pieces, free of postage.  Orders attended to.  O. P. Howe.

The third advertisement was recorded  from January 19 to February 14, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine).  To the Members of the Legislature, and Everybody else.  Poetry And Science.

Attention all hands!  I wish to suggest

To the people of Augusta, where they can do best;

My Miniature House is now wide awake,

And I am ready and Able good pictures to make:

I’ve every convenience to take young and old,

And make as fine as ever was sold.

I wish to remind you that this is the place.

Where, with a fine light, the features I trace,

And with the assistance—the light of the sky—

I never have fail’d to produce “a good eye.”

No “four cent” pictures at this Gallery are made,

Because we think such  things are sure to fade;

Neither will 50 ct. pictures here be sold,

For we Gild our plates with Chloride of Gold;

But for nine shillings, or dollar ‘nd a half,

I’ll put them in cases that are “bound in calf;”

With Gilt out-side—Silk Velvet within—

With a hook on each end as nice as a pin—

I can put them in Rings, in Pins, or in Lockets,

Or in funny little cases to carry in your pockets;

Or in neater ones still, on your table to lay,

Which are inlaid with pearl, and called “Papier Mache.”

Jenny Linds and the like, to numerous to mention,

But to dwell on these is not my intention.

I’ve all kinds of Cases, both single and double,

And Lockets of all sizes, which saves you all the trouble

Of looking any further than my Daguerreotype Car,

At the East end of the Bridge, which is not very far;  

Come in fair weather or foul, or come when you will,

I’ll give you a good Picture if you’ll only sit still.

And just in conclusion, I invite one and all,

Take “Time by the fore-top,” and give Howe a call;

For I’ve all things ready, plate bright as a dollar,

I’ll take you so “natural” you’ll almost holler.

N. B. Daguerreotypes taken on Silver or Paper, and satisfaction given or no charge.

Mr. H. is selling some very superior Melodeons and Seraphities at low prices.

Melodeons to let.  O. P. Howe.  Howe’s Miniature House, Jan, 15, 1855.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 7 to July 12, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  (500 Pieces Sheet Music, Just Received, consisting of Songs, Ballads, Quartets, Polkas, &c. &c.  I will forward six 25 cent pieces, postage free, to anyone who will remit one dollar.  Send in your orders for any price you want, and I’ll be sure to have it.  Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from July 26 to August October 4, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons and Seraphines.  For sale and to let by O. P. Howe.  Ware Rooms over Nason & Hamlen’s store, corner Bridge and Water Streets, Augusta, Me.

The seventh advertisement appeared on December 6, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons. Another Lot of those splendid Model Melodeons, made by S. D. & H. W. Smith, and Mason & Hamlin, Boston.  The subscriber begs to inform the people of Augusta, and the Musical public generally, that he has now on hand, and will keep as large an assortment of the above instruments as can be found in any Musical Establishment in Boston…

The eighth advertisement ran from February 7 to April 24, 1856.   Something New!  Ambrotypes and Mezzograph Pictures At Howe’s Miniature House, Water Street, Augusta.  Ambrotypes are taken upon fine plate glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass,—the two being cemented together, so that the picture is just as permanent as the glass on which it is taken.  They are far superior, in many respects, to the best Daguerreotypes.  They will not change or corrode by time, are soft and beautiful in tone, are not reversed in position, and, being taken on glass, are exceedingly brilliant, and are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Mezzographs are taken upon paper, and are equal to steel plate engravings.  They can be painted in Grecian or oil colors.  I am taking more of this kind than in any other style.  They are much admired.  The public are invited to examine specimens at my Gallery opposite the Stanley House.

Having the largest and most expensive apparatus ever brought into this city, and having the exclusive right for making the above pictures, I feel better prepared than ever to wait upon my friends, and respectfully solicit a continuance of the patronage which has been so liberally bestowed for the past year.  Daguerreotypes taken as usual.  O. P. Howe.

The ninth advertisement ran on February 19, 21 and March 2, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal. 

Melodeons!  Those Who Wish To Buy Or Hire Good Melodeons, will find it greatly to their advantage to call at Howe’s Miniature House, East End the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

The tenth advertisement ran from February 21 to March 20, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Notice Particular.  I hereby certify, That I bought of Cutting & Bowdoin the exclusive right of Cutting’s Ambrotype Patent for the State of Maine, except the city of Portland, and that O. P. Howe of Augusta, has no right, whatever, under said patent, I having sold the exclusive right of the city of Augusta, to J. S. Hendee.  Asa Millit.

The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Daguerreotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers, and strangers from out of town, who have occasion to visit Augusta, and who may desire to patronize a daguerreotypist, to the establishment of Mr. O. P. Howe, opposite the Stanley House.

Mr. Howe’s daguerreotypes, and also his ambrotypes, are very fine specimens of his art.

We have also seen some photographs made by him, for a gentleman in connection with this office, which are certainly very finely executed.  Mr. Howe’s establishment is beautifully arranged for the comfort and convenience of his patrons, and we have no hesitation in saying that the treatment they will receive from the hands of this good-natured artist, will remove all sour looks from the countenance, and secure for the sitter a life-like, good-looking and pleasant picture.

The eleventh advertisement ran from March 20 to April 10, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  To Artists.  Howe’s Dry Chemical, Acknowledged, by all Artists who have used it, to be the best, quickest, and safest Chemical in use.  Sent by mail at $1.00 per bottle.

Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Maine.

The twelfth advertisement ran from October 15 to November 19, 1857 in the Maine Farmer.  Something New!  The Greatest Invention of the Age!  The March of Improvement is ever onward!  The Ambrotype supplanted the Daguerreotype, the Melainotype is now rapidly taking the place of both!  Melainotypes.  The subscriber begs to call the attention of all lovers of Pictures, and all in want of Permanent and Perfect Likenesses of themselves or friends, to a new style of Picture, called the Melainotype.  They are taken on a thin sheet of iron; are patented in the United States and England; they can be sent in letters without extra postage, can be handled without and glass over them; can be washed when soiled; they will bend without injury; are not affected by light, atmosphere, rain, or anything else.  In  short, they are the Cheapest, Prettiest, and Most Durable Picture Ever Yet Invented.  They Cannot Fade, but will last for all time.  Try one!  Try one!

Taken at “Howe’s Saloon,” opposite Stanley House, Augusta.  O. P. Howe.

The second announcement appeared on November 11, 1858 in the Maine Farmer.  At Work Again. Our neighbor O./P. Howe who has been confined by sickness for several months, has just re-opened his Daguerreotype Saloon, and is prepared to take portraits in the best style.  Ambrotype, photograph, and other styles of sun-painting done to order.  Give him a call.

The third announcement appeared on December 29, 1859 in the  Maine Farmer.  Ambrotypes And Photographs.  Our old acquaintance Howe, whose success and popularity as an artist formerly made his “institution” on Water Street the resort of all who wanted a good picture for themselves or friends, we are glad to see, after an interregnum of several months, has re-located himself in Augusta, at the rooms opposite the foot of Oak St.  He is prepared to supply any description of picture in the line of his profession in a style that will be satisfactory to all who may patronize him.  Call and examine his specimens.

O. P. Howe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Augusta, Maine in 1856.  More research is needed it appears that Howe was running several businesses in Augusta at the same time and did not feel the need to advertise through the newspapers as often as some daguerreotypist/photographers…


1852                Address Unknown, Princeton, New Jersey.

Helia was record in one article in The Photographic Art Journal (New York, New York) and an advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The article appeared in Vol. III, No. 3, March 1852, P. 194.  A Daguerreotype artists, who is one of our subscribers, wishes to construct a traveling saloon, in such a manner that he may be folded within itself when not in use, Ie sufficiently light to be drawn by one horse, and yet large enough for all the purposes of his art, when unfolded and extended.  He desires us to request the publication of the views of such of our subscribers as feel disposed to favor him with their assistance.  His willing to remunerate the inventor of the most approved plan in a suitable manner.

—Since writing the above we have received the following letter from the gentleman alluded to.

Traveling Daguerreotype Wagon.  To The Editor of the Pho. Art-Journal.  Dear Sir,—Though the Photographic Art-Journal is devoted to improvements of general utility in the art, perhaps the present subject from its connection may be worthy of consideration to many Daguerreotypist.

I am and I have been for some time, as you are aware, traveling about with a large Daguerreotype saloon.  I find it inconvenient, expensive, and in some respects, ill-adapted to its purpose.  It is large, heavy and cumbersome, requiring four strong horses to move it.  I hire these horses from place to place, sometimes with more or less difficulty or expense. I have thought it practicable and desirable to build a Daguerreotype Saloon of such materials and dimensions that one strong horse could draw it over all tolerably good roads.  And I am now willing to do so.  But as in union there is strength, so I so I may be greatly benefitted and aided, if, instead of building upon my own plans I first obtain the collective wisdom of those who have already had experience, or thought upon the subject.

I therefore request from all those Daguerreotypist who may be willing to give the subject some little consideration, some plan or idea of how they would build the wagon I desire.  By their united assistance I could build one every way well adapted to its purpose.

To each individual who shall so favor me, I offer a drawing, lithographic or otherwise, fully explanatory of my wagon when completed.

It must be large enough when opened and stationary to operate in, with seats for customers, work-bench, dark-room, stove, sink, sky-light, &c. &c. It must of course be waterproof, and secured as much as possible from changes of temperature or gales of wind.

If it be asked what advantages I propose by such a wagon, I answer, that by keeping my own horse I can move about more independently and with greater activity than with a large one requiring four hired horses.  I can reap harvests at places too small to be visited by my present saloon.  These harvests are rich and rapidly gathered,—few or no reapers have visited their localities.

Any plan, or combination of plans, then that would offer most advantages and give a wagon that could be moved with one horse on common roads, while the publicity it increased the demand for Daguerreotypes in general, would be a desideratum to me and others who may wish to cary the art where it is yet but little known—Yours, Respectfully, Helia.

Gentlemen desirous of favoring me with their communications on the subject will please address, Helia, care of Mr. H. H. Snelling, 308 Broadway, New York.

The advertisement appeared on March 2, 1852.  To Daguerreotypist—Wanted, By A Travelling Artist, an operator of some experience.  He must be of good address, of steady habits, have respectable references, and be contented with a moderate salary.  Address with full particulars, stating age, experience, and salary required, to Helia, Princeton, N. J. Helia is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry with no activity dates or location.   John does reference the article in The Photographic Art Journal.

D. W. Grout

1854                Rooms opposite the Ingersoll Block, Pulaski, New York.

1857                Address Unknown, Pulaski, New York.

1859                Address Unknown, Pulaski, New York.                                                                                

D. W. Grout was recorded in Six advertisements and two announcements in The Pulaski Democrat (Pulaski, New York).  The first advertisement was recorded on July 28, 1853.  Plain and Fancy Harness, which he sells on better terms considering quality, than can be bought in the County, also Bridles, Halters, Trunks, Whips, Lashes, Harness and Carriage Trimmings, Saddlers Silk, and all other articles usually kept in this line of business.

Particular attention paid to repairing, cleaning and oiling harnesses.  Please call before purchasing.  D. W. Grout.  Shop next door to Angell& Seeley’s Store.

The first announcement appeared on January 12, 1854.  We learn that Mr. Tucker has bought the stock of Mr. Grout, harness maker, in this village, the latter retiring from the business.

The second advertisement ran from September 28 to December 28, 1854.  Daguerrean Rooms.  The Subscriber would return thanks to the public for the liberal patronage extended to him since engaging n the Daguerrean business in this place, and hopes for a continuance of the same.  He has just returned from below with a large and choice variety of Beautiful Frames. Morocco, Velvet, Union, Silver plated and Paper Mache Cases, and an Improved Large Sized Instrument which together with the facilities his rooms possess in light and apparatus will enable him to conduct the business to the satisfaction of all.

Pictures of all sizes taken and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets or any style of Cases.  Old pictures retaken at a slight expense. Likenesses of sick or deceased persons, taken at their residences if desired, at reasonable prices.

Ladies visiting rooms for a picture, if desiring dark drapery should wear black, red, maroon, yellow, Crimson, dark green or brown.  If desiring light drapery, they should wear white, blue, pink, light green or drab.  Good pictures warranted in all cases.

Rooms opposite the Ingersoll Block, Pulaski.  September 21st. 1854.  D. W. Grout.

The third advertisement ran from October 15 to November 19, 1857.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes & Daguerreotypes.  D. W. Grout, Having re-opened his Rooms and arranged things in taking order, will be found on hand at all times ready to wait on those wishing a first-class picture of themselves, family or friends, in any of the modern styles.

Children’s pictures taken in from 1 to 3 seconds between the hours of 10 A. M.to 2 P. M. only

Old pictures copied and improved.  Ambrotypes of residences or other out-door views made to order.  Always on hand a splendid assortment of cases and frames of every style.  Particular attention called to his gilt and plain frames for wall pictures. 

N. B.—20 per cent discount to parties or families of 5 or over.  Those desiring rich dark drapery should avoid in dress an excess of white, pink or light blue.

Rooms openfrom8 A. M.to 5 P.M. and pictures made at all times without regard to weather. 

Satisfaction given in all cases and charges reasonable.  D. W. Grout.

The fourth advertisement ran from January 6 to February 17, 1859.  “Not for a day, but for all time.”  Do you know you can get one of Gout’s superb double glass pictures for 4 shillings at the same price you pay for a worthless imitation?

Having just returned from New York with an assortment of cases comprising over one hundred different styles, sizes and patterns, varying in prices , with pictures, from four shilling to $5.

I would solicit a continuation of the patronage heretofore so liberally bestowed, feeling confident that I can suit the most fastidious, bout in pictures and settings. 

N.B.  Operators supplied with stock of all kinds.  D. W. Grout.  Pulaski, Oct. 14, 1858.

The fifth advertisement ran from January 6 to December 28, 1859.  D. W. Grout, Daguerrean Artists, Pulaski, N. Y.  Lockets, Cases, Frames, &c. of all styles, always on hand. Pictures unsurpassed.

The sixth advertisement ran from March 10 to December 29, 1859.  Pictures!  Pictures! The Subscriber has just received an addition to his stock, which comprises all the Latest Styles Of Cases, and everything pertaining to the Picture trade. By keeping posted in all the improvements in the art, I am enabled to give my patrons the benefit of any Real Improvements that may be made, having three different sizes of Quick Working Cameras.

Perfect Pictures in every known Style, Variety, and Size can be made on short notice, and with a beauty of tone and sharpness of outline unsurpassed.

N. B.  The subscriber does not propose to e undersold by anything in this vicinity.

Artists materials and stock of all kinds at New York prices.

For sale, a daguerrean Car—will be sold for half its value. D. W. Grout.

The second announcement appeared on April 28, 1859.  New Office.—We understand that Chas. H. Cross, Esq., will immediately commence the erection of a new brick office, on the present site of Grout’s Daguerrean Saloon, which will soon occupy the second story of the new structure.

D. W. Grout is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a D. W. Gront who was active in Pulaski and Richland, New York in 1859.  They are probably the same person.

James Flanders

1849                Poor’s Building, West corner of State and Pleasant Streets, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

1850               62 State Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts.[1]

1851                62 State Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts.[2]

1852                Maj. Shaw’s, Charter Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

James Flanders was recorded in three advertisements.  The first advertisement appeared on January 30, 1849 in the Newburyport Morning Herald (Newburyport, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Notice.  Mr. James Flanders would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Newburyport and vicinity, that he has taken Rooms in N. Poor’s Building, West corner of State and Pleasant streets, entrance on State street, up stairs.  j18. 

The second advertisement appeared on May 25, 1849 in the Watchtower (Newburyport, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Notice.  The subscriber having had his Camera stolen from his Room would inform his friends in Newburyport and vicinity that he has obtained another German Instrument of the best quality, and those who would like a true likeness themselves can have them put up in Gilt Velvet Cases for one Dollar.  James Flanders.  a20.

The third advertisement ran from May 1 to June 18, 1852 in the Newburyport Morning Herald  (Newburyport, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Notice.  The subscriber has returned to Newburyport with his Saloon for a short time, and located at Maj. Shaw’s, Charter Street, where he is ready to execute Pictures; and the inhabitants are respectfully invited to call and see specimens.  Having a Side and Over-head Light together, the deep shade under the chin, & c., are entirely avoided.

Pictures taken over on new plates for 50 cents.

Pictures put up neatly in velvet cases for $1.00  James Flanders. m1.

James Flanders is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry (1850) and A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 (1851). 

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Westcott & Dow

1854                Address Unknown, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Westcott & Dow were recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 28 to April, 18, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Excelsior” Daguerreian Car.  Westcott & Dow Would Respectfully Announce to the citizens of Ogdensburgh and vicinity that they will remain in this place a few days with their Mammoth Daguerreian Gallery.

This car is fitted up expressly for this business, having Sky and Side Lights combined.  In this combination of light, which may be used separately if required, the unpleasant shades have been reduced, and mellowness, prominence richness and brilliancy of finish is given to the likeness, rarely found in the most extensive Galleries.

It has become an acknowledged fact that the human countenance can be preserved without decay, and from the long experience and through knowledge of all the improvements appertaining to the art, and the many facilities with which they are enabled to operate in their new Car, they flatter themselves that their work will not suffer in comparison with that of the most popular Artists of the country.

They are now prepared to take pictures of all sizes, from the smallest miniature even to the largest ever taken, at prices ranging from One to Fifteen dollars.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge.

Their Stock is also of the best quality, consisting in part of Gold Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Jewel, Jenny Lind, Pearl, and French Miniature Cases.  Fancy, French, and Kossuth Frames, of large and small sizes, &c.

Single pictures put up and secured with preservers, for the low price on One Dollar.

Likenesses Of Children taken in from two to three seconds in clear weather.  Adults in all kinds of weather.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens, to satisfy themselves.  As they expect to remain but a short time, they would recommend to those who prize the mementoes of departed friends, and would secure their perfect likenesses, to avail themselves of the present opportunity.

Perfect copies of Paintings, Crayons, Daguerreotypes made large or small, as they may require.

N. B—Particular attention given to taking Family Groups.

Hours of operating from 9 to 4 o’clock; Children 10 to 4 o’clock.   

Westcott & Dow are not recorded as being in partnership.  James M. Dow is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active Watertown and Ogdensburg.  He also records a C. P Wescott or Westcott as being active in Watertown, New York, it is unknown if they are the same person. 

James Welch

1856                On the Public Square, Savannah, Ohio.

James Welch appeared in one announcement in The Ashland Union (Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio) on September, 1856.  Great Democratic Rally—Boarder Ruffianism Triumphant……“Buck and Breck, Constitution and Union,” was the significant motto flung to the breeze, and they gave a pure Buchanier demonstration of their devotion to the Constitution and its guarantees of inalienable rights in a base and ruffianly attack upon the property of an individual for the exercise of his right of free thought.  The Daguerreotype Car of Mr. James Welch has occupied a place upon the public square a sufficient length of time to give it a “local habitation and a name.”  It was asked as a privilege by the Democracy, that they might be allowed to erect their platform upon the shady side of said car.  The privilege was courteously granted, but in doing so he surrendered no right to act with his own property as he saw fit.  He chose therefore to hang out a Republican flag through the sky-light of his car; the moment that this was done the ruffian spirit was predominant;…..

James Welch is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Milo Thompson

1852                Clinton Block, Lansingburgh, New York.

1853                State and Grove Streets, Lansingburgh, New York.

Milo Thompson was recorded in two announcements in the Lansingburgh Democrat  (Lansingburgh, New York). The first appeared on October 28, 1852.  Fire.—About 3 o’clock on Friday morning last, a fire was discovered in the Clinton Block of buildings, which before it was extinguished did a large amount of damage.  It broke out in the Saddlery establishment of Mr. Samuel Crabb, from which it extended south to the law office of Mr. I. Ransom, the Daguerrean establishment of Mr. Thompson…

The second announcement appeared on February 10, 1853.  Milo Thompson, of this village, has fitted up a Daguerrean Saloon, on wheels, and furnished it with all the necessary appendages, sky-light, &c., for the prosecution of that business.  It is a very neat affair, and can be seen at the corner of State and Grove streets.

Milo Thompson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. R. Tankersley

1853                Location Unknown, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

J. R. Tankersley was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 2 to 16, 1853 in the Democrat and Sentinel (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  “Wait for the Wagon.”  Daguerreotypes!  J. R. Tankersley, begs to announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that he will arrive with a large and novel travelling Daguerreotype Saloon, and then will be prepared to furnish pictures, made with all the late improvements of the Art, including the combined side and sky-light, by the aid of which he is enabled to produce a life-like resemblance of all who may favor him with a sitting.

His pictures are acknowledged by all who have examined them, to be of the most perfect description both as to fidelity of likeness and shade.  He will remain in this place but a few days, and would advise all who wish to obtain a Faithful Likeness of themselves and friends, to give him an immediate call.  Portraits of Adults taken equally well in cloudy weather, but a clear Sky is preferable for Children.  In Dress avoid all very light colors.

Who has not lost a friend?  And when a friend is gone, how precious every relic of the departed!  The father who is now happy in the possession of his children, should not risk a single day without securing their Miniatures, for they may be snatched away in an instant.  How many times the cost would the bereaved families give for Daguerreotypes of their Children—Children of their Parents, and Sweethearts of their Lovers!  Come One, Come All!

Prices—From One Dollar upwards, according to Size and Style of Case.   Ebensburg,

J. R. Tankersley is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Spooner

1851                Opposite the Empire House, Cooperstown, New York.

Mr. Spooner was recorded in One advertisement and two announcements in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 8 to March 15, 1851. The Traveling United States Daguerrean Gallery, Will remain in Cooperstown (opposite the Empire House) a short time if sufficient encouragement be given.

By the fine arrangement of light in this carriage, pictures are made more even shaded than in rooms usually, on account of having the benefit of a Sky and Side Light Combined, and are made in half the usual time of sitting.

Mr. Spooner has different sized Cameras, and is prepared to make pictures of various sizes, and set them in Frames, Cases, Lockets, Rings, Pins or Bracelets, particular attention paid to taking pictures of children.  Time—from one to four Seconds. 

Pictures taken from sick and deceased persons at their residences.  Copies taken from Daguerreotypes or Portraits.  Also, views taken of residences, &c.

Pictures taken as well in cloudy, as fair weather.

The Carriage will be open for sitters and visitors from 8½ A. M., until 4½ P. M., excepting children under six years of age, who must come between the hours of 10 A. M. and 2 P. M.   

The first announcement appeared on March 1, 1851.  Mr. Spooner, Daguerreotypist, has been in town a few weeks, during which he has taken a large number of Daguerreotypes.  Mr. S. is an excellent artist.  His pictures are in the finest style of the art.  We understand that he will remain here a few days longer, and then will travel through the country, when those who desire to “secure the shadow, ere the substance fades,” will have a convenient opportunity to do so.

The second announcement appeared on April 5, 1851.  Particular Notice.  The Daguerreotype Carriage will remain in Cooperstown (opposite the Empire House) but a few days longer, and persons wishing pictures must call immediately.  Mr. Spooner has regained his health and will be there to [     ] to the business himself.   March 27, 1851.

Mr. Spooner is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Cooperstown, New York.  It is unknown if Mr. Spooner is one of the Spooner’s from Springfield or New Bedford, Massachusetts.

C. Sibley

1852                On the Common, Barre, Massachusetts.

C. Sibley of the partnership Mason & Sibley was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on  July 30, 1852 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Mason & Sibley Are Now In Town, with their, Mammoth Traveling Daguerreian Saloon.  The largest Ever Built, and on the principle of the Best City Rooms, with one Large Sky, and 2 Large Side Lights, which can be so arranged as to produce any kind of shade desirable.

We would invite the citizens of Barre, and vicinity, to give us a call, whether they wish to sit for a picture or not.  Pictures put up of every size and style.

Pictures of the Sick or Deceased, taken at their Residence at all times, by giving short notice.

We keep posted up in all the Improvements of the Art from Europe and this Country, Let The Cost Be What It May.

Cloudy weather preferable, except for Children.

Any one wishing to learn the Art, are requested to call at the National, and make inquiries.

Stock and Apparatus furnished to Pupils at the Wholesale Prices.

The Daguerreian Saloon is stationed on the Common.  J. L. Mason, C. Sibley, Proprietors and Artists.  Barre, July 16, 1852.

C. Sibley is not recorded in other photographic directories.