Tag Archives: Daguerrean Car

J. E. Davidson

1854                Unknown Location, Cadiz, Ohio.

J. E. Davidson was recorded in an advertisement that ran on March 8 to April 5, 1854 in The Cadiz Democratic Sentinel (Cadiz, Ohio). Card to the Public. J. E. Davidson, takes this occasion to inform his friends, that he will return to Cadiz on the First of April, when he will open his well furnished Daguerrean Car, and be ready to take pictures in his well known superior style.  Those of his friends wishing to procure pictures, see his fine specimens or make a friendly call, will be well received with the greatest pleasure.

J. E. Davidson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George W. Cornelius

1858-1859       Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.                                                                              1859                   Address Unknown, Farmland, Indiana.                                                                      1859                  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.

George W. Cornelius was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 2, 1858 to June 9, 1859 in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Solograph, Photographs, etc.  G. W. Cornelius Would respectfully inform the citizens of Winchester and vicinity that he is on hands with the same old Car in which years ago in this place, he took Over 600 Pictures acknowledged by one and all to be Superior to any taken before or since in the place.  Having the advantage of a large Sky Light!  His pictures are unsurpassed in brilliancy of tone, accuracy of expression, and clearness of the Eye.

By the aid of a Quick worker, the only instrument of the kind this side of Cincinnati, he Never Fails to secure the Likeness of a Child however small.

On November 10, 1859 the following announcement appeared in the Randolph County Journal.  (Winchester, Indiana).—Mr. G. W. Cornelius left here yesterday morning with his Daguerrean Car for Farmland, where he expects to remain two or three weeks, and then return to Winchester.  Those who want good pictures of themselves or friends can not do better than to give him a call while he sojourns at Farmland.  He is a superior Artist.

On December 15, 1859 an announcement in the Randolph County Journal (Winchester, Indiana).—G. W. Cornelius, the Daguerrean, has returned to Winchester.

George W. Cornelius is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as George W. (Cornelis) Cornelius.  In partnership of Bishop & Cornelis in 1853 Northwest corner of Main & 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. And in 1860-1861  Address Unknown, Winchester, Indiana.  In Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 he is recorded as a daguerreotypist in Cincinnati in 1853.

S. G. Conger

1852                Address Unknown, Fort Covington, New York.                                                    1852                Address Unknown, Malone, New York.                                                                          1853                In Front of the Franklin House, Malone, New York.

S. G. Conger was recorded an announcement and two advertisements. The announcement ran on November 13, 1852 in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York).  Daguerreotype Saloon.  The undersigned will be in Malone with his Daguerrean Saloon in a few days, and those wishing to get correct likenesses of themselves or friends will do well to call, for perhaps a better opportunity may never present itself.

Think not these portraits made by light,                                                                                                           Will fade and vanish at a sight,                                                                                                                             No—when the ruby lip is dust shall lie,                                                                                                             When death’s grey film o’erspreads the sparkling eye,                                                                               These life-like pictures will mock at decay,                                                                                                     And still be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. C. is now in town, and ready to receive visitors.

In the first advertisement that ran from April 7 to May 12, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium (Malone, New York).    S. G. Conger, Daguerrean Artists, Would respectfully inform the ladies and gentlemen of Malone and its vicinity that he will remain a few weeks in town, and those that wish to get Daguerreotype Miniatures taken of themselves or friends will have a favorable opportunity of doing so on moderate terms and in the highest perfection of the art.

Miniatures put up in Broaches, Lockets, Rings, &c.                                                                                     Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as in a clear day.                                                                      N. B.—Satisfaction given or no charge.                                                                                                              Instructions in the Art carefully given on moderate terms.

The second advertisement ran from July 14 to October 27, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium  (Malone, New York).  In Town Again!  Conger’s Daguerrean Saloon, Has taken the Old Stand, in front of the Franklin House, where he will always be ready to wait on those that will favor him with a call.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, and in as Good Style, as can be got in this vicinity.  If you don’t believe it, come and try it.—There is no use of boasting of my experience in regard to my work; I will leave it with the public to judge for themselves in regard to the beauty of my pictures, the correctness of delineation, or perfectness of the whole mechanical execution in this truly beautiful Art.             A correct likeness or no charge.

S. G. Conger is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1851                Nearly Opposite the store of H. S. Smith, Huntington, New York.                  1851                Address unknown, Cold Spring, New York.                                                      1851                On the Common, Roslyn, New York.

The Partnership of Disbrow and Clarkson was recorded in three announcement and one advertisement.  The first announcement ran on April 18, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Daguerreotypes.—It is an old saying, and none the less true than old “Something new comes every day.”  The last came, in this vicinity, we chronicle as the arrival of a portable Daguerrean Gallery which is now located nearly opposite the Store of H. S. Smith, where the Proprietors are prepared to see and wait upon our citizens, in all branches of the Daguerrean Art, and furnish them a likeness second to none and equal to the best, in any style and form desired.  The arrangement for light—a great essential in daguerreotyping, known to those who have the least knowledge of the art—will be found superior to that secured in an ordinary room.  Being invited to call and see, we went and see’d. The conveniences of the Rooms, neat and tasty—are equal to those of a parlor.  We advise those who want a good reflection of themselves, to embrace the present occasion to get a faithful one.

They were next recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 18 to May 9, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Rare Chance For The People!!  The subscribers would beg leave to call the attention of all the good people of Huntington and vicinity to the Traveling National Daguerrean Saloon, which is now located on Main st., in Huntington Village, where they will remain a short time, kindly soliciting the patronage of those persons in want of correct likenesses of themselves or friends.  The National has its commodious wings and superior sky lights, which combine its adaptation to perfect the Daguerrean Art. What is there of earthly treasures that we can more highly prize as a Keepsake, than a correct Likeness of some absent friend or relation?

N. B. Miniatures For Lockets, Pins, or Rings. Without further comment, please Call and satisfy yourselves. Correct Likeness, or no Charge.  Disbrow & Clarkson, Huntington, April 16, 1851.

The second announcement ran on May 23, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, with their Daguerrean Gallery, remain in this village only this week.  Those intending to visit them must do so immediately.  On Monday next they locate at Cold Spring for a short stay.

The third announcement ran on November 7, 1851 in The Plaindealer (Roslyn, New York).  The Daguerrian Saloon.  Some of our readers in passing through our beautiful village, have no doubt noticed a strange looking object on the common, which the matter of fact may have deemed a bathing machine, drawn up for the season, whilst the more imaginative may have pictured it a miniature Noah’s Ark; or at least, one of Barnum’s Fejee caravans.  Had they noticed closer, they would have perceived that it was neither of these, but a perambulating Daguerrian Saloon, attended by two of the genus-homo.—The one a methodistical looking man, who (see hand-bill) addresses the world at large, as “dear friends”; the other, a good-natured looking young man, in appearance and manners somewhat different from his senior.  These two are the proprietors who philanthropically travel around the country, giving, for the price of twelve shillings; and, contraywise, painting men, horses, houses, monkeys, or anything else in nature, with fidelity, skill and dispatch.  Now, ye good people, who have an idea that ye are good looking, or would like to leave a memorial of yourselves with a friend, now is your chance.  Twelve shillings for immortality!  Cheap enough, in all conscience.  A purse is being raised by our enthusiastic subscribers, which, when filled, is to be devoted to the patriotic purpose of having our portraits taken.—These portraits will, no doubt, be in great request; and the world at large had better call at once on Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, and secure an impression.  These are the times when true greatness is held up to light, and fears not the sun’s rays.—Whosoever would be great, must first secure twelve shillings, and then, hey for a Daguerreotype.

Disbrow & Clarkson are not listed in partnership in any of the photographic directories that I have access too.  John Craig list three Clarkson’s in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, an F. K. Clarkson is listed in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1860; Theodore F. Clarkson is listed in Waukegan, Illinois; and Clarkson (no first name is on Long Island in 1853). Without more information it is only speculation that they are the same person.  Disbrow, only one listing in Craig’s was found for a Charles Disbrow in 1849-1850 in New Haven, Connecticut.  Again it possible they are the same person, but at this time its only speculation.

J. M. Campbell

1856-1857       Court Street, opposite Kirby House, Watertown, New York.

J. M. Campbell was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 25, 1856 to January 15, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.) Lights And Shadows From Real Life! A. M. Campbell, Daguerreotypist And Ambrotypist, would respectfully inform the people of Watertown and surrounding country, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerrean Car on Court Street, opposite the Kirby House for a short time, where he proposes to furnish all who may desire, with faithfully delineated, Life-Like, and Rich Toned Pictures.  At prices varying from Fifty Cents upward, according to style and size of plate.  His Car is large and commodious, and having the advantage of a superior Light, and long experience in the business, he flatters himself that for accuracy and effect, his Pictures are not to be surpassed.

Who can so truly appreciate the value of a good Daguerreotype, as the friends of the loved and lost?

“Blest be the Art which keeps the absent near,                                                                  The beautiful, unchanged from Time’s rude theft,                                                           Guards the fresh tint on Childhood’s polished brow,                                                      And when Love yields its idol to the tomb,                                                                         Doth snatch a copy.”

Pictures neatly set in Pins, Keys, Bracelets, Lockets, and all work Warranted not to fade.  Hours of operating from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.  Please call and examine specimens.

J. M. Campbell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George P. Blakesley

The address and location of George P. Blakesley in 1858 is unknown at this time.  The information comes from a newspaper article in the The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan) announcing the premiums awarded at the Cass County Agricultural Society Fair held in Cassapolis Michigan on October 8th and 9th…Class XVI—Painting, Drawing, &C….Best case of ambrotypes, L. D. Smith.  2d best case of ambrotypes, George P. Blakesley…Trans.

On March 3, 1859 he is reported in the following advertisement in The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan.)  The advertisement ran from March 3 to July 21, 1859.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t you know                                                                                                        At G. P. Blakesley’s the place to go,                                                                                            Ambrotypes, Melaneotypes he does take,                                                                                                And seldom, if ever, an error does make.

Lithographs and other pictures too, we find,                                                                                            are taken in a style to suit the mind,                                                                                                            For a few weeks only, at half price,                                                                                                                He will take your picture, and that in a trice.

Then walk right up to the Daguerrean Car,                                                                                                You Ladies and Gents that come from afar,                                                                                                  And you that live near should never delay,                                                                                                But quick get a likeness, for you it will pay.

His Car is opposite the Canada Store,                                                                                                        Where many likeness he has taken before,                                                                                                And the Canada Store is on Front street,                                                                                                Where George will be happy his friends to greet.

No difference it makes in regard to the weather,                                                                                        If it is cloudy or bright or as light as a feather,                                                                                          For in the business he has been for three years past                                                                              And every improvement has learned to the last.

Now, in himself, he has great confidence of late,                                                                                    No Artist before in this village so great,                                                                                                  Could ever with him begin to compare,                                                                                                        For all them he can beat, is the truth, I declare.

Particular attention to children is paid,                                                                                                    From 9 A. M., to 4 P. M., so don’t be afraid                                                                                                      To bring along your children, and your money likewise,                                                                      And get a nice picture that will please your eyes.

All are invited to call and examine specimens. Geo. P. Blakesley, Artist.  Dowagiac, March 3d, 1859.

Blakesley is recorded as an Ambrotypist in Dowagiac in 1860.  Information from the Directory of Early Michigan Photographers (David V. Tinder)