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J. B. Sinsabaugh

1849                Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1850-1853       19 Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

1853-1856       Seneca Street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store, Geneva, New York.

1856-1857       Seneca street, opposite Cobb’s Store, Geneva, New York.

J. B. Sinsabaugh was recorded in ten advertisements and six announcements in two different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from May 11 to December 14, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Stock, For Sale at New-York Prices!  Mr. Sinsabaugh has removed to a few doors east of his old stand, on Seneca st., where he has fitted up his rooms with a large window; and is now prepared to do work of the finest quality.

Instructions carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mrs. S.  Charges reasonable. 

The first announcement appeared on September 28, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Calling at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean Rooms a few days since, we formed a very favorable opinion of his merits as an artist.  His miniatures possess a finish, and life like expression rarely seen.  Mr. S. informs us that he has located permanently in Geneva.  He will in a few days, receive a new camera with which he will be able to take likenesses four times the size of those taken by common instruments.  His determination to become “one of us,” and the assiduous attention he has ever shown in endeavoring to satisfy his patrons, must commend him to the favorable consideration of our citizens.

The second advertisement appeared on December 7, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  New Daguerrean Gallery. Mr. S. D. Humphrey, late of Albany, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery in Seneca Street, over Hollett’s Bookstore, and proposes remaining in town some time to serve such of our citizens as may be disposed to patronize him.  We have seen a few of his many specimens, which certainly exhibit great skill in the art.

With this new candidate for public favors, and the capital portraits taken at the galleries of Messrs. Sinsabaugh & Biteley, the Genevese can most assuredly be enabled

“To see ourselves as others see us.”

The second announcement appeared on December 21, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette. 

Attention is directed to the advertisements of Mr. Humphrey and Mr. Sinsabaugh.  The former has the reputation of being one f the first in his profession in the Union: and the almost innumerable specimens in his picture Gallery richly repay a visit to his establishment.

The latter is not at all inferior to any one in his executions, and his stock of cases, lockets, &c., embrace some of the most beautiful we have ever seen.  Who wants an elegant token for a Christmas or New-Year’s present to a friend?  Go to one or both of the above-named gentlemen, and our word for it you will be convinced that a daguerreotype likeness is just the thing.

The third advertisement ran from December 21, 1849 to November 29, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Empire Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, and a few doors west of the Franklin House. Seneca Street, Geneva.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of this establishment, announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has got every thing now in order , in the best possible manner, and is prepared to take Likenesses of all sizes far superior to any thing heretofore exhibited in this part of the country, and not inferior to any got up elsewhere.

Mr. S. also keeps Daguerrean Stock constantly on hand, of all kinds used in the business, at wholesale and retail German and American Instruments on hand; Gold and plated Lockets as cheap with the pictures as can be bought elsewhere without.  This stock will be sold as low as can be bought in the city of New York.

Instruction carefully given in the art.

Chromatic Drawing is also taught by Mr. S.—Schools will commence the first of January and continue through the winter.

Remember the Red Sign.

The third announcement appeared on April 19, 1850 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Not Eclipsed!—Our village has had occasional visits from traveling Daguerreans, some of whom, we confess, have produced most capital likenesses.  But while they have blowed their trumpet long and loud, our friend and fellow citizen, Mr. Sinsabaugh, has pursued the “quite, even tenor of his way,” and won a reputation as an artist second to none of them.  Mr. S. gives to his pictures a distinctness of features, and a handsome blending of light and shade, which is seldom seen.  The sitting of a young lady from the country, the present week, produced a picture which embodies all the fine qualities of the daguerreotype.  It will compare favorably with any ever taken or exhibited in this village.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 6, 1850 to May 30, 1851 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 4, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from December 25, 1850 to May 28, 1851 in the Geneva Courier  (Geneva, New York).  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, No. 19 Seneca Street—Up Stairs. J. B. Sinsabaugh is now receiving his Fall and Winter assortment of Daguerrean Stock, which he offers for sale to artists at the lowest possible prices—His apartment is always full and complete, consisting of the very best quality of stock imported, which will be carefully packed and sent to any part of the country.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, from $1.00 to $25.00 and warranted as good as the best.

P. S. The best quality of German and American Instruments always on hand and instructions carefully given in the Art  

Pictures taken at sick and deceased persons, in or out of the village, at moderate prices.  Geneva, Dec. 24, 1850.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 28 To December 17, 1851 in the Geneva Courier.  Geneva

Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca st, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 6, 1851 To November 12, 1852 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva Daguerrean Gallery, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, on Seneca Street, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment announces to his friends, and the public generally, that he has prepared himself for taking Pictures of all sizes; and families wishing themselves all on one large plate, can be accommodated.

He is now receiving his spring and summer stock, of the newest styles, and latest improvements.  Will supply Operators at a small advance from cost.  Quick sales and small profits is his motto.  All orders punctually filled.  Goods well packaged and sent to any part of the country.  He keeps constantly on hand German and American Cameras and other apparatus necessary for a daguerreotype outfit; Chemicals of all kinds; Plates, Frames of the new styles.  Gold and platted Lockets sold with the pictures in clasps, as cheap as can be bought elsewhere without.  Families waited on in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in All kinds of Weather, at prices ranging from one dollar to twenty-five dollars.

Instructions given in the art.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 11, 1851in the Geneva Courier.  The following merited compliment to a superior Daguerrean Artist, is taken from a letter of a Western gentleman to a friend in this village:

“In passing through your place, I called at Sinsabaugh’s Daguerrean-Room and sat for my picture, and not thinking much of it at the time.  But coming home and comparing it with a number I had taken in this city, (Buffalo) and one in Cleveland, I found it so much richer that I deem it my duty to say something about it.  I think the work of Mr. Sinsabaugh cannot be surpassed.  In a few months I shall be through your place again, and will have the pictures of my family taken.  Yours, C. L. Smith.

The seventh advertisement ran from November 19, 1852 to October 7, 1853 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrian Gallery, Seneca Street, Directly opposite the Empire City Store, a few doors west of the Franklin House.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he is receiving his Fall and Winter stock, embracing all the new styles of daguerrean Goods, with the last improvements in the art.

Mr. S. goes to the city from three to five times in the year, to secure all the latest improvements; and keeps constantly on hand everything in the line of Daguerrean Goods, Apparatus and Chemicals with which he will furnish Operators at New York prices.  Buying for Cash, he is enabled to sell low, at wholesale or retail.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art.  No Humbug.   Geneva, Nov. 10, 1852.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 6, 1854 to January 11, 1856 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, opposite Altman’s Clothing Store.

Mr. Sinsabaugh, the proprietor of the above establishment, thankful for past patronage announces to his friends and the public generally, that he has removed to the rooms over Durrant’s Jewelry Store, first door east of Kidder’s Banking Office, being the rooms formerly occupied Prof. Humphrey & Walker, and which he has entirely remodeled.  They consist of Operating and Work rooms, Reception room, and Ladies Dressing room being the largest and most convenient in the country.

He is now prepared to execute all the new styles of Pictures taken in the United States; Crayon Daguerreotypes, Illuminated Pictures, Stereoscopic and Binocular Pictures, with instruments and cases.  Pictures in colors, with the vanamil back-ground or bright back-ground.

He is now receiving all the newest styles and the largest stock of Daguerrean Goods ever brought to Geneva.  He can furnish every thing call for in that line, at New-York prices—being connected with the largest importer in that city; and is prepared to supply Operators at wholesale or retail.  Call and examine specimens.  He has got the newest improved process for taking likenesses of Children.

Families waited upon in the village and vicinity, at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.

Instructions Given In The Art,  No humbug! Geneva, Dec. 2, 1853.

The ninth advertisement appeared on September 15, 1854 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  

Smalley & Inglesant are every ready to crown the heads of their fellow-men.  These gentlemen are among the “Leaders of Fashion,” and can furnish to order upon the shortest notice.  They are under our old competitor’s establishment, friend Sinsabaugh, who is well and favorably known to this community, and now occupies the rooms originally fitted up for Daguerreotype purposes by Humphrey. 

The fifth announcement appeared on October 26, 1855 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The sixth announcement appeared on October 31, 1855 in the Geneva Courier.  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes           $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes                                                                $1.00

The tenth advertisement ran from January 18, 1856 to March 6, 1857 in the Geneva Daily Gazette.  Daguerreotypes.  Geneva First Premium Daguerrean Gallery.  Seneca street, Opposite Cobb’s Store.  Talbotypes, or Photographs on paper and Glass unsurpassed by any in the country.

The subscriber has just received a large assortment of Fancy Cases, which he will sell with first rate Pictures as low as any other establishment.  Cameotypes on glass, in colors, a new style of pictures far exceeding in beauty and durability anything ever before made; also surpassing in fineness, depth of light and shade, and richness of tone.  They do not reverse the subject, but represent everything in its true position.  They are without the glare of a daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view.  They will last for ages, unchanged, and possess the rare quality of imperishability.

I am now receiving the new improvement on glass, and am prepared to give instructions to any wishing to learn the new art.

Just received a new style of convex Daguerreotype Glass.  A large assortment of Daguerreotype Goods for sale at wholesale and retail.  Families waited upon in the village and vicinity at moderate prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.  Prices range from $1 to $25.  No Humbug!  J. B. Sinsabaugh.

The eleventh advertisement appeared on July 8, 1857 in the Geneva Courier.  Doct. E. Weyburn.  Office on South Side of Seneca Street, under Sinsabaugh Daguerrean Rooms—…

J. B. Sinsabaugh is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active on Geneva Street, Seneca, New York in 1850-1851; 1859.  Seneca is a town southwest of Geneva it is unknown if Sinsabaugh had two studios.  None of the above advertisements or announcements mention another location.  

E. B. Simonton

1852                Darby Block, Water Street,, Augusta, Maine.

E. B. Simonton was recorded one announcement and one advertisement in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  The announcement appeared on May 13, 1852.  New Firm And New Books.  Five Hundred Agents Wanted.  E. B. Simonton & Co., Booksellers ad Publishers, Office in Darby Block, Water Street, Augusta, Me., give constant and lucrative employment to active and responsible men, in circulating New and Popular Works, by subscriptions in the several States of the Union.  They offer great inducements to those designing to engage in the business.

They have in [course] of preparation several works, which will be issued in May, destined to exceed in sale any works ever published in America.

The advertisement ran from July 22 to October 14, 1852.  To Daguerrian Artists.  The subscriber would respectfully inform Daguerrian Artists that they have been appointed Wholesale Agents, by the Manufacturer, for the Sale of Daguerreotype Cases in this State.  They will furnish the above named Cases, with or without Glass and borders, at New York Wholesale Cash Prices.  All orders promptly attended to.  Address E. B. Simonton & Co., Augusta, Maine.

E. B. Simonton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Simons & Page

1842                Rooms at the United States Hotel, Wheeling, Virginia.

Simons & Page were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 12 to 16, 1842 in the   Wheeling Times and Advertiser (Wheeling, Virginia).  Photographic Miniatures.  T. G. Simons & A. W. Page.  Late of New York City.  Professors and Teachers of Photography.  Take this method most respectfully of informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of Wheeling and [its] vicinity, that they have taken Rooms at the United States Hotel, where they will be happy to wait upon any who may wish to avail themselves of an opportunity of procuring a Likeness, which though it may cost but one fourth the Painter’s price, will possess [merits] that no artist can ever give to his work.

Messrs. Simons & Page have been engaged in the Daguerreotype profession from its first introduction into America, have, at great expense and loss of time, succeeded in so far improving the American apparatus, as to be enabled to operate with an unerring degree of certainty.  The great degree of certainty.  The great degree of difficulty with all former operators in giving color and expression to their productions is at once obviated by their great improvement in this wonderful discovery;—the time also required in sitting is materially lessened.  Messrs. Simons & Page covery;—removed the difficulty which all have, by their improvement in this wonderful dis former operators, labored under in compelling their subjects to sit from three to five minutes in which was apt to produce a contraction of the eyes and distorted appearance of the features:  Now, a correct and beautiful likeness can be produced in a sitting of from five to thirty five seconds! In any kind of weather, and consequently without using the direct rays of the Sun.

They propose to instruct a limited number of Ladies and Gentlemen in this beautiful and valuable discovery, who can be furnished with complete setts of the improved American apparatus, and by means of which any one may be enabled to take a likeness in an ordinary room, without requiring any peculiar adjustment of the light.  Heretofore it has been generally supposed that sunshine was indispensable to the production of Daguerreotype Miniatures; but the important improvement recently perfected, proves that this is a mistake.  The new apparatus cost less than the old, and furnishes the ability to its possessor of securing an independence in a profession as honorable, interesting and agreeable as any other, by the expenditure of a mere trifle and a few days application.  Can any other pursuit in life present the same advantages in supplying the means of a general support, not to say fortune?  This apparatus is warranted never to get out of order, and consequently will not require any repairs.  It can be supplied in a form so portable as to be carried in a dressing case, if desired, and ordinarily occupies less space than a cubic foot.  Those who have never had an opportunity of seeing a specimen of Photography, can hardly form an idea of the perfection, beauty and wonderful minuteness of the Daguerreotype pictures:  It is the work of Nature: not of Art; and as far surpasses the production of the pencil as all Nature’s effects do those of Man.  In the creation of these pictures, the light of Heaven alone constitutes the pencil, and nature the artist.  The Daguerreotype, or Pencil of Nature, can be applied to every object on which the rays of light can be made to fall:  The human face and figure, landscapes, buildings, paintings, engravings, stationary, machinery, &c., &c. may be copied in a few seconds with an accuracy that no draughtsman could ever attain.  The process is simple: it requires no acquaintance with chemistry, nor knowledge of drawing or painting, for the light itself engraves upon the prepared plate: and it may be performed by any one who follows the process which is fully and clearly described in the instructions accompanying each sett of apparatus.

For Colleges, Academies and public lectures this apparatus is particularly desirable, as the results produced by it are the most interesting that can be exhibited to an audience, the process requiring but a few seconds in favorable weather to complete a picture, and the results being to all so surprising and beautiful, that it never fails to excite the greatest wonder and astonishment in the minds of every beholder; whilst to the traveller it must be one of the most valuable accompaniments.  It is only necessary to add for the information of those who are unacquainted with the details of the Photographic art, that it is capable of yielding an incomparable greater return for the amount of time and money invested in it, than any other business of the same capital.  We would here beg leave to state, upon the authority of the most scientific Gentlemen of the cities of Boston, N. York and Philadelphia, that these pictures will never fade, but that they will remain permanently fixed until the final consummation of all things.  Other advantages which these Miniatures have over all others might be mentioned, but enough has been said to convince the most incredulous that for rapidity of execution, correctness and durability, they cannot be equalled.

Apparatus, Plates, Miniature cases, Chemicals &c. furnished at the shortest notice and on the most reasonable terms.  Apparatus invariably warranted to be equal if not superior, to any manufactured in the United States.

Simons & Page (T. G. Simons & A. W. Page) are not listed in other photographic directories.  They do not appear in the New York City Directories in 1841/1842 or in the 1842/1843 directories.    

George H. H. Silsby

1857                115 Main Street, opposite the Depot, Concord, New Hampshire.

George H. H. Silsby appeared in two advertisement.  The first advertisement which appeared on March 30, 1840 in the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire) and is included to establish his first name.  Hereafter their first names do not appear in the advertisements I have looked at.   Co-Partnership Notice.  The subscriber have formed a connection in business under the firm of Stearns, Morrills & Silsby, for the purpose of Publishing, Binding and Bookselling, and have taken the room I the 2nd story of Low’s Block formerly occupied by L. B. & L. M. Morrill, where they may be found at all times to answer to orders in their line of business.  Chas. H. Stearns, L. B. Morrill, L. M. Morrill, Geo. H. H. Silsby.  Concord, March 1, 1840.

The second advertisement ran from January 1 to July 30, 1857 in the Independent Democrat (Concord, New Hampshire).  To Daguerreotypist.  The subscribers have on hand and for sale a supply of materials for the use of Daguerrian Artists, consisting of Cases, Plates, Mats, Preservers, Rotten Stone, &c., &c.

They intend to keep a full supply of the above articles on hand, which will be sold as low, at least, as can be purchased in Boston.  Orders, by mail or otherwise, solicited.  Morrill & Silsby, 115 Main St., opposite the Depot.

George H. H. Silsby does not appear in other photographic directories and continues to publish advertisements starting in 1841 as Morrill & Silsby as publishers and bookbinders. 

W. P. Russell

1848                At The Drug Store, Middlebury, Vermont.

W. P. Russell was recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 11 to March 7, 1848 in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont).  Daguerreotype Apparatus.  Plates, Cases, Chemicals, Cameras, Camera Stands, Head Rest, plate holders, Mercury Bath, Battery for gilding, &c. &c.

All the apparatus and materials for using the same, at Boston and New York prices for sale at the Drug Store of W. P. Russell.

W. P. Russell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Richards

1853                3 Exchange Block, Alexandria, Virginia.

Richards appeared in one advertisement that was recorded on November 14, 1853 in the Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, Virginia).  Daguerrean Fancy Goods.—Richards’, No. 3 Exchange Block, has every article generally kept in a Fancy Store, and of the best quality, and will be sold cheap.  Now if you want your Daguerreotype in a first rate case, go to Richards, and buy $5 worth of goods, and he will give you your picture free of charge.  The pictures are perfect, and warranted not to fade. 

Richards is not recorded in other photographic directories.

W. A. Retzer

1844                341 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1845                129 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1846-1847       Rooms one door above Citizens’ Bank. Lynchburg, Virginia.

W. A. Retzer was recorded in four advertisements and one announcement.  The first advertisement ran from May 28 to August 31, 1846 in the Lynchburg Virginian (Lynchburg, Virginia).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Silver Medal Awarded by the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, and the American Institute, New York, from Improved Daguerreotype Likenesses, taken by Van Loan & Retzer.

W. A. Retzer’s rooms one door above the Citizens’ Saving Bank. Lynchburg, Va. Where can be seen specimens of those exquisite works of art, which are pronounced by scientific gentlemen of Philadelphia and New York, to stand unrivalled either in Europe or America.

Oil Paintings, Miniatures, and all kinds of Pictures accurately copied.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.

It is a common idea that these pictures will not stand the test of time—all such defect is entirely moved, as they are gilded by the galvanic process and will never fade.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus of the most approved kind furnished.  Materials of all kinds used in the art for sale.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.

Pen  from 8 o’clock, A. M. to 6 P. M.

The announcement appeared on January 7, 1847 in the Lynchburg Virginian (Lynchburg, Virginia).  List Of Letters Remaining in the Post Office in Lynchburg, on the 1st day of January 1847…Retzer, Wm. A.

The second advertisement was recorded on January 28, March 18 & 22, 1847 in the Lynchburg Republican (Lynchburg, Virginia).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Having appointed J. H. Fitzgibbon my agent in Lynchburg for the sale of Pictures, Cammeras (sic.) Plates, Chemicals, Cases and all other articles used in the Daguerreotype business.  Operators in this section of the Country will find it to their advantage to give me a call for they will find all articles at the Northern prices. Instructions also given in the Art.

Pictures taken as usual at my room nearly opposite the Franklin Hotel, in all kinds of weather. Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the numerous specimens I now have on hand. Open from 8 o’clock A. M. to 6 P. M.

The third advertisement he was mentioned in first appeared on April 5, 1847 in the Lynchburg Virginian (Lynchburg, Virginia).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the citizens of Lynchburg and surrounding country, that he has taken the rooms nearly opposite the Franklin Hotel, formerly occupied by Mr. W. A. Retzer, and recently by Mr. J. H. Fitzgibbons, where he is prepared to execute Miniature Likenesses with all the latest and most important improvements.

Miniatures taken in any kind of weather, and all pictures warranted a fac-simile of the original.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of this beautiful art.

N. B.—Instruction given in the art on moderate terms.  P. E. Gibbs.  April 5.

The fourth advertisement that he was mentioned in appeared on May 3, 1847 in the Lynchburg Republican.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the citizens of Lynchburg and surrounding country, that he has taken the rooms nearly opposite the Franklin Hotel, formerly occupied by Mr. W. A. Retzer, and recently by Mr. J. H. Fitzgibbons, where he is prepared to execute Miniature Likenesses with all the latest and most important improvements.

Miniatures taken in any kind of weather, and all pictures warranted a fac-simile of the original.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of this beautiful art.

N. B.—Instruction given in the art on moderate terms.  P. E. Gibbs.  April 5.

W. A. Retzer is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active Lynchburg, Virginia.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a W. A. Retzer being active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844-1845. Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 also records him in Philadelphia in 1840-41.

P. P. Quimby

1848                Room over I. Allard, Jr.’s Store, Belfast, Maine.

1851                Church Street, Belfast, Maine.

1853-1854       Haraden’s Block, Head of Main Street, Belfast, Maine.

1855                Address Unknown, Belfast, Maine.[1]

P. P. Quimby (and P. P. Quimby & Son) were recorded in five advertisements, and announcement and mentioned in another advertisement in the Republican Journal (Belfast, Maine) and one advertisement in the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine) (non-photographic).  The first advertisement appeared on January 21, 1848.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Taken By P. P. Quimby, At His Room, Over J. Allard, Jr.’s Store, Belfast In a style fully equal to any artist in Boston or New York, and at cheaper rates. 

The advertisement that he was mentioned in appeared on June 13, 1851.  Dr. C. Moore, Surgeon Dentist, And Manufacturer of Mineral or Unchangeable Teeth, (With or Without Artificial Gums.)  Can be consulted at all times at his office and residence, on Church street, (opposite P. P. Quimby’s Daguerreotype Rooms.)…

The second advertisement ran from June 24 to August 5, 1853.  Quimby’s Daguerrean Gallery, Haraden’s Block, Head of Main Street, Belfast. Me.

The third advertisement was recorded from July 1 to August 5, 1853.   New Daguerreotype Rooms!  New Firm.  P. P. Quimby & Son Having lately fitted up a room in Haraden’s Block, having the advantage of a large Top Light, are now prepared to attend to the wishes of the citizens of Belfast and vicinity in all the various branches of the Daguerrean business.  Having on hand a large stock of Cases, Lockets, &c., we flatter ourselves that we can satisfy the taste of the most fastidious.

Perfect satisfaction given in all cases.

Country Artists Are respectfully informed that we have on hand and are constantly receiving Cases of all qualities, best H. B. Plates, Mats, Glasses, Preservers, Cld. Gold, Hyp. Soda, and all the various etcetera of the business, and we can supply them, in large or small quantities, at low prices.  P. P. Quimby & Son.  Belfast, June 1853.

The fourth advertisement was recorded nine times between October 7, 1853 to July 7, 1854.  P. P. Quimby & Son, Daguerrian Artists, And dealers in Daguerreotype Apparatus, Haraden’s Block, Head of Main-street, Belfast.

The announcement appeared on October 14, 1853.  Agricultural Anniversary.  Seventh Annual Cattle Show and Fair of Waldo County Agricultural Society…

The Exhibition At The Hall.  The Exhibition at Pierce’s Hall…The first thing that attracts the eye, is the display of daguerreotypes from the establishments of Quimby and Son, and J. Estan…

The non-photographic advertisement first appeared on January 17, 1859 in the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine).  Notice.  Dr. P. P. Quimby, of Belfast, Would say to his friends in Augusta and vicinity, that he will be at the Stanley House, on Saturday, the 15th inst., where he may be found for a short time, and will attend to all persons wishing to consult him in regard to their health.  Persons calling for that purpose, should understand that he can give no reliable opinion except by an examination of their case, the examination is describing the feelings of the patient and declaring the disease.  Fee for examination $1.50, if necessary to see the patient more than once, fifty cents for each subsequent sitting.  Prior conversation with friends is of no value, and only occupies time which is valuable.  Room No. 6.

P. P. Quimby is recorded as P. P. Quimby & Son in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1855.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

S. Page

1847                Address Unknown, Hallowell, Maine.

S. Page was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from May 8 to November 6, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Cases, Plates & Chemicals.  Cases and Plates of different sizes—Iodine and Chloride of Iodine—Chloride of Gold—Bromine—Hyposulphate of Soda—Mercury—Prepared Rottenstone—Rouge—all of the best qualities, for sale at low prices by S. Page & Co.

The second advertisement appeared on May 13 & 20, 1847 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Cases, Plates & Chemicals.  Cases and Plates of different sizes—Iodine and Chloride of Iodine—Chloride of Gold—Bromine—Hyposulphate of Soda—Mercury—Prepared Rottenstone—Rouge—all of the best qualities, for sale at low prices by S. Page & Co., Hallowell, May 8.

S. Page is ot recorded in other photographic directories.

Packard & Barnum

1856-1857       Address Unknown, Warren, Ohio.

Packard & Barnum were recorded in two advertisements in the Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from August 20 to October 1, 1856.  Daguerrean & Ambrotype Stock, at prices guarantied as low as can be bought in Cleveland, New York or any other market.  Orders by mail or otherwise, promptly attended to.  Packard & Barnum. 

The second advertisement ran from September 10, 1856 to January 21, 1857…Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Artists, Will find it to their advantage to call on us for all goods in their line.  We have a complete assortment and will obligate ourselves to duplicate New York, Pittsburg, and Cleveland Bills…

Packard & Barnum are not recorded in other photographic directories.