1854 Address Unknown, Salem, Ohio
Chessman & Wright were recorded in an advertisement on May 6 and ran until September 2, 1854 in the Anti-Slavery Bugle. (New-Lisbon, Ohio.) Daguerreotype Materials, At Wholesale Only. Artists are informed that we intend to keep a supply of Stock on Hand, and endeavor to promote their interest and ours, by exchanging goods for Cash. Chessman & Wright. Salem, April 29, 1854.
The partnership of Chessman & Wright is not recorded in other photographic directories. With no first names attached to the advertisement it’s difficult to suggest who and where they may also have been active.
1850 108 Genesee Street, Utica, New York.
William Bristol was recorded in The Freeman’s Journal (Cooperstown, New York) in an advertisement that ran from May 4 to 18, 1850. Wm. Bristol & Co., No. 106 Genesee Street, Utica, Wholesale Dealers and Jobbers of Daguerreotype Stock and Chemicals, American and Foreign Cameras and Apparatus. Beg leave to inform Daguerreotype operators, that they have lately added to their former stock of Cases, Plates, Chemicals, &c., a complete stock of Cameras of all sizes, and Daguerreotype Apparatus, which they offer to operators who may call upon them or order from them, together with all articles in their line, as cheap as they will be furnished by any jobbing house in the United States. Buying of the manufacturers and importers only, they are willing to compare their prices with those of any house in any part of the country; as also the quality of their goods. And their method of doing business.—Medium Star Plates $20 per gross, other sizes in proportion. Manufactures of Webb’s chloride of gold. Wm. Bristol & Co. Utica, May 1, 1850.
Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him active in 1851 without a business address.