Tag Archives: Daguerreotype Plates

Obadiah Rich

1840                Court Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Obadiah Rich was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 14 to May 4, 1840 in the  Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Plates made and for sale by O. Rich, Court Avenue.

The following information is from the Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, fourth edition.  Obadiah Rich was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1809 and died in 1888.  He worked as a silversmith in Boston first under the apprenticeship of Moses Morse.  In 1830 he went into business for himself; 1832-1835 in partnership with Samuel L. Ward; 1835-1850 in association with Jones, Low, and Ball.  “Was an outstanding craftsman who produced a number of exceptionally high quality presentation pieces during his career.”  His hallmark appears to have been an oval with concave sides, O Rich at the top, Boston on the bottom, and in the center a dragon.

Obadiah Rich is recorded in other photographic directories the information from Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, fourth edition may possibly help identify any plates in existence.

[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Legal & Bouland

1850                86 William Street, New York, New York.

Legal & Bouland (Eugene Legal & Fred B. Bouland) were recorded in one advertisement that ran on September 19 & 20, 1850 in the New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.—For sale Cheap, A small consignment of Daguerreotype Plates.Legal & Bouland, 86 William street, up stairs.

Legal & Bouland are not listed in other photographic directories.  Both Eugene Legal and Fred B. Bouland are listed in the 1850 New York City resident directory as Importers, 86 William Street.

F. C. Lawrence

1851                12 Wall Street, New York, New York.                                                                        1851                8 Wall Street, New York, New York.

F. C. Lawrence was recorded in three advertisements. The first Advertisement ran from January 21 to 29, 1851 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). Daguerreotype Plates At auction.  F. C. Lawrence & Co., No. 12 Wall street, will sell, on Thursday, 30th inst., at four o’clock P. M., precisely, a large lot of very fine French Daguerreotype Plates, to close a consignment.  The will be sold in lots of one hundred plates.  Terms, under $250, cash; above that amount four months approved endorsed paper.  catalogues now ready.  Goods may be examined two days before the sale.

The second advertisement appeared on January 30, 1851 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Attention Daguerreotypist!—Great Auction Sale of several 1,000 Star Plates, No. 40.  Also, valuable Carved Wood Daguerreotype Frames to fit up a gallery, and a large lot of French Passepartouts, by F. C. Lawrence & Co. 8 Wall-st., this day.  The goods are ready for examination.  Such an opportunity rarely occurs.

The third advertisement appeared on January 30, 1851 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Attention Daguerreotypist.—Great Auction Sale of several 1,000 Star Plates No. 40.  Also valuable Carved Wood Daguerreotype Frames to fit up a Gallery, and a large lot of French Passepartouts, by F. C. Lawrence & Co. 8 Wall-st.  This Day.  The goods are ready for examination.  Such an opportunity rarely occurs.

F. C. Lawrence is not listed in other photographic directories. He is also not listed in the 1850-1851 or 1851-1852 New York City directory.

Louis B. Binnse

Louis B. Binnse advertised in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on April 24, 1847.           Daguerreotype Plates.—L. B. Binnse & Co. 83 Williams st. 2d floor, have just received, per late arrival, a fill supply of Daguerreotype Plates, Nos. 20, 40, and 60 of their brand, so favorably known throughout the United States, which they warrant equal in quality to any ever before imported by them.  They offer them at prices considerably reduced from those of last Fall.  Chemicals, warranted to be of the best quality, always for sale. L. B. Binnse & Co. 83 Williams st. 2d floor.

Binnse is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1843 to 1845.

Bigelow Brothers & Kennard

Bigelow Brothers & Kennard were recorded in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts) in an advertisement that ran from November 20, 1849 to February 12, 1850.  Daguerreotype Plates.  A consignment of French Daguerreotype Plates just received and for sale low, at 121 Washington Street.

Bigelow Brothers & Kennard are a new names and were not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.