Tag Archives: Daguerreotype Plates

Fletcher Westray

1850                71 front Street, New York, New York.

Fletcher Westray was recorded in the 1850 New York City Directory, residence listing as a  Commission Merchant, 71 Front, H-24 E. 18th and two advertisement.  The first ran on September 26 & 28, 1850 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.—Seven cases Photographic Plates silvered by this electro-chemical process, the great superiority of which can be testified to by eminent Daguerreotypist, just received and for sale by Fletcher Westray, 71 Front-st.

The second ran in the New York Herald (New York, New York) on September 26, 1850. 

Daguerreotype Plates.—Seven cases Photographic Plates, silvered by the electro-chemical process, the great superiority of which can be testified to by eminent daguerreotypists, just received and for sale by Fletcher Westray, 71 Front street.

Fletcher Westray is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Benjamin C. Townsend

1843                42 Beaver Street, New York, New York.

Benjamin C. Townsend of the partnership of Welton & Townsend Joseph C. Welton & Benjamin C. Townsend)[1] were recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 20 to 26, 1843 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotype Plates.  “Scovills” first quality plates, pronounced by the first operators in this country, to be superior to any imported plates, for sale by their agents, Welton & Townsend, 42 Beaver street. 

Benjamin C. Townsend is not recorded in other photographic directories.  According to the 1842/1843 New York City directory their occupation was buttons at 42 Beaver Street, the following directory 1843/1844 their occupation was still listed as buttons but they had moved to 5 William. 


[1] 1842/1843 & 1843/1844 New York City Directory.

William H. Smith

1845-1846       4 Maiden Lane, New York, New York.[1]

1847                4 Maiden Lane, New York, New York.

William H. Smith is recorded in four advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on January 29, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.—Small quarter and large sizes, No. 40 and 60.  For sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co.  No. 4 Maiden Lane.  

The second advertisement ran from May 20 to 27, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates—Just received, a large assortment of Daguerreotype plates, full, quarter and small size; for sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co., 4 Maiden lane.                         

The third advertisement appeared on April 6, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.  Just Received—Just received, a large assortment of Daguerreotype plates, small, quarter, half and full size.                   

For sale by Wm. H. Smith & Co., 4 Maiden Lane                                                    

The fourth advertisement ran from April 27 to 29, 1847.  Daguerreotype Plates.—Wm. H. Smith & Co., No. 4 Maiden Lane, have now on hand Daguerreotype plates of the best quality, from the most celebrated makers at Paris, which they offer as follows:—

3000 Full Size, No. 40, at………..$10.00 per dozen

3000 half    “      “    40, at………..$5.00     “       “

6000 quarter       “    40, at………..$2.55     “       “

18,500 medium   “   40, at…………$1.60     “       “

Terms—Six months for bills over $100.  Cash discount of 5 per cent from all sums less than that amount.                                                                                                                         

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W. H. Smith is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1845-1846.


[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry

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.