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Herman Husband

1852                Rooms corner Fort and Merchant Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Herman Husband was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Polynesian  Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Advertisement ran from January 3 to 24, 1852.  Daguerreotypes.—The Subscriber respectfully informs the citizens of Honolulu that he is prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses in the perfection of the art, at reduced prices.  He is also prepared to take likenesses of houses &c. correctly without reversing. Room corner of Fort and Merchant St.  Herman Husband.

The announcement appeared on April 10, 1852.  List No. 18, of Passports granted; published pursuant to section 5, page 126 of the new statutes…

Herman Husband 28,…

Countries of which the foregoing parties are natives:—

England                       9

Portugal                      1

Poland                         1

Prussia                         1

American                    11

Norway                       1

Germany                     2

Cape de Verd Is.         1

Total 27—one gratis.  R. C. Wyllie.  Foreign Office, April 1, 1852.

Herman Husband is not recorded in other photographic directories. 

W. B. Howell

1851                Address Unknown, Lexington, Missouri.[1]

1852                Rooms over Mr. Miller’s Boot and Shoe Shop, Glasgow, Missouri.

1853                Address Unknown, Independence, Missouri.

W. B. Howell was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on October 14, 1852 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  All persons wanting an exact likeness of themselves, should call on Mr. W. B. Howell, over Mr. Miller’s boot and shoe store shop, where he is prepared to take Miniatures in all the late improvements in the art.  He invites the ladies and gentlemen of the city to examine his specimens whether wanting likenesses or not.

The Advertisement appeared on December 10, 1853 in the Occidental Messenger (Independence, Missouri).  Look Now For Fine Daguerreotypes!!  Mr. Howell would respectfully call the attention of the ladies and gentlemen of Independence and vicinity, to the fact that he has just fitted up his room in good style, so that he is able to furnish those wishing it, A Splendid Likeness.  As he is going away for a few weeks, he will leave Mr. J. H. Twyman in charge of his rooms, to operate during his absence.  Mr. Twyman is a splendid operator—in fact to do him justice he is surpassed by none in the Art.  I therefore do not at all hesitate in recommending him to the people as an Artist.  As he has been with J. H. Fitzgibbon of St. Louis, he has all the new styles of operating, and all the late improvements that are now known in the business.

I will also say to the people, that there are at my room a splendid assortment of cases, which he will [sell] on moderate terms.  Oct 29th, 1853.  W. B. Howell.

W. B. Howell is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 as being active in 1851 in Lexington, Missouri. 


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

O. P. Howe

1854-1855       Car at the East end of the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

1856-1858       Water Street, opposite the Stanley House, Augusta, Maine.

1959                Rooms opposite the foot of Oak Street, Augusta, Maine.

O. P. Howe was recorded in twelve advertisements and three announcements. The first advertisement appeared on December 14, 1854 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).

East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta.

The second advertisement ran from on December 21, 1854 to January 11, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  East Side Daguerreotype Establishment.  Calotypes, Daguerreotypes, Crayons, and Stereoscope Likenesses are executed in the Highest Style of the Art at Howe’s Miniature House, East End Kennebec Bridge, Augusta. 

Mr. O. P. Howe has the pleasure of announcing to the ladies and gentlemen of Augusta and vicinity, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerreotype Establishment at the East end of the Bridge, where he will be happy to wait on all who will favor him with a call, and are in want if Fine Pictures, set in fine Gold Lockets, Pins, or Rings; Rosewood, Gilt, German and French Frames; Papier Mache, Shell, Pearl, Jenny Lind, Morocco, Velvet, Jewel, Octagon Jewel, Dutchess, Mourning, Cabinet, and all kinds of Silk Velvet Cases, at fair prices.

N. B. No cheap 50 cent pictures and cases sold at this establishment.  Every Picture will be executed so that it will be worth the price charged for it.  I have spared neither pains nor expense to make everything just what it should be to meet the wants of First Class Customers.  Come and see.  A share of the patronage is solicited.

To my friends and numerous patrons at Waterville, East, West and North Vassalboro’, China, South China, Branch Mills, Weeks’ Mills, South Windsor, Cooper’s Mills, Turner’s Corner, King’s Mills, Pittston, Alna, Woodbridge’s Corner, New Castle, Sheepscot Bridge, &c., &c., I would say that being now comfortably settled, in my new and enlarged Saloon—probably the largest in the world on wheels—with every facility for producing pictures in the highest style of the Art, I should be pleased to receive a continuance of the favors which have heretofore been so liberally bestowed upon me, and for which I must here take occasion to express my sincere thanks.  Should they visit Augusta this winter, they will find me ready to furnish pictures in my usual perfect manner, on silver or paper, from 8 A. M. till sunset, in any kind of weather.  I choose to let my pictures speak for themselves.  Satisfaction given or no charge.

The subscriber has been for a number of years successfully engaged in furnishing Melodeons and Seraphines.  He will continue to furnish the Best Instruments from the best manufacturers, at their Lowest Cash Prices.  Any one in want of Reed Instruments, Fine Gold Rings, Bosom Pins, Bosom Studs, Ear Drops, Motto Pins, Lockets, Locket Pins, Locket Seals and Rings, Ladies’ and Gent’s Chains, &c., &c., or any description of Sheet Music, can do as well in buying of him, as they can any where else, as his prices never exceed those of other dealers.

The latest Songs, Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Variations, &c. for the Piano, always on hand.

Sheet Music sent by mail.  On receipt of one dollar, I will forward six twenty-five cent pieces, free of postage.  Orders attended to.  O. P. Howe.

The third advertisement was recorded  from January 19 to February 14, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine).  To the Members of the Legislature, and Everybody else.  Poetry And Science.

Attention all hands!  I wish to suggest

To the people of Augusta, where they can do best;

My Miniature House is now wide awake,

And I am ready and Able good pictures to make:

I’ve every convenience to take young and old,

And make as fine as ever was sold.

I wish to remind you that this is the place.

Where, with a fine light, the features I trace,

And with the assistance—the light of the sky—

I never have fail’d to produce “a good eye.”

No “four cent” pictures at this Gallery are made,

Because we think such  things are sure to fade;

Neither will 50 ct. pictures here be sold,

For we Gild our plates with Chloride of Gold;

But for nine shillings, or dollar ‘nd a half,

I’ll put them in cases that are “bound in calf;”

With Gilt out-side—Silk Velvet within—

With a hook on each end as nice as a pin—

I can put them in Rings, in Pins, or in Lockets,

Or in funny little cases to carry in your pockets;

Or in neater ones still, on your table to lay,

Which are inlaid with pearl, and called “Papier Mache.”

Jenny Linds and the like, to numerous to mention,

But to dwell on these is not my intention.

I’ve all kinds of Cases, both single and double,

And Lockets of all sizes, which saves you all the trouble

Of looking any further than my Daguerreotype Car,

At the East end of the Bridge, which is not very far;  

Come in fair weather or foul, or come when you will,

I’ll give you a good Picture if you’ll only sit still.

And just in conclusion, I invite one and all,

Take “Time by the fore-top,” and give Howe a call;

For I’ve all things ready, plate bright as a dollar,

I’ll take you so “natural” you’ll almost holler.

N. B. Daguerreotypes taken on Silver or Paper, and satisfaction given or no charge.

Mr. H. is selling some very superior Melodeons and Seraphities at low prices.

Melodeons to let.  O. P. Howe.  Howe’s Miniature House, Jan, 15, 1855.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 7 to July 12, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  (500 Pieces Sheet Music, Just Received, consisting of Songs, Ballads, Quartets, Polkas, &c. &c.  I will forward six 25 cent pieces, postage free, to anyone who will remit one dollar.  Send in your orders for any price you want, and I’ll be sure to have it.  Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from July 26 to August October 4, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons and Seraphines.  For sale and to let by O. P. Howe.  Ware Rooms over Nason & Hamlen’s store, corner Bridge and Water Streets, Augusta, Me.

The seventh advertisement appeared on December 6, 1855 in the Maine Farmer.  Melodeons. Another Lot of those splendid Model Melodeons, made by S. D. & H. W. Smith, and Mason & Hamlin, Boston.  The subscriber begs to inform the people of Augusta, and the Musical public generally, that he has now on hand, and will keep as large an assortment of the above instruments as can be found in any Musical Establishment in Boston…

The eighth advertisement ran from February 7 to April 24, 1856.   Something New!  Ambrotypes and Mezzograph Pictures At Howe’s Miniature House, Water Street, Augusta.  Ambrotypes are taken upon fine plate glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass,—the two being cemented together, so that the picture is just as permanent as the glass on which it is taken.  They are far superior, in many respects, to the best Daguerreotypes.  They will not change or corrode by time, are soft and beautiful in tone, are not reversed in position, and, being taken on glass, are exceedingly brilliant, and are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Mezzographs are taken upon paper, and are equal to steel plate engravings.  They can be painted in Grecian or oil colors.  I am taking more of this kind than in any other style.  They are much admired.  The public are invited to examine specimens at my Gallery opposite the Stanley House.

Having the largest and most expensive apparatus ever brought into this city, and having the exclusive right for making the above pictures, I feel better prepared than ever to wait upon my friends, and respectfully solicit a continuance of the patronage which has been so liberally bestowed for the past year.  Daguerreotypes taken as usual.  O. P. Howe.

The ninth advertisement ran on February 19, 21 and March 2, 1855 in the Kennebec Journal. 

Melodeons!  Those Who Wish To Buy Or Hire Good Melodeons, will find it greatly to their advantage to call at Howe’s Miniature House, East End the Bridge, Augusta, Maine.

The tenth advertisement ran from February 21 to March 20, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Notice Particular.  I hereby certify, That I bought of Cutting & Bowdoin the exclusive right of Cutting’s Ambrotype Patent for the State of Maine, except the city of Portland, and that O. P. Howe of Augusta, has no right, whatever, under said patent, I having sold the exclusive right of the city of Augusta, to J. S. Hendee.  Asa Millit.

The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  Daguerreotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers, and strangers from out of town, who have occasion to visit Augusta, and who may desire to patronize a daguerreotypist, to the establishment of Mr. O. P. Howe, opposite the Stanley House.

Mr. Howe’s daguerreotypes, and also his ambrotypes, are very fine specimens of his art.

We have also seen some photographs made by him, for a gentleman in connection with this office, which are certainly very finely executed.  Mr. Howe’s establishment is beautifully arranged for the comfort and convenience of his patrons, and we have no hesitation in saying that the treatment they will receive from the hands of this good-natured artist, will remove all sour looks from the countenance, and secure for the sitter a life-like, good-looking and pleasant picture.

The eleventh advertisement ran from March 20 to April 10, 1856 in the Maine Farmer.  To Artists.  Howe’s Dry Chemical, Acknowledged, by all Artists who have used it, to be the best, quickest, and safest Chemical in use.  Sent by mail at $1.00 per bottle.

Address O. P. Howe, Augusta, Maine.

The twelfth advertisement ran from October 15 to November 19, 1857 in the Maine Farmer.  Something New!  The Greatest Invention of the Age!  The March of Improvement is ever onward!  The Ambrotype supplanted the Daguerreotype, the Melainotype is now rapidly taking the place of both!  Melainotypes.  The subscriber begs to call the attention of all lovers of Pictures, and all in want of Permanent and Perfect Likenesses of themselves or friends, to a new style of Picture, called the Melainotype.  They are taken on a thin sheet of iron; are patented in the United States and England; they can be sent in letters without extra postage, can be handled without and glass over them; can be washed when soiled; they will bend without injury; are not affected by light, atmosphere, rain, or anything else.  In  short, they are the Cheapest, Prettiest, and Most Durable Picture Ever Yet Invented.  They Cannot Fade, but will last for all time.  Try one!  Try one!

Taken at “Howe’s Saloon,” opposite Stanley House, Augusta.  O. P. Howe.

The second announcement appeared on November 11, 1858 in the Maine Farmer.  At Work Again. Our neighbor O./P. Howe who has been confined by sickness for several months, has just re-opened his Daguerreotype Saloon, and is prepared to take portraits in the best style.  Ambrotype, photograph, and other styles of sun-painting done to order.  Give him a call.

The third announcement appeared on December 29, 1859 in the  Maine Farmer.  Ambrotypes And Photographs.  Our old acquaintance Howe, whose success and popularity as an artist formerly made his “institution” on Water Street the resort of all who wanted a good picture for themselves or friends, we are glad to see, after an interregnum of several months, has re-located himself in Augusta, at the rooms opposite the foot of Oak St.  He is prepared to supply any description of picture in the line of his profession in a style that will be satisfactory to all who may patronize him.  Call and examine his specimens.

O. P. Howe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Augusta, Maine in 1856.  More research is needed it appears that Howe was running several businesses in Augusta at the same time and did not feel the need to advertise through the newspapers as often as some daguerreotypist/photographers…

Thomas Hovey

1849                Address Unknown, Hallowell, Maine.

Thomas Hovey was recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 13 to May 5, 1849 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  For Sale.  A Good Daguerreotype Apparatus, Complete, and in good order, will be sold at a bargain.  The Camera is an American half plate, nearly new—a first-rate instrument.  Also, one of Southwark (sic.) & Hawes’ Patent “Buff Swings,” (two boxes) medium and quarter sizes; together with Chemicals, Plates, Cases, &c. &c.

A good opportunity is offered to any one wishing to purchase.  For further particulars inquire of Thomas Hovey.

Thomas Hovey is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is unknown if Thomas was a daguerreotypist, an amateur or a dealer in daguerrean materials. 

Charles H. Housekeeper

1850                118 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Charles H. Housekeeper was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 18 to December 18, 1850 in The Lancaster Examiner (Lancaster, Pennsylvania).  Van Loan—Daguerreotypes!!  C. H. Housekeeper, late of Lancaster county, informs his friends that he has become connected in the Daguerreotyping business with Samuel Van Loan, so long and so favorably known to the public as unsurpassed in his knowledge of the art.  Hundreds of his pictures are already in possession of the citizens of Lancaster City and County, and they are confidently referred to as specimens of his skill.—The new firm of Van Loan & Co., 118 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, opposite Miller’s Hotel, pledge themselves to produce , by means of recent discoveries, even better pictures than those heretofore produced, the price remaining the same, $1 and upwards, and satisfaction in all cases given or no charge made.  Free admission to the rooms at all times.

Charles H. Housekeeper is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Philadelphia in 1851.  At this time few Philadelphia newspapers have been searched.

H. W. Hollowell

1852                Over Fresco Hall, Warren, Ohio.

1853                Address Unknown, Warren, Ohio.[1]

1855                Over Fresco Hall, Warren, Ohio.

W. H. Hollowell was recorded in one advertisement and was mentioned in another advertisement and one announcement.  The advertisement appeared on June 23, and July 7 & 14, 1852 in the  Trump of Fame (Warren, Ohio).  Great Western Sky-Light Daguerrean Gallery!  Daguerreotypes for 50 Cents!  Those wishing correct and life-like Daguerreotypes, of themselves or friends for 50 cents, would do well to avail themselves of this opportunity.  An early attention is solicited.  Satisfaction given in all cases; at the lowest possible prices.  Views, landscapes, &c., taken as accurately as the art can produce.  Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished if desired.

Rooms over “Fresco Hall”, one door west of the Bank.  May 27.  H. W. Holloway.

The advertisement he was mentioned in appeared on June 27, 1855in the Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, Ohio).  A Change.—Something New And Interesting To The Public—The old Rooms formerly occupied by H. W. Holloway together with the entire stock and interest of same, having been purchased by Lake & Marsh, experienced Daguerreotypists, they are now prepared to execute work in the best style of the art.

Having a large amount of Stock, and Cases of all kinds and sizes, they flatter themselves that they can give entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with their patronage.

No Pictures will be sold unless they are positively good ones.

Come old, come young, come great and small,

To the Daguerrean Rooms over “Fresco Hall.”

Advertisement ran from June 27 to Nov 7, 1855.

The announcement appeared on July 4, 1855 in the Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, Ohio).  Dentistry.—Over Adams’ Book Store.—Dr. H. W. Holloway, having sold out his interest in the daguerreotype business, has taken rooms over Adams’ Bookstore, where he can be found at all hours, from 8 o’clock A. M. until 6 P. M….

H. W. Hollowell appears in other photographic directories as being active in Warren, Ohio in 1853.


[1] Ohio Photographers 1839-1900.

Jonas G. Holcolmb

1848-1850       Rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop, Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1853-1854       Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1855-1856       Rooms over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store, Augusta, Maine.

Jonas G. Holcolmb was recorded in seven advertisements and three announcements in three different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from April 6 to 20, 1848 in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the bookstore of D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either Single or in Groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The first announcement appeared on April 8, 1848 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine).  Our Friend J. G. Holcomb, as may be seen by his advertisement in another column, has opened a Daguerrian establishment in this town.  We commend him to the patronage of the people as being every way qualified to give satisfaction in his profession.

The second advertisement ran from April 8, 1848 to February 17, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the Book store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The third advertisement ran from April 7 to August 8, 1848 in The Age (Augusta, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The subscriber having taken rooms over the Book Store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the art affords.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms—and their patronage is earnestly solicited.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The second announcement appeared on April 21, 1848 in The Age.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Mr. J. G. Holcomb, who has taken rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, exhibits specimens of his work which are rich as any we have seen.  We hope that our citizens will not fail to patronize him liberally.

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1848 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotyping.  Our neighbor Holcolmb, whose room is over Stanwood’s bookstore in Market square, produces some of the most perfect specimens of this ingenious art that we have ever seen.  We believe he is uniformly successful in getting good likenesses, without the annoyance and fatigue of frequent sittings, while in delicacy of shading, depth and richness of tone, and the easy, unconstrained naturalness that characterizes them, he is almost unrivalled.  Give him a call.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Masonic.  The following are elected officers of Bethlehem Lodge for the ensuing year:—R. W. William A Drew, Master; W. E. Wills, S. W.; W. J. G. Holcomb, J. W.;…

The fifth announcement appeared on October 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  These are nature’s paintings, and of course are perfect.  Daguerre’s Art is one of the greatest discoveries of this wonderful age.  Of course, now, all persons will have their likenesses, and those of their friends, taken.  We were in Chase’s and North’s rooms in Boston a fortnight ago, and saw what are said to be the best specimens in the city—and they were truly life-like, but not more so than some we have seen executed in Augusta.  The sun paints as faithfully on the Kennebec as in the City of Notions.  If you doubt it, just call in at A. J. Pierce’s Gallery on Water-st., and see how an ingenious man can help Nature do her work most beautifully.  Or, if more convenient, visit, our friend Holcomb’s Room on Market Square, and you will find there a man and his work worthy of your attention and patronage.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 16 to April 27, 1850 in the Gospel Banner.  Jonas G. Holcolmb, Daguerrean Artist, Rooms over D. C. Stanwood’s Bookstore, No. 8 Market Square, Having recently made very great improvements in this wonderful art, is now prepared to execute likenesses of Persons, copies of Portraits, Engravings, &c. for Frames, Cases and Lockets in the most durable manner, and in a style which cannot fall to please.  All pictures taken at the above rooms warranted not to fade.  Prices reduced.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to examine specimens at the rooms.

The fifth advertisement ran from October 24 to November 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer.  Jonas G. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Executes Likenesses of Persons—Copies from Paintings and Engravings in superior style and life like appearance; either I cloudy or fair weather.  All work warranted to give satisfaction when delivered—and not to fade.  Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop,. Water street, Augusta.

The sixth advertisement appeared on January 21, 1854 in The Age.  Crystalotypes.  Mr. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Has the pleasure of informing his friends and customers that he has made arrangements whereby he is enabled to supply Crystalotype Likenesses (or Daguerreotypes on Paper,) of all sizes, from miniatures to life, in a style of workmanship of the highest order.

Persons desirous of obtaining likenesses in this form can be accommodated by calling upon Mr. H. at his Rooms on Water street, where specimens of the beautiful art of Crystalotyping are exhibited.

Prices of Crystalotypes from $3 to $25.  Duplicates from $1 and upwards, according to size.  Augusta, Nov. 9, 1853.

The seventh advertisement was recorded on January 3 to 31 & May 1, 1856 in The Age. 

Daguerreotype Notice.  Mr. J. H. Holcomb. Of Augusta, Has removed to the new and elegant Rooms. (over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store,) recently fitted up expressly for the Daguerreotype Business, with all the modern improvements; and is now ready to furnish customers with various styles of Pictures, executed in a skillful manner, and equal to work done by the best Artists in the United States.  September 16, 1855. 

Jonas G. Holcolmb is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without business addresses.   

F. A. Hoke

1844                Rooms at the Walker House, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

1851                Rooms at the Masonic Hall, Laurens, South Carolina.[1]

F. A. Hoke appeared in one advertisement that was recorded on September 25, 1844 in The Spartan (Spartanburg, South Carolina).  Photographic Miniatures.  F. A. Hoke, of Lincolnton, N. C., has taken lodgings at the Walker House, in this place, for the purpose of taking Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, with the latest improvements.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens. 

F. A. Hoke is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Laurens, South Carolina in 1851.


[1] Partners with the Sun South Carolina Photographers 1840-1940.

L. C. Hoard

1854-1856       Main and Second Streets, Allen’s Exchange Building, Jamestown, New York.

1856-1857       Main Street, Shaw’s Block, Jamestown, New York.

1857-1858       Hawley Block, adjoining and over the Post Office, Jamestown, New York.

L. C. Hoard was active in Jamestown, New York from 1854-1858 in the partnerships of Gray & Hoard; Hoard & Loucks; and Hoard & Upham.  Hoard was recorded in nine advertisements and three announcements in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York).  The first advertisement ran from August 4, 1854 to June 13, 1856.  Gray & Hoard, Daguerrean Artists.  Corner of Main and Second streets.  Sky-light Operating Rooms.  Jamestown, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from January 11 to February 8, 1856.  Kast your eye this Way.  As many persons enquire for “Dollar Daguerreotypes” we would say to all such, that you can be accommodated at that price until the first of March.  Pains will be taken to give satisfaction as usual, and the Daguerreotypes will be put up in neat and durable cases.  Likenesses of Children will not be taken for a lesser sum than one Dollar and Fifty Cents.  A new stock of rich and beautiful cases just received.  Get your likenesses in the best kind we have got and you can have it cheap for ready pay.  Gray & Hoard.

N. B.  Miss. coax that fine looking gentleman to give you his Daguerreotype.  Sir, coax that pretty lady to sit for her likeness, you’ll have to pay for it, you know, so what’s the odds? 

The third advertisement ran from January 25 to February 8, 1856.  Division of County!  This question has been agitated more or less for several years, and until the present time we have smothered our indignation and kept silent.  Good friends don’t you think it would be a good plan for the people of this County to form themselves into parties of from one to as many as they please, and Call On Gray & Hoard for their Daguerreotypes; for a single person it would cost one Dollar, and so on up into the pictures; for a married person, the case, of course would be different, for then the cost would be only just the same.  Groups cost a trifle more, and if you want some of our Richest Cases or Lockets, why then, you can have them at your own price, providing always that your price is a little more than ours.  Come along good folks we’re always accessible.  Gray & Hoard, Allen’s Exchange, up stairs.

The fourth advertisement ran from January 25 to March 21, 1856.  $000,001.00 For a Daguerreotype Likeness that will not Fade half so soon as the man that made it, even if it was taken by Gray & Hoard, at Allen’s Exchange, up stairs.

The fifth advertisement ran from March 28 to May 30, 1856.  Look at This!  Examine it well, and you will perceive that “Mother Earth” is represented in mans’ apparel, supposed it is all right, men wear shawls, and women unmentionables, and Gray & Hoard, has just purchased part of $347, 000 worth of Daguerreotype Stock which they hope to dispose of to such advantage as to enable them to continue making Good Pictures at Low Prices.—We shall prepare in a few days to make Ambrotypes and Photographs in a style not to be surpassed.  Gray & Hoard.  Jamestown, March 4, 1856. 

The sixth advertisement ran from December 26, 1856 to January 30, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.  But readers do not miss of having one of these choice gifts to present your friend New Year, if you wish to make a present that will be preserved long, and appreciated well, let it be your Daguerreotype; do you desire an ornament for your center table, let it be a fine and indelible picture of yourself or friend.  Go at once to Hoard, and get a good one at low figures, his office is on Main St., one door below Esq. Brown’s Law Office in the Shaw Block.  L. C. Hoard.                          

The first announcement appeared on October 23, 1857.  Internal Improvement.—That portion of the Hawley (now Hall) Block fronting upon Third street, and West of Andrews & Stephen’s Store, is undergoing repair.  The first floor has been lowered a couple of feet or so, and is now easily accessible from the street.  The room over the Post Office formerly occupied as a music store has been fitted up with a magnificent sky-light, and otherwise adapted to the use of Messrs. Hoard & Loucks, Daguerreotypists, who are to soon take possession. They will also occupy the rooms west of the Post –Office formerly occupied for a harness shop, and which are being remodeled for their benefit.  Altogether, the changes are decided improvements.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 1, 1858 to June 4, 1858.  To The Public.  The new Photograph Gallery adjoining and over the Post Office, in the Hawley Block, is now in readiness for the reception and accommodation of visitors.  We are now prepared to make any style of Picture, from the Daguerreotype to the finest Photograph on paper, put up in good order in any kind of Case or Frame you may wish.  We shall keep on hand the best selection of stock to sell at wholesale or retail; at the same time you may expect our prices to correspond with the times.  We solicit a call from you whether you wish pictures or not.  Come and examine our specimens; also our facilities for doing good work.  Hoard & Loucks. Jamestown, Dec. 22, 1857.

The second announcement appeared on May 14, 1858.  Mr. Hoard, the Photographic Man, has a very distinguished hen—yet a common hen.  It has produced an egg 5⅔ inches in circumference.  The finish of the shell, however, is not creditable.  It is plebeian.

1858 May 28.  Jamestown Journal.  (Jamestown, New York.)  May 28, 1858, Vol. XXXII, No. 50, Whole No. 1667, P. 2.

The eighth advertisement ran from May 28 to July 2, 1858.  One Thousand young men and women wanted with a capital of from 1 to 5 Dollars to sit for any of the styles of Pictures now in use.  For further particulars call on Hoard & Loucks, at the Post Office Picture Gallery.           

The ninth advertisement ran on September 3 & 10, 1858.  From The Seat Of War!  Camp Life of B Company 68th Reg’t. N. Y. S. M.  I had the pleasure of seeing this grand parade of Military men, and enjoying the full benefits of ca,[ life (except the pay) in common, with Officers and Soldiers of B Company from our village.  My duty on the field was only that of a spectator, except at meal times, when I was pressed into service by order of Captain C. L. Jeffords, and marched to the victualing tent of J. D. Stearns, where we found lots of good things to eat, and James ready to wait upon us.  In this part of the exercise I believe I made a capital Soldier; I saw no one that could present the knife or folk and charge upon beef steak or boiled ham with better skill than myself.  After the performance was all over and tents taken down, six of us took passage in an extra train for Jamestown, making it in the unprecedented quick time of ten hours.  Upon the whole, it was [    ] nice affair, and I think that B Company showed off well.  All it lacks of making just such a company as it should be, is the proper attention and assistance of our citizens.  For further particulars call on Hoard & Upham at their rooms, where you can get a full view of the ground, and a nice Photograph of yourself for $3.50, and other styles of pictures for less.                

The third announcement appeared on September 24, 1858.  County Fair, 11 A. M., Sept. 22d, 1858…Hoard & Upham have a fine assemblage of pictures and photographs…

L. C. Hoard is not record in other photographic directories.

J. W. Hirst

1850-1851       Francis Block, North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1852-1853       Address Unknown, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[1]

J. W. Hirst was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Culturist and Gazette (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) a second announcement appeared in the Daily Republican  (Springfield, Massachusetts) which is a reprint of the C. & G announcement.  The first advertisement ran from October 9 to December 25, 1850.  Daguerrian Hall.  Daguerreotypes With all the latest improvements in Finishing and Gilding, taken at the rooms of J. W. Hirst, Francis Block, North Street, Pittsfield.

Miniatures set in Lockets, Frames Rings Pins, &c.  Watches, Jewelry, &c., plated with Gold and Silver by the Electro process.

Clocks & Musical Instruments Carefully repaired and warranted to give satisfaction, Umbrellas and Parasols made and repaired.

The second advertisement ran from December 25, 1850 to March 12, 1851.  Hirst’s Sky-Light Daguerreotype Rooms, Francis Block, North-st., Pittsfield.  Up One Flight Of Stairs Only.

Miss. Hirst Tenders her compliments to the citizens of Pittsfield, and vicinity, for the very liberal patronage so kindly bestowed upon her during her practice of the above profession, and would inform her friends and the public generally, that she has added to her rooms a very large Sky-Light, and that they will find her in readiness at all times, and in any weather, to wait on Ladies and gratify their desire to obtain true and pleasing Likenesses of themselves or acquaintances, or Copies Of Portraits, Daguerreotypes, &c., in the shortest space of time requisite, and respectfully solicits, a continuance of like favors.

Miniatures ut up in all the various styles, from the cheap Morocco to the richest and most magnificent Token.

Mr. Hirst will also be in attendance to wait upon gentlemen.

As we are not in the habit of making boasting or flattering speeches about what we can do, we respectfully invite all ladies and gentlemen to call and make a trial and satisfy themselves, and if not pleased no charge is made.

Clocks, Locks, Umbrellas, Parasols, Fans, Musical Snuff Boxes, Accordions, Musical Instruments, &c., carefully repaired.  Also Galvanizing with Gold & Silver,  By the Electro-Process, Done in the best manner and warranted to give satisfaction, by J. W. Hirst. 

The first announcement appeared on March 19, 1851.  A Hard Knot.—Mr. Hirst, Daguerrian Artist, of this village, showed us a few days since, a steel rat-trap, which had been sprung by pressing a stick some five inches long upon the pan, the stick remaining between the jaws of the trap.—It seems that a gentleman rat has very unceremoniously visited his rooms quite frequently of late, but has eluded ever attempt to be decoyed into the “tub of meal.”  The trap has been set for him several nights in succession, but each morning finds the trap sprung with some stick or other hard substance fastened in it, and his Ratship as free as ever.  Mr. H. says the trap is set in the room where no person enters during the night, and in such a position that the rat must pass through it to enter the room.

The second announcement was reprinted on March 24, 1851.  A Hard Knot.—Mr. Hirst, Daguerrian Artist, of this village, showed us a few days since, a steel rat-trap, which had been sprung by pressing a stick some five inches long upon the pan, the stick remaining between the jaws of the trap.—It seems that a gentleman rat has very uncermoniously visited his rooms quite frequently of late, but has eluded ever attempt to be decoyed into the “tub of meal.”  The trap has been set for him several nights in succession, but each morning finds the trap sprung with some stick or other hard substance fastened in it, and his Ratship as free as ever.  Mr. H. says the trap is set in the room where no person enters during the night, and in such a position that the rat must pass through it to enter the room.—Pittsfield Culturist.

J. W. Hirst is recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry records him as being active in 1852.


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