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J. K. Thompson

1852                Rooms at the Court House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

J. K. Thompson was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 30 to December 23, 1852 in the Jefferson Republican (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  Mr. J. K. Thompson has taken rooms at the Court House, in this place, for the purpose of taking daguerreotype likeness.  Those wishing likenesses of themselves or friends, will call on Mr. T. at the Court House, who will be happy to attend to all request of this nature.  He is an able and skillful artist.

J. K. Thompson is not listed in other photographic directories.

G. W. Thompson

1857                Rooms at the Holland House, Woodsfield, Ohio.

G. W. Thompson was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  Let everybody go and see Thompson’s miniature gallery.  Daguerreotypes are cast entirely in the shade by his new process.  See advertisement.

The advertisement ran from June 3 to July 29, 1857.  The Comet Visible This celebrated wanderer has just made its appearance, but it is not attracting mor attention than an invention of G. W. Thompson in the Photographic Art, where he has been introduced.  He has taken rooms at the Holland House, in Woodsfield, where he is prepared to take Miniatures in the most beautiful manner, and by all the recent improved processes, including the Ambrotype, Spherotype, Ambrograph and Margariotype.  Also on paper and patent leather for rings lockets or sending in letters.

The Margariotype is a discovery of his own, and is acknowledged by all competent judges to produce a more pleasing effect than anything hitherto discovered.  The Picture is seen standing out as it were entirely free from the back-ground, in the most beautiful relief with all the roundness of statuary—the glowing tints of nature are blending in sublime harmony—all is here presented with the warmest penciling of nature; and needs only to be seen to be appreciated.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, and those wishing pictures can have them taken in any style desired and at the Lowest prices.

Instructions given in all the above processes, also, in Grecian and Oriental painting, on the most favorable terms.

Call soon as I shall remain but a short time.  G. W. Thompson.      

The second announcement appeared on June 10, 1857.  Thompson’s Margariotype.  This newly discovered process of taking miniatures is superseding all others wherever it has been introduced.  Daguerreotype artist are learning the new process and abandoning the old.  We verily believe that Thompson’s pictures are superior to any ever taken in this place.— Call In some fine day and examine his specimens.

G. W. Thompson is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a G. W. Thompson in Russiaville, Indiana in 1860-1861 but it is unknown if they are the same person.

S. W. Thomas

1845                Room at Mr. J. Elwood’s Residence, Delhi, New York.

S. W. Thomas was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  The announcement appeared on October 1, 1845.  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.  S. W. Thomas would announce that he has located himself at the house of J. Elwood, where he is prepared to take portraits, equal, if not superior, to any before taken in Delaware county.                                                           

The advertisement ran from October 8 & 15, 1845.   Daguerreotype Portraits.  The public is respectfully informed that Thomas’ Daguerrian Rooms are now open for the reception of visitors.

To those who may be inclined to favor him with a call, he would say, that being possessed of several important improvements, he is enabled to produce Portraits, which for durability, fidelity, style and cheapness, cannot be surpassed.

Specimens may be seen at this office; and also at his rooms, at Mr. James Elwood’s.

S. W. Thomas is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. M. Thomas

1846                Rooms at the Banner Office, Louisiana, Missouri.

1858                181 Main Street, opposite the Worsham House, Memphis, Tennessee.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in one advertisement in Democratic Banner (Bowling Green, Pike County, Missouri), and mentioned in and additional five advertisements and six announcements in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) while working for William H. DeShong.  The first advertisement ran from July 25 to August 17, 1846 in Democratic Banner.  Daguerreotype.  G. M. Thomas would respectfully inform the citizens of Louisiana and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the above place and will remain in town but a few Days.

Daguerreotype Miniatures taken in the most perfect style, plain or colored; and perfect satisfaction warranted to all.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

Rooms at the Banner Office.

The following five advertisements and six announcements appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal.  The first advertisement ran from July 14 to August3, 1858.  DeShong’s Pictures Still all the Rage.  Persons wishing the best style should not fail to give him a call.  He is now assisted by Mr. G. M. Thomas, who is acknowledged to be one of the best artists in the States.

Remember that DeShong has the exclusive right of Memphis for the Melainotype Patent.

His Gallery is 181 Main street, opposite the Worsham House.                                 

The second advertisement ran on November 4 to 6, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—People will inquire no longer where to get pictures, when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s Gallery, 180 Main street, opposite the Worsham House is Making Malameotypes (on iron plates) as cheap, if not cheaper, than those worthless glass pictures made elsewhere.  Recollect—first premium awarded to Thomas for the best pictures at every fair where exhibited.

The third advertisement ran on November 4 & 5, 1858.  We are informed through the press that a great blessing has been conferred on this community by the introduction of a cheap Gallery.  we doubt that the people of Memphis will consider it a greater blessing when they learn that Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making pictures as cheap, if not cheaper, and warranted fifty per cent better, or no pay required.

The first announcement appeared on November 9, 1858.  To The Citizens of Memphis.—A certain humbug establishment in this city say they have eight premiums awarded them—have sixteen years experience.  They wish to know what more can be said in their favor.  Thomas, at DeShong’s will state for their favor, that he has a little boy under his charge, not thirteen years old, has not had sixteen weeks’ experience (not years), who will bet his own money —$50—he can beat them making pictures.

Thomas bets two to one on the boy.

Thomas bets $100 they never got eight premiums—not even one; bets twenty to one they will never get one in Memphis.

First premium to Thomas throughout the South and West.  Got the fixings as proof.

Thomas, at DeShong’s, is working cheaper, and warranted 100 per cent. Better, or no pay required.

Thomas does not wish to boast or humbug.  The above is to let the people know where the best pictures in the world are made.

Thomas will stand up to all he says.  Call and see if I am not right.  Will make your pictures for nothing if you don’t think so.

The fourth advertisement ran on November 10 & 11, 1858.  Memphis Against The World.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, will compare malaneotypes and ambrotypes, for superiority, with any body in the world, for $500—more or less.  The pictures are his own productions, and mostly citizens of Memphis.  Call and see them.  They cost less than elsewhere.

Let the people of Memphis recollect that Thomas will make 50 per cent. Better pictures than the great humbug establishment, or no pay required.  I will do what I say.  Rooms 180 Main street.

The second announcement appeared on November 12, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect where they are made.  Thomas had no opposition at Fall Fairs, never expected any—sufficient evidence of their superiority over all others, they are not brought from the North.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better than at the great Humbug Depot, or no pay required—all at DeShong’s, 180 Main street.

The third announcement appeared on November 13, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Thomas, at DeShong’s, is making Pictures as cheap as elsewhere and warranted 5 per cent. Better or no pay required.  First premium awarded to Thomas at every State Fair, South and West, were exhibited.

The fifth announcement ran on November 18 & 19, 1858.  One hundred persons at least, collected at DeShong’s yesterday, disgusted with their steam portraits made on green window glass—“serves them right,” coming to their senses at last.  First premium awarded to Thomas, at DeShong’s, throughout the South and West; one hundred present better or no pay required and cheaper than elsewhere.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 20, 1858.  The reason everybody are now getting pictures at DeShong’s, is they say Thomas, took the first premium everywhere, without even any opposition.  No one has the presumption to compare pictures when he is in the field—sufficient evidence of their great superiority over all others.  AS cheap as elsewhere.  Warranted 100 per cent. Better; or no pay required.

The fifth announcement appeared on November 25, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Let the people recollect that Thomas, at DeShong’s, has been awarded first Premiums throughout the South and West for the finest pictures.  Warrants them 50 per cent. Better and as cheap as elsewhere, or no pay required.

Everybody says that Thomas’ pictures, at DeShong’s, are the finest they have ever seen in any part of the world.  They are mostly of citizens of Memphis.

The sixth announcement appeared on November 3, 1858.  Premium Pictures.—Everybody that has visited the northern cities, and traveled throughout Europe, pronounce Thomas’ Ambrotypes and melaneotypes, (at DeShong’s Gallery,) the finest specimens of the art they have ever seen, in any art of the world.  They cost no more than elsewhere, and are warranted 100 per cent finer, or no pay required.  First Premium awarded to Thomas, at every Fair South and West.

G. M. Thomas was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1851 in Mobile, Alabama apparently in partnership with William H. DeShong and again in 1859 in Memphis, Tennessee.  According to the 1858 advertisements and announcements it appears that Thomas worked for DeShong.  This might have changed in 1859 but to date no newspapers have been consulted in Memphis in 1859.

J. Thayer

1851                Merchant Street, over Office of Dr. Hunter, Honolulu, Hawaii.

J. Thayer was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Polynesian.  (Honolulu, Hawaii).  The first announcement appeared on July 12, 1851.  Daguerreotype Pictures—Now is the time to get good likenesses.  For the first time, Honolulu [is] found with an artist who can furnish daguerreotypes of superior quality.  Mr. J. Thayer has opened his rooms in the new building on Merchant Street, over the office of Dr. Hunter, where specimens of his [superb] pictures can be seen by all who are disposed [to] call.  Some of the impressions taken here, are as [fine] as any that have ever come under our observation and are just the thing to send to absent friends, or [to] keep at home.  Call and see for yourselves, and [there] is little doubt that you will sit for a picture.

Mr. Thayer is supplied with a variety of cases, [ ? ] beautiful design, for single pictures or groups.  See advertisement in another column.

The advertisement ran from July 12 to August 2, 1851.  Daguerreotype Pictures.—J. Thayer would inform the ladies and gentlemen of Honolulu, that he has taken rooms over Dr. Hunter’s office on Kaahumanu street, where he is prepared to take likenesses for a short time only.  No likenesses sold unless they give satisfaction.  Honolulu, July 12, 1851.

The second announcement appeared on August 16, 1851.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Thayer has given notice that he will continue but one month longer in Honolulu.  Those who wish to avail themselves of his skill in this beautiful art, and procure Good likenesses, would do well to call at once.  He has recently been crowded with sitters, and his pictures do credit to his skill, and prove his ability to do justice to his numerous friends.

J. Thayer is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Hawaii in 1851.  A J. Thayer is listed in other photographic directories as being active in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1848-1849 it is unknown if they are the same person.

L. T. Tew

1855                Rooms in the County House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1855                Room on Sarah Street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

1858-1859       Rooms near the Court House, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

L. T. Tew was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Jeffersonian (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on January 18, 1855.  Mr. L. T. Tew, Daguerrean Artist, who is well and favorably known to many of our citizens, as a successful and skillful operator in Daguerreotyping, has fitted up the room on the second floor, in the County House, and is fully prepared to accommodate all who may wish a true and life-like picture of themselves or friends.

Having seen a number of pictures taken by Mr. T., and which are equally as correct as any produced in New York or Philadelphia, we deem it an act of justice to call the attention of our citizens to the opportunity they now have of getting their likeness taken.

The second announcement appeared on November 22, 1855.  Good News.  Daguerreotyping.  Mr. Tew would inform the inhabitants of Stroudsburg and vicinity, that he has returned and opened a room, on Sarah street, a few doors east of the Presbyterian Church, where he is now ready to wait on all who wish good Pictures of themselves or friends.  Also, copying old Daguerreotypes and Paintings.  An inspection of specimens is solicited, where every polite attention will be paid to visitors, whether or not wishing a setting.—Prices to suit the times, from 75 cents to $1 and upwards, in an excellent case and on the finest French plates.

N. B. likeness guaranteed perfect and satisfactory in clear or cloudy weather, of grown persons, children, and family groups in an ordinary bright light, not delaying it too late in the evening; morning is preferable.                              

The advertisement ran from September 16, 1858 to November 24, 1859.  Photographs In Every Style of the Art.  L. T. Tew takes this method to inform the inhabitants of this Town and vicinity, that having procured a new Instrument expressly for the purpose, is now prepared to take all the latest styles of Type, combining all the newest improvements of Ambrotypes, Melaionotypes, Photographs, Nielotypes, at his old Room near the Court House, in a style unsurpassed.  From his long experience as an Artist acknowledges no superior.

Those wishing good Likenesses of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens.  No charge made unless perfect satisfaction given.  L. T. Tew.     

L. T. Tew is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. S. Terry

1852                Rooms over Shropshire & Massey Store, Yazoo City, Mississippi.

L. S. Terry was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Yazoo Democrat  (Yazoo City, Mississippi).  The announcement appeared on May 19, 1852.  We call attention to Mr. Terry’s notice of his Daguerrean Gallery.  We have seen some of his specimens, and we have no doubt he will give entire satisfaction to those who may patronize him.

The advertisement ran from May 19 to October 13, 1852.  Daguerrean Gallery.  Having fitted up the rooms above the store of Shropshire & Massey, I am prepared to take Daguerrean Likenesses in good style and on the most favorable terms.  Call and examine my specimens.  L. S. Terry.         

L. S. Terry is not listed on other photographic directories.

A. B. Terry

1844-1845       Rooms in the third building east of the Methodist Church, Geneva, New York.

A. B. Terry was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 3, 1844 to January 21, 1845 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  A. B. Terry, Photographer from New York, respectfully informs the citizens of Geneva and vicinity, that he is prepared to take likenesses by the daguerreotype process in clear, cloudy or stormy weather in a style of finish unsurpassed.  His miniatures possess all the colors of life; are perfect copies from nature, and are warranted durable. Specimens may be seen at his rooms in the third building east of the Methodist Church, where the public are respectfully invited to call.                                         

A. B. Terry is not recorded in other photographic directories.

I. L. Teliga

1849-1850       Mr. Hiram Nelson’s House, Main Street, near the canal, Evansville, Indiana.

1850                Rooms, Corner Main and Water Streets, Under the Journal Office, Evansville, Indiana.

I. L. Teliga was recorded in ten announcements and two advertisements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on December 13, 1849.  Photographic Miniatures.—Yesterday we made a visit to Mr. I. L. Teliga’s Daguerreotype rooms, at Mr. Hiram Nelson’s house, on Main street, near the canal, and examined a number of specimens of his skill as an artist.  We have visited a great number of Daguerreotype galleries in the cities and never saw better evidences of the perfection to which this branch of the art has arrived.  His likenesses are colored in the most life-like manner.  His long experience at the business, and his connection with Prof. Hawkins, the best Daguerreotypist in the West, substantiate his claims as a successful artist.  His likenesses are taken in the interval of from half a dozen to fifteen seconds, and are perfect.  Read his advertisement, and give him a call.

The first advertisement ran from December 13, 1849 to January 22, 1850.  Colored Miniatures.  I. L. Teliga has the honor of informing the citizens and visitors of Evansville, that he will remain in the city for a short time and take likenesses by the improved Daguerrean process.

As for the warrant of his skill, and superiority of his miniatures in taking as well as finishing them, it is enough to say, that he has been steadily engaged in the art ever since its first introduction into this country in 1840; and, furthermore, that he is connected with the popular, pre-eminent and highly meritorious Apollo Gallery in Cincinnati, conducted by that able, scientific, and well known to the American public, “First Pioneer of the Art,” Mr. E. C. Hawkins.  He calls the attention of parents to the fact, that he is able to take perfect likenesses in a short space of time from five to ten seconds!  Good, and the only chance for children (if they can be kept still that length of time.)

Ladies and gentlemen are very respectfully invited to see his specimens, and judge for themselves.  Room at the residence of Mr. Hiram Nelson, Main street, near the Canal.  Open from 8 A. M. until 4 P. M.                                               

The second announcement appeared on February 23, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Teliga’s room is now crowded with ladies every bright day, and he is kept busy beautifying his plates with their countenances.  His daguerreotypes are all good, and utterly unequalled by the works of other artist who have formerly visited this city.  Mr. T. has been induced to remain longer than he had anticipated by becoming at a late hour appreciated, yet he will continue operations in this city but a short time longer.  Let all, therefore, who wish to be handed down to posterity in their natural beauty or ugliness, drop in at Teliga’s at Nelson’s residence up Main street.

The third announcement appeared on March 29, 1850.  Coming Back.  A letter from Mr. Teliga, the Daguerreotype Artist, informs us that he will return to Evansville next week, with the intention of making this his place of residence for some time. He will take a large and handsomely located room, admirably adapted to the purpose.  He writes that he will bring the very finest stock in the Daguerreotype line, ever in Evansville, with elegant lockets and breastpins.  We know him to have the means and taste to do this.  A Daguerreotypist of the merit of Mr. Teliga will, we are sure, do a good business the whole summer in Evansville.  Numbers were disappointed in not being able to obtain likenesses, owing to his departure so soon; and several persons came to the city from a distance back in the country to get Daguerreotypes.  But all will soon have an opportunity of getting handed down to posterity on a plate. 

The fourth announcement appeared on April 11, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Teliga publishes his card in another column.  It is useless to remark that his Daguerreotypes cannot be excelled.  We have examined his stock of cases, lockets, chemicals, &c., and can say we never saw a more complete establishment in his line.  He is now ready to receive calls from ladies.  He has “fixed up” his room with much taste, till it is nearly as pretty as our sanctum, which is just adjoining.  Ladies are assured, that is they mistake the room and get into the parlor instead of the kitchen, if we do not take their likenesses we shall most certainly take their hearts, if they be not very careful.  And that reminds us, speaking of Daguerreotypes and the ladies—that our beautiful image has not yet been returned.  Who did steal it?  We do not wish to “waste our fragrance on the desert air” and therefore would thank some feminine to return that image.

The second advertisement ran from April 11 to July 15, 1850.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  By I. L. Teliga.  Rooms, corner Main and Water sts. Under Journal Office.  Elegant Gold Lockets, Breastpins, Enameled and Turkey Morocco Cases, Frames &c., on hand.                                             

The fifth announcement appeared on April 16, 1850.  Call at Mr. Teliga’s Daguerreian Rooms and examine his specimens.

The sixth announcement appeared on April 29, 1850.  Mr. Teliga’s Daguerreian rooms are now fitted up in good style.  Mr. T. is an accommodating gentlemen and should be accommodated.  He wants fair weather and patronizing visitors.  The present is the best opportunity our citizens will have for some time, to secure good likenesses of themselves; so call and see him.

The seventh announcement appeared on May 11, 1850.  We saw a couple of Daguerreotypes taken by Mr. Teliga yesterday while it was raining dismally, which could not be excelled.  The one taken in forty-five second was perfect.

The eighth announcement appeared on May 18, 1850.  Fat-iguing.—The fat boy, only weighing 509 pounds, and fifteen years old, came into our sanctum yesterday like a perambulating earthquake.  He might have sat down but two arm chairs would not hold him.  He was rather disposed to quiz us for personal diminutiveness, but to retaliate in proportion to size would have taken to much wind.  Mr. Teliga, upon whom he called, transferred his corporocity to a Daguerreotype plate, and in delightful contrast we sat at his side.  Goliah and David—the dreadful ogre and Jack the Giant-killer!  Well, its our opinion that if the infant melts away this summer, there will be a fall in all kinds of grease in the western markets.

The ninth announcement appeared on June 19, 1850.  Mr. Teliga declares his intention of remaining in the city only two weeks longer, and he will as usual abide by his word.—Therefore, those desirous of having their Daguerreotypes taken, should call immediately, as he will as before have such a rush of business immediately previous to his departure, that many may lose the opportunity.—We doubt whether in five years to come, there will be so good a Daguerreotypist in Evansville as Mr. Teliga, or one who more deserves from his personal qualities, public patronage.  He has shown us letters from citizens of several places, among which is Cincinnati, inviting him to locate for a time with them, and making excellent promises of patronage.

The tenth announcement appeared on July 1, 1850.  Teliga, the Daguerreotypist, will remain in Evansville only this week.  During Friday and Saturday of last week, his rooms were crowded, and among his visitors were persons from Kentucky, and far back in this State, who were determined to take advantage of the occasion and have good Daguerreotypes of their phizes.  We have spoken sufficiently of his merits as an artist.  All we have to say, now is, that after this week he will not take a single likeness in Evansville—and that in five years to come you will probably never have an opportunity here of getting a better Daguerreotype than Mr. Teliga can take.

We feel sorry to see him go, and sincerely wish that prosperity may attend him where ever his lot may cast him.  A gentleman and artist is very seldom to be met with now a days.

I. L. Teliga is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1856                Address Unknown, New York, New York.[1]

Taylor was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York.) January 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.

Taylor — Some of the ambrotypes excel. The daguerreotypes need improvement.

Taylor is not recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.