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Joseph H. Caskie

1856-1857       High Street, 1 Door South of Main Street, Hillsboro, Ohio.                                          1858                   Main Street, Hillsboro, Ohio.                                                                                          1858-1859       Address Unknown, Hillsboro, Ohio.

Joseph H. Caskie is recorded in two advertisements, an announcement about an explosion in the building where he was opening his new studio and two announcements awarding premium at the Highland County Agricultural Society Fair, and one at the Greenfield Fair.

The first advertisement that ran from April 2 to October 15, 1857 in The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Ohio.)  Daguerreotypes at Cincinnati Prices.  The subscriber tenders his sincere thanks to the citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity, for the liberal patronage he has received for the last nine months, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same.  I have settled permanently in this place, and can be found at my rooms on High st., one door South of Main, ready at all times to draw Perfect Likenesses, true to nature and of all sizes, from the half-size plate to the smallest miniature.  Pictures taken without regard to weather, between the hours of 9 A. M. and 6 P. M.  Persons sitting for Pictures and taking them from the Room, and afterwards becoming dissatisfied with them, can in all cases get them drawn over free of charge, until satisfactory in every respect.  I therefore guarantee to please the most fastidious, in both price and quality of Pictures.

From my long experience in the Art, and in one of the best rooms in the world, I am confident that I can defy all competition.  The public are invited to call and examine my specimens before going elsewhere.  A silver mirror is my drawing board and the sun-beam my pencil-pointed with golden light.  High st, 1 door South of Barrer’s Corner.  J. H. Caskie.

On October 22, 1857 in The Highland Weekly News appears the first List of Premiums Awarded at the Annual Fair of the Highland County Agricultural Society, October 1857….Class S—No. 17.  Flowers & Pictures….Best daguerreotypes J. H. Caskie    $2.00.

On March 4, 1858 an article about the explosion appears in The Highland Weekly News.  Terrible Explosion!  $3000 to $4000 worth of Property Destroyed.  About 1 o’clock on Tuesday morning last, many of our citizens were startled from their slumber by a loud explosion….it was soon discovered the east wing of the new two-story brick Block, on the South side of Main street, east of High, was a mass of ruins, and that the interior was on fire.  The building was occupied as a grocery store by Miller & Nevin, and was owned by Jacob Miller.  It appears that there were two kegs of gunpowder in the store, containing nearly 50 pounds, to which by some means fire had been communicated, whether by accident or design is not known, causing a fearful explosion, and the complete destruction of the building and most of its contents.  The upper story of the building adjoining Miller & Nevin, owned by M. W. Lane, was also completely riddled, half of the partition wall blown down, the roof lifted off, and the back wall considerably injured.  This story had just been fitted up as a Daguerrean Gallery by Mr. Caskie, whose loss is between $200 and $300….

The second recording of Awards appeared on October 14, 1858.  List of Premiums, Awarded at the Ninth Annual Fair of the Highland Co. Agricultural Society, Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 1, 1858….Class U—No. 20….best specimen daguerreotype, Harner & Lucas, 2; best do [specimens] ambrotypes, Harner and Lucas, 2; 2d do [best specimen ambrotype,] J. H. Caskie, 1.

The second advertisement appears on March 10 and ran until October 27, 1859.   The Picture Business.  I have listened this winter with all the patience a man could have, to see how far men would go in praising themselves.  They urge people to come on, as if they took Pictures in the natural colors, and no one could imitate them.  If any one can produce any Pictures superior to any that I can make, then I will think everybody ought to rush and get one of the “Superior Pictures” before they leave.

I have been blown up by powder, but being born in the State of Virginia, where they learn anything to learn it perfect, people know that men from that State are hard to defeat, as Washington, with an untrained set of men, defeated the British.  Joseph H. Caskie.

The third announce of premiums awarded to Caskie appeared on November 3, 1859 in The Highland Weekly News.  The Greenfield Fair.  The whole number of entries at the Greenfield Fair was 936.  Total receipts about $2800….The following premiums were awarded to citizens of Hillsboro and vicinity:…Best Daguerreotypes, J. H. Caskie, $1….

 Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list him active in 1860 in Hillsboro.  Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 has him active between 1860 and 1865 in Hillsboro.


Henry Carty

1852                Captain Hines’ New Building Fayetteville, Tennessee.

Henry Carty was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 27 to June 3, 1852 in the Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, Tennessee.)

  Daguerreotype Miniature!                                                                                                      “Old time sweeps on with icy breath,                                                                                      To chill the sweetest flower in death;                                                                                     Secure its form—let beauty bloom;                                                                                         Its truths shall live above the tomb.”

I have opened a room in Capt. Hines’ New Building, the one occupied by Mr. Hughes during his stay in Fayetteville, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses; where all are invited to call and see my Pictures whether they sit for a Likeness or not.  Daguerreotypes put up in Lockets, Breast Pins and Fancy Cases.  I have the Papier Mache, Kate Hays and Gold Matted or Kossuth, and plain Cases.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  To the Ladies I promise to make their pictures beautiful without flattering them.   Henry Carty, Operator.

An announcement ran on June 10, 1852 in the same paper.   Daguerreotypes—We have neglected to call attention to the fact, that an opportunity is now offered to all desiring an accurate type of their pretty or ugly features, by calling at Mr. Henry Carty’s Daguerrean room in Hines’ new building.

Henry Carty does not appear in other photographic directories.

J. P. Carson

1851-1852       Rooms Seneca Street, nearly opposite H. H. & G. C. Seelye’s Store, Geneva,                                     New  York.

J. P. Carson was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York.) The announcement and first advertisement ran on May 16, 1851. Green & Co.’s New Daguerrean Gallery.—We yesterday visited Green & Carson’s Daguerrean Rooms, and were astonished to see the improvement and perfection in the art.—They have pictures that speak for themselves, and all they lack is life. Those wishing perfect Pictures, would do well to call and see if we have over stated the fact.

The Albany Dutchman says, while speaking of Likenesses painted by the sunbeams, that “our friend Carson of Cleveland who though a young Man has made several improvements in the Daguerrean art, that brings it one step nearer to perfection.  As an artist he has few rivals, and no superiors in the country: and the best in Cleveland.”  We are glade that he has associated himself with Mr. Greene, who is one of the B’hoys; and they will not and cannot be outdone by any artist in the country.  Their rooms are nearly opposite H. H. & G. C. Seelye’s, Seneca St.  See their advertisement.

The advertisement ran on May 16, 1851.  Every Day Brings Something New!  Hillotypes Outdone.  If you want Pictures that are Pictures, just call at Greene & Co.’s new Daguerrean Rooms nearly opposite H. H. & G. S. Seelye’s store, Seneca st., Geneva.

Rooms open to citizens and strangers daily (Sunday excepted) between the hours of 7 A. M. and 6 P. M. clear or cloudy.  Hours for children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.  J. F. Greene , J. P. Carson.

The second advertisement ran from May 23, 1851 to June 4, 1852.  Every Day Brings Something New!  Hillotypes Outdone.  If you want Pictures that are Pictures, just call at Greene & Co.’s new Daguerrean Rooms nearly opposite H. H. & G. S. Seelye’s store, Seneca st., Geneva.

We have obtained the great desideratum of more light, consisting of sky lights with large side lights.  This light is so admirably arranged and softened by curtains of a delicate blue, that the subject sits as it were in an Ethereal Light, with perfect ease and comfort.

By this light, and with an instrument of great power, (made expressly for us.)  we are enabled to take Likenesses in a very few seconds.  This light is expressly adapted to the procurement of family Groups, those beautiful mementos for the future of what we were—showing the union of to-day that to-morrow may be dissolved, perhaps forever.

In addition to these improvements, that every one can see and judge for themselves, we have made others of greater importance.  We refer to our Chemical Apparatus, and we say unhesitatingly that it is the best in use, always sure in its operation, bringing forth pictures similar to the finest steel engravings.

Thus, Mr. Public, you are invited to call and examine or specimens.  Rooms open to citizens and strangers daily (Sunday excepted) between the hours of 7 A. M. and 6 P. M. clear or cloudy.  Hours for children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.             J. F. Greene     J. P. Carson.

J. P. Carson, J. F. Green and Green & Company do not appear in other photographic directories.

N. W. Carpenter

1853                39 Main Street, Brady’s Building, Penn-Yan, New York.

N. W. Carpenter was recorded in an advertisement that ran on December 13 & 20, 1853 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York.) Superior Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Penn Yan and its vicinity that he has taken the elegant Daguerrian Saloon in Brady’s Building, No. 39 Main st., up stairs, and that having refitted the rooms, and greatly improved the sky-light, and furnished himself with the most improved apparatus, and a fine assortment of stock, is prepared to execute any order to the entire satisfaction of all who may wish a perfect portrait of superior style and finish.  Paintings and Daguerreotypes copied in the neatest manner.  Persons desirous of having [   ] miniatures copied of the portraits of their ancestry, can have them done with the utmost accuracy, upon reasonable terms.   N. W. Carpenter.

N. W. Carpenter does not appear in other photographic directories.

Frank Carel, Jr.

1851                Address Unknown, Gallipolis, Ohio.                                                                            1855                Greenwood’s Building, under Odd Fellows’ Hall, Gallipolis, Ohio.

Frank Carel, Jr. was recorded twice in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio.)  First in announcement that appeared on October 23, 1851.  The County Fair.  The first Annual Agricultural Fair…F. Carel exhibited some excellent daguerreotype likenesses.—Carel ranks No. 1 in this line of business…

The following advertisement appeared on March 29 and ran to May 24, 1855 in the Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Ohio.)  Something New!  Frank Carel, Jr., Will commence next week taking Photographs, The new style Pictures on paper, just introduced in all the principal cities of the Union.  Also splendid Daguerreotypes, taken by the latest improved method, of the most celebrated Eastern operators.  Prices for Daguerreotypes from Seventy-Five Cents up.  Room in Greenwood’s Building under Odd Fellows’ Hall.

It is unknown at this time if Frank was active before 1851 or if he was active in Gallipolis continuously.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an F. Carel in Gallipolis 1860.  Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900, by Diane VanSkiver Gagel list a Carel (no first name) in Gallipolis in 1860-1865, and a Charles Carel in Gallipolis from 1866-1884.  At this time no connection has been made between Charles Carel and Frank Carel, Jr.

Robert A Carden

1855                Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.                                                                          1853-1854     293 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                        1854                369 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                1855                Address Unknown, Alexandria, Virginia.                                                                  1856                Clay & Kearny Streets, San Francisco, California.[2]                                      1858                Address Unknown, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Based on work done by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn in Pioneer Photographers of the Far West A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865, Craig’s Daguerreian Registry by John Craig, New York City Directories, and newspaper advertisements and notices in New York City and Washington, D. C.  I’ve put together the following snapshot of Carden’s activity.

Robert A. Carden was not listed in the 1852-1853 New York City Directory, he was listed in the 1853-1854 and 1854-1855 directories as daguerreotypes, 293 Broadway, in 1853-1854 directory his house was listed at 393 Broadway, Carden was not listed in subsequent NYC directories.  In 1853-1854 there was also a listing for Carden & Co, daguerreotypes, at the 293 Broadway.

Carden was recorded on April 13, 1853 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York.)  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.—Carden & Co., No. 293 Broadway, are still taking those superb Pictures at the low price of 25 cents, notwithstanding there are some who advertise 12 ½ cent one to be taken at a future day.  It is a well known fact that a picture cannot be produced for less than 25 cents; hence the great rush every day at Carden & Co.’s.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry recorded the partnership of Carden & Norton, 369 Broadway from the 1854 Mercantile Directory.

He was recorded in the Daily American Organ (Washington, D. C.) on February 9, 1855 and in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.) on February 10, 1855.  The Exhibition of the Metropolitan Mechanic’s Institute.—…Contributions from Virginia…Smith Bennett and Robert A. Carden, Frames of beautiful daguerreotypes;

Six months later the following advertisement appears on August 9 & 15, 1855 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  Daguerrean Gallery For Sale in Alexandria, Va.  One of the best rooms in Alexandria.  Will be sold cheap for cash.  Any person who wants to learn the business will be taught; and also will teach the art of Photograph free.  That alone is worth one hundred dollars to any artist.  Two Artist wanted to color Photographs.  Address “RAC,” Artist, Alexandria, Va.

Pioneer Photographers of the Far West A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865, by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn.  They mention that Carden is in San Francisco, California in 1856 working for Henry William Bradley at Clay & Kearny Streets.  Also that he wrote two articles for the Photographic and Fine Art Journal on April 1857, p 112 & 113 on Photography in California and was signed R. A. C. the same as the Evening Star advertisement on August 9 & 15, 1855.   In August of 1858 he wrote about the New Orleans Photographic Galleries on pages 244 & 245. Carden is reported in the same issue on page 256 that that he has returned to New York from New Orleans where he showed Ambrotypes and prints taken while he was there.  Was Carden active as a photographer or possibly as an assistant?  Further research is needed.  He was not listed in as being active in Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865, by Margaret Denton Smith and Mary Louise Tucker except to mention the article in The Photographic And Fine Art Journal.

Recorded on November 11, 1859 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York.)  Carden—At Little Falls, Herkimer County, N. Y., on Thursday, Sept. 15, Robert A. Carden, photographic artist, formerly of this city [died], aged 26.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Gallery in partnership of Carden & Norton.                                                   [2] Entry for 1856 & 1858 from Pioneer Photographers Of The Far West.


F. W. Capwell & Brother

1846                Rooms at the National Hotel, Joliet, Illinois.                                                      1846                Rooms at the Exchange Hotel, Joliet, Illinois.                                                      1846                Address Unknown, Lockport, Illinois.

F. W. Capwell and Brother were recorded in three announcements in the Juliet Signal (Joliet, Illinois) the first one appeared on November 24, 1846. Daguerreotype Likeness.—Messrs. F. W. Capwell & Brother, Daguerrian Artist, have taken Rooms at the National Hotel, where they are prepared to take the above likenesses. Those who wish their likenesses taken, should apply soon as it is probable they will not remain long in this place.

The second on December 8, 1846.  Mr. Capwell Daguerreotypist, will remain a few days longer at the Exchange Hotel, in this place, where he is prepared to take Miniature Likenesses for all who may call on him.  Judging from the specimens we have seen, we feel free to advise all who desire their likenesses in a life-like manner, to give Mr. Capwell a call.  His prices are so low, comparatively, that families, and those who may be drawn together by the ties friendship, can have exact miniatures for a trifling sum.

And the third on December 15, 1846.  Mr. F. W. Capwell, the daguerreotypist, is now in Lockport.  He is authorized to obtain subscribers for the Signal.

F. W. Capwell and Brother are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. M. Campbell

1856-1857       Court Street, opposite Kirby House, Watertown, New York.

J. M. Campbell was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 25, 1856 to January 15, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.) Lights And Shadows From Real Life! A. M. Campbell, Daguerreotypist And Ambrotypist, would respectfully inform the people of Watertown and surrounding country, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerrean Car on Court Street, opposite the Kirby House for a short time, where he proposes to furnish all who may desire, with faithfully delineated, Life-Like, and Rich Toned Pictures.  At prices varying from Fifty Cents upward, according to style and size of plate.  His Car is large and commodious, and having the advantage of a superior Light, and long experience in the business, he flatters himself that for accuracy and effect, his Pictures are not to be surpassed.

Who can so truly appreciate the value of a good Daguerreotype, as the friends of the loved and lost?

“Blest be the Art which keeps the absent near,                                                                  The beautiful, unchanged from Time’s rude theft,                                                           Guards the fresh tint on Childhood’s polished brow,                                                      And when Love yields its idol to the tomb,                                                                         Doth snatch a copy.”

Pictures neatly set in Pins, Keys, Bracelets, Lockets, and all work Warranted not to fade.  Hours of operating from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.  Please call and examine specimens.

J. M. Campbell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Caldwell

1856                Rooms at the Isham House, Jackson, Ohio.

J. Caldwell was recorded in an advertisement on November 13, 1856 in The Jackson Standard. (Jackson, Ohio.) Daguerreotype Gallery.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Jackson and vicinity, that I have taken rooms in the Isham House, where I am prepared to execute any thing in the Art, in the most satisfactory manner.  Those that wish to patronize me, will please call soon, as I expect to go South before navigation closes.

N. B.  Pictures can be taken just as well in cloudy weather as clear. I have had many years experience in the Art, and know I can please all.        Oct 2, 1856.               J. Caldwell, Artist.

Please note that the date at the end of the advertisement is October 2, 1856.  Only 14 Issues in 1856 were available to me of The Jackson Standard, twelve issues were available from January 3 to March 20, and the remaining two were on November 13 and December 11.  Two interesting statements are made in the advertisement first that he expects to go south before navigation closes, to my thinking that means he is using the Ohio River to travel on the Mississippi River, and points south.  Secondly in the second paragraph he states that he has had many years experience in the art.  As I read more newspapers across the country hopefully more information can be added to this photographer history.

J. Caldwell is not listed in other photographic directories that can be verified as being the same person.

Byron & Bent

1851                155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Byron & Ben were first recorded in an announcement on May 12, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Brooklyn Not To Be Outdone.—Byron & Bent, of 155 Atlantic Street, Brooklyn, whose artistic skill as Daguerreotypist, is rapidly gaining for them a distinguished celebrity, determined to keep pace with the New York artists, have, with a laudable enterprise, fitted up a Daguerrian gallery that will vie with any in the modern Gotham.  In point of accuracy of delineation, distinctness of execution and style, the likenesses by Byron & Bent, are as perfect as any we have seen, and superior to many, by artists who have had a longer experience, and hold a high rank in their profession.  We command Messrs. B. & B. to the patronage of their fellow citizens.  Their charges are moderate, and the portraits are permanent, which is not the case with very many of the low priced artists—we mean those who charge 50 cts.  Pay them a visit, and give them a trial; you will be sure to call again!

The following week an advertisement appeared on May 17 and ran until August 22, 1851 in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York.)  Daguerrian Gallery, (From Meade Brothers,) 155 Atlantic street, Brooklyn.  The great want of a good Daguerrian Gallery, in South Brooklyn, has long been felt, and the subscribers have been induced to fit up the first floor over the splendid store of G. D. Sweetzer, at 155 Atlantic street, as one of the first class; and they can say, without fear of contradiction, that in point of convenience and general capabilities, it is surpassed by none in the States.

The Proprietors will always be on the spot, and guarantee that none but Superior Pictures shall be issued from their establishment.  Ladies and elderly persons will find a great convenience in the gallery and operating room being on the first floor.  Children’s Portraits taken in a few seconds.  Portraits taken at private residences.  A choice assortment of Lockets & c.  Portraits (colored) from $1.00 upwards, Portraits with Locket included,          $2.50.  Byron & Bent.

While Walter C. Byron and Edward Stanley Bent are known and have been recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry the new information is that they worked for the Meade Brothers.