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H. M. Cooper

1855                137 West First Street, Oswego, New York.

H. M. Cooper was recorded in an announcement on May 9, 1855 in The Oswego Daily Palladium (Oswego, New York). H. M. Cooper’s Daguerreian Rooms! 137 West 1st Street, (Up Stairs,) Oswego.  The Subscriber would respectfully inform the public of Oswego and vicinity, that having recently refitted up his rooms, and made such improvements in the sky-light, &c., that his present facilities enable him to furnish pictures in the most perfect manner of the Art from sun rise to sun set, at greatly reduced prices, and which will be warranted not to fade.

Mr. Cooper’s long experience and former success in the above business, is a sufficient guarantee that all pictures, taken at this establishment, will give the best of satisfaction.  Pictures set in Cases, Lockets, Keys and Rings.  Also Paintings and Pictures copied in the most approved manner.  Persons desiring likenesses of sick or deceased friends will be promptly waited upon at their residences.

“Come ere decay’s effacing figures                                                                                                                     Have swept the lines where beauty lingers.”

Instructions given in the Art, with all the late improvements, on moderate terms.  All are invited to call and examine Specimens at their Rooms, 137 West First street, over Burt’s Carpet Store. H. M. Cooper, Oswego, May 8, 1855.

Interesting in the same paper an advertisement ran from May 9 to June 18, 1855 for the partnership of Cooper & Barrett.  Cooper & Barrett’s Daguerreian Rooms!  137 West 1st Street, (Up Stairs,) Oswego.  The Subscribers would respectfully inform the public of Oswego and vicinity, that they have recently refitted up their rooms, and made such improvements in the sky-light, &c., that their present facilities enable them to furnish pictures in the most perfect manner of the Art from sun rise to sun set, at greatly reduced prices, and which will be warranted not to fade.

Mr. Barrett’s long experience and former success in the above business, is a sufficient guarantee that all pictures, taken at this establishment, will give the best of satisfaction.  Pictures set in Cases, Lockets, Keys and Rings.  Also Paintings and Pictures copied in the most approved manner.  Persons desiring likenesses of sick or deceased friends will be promptly waited upon at their residences.

“come ere decay’s effacing figures                                                                                                                       Have swept the lines where beauty lingers.”

Instructions given in the Art, with all the late improvements, on moderate terms.  All are invited to call and examine Specimens at their Rooms, 137 West First street, over Burt’s Carpet Store. Cooper & Barrett.  Oswego, May 8, 1855.

H. M. Cooper and Barrett are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Cooper & Barrett

1855                137 West First Street, Oswego, New York.

Cooper & Barrett were recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 9 to June 18, 1855 in The Oswego Daily Palladium (Oswego, New York).  Cooper & Barrett’s Daguerreian Rooms!  137 West 1st Street, (Up Stairs,) Oswego.  The Subscribers would respectfully inform the public of Oswego and vicinity, that they have recently refitted up their rooms, and made such improvements in the sky-light, &c., that their present facilities enable them to furnish pictures in the most perfect manner of the Art from sun rise to sun set, at greatly reduced prices, and which will be warranted not to fade.

Mr. Barrett’s long experience and former success in the above business, is a sufficient guarantee that all pictures, taken at this establishment, will give the best of satisfaction.  Pictures set in Cases, Lockets, Keys and Rings.  Also Paintings and Pictures copied in the most approved manner.  Persons desiring likenesses of sick or deceased friends will be promptly waited upon at their residences.                                                                                                                                        “come ere decay’s effacing figures                                                                                                                      Have swept the lines where beauty lingers.”

Instructions given in the Art, with all the late improvements, on moderate terms.  All are invited to call and examine Specimens at their Rooms, 137 West First street, over Burt’s Carpet Store.

H. M. Cooper and Barrett are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Cooley & West

1848                Rooms in Hall’s Long Building, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Cooley & West were recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from May 5 to June 30, 1848.

Daguerreotypes.  The Vermont Daguerrian Gallery Is now being fitted up in Hall’s Long Building.  It will be opened for the reception of visitors, May 10, 1848, when the proprietors will be happy to have a call from the citizens generally, and to show them our specimens; also our assortment of Gold Lockets, which will be sold very cheap, by the single one or by the dozen.

Operators that are in want of Lockets will find it for their advantage to give them a call before purchasing at Boston or other places.

Also, will be kept at their Gallery a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals and every thing appertaining to the Daguerreotype line, which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Likenesses taken of deceased persons; also from Paintings, Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c.

Pupils thoroughly instructed in the art, and furnished with instruments, if desired.   O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West.

The second advertisement ran from June 30 to August 11, 1848.  Miniatures.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Cooley & West Would inform the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity that they have fitted up their rooms in a superior manner for taking beautiful Daguerreotype Likenesses, in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Rings, &c., by side or sky light, as the sitter may prefer.  We flatter ourselves, with our long and successful experience in the business, in the Southern as well as the Northern States, and with the late great improvements in the art, we shall be able to take Likenesses of Persons, Portraits, Miniatures, Paintings, Engravings, &c., in a style of execution, boldness of character, beauty of expression, in variety of sizes, and delicacy of light and shadow that will suit the most fastidious.

Constantly on hand, a splendid assortment of Gold and Gilt Lockets.  Operators are requested to give us a call before purchasing elsewhere, as we shall sell very cheap. Single or by the dozen.  Also a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals, every thing appertaining to the Photographic Art, and which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Operators are invited to examine our Photographic Accelerating Fluid, which is acknowledged by the best artist to be the best thing now in use.

Likenesses taken of deceased persons.  Particular attention paid to instructing pupils in every branch of the business.  Also all the late improvements in the art.  Persons wishing to go South or West will find it for their interest to give us a call before engaging elsewhere.  Constantly on hand, German, French and American Cameras, which will be sold low.O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West, Hall’s Long Building, over the Post Office.

The announcement ran on April 27, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Cooley & West have been succeeded in the Daguerreotype business in this village, by Messrs. Spear and Mack, at the old stand, Hall’s Long Building.  With the best apparatus and materials, united to skill and experience, the new comers are prepared to portray the “human face divine” in any style that may be desired, to the perfect satisfaction of sitters.  [Advertisement Next Week.]

Otis H. Cooley was active in Springfield, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont.  George S. West is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Cooley & Meacham

1851                26 & 27 Foot’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cooley & Meacham were recorded in an announcement and an advertisement.  The announcement ran on July 16, 1851 in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Cooley Daguerreotypes.  The most exquisite specimens of out-door Daguerreotyping we have ever seen, was accomplished, on Saturday last, by Mr. O. H. Cooley.  Mr. Cooley invited the Ocean Hose Company out, for their picture, and took them in their neat uniform with their new banner appropriately displayed in the center of the line.  The picture is a perfect set of portraits, in miniature, of the whole company, every individual being easily recognizable by those acquainted with the original.  This is not all.  The tone of the picture is like that of the very richest steel engraving.  We learn that the company are determined to have this picture, but trust that Mr. Cooley will retain it awhile, for exhibition.

In this connection, it is put justice to Mr. Cooley to give him the credit that his long and successful labors in the Daguerreotyping art deserves.  He began his business in the infancy of the art, eight or nine years since.  With an industry and perseverance which have surmounted every obstacle, he has kept along with the advance of his art, until, now, he displays a gallery of pictures, and daily furnishes portraits to his patrons, second to none found in the United States.  He has now taken in a new partner, and the business is carried on by Cooley & Meacham.  The gallery of pictures has been removed to the third story in Foot’s building, and now occupies one of the most beautiful and pleasant rooms in town.  Mr. Clark, an operator accomplished in his art, and gentlemanly in his deportment, presides in the laboratory, and we are glad to know that the business thrives.

The advertisement ran on July 25 to August 12, 1851 in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Hampden Daguerrean Gallery.  Cooley & Meacham, Proprietors, No. 26 & 27 Foot’s Building.  This long established Gallery has been constantly gaining in popularity, until now it is acknowledged to be unsurpassed in this country.

The picture department is still under the supervision of Mr. C., the original proprietor, whose motto has ever been to “go ahead,” in all the improvements in the Art, and he is determined to keep in advance of all competitors.  He has taken in as partner, Mr. H. H. Meacham, and with this accession to his means, is enabled to offer the picture-loving public greater inducements than ever to patronize this establishment.

They have removed their Gallery to room No. 26, directly front of the operating room, the pleasantest room in the building, and invite the public generally to visit their fine Exhibition Rooms, filled with an extensive collection of portraits of distinguished public men.

Pictures taken in all weather at moderate price.  N. B. Mr. Cooley having made the above arrangement request all who are indebted to him to make immediate payment, and all having accounts against him are requested to present the same for adjustment.

Otis H. Cooley is listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Not recorded is that Cooley was also active in Brattleboro, Vermont from 1847-1849.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a Harris Meacham in 1851-1852 without a business address.  Meacham is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

W. L. Cook

1851                Address Unknown, Pulaski, New York.

W. L. Cook was recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from May 15 to 29, 1851 in the Northern Democrat (Pulaski, New York). Skylight Daguerreotypes in Pulaski, Cook’s Circular. Having perfected my arrangements I would give notice to the public generally that my rooms are now open to their inspection, and that I am prepared to give some further demonstration of the nature and perfection of the Daguerreotype.

The Art of itself is perfect if it can have its proper advantages, and I hope that by a possession of these, I shall be enabled to do away the two great defects of nearly all side light likenesses, the want of distinctness in the eyes and the form of the features, having eyes to my Likenesses whether the eyes of the subject are light or dark.  Those who have failed to obtain likenesses to their satisfaction from either of the above causes will do well to call and see what my Remedy will do for them.

It will be [be], borne in mind that these Rooms are designed to be permanent so that the inhabitants of the neighboring villages may find it to their advantage to give me a call.

An Offer.  For the sake of testing the comparative advantages of the side and sky-light I will give as good a likeness as I can take and pay the difference for the best likeness taken in this village of a person having dark eyes that shall be left at my rooms within three weeks after the date of this circular.  I also make the same offer for the best likeness of any person having light eyes, left within the same period.

Likenesses taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  Instructions given in the art.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 9 P. M.    W. L. Cook, Artist.

The second advertisement ran from June 5 to July 3, 1851 in the Northern Democrat (Pulaski, New York).  Skylight Daguerreotypes in Pulaski, Cook’s Circular.  Having perfected my arrangements I would give notice to the public generally that my rooms are now open to their inspection, and that I am prepared to give some further demonstration of the nature and perfection of the Daguerreotype.

The Art of itself is perfect if it can have its proper advantages, and I hope that by a possession of these, I shall be enabled to do away the two great defects of nearly all side light likenesses, the want of distinctness in the eyes and the form of the features, having eyes to my Likenesses whether the eyes of the subject are light or dark.  Those who have failed to obtain likenesses to their satisfaction from either of the above causes will do well to call and see what my Remedy will do for them.

It will be [be], borne in mind that these Rooms are designed to be permanent so that the inhabitants of the neighboring villages may find it to their advantage to give me a call.

Prices.  For taking over, 81 cents, Silk lined cases $1.00 Others according to quality from $1.25 to $5.00.  Likenesses Copied, Cleaned, spots removed, and properly secured with safety to the Likeness and on reasonable terms.  Likenesses taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.  Instructions given in the art.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 9 P. M.     W. L. Cook, Artist.

W. L. Cook is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. O. Cook

1850                Rooms at F. A. Miller’s, Shalersville, Ohio.

E. O. Cook was recorded in an advertisement that ran on March 4 & 11, 1850 in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio). Pro Bono Publico! E. O. Cook’s Daguerreotypes.  Prices from $1.50 to $10.00 according to the size and quality of the frame or case.  Rooms At F. A. Miller’s, Shalersville.  In consideration of our advantages to obtain a thorough knowledge of the art both chemical and operative, having spared neither time, money or pains to perfect ourselves in the business; and having had for a season the charge of T. B. Shew’s Daguerrian Gallery, of Philadelphia, as well as an opportunity of visiting the other popular galleries of the city, to observe the different styles of pictures, we feel safe in warranting our pictures to be artistic in style, shade and position, superior for strength and beauty of tone, and as durable as the substance upon which they are taken, which is silver; and we are determined that no picture, except it be of this character shall leave our room.

As the opinion has prevailed to some extent that these pictures will fade in time we would say, no person having any sense of honor, and acquainted with his business, will put up a picture that will fade, as a picture rightly taken and gilded is secured by the gilding; being in this way made permanent upon the silver, and protected by the transparent surface of gold which unites chemically with the plate, removing the possibility of a change.

Our thanks are due the inhabitants of Shalersville for their liberal patronage during the time we have been in the place, and we hope those who wish for pictures would come in soon as we intend to leave in a few days.  Feb. 20, 1850.

E. O. Cook is not recorded in other photographic directories. Note the February 20, 1850 date at the end of the advertisement. He was in Shalersville, Ohio at least two weeks before the first advertisement was found on March 4.

Cook & Glen

1852                Address Unknown, Charleston, South Carolina.

Cook & Glen were recorded in an announcement on November 23 1852 in The Camden Journal  (Camden, South Carolina).  The Fair and Poultry Exhibition…We have taken a few notes in the more delicate and fine arts to-day….Osborn, Cook & Glen, of this city an extensive Gallery of Daguerreotype Miniatures…Charleston Courier, 19th Inst.

Both George Smith Cook and D. L. Glen are listed in photographic directories in Charleston, South Carolina.  They have not been recorded as partners, in fact looking at Craig’s Daguerreian Registry he records George Smith Cook in 1852 at 235 King Street, D. L. Glen at 221 King Street and James M. Osborn at 233 King Street.

N. W. Conklin & Son

1849-1850       Address Unknown, Jamaica, New York.

N. W. Conklin & Son were recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 4, 1849 to December 17, 1850 in the Long Island Farmer, and Queens County Advertiser (Jamaica, New York). Likenesses. The Subscribers would respectfully inform their friends and all who may favor them with a call, that they are now prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses on as reasonable terms as they can be obtained elsewhere, and such as give good satisfaction.

N. W. Conklin was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Jamaica, New York in 1850-1851.

S. G. Conger

1852                Address Unknown, Fort Covington, New York.                                                    1852                Address Unknown, Malone, New York.                                                                          1853                In Front of the Franklin House, Malone, New York.

S. G. Conger was recorded an announcement and two advertisements. The announcement ran on November 13, 1852 in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York).  Daguerreotype Saloon.  The undersigned will be in Malone with his Daguerrean Saloon in a few days, and those wishing to get correct likenesses of themselves or friends will do well to call, for perhaps a better opportunity may never present itself.

Think not these portraits made by light,                                                                                                           Will fade and vanish at a sight,                                                                                                                             No—when the ruby lip is dust shall lie,                                                                                                             When death’s grey film o’erspreads the sparkling eye,                                                                               These life-like pictures will mock at decay,                                                                                                     And still be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. C. is now in town, and ready to receive visitors.

In the first advertisement that ran from April 7 to May 12, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium (Malone, New York).    S. G. Conger, Daguerrean Artists, Would respectfully inform the ladies and gentlemen of Malone and its vicinity that he will remain a few weeks in town, and those that wish to get Daguerreotype Miniatures taken of themselves or friends will have a favorable opportunity of doing so on moderate terms and in the highest perfection of the art.

Miniatures put up in Broaches, Lockets, Rings, &c.                                                                                     Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as in a clear day.                                                                      N. B.—Satisfaction given or no charge.                                                                                                              Instructions in the Art carefully given on moderate terms.

The second advertisement ran from July 14 to October 27, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium  (Malone, New York).  In Town Again!  Conger’s Daguerrean Saloon, Has taken the Old Stand, in front of the Franklin House, where he will always be ready to wait on those that will favor him with a call.

Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, and in as Good Style, as can be got in this vicinity.  If you don’t believe it, come and try it.—There is no use of boasting of my experience in regard to my work; I will leave it with the public to judge for themselves in regard to the beauty of my pictures, the correctness of delineation, or perfectness of the whole mechanical execution in this truly beautiful Art.             A correct likeness or no charge.

S. G. Conger is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. W. Conger

1853                Rooms on Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

G. W. Conger was recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 15 to June 28, 1853 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York). Great Rush for Conger’s Saloon. We would call the attention of the citizens of Ogdensburgh and vicinity, to Mr. C’s Daguerrean Saloon, on Ford Street, where you can get a correct Likeness of yourself taken by sky-light.  This light gives a clean, bold, deep impression, free from the dark shades that so often ruin pictures taken by side light.  Mr. C. gives particular attention to the taking of Children by a new process, enabling him to secure an exact Likeness in almost an instant of time.  Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., without regard to weather.  N. B.—Pictures taken of sick or deceased persons at their residence, if required.

G. W. Conger was not recorded in other photographic directories.