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Harned & Tileston

1846                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                1846                Union House, Montpelier, Vermont.

Harned & Tileston (J. L. & J. S.) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 15 to 29, 1846 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  Now Is Your Time.  Messrs. Harned & Tileston (Recently from Van Loan & Magill’s celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) respectfully announce that they will remain at the Union House during the session of the legislature and will furnish likenesses (either separately or in groups,) in a style, which in point of richness of tone, and beauty of finish stand unrivalled and cannot fail of giving satisfaction.

They would particularly solicit the attention of members of the Legislature and strangers visiting Montpelier, as they are fully prepared to give all an opportunity of securing a perfect Daguerreotype likeness on the most favorable terms.  Just call and examine specimens, and see if we don’t perform all we advertise.  J. L. Harned.  J. S. Tileston.  Montpelier, Oct. 13th, 1846.

Harned & Tileston; J. L. Harned; & J. S. Tileston are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Thomas Hankins

1853                Address Unknown, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Thomas Hankins was recorded in an advertisement on April 16, 1853 in The Weekly Independent (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Delays are Dangerous!  The most important concerns of life are too often deferred until a more convenient season, and lasting regrets are frequently the consequence of unnecessary delays.—To-morrow, the kind parent, the beloved child, the affectionate companion, the esteemed friend, the object of your warmest affection, may leave for a distance land, or be laid where your eyes never can behold their features, except in the form we propose to effect for you.  Readers, if you have a kind friend, in whom you feel an interest, and your kind feelings are reciprocated, that friend will value a precious memorial, if taken in our late and improved style.  To all who have lost a relative or friend, and have not even the shadow of a resemblance to look upon, how vary valuable would one of our Life-Like Pictures be.  How often is the remark made?  “Oh, what would I give for such a picture of my parent, child or friend!”  Now, while your mind is interested, we advise you to call at once and have your picture taken by Hankins—return home delighted, and in after life you will thank us for these timely suggestions.

Old images Improved, Exact Copies of Pictures taken, or reduced in size for medallions, Rings and breast-pins, Cases Of All Sorts On Hand!  Pictures taken equally well in cloudy weather.  We design making our Gallery a permanent and pleasant Place of Resort for citizens and strangers.  You cannot call to often.—We particularly ask the attention of the Ladies.   Thos. Hankins.   January 22, 1853.

Thomas Hankins is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as possibly being Thomas Hankins, Jr. who was active in 1859 in Norfolk, Virginia.  John also references a Thomas Haskins as being active in Nashville, Tennessee without activity dates.  it is unknown if they are the same person.

W. H. Hammond

1854                18 Catherine Street, New York, New York.

W. H. Hammond was recorded in an announcement that ran on February 22, 1854 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). Most Extraordinary Discovery.—A most Important invention has recently been perfected, by which Daguerreotypes of deceased children may be taken to look perfectly natural and life-like. The position is erect, and the eyes are perfect.  We are ready to go to any part of the city or vicinity, and if the pictures do not give the highest satisfaction no charge will be made. Apply as our gallery, No. 18 Catherine street.  W. H. Hammond & Co.

W. H. Hammond is not recorded in other photographic directories.

N. H. Hammond

1849                First Street, corner Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia.

N. H. Hammond was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 7 to 15, 1849.  in The Daily National Whig (Washington, D. C.).  Daguerreotype Likenesses.  N. H. Hammond would respectfully announce to the citizens and strangers of Washington that he has purchased the Daguerreotype stock of George & Hammond, and will, at the request of numerous friends, remain at their old stand corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First street, One More Week.

Hundreds are witnesses that they can obtain better and cheaper likenesses at this establishment than are often obtained.  Please call and satisfy yourselves.

N. H. Hammond is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. W. Halsee

1845                Address Unknown, Edgefield, South Carolina.

S. W. Halsee was recorded in an announcement on September 10, 1845 in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina). Daguerreotype Pictures.—We have seen a number of Daguerreotype pictures executed by Mr. S. W. Halsee, an Artist, who has for some time past been operating in our Village. We but concur with the general opinion, in pronouncing the pictures of Mr. H. most excellent.  Several of them are of the gentler sex, true to life, and of course beautiful.

The pictures are generally colored and have a high finish about them.  On several of them, in the back ground, the Artist gives views of beautiful scenery, such as mountains and trees in full foliage.  He frequently throws in pictures of other objects to please himself or the person who sits for the likeness.  The daguerreotypes are all gilded, and doubtless will be permanent.  Mr. Halsee takes likenesses at a very reasonable rate, and evinces great anxiety to please.  We commend this gentleman to the liberal patronage of the public, and hope that he will receive numerous and substantial tokens of their high regard.

S. W. Halsee does not appear in other photographic directories.


1852                79 Washington Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 24 to December 4, 1852 in the Norfolk County Journal (Roxbury, Massachusetts).  Removal….To….Daguerreotype Establishment….In….Bacon’s Block, 79 Washington Street, Roxbury.

The subscriber would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Roxbury and vicinity, that he has recently purchased the well known Daguerrian Saloon, with all its fixtures, apparatus, &c., &c., in Bacon’s Block, and removed his to the same.  Having fitted up the rooms at great expense, for convenience, &c. He will continue the Daguerreotype business in all its branches.  Said Saloon has a large Sky Light, which gives the most perfect counterfeit of the subject—

Clearness And Brilliancy, with Relief and Life-like appearance in the Likeness.

He would further state, that he has engaged the services of Mr. Hall, a practical operator, and can warrant Likenesses as perfect as any taken at any other establishment in the country;—also, that his Chemicals, Gildings, &c. Are manufactured by himself alone, and in them he has made a decided improvement, which is highly pleasing both to the operator and the subject.  By the means of his new, beautiful and accelerating Chemical agent, Miniatures from the veriest Child, as well as the grey-haired Father, will be executed in the very short space of from three to fifteen seconds, bearing any tone, from a deep rich Shade to the Freshness Of Life! As taste or fancy may direct.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and judge for themselves.

At his establishment Miniatures will be executed in the highest perfection of the art, single or in groups, with or without color, and well set in frames, cases, pins, rings, lockets, &c., and no person will be expected to take them, unless perfectly satisfied.

Sick and deceased person’s Likenesses taken at their residences, at short notice and on reasonable terms.                     Roxbury, April 20, 1852.                        S. F. Lancey, Jr.

Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is possible that Hall is Benjamin F. Hall who was active in Boston in 1854 and 1855, but this is only speculation.

William C. Hall

1850                Rooms at Thespian Hall, Canton, Mississippi.

William C. Hall was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement on March 7, 1850 in  The Madisonian (Canton, Mississippi).  We call attention to the advertisement of W. C. Hall, the Photographical Artist.  From the specimens of his work to be seen at the entrance to his room, near Priestly & Mosby’s, and also from our knowledge of several life-like portraits taken by him, during his sojourn in our village, we cheerfully recommend him to the patronage of the public.  All who desire Daguerreotype likenesses of themselves or family, would do well to call.

The advertisement ran on March 7, 1850 in The Madisonian (Canton, Mississippi).  Daguerreotype.  Wm. C. Hall, Photographical Artist, Has arrived in Canton and has opened a Gallery in the Thespian Hall.

Mr. H. Now offers an opportunity to all persons who feel disposed to have their likenesses taken, the chance to have them Executed in the best Daguerreotype Style, and very respectfully invites the Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine his specimens:

Secure the Shadow ere the Substance fade,  Let Nature copy that which Nature made. Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Taken in any weather.  A knowledge of the art imparted, if immediately applied for, to a few persons.

William C. Hall does not appear in other photographic directories.

William H. Hall

1849                Rooms on Main Street, in Jones Building, Malone, New York.

William H. Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran on June 14 & 28, 1849 in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York).  Improved Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Wm. H. Hall has opened rooms in Jones Building, 2nd floor, Main-street, 2nd building East of Andrus & Lewis’ Stone Store, where he will take Portraits, single or in groups, in a style far superior to any before taken in this vicinity, in any weather, with or without colors, in from five to ten seconds sitting, which enables weak eyes and nervous systems to obtain a correct likeness.

Mothers, fetch on you little ones; you can have their miniatures taken, and not have them sleeping.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call at his rooms and examine specimens.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no pay will be required.       Malone, June 12, 1849.

William H. Hall is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a W. H. Hall who was active in Clinton City, New York in 1850. Also a W. H. Hall is recorded in Plattsburgh, New York in 1848.  At this time it is unknown if they are the same person.

W. H. Hall

1848                Rooms on Bridge Street, Plattsburgh, New York.

W. H Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 1 to May 13, 1848 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  W. H. Hall Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Plattsburgh and vicinity, that he will remain in town until the opening of navigation, and will continue taking Daguerreotype Miniatures as usual, but cheaper than ever.  Persons wishing a number of likenesses, of themselves or friends, will do well to avail themselves of the earliest opportunity.

All pictures warranted to be as correct and as good as can be had in any city, and as cheap, or they need not be taken.

Rooms, third door east of M. K. Platt & Co.’s., 2d floor, Bridge street.

W. H. Hall is not recorded in Plattsburgh, New York in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an W. H. Hall in Clinton City, New York in 1850. Also William H. Hall is recorded in 1849 in Malone, New York, but no proof has been found that they are the same person.

Nicholas Hall

1853-1854       Address Unknown, Louisville, Kentucky.

Nicholas Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 17, 1853 to January 15, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).

Daguerran Stock And Picture Establishment.                                                                                                Dobyns & Yearout, Nashville, Tennessee, College Street.                                                                         Dobyns & Hall, Louisville, Ky.                                                                                                                                Dobyns & Richardson, Morssewet, New York.                                                                                                 Dobyns & Spaulding, St. Louis, Mo.                                                                                                                     Dobyns & Yearout, Memphis, Tenn.                                                                                                                     Dobyns & Harrington, New Orleans.

At any of the above establishments, you can procure as fine Pictures as can be had in any city, of any desired style or fin9ish, as we have every improvement, and expect to keep up with any and all improvements.  We are prepared in either city to furnish artists with every article used in the art.  Our arrangements are such, we can furnish stock on the most reasonable terms. Dobyns & Co.  N. B.—Pictures taken in any kind of Weather.

Nicholas Hall does appear in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1858-1860, in Louisville Kentucky.  John mentions that Hall was formerly associated with Dobyns without activity dates.