Tag Archives: Daguerreotypist

Charles Mendham

1852-1853     177 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1853                407 Broadway, New York, New York.

Charles Mendham was recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York)The first advertisement appeared on April 29, 1852.  To Daguerreotypers.—Wanted, A First class Operator.  Apply to Powelson & Mendham, Daguerreotype Artists, 177 Broadway, from 8 to 12 o’clock in the morning.

The second advertisement ran on March 1 & 2, 1853. Card.—B. F. Powelson Hereby Gives Notice, that he is no longer interested in the daguerrean gallery known under the firm of Powelson & Mendham.  He can now be found at Harrison’s rooms, No. 123 Broadway, where he will be happy to see his friends and well wishers.  A first rate picture guaranteed.

The third advertisement appeared on April 30, 1853.  For Sale.—A Copper Boiler, Which Holds thirty gallons, also a furnace belonging to it; a new candle mould, middling sixes size, for sale.  Apply to Charles Mendham, daguerrean room [77] or 407 Broadway.

Charles Mendham is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1853-1854 at 407 Broadway. and the partnership of Mendham & Powelson as being active in New York city in the mid-1850’s.

L. B. Melvin/Melven

1859                Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store, Westfield, New York.

L. B. Melvin/Melven was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The announcement appeared on December 7, 1859. Likenesses.—There are but few who do not appreciate a well executed likeness, and it matters little whether the original is prepossessing or not. There is something undefinable about it.  We cherish the likenesses of those friends with whom we daily associate, and a truthful likeness seems to increase our attachment, and cement more strongly the bonds of friendship.  We do not know how it is, but there is always some pleasing feature that is sure to find its way into the likeness which we seem not to have discovered before; and especially of those cherished friends who have been taken from us.  It is then, perhaps, that we begin to fully appreciate their worth, and to understand truly how dear they were to us; and then it is that we prize, to, whatever serves to call up in memory, their worthy traits, & the pleasing associations of the past.  But we are forgetting ourselves; we only designed expressing the pleasure we derived from a few moments spent in looking over the specimens of art, in the well arranged Ambrotype Rooms of L. B. Melvin.  His pictures are taken and finished up with skill; but his card will be found in another part of the paper. to which all are referred.  Call on him; examine his specimens, and we guarantee you will take away with you your own likeness.

The advertisement ran from December 7 to 28, 1859.  Old Things Become New.  Marble Hall Picture Gallery in Full Blast!

Great reductions in prices.  The best Likenesses of all kinds, either Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melenotypes, Daguerreotypes And all other types, on Leather or Paper taken in any weather, and cheaper and better than was ever offered here before.  Now is the time for all that wish to have a good, correct likeness, as I defy all competition, either in Quality or prices.  Particular attention paid to taking Children’s picture.  A fine lot of specimens on hand.  Call and see.  Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store.  L. B. Melven.

L. B. Melvin/Melven is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. F. Meginness

1851                N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s Streets, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

J.F. Meginness was recorded in one announcement on July 23, 1851 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Mr. J. F. Meginness, at the N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s streets, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes at short notice in superior style.

J. F. Meginness is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. S. Meacham

1851-1852       57 Fourth Street, Opposite Planter’s House, St. Louis, Missouri.

S. S. Meacham was recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 9, 1851 to January 15, 1852 in the Hannibal Journal and Western Union (Hannibal, Missouri).  Rand’s Daguerreotype Saloons, 57 Fourth street, opposite Planters House, St. Louis, Mo.  Ladies and Gentlemen visiting St. Louis are invited to call and have their likenesses taken in a style equal to that of any in the world. S. S. Meacham, Artist & Sup’t.

S. S. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Harris H. Meacham

1851                26 &27 Foot’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.                                                    1851-1852     Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Harris H. Meacham was mentioned in one announcement and one advertisement in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  The announcement appeared on July 16, 1851.  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 from July 25 to August 12, 1851.  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.

Harris H. Meacham is recorded in other photographic directories as Harris Meacham, as being active in 1851-1852 in Springfield, Massachusetts without a business address.

Meacham & Sanders

1857-1859       Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders (S. L. Meacham & Sanders) was recorded in two advertisements.  The first was recorded on June 4,  1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The second advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859.  In The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Meacham & Sanders are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Mayo

1855                House of S. C. Rogers, Main Street, Huntington, New York.                                    1856                Mr. Shadbolt’s New Building, Main Street, Huntington, New York.

J. Mayo was recorded in one advertisement and four announcements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The advertisement ran from May 11, 1855 to June 1, 1855. Daguerreotypes.  “Secure the Shadow Ere the substance fades.”  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Huntington Village and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the House of S. C. Rogers on main St., where he is prepared to execute Daguerrean Likenesses to the satisfaction of all those who may favor him with their patronage.

Large Sized pictures neatly inserted in good cases for One Dollar and upwards, according to size and quality of Case or Locket.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  All persons wishing for correct likenesses of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  No one requested to pay for a picture they do not like.

Think not these pictures by the sunlight made,                                                                                          Shades though they are, will like a shadow, fade!                                                                                        No!  when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie                                                                                                    When death’s grey film o’er spreads the beaming eye;                                                                               These life like pictures mocking at decay,                                                                                                        Will be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Daguerrean Artist. Huntington, May 11, 1855.

The first announcement (poetry) appeared on  November 16, 1855.                           Daguerreotype Miniatures.                                                                                                                                  Go Gents and Ladies who pretend,                                                                                                                  To have a dear and earthly friend;                                                                                                              Just call at Mayo’s rooms made right,                                                                                                      Learn by his new daguerreotype,                                                                                                                    Now these connected with his fixtures,                                                                                                           He intends to take good pictures.                                                                                                                       For one dollar you get your friend                                                                                                                   In a large case you may depend;                                                                                                                        A quarter more we better do,                                                                                                                                A velvet case is then your due.                                                                                                                            For twelve shillings the case will be                                                                                                                  Gilt in and out as you will see,                                                                                                                              For dollars two, the mattings change                                                                                                          Which brings the valet all in range.                                                                                                                     For two and a half a quarter case,                                                                                                               And on the plate a large face.                                                                                                                         And if a figure added be,                                                                                                                                        Another quarter pays the fee.                                                                                                                                For four, you get a double case,                                                                                                                           Yourself and wife, ‘tis no disgrace,                                                                                                                      In book like form you love to show,                                                                                                                   Which you to California go,                                                                                                                                     But five brings out the Jenny Lind,                                                                                                                      The neatest thing we recommend.                                                                                                                      The double though we charge you six,                                                                                                              It is so large, so neat and rich.                                                                                                                               Nice gold locket, and various size to,                                                                                                                 Of different prices, I have a few.                                                                                                                            By good attention, and delight,                                                                                                                        In taking pictures that are right.                                                                                                                       He hopes to gain the confidence,                                                                                                                        Of all the towns inhabitants,                                                                                                                                  I think that money thus laid out,                                                                                                                        Is better far than squandered out.                                                                                                                  For idle toys, and giddy mirth,                                                                                                                      Which soon are passed and learn no worth;                                                                                                  I hope you will patronize this brilliant art,                                                                                                    In which I hope to share a part,                                                                                                                          My rooms are at the Lady Sutton’s.                                                                                                                  In the beautiful village of Cold Spring.                                                                                                          At which place, I hope you will call,                                                                                                                And never be sorry for patronizing.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Cold Spring, Nov. 1, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on July 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes:  Mr. Mayo Back Again!  Mr. Mayo will take room on or about July 25, at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, on Main street, where he will be prepared to take Photographic pictures upon glass, the distinctness of steel plate engravings, and more durable than oil paintings.

This process is styled Ambrotype, from a Greek work, signifying Immortal.  The Ambrotype is taken upon glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass, the two being united by an indestructible gum, enabling the picture to retain its brilliancy for ages.  It will not corrode at sea, or change in any climate, is beautiful in tone, bold and clear in effect, and can be see in any light; and owing to the brief time it requires to sit, the veriest child, as well as the grey-headed father, can be taken.  Pictures can be taken of various sizes by this process, and are well adapted to set in frames to hang in rooms, thus combining the useful with the ornamental.

Those sitting for Ambrotypes will be detained but a short time, as he has procured the services of Mr. Pettis, a gentleman of artistic taste and experience in the Ambrotype Art.  The Ambrotype is generally acknowledged to be superior to the Daguerreotype, and is rapidly taking its place.

Large-sized Ambrotypes taken for one dollar, including a neat case, and warranted to please.  Morning light the best.  Please call soon, as we cannot stop but a short time.

The third announcement appeared on July 25, 1856.  Mr. Mayo at Huntington again.  Mr. Mayo the Daguerreotypist, is at Huntington again, and has taken rooms at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, in Main street.  He has also employed Mr. Pettis to assist him, and is now prepared to take Ambrotypes also, which are in many respects far superior to the Daguerreotypes.  We advise all who want a picture to call soon and see his specimens, and then we have no doubt they will sit for their own.  Call soon, as his stay is to be limited, having other engagements.

The fourth announcement appeared on August 15, 1856.  Positively the Last Call.  The subscriber returns his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers for their pas favors, and would inform those who have not been Daguerreotyped that his engagements are such that he positively cannot stop at Huntington but three or four days longer.  If well, then, come and have your likeness taken before changed by disease; if sick; do not put off too long, as many have done, to the sorrow of their friends.  J. Mayo, Daguerrean.

J. Mayo is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Huntington, New York.

J. K. Mayo

1859                Rooms over Dr. Webb’s Drug and Grocery Store, Cape Vincent, New York.

J. K. Mayo was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 10 to December 17, 1859 in The Cape-Vincent Gazette (Cape Vincent, New York). War Declared Again. The French have been badly cut up, and the Zouaves, have retreated, to the room over Dr. Webb’s Drugg and Grocery Store, and finally drawn up in line of battle at the Daguerrean Rooms of J. K. Mayo, where every Man, Woman and Child can get just as faithful a copy of their face as they can desire; and at prices to suit the times.  Pictures neatly inserted in Lockets, Pins, Bracelets, &c., with neatness and dispatch.  Rooms opposite the St. Lawrence Hotel.

Mr. Mayo, also gives instruction in Grecian and Oriental Paintings.  Terms reasonable.  Come, see and be satisfied!  Cape Vincent, Aug. 29, 1859.

J. K. Mayo is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Joseph Mayo as being active in 1859 in Penataquit, Islip, New York. It is possible they are the same person.

William C. Mayhew

1847                274 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

William C. Mayhew was recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 30 to August 28, 1847 in The Republic (Buffalo, New York).  Daguerrian Gallery.—Cameo Likenesses taken by Mr. Wm. C. Mayhew.  Copies of the antique cut in Cameo from designs.  Daguerrian likenesses taken in all weather, with or without color.  Rooms No. 274 Main st.

William C. Mayhew is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Uriah E. May

1856                Rooms above Capt. Arnold’s Store, Bedford, Pennsylvania.

Uriah E. May was recorded in an announcement and an advertisement in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle (Bedford, Pennsylvania).  The announcement appeared on June 6, 1856. We call attention to the advertisement of Mr. Uriah E. May.  His Daguerrean Rooms is in the new frame building above the store room of Capt. Arnold.  His pictures are highly praised.

The advertisement appeared on June 6, 1856.  O Yes!  Ladies and Gentlemen, call I this way if you please, and have a true likeness of yourselves taken.  Having opened out a new Daguerrean Establishment a few doors west of the Bedford Hotel, I am prepared to execute likenesses in the various styles.  Miniatures set in lockets, medallions, breastpins, etc.  Common and fancy cases just received from the city.  No pains will be spared in trying to suit all who shall give me a call.  I shall remain here but a short time, and persons wanting pictures will please call in soon.  U. E. May.

Uriah E. May is not recorded in other photographic directories.