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Simons & Page

1842                Rooms at the United States Hotel, Wheeling, Virginia.

Simons & Page were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 12 to 16, 1842 in the   Wheeling Times and Advertiser (Wheeling, Virginia).  Photographic Miniatures.  T. G. Simons & A. W. Page.  Late of New York City.  Professors and Teachers of Photography.  Take this method most respectfully of informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of Wheeling and [its] vicinity, that they have taken Rooms at the United States Hotel, where they will be happy to wait upon any who may wish to avail themselves of an opportunity of procuring a Likeness, which though it may cost but one fourth the Painter’s price, will possess [merits] that no artist can ever give to his work.

Messrs. Simons & Page have been engaged in the Daguerreotype profession from its first introduction into America, have, at great expense and loss of time, succeeded in so far improving the American apparatus, as to be enabled to operate with an unerring degree of certainty.  The great degree of certainty.  The great degree of difficulty with all former operators in giving color and expression to their productions is at once obviated by their great improvement in this wonderful discovery;—the time also required in sitting is materially lessened.  Messrs. Simons & Page covery;—removed the difficulty which all have, by their improvement in this wonderful dis former operators, labored under in compelling their subjects to sit from three to five minutes in which was apt to produce a contraction of the eyes and distorted appearance of the features:  Now, a correct and beautiful likeness can be produced in a sitting of from five to thirty five seconds! In any kind of weather, and consequently without using the direct rays of the Sun.

They propose to instruct a limited number of Ladies and Gentlemen in this beautiful and valuable discovery, who can be furnished with complete setts of the improved American apparatus, and by means of which any one may be enabled to take a likeness in an ordinary room, without requiring any peculiar adjustment of the light.  Heretofore it has been generally supposed that sunshine was indispensable to the production of Daguerreotype Miniatures; but the important improvement recently perfected, proves that this is a mistake.  The new apparatus cost less than the old, and furnishes the ability to its possessor of securing an independence in a profession as honorable, interesting and agreeable as any other, by the expenditure of a mere trifle and a few days application.  Can any other pursuit in life present the same advantages in supplying the means of a general support, not to say fortune?  This apparatus is warranted never to get out of order, and consequently will not require any repairs.  It can be supplied in a form so portable as to be carried in a dressing case, if desired, and ordinarily occupies less space than a cubic foot.  Those who have never had an opportunity of seeing a specimen of Photography, can hardly form an idea of the perfection, beauty and wonderful minuteness of the Daguerreotype pictures:  It is the work of Nature: not of Art; and as far surpasses the production of the pencil as all Nature’s effects do those of Man.  In the creation of these pictures, the light of Heaven alone constitutes the pencil, and nature the artist.  The Daguerreotype, or Pencil of Nature, can be applied to every object on which the rays of light can be made to fall:  The human face and figure, landscapes, buildings, paintings, engravings, stationary, machinery, &c., &c. may be copied in a few seconds with an accuracy that no draughtsman could ever attain.  The process is simple: it requires no acquaintance with chemistry, nor knowledge of drawing or painting, for the light itself engraves upon the prepared plate: and it may be performed by any one who follows the process which is fully and clearly described in the instructions accompanying each sett of apparatus.

For Colleges, Academies and public lectures this apparatus is particularly desirable, as the results produced by it are the most interesting that can be exhibited to an audience, the process requiring but a few seconds in favorable weather to complete a picture, and the results being to all so surprising and beautiful, that it never fails to excite the greatest wonder and astonishment in the minds of every beholder; whilst to the traveller it must be one of the most valuable accompaniments.  It is only necessary to add for the information of those who are unacquainted with the details of the Photographic art, that it is capable of yielding an incomparable greater return for the amount of time and money invested in it, than any other business of the same capital.  We would here beg leave to state, upon the authority of the most scientific Gentlemen of the cities of Boston, N. York and Philadelphia, that these pictures will never fade, but that they will remain permanently fixed until the final consummation of all things.  Other advantages which these Miniatures have over all others might be mentioned, but enough has been said to convince the most incredulous that for rapidity of execution, correctness and durability, they cannot be equalled.

Apparatus, Plates, Miniature cases, Chemicals &c. furnished at the shortest notice and on the most reasonable terms.  Apparatus invariably warranted to be equal if not superior, to any manufactured in the United States.

Simons & Page (T. G. Simons & A. W. Page) are not listed in other photographic directories.  They do not appear in the New York City Directories in 1841/1842 or in the 1842/1843 directories.    

Silsbee & Morrison

1846-1847       Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.

Silsbee & Morrison (George M. Silsbee (variant spelling of last name Silsby) & J. W. C. Morrison) were recorded in one announcement that appeared on January 2, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  Smart Day’s Work.—Twenty Daguerreotype likenesses were taken, finished and delivered yesterday by Silsby & Morrison.—Bath Tribune.

Silsbee & Morrison are recorded in other photographic directories, but not the partnership.  The variant spelling of Silsbee’s last name (Silsby) is recurring throughout the Maine newspapers.

Lorenzo H. D. Shepherd

c.1852-1853    299½ Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

1853-1854       Rooms over Owen & Moulton’s Clothing Store, Saco, Maine.

Lorenzo H. D. Shepherd was recorded in two advertisements in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  The first advertisement ran from August 30 to October 25, 1853.  New Miniature Rooms!  Chlorine Gas!  Bad Eyes cured in a few minutes, and pictures more beautiful and life-like than can be taken by the best operators with the old chemicals, (such as is used by the operators in York County), in the world.  Few there are that know any thing about it.

L. H. D. Shepherd, Having had an advantage that no other operator has had in York County in picture taking, and having recently practiced with the greatest operator in the Known World, Mr. Silsbee of Boston, whose pictures stood foremost recently in the World’s Fair held in New York, takes this opportunity to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that he has located in Saco, where he has fitted and furnished Rooms in a better style than any in York County, Over Messrs. Owen & Moulton’s Store, Where he is prepared to take pictures better than can be obtained elsewhere.  Reference may be had to such as have sat many times in these towns and also in Portland, for pictures and without success, viz: Moses Emery, Esq., partner of S. V. Loring, Esq., Saco;—Umphrey Goodwin, Esq., who says he has had more than 10 pictures taken and never a good one before; Mr. Farwell, and others.

Pictures copied of all sizes; in the most perfect style.

A light, Transparent, the best in York County.  As for Size of Instrument and quality, None like it in York County.

Call and see.  Let the Premium Pictures be laid upon my Show Case.  Perfect satisfaction warranted or no sale.  Call and see.  L. H. Shepherd.

The second advertisement ran from November 1, 1853 to April 11, 1854.  New Miniature Rooms, Over Owen & Moulton’s Clothing Store.  Chlorine Gas Pictures!  Mr. Shepherd, having procured Mr. Colby’s Main Operator from Portland City, with himself, is prepared to put up pictures finer and as cheap as can be obtained in the County Of York.  Please call and see our specimens.

Lorenzo H. D, Shepherd is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Seavey

1852-1853       Little’s New Building, Canton, Illinois.

Seavey (possibly William Seavey or Sevey) appeared in one advertisement on January 5, 1853 in the Canton Weekly Register  (Canton, Illinois).  Skylight Daguerreian Rooms! Seavey has opened a “Skylight Gallery” in Canton, at a heavy expense, and is now prepared to take Miniature Portraits in from five to thirty seconds, sitting time.  Having every advantage in late improvements in the art, he can  suit any body, at any time, with the best of portraits, put up in any way, and for almost any price.  To persons in the Adjoining Towns And Country, he would say, he has leased his “Skylight” for two years, and may be found “on hand,” in Little’s new building, east side of the Square, in the third house from the northeast corner.

Farmers, come in with your families, and have them taken.  What can be more satisfactory to you, at the same cost?  To see the portraits of 150 persons, will pay you for a visit, so bring up the folks, even if you don’t want your portraits taken.

P. S.  Plenty of stock and materials for sale, just received from the East. je 25.

Seavey is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in 1852-1853.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a William Sevey as being active in Canton, Illinois in 1860, as does A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers, who references both spellings of William’s last name.    

J. B. Scott

1845-1846       Rooms at Mrs. Goddard’s Hotel, Maysville, Kentucky.

J. B. Scott appeared in one advertisement that was recorded on January 14, 1846 in the Eagle  (Maysville, Kentucky).  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Taken by J. B. Scott, of Philadelphia.  Mr. S. having taken rooms at Mrs. Goddard’s Hotel, invite the citizens of Maysville and vicinity, to call and examine his specimens, which he [flatters] himself are as good as any taken in the Eastern cities.   The wonderful accuracy of Portraits taken by this process, and the very moderate prices demanded for them, render it desirable that every person should possess one.  Copies of Portraits, miniatures, &c., [ ? ] accuracy.

N. B.  Instructions given in the art, and instrument furnished at Eastern prices.  Maysville, Dec. 4, 1845.

J. B. Scott is not recorded in other photographic directories. To date there is no record of of J. B. Scott in Philadelphia.

Frederick Schramm

1847                Address Unknown, Burlington, Iowa.

Frederick Schramm was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on December 22, 1847 in the Iowa Territorial Gazette and Burlington Advertiser (Burlington, Iowa).  Daguerrian Apparatus for Sale.  Mr. Frederick Schramm, of this city has an excellent Daguerrian Apparatus, all complete, for sale on Liberal Terms.  dec 1 ’47.

Frederick Schramm is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 does list a Schramm.  They speculate that it is John Siegmund Schramm. It is unknown if Schramm was a daguerreotypist or if he was just selling the apparatus.

Lott M. Scammon

1847-1848       Rooms over J. M. Gould’s Store, Hallowell, Maine.

Lott M. Scammon was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 11, 1847 to January 1, 1848 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Portraits.  Lott M. Scammon, Having taken the Rooms over J. M. Gould’s Store, is prepared to execute Portraits in the most approved styles, for all those who may favor him with their patronage.  Pictures taken at his rooms are free from that dark shade so common with Daguerreotypists, and in point of distinctness and softness of tone are unsurpassed by any.

Statuary, Landscapes and Pictures copied true to the original.  Likenesses of dead persons often taken so as to resemble a natural sleep.

L. M. Scammon will also take the likenesses of sick people at their residences by leaving their addresses at his rooms.  Terms reasonable.

Lot M. Scammon is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Maine.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list an L. M. Scammon in Chicago, Illinois in 1854-1855 as daguerreian materials, it is unknown if they are the same person.

P. M. Sawyer

1854                Address Unknown, Paris, Maine.

1855-1856       Address Unknown, Calais, Maine.[1]

1856                Address Unknown, Norway, Maine.1

P. M. Sawyer was recorded in one announcement that appeared on June 23, 1854 in the Oxford Democrat (Paris, Maine).  A nomadic Daguerreotype Saloon made its appearance here the other morning.  Messrs. S. W. & P. M. Sawyer accompany it, and are prepared to take your picture at any time, if you will call on them.

P. M. Sawyer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1855-1856 in Calais, Maine.  In 1856 he was in the partnership of Sawyer and Robbins.  John goes on to say that he is probably the same P. M. Sawyer who was active in 1856 in Norway, Maine.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

George B. Sawyer

1856                Address Unknown, Exeter, New Hampshire.

1856                Address Unknown, Salmon Falls, New Hampshire.

George B. Sawyer was recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 4 to August 15, 1856 in The Union and Eastern Journal (Biddeford, Maine).  Daguerreotype Rooms For Sale.  The subscriber has two rooms, one at Exeter, N. H., and the other at Salmon Falls,—each well located, and doing a good business, with no formidable competition.

The Ambrotype patent right is secured for both places.  I will sell one of them very low, (in order to devote my whole attention to the other,) if application be made soon.  Address, Geo. B. Sawyer, Salmon Falls, N. H.

George B. Sawyer is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is unknown if he was an image maker or in realestate having the ambrotype patent rights for both locations suggest that he may have been an ambrotypist.

J. M. Sandifer

1852                Over William Holloway’s Store, Richmond, Kentucky.

J. M. Sandifer was recorded in two advertisements in the Weekly Messenger (Richmond, Kentucky).  The first advertisement ran on March 5 to 12, 1852.  J. M. Sandifer, Daguerreian Artists, Would Respectfully announce to all who wish to preeerve (Sic.) their faces for their friends or posterity, that he is prepared to execute Likenesses Single, or in Groups; done up in Cases, Lockets, Breast Pins and Finger Rings, in all kinds of weather, on Mahogany or Ivory back Grounds; which for neatness, durability and life like appearance, are seldom equaled, never excelled.

Miniatures of corpse taken upon application at their residence.  He will pay great attention to that part of his profession.

Pictures of all kinds copied accurately.

Instructions given in the Art, and apparatus furnished, &c., &c.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Room over the Store of Wm. Holloway.  J. M. S.

The second advertisement ran on March 19 to 26, 1852.  J. M. Sandifer, Daguerreian Artists, Would Respectfully announce to all who wish to preeerve (Sic.) their faces for their friends or posterity, that he is prepared to execute Likenesses Single, or in Groups; done up in Cases, Lockets, Breast Pins and Finger Rings, in all kinds of weather, on Mahogany or Ivory back Grounds; which for neatness, durability and life like appearance, are seldom equaled, never excelled.

Miniatures of corpse taken upon application at their residence.  He will pay great attention to that part of his profession.

Pictures of all kinds copied accurately.

Instructions given in the Art, and apparatus furnished, &c., &c.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Room over the Store of Wm. Holloway.  J. M. S.

Ingenious art! that bids the memory trace,

The features of some loved, but absent face—

The honored parent snatched by Death away,

In nature’s semblance meets the eye of day.

A lovely daughter finds an early tomb,

By the Destroyer blighted in her bloom;

Tho’ full and frequent fall affection’s showers,

No tears can ere revive that perished flower.

O then how vainly comes the deep regret,

That no parental fondness could forget

To have her  picture, ere her beauty past

And all we loved had faded in the blast!

Immortal art! that can restore to sight

The lip of loveliness—the eye of light—

The silken tresses—and the life like smile

Of those we prize our sorrow to beguile;

And spoil the grave of half its victory,

Restoring much again which cannot die!

Pictured in memory’s glass we fondly see

Departed worth revived again by thee.

Our absent ones are present to our eyes,

Tho’ ’twixt us billows roll and mountains [rise];

Oh think that Time, with ever-wasting power,

[Unnerves] youth’s arm and blights sweet beauty’s flower.

Artist! Tis thine with magic skill to lend

Life’s vivid hues to the departed friend;

And fix in undecaying beauty here

Each fleeting grace and affection held so dear.

True to the life thy pleasing pictures stand,

Justly attesting thy ingenious hand,

That to the sons of fame can truly give

The hues of life and bid their semblance live.

From Time’s strong grasp and the devouring grave,

Artist! Thy skill our fading  forms can save!”  May 8.

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