Tag Archives: Edgefield South Carolina

Albert T. Lyons

1856                Public Square, Edgefield, South Carolina.                                                                    1856                Odd Fellows’ Building, Edgefield, South Carolina.

Albert T. Lyons was listed in one advertisement and three announcements in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina).  The advertisement ran from November 5 to 19, 1856. The New Car Is Finished!  Ambrotypes, The Subscribers respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Edgefield that their New Car is just completed in a most beautiful and perfect manner, which enables them to take the Finest Life-Like Ambrotypes, And in the best style of finish and durability that has ever been offered to the citizens of the District.

The car will remain only for a “few days” in this Town.  Therefore, if you want your likeness—and such as one as will give you satisfaction—call soon, or the Car will leave you.

They wil’ also take Ambrotypes for medallions, Broaches, Lockets, and Finger Rings.  Portraits of deceased persons copied accurately.

Come soon—come quickly, if you wou’d take advantage of the splendid opportunity now offered.  Remember, “delays are dangerous.”  A. T. Lyon & Co.

The first announcement appeared on November 12, 1856.  Leigh & Co.’s. Ambrotype Car.  This beautiful and most complete Car is now on our Public Square, under the management of Mr. A. T. Lyon, a skillful artist, and one well prepared to take Ambrotypes of every description in a style second to none.  We bespeak for Mr. Lyon an extensive patronage, first because he is a native of our Town, and secondly, because his specimens of Ambrotypes are highly creditable to any one.  See advertisement in another column.

The second announcement appeared on November 26, 1856.  “Clear The Track,” For The Ambrotype Car Will positively leave Edgefield within a week from this date.  Therefore, if you want your Ambrotype taken in a style second to none, come immediately.  A. T. Lyon & Co.

N. B.—I hope it will be born in mind that I cannot, in any instance, deliver any picture, until it is paid for. My terms are strictly on the cash system and must be rigidly adhered to.

The third announcement appeared on December 3, 1856.  Edgefield Advertiser.  (Edgefield, South Carolina.)  December 3, 1856, Vol. XXI, No. 47, P. 2.

Speaking Ambrotypes.  Mr. Albert Lyon, a native of our village, is now fully prepared to take ambrotype likenesses in the highest style of the art.  His large and beautiful car will remain for a week longer at its position in front of the Odd Fellows’ Building; and we earnestly advise all, who desire to have (for themselves or their friends) really fine copies from life, to call on him before he leaves town.  He will not allow you to depart dissatisfied.  Mr. L. deserves the greater encouragement from the fact of his having shown that home-folks can do this sort of thing as well as the Yankees; and his connection with Messrs. Leigh & Tucker gives him complete facilities.  Call Soon.

Albert T. Lyons is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, but the above verifies the connection with John Leigh and Leigh & Tucker.

T. H. Jones

1858                Rooms in the Carolina Hotel, Edgefield, South Carolina.

T. H. Jones was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 7 to 28, 1858 in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina). Ambrotypes For $1, And As High As $10! The Subscriber will take great pleasure in waiting on the Ladies and Gentlemen of Edgefield and vicinity who may desire to procure Faultless Representations of themselves by the wonderful operation of the Ambrotypie art.

Daguerreotypes, Oil Paintings, Engravings & c., accurately copied.                                      Ambrotypes inserted in Medallions, Rings, Breastpins, Seals, & c.                                                  Particular attention will be given to Family Groups and Children.                                                  The Subscriber attends personally to his customers and guaranties satisfaction.                      Those wishing good Pictures will do well to call soon at his Rooms in the Carolina Hotel, as he will remain in this place but a few days.  T. H. Jones.

T. H. Jones 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.

William H. Chalmers

1853-1861       Post Office Corner, Augusta, Georgia.[1]                                                                            1856                   Address Unknown, New York, New York.1                                                                          1856                   Address Unknown, Edgefield, South Carolina.                                                                  1858                   over Burpee’s Carriage Shop, opposite the Bank, Athens, Georgia.1  

William H. Chalmers was listed in four advertisements in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina.)  The first three are when he was in partnership with John Leigh as Leigh & Chalmers.  The first advertisement ran from October 1, to November 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  Those Beautiful and Imperishable Pictures can be had at John Leigh’s Office.  They are superior in Brilliancy, depth of tone and finish to any ever offered in this community.  Leigh & Chalmers.  Edgefield, Sept. 30, 1856.

The second ran from October 1 to December 31, 1856.  Photographs.  This beautiful style of Picture so popular in both this country and Europe, can be had at Leigh & Chalmers’ Gallery, Augusta, Ga.  Persons having Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends can have them photographed from life-size to the smallest miniature.                                                                Leigh & Chalmers.  Augusta, Sept. 30, 1856.

The third advertisement ran on March 4, 1857.  Photograph of Hon. P. S. Brooks.  Messrs. Leigh & Chalmers, of Augusta, have kindly forwarded to us a photograph likeness of our lamented Brooks, for which we return then thanks.  It is just the thing we were endeavoring to procure and is a most acceptable gift.  The likeness is striking and the execution excellent.  As there are very many citizens of Edgefield who would be glad to have a faithful portrait of their late beloved representative, we would suggest to them that, for only $4, they can procure such an one from Messrs. Leigh & Chalmers.  Mr. Leigh brought up a hundred copies the other day, but they are going off very rapidly.  Those who have engaged them should apply early; and those who have not done so, can now make the arrangement with Mr. L., who is at this place for the present.

The fourth advertisement was for William H. Chalmers alone and ran from December 8 to 29, 1858 in the Edgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, South Carolina.)  Ambrotypes For Fifty Cts. At The Chalmers’ Gallery, Post Office Corner, Augusta, Geo.  Wm. H. Chalmers, the well-known and successful Ambrotypist, is still furnishing pictures in the same Beautiful And Life-Like Style, that was so much admired last season, for the Low Price of 50 Cts. and upwards, According to the size and style of case.  The Gallery having a Mammoth Sky-Light and Side-Light combined, together with Instruments of the latest and most approved kinds, Pictures can be taken at all hours of the day, and as well in cloudy weather as in clear.

Having secured the services of several of the Best Operators in the United States, Likenesses will in all cases be Perfect or no charge.  Each Picture will be handsomely colored by an experienced Artist, and warranted not to fade.

The Public are invited to call and examine the large collection of Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Melainotypes, Photographs, Paintings, &c., on exhibition.  Entrance to Gallery on door above the Post Office.

N. B. Instructions given in the Art and Apparatus furnished.         Augusta, Dec. 7.

[1] Early Georgia Photographers, 1841 – 1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth