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Walker & Humphrey

1850                Geneva, New York.

1850                Elmira, New York.

Walker & Humphrey (Samuel Lear Walker & Samuel Dwight Humphrey) were recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 22 to March 15, 1850.  Daguerreotypes!  Walker And Humphrey, Daguerrean Building, Geneva.  Professor Humphrey would return his thanks to his numerous friends for the patronage they have kindly bestowed on him during his short stay in Geneva.  He would also say that he has just returned from New-York with a full and complete assortment of choice stock of all kinds; viz. the most beautiful lot of Papier Mache Cases ever taken from the City of N. York, Rosewood Frames of all styles and sizes; a large assortment of Morocco Cases lined with velvet, and of all patterns, and by far the richest and most complete assortment of fine Gold Lockets ever exhibited in this village.

Prof. H., in order better to extended his already extensive business, has associated with himself Prof. S. L. Walker, who stands unequalled in the Daguerrean Art.  Prof. W. is one of the oldest and by far the best Artist in America; his Specimens have won the praise of all; the first and only time he was a competitor at the N. Y. State Fair, was in 1848, at which time he was a warded the highest honors, and a silver medal for the best lot of Daguerreotypes exhibited.

It is their determination that no one shall excel them in producing likenesses, and that those possessing one of their specimens shall never have cause to regret their time and money spent in obtaining it.

All must call soon, as they will stay in Geneva only three weeks, at the expiration of that time they leave for Elmira, where they will remain only four weeks.  All must be aware that they must necessarily incur great expense, hence the necessity of their short stay in each place they visit.

No pains or expense has or shall be speared in making this the most magnificent, as well as it really is the largest travelling Gallery in the world; containing Portraits of the most eminent American Statesmen, and other distinguished characters, amongst which may be found the excellent portraits, all of which were taken from life, of

President Taylor,                                Hon. H. J. Redfield,

Hon. D. Webster,                                Francis Granger,

T. Corwin,                                           R. C. Schenck, Ohio,

Ex.-Gov. Silas Wright,                       Gen. S. Van Rensselaer,

Ex.-Gov. Wm. H. Seward,                  Gen. Swift,

Ex.-Gov. Toucy of Ct.,                       Col. May, Texas,

Ex.-Gov. Lincoln, Mass.                     Major Merrell,

Gov. Briggs of Mass.,                         Captain Walker,

Hon. Judge Nelson,                             Captain Sandford,

Hon. Judge Conklin,                           John B. Gough,

Hon. Judge Wilson,                            Mrs. Farnham , Cal.

A. Spencer,                                         Alfred B. Street,

B. Van Buren                                      E. Nott, D. D. LL. D.

Wm. B. Sprague, D. D., and a host of others.

Pictures put up in all styles; in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Pins, Rings, Cane Heads, Door Plates, &c., &c.  Gentlemen’s Country Seats, Public Buildings, copied and not reversed.  Portraits, Engravings, Daguerreotypes, copied at short notice.  Portraits of sick or deceased persons taken at their residence, when required.

Profs. W. & H. have one of the largest size Cameras, with which they are enabled to take Likenesses twice as large as any one ever here before.

The best Daguerreotypes are taken in cloudy weather; though, when children are to be taken, the best light is from 11 to 2 o’clock.  All are invited to call and examine the numerous specimens, whether desirous of sitting or not.

Stock and Apparatus on hand, and for sale at N. York prices.  Instructions given in the art, and Apparatus furnished.

Also for sale, Humphrey’s System of Photography, with all the late improvements in the Daguerreotype process.  Price $2. 

The announcement appeared on March 1, 1850.  The delightful weather of the past week had a tendency to call out the beauty and fashion of our beautiful village; and not a few embraced the opportunity to call at the Daguerrean Rooms of Messrs. Walker & Humphrey, where they left impressions of their smiling faces which even old father Time, the universal destroyer of every thing lovely and adored, cannot efface.

Speaking of Daguerreotypes, we wonder some of our citizens do not obtain views of the many splendid edifices which adorn our village.  The above firm have procured an instrument of the largest kind for that express purpose and have produced several scenes of rare excellence and beauty.

These gentlemen stay in Geneva but a short time longer, and all who wish their services must call soon.

Samuel Lear Walker and Samuel Dwight Humphrey are both listed in other photographic directories they are not however listed together as partners.

N. Tribou

1853                Knapp’s Block, Malone, New York.

1855                Washington Hall, Main Street, Penn Yan, New York.

1855                Address Unknown, Elmira, New York.

N. Tribou was recorded in three advertisements and two announcements.  The first advertisement ran from August 4 to September 15, 1853 in the Frontier Palladium (Malone, New York).   

Daguerreotypes!  The Subscriber having determined on spending a few week in this vicinity, for the benefit of his health, has made choice of Malone as a temporary residence, and has taken rooms in “Knapp’s Block,” for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, Where he would be happy to wait on all who may favor him with their patronage.

He would also take occasion to say that, aided as he is by an experience of nearly nine years, in some of the first establishments of Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and using none but the Best Materials.  He feels no hesitation in saying that the present is an opportunity seldom met with procuring an Accurate And Artistic Picture.

All the newest styles of Plain and Fancy Cases, at the lowest New York Prices.

Persons having had inferior or unsatisfactory pictures taken by inexperienced operators, can have them exchanged at a trifling cost.

Please call and examine for yourselves.

Will positively remain but a few weeks.  N. Tribou. Malone, July 29, 1853.

The second advertisement ran from August 6 to September 27, 1853 in the Franklin Gazette  (Fort Covington, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  The Subscriber having determined on spending a few week in this vicinity, for the benefit of his health, has made choice of Malone as a temporary residence, and has taken rooms in “Knapp’s Block,” for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, Where he would be happy to wait on all who may favor him with their patronage.

He would also take occasion to say that, aided as he is by an experience of nearly nine years, in some of the first establishments of Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and using none but the Best Materials.  He feels no hesitation in saying that the present is an opportunity seldom met with procuring an Accurate And Artistic Picture.

All the newest styles of Plain and Fancy Cases, at the lowest New York Prices.

Persons having had inferior or unsatisfactory pictures taken by inexperienced operators, can have them exchanged at a trifling cost.

Please call and examine for yourselves.  N. Tribou.  Malone, July 29, 1853.

The first announcement appeared in the Franklin Gazette (Fort Covington, New York) on August 13, 1853.  Daguerreotypes For Fifty Cents!  At Tribou’s Rooms, “Knapp’s Block.”

Open for only a short time longer.

The third advertisement ran from June 27 to July 11, 1855 in the Penn Yan Democrat.  (Penn-Yan, New York).  Daguerreotypes For 25 Cents!  At Tribour’s Rooms, Washington Hall, Main St., Penn Yan.  The Subscriber has opened a room at the above place, for the purpose of making Daguerreotypes at prices varying from 25 c’s to Six Dollars—which for accuracy of delineation, ease and gracefulness of position, Truth fullness of expression, harmonious blending of Light and Shade, beauty and durability of finish, and in fact all the requisites of an accurate and artistic picture, he confidently assures the public Cannot Be Surpassed.

An early call is respectfully solicited, as his stay is limited to A Few Weeks.  N. Tribou, Artist.  Penn Yan, June 26, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on August 15, 1855 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  Pass Him.—A daguerrean Artist, by the name of Tribou, who has been sojourning in our village for several weeks, has left for somewhere else, without paying a bill for advertising, amounting to $2, due us.  He advertised to take pictures for 50 cts.  He is a small sized man, with large dark whiskers.  The craft will please give him the benefit of their circulation.—Elmira Gazette.

The same “small sized man, with large dark whiskers,” owed us something like $3, which he wrote to us he would positively pay on the coming Saturday—but, as he absconded the same night, we presume he forgot it.

N. Tribou is not recorded in other photographic directories.

House & Benedict

N. D.                Address Unknown, Elmira, New York.                                                                                      1857                Main Street, over Suydam’s Grocery Store, Penn-Yan, New York.

House & Benedict (Thomas J. B. House & Samuel N. Benedict were recorded in an announcement and advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York).  The announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  Attention is invited to the advertisement of House & Benedict, which may be found in this paper.  They are recently from Elmira, where they had established a reputation as first rate artists.  They take all kinds of pictures—Daguerreotypes Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Cameotypes in superior style.  They have taken the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. McAllaster.

The advertisement ran from June 3 to September 23, 1857.  House & Benedict’s Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Melainotype and Cameotype Rooms.  House & Benedict (formerly of, Elmira) having purchased the Rooms previously occupied by Mrs. McAllaster, over Suydam’s Grocery Store on Main st., Penn Yan, beg leave to call the attention of the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, to the new and Superior Style of Pictures taken by them.  They are now prepared to take Pictures of nearly every kind, such as Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Ambrotype, Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures, etc., which are warranted not to fade.

The Melainotype, or Iron Picture, receives universal commendation by all who have examined their superior qualities. Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., Filled with neatness and dispatch, either with Daguerreotype or Melainotype.  A large variety of Fancy Cases, Frames, &c., constantly on hand, and at Moderate Prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.—Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures taken only at this Gallery.  Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens, whether wishing a Picture or not.  Pictures copied with neatness.  Tho’s J. B. House.   Sam’l N. Benedict.  Penn Yan, May, 1857.

The Partnership of House and Benedict is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Thomas J. B. House is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Penn Yan, New York in 1859, Samuel N. Benedict is not recorded.

Samuel N. Benedict

Samuel N. Benedict is recorded twice in Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York), in the partnership of House & Benedict.  They are first listed in an announcement by the editors of the newspaper and second in an advertisement that ran from June 3 to September 23, 1857.   In the announcement we learn that they came from Elmira, New York. To date no  newspapers from Elmira have been searched.

Attention is invited to the advertisement of House & Benedict, which may be found in this paper.  They are recently from Elmira, where they had established a reputation as first rate artists.  They take all kinds of pictures—Daguerreotypes Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Cameotypes in superior style.  They have taken the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. McAllaster.

House & Benedict’s Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Melainotype and Cameotype Rooms.  House & Benedict (formerly of, Elmira) having purchased the Rooms previously occupied by Mrs. McAllaster, over Suydam’s Grocery Store on Main st., Penn Yan, beg leave to call the attention of the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, to the new and Superior Style of Pictures taken by them.  They are now prepared to take Pictures of nearly every kind, such as Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Ambrotype, Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures, etc., which are warranted not to fade.

The Melainotype, or Iron Picture, receives universal commendation by all who have examined their superior qualities.

Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., Filled with neatness and dispatch, either with Daguerreotype or Melainotype.  A large variety of Fancy Cases, Frames, &c., constantly on hand, and at Moderate Prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.—Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures taken only at this Gallery.  Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens, whether wishing a Picture or not.  Pictures copied with neatness.            Tho’s J. B. House.  Sam’l N. Benedict.

Craig Daguerreian Registry does have an entry for Samuel N. Benedict, and there has been no connection found to suggest a connection to N. Benedict even though there is a possibility they could be the same person.  John does have an entry for T. J. B. House in Penn Yan and Milo, New York in 1859.