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Summers & Tileston

1855                Main Street, over the Marble Depot, opposite Branch Bank, Evansville, Indiana.

1855                Rooms in Dr. Bray’s Building, over the Old Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.   

Summers & Tileston (William W. Tileston) was recorded in six advertisement and three announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana) and one announcement in the New York Daily Tribune.  The first advertisement ran from March 22 to 29, 1855.  The Shadow And The Substance Of A Conversation.  The following Conversation took place at the Court House corner the other day, between Joe Shadow and Tom Substance:

Joe—I say, Tom,, when are you going around to Summers & Tilton’s gallery to have your Daguerreotype taken?

Tom—Well, I don’t know.  I must go soon, for they say that during the pleasant weather they are crowded all the time; and Saunders, of the Journal, say their pictures are about as good as Webster’s own.

Joe—I believe they are.  I saw some fine groups there the other day.  I’m going to have my whole family taken in a group.

Tom—I shall go the first fine day, for their pictures are so fine and lifelike.  I wonder where I can get a fine case-a first rate one.

Joe—Why, get it there they have a splendid new stock in a beautiful showcase, just received and in fine order, and expect to enlarge it soon.  They have now on hand a fine assortment of Gold Lockets, Miniature Pins, Paper Macia, Union, Moroco Gilt, Belt, Kossuth, Velvet and Jewel Cases, of all sorts and sizes, and they invite all to call and examine them whether they want to sit for a picture or not.

Tom—I was not aware the kept so fine a stock always on hand:  I shall go right down this morning.  But then I can’t have it taken this morning and I am sorry, for I may not have tine again for several days.

Joe—Why not go to-day?

Tom—It’s so cloudy: they can’t take pictures such weather as this.  Why, it’s raining now.

Joe—There’s where you are out of it.  It’s altogether a mistaken idea people have got into their heads that Daguerreotypes can’t be taken on bright sunny days.  They say they can take as good pictures in such weather as at any other time.  You see their large skylight makes the light always strong in the room, and if they don’t get you a first rate picture they don’t want you to take it.  They are always willing to try, and are determined not to let a picture leave their rooms that is not perfect.

Tom—Well, I shall go right down this morning, for the rooms are always comfortable, and it is a pleasant place to spend the time this dull weather.  But how is it that they carry on the Sign and Ornamental painting and the Gallery too?  They can’t attend to both, certainly.

Joe—Very easy.  You see the sign and ornamental branch is carried on under the immediate supervision of Mr. Summers, while Mr. Tileston turns his whole attention to the gallery, so that they are always on hand to attend to either branch of the business.

Tom—Well, I like that very much.  I should think they would go together very well.  Meet me at their gallery in half an hour

Joe—I will: good morning.

Tom—Good morning.                                               

The second advertisement ran from March 30 to May 24, 1855.  More About Elections.  Owing to the great excitement about the city election, and deep interest felt in the Prohibitory Law by all the great political parties, we deem it but our duty to say, that Summers & Tileston, having just received a new Camera direct from New York, are now prepared to take pictures in the best style from a small miniature to a large ½ size.  They are also prepared with the best light in the city for copying pictures.  They guarantee that no picture shall receive injury which may be left in their hands for the above purpose.

N. B.—Why is a Dogratyper taking a picture, like a gent sitting to a handsome gal?  Answer to be had by calling ay Summers & Tileston Gallery.  On Main st., opposite Branch Bank, over the Marble Depot.

1855 May 16.  The Evansville Daily Journal.  (Evansville, Indiana) May 16, 1855, Vol. VIII, No. 25, P. 2.

Great Fire!  Nearly $100,000 Worth of Property destroyed.  About half past 3 o’clock yesterday morning a fire was discovered in the rear part of Anderson’s Barber shop, on the upper side of Main street between Water and First, and in a row of small frame houses…Messrs. Summers & Tileston’s Daguerrean Gallery and Paint shop, above the Marble Depot, were destroyed with every article in them.  No Insurance.  Loss probably $300….

The announcement appeared in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York) on May 21, 1855.  Conflagration At Evansville, Indiana.—Below will be found a list of the principal suffers by the fire at Evansville on the 15th:…Summers & Tileston’s daguerreotype gallery were burned.

The third advertisement ran from May 21 to June 25, 1855.  Once More In The Field.  Summer & Tileston, after shaking themselves for a few days from the ashes of the late fire, have fitted up the sky-light rooms over Wm. Hughes’ store; corner of Main and second streets, where they will be happy to see their friends and old customers and the public generally, who wish to preserve the shadow of their friends, “ere the substance fades.”  Thankful for the liberal patronage extended to them for the past three months, they would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same.  Perfect pictures taken at the shortest notice, and entire satisfaction given, or no sale.                                          

The fourth advertisement ran from May 30 to June 29, 1855.  Not Left Town Yet.  Messrs. Summers & Tileston would respectfully inform their old friends and customers, and the public generally, that they have suspended their Daguerrean operations for a short time, for the purpose of fitting up rooms in Dr. Bray’s building, over the old post office.  Workmen are now busily engaged in putting up a mammoth sky light, etc., and in a few days we shall be better prepared for taking fine pictures than ever.                      

The fifth advertisement ran from June 9 to 25, 1855.  Poetry For The Million.

Summers & Tileston are the persons,

You’ll please to find them out;

There rooms are opposite the post office

Or somewhere thereabout.

They have a mammoth sky-light,

The largest in the city,

The only light adapted

For taking pictures pretty.

They take miniatures for lockets,

For breastpins and for rings,

Take copies from daguerreotypes,

Also from oil paintings.

Their pictures are uniformly low.

Their pictures hard to beat;

So pray, call at their gallery

And see there’s no deceit.

For life you know, is uncertain,

And death is very sure,

Therefore, ere the substance fades.

The shadow you should secure.

The second announcement appeared on June 13, 1855.  Once more In The Field.—Messrs. Summers & Tileston, as our readers know, were burned out by the late fire, and lost everything they had in their rooms, and nothing insured.  Although thus deprived of almost everything but their energy, they did not “give it up so,” but at once set to work preparing new and far superior rooms to those they formerly occupied.  They are now located in Dr. Bray’s building opposite the Post office, in the most central part of the city, and very convenient to the ladies.—They have fitted up their rooms very neatly and are now prepared to take likenesses all kinds of weather, in the best style, and at low prices.  We hope they will receive an extensive patronage in view of their late losses, renewed expenses, and more particularly because they take just as good Daguerreotype likenesses as are made in the West.

The third announcement appeared on June 23, 1855.  The Sun Beam.—This is the name given to Summers & Tileston’s new Daguerrean Gallery. By a lady.  They have accepted the compliment, and “The Sun Beam Gallery” will soon be known as the place to obtain good likenesses.  The proprietors have reduced their prices, and are now making some of the best Daguerreotypes ever taken in this city.  Call and see their new rooms and specimens.

The sixth advertisement ran from June 23 to October 18, 1855.  New Gallery, New Name, And New Prices!  The Sun Beam Gallery!  Messrs. Summers & Tileston have now fully completed their Daguerrean Rooms in Dr. M. J. Bray’s buildings, on First street, opposite the post office, and are now ready to receive visitors and to take pictures in the latest and most approved style.  Having fitted up our rooms with the eye to comfort, they are neat, cool and airy, while we have a mammoth sky-light, which enables us to take picture that will compare favorably with any in the West.—Therefore we feel confident of giving perfect satisfaction in all cases, which we guarantee, or no sale.  Please call and see us at the Western Sun Beam.

N. B.—Pictures taken for one dollars.                                              

The fourth announcement appeared on September 27, 1855.  Dissolution Notice.  The co-partnership heretofore existing between Summers & Tileston is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be continued by W. W. Tileston, who is authorized to settle the business of the late firm.

A Card.  The undersigned would take this method of returning his sincere thanks to the public for the liberal patronage extended to the late firm, and hopes that by giving his personal attention exclusively to the business to merit a continuance of the same.  W. W. Tileston.

Summers & Tileston are not recorded in other photographic directories.  William W. Tileston is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1858 to 1861 in Evansville, Indiana.

F. M. Slater

1858                Sixth Street, Near Chestnut, Evansville, Indiana.

F. M. Slater was recorded in three announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on February 25, 1858.  We learn that the Ambrotype Car of F. M. Slater on Sixth street near Chestnut is crowded daily with visitors.  We also hear that Mr. Slater is making pictures 25 percent lower than any artist in town.

The second announcement appeared on March 3, 1858.  Ambrotypes for 50 cents at Slater’s Car on Sixth street near Chestnut.

The third announcement appeared on April 29, 1858.  A great Battle with the Mormons.  On the 26th of this month Slater’s Ambrotype Car will be moved to the upper part of the city.  Those who wish to get pictures while the car is still on Sixth street, will please call soon.  Pictures for fifty cents.

F. M. Slater is not recorded in other photographic directories.

James Thomas Poindexter

1852-1853                   Foster’s Building, Corner of Main and First Street, Evansville, Indiana.

(James) Thomas Poindexter was recorded in six announcements and two advertisements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  He was also recorded in an on line article in 2012 for the Evansville-Museum-Exhibition and an entry in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In American 1584 to 1860.  The first announcement appeared on August 4, 1852. Mr. Poindexter, a portrait painter of much merit, has just arrived here from the South.  We hope he may be induced to remain among us for a time.  The Daguerreotype business has had the effect to drive all inferior portrait painters to some other business, while good artist alone are left, and they appear to be well patronized.  A well painted portrait cannot be excelled by any Daguerreotype, and it has the advantage of correct coloring to make it a more life-like work of art.  We hope sufficient inducements will be offered Mr. P. to urge him to stay here awhile, and leave with us some of the works of his skill.

The second announcement appeared on August 7, 1852.  Portrait Painting.—We take pleasure in calling attention to Mr. Poindexter’s advertisement of Portrait Painting.  The portrait of a citizen he has just painted, appears to us, who are no judge of such work, to be a at least a triumph so far as the likeness is concerned.  Mr. P. intends remaining here but a short time, and as we have had no professional portrait painter among us for a long time, it might be well for citizens to take advantage of the occasion.  A good portrait is a pleasing possession for any one, and an invaluable “relic of the past” when years have winged themselves into eternity.

The third announcement appeared on August 7, 1852.  Portrait Painting, T. Poindexter, Portrait Painter, has taken the rooms in Foster’s building, at head of stairs, where he would be pleased to have citizens call and examine his specimens of painting.  He intends remaining in Evansville but a short time, and would request those desirous of having their portraits painted to call soon.  He promises to give satisfaction, and only asks patronage as he may deserve it.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 27, 1852.  Mr. Poindexter, Portrait Painter, has been taking some excellent Portraits.  Mr. P. is not only capable of taking correct likenesses, as fine as we ever saw, but his pictures are good as works of art.  They are not surpassed as paintings, by the works of those artists who are considered the best portrait painters of the West, we defy any painter to make better likenesses.  Our citizens have been patronizing Daguerreotypist very freely, but one of Poindexter’s portraits are worth fifty Daguerreotypes—while to patronize him is to aid an artist, who has devoted a lifetime to his profession.

The fifth announcement appeared on April 20, 1853.  Mr. Poindexter, has opened a Daguerrean Gallery in Foster’s building, which he will carry on in connection with his portrait painting.  Mr. P. already established a good reputation in our city as a Portrait Painter, and his specimens in the Daguerrean art, will compare favorably with any ever taken here.  Mr. Poindexter has taken up his residence in our city, and designs establishing a permanent business in Picture and Portrait making.  We wish him great success, and hope our citizens will give him that generous support of which he has proven himself worthy.

The first advertisement ran from April 20 to December 7, 1853.  Daguerreotypes!  The subscriber respectfully informs the public generally that he has resumed the above business with which he has long been familiarly acquainted, and designs establishing permanent Daguerrean gallery in Evansville in Foster’s buildings, corner of Main and First street, where he hopes to receive the frequent visits of ladies and gentlemen which it shall be his earnest endeavor to merit; and he expects to be permanent, he depends more upon exhibitions of his proficiency and skill than noisy humbug of words for success.

His reputation as a portrait painter is too well established in Evansville and elsewhere to need remark further than that he will be happy to accommodate any desiring his services in that branch of art.  Thos. Poindexter.

The sixth advertisement appeared on July 24, 1856.  Hall Of Evansville Lodge, No. 64, A. Y. M. July 21, 1856.  At a called meeting of Evansville Lodge…By order of the Lodge Committee A. H. Sanders. Thos. Poindexter, Osborne Reilly.

The second advertisement ran from September 21v to November 23, 1857.  At Home.  Having returned to remain but a short time, the subscriber would respectfully invite those who may desire his artistic services to make it known without delay, as he has calls abroad that should not be neglected.  A good likeness warranted, either from life or a good Daguerrean or Ambrotype picture.  Studio first floor above and entrance through the store of A. C. Pushee.  See Specimens.  Thos. Poindexter.

1957.  The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists in America 1564–1860, P. 509.  Poindexter, James Thomas (1832-1891).  Portrait painter.  Born June 6, 1832 in Christian County (Ky.)  H was painting portraits in Evansville, (Ind) as early as 1852.  During the Civil War he was a telegraph operator.  He died June 10, 1891…

2012 August 23.  http://www.courierpress.com/features/evansville-museum-exhibition-celebrates-19th-century-portrait-painters-work-ep-444109151-324677591.html.

A single line in the Aug. 4, 1852, issue of the Evansville Daily Journal simply announced, “Poindexter, a portrait painter has come to town.”

James Thomas Poindexter, 23, was a Hopkinsville, Ky., native with little or no formal art training, but with a desire to make his living as a professional painter. He went on to become one of the most important portrait artists of the region.

His own work, which will be featured in an Evansville Museum show opening Sept. 2, reflected portraiture at the time, often done by traveling painters who moved from town to town brushing portraits and painting business signs for fees or, sometimes, food and lodging.

Poindexter married and settled in Evansville where, in addition to painting, he took up daguerreotype portrait photography.

He left during the Civil War to serve as a telegraph operator for the Army of the Confederacy, and worked painting portraits in Louisiana and Mississippi before returning to Evansville in 1871. His name appeared in city records until 1882. He died in Eddyville, Ky., nine years later.

Hanna Ganote, a New Albany, Ind., native who graduated from the University of Evansville this year, helped put together the Evansville Museum’s exhibition, which draws from the museum’s own collection of a dozen Poindexters, as well as portraits on loan from museums and libraries in Evansville and New Harmony, Ind., and in Louisville, Ky.

The show will hang through Nov. 25 in the Main Gallery, and may be seen online as a virtual exhibition on http://www.emuseum.org.

James Thomas Poindexter is not listed in other photographic directories.  He is like some other portrait painters during the daguerreian era who either dabbled for a time making daguerreotype images, used daguerreotypes in their portrait painting, or became daguerreotypist/photographers.

J. Moss

1849                Main Street, over Kollenberg’s Confectionary Store, Evansville, Indiana.

J. Moss was recorded in an advertisement that ran from November 16 to December 13, 1849 in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  Portraits As Natural As Life!  Mr. J. Moss, respectfully solicits the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Evansville and vicinity to his beautiful Daguerreotype Portraits, which may be seen at his room on Main st., over Kollenberg’s confectionary store.  Having procured one of the best German instruments, and being familiar with all the improvements in the mode of operating, he is enabled to take Likenesses, which, for durability of impression, surprising accuracy and beauty, and Life-like expression cannot be surpassed.  He keeps constantly on hand a great variety of cases Plain and Fancy.  Ladies and gentlemen are anxiously invited to call and examine his numerous specimens taken by this truly wonderful art.  No charge for visitors.  Pictures can be taken in clear or cloudy weather.  All those who wish to get a good Likeness should call soon, as he will remain only while business favors him.  Thorough instructions given in the art in all its branches.  Terms always reasonable.  Mr. Moss may be found at all times at his room or the Sherwood House.

N. B. Dark dresses take more beautiful than light.

J. Moss is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1856                Rooms Washington Fire Co.’s Hall, over Elliott’s Saddlery, Evansville, Indiana.

Merritt was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement as Merritt and Company in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first advertisement ran from October 30 to November 8, 1856.  Daguerreotypes For Fifty Cents, In Case Complete, by the New York Daguerreotype Company.  Rooms, Washington Fire Co.’s Hall, over Elliott’s Saddlery.  Pictures as good for Fifty Cents as can be had elsewhere for $150.  Pictures set in Rings, Lockets, &c., at the proportionately low prices.  Family Groups and all sizes and styles.  Merritt & Co.

The announcement appeared on October 31, 1856.  If you want a cheap Daguerreotype taken in good style, call at the Washington Fire Company’s Hall, on Main street.  Only fifty cents.

The second advertisement ran from December 9 to 29, 1856.  Daguerreotypes For 50 Cents.  In consequence of the immense success, of the New-York Daguerreotype Co. in this city, they will continue open until further notice.  Daguerreotypes as usual for 50 cents, complete in a neat Morocco case, and warranted large size Family Troupe Pictures, set in Pins Lockets &c., at proportionately low prices.  Rooms in Washington Hall, over Elliott’s Saddlery, Main street. Merritt & Co.

Merritt is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1853                Room Under Foster Hall, Evansville, Indiana.

McDonald was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 23 to May 12, 1853.  In The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  McDonald & Co.’s National Daguerrean Gallery.  Messrs. McDonald & Co would respectfully inform the citizens of Evansville and vicinity, that they have taken the room formerly occupied by Mr. Webster, for the purpose of establishing a permanent gallery in this city.  Mr. McDonald has had long experience in the business, both in New York and Louisville.

Call and examine specimens!  Pictures inserted in Pins, Rings, and Lockets, instructions given in the art on reasonable terms and instruments &c. &c. furnished.

McDonald is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Evansville, Indiana.

J. M. McCluer & Son

1852                Room Under Foster Hall, Evansville, Indiana.

J. M. McCluer & Son were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana). The announcement ran on November 10, 1852.

Daguerreotypes.—By Advertisement, it will be seen that Messrs. J. M. McCluer & Son have established a Daguerreotype Gallery at the room under Foster Hall, occupied by Mr. Webster formerly.  They are now prepared to receive visitors, and will undoubtedly given satisfaction.

The advertisement ran from November 10 to 25, 1852.  Photographic, Or Daguerreotype Miniatures.  J. M. McCluer & Son would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity, that they have taken the room formerly occupied by Webster’s Gallery, for the purpose of remaining a few days, where they would be pleased to exhibit specimens in this beautiful art.  They flatter themselves that their specimens will compare with any-being in possession of all the recent improvements of Hill and others.  Pictures taken with or without color, single or in groups.

Landscapes, copies of residences, miniatures, or portraits, copied with neatness and upon the shortest possible notice.  Invalids waited on at their residences.  They have the finest set of cases, frames, &c., ever exhibited in this place, together with every thing to make true and perfect likenesses.  J. M. McCluer & Son.

J. M. McCluer & Son are not recorded in other photographic directories.


L. S. Lipman

1851-1852       Water Street, over the Insurance Office, Evansville, Indiana.

L. S. Lipman was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 8, 1851 to June 15, 1852 in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).                                                               Dobyns & Co.’s Daguerreotype Galleries.                                                                                                        No. 489 Main Street, Louisville, Ky.                                                                                                                   No. 1 Fowlke’s Row, Memphis, Tenn.                                                                                                               Nos. 6 & 23 Camp Street, New Orleans.                                                                                                           Corner 4th and Chestnut sts, St. Louis, Mo.

J. T. Yearout & L. S. Lipman, of the above firm would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Evansville and the public generally, that they have taken Rooms on Water st., over Insurance office, and that they are permanently located at Evansville, in the Daguerrean Rooms formerly occupied by Gove & Widney, where one of them may be found at all hours of the day, ready and prepared to take Likenesses of all sizes and descriptions, to exhibit specimens of their work, sell stock, give instruction in the art and wait upon all who may favor them with a call.

N. B.—All work done by them will be warranted to give perfect satisfaction or no charge made.  Constantly on hand a full supply of Daguerreotype Stock for sale.  The above rooms are now furnished and open.  All are invited to call and examine for themselves.

L. S. Lipman is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active 1859-1861 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

H. H. Kelsey

1854                Address Unknown, Evansville, Indiana.

H. H. Kelsey was recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 18 to 30, 1854. In The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  Come Right Along!  All those who wish to have their Daguerreotype taken by H. H. Kelsey, will please call soon, as by the present arrangements he will deliver his Rooms into other hands by the first of June.  Don’t delay, for this will be your last opportunity.

H. H. Kelsey is not listed in other photographic directories.

A. Fithian

1848                Rooms at the Exchange Hotel, Evansville. Indiana.

A. Fithian is recorded in an advertisement that ran from May 1 to 19, 1848 in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana). Daguerreotype Notice. A. Fithian has returned to this city to remain two weeks longer; and would inform those persons who wish miniatures to give him an early call, as other engagements will prevent his remaining beyond that period.  My room is now open for the reception of visitors at the Exchange Hotel.

A. Fithian is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Evansville, Indiana. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list Adoniram (Adoriram) Fithian in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1846-1860.