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Albert M. McKenney

1848                7 Batchelder’s Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

1852-1855       86 Factory Island, Opposite the Post Office, Saco, Maine.

1853                Address Unknown, Biddeford, Maine.

1855                163 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1856-1857       130 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1858-1860       122 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.[1]

1861-1864       122 Middle Street, Portland, Maine

1864                284 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Albert M. McKenney was recorded in five announcements and sixteen advertisements in four different newspapers. He was in the partnership of Macomber & McKenney; S. T. & A. M. McKenney; McKenney & Scribner; and by himself.  The first announcement appeared on  October 31, 1848 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  From the Union.  Show and Fair.  York County Agricultural Society.  We proceed to fulfil our promise made last week to give an extended account of the Show and Fair held here, Oct. 11th & 12th.  In order to get the proceedings into a reasonable space, it will be necessary to omit so much of the reports of the adjudging Committees as are merely formal, giving in such cases, the list of premiums awarded, only…

Miscellaneous Articles…Macomber & McKenney, Saco, specimens of daguerreotypes, $2.00

The second announcement appeared on October 31,1848 in the Maine Democrat.  From the Union.  Observations Taken At The Fair.  …Messrs. Macomber & McKenney of our place, presented some excellent daguerreotype likenesses, to which we are bound to pay our especial regards, our own likeness, a complete counterpart of ourself, having been elevated to the high dignity of being criticized and passed upon by a competent committee, with the view of awarding to the artist, if deserved, the tribute due to skill.  We are happy to see by the list that the lot, with the editors thrown in, obtained a gratuity of $1.50.

The first advertisement ran from May 11 to July 13, 1852 in the Maine Democrat.  Portable Daguerrian Saloon!!  Mr. A. M. McKenney, Respectfully announces to his friends and the public, in the vicinity of Saco, that he has arrived in this place with his Portable Daguerrian Saloon, And will remain a few weeks.  It is now on Factory Island, Saco.

He would say to them, he is an old and experienced hand at the business, and keeps up with the times by obtaining all of the Latest Improvements in the Art, and by the aid of his Splendid Saloon, which he has built at great expense, expressly for the business, with a large top light, he feels confident he can furnish those who favor him with a call, with as good or better miniatures that any other operator. 

Perfect and durable likenesses, with or without colors, single, or in groups from two to twenty.  Copies taken from other Daguerreotypes, Portraits, Engravings, Paintings, &c.  Sick Persons taken at their residences.  Particular attention paid to taking Corpses.

Plated and Gold Lockets from $1 to $15.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Terms Reasonable. 

N. B.—I would correct an idea which is prevalent, that Miniatures cannot be taken as well in cloudy weather as clear.  I will take as good a Miniature when it rains or snows, as when perfectly clear.  Saco.

The second advertisement ran from February 8 to May 10, 1853in the Maine Democrat. Not Premium Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber, grateful for the liberal patronage bestowed upon him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford and vicinity, and induced thereby to establish himself permanently in Saco, has the pleasure of informing them that he has purchased the rooms and fixtures of A. H. Beal, recently fitted up on Factory Island, Saco, opposite the Post Office.

The rooms are new, and with the best of Apparatus are inferior to none in the state.

He would say to the public that he commenced the Daguerreian business in its infancy, and has been in the business longer than any other Artist in the County, having made it his constant study for ten years, and devoted much of that time to experimenting in the Art.  He also has a chemical peculiar to himself, and superior to all others, he feels confident he can make a Better picture than any other Artist in this vicinity.

Not wishing, however, the public to rely on his word alone he would be pleased to have ladies and gentlemen visit his rooms and judge for themselves, as he has no intention of deceiving by offering to Wager five hundred dollars that he can take a better miniature than any other Artist.

I have been in Saco and Biddeford, operating in my saloon, about seven months, and in that time have made about 1,000 miniatures, and should have no fears in submitting them to the test of comparison with pictures made by other Artist, not excepting Premium Pictures.

My rooms will be open for visitors all hours of the day.  A Lady will be in attendance in the receiving room to wait upon ladies who favor us with a call.  One and all are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and sit for pictures, perfect satisfaction guaranteed or no charge made.

I have a large and beautiful assortment of cases, frames, and lockets.  Miniatures taken in all styles, singly or in groups, and in all kinds of weather, equally as good in stormy as in pleasant weather, and at prices that cannot fail to suit.

All kinds of copying done at short notice and in the best manner.

Miniatures taken of sick persons and corpses, at their residences.

Particular Attention Paid To Taking Likenesses Of Children.  A. M. McKenney.

N. B.  I wish to have it distinctly understood by all that I am not connected with any other rooms in Saco or Biddeford.  Be sure to call at A. M. McKenney’s rooms, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, if you wish a perfect likeness.

Copartnership Notice.  The subscribers have entered into a copartnership this day, under the firm name of S. T. & A. M. McKenney, for the purpose of carrying on the Daguerreotype business.  Their place of business is on Factory Island, Opposite the Post Office, Saco, where they will be happy to see all those in want of Portraits.  A. M. McKenney, S. T. McKenney.  Saco, Feb. 4, 1853.

The third advertisement ran from June 14 to October 25, 1853 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  A New Whole Size German Camera.  The only one in the County of York.  Messrs. S. T. & A. M. McKenney would inform the citizens of Saco, Biddeford and vicinity, that they have recently purchased a Whole Size German Camera, for the purpose of making Large Miniatures & for Grouping.

It is double the capacity and more than twice the power of those we have been using.  We can now furnish our customers with as nice a miniature as can be obtained in Boston or elsewhere.  We have also made large addition to our Cases And Frames.  We have the most splendid assortment ever offered in this vicinity.  Please give us a call and examine for yourselves.

Don’t forget the place, S. T. & A. M. McKenney, No. 86, Factory Island, opposite the Post Office, Saco.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 25 to November 8, 1853 in the Maine Democrat. 

Dissolution Of Copartnership.  The Copartnership heretofore existing between S. T. & A. M. McKenney, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  S. T. McKenney, A. M. McKenney

The fifth advertisement ran from October 25, 1853 to April 4, 1854 in the Maine Democrat. 

Albert M. McKenney, One of the most experienced Artists in the State, will continue to make Good Daguerreotypes at the old stand, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, Opposite the Post Office.

He returns his most sincere thanks for the liberal patronage bestowed on him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same, feeling confident of his ability to take a better Miniature than any other Artist in York County, notwithstanding Bragging Circulars, Chlorine Gas, Advertisements, or Premium Pictures.

I have every facility for taking good Pictures, equal to any other Artist, and have recently obtained some very important improvements in the art, (which are unknown to other Artists in this vicinity.)  Likenesses executed in all styles, Singly, or in Groups, large or small.  Also, several entirely new styles, specimens of which can be seen by calling at my Rooms.  I respectfully invite all to call and examine them.  Perfect satisfaction guaranteed, or no charge made.  Pictures copied in an entirely new and superior manner.  A large assortment of Frames, Cases, and Lockets constantly on hand.  Pictures sold as cheap as at any other place in Saco or Biddeford.

N. B.  No. 86 Factory Island, is the only place “bearing the name of McKenney,” that I am concerned in. 

The sixth advertisement ran from February 3 to April 7, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal  (Biddeford, Maine).  Albert M. McKenney, One of the most experienced Artists in the State, will continue to make Good Daguerreotypes at the old stand, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, opposite the P. O.  He returns his most sincere thanks for the liberal patronage bestowed on him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same, feeling confident of his ability to take a Better Miniature than any other Artist in York County, not without standing Bragging Circulars, Chlorine Gas, Advertisements, or Premium Pictures.

I have every facility for taking good Pictures, equal to any other Artist and have recently obtained some very important improvements in the art, (which are unknown to other Artists in this vicinity.)  Likenesses executed in all styles, singly, or in groups, large or small.  Also, several entirely new styles, specimens of which can be seen by calling at my Rooms.  I respectfully invite all to call and examine them.  Perfect satisfaction guaranteed, or no charge made.  Pictures copied in an entirely new and superior manner.  A large assortment of Frames, Cases, and Lockets constantly on hand.  Pictures sold as cheap as at at any other place in Saco, or Biddeford.

N. B. No. 86 Factory Island, is the only place “bearing the name of McKenney,” That I am concerned in.

The third announcement appeared on April 7, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Please notice the advertisement of A. M. McKenney, Daguerrean, Factory Island, Saco.  He has some very fine specimens of Stereoscopic Pictures, a new style, which are executed in the highest style of the art.

The seventh advertisement ran from April 7 to June 16, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal. 

Stereoscopic Pictures!—Made At—A. M. McKenney’s Daguerrian Rooms!! No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.

This style of Daguerreotype, which is entirely new and very beautiful, can be obtained at no other place in York County.  By this process, two pictures are taken at the same time, of the same person, and when finished, blend together as one, which is magnified to the size of life.

Every kind of Daguerreotype executed in a superior manner.  Copying done at short notice in any kind of weather.  A large assortment of cases, frames and lockets constantly on hand, for sale as cheap as by any other Artist in this vicinity.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine some fine specimens of the Stereoscopic Pictures.

The eighth advertisement ran from April 11 to August 22, 1854 in the Maine Democrat.  Stereoscopic Pictures!—Made At—A. M. McKenney’s Daguerreian Rooms!!  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, This style of Daguerreotypes, which is entirely new and very beautiful, can be obtained at no other place in York County.  By this process, two pictures are taken at the same time, of the same person, and when finished, blend together as one, which is magnified to the size of life.

Every kind of Daguerreotype executed in a superior manner.  Copying done at short notice in any kind of weather.  A large assortment of cases, frames and lockets constantly on hand, for sale as cheap as by any other Artist in this vicinity.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine some fine specimens of the Stereoscopic Pictures.

The ninth advertisement ran from August 29 to December 26, 1854 in the Maine Democrat.  The Best Place—to get a—Daguerreotype Is At A. M. McKenney’s No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.

The tenth advertisement ran from January 2 to October 9, 1855 in the Maine Democrat.  (Saco, Maine.)  January 2, 1855, Vol. XXVI, No. 22, P. 3.

Latest News, From The Saco Daguerreian Gallery, No. 86 Factory Island.  A. M. McKenney makes better Miniatures than any other Artist in this vicinity, and at prices to suit all, from Fifty Cents up-wards.  He has better facilities for making them than any other Artist in this County, (although Brother Artists make false statements to mislead the Public.  All are invited to call, and he will show them a Patent Machine for polishing plates, equal to any in the United States.

Remember the place, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  Where will be found a largen assortment of Cases, Lockets; Pins &c., &c., Constantly On Hand.

The eleventh advertisement ran from January 10 to October 26, 1855 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Latest News, From The Saco Daguerreian Gallery, No. 86 Factory Island.  A. M. McKenney makes better Miniatures than any other Artist in this vicinity, and at prices to suit all, from Fifty Cents up-wards.  He has better facilities for making them than any other Artist in this County, (although Brother Artists make false statements to mislead the Public.  All are invited to call, and he will show them a Patent Machine for polishing plates, equal to any in the United States.

Remember the place, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  Where will be found a largen assortment of Cases, Lockets; Pins &c., &c., Constantly On Hand.

The twelfth advertisement ran from August 28 & September 11, 1855 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine).  Ambrotypes, Pictures Taken On Glass. At R. Adams & Co., No. 163 Middle Street…Portland.  These Pictures differ essentially from the Daguerreotype, as they can be seen at any angle, are not reversed, will not corrode or change by time, are as permanent as the glass on which they are made, and will retain their brilliancy for ages.

Letters Patent have been obtained for the United States, Great Britain and France, by Mr. Cutting, the Inventor.

R. Adams & Co. have the exclusive right for making these Pictures in this city.  A. M. McKenney.  Rufus Adams.

The thirteenth advertisement ran from October 19 to November 16, 1855 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Ambrotypes.  Pictures On Glass By A. M. McKenney & Co.  The Ambrotype is one of the greatest improvements achieved in modern photography since the first discovery by Daguerre.  The picture is taken on fine plate glass and united to a corresponding one by an indestructible cement thus securing it in solid glass, as permanent as the silix itself.  The picture is not reversed, has none of the dazzling reflection of the Daguerreotype, is bold and clear in effect and unsurpassed in beauty and finish.  The Ambrotype May be set in monuments, carried to sea or otherwise exposed to weather, in any climate, and will resist the action of the elements and its brilliancy for ages.  They can be seen in any light as well as engravings, and hence are very suitable for large pictures to be hung in frames.  Daguerreotypes can be copied in this permanent style and enlarged to any size.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at our rooms.  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  A. M. McKenny.  A. H. Scribner.

The fourteenth advertisement ran from October 23 to November 13, 1855 in the Maine Democrat.  Ambrotypes.  Pictures On Glass By A. M. McKenney & Co.  The Ambrotype is one of the greatest improvements achieved in modern photography since the first discovery by Daguerre.  The picture is taken on fine plate glass and united to a corresponding one by an indestructible cement thus securing it in solid glass, as permanent as the silix itself.  The picture is not reversed, has none of the dazzling reflection of the Daguerreotype, is bold and clear in effect and unsurpassed in beauty and finish.  The Ambrotype May be set in monuments, carried to sea or otherwise exposed to weather, in any climate, and will resist the action of the elements and its brilliancy for ages.  They can be seen in any light as well as engravings, and hence are very suitable for large pictures to be hung in frames.  Daguerreotypes can be copied in this permanent style and enlarged to any size.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at our rooms.  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  A. M. McKenny.  A. H. Scribner.

The fifteenth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to October 21, 1856 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Notice Photographic.  Having secured the services of that old campaigner in the Daguerreotype business, and oldest Ambrotypist in the State, A. M. McKenney, Esq., I am now able to give more of my personal attention to the production of first rate Photographs Pictures from Life, or Copies of Daguerreotypes, executed at short notice.  J. W. C. Morrison, 130 Middle Street.

The sixteen advertisement ran thirteen times between October 12, 1858 to January 25, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Photographs.  Wonderful Discovery!!  I am prepared to execute Photographs By An Entirely New Process, In A Style Never excelled in this Country.  When finished they resemble a Fine Steel Engraving, Though Far Superior!

Life Size Photographs, In Oil, Water Colors and India Ink.  Photographs of any desired size. 

Copies from old Daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes.

Particular attention paid to Ambrotyping, and all work warranted.

Notice the Sigh of the Big Picture f Daguerre!  122 Middle street, Come And Be Convinced.  A. M. McKenney. 

The fourth announcement appeared on March 8, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Photographs Of The Police.—We have seen at our Police Station some fine photographic likenesses by McKenny and by Burnham of the members of the police department of our city government.  Those by Barnham are taken on two sheets, sitting and standing in a group.  Those by McKenny are taken separately half-length.—They are admirably executed, and being glassed and framed, present an appropriate ornament to the room.  The arrangement of the photographs in the frame is very tasteful.  The Marshal occupies the centre position flanked by his deputies, while the members are arranged around in an elliptical (Sic. form.  By the way, a more efficient and gentlemanly set of men it would be hard to find than those constituting our police force.

The fifth announcement appeared on May 10, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Court House.—As this old structure is about to be demolished, those who may wish to keep alive the association and memories connected with it, had better procure a photographic image of it.  An excellent one has just been taken by Mr. A. M. McKenney, and copies can be procured at his rooms, 122 Middle street.

Albert M. McKenney is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Saco, Maine in 1855 and in Portland, Maine from 1858-1860.  I have not included advertisements after 1860 because the research is incomplete.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Horatio N. Macomber

1846-1848       7 Batchelder’s Block, Saco, Maine.

1848                Address Unknown, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1848-1849       Scammon’s Building, Saco, Maine.

1849                Sweeter’s Building, Biddeford, Maine.[1]

1850 Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

Horatio N. Macomber was recorded in eleven advertisements and four announcements in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  The first advertisement ran from December 1, 1846 to April 27, 1847.  Improvement Is The Order Of The Day.  Macomber & Co., Successor To L. Aldrich, Would invite all persons interested in procuring Daguerreotype Likenesses of themselves or friends, copies from portraits, miniatures, paintings, engravings, or statuary, &c., to call at Batchelder’s Block, No. 7, Up Stairs, and examine our specimens.  Our arrangements are such that we take miniatures of children of any age, and diseased persons at their residences.

Having obtained the late improvements in the art by Hough & Co., of Providence, R. I., which enables him to warrant in every case a perfect likeness, as strongly brought out as the finest painting or engraving.  Prices much lower than ever before offered in Saco.  Miniatures put up in the best manner and warranted not to fade or spot, in gold & plated lockets, pins, cases or frames.

They will also attend to give instruction in the art, and keep for sale gold and plated Lockets and Pins.  Also, Plates, Cases, Frames, and Chemicals.

Picture Gallery open from 8½ A. M., to 9 P. M.

Miniatures put up in Satin Cases for $1.50.  Lockets and Frames at corresponding prices.

The second advertisement ran from December 1, 1846 to April 27, 1847.  H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent. less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The third advertisement ran from April 27 to June 8, 1847.  Truly Wonderful Discoveries!  Heliographic Drawings!! H. N. Macomber & Co., Have the pleasure of announcing to all persons interested in the progress of the true and beautiful in art, that they have just received a new and beautiful German Apparatus.  Also, with much difficulty and great expense, obtained the newly discovered German Process, for taking the Heliographic or Photogenic Miniatures.

Those who have been pleased with imperfect productions of the old Daguerreotype System, will be perfectly delighted at the wonderful results of the new process; it is impossible to describe the almost incredible beauty and brilliancy of the new productions.

Those who have the old, dark and rough Daguerreotypes, can for $1.00, exchange them for a bright and splendid Heliographic; which will be much more natural, and will not fade.  The new mode requires much less time, and operates in all weather.

Children, by sitting eight seconds, can have a perfect Likeness.  Our arrangements are such that we can take Miniatures of deceased persons at their residences.

Miniatures put up in the best manner, and warranted not to fade or spot, for $2.00.  Miniatures put up in Gold and Plated Lockets, Pins, or Frames at corresponding prices.

Old operators can have the new process on reasonable terms.

Be it remembered that Macomber & Co., is the first in the State of Maine, who has the new mode of operation.

Picture Gallery open from half past 8 A. M., to 9 P. M.  Therefore, all persons interested in procuring Likenesses of themselves or friends, Copies from Portraits, Miniatures, Paintings, Engravings or Statuary, &c., are invited to call at No. 7 Batchelder’s New Block, Up Stairs.  Saco, April 22, 1847.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 8, 1857 to February 8, 1848.  H. N. Macomber & Co., Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, No. 7 Batchelder Block, Up Stairs, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.  Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without Colors, in a Superior Style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.

The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  H. N. Macomber, T. P. Cressey.

H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above Rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The first announcement appeared on November 9, 1847. Mr. Macomber, in the new block upon the island, is taking the best Daguerreotype likenesses to be seen in town.

The fifth advertisement appeared on February 29, 1848.  H. N. Macomber & Co., Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, No. 7 Batchelder Block, Up Stairs, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.  Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without Colors, in a Superior Style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.

The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  H. N. Macomber.

H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above Rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The sixth advertisement ran from March 7 to June 13, 1848.  Daguerreotype!  Ladies and Gentlemen in want of Miniature Likenesses are respectfully informed that Macomber & Co. Have made great improvements in their rooms, and arranged their light in such a manner, with the aid of s first rate German apparatus, that they are prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, unrivalled for depth of tone, and softness of light and shade, while they display all the artistic arrangement of the highest effort of the painter.  Remember that delays are dangerous, therefore take the first opportunity that shall present to secure one two or more of these mementos of life, which under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends, no price can purchase.

M. & Co. take this opportunity to return their most sincere thanks to the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, for the Preference conferred upon their establishment since they have been in business at Saco.  They also wish to have it perfectly understood that they will take As Good, True and Perfect a Likeness As can be taken in this place or vicinity, and warrant the same not to fade or spot, put up in the best velvet cases, for one dollar and fifty cents.  Citizens or strangers visiting our rooms, can have their miniature likenesses taken in this unique style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Cases or Frames, in a few minutes.

The Public are respectfully invited to visit our rooms, and examine specimens not bought or borrowed of Portland artists, but taken by ourselves, and then judge of our ability to fulfil our promises-and not be duped by any individual boasting of the superiority of his likenesses because he charges more that we do.

We say again, We Will Not Be Beat.  N. B.  Persons sitting for their likenesses at our rooms can have the same retaken in one week, if no satisfactory to themselves or friends, without charge.

Macomber & Co. Batchelder Block, Factory Island, Saco, No. 7, up Stairs

The second announcement appeared on May 23, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.—Following the crowd, one day last week, we found ourself in the Daguerreotype Rooms of Macomber & Co., where, after due preparation, Mr. Frink took a copy of our phiz. As like to the original as like can be.  On looking about his room, we found ourself in the mist of many familiar faces of our townsmen, who have made a visit there and left their shadows behind, to grace the portrait gallery.  Mr. Frink is one of the most accomplished artists to be found in the business.—The operations of this firm are very extensive.—They have a room in Portsmouth, N. H., where Mr. Macomber is now operating.  Some of his likenesses taken there, exceed any thing of the kind we have seen, for distinctness of outline and vividness of expression.  Reader, you cannot do your friends a greater favor than to obtain for them likenesses from this celebrated Room.

The seventh advertisement ran from June 27, 1848 to January 2, 1849.  Removal.  H. N. Macomber, Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and vicinity, that having sold out his room in Batchelder Block, Factory Island, he has removed to rooms in Scammon’s Building, Over Charles Boothby’s Tailoring Establishment, Pepperell Square, 2d door East of Water st.

The above rooms have just been newly finished, expressly for Mr. M.’s accommodation, and with special reference to the Daguerreotype Business, with a large and splendid sky-light.

Mr. M. having secured the best of German apparatus, of large size, is now prepared to take likenesses of individuals or groups, in a style far superior to any thing that has been produced in the place before. 

Mr. M. would take this opportunity to return to his numerous friends and patrons his grateful acknowledgements for the very liberal patronage bestowed upon him heretofore, and to say that he would be very happy to see them at his new rooms, which will be found to be far more convenient and pleasant than the one occupied by him before.  Mr. M. will spare no pains to give satisfaction in every case.

Operations upon the teeth, as heretofore, on the most reasonable terms.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 9 P. M.  Saco, June 22, 1848.

The third announcement appeared on October 31, 1848.  From the Union.  Show and Fair.  York County Agricultural Society.  We proceed to fulfil our promise made last week to give an extended account of the Show and Fair held here, Oct. 11th & 12th.  In order to get the proceedings into a reasonable space, it will be necessary to omit so much of the reports of the adjudging Committees as are merely formal, giving in such cases, the list of premiums awarded, only…

Miscellaneous Articles…Macomber & McKenney, Saco, specimens of daguerreotypes, $2.00

The fourth announcement appeared on October 31, 1848.  From the Union.  Observations Taken At The Fair. …Messrs. Macomber & McKenney of our place, presented some excellent daguerreotype likenesses, to which we are bound to pay our especial regards, our own likeness, a complete counterpart of ourself, having been elevated to the high dignity of being criticized and passed upon by a competent committee, with the view of awarding to the artist, if deserved, the tribute due to skill.  We are happy to see by the list that the lot, with the editors thrown in, obtained a gratuity of $1.50.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 9 to March 13, 1849.  Premium Daguerreotypes, Mr. Macomber Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that he is still to be found at his rooms in Scammon’s Building, Pepperell Square, Two Doors East of Water Street, where he is prepared, by the aid of superior Light, the best German apparatus, and a new Chemical Agent, which he has recently obtained at considerable expense, from some of the best operators in the United States, to execute Likenesses in the best style of the art.

It is generally acknowledged that Mr. Macomber’s pictures, in point of distinctness, clearness, softness of light and shade, as well as beauty, far exceed any taken in the place, and are unsurpassed but by few, if any in the country.  It is well known that he Obtained The Premium at the late Fair.  But notwithstanding the above facts, some have patronized other establishments, not because their pictures are better, but because they charge less than he.  Now, Mr. Macomber, would say to all concerned, that he Will Not Be Underbid by any.  Persons can have their Likenesses taken at the above establishment, in the best style, for the same price for which they can have them taken at any other in the place.  Persons in want of a good Daguerreotype, would do well to call and examine specimens, and sit for a likeness if they wish, after which they will not be expected to take it, unless perfectly satisfactory.  Pictures taken light or dark, as individuals may desire.  Saco, January 3, 1849.

The ninth advertisement ran on January 22 to 29, 1850.  Miniatures!  Miniatures!  Macomber & Bowers Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that having sold out their Rooms in Biddeford, they may be found at the old stand, Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island, Saco.

Where they will be happy to wait upon all that are in want of Likenesses of themselves or friends.  They have jest remodeled their Rooms, and enlarged and improved the arrangement of their light.

By the new arrangement of Light, they are enabled to obviate an objection which some have had to their Pictures heretofore, viz;—too dark a shade under the chin.  Their Light being a combination of Side and Top Light, they are enabled to produce pictures with as little shade as with any Side Light, while they have all the beauty and development produced by Top Light.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and see their new Rooms, where they must be convinced that we now have much the best chance for producing good Daguerreotypes of any in the place.  And they would respectfully suggest whether, with their superior advantages, and long experience in the business, (having been in the business three times as long as any other operator in the place,) they would not be as likely, at least, to get as good, if not a better, picture, than at any other place; and especially, as they promise that their prices shall be as low as where the poorest productions are obtained.  Saco, January 15, 1850.

The tenth advertisement ran from June 18 to November 5, 1850.  Macomber’s Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms. Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island. Saco, Me.  Miniatures taken in any weather, single or in groups, in a superior style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens.  Satisfaction guaranteed in all cases or no charge.

Children’s pictures of any age taken in one second.  E. J. Cole. 

The eleventh advertisement appeared on September 2, 1851.  E. J. Cole’s Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned begs leave to call the attention of the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, to specimens of Daguerreotypes, recently executed at his rooms on Factory Island. 

Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Macomber, where with the aid of a large sky light and a new chemical agent, he is prepared to produce a bolder picture and consequently a more perfect likeness than ever before executed in those rooms.

He is prepared to take family groups of from 2 to 12, and give each a perfect likeness.

The subscriber will go to and part of the town at short notice to take pictures of sick or deceased persons.

Horatio N. Macomber is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being in the partnership of Macomber & Bower in Saco and Biddeford, Maine in1849.


[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Francis B. Haines

1854                Wesleyan Hall, Corner of Union and Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine.

1854                Main Street, Saco, Maine.

Francis B. Haines was recorded in twelve advertisements in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  The first advertisement ran on July 4 & 11, 1854.  The New Process.  Haines & Co., the celebrated 25 cent Picture makers are now stopping for a short time at Kennebunk.  They have taken rooms at Wesleyan Hall, corner of Union and Main Streets.  Daguerreotype likenesses taken for 25 cents, equally as good as can be obtained any where else for five times the amount.

The second advertisement appeared on July 25, 1854.  Messrs. Haines & Co., the popular Daguerreotypist, will remain at Kennebunkport through the present week.  Those who wish to obtain a good likeness for the small sum of 25 cents should give him a call without delay.

The third advertisement ran from August 22 to September 5, 1854. Haines & Co.  Are taking hundreds of their beautiful 25 cent Daguerreotype Likenesses, At their Picture Factory, on Main street, Saco.

All in want of good Daguerreotypes should call on them without delay.  They charge but 25 cents for good likenesses warranted not to fade.  Satisfaction given or no charge made.

The fourth advertisement appeared on September 5, 1854.  The rush at Haines & Co., 25 cent Daguerreotype Rooms still continues.

The fifth advertisement ran from September 12 to 26, 1854.  Something New.  Haines & Co., At a great expense have obtained Machinery and Chemicals for taking Daguerreotypes by the new German Invention, recently discovered by a few German Gentleman of New York City.

Dr. Chapman together with some of the best Chemists of the age have toiled incessantly for two years and upwards, experimenting on, and seeking to bring this discovery to perfection, but never have succeeded until within a few days.

It entirely upsets the old fogeys who are obliged to give way to superior Artists and superior work, Haines & Co., respectfully invite the careful attention of the public, to this new and beautiful Invention of Art! 

Specimens of the work may be seen at their Daguerreian Rooms, on Main st., Saco, over Owen & Moulton’s Clothing Establishment.

Daguerreotype Likenesses executed by them for 25 cents, warranted as good aas can be obtained elsewhere for five times the amount.

N. B.  Daguerreotypists and others wishing to obtain a knowledge of the New Invention should apply immediately to Haines & Co., Saco, Me.

The sixth advertisement appeared on September 19, 1854.  The best Daguerreian Artists are found at Haines & Co.’s Rooms on Main Street, Saco, where the best Pictures are made in the State.

The seventh advertisement appeared on September 19, 1854.  The place to get Daguerreotype Likenesses is at Haines & Co.’s.  They take the best Pictures and sell them at the fairest prices.  Rooms over Owen & Moulton’s, Main Street, Saco, Maine.

The eighth advertisement appeared on September 19, 1854.  Who takes the best Daguerreotypes?  Haines & Co.  Who sells Pictures at the fairest prices?  Haines & Co.

The ninth advertisement appeared on October 3, 1854.  Haines & Co.’s Rooms are the Rooms for all to get good and perfect likenesses.

The tenth advertisement appeared on October 10, 1854.  “All Ready,” Says the Operator.  “Ready, Madam, walk in!  Please be seated in this chair!  Sit just as the chair sits, Madam—there, that is right; I like a little side-view best.  Look towards the Instrument!  There, that will answer!  Keep perfectly still and look steady now.—Pass me a Plate there!”

“Plates!  There are none ready,” replies Anthony Green, head man of the establishment. 

“How is that?—here  is a lady that wants three of herself, and 30 more waiting to sit, and here it is half-past 4 o’clock.”

We should have had them ready, sir, if one of the men had not been sick to-day, which makes more work for the rest of the men.  As it is cloudy, we thought that one hundred and fifty Plates would be as many as you would use, but we will have some prepared in a few minutes.”

“Propel then, for I am waiting!”

All this is at Haines & Co.’s Picture Factory, Saco.

8 o’clock,…..Stairs Full!

10   “       ……Rooms Full!

12   “       ……Crowded!

3     “       ……The Rush Increases!

6     “       ……Nothing to be seen!

7     “       ……All Calm and Serene!

At Haines & Co.’s 25 cent Daguerreotype Factory, Saco, Maine.

Readers, go to Haines & Co.’s if you want A Perfect Likeness.

The eleventh advertisement ran on October 3 & 10, 1854.  (four times per issue.)  Haines & Co.

The twelfth advertisement appeared on October 17, 1854.  Haines and Co.’s Daguerreotype Rooms are still the resort of all who wish to obtain good Likenesses.

Francis B. Haines is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a Haines active in Saco, Maine in 1855 in the partnership of Haines & Hubbard it is possible they are the same person.

Frink

1848                7 Batchelder Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

1848                Cataract Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

1849                2 Cataract Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine

Frink, possibly (Sam C. Frink) was mentioned in one announcement for Macomber & Co. (Horatio N. Macomber) and two advertisements and two announcements in the Maine Democrat Saco Maine. The announcement he was mentioned in appeared on May 23, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.—Following the crowd, one day last week, we found ourself in the Daguerreotype Rooms of Macomber & Co., where, after due preparation, Mr. Frink took a copy of our phiz. As like to the original as like can be.  On looking about his room, we found ourself in the mist of many familiar faces of our townsmen, who have made a visit there and left their shadows behind, to grace the portrait gallery.  Mr. Frink is one of the most accomplished artists to be found in the business.—The operations of this firm are very extensive.—They have a room in Portsmouth, N. H., where Mr. Macomber is now operating.  Some of his likenesses taken there, exceed any thing of the kind we have seen, for distinctness of outline and vividness of expression.  Reader, you cannot do your friends a greater favor than to obtain for them likenesses from this celebrated Room.

The first advertisement ran from August 8 to 29, 1848.  News; News, News!  To The Inhabitants of Saco & Vicinity.  Perfect Likenesses Warranted for $1.  Ladies And Gentlemen—Frink, of the late firm of Macomber & Co., returns his most sincere thanks for the very liberal patronage bestowed upon him since his return among you, and he would now say to all in want of Perfect Daguerreotype Likenesses, that he is still to be found at the old stand, Batchelder Block, Factory Island, where he will, for a short time, make and warrant as good Likenesses for One Dollar as can be made by any other artist in this town, or vicinity, at any price.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is no humbug.  We have come to the conclusion to Reduce Our Prices, so that all can, and we hope will, avail themselves of this opportunity to secure to themselves and friends these mementoes of life, so much valued when the time of separation comes.

Pictures taken at all times in the day between 7 o’cl’k A. M. and 6 P. M., without regard to weather, of any size, single or in groups, from 1 to 5 dollars, in Morocco Cases, or Lockets from 2 to 12 dollars.  Saco, August 2, 1848.  Frink & Co.

The first announcement appeared on December 28, 1848.  Destructive Fire.  Last Thursday evening, at about quarter to ten o’clock, just as many of our citizens had reached their homes after listening to the eloquent lecture of Hon. Charles Sumner, delivered in Curtts Hall, they were alarmed by the cry of “Fire!” in the vicinity of the Hall they just left…

The Shoe Store of E. S. Goodhue, the Book Store of F. O. Staples, the Jewelry and Fancy goods Store of Humphry Pike, Mr. Frink, Daguerreotypist, and J. Mason, Dentist—all in the Cataract Block—were more or less damaged.  The amount of loss or insurance, we have not learned…

The second advertisement ran from January 2 to April 10, 1849.  Colored Miniatures By Daguerreotype!  Frink & Co.  Invite public attention to the splendid Miniatures with or without colors, which they are now executing at their rooms, No. 2 Cataract Block, Factory Island.  Saco, January 1, 1849.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—We have seen some of the Daguerreotype miniatures taken by Mr. Frink in his new room which would compare with any we have seen.—His lights are so arranged as to cast the shadow both downward and in an oblike (Sic.) direction, which arrangement obviates the black necks and shades the eyes of the top light, and the side shaded pictures of the sidelight.  His light consist of both a top and a side light combine.  He has some new style of cases superior to any ever offered in this place.  We advise them in want of miniatures to give Mr. Frink a call before going else where.

Sam C. Frink is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without a business address other than Factory Island, Saco, Maine in 1849.

John Dennett

1848                Address Unknown, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

1849                Address Unknown, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.[1]

John Dennett was mentioned in one announcement that appeared on January 18, 1848. In the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  Likeness of Gov. Fairfield.—Mr. Omsby (Sic.) has, at his Daguerreotype Room, an excellent likeness of the late Hon. John Fairfield, taken just before he left home for the last time,  From this he has taken several copies for some of our townsmen, and can take any number more.  The copies are life-like.  There are also likenesses from the plate engraved for the Democratic Review, but the expression is not so natural.  Mr. John Dennett has taken some very good Daguerreotype copies of this engraving.

Mr. Omsby’s room is in the Cataract Block, where all who wish may see this remembrancer of our late friend—and get a copy of their own features if they choose.

John Dennett is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1849 on Factory Island, Saco, Maine.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

T. P. Cressey

1847-1848                   7 Batchelder Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

T. P. Cressey was mentioned in an advertisement for Horatio N. Macomber & Co. that ran from June 8, 1847 to February 8, 1848 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  H. N. Macomber & Co., Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, No. 7 Batchelder Block, Up Stairs, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.  Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without Colors, in a Superior Style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.

The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  H. N. Macomber, T. P. Cressey.

T. P. Cressey is not recorded in other photographic directories.  There is a listing for Cressey (no first name recorded) who was active in Dover, New Hampshire in the partnership of Cressey & Emerson from December 26, 1848 to February 6, 1849.  It is not known if they are the same person.

Edward J. Cole

1851                Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island. Saco, Maine.

1852-1854       Factory Island, opposite Cutts Hall, Saco, Maine.

1854                Address Unknown, Saco, Maine.

1855                Next Door to the Post Office, Factory Island,

Edward J. Cole was recorded in five advertisements and a total of seven announcements, the advertisements and six of the announcements in the Maine Democrat and one announcement in The Union and Eastern Journal (Biddeford, Maine.) The first advertisement ran from September 2 to October 28, 1851. E. J. Cole’s Daguerreotypes. The undersigned begs leave to call the attention of the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, to specimens of Daguerreotypes, recently executed at his rooms on Factory Island.

Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Macomber, where with the aid of a large sky light and a new chemical agent, he is prepared to produce a bolder picture and consequently a more perfect likeness than ever before executed in those rooms.

He is prepared to take family groups of from 2 to 12, and give each a perfect likeness.

The subscriber will go to and part of the town at short notice to take pictures of sick or deceased persons.

Children’s pictures of any age taken in one second.  E. J. Cole. 

The first announcement appeared on October 14, 1851. The Fair at Central Hall…

Incidental Committee.  The Incidental Committee, in fulfilment of their duty have awarded Gratuities and Diplomas on the articles assigned to them as follows…

Mr. Edward J. Cole, Saco, Daguerreotypes, Diploma and 1.00…

E. H. McKenney, Biddeford, Daguerreotypes, Diploma and .50.

The second announcement appeared on October 14, 1851.  The Fair At Central Hall…

The Daguerreotypes were from the rooms of Mr. E. J. Cole, of Saco, and Mr. E. H. McKenney, of Biddeford, and were in the highest perfection of the art.  Their portraits show great improvement in this art within a few years—the pictures being much more distinct and life-like than those taken in earlier stages of the art.  The committee awarded the highest premium to Mr. Cole, and also a premium to Mr. McKenney.

The second advertisement ran from June 8 to November 9, 1852.  Premium Daguerreotypes!  E. J. Cole returns his thanks for the very liberal share of patronage thus far bestowed upon him by the citizens of Saco and Biddeford, and would just say to them, that he has fitted Rooms in a splendid manner, and the most convenient of any now in operation in this State.

Pictures taken Dark or Light, as persons may request.  All those who favor him with a call, will get their Pictures cheap, and warranted to equal any taken in this country!

Perfect Pictures taken of children in two seconds.  His Rooms are on Factory Island, opposite Cutts Hall, Saco.

The third announcement appeared on October 12, 1852. Cattle Show And Fair. The annual Cattle Show and Fair of the York County Agricultural Society took place in this town last Wednesday and Thursday…

On Manufactures.  Your committee having attended to the duties assigned, ask leave to report:…

E. J. Cole, Saco, Daguerreotypes, diploma and .50.

McKenney & Bowers, Biddeford, do.  Diploma.

The third advertisement ran from March 22 to June 7, 1853.  Premium Again.  Mr. E. J. Cole, would respectfully call the attention of the ladies and Gentlemen of Saco, Biddeford and vicinity, to specimens of Daguerreotypes taken by him at his rooms opposite Cutts Hall, Factory Island, Saco.

Having been awarded the highest premium at the fair of 1851, and also at the late fair of 1852, Mr. Cole is confident that he can get up a better picture than can be obtained elsewhere in York Cunty, all those who favor him with a call shall be satisfied with pictures and prices.  It is now generally acknowledged by those who are acquainted with the art that Mr. Cole’s pictures in point of Clearness, Boldness and softness of light far exceed any now taken in this country, and are surpassed by few if any in New England.

Mr. C. will now be found in his Rooms which will be open for inspection during the day. 

The fourth advertisement ran from August 2 to December 27, 1853.  The Beauties Of Art—May Be Seen At—E. J. Cole’s New Miniature House In the New Block on Factory Island, Opposite his old Rooms.

His establishment is the largest and the best arranged of any in York County, and the only Rooms in New England on the First Floor.

He has also purchased a new German Apparatus of the Largest Size, which, with the largest light in the place, enables him to make better pictures than ever before.  Mr. C. has made Thousands of Pictures in Saco.

His pictures have been compared at the County Fair with those of other artists in this vicinity, and have invariably taken the Highest Premium.

He is enabled by his new arrangements to make groups of from two to twenty, and give each a correct likeness.

Cases, Frames, and Lockets, of every description on hand and for sale.  Remember the place, in the New Block on Factory Island.  Please call and examine specimens for yourselves.  E. J. Cole.

Fourth announcement 1854 September 5.  Maine Democrat.  (Saco, Maine.)  September 5, 1854, Vol. XXVI, No. 5, P. 3.

Destructive Fire.  We are call upon to record the incidents of the most destructive fire that has for a long time happened in our town.  It took place last Saturday night, involving the total destruction of Backelder Block, on Factory Isl’d, the most valuable building and block of stores in town, as also the partial destruction of an adjoining block, and the ruin of the goods and business of some of our most esteemed and enterprising business-men…

James M. Deering’s Block of one story wooden stores, which joined the end of the brick block was crushed, to the length of three stores, by the falling walls and mass of burning materials…E. J. Cole, Daguerreian Artist; stock mostly saved…    

Fifth announcement appeared in The Union and Eastern Journal (Biddeford, Maine) on October 13, 1854.  Report Of Committees, Made at the Fair and Cattle Show of the York County Agricultural Society, held in Biddeford October 4th and 5th…

Incidental Committee.  The Incidental Committee, having attended to the duty assigned them, ask leave to make their report:

The recent lively competition between our Daguerreans had led us to expect an unusually large exhibition of Daguerreotype Pictures, and we were much disappointed to find only two artists entering the arena.—Mr. E. H. McKenney of Biddeford, and Mr. E. J. Cole of Saco.

The specimens entered by these gentlemen were all executed in a style that indicates a very high degree of perfection in the art.

A very fine Stereoscopic picture, exhibited by Mr. McKenney, attracted much attention and admiration.  To him we have awarded a gratuity of Three Dollars for the best pictures, and to Mr. Cole Two Dollars.

Sixth announcement 1854 October 24.  Maine Democrat.  (Saco, Maine.)  October 24 1854, Vol. XXVI, No. 12, P. 1.

Report of Committees, Made at the Fair and Cattle Show of the York County Agricultural Society, held in Biddeford October 4th and 5th

Incidental Committee.  The Incidental Committee, having attended to the duty assigned them, ask leave to make their report:

The recent lively competition between our Daguerreans had led us to expect an unusually large exhibition of Daguerreotype Pictures, and we were much disappointed to find only two artist entering the arena.  Mr. E. H. McKenney of Biddeford, and Mr. E. J. Cole of Saco.

The specimens entered by these gentlemen were all executed in a style that indicates a very high degree of perfection in the art.

A very fine Stereoscopic picture, exhibited by Mr. McKenny, attracted much attention and admiration.  To him we have awarded a gratuity of Three Dollars for the Best Picture, and to Mr. Cole Two Dollars.

The fifth advertisement ran from January 9 to November 20, 1855.  Something Worth Having!  If you want to get a Daguerreotype Worth Having, Call At Col’s New Rooms, Newt Door to the Post Office, Union Block, Factory Island, Saco.

His Rooms are on the first floor, and are fitted expressly for the Daguerreotype Business, and are ready for the reception of visitors and customers.  Ne need not Gass and blow about his pictures, as many do, for the thousands that he has sold in this place plainly show that they are appreciated here.  Those in want of good pictures would do well to call before purchasing elsewhere.

He has a large assortment of Frames, Cases and Lockets constantly on hand, and at prices that will not fail to suit reasonable people.

Please call and examine for yourselves, Next Door to the Post Office.  E. J. Cole.

The seventh announcement appeared on October 16, 1855. The Cattle Show And Fair. The Cattle Show and Fair of the York County Agricultural Society took place in this town last Tuesday and Wednesday…

In the department of Fine Arts, were beautiful paintings by Charles H. Granger of Saco; Daguerreotypes of E. H. McKenney of Biddeford, were esteemed the highest perfection of the art; those of E. J. Cole of Saco, were also esteemed as faultless…

Edward J. Cole is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as E. J. Cole active in 1855-1856in Saco, Maine.