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P. B. Smucker

1850                Rooms in the Ball-Room at the Odd Fellows’ Building, Franklin, Louisiana.

P. B. Smucker was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  The announcement appeared on March 21, 1850.    Daguerrean Miniatures.—By reference to our advertising columns it will be seem that Mr. P. B. Smucker has opened a Daguerrean Gallery at the Ball-Room in the Odd-Fellows’ Building in this place.  He has some splendid specimens of miniatures taken by him, and invites the public generally to call and examine them.

The advertisement ran from March 21 to April 25, 1850.  Daguerrean Gallery, In the Ball-Room of the Odd-Fellows’ Hall.  P. B. Smucker respectfully invites the public to call and examine his specimens.  particular attention paid to obtaining correct likenesses of children.

An assortment of superior cases (Chinese), gold lockets and breast-pins.

P. B. Smucker is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John I. Rundell

1850                Address Unknown, Pattersonville, Louisiana.                                                        1851                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

John I. Rundell was recorded in two advertisements and four announcements in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from December 19, 1850 to January 2, 1851.  J. I. Rundall, Daguerreotype Artist.  Rooms at present in Pattersonville….Will visit Franklin about Christmas.

The first announcement appeared on December 26, 1850.  Daguerreotype Likeness.—The advertisement of Mr. Rundell will be found in another column.  Mr. Goddard, the portrait painter who was in this place last winter, informs us that this gentleman is a superior artist.  Specimens, however, will speak for themselves when he is ready for visitors.

The second announcement appeared on January 23, 1851.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—Mr. Rundell is now in full blast at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, and is taking excellent likenesses.  We have seen some specimens of his work that will compare well with the best we have ever seen.  Persons wishing correct likenesses will do well to give him a call.

The third announcement appeared on February 6, 1851.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.—In another column will be found the advertisement of Mr. Rundell, daguerreotype artist.  Some fine specimens of his skill may be found at the entrance door of Odd Fellows’ Hall.  He takes much pains with his miniatures, and warrants his work to satisfy those who patronize him.  He has a supply of splendid lockets, and is prepared to furnish anything in his line of business at short notice and in good order.

The second advertisement ran from February 6 to March 8, 1851.  John I. Rundell, Daguerreotype Artist, Rooms At Odd-Fellows’ Hall, Franklin.  Having availed himself at a heavy expense of all the late and most important improvements in the art, he trusts he is prepared to give entire satisfaction to those who may favor him with their patronage.  He earnestly solicits an examination of his work.

N. B.—He has just received direct from the city of New York, a variety of splendid medallion lockets and breast pins, designed expressly for the insertion of miniatures.

The fourth announcement appeared on February 27, 1851.  To the Public.  Having, on account of previous engagements, been compelled to leave Franklin before I finished all the work I had promised to do, I take this opportunity to express the high sense of gratitude I feel towards my friends and acquaintances in the parish of St. Mary, for the kindness and patronage I received from them during the short stay I made among them, and particularly to my worthy friend, Mr. Rundell, whom I found extremely courteous and kind.  I would also say to those of my friends who may wish work in my line, that they had better call upon Mr. Rundell very soon, and have their pictures taken, as he intends leaving in a short time, and I can assure them that they will get as good work from him as they can from any other artist in America.  J. R. Hartsock, Daguerreotypist.

John I. Rundall or Rundell is not listed in other photographic directories.

James E. Lockwood

1849                Rooms at John C. Gordy’s Hotel, Franklin, Louisiana.                                          1851                Rooms 32 Philippa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                              1851                Rooms 30 Philippa Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

James E. Lockwood was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements.  The announcement appeared on March 1, 1849 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana). Daguerreotype Miniatures.—By reference to our advertising columns it will be found that Mr. J. E. Lockwood, of Georgetown, Kentucky, is prepared to take miniatures at Gordy’s Hotel.  We have visited Mr. Lockwood’s Room, and can say that his specimens of this wonderful art are fine.  He gave us so satisfactory proofs of his skill that we permitted him to try himself upon a countenance which we have often noticed in looking-glasses.  He succeeded in getting an exact likeness, and it is so good looking that our bump of self-esteem has been in a thrifty condition ever since we first beheld the picture.  It is actually a great improvement on the original which proves that he can excel nature in making countenances.—

If any one wishes to take a fair view of himself externally he will do well to call on Mr. Lockwood.  Whether one may wish to patronize Mr. L. or not he will do well to call on him and see his numerous miniatures which he will always be happy to exhibit to visitors.

The first advertisement ran from March 1 to 8, 1849 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  J. E. Lockwood’s Daguerrian Gallery, of the latest improvements, by which the Drapery, Face and Eyes, are given with all their beauty and natural expression, which gives his miniature portraits a life-like expression.

Mr. L. late from Georgetown, Ky., has opened his Gallery at Mr. John C. Gordy’s Hotel, where he will be happy to receive ladies and Gentlemen, and present them with a perfect likeness, in from 10 to 30 seconds sitting, clear or cloudy weather.

Families will be grouped, with from 2 to 12 together or single, as large as large as a lite as small as the smallest miniature breast pins, and put up in the neatest style, at low prices.  All work warranted to last for ages unfaded.  Old miniatures taken ever at half price and portraits copied.

Rooms open from 8 o’clock A. M. to 4 P. M.                                                                                              Instructions will be given and the best apparatus furnished on the most reasonable term

The second advertisement ran from July 18 to August 26, 1851 in The Daily Crescent. (New Orleans, Louisiana).  A Gold Mine Discovered—Pictures taken by lightning.—I have the honor to announce to the public that I have recently made an improvement in the art and apparatus, by which I can take the likeness of the smallest child in one second, or as quick as a flash of lightning.  On the announcement of this discovery in the True Delta, July 2, many believe it to be a humbug, for they said it was impossible, and they called to see it.  I tenser an invitation to the public to call at my office 32 Philippa, between Poydras and Perdido streets, and satisfy themselves.  I challenge any Daguerrian Artist in the city, to [exec] me at the office, and I will give $1,000 to any one that can or will, I well know what I am about, for I am the oldest Daguerrean Artist in the city since the death of Maguire.   Dr. Lockwood.

Ladies, with a certainty of success, you may bring your children.

The third advertisement ran from November 21 to December 20, 1851.1851 in The Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 30 Philippa street, between Poydras and Perdido, where Daguerrean Miniature Portraits are taken at short notice and of unexcelled beauty and expression, and put in the neatest style in pins, lockets, frames and cases, cheaper than any other firm in the city.  The proprietor tenders his thanks for past favors, and from his permanent location, together with his devotion and experience in the business for ten years.  These facts he hopes will insure him a liberal share of public patronage.  Jas. Lockwood.

James E. Lockwood is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1855 to 1861.

Mr. Law

1853                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

Mr. Law was recorded in one announcements and one advertisement. The announcement appeared on December 22, 1853 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  We call attention to the advertisement of Mr. Law, to be found on our third page.  We have not yet had the pleasure of examining specimens of his art, but those who have speak of them in favorable terms.  The weather is now unpropitious, but when it clears off we hope to see him enjoy a fair patronage.  A well executed daguerreotype, incased in a neat locket, is a befitting Christmas present to the young, and will be cherished when gewgaws are forgotten.

The advertisement appeared on December 22, 1853 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  Law’s Daguerreotype Gallery.  Mr. Law respectfully announces to the citizens of Franklin and its vicinity that his Rooms are now open, in the Odd Fellows’ Hall, where he is prepared to execute Likenesses in the most superior style.

From his long experience in the Art—having operated in New Orleans and Mobile during the past ten years—he feels confident of affording entire satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage.

He is now enabled, by a new process, to color his Pictures to life, in the most beautiful and artistic manner, and to execute them in all kinds of weather with equal success.

Mr. Law will make every exertion to gratify the tastes of his patrons, and to afford them production of real merit—worthy of preservation and showing the artist deserving of popular favor.

He has on hand a select assortment of fine Gold Lockets and Breastpins; also, a variety of fancy Cases and Frames.

Daguerreotypes copied in the most perfect manner.  Franklin, December 22, 1853.

Mr. Law is not recorded in other photographic directories.  More research is needed to identify him in the advertisement he states that he has been active in New Orleans and Mobile since 1843.  The is no mention of him is either the New Orleans or Alabama photographic directories.  One could speculate that Mr. Law is Frederick Law who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New Orleans in 1856 in partnership with F. Moissenet.

Johnson & Gurney

1852                Rooms at the Odd-Fellows’ Building, Franklin, Louisiana.

Johnson & Gurney were recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on April 3, 1852. Messrs. Johnson and Gurney daguerreotypist, have taken rooms at the Odd-Fellows’ building, for the purpose of “practicing the daguerrean art in all its minutiae.”  The specimens of their work, which may be seen at the entrance to their rooms, are highly finished and beautiful.  See their card in another column.

The advertisement ran from April 3 to 24, 1852.  Mr. Johnson, The Oldest Daguerreotypist now living, and Mr. Gurney, of the firm Gibbs & Gurney, of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss., have opened a room in the Odd-Fellows’ Hall, at Franklin, where they will remain a short time, for the purpose of practicing the Daguerrean Art in all its minutiae.

Mr. Johnson is a pioneer in the business, has practiced the Art ever since its introduction into the United States, and is acknowledged by Root, Brady, Plumb and Hill, of New York, and Jacobs, Maguire and Moissenett, of New Orleans, to be the best artist now living in America, as almost all of the above artist have received their instructions direct from him.

We have a beautiful variety of Cases and Lockets of all descriptions, namely—Parodi Cases, Kossuth Cases, Jenny Lind Cases, Catharine Hayes, Eareka Cases, Bridal Cases, Breast Pins, &c.   The Citizens of Franklin and its Vicinity are invited to call and examine our specimens.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge made.  N. B.—A rare chance is now offered for obtaining instructions in this beautiful Art, direct from Mr. Johnson.   Charles E. Johnson.  M. J. Gurney.

The second announcement appeared on April 10, 1852.  Messrs. Johnson & Gurney Daguerreotypist, are making admirable pictures at their rooms, in the Odd Fellows’ building.

The third announcement appeared on April 17, 1852.  Messrs. Johnson & Gurney Daguerreotypist, will only remain at their rooms in the Odd Fellows’ building a few days longer.  Those needing pictures had better make an early call.

Johnson & Gurney (Charles E. Johnson & M. J. Gurney) are not recorded as being partners in other photographic directories.  Both are recorded in separately.

J. R. Hartsock

1851                Rooms at Gordy’s Hotel, Franklin, Louisiana.

J R Hartsock was recorded in two announcements in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on February 27, 1851.  Mr. J. R. Hartsock, a Daguerreotypist of considerable notoriety in his profession, has arrived here from New Orleans, and may be seen for a few days at Mr. Gordy’s Hotel, where he has a room fitted up and everything in full preparation for taking likenesses of every size—and good ones, too—on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give full satisfaction.  He has already taken some excellent ones during his short sojourn, which he will take pleasure in exhibiting to those who wish to see them, by calling as above, where he may be found at all hours throughout the day.

The second announcement appeared on February 27, 1851.  To the Public.  Having, on account of previous engagements, been compelled to leave Franklin before I finished all the work I had promised to do, I take this opportunity to express the high sense of gratitude I feel towards my friends and acquaintances in the parish of St. Mary, for the kindness and patronage I received from them during the short stay I made among them, and particularly to my worthy friend, Mr. Rundell, whom I found extremely courteous and kind.  I would also say to those of my friends who may wish work in my line, that they had better call upon Mr. Rundell very soon, and have their pictures taken, as he intends leaving in a short time, and I can assure them that they will get as good work from him as they can from any other artist in America.  J. R. Hartsock, Daguerreotypist.

J R. Hartsock is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Fant & Gove

1851-1852       Rooms at Union Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

Fant & Gove were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement appeared on December 6, 1851 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  Messrs. Fant & Gove, Daguerrian Artist, have located themselves in this town for a short time, which offers another chance to our citizens to possess themselves of the advantages afforded by this valuable art.  They exhibit some beautiful specimens of their skill, which the public are invited to examine at their room, in Union Hall.

The first advertisement ran from December 6, 1851 to January 10, 1852 in The Planters’ Banner  (Franklin, Louisiana).  Wm. O. Fant & G. W. Gove, Daguerrian Artist, Respectfully beg leave to inform the citizens of Franklin and its vicinity that they have rented the Ball-Room at Union Hall, where they will remain for a short time, for the purpose of conducting their profession, and they earnestly invite every one to call and examine their specimens.

They will be happy to furnish Miniatures, in cases of large or small size, to those who may desire them; also, singly or in groups, in breastpins or lockets, on reasonable terms.

The second announcement appeared on January 3, 1852 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  We would inform the public that the Daguerrean Artist, Messrs. Fant & Gove, intend to remain but a few days longer in this town.  The weather is now delightful—just the thing for daguerreotyping—and those who wish a good likeness of themselves or friends could not select a more favorable opportunity.  Those who patronize these gentlemen will be well pleased, for their pictures are fully equal to any we have ever seen, and we have seen some first-rate ones, too.  But call and examine their specimens, than you will be better pleased, and they are always happy to receive visitors.  They have got the finest apparatus ever used in Franklin, and besides, they have testimonials of their skill and ability as artist that are possessed by few.  Call ere it be too late, for “procrastination is the thief of time.”

Fant & Gove, and Fant are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Both Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Biographies of Western Photographs list a William S. Gove in Huntsville, Texas in the partnership of Robbins & Gove in 1853.  It is unknown if they are the same person.