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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.