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Mrs. R. Van Lew

1851                South side of Seneca Street, opposite Cobb & Smith’s Store, Geneva, New York.

Mrs. R. Van Lew was recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 15 to March 26, 1851 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotypes!  Mrs. R. Van Lew would respectfully mention that she has possessed herself of all necessary information and apparatus for the successful prosecution of the Photographic Art, and, as a further assistance to her skill, has the fine skylight fitted and used by Messrs. Humphrey & Walker, opposite the Store of Messrs. Cobb & Smith south side of Seneca st.

Mrs. V. would be pleased to see her friends and the good public; especially that portion of them who entertain a wish to “see themselves as others see them,” and, as only the unrivaled Daguerrean process can preserve the tangible volume of their countenance for themselves, and for future friendly reference.                                                                                              

Mrs. R. Van Lew is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. B. Terry

1844-1845       Rooms in the third building east of the Methodist Church, Geneva, New York.

A. B. Terry was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 3, 1844 to January 21, 1845 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  A. B. Terry, Photographer from New York, respectfully informs the citizens of Geneva and vicinity, that he is prepared to take likenesses by the daguerreotype process in clear, cloudy or stormy weather in a style of finish unsurpassed.  His miniatures possess all the colors of life; are perfect copies from nature, and are warranted durable. Specimens may be seen at his rooms in the third building east of the Methodist Church, where the public are respectfully invited to call.                                         

A. B. Terry is not recorded in other photographic directories.

D. Sutphen

1859                6 Seneca-Street, Opposite the Post Office, Geneva, New York.

D. Sutphen was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 25 to December 30, 1859 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York.)  Sutphen’s Photographic, Ambrotype, and Daguerreotype Gallery.  No. 6, Seneca-St., Opposite The Post Office.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the citizens of Geneva and surrounding towns, that he is ready to make all kinds of Camera pictures.—His long experience in the business, and well adjusted chemicals, enables him to make as good pictures as the art can produce.  To be convinced of the fact you need only call and sit for a picture.

If you want a good Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, or Photograph, call at Sutphen’s.  Everything shall be done that is necessary to make this a first-class room, and to make first-rate pictures.

Remember the place, No. 6, Seneca street, over Van Deren’s.  D. Sutphen.

D. Sutphen is not recorded as being active in Geneva, New York.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a David Sutpen as being active in Moravia, New York in 1859.  The distance between the two towns is about 48 miles.  It is unknown if they are the same person but the probability is there.

L. S. Skiff

1847-1848       Room over the Post Office, Geneva, New York.

L. S. Skiff was recorded in two advertisement and one announcement.  The first advertisement ran from December 4, 1847 to April 1, 1848 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Price Reduces.  And Pledged not to be Outdone!

“Secure the shadow ‘ere the substance fade.”

Mr. L. S. Skiff, Would inform the ladies and gentlemen of Geneva, that he has taken the room formerly occupied by the Young Men’s Association Over The Post Office, and fitted it up for a Daguerreotype Gallery and intends to make a permanent residence,

Mr. S. has just returned from New-York with a choice lot of stock, of different qualities and sizes, and has secured the Latest Improvements, in the art.

He can take pictures, giving them the most life-like expression, the most perfect fresh color, and showing the variegated eye, with all the perfection and beauty of life itself.  None but those who have lost companions, parents, or children, can appreciate these valuable keepsakes.  When we are in life let us prepare for death—who will die and be forgotten, when they can preserve their memory for ages and generations to come for so mall a sum.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Children that are old enough to keep still 20 or 30 seconds can be taken as well as older persons.

Miniatures put in Lockets and Pins, And warranted perfect and never fade.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., clear or cloudy.

Don’t forget the place, first door at the head of the stairs, over the Post office—Skiff’s Gallery.

The same advertisement ran from December 8, 1847 to February 9, 1848 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York). 

The announcement appeared on July 26, 1848 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Our friend, Mr. Skiff, informs us that he intends soon to return to Geneva and open a Daguerreotype Room.  During his absence Mr. S. has improved his former method by the Late London Process, and is now available to produce unrivalled specimens of his art.

L. S. Skiff is not listed in other photographic directories.

S. O. Seelye

1845                Rooms in the Cobble Stone Block, Batavia, New York.

S. O. Seelye was recorded in one advertisement that ran on August 26 & September 2, 1845 in The Spirit of the Times (Batavia, New York).  S. O. Seelye, Respectfully Informs the citizens of Batavia and vicinity that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by the Misses Miller in the Cobble Stone Block, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, Likenesses, in a style If Not Superior, equal to any taken in New York, put up in a rich embossed Russia Morocco cases, manufactured at Meade Brothers, N. Y. State Daguerrean Gallery, No.’s 3 and 4 Exchange Building, Albany.  From whom Mr. S. receives from time to time a knowledge of all the improvements made in the Art—whereby he is enabled to take Miniatures in a few seconds of time, that in point of clearness, accuracy and beauty are unequaled by any other process.  Those having pictures taken by other operators with which they are not satisfied, can have them taken over at a trifling expense.  Impressions taken from Portraits of departed friends if required.  Miniatures put in Breast Pins or Lockets.  This is now a favorable opportunity for young Gentlemen to accompany the Ladies in whom they feel an interest, and exchange with each other those delicate tokens.

Mr. S. Respectfully invites the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place to call and witness the process; as he is ready and willing at all times to gratify their curiosity.

Persons wishing likenesses are requested to call soon s his stay is limited.

S. O. Seelye is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is possible that S. O. Seeley who was active in Geneva, New York in 1843 is the same person.

S. O. Seeley

1843                Room at Miss Collier’s, a few doors north of the Post Office, Geneva, New York. 1843                Rooms on Main Street, Geneva, New York.

S. O. Seeley was recorded in two advertisement that appeared in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  The first advertisement ran from July 25 to August 15, 1843.  Photographic Miniature Portraits.  The ladies and gentlemen of Geneva and vicinity, are respectfully informed that the subscriber is prepared to execute his beautiful Photographic Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, upon a recently improved system with a certainty and perfection which cannot fail to please those who may favor him with their patronage.

Those who have not seen Mr. Seeley’s specimens cannot judge of their beauty from what they have seen from other operators, as his mode of producing likenesses is peculiar to himself.

Rooms appropriately fitted up for the reception of visitors at Miss Collier’s, a few doors north of the Post Office.

N. B.  Instruction given and the improved patent apparatus furnished on the most reasonable terms.  Early application is necessary as his stay is limited.             S. O. Seeley.  Geneva, July 25, 1843. 

The second advertisement ran from August 22 to September 26, 1843.  A Card.  To The Public.—S. O. Seeley, Photographer, Main street, respectfully returns his thanks to his friends and the public, for the liberal patronage with which he has been honored for the past few weeks; and hopes for a continuance of the same while he remains.  He will endeavor, at all times and to the utmost of his ability, to give satisfaction to those who may favor him with a call.  His rooms will be open at all hours of the day and evening, for the reception of visitors who may wish to examine some beautiful and correct likenesses of some of the citizens, reproduced by the Daguerreotype, which he will at all times be happy to have the pleasure of exhibiting.  He has just received from New York a new style of Morocco Cases, suitable for two persons.  His prices are as follows, viz:

Double Cases…………………… $5.00

Single do………………………..  $3.00

Groups of two taken on one plate, $3.00

N. B.  Mr. S. respectfully invites those who wish to have a correct likeness of themselves, to call immediately, as previous engagements will not permit him to remain long.

S. O. Seeley is not recorded in other photographic directories.  See S. O. Seelye which will be posted on 12-22-20, who is possibly the same person and was active Batavia, New York in 1845. 

Lawyer

1849                Rooms Seneca Street, One door below Dr. Smith’s Office, Geneva, New York.

Lawyer of the partnership of Biteley & Lawyer was recorded in one announcement and two advertisements.  The announcement appeared on June 29, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette  (Geneva, New York).  Mr. Editor:  I called the other day at the Daguerrean room of Messrs. Biteley & Lawyer, Seneca street, and was highly pleased and gratified to perceive the approximation towards perfection, if not perfection itself, to which this wonderful art has arrived.  I have seen Daguerreotypes, without number, but never any like those taken by the above named gentlemen.—The likenesses are so life-like and “true to nature,” that they excite admiration and astonishment.  They surpass every thing of the kind ever exhibited in our village; and those who wish to secure a correct picture of themselves or their friends, will do well to avail themselves of an opportunity which may not soon occur again.     S.

The first advertisement ran from July 6 to August 17, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette  (Geneva, New York).  Glorious Opportunity!  The subscribers would say to the readers of the “Gazette,” that they have opened Daguerrean Rooms on Seneca street, one door below Dr. Smith’s office, where they may be found from 8 A. M. until sundown, not only ready and willing, but anxious to perform any and every service, in their line, for the public.  The subscribers claim to understand the Daguerrean business, and were not for their excessive modesty, would here insert various notices that they have received in different parts of the State, commending their likenesses.

The public are invited to call, and we will treat them as well as we know how, and sell them pictures if we can.  Bitely & Lawyer.

The second advertisement ran from August 24 to September 14, 1849 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  One Dollar Daguerrean Gallery!  The subscriber, at the rooms heretofore occupied by Biteley & Lawyer, will put up Likenesses in good style for One Dollar.  N. B. Prices above for two weeks only. N. H. Biteley.

Lawyer is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Geneva.  One might speculate that it is E. Ralph Lawyer, but there is no concrete proof that it is.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does not list N. H. Biteley.  Craig does list a Bitely as a spelling variant for Brightly, it’s unknown if they are the same person.

Kennedy

1845-1846       Rooms Seneca Street, 3d door below the M. E. Church, Geneva, New York.

Kennedy of the firm Clark & Kennedy were recorded in two advertisement.  The first advertisement ran from September 16 to December 2, 1845 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, Clark & Kennedy, operators.  Likenesses executed Single or in Groups, for the smallest to four times the ordinary size.  Put up in Frames, cases or lockets, with or without colors, on reasonable terms.

Their rooms are comfortably furnished for the reception of Ladies and gentlemen, who are respectively invited to call and examine their specimens.

Persons desirous of becoming acquainted with the art, will be instructed on moderate terms, the use of plates and Camera furnished without extra charge.

The second advertisement was recorded on January 23, 1846 in the Geneva Daily Gazette  (Geneva, New York).  This is the same advertisement as the first.  Note the date at the end of the ad  August 29, 1845.  Geneva Daguerrean Rooms, Clark & Kennedy, operators.  Likenesses executed Single or in Groups, for the smallest to four times the ordinary size.  Put up in Frames, cases or lockets, with or without colors, on reasonable terms.

Their rooms are comfortably furnished for the reception of Ladies and gentlemen, who are respectively invited to call and examine their specimens.

Persons desirous of becoming acquainted with the art, will be instructed on moderate terms, the use of plates and Camera furnished without extra charge.  Geneva, Aug. 29, 1845.

Kennedy is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Jackson

1842                Rooms on Seneca Street, nearly opposite Field’s Mansion House, Geneva,                                       New York.

Jackson of the firm Wight and Jackson were recorded in an announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on May 31, 1842 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.—We would refer our readers to an advertisement in another column, by Messrs. Wight and Jackson, who have recently opened their rooms, nearly opposite Field’s mansion House. Seneca street, where they propose to take Daguerreotype likenesses.  Their terms are very moderate; and, from the specimens we have seen, should think their materials are admirably prepared, as the execution, if we may use the term, seems perfect.  We would therefore call the attention of all who may wish their miniatures, to the above advertisement.

The advertisement ran from May 31 to July 19, 1842 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotype Miniature Portraits, taken by the above process, from 8 o’clock A. M. to 5 P. M., with the latest improvements, and in a style that cannot fail to give satisfaction.  Landscapes, views of private residences, public buildings, miniature copies of portraits, paintings, statuary, engravings, &c., executed to order.

The public are invited to call and examine specimens at Wight’s Painting Rooms, nearly opposite Field’s Mansion House.  Instruction given in the above Art, and apparatus furnished.  Wight & Jackson.  Geneva, May 30, 1842.

Jackson is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Geneva, New York in  1842.  Wight is also not listed in other photographic directories or in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artist in America 1584-1860.

D. R. Holmes

1853-1854       Rooms No. 6 Seneca Street, nearly opposite the Post Office, Geneva, New York.

D. R. Holmes in the partnership of Greene & Holmes was recorded in an advertisement that ran on September 9, 1853 to January 6, 1854 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York). Daguerreotypes. The Subscriber having connected themselves together for the purpose of Daguerreotyping, also fitted up a new suite of rooms opposite the Post Office, are now prepared to make Pictures unequalled in the vicinity.  We are now making a style of pictures never before made in this village or county, and the Only Persons that can make them—(no humbug about this notwithstanding what others may say.)  They are called Crayon Daguerreotypes.

As for Daguerreotypes we challenge competition.  We can suit the most fastidious.  We have the largest and best arranged operative room, as well as light, aside from the reception room, in the county.  Our light is well adapted to children, being three times as large as any other in the vicinity, consequently we can take them quicker.  We are the only persons in town that take the Stereoscopic or Binocular Pictures.  In fact we make all kinds of Pictures, either in colors, or oil, or on silver.  Persons wishing Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine our specimens.  Our Rooms are opposite the New Post Office, and directly over Barnard & Van Deren’s Jewelry store.  John F. Greene.  D. R. Holmes.

D. R. Holmes is not recorded in other photographic directories. John F. Greene is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Geneva, N.Y. in 1857-1858.