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William H. Worth

1845-1846       45 Seneca Street, Geneva, New York.

William H. Worth was recorded in one advertisement that ran from January 26 to August 7, 1846 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Photographic Likenesses. 

O, those for whom we fond emotions cherish,

Secure the shadow e’er the substance perish!

The subscriber would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the village of Geneva, and it vicinity, that he has just opened his new rooms, at No. 45 Seneca st., adjoining the Mansion House, with a splendid light fitted up expressly for the purpose of taking Likenesses of the above description, and will be prepared at all hours of the day to wait upon those who may wish to obtain, at a trifling expense, a perfect facsimile picture of themselves or their friends to preserve to future years.  The public are invited to call and examine his specimens, and com[are for themselves the strongly marked, deep-toned impressions produced by his superior Double Achromatic Camera, with the flat and insipid productions of the old fashioned instruments and process.

He commenced the business when the Art was but in its infancy, and has carefully and scientifically followed it up through all its various stages of improvement to its present stage of perfection.  He forms his own chemicals combinations, instead of being obliged to trust the chance of obtaining good articles from abroad; and having been engaged in the business in the city of New York, where the facilities for making improvements are much greater than in the country, he has, by a long course of experimental practice, obtained that through acquaintance with every thing connected with the art, which he feels confident will enable him to give the most perfect satisfaction to those who shall favor him with their patronage.

He is also prepared to impart instructions in this curious and beautiful art; and by a connection with one of the first establishments in the city, to furnish pupils with the best of Apparatus on more reasonable terms than they could obtain them for themselves there,—besides the advantages of having an opportunity to try their instruments to their satisfaction before taking them away.  Wm. H. Worth. Geneva, August 15, 1845.

William H. Worth is not recorded as being active in Geneva, New York in 1845-1846.  Posted yesterday was a W. H. Worth who was active in Cold Springs, New York in 1842, interesting the advertisement was published in Huntington New York which might suggest that he was active in Huntington?  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a W. H. Worth in Geneva in 1857-1858, its unknown if they are the same person.

R. B. Woolsey

1851                Water Street, Geneva, New York.

R. B. Woolsey was recorded in one advertisement that ran on August 13 & 20, 1851 in the  Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Daguerrean Gallery, Water St., Geneva, N. Y.  The subscriber has just fitted up, and got in [entire] operation, a splendid Daguerrean Gallery, in Prouty’s Block, opposite The Temperance House, where he will be happy to see and accommodate all who may wish anything in his line.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather, and on very short notice.  Citizens and strangers are respectfully solicited to call and examine specimens, and make his acquaintance.  Strangers who are traveling thro’ the village can be supplied with a fine likeness in 30 minutes.

Pictures put up in Lockets, Rings, Bracelets, &c., in the best style, varying in price according to stock.   R. B. Woolsey.                                              

R. B. Woolsey is not recorded in other photographic directories.

R. B. Wight

1841-1842       Rooms on Seneca Street, nearly opposite Field’s Mansion House, Geneva, New                                   York.

R. B. Wight was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  The second advertisement and the announcement is for the partnership of Wight & Jackson.  The first advertisement ran from October 19 to December 7, 1841.  Daguerreotype Miniature Portraits taken daily by this instrument, at R. B. Wight’s rooms, nearly opposite Field’s Mansion House.  Geneva, Oct. 19, 1841.

The announcement appeared on May 31, 1842.  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 second advertisement ran from May 31 to July 19, 1842.  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. 

R. B. Wight and Wight and Jackson are not recorded in other photographic directories

B. F. Wiggins

1855                Address and location Unknown, New York.

B. F. Wiggins was recorded in two announcements. The first appeared on October 26, 1855 in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes, $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes, $1.00

The second announcement appeared on October 31, 1855 in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York).  Premiums Awarded At The Agricultural Society Of Town Of Seneca, At the Fair, Oct. 17 and 18, 1855….….Discretionary:…

To J. B. Sinsabaugh for largest collection and best display of Daguerreotypes, $2.00

To. B. F. Wiggins 2d best Daguerreotypes, $1.00

B.F. Wiggins is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Walker & Humphrey

1850                Geneva, New York.

1850                Elmira, New York.

Walker & Humphrey (Samuel Lear Walker & Samuel Dwight Humphrey) were recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in the Geneva Daily Gazette (Geneva, New York).  The advertisement ran from February 22 to March 15, 1850.  Daguerreotypes!  Walker And Humphrey, Daguerrean Building, Geneva.  Professor Humphrey would return his thanks to his numerous friends for the patronage they have kindly bestowed on him during his short stay in Geneva.  He would also say that he has just returned from New-York with a full and complete assortment of choice stock of all kinds; viz. the most beautiful lot of Papier Mache Cases ever taken from the City of N. York, Rosewood Frames of all styles and sizes; a large assortment of Morocco Cases lined with velvet, and of all patterns, and by far the richest and most complete assortment of fine Gold Lockets ever exhibited in this village.

Prof. H., in order better to extended his already extensive business, has associated with himself Prof. S. L. Walker, who stands unequalled in the Daguerrean Art.  Prof. W. is one of the oldest and by far the best Artist in America; his Specimens have won the praise of all; the first and only time he was a competitor at the N. Y. State Fair, was in 1848, at which time he was a warded the highest honors, and a silver medal for the best lot of Daguerreotypes exhibited.

It is their determination that no one shall excel them in producing likenesses, and that those possessing one of their specimens shall never have cause to regret their time and money spent in obtaining it.

All must call soon, as they will stay in Geneva only three weeks, at the expiration of that time they leave for Elmira, where they will remain only four weeks.  All must be aware that they must necessarily incur great expense, hence the necessity of their short stay in each place they visit.

No pains or expense has or shall be speared in making this the most magnificent, as well as it really is the largest travelling Gallery in the world; containing Portraits of the most eminent American Statesmen, and other distinguished characters, amongst which may be found the excellent portraits, all of which were taken from life, of

President Taylor,                                Hon. H. J. Redfield,

Hon. D. Webster,                                Francis Granger,

T. Corwin,                                           R. C. Schenck, Ohio,

Ex.-Gov. Silas Wright,                       Gen. S. Van Rensselaer,

Ex.-Gov. Wm. H. Seward,                  Gen. Swift,

Ex.-Gov. Toucy of Ct.,                       Col. May, Texas,

Ex.-Gov. Lincoln, Mass.                     Major Merrell,

Gov. Briggs of Mass.,                         Captain Walker,

Hon. Judge Nelson,                             Captain Sandford,

Hon. Judge Conklin,                           John B. Gough,

Hon. Judge Wilson,                            Mrs. Farnham , Cal.

A. Spencer,                                         Alfred B. Street,

B. Van Buren                                      E. Nott, D. D. LL. D.

Wm. B. Sprague, D. D., and a host of others.

Pictures put up in all styles; in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Pins, Rings, Cane Heads, Door Plates, &c., &c.  Gentlemen’s Country Seats, Public Buildings, copied and not reversed.  Portraits, Engravings, Daguerreotypes, copied at short notice.  Portraits of sick or deceased persons taken at their residence, when required.

Profs. W. & H. have one of the largest size Cameras, with which they are enabled to take Likenesses twice as large as any one ever here before.

The best Daguerreotypes are taken in cloudy weather; though, when children are to be taken, the best light is from 11 to 2 o’clock.  All are invited to call and examine the numerous specimens, whether desirous of sitting or not.

Stock and Apparatus on hand, and for sale at N. York prices.  Instructions given in the art, and Apparatus furnished.

Also for sale, Humphrey’s System of Photography, with all the late improvements in the Daguerreotype process.  Price $2. 

The announcement appeared on March 1, 1850.  The delightful weather of the past week had a tendency to call out the beauty and fashion of our beautiful village; and not a few embraced the opportunity to call at the Daguerrean Rooms of Messrs. Walker & Humphrey, where they left impressions of their smiling faces which even old father Time, the universal destroyer of every thing lovely and adored, cannot efface.

Speaking of Daguerreotypes, we wonder some of our citizens do not obtain views of the many splendid edifices which adorn our village.  The above firm have procured an instrument of the largest kind for that express purpose and have produced several scenes of rare excellence and beauty.

These gentlemen stay in Geneva but a short time longer, and all who wish their services must call soon.

Samuel Lear Walker and Samuel Dwight Humphrey are both listed in other photographic directories they are not however listed together as partners.

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.