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Nathaniel Jacocks

1854                Rooms over F. A. Savage’s Store, Glasgow, Missouri.

Nathaniel Jacocks was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 6 to August 3, 1854 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Daguerreotype Electro-Magnetic Miniatures, Taken In A Few Seconds.  Nathaniel Jacocks Begs leave to inform the citizens of this place that he will take miniatures after the Electro Magnetic Process, being the latest improvement in Daguerreotype, by which the time of sitting is made shorter, and the Pictures far more brilliant than by other methods.

Engravings, Portraits, Miniatures, &c., correctly copied, if desired.  The finest specimens and variety of Cases, Lockets, &c., ever brought to this city.  Call and examine for yourselves.

Families taken on the most reasonable terms.  Rooms over F. A. Savage’s Store.  Glasgow.

Nathaniel Jacocks is not listed in other photographic directories.

Hunter & Lea

1857                Rooms on First Street, opposite the Post Office, Glasgow, Missouri.

Hunter & Lea were recorded in an announcement dated  September 17, 1857 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes and Photographs.  Messrs. Hunter & Lea have taken rooms on first street, opposite the Post Office, where they are prepared to accommodate all who may need their services.—They will take pictures of any size, either on Glass, Isingglass, Paper or Sheet Iron, put them up in handsome cases, rings, lockets or breast-pins, and at a price from $1.50 up, according to size and case.  Families taken at a reduction on regular prices.  They have a large number of specimens, of their own work, which show them to be masters of their art, which is more than can be said of every one who travels around, rendering hideous the “human face divine.”  Give them a call—examine their work—and if you want a picture you will be at the right place to get it.

 

Hunter & Lea are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Frazier

1851                Over the Old Drug Store, Up-Stairs, Glasgow, Missouri.

Mr. Frazier was recorded in an advertisement and announcement.  The advertisement ran from April 10 to May 22, 1851  in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Daguerrean Likenesses.  Mr. Frazier, Daguerrean Artist, can be found up stairs, over the old drug store, opposite Dr. Vaughan’s office, prepared to take true and finished likenesses of all who may desire to employ him.  His stay will be short.  Call and see his specimens.

The announcement appeared on May 22, 1851 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Frazier requests us to say that he will leave here next Tuesday morning, previous to which time he desires to fulfill all his engagements.  Those wanting likenesses should call without delay.

John Chamberlain

1858                First Street, 57 Union Block, Glasgow, Missouri.

John Chamberlain was recorded in an announcement on March 25, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri.)  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Jno. Chamberlain has fitted up a room in the rear of his jewelry shop, where he is prepared to take likenesses of every description, at a moments notice.  He formerly was engaged in the Daguerrean business, and has recently graduated under Prof. Burch, one of the best Ambrotypist that has ever visited our town.  Mr. C. has a fine instrument, a good assortment of stock, and will do you up a likeness of any required description or price, in less time than you have taken to read this notice.

On May 6 an advertisement appeared and ran until December 9, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri.)  John Chamberlain, Ambrotypist.  Rooms At His Jewelry Store.  Fine & Common Cases, Lockets, Pins & Rings, for Likenesses.  Work Done At A Moment’s Notice, And Warranted.

Both John Chamberlain and H. F. Burch are not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. F. Burch

1858                Rooms over White’s Drug Store, Glasgow, Missouri.

H. F. Burch was recorded in an announcement in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri) on January 7, 1858. Ambrotypes.—An excellent Ambrotypist is in town. His specimens are good, and those wanting pictures should call without delay.

On January 14, 1858 he was listed in an advertisement in the same newspaper which ran until February 18, 1858.  Ambrotyping.  We would respectfully announce to the citizens of Glasgow and vicinity, that we have opened rooms over White’s Drug Store, for a short time only, for the purpose of Taking Pictures in the above named Art.

This new style of Pictures is fast taking the place of all other methods of producing photographic pictures, as they possess all the beauty of light and shade so much desired in a likeness of one’s self; at the same time they cannot be surpassed in beauty of finish and depth of tone.  The picture is taken up-on glass and is subject to no change in any climate, giving the true position of the subject; and the time of sitting is reduced to about one-third; therefore, the beauty of expression is preserved in all its truthfulness.    H. F. Burch.

On March 25, 1858 he is mentioned in an advertisement as a teacher of John Chamberlain in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri.)  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Jno. Chamberlain has fitted up a room in the rear of his jewelry shop, where he is prepared to take likenesses of every description, at a moments notice.  He formerly was engaged in the Daguerrean business, and has recently graduated under Prof. Burch, one of the best Ambrotypist that has ever visited our town.  Mr. C. has a fine instrument, a good assortment of stock, and will do you up a likeness of any required description or price, in less time than you have taken to read this notice.

H. F. Burch is not listed in other photographic directories.

W. B. Benson

W. B. Benson as stated before is possibly W. Benson and in the partnership of Benson & Wright, but until further research can be found it is only speculation that there is a connection.  The following announcements and advertisements are all from the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri.)

Announcement recorded on November 4, 1852.  Benson, The Daguerrean, Has arrived, and will remain 10 days at the “Glasgow House.”  Those Ladies and Gentlemen desiring Miniatures possessing Life Expression, Clearness of Outline and Beauty Of Finish will please call without delay.  Types taken without regard to weather and warranted not to fade.  Gentlemen taught by the most approved method.  W. B. Benson, Practical Operator.

On July 14, 1853 an announcement appears Daguerreotypes.—Benson, the far-famed Daguerrean Artist, is in town, which is a sufficient announcement for all who want faithful pictures of themselves and friends.  Give him a call.

An advertisement a week later on July 21 and ran until July 28, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.  Those who want a correct and highly finished miniature of themselves or friends, will call on the undersigned without delay, as I intend leaving for Huntsville in ten days from date.

Operating rooms in the Female Seminary.  Hours of business from 7 A. M. to 5 P. M.

The art taught with all the improvements.  A first rate second hand instrument for sale cheap.  W. B. Benson, Practical Operator.

Another advertisement ran for two weeks on August 4 & 11, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.  Those who want a correct and highly finished miniature of themselves or friends, will call on the undersigned without delay, as I intend leaving for Huntsville in ten days from date.

Operating rooms in the Female Seminary.  Hours of business from 7 A. M. to 5 P. M.

The art taught with all the improvements.  A first rate second hand instrument for sale cheap; together with everything necessary for a complete outfit.  One of the instruments is of the celebrated Voightlander’s make.  W. B. Benson, Practical Operator.

Also on August 11, 1853 another advertisement  appears.  Daguerreotypes.  Huntsville, Mo.  Those who want a correct and well-finished miniature of themselves or friends, will call on the undersigned Immediately,, as his stay is limited to a few days.  Operating rooms in the Court House.— Hours of business from 7 A. M. to 5 P. M.

The art taught with all the improvements.  Two first rate instrument for sale cheap; together with everything necessary for a complete outfit.  One of the instruments is of the celebrated Voightlander’s make.  W. B. Benson, Practical Operator.

W. B. Benson does not appear in any of the photographic directories that I have consulted.

W. Benson

W. Benson was recorded in an announcement and then an advertisement in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri) on September 5, 1850.  The advertisement ran until September 12.  Daguerrean Portraits.—See advertisement of Mr. Benson, Daguerrean Artist.  He is one of the best operators that has been in our city for some time, and those in want of likeness should give him a call.

Worthy of Notice.  Daguerreotype Portraits!!  W. Benson, Daguerrean Artist, most respectfully informs the citizens of Glasgow, and vicinity, that he has taken rooms for one week over J. C. Davis old Store, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Portraits.  Having a Practical Knowledge of his Profession, and apparatus of Superior quality, he is enabled to produce Pictures that, for life-like expressions, and correct delineation of features, Cannot Be Excelled!  Ladies and Gentlemen are politely invited to examine specimens, and judge for themselves.  Taken without regard to weather!  Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished.  Sick and deceased persons taken.  Office hours, from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M.

On September 19 another announcement appeared in the Glasgow Weekly Times.  Portraits.—All in want of a fine picture should not fail to call on Mr. Benson, forthwith.  He leaves this week, and another opportunity may not be presented soon.

Again in an announcement in the Glasgow Weekly Times on May 15, 1851 Jenny Lind in Fayette—Great Excitement.—Crowds are thronging to the Court House to view this beautiful specimen of Art, and to have themselves Daguerreotyped by Benson the famous Daguerrean.

W. Benson was also discussed in yesterday’s post, by the way he is written about in the announcements it appears that he has been around for some time.  Further newspaper research may shed more light into his career.

Benson & Wright

Benson & Wright were recorded in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri) in an announcement on January 15, 1857.  Improved Ambrotypes.  Messrs. Benson & Wright, Ambrotypist, have opened a Gallery on First Street, opposite the Post Office, where they are prepared, with “Heaven’s own light,” to produce facsimiles of features and form, of all who will give them a call.  Their specimens are the best that we have seen, and those desiring a good likeness should call early as their stay is Limited.  Mr. Benson is one of the best operators in the country, having had long experience, which combined with his good taste, places him at the head of his profession.  He has some entirely new, and beautiful improvements.

On January 22, 1857 in the same newspaper another announcement appears.  Superb Ambrotypes.  We are not in the habit of puffing everyone and everything, but when we see those engaged in any business or profession who really deserve it, we take great pleasure in recommending them to the public.  Prof. Benson and Dr. Wright (We add the Prof. and Dr. to keep up with the times), Ambrotypist, are of the latter class, and we can cheerfully recommend them to all who want good pictures:  As they will remain only a few days longer, we advise our friends, if they want true likenesses of themselves, to call soon, for an opportunity like the present, does not often occur.—We had thought, when we commenced this article, that we would give a description of their pictures, but we feel confident that we could not do them justice.  Suffice to say there is life, beauty and perfection in their productions, that we have never seen equaled in Photography.  Then go and see for yourselves, and we are satisfied you will not leave without your likeness.  Gallery opposite the Post Office, where they are prepared to take miniatures, at all times, regardless of the weather.

Where no first names are associated with the announcements it is just speculation to associate them with other known photographers.  Both Benson and Wright are not recorded in other photographic directories nor have I been able to connect them through my research.   I do have some possible candidates but it is only speculation until further research can be found.  W. Benson and W. B. Benson are both listed in the early 1850’s.  They possibly are the same person but only further research can answer that question.  John Craig does list W. Benson in his registry in 1851 in Boonville, Missouri without an address.  Likewise Marcus Wright was recorded in the Illinois And Missouri State Directory for 1854-1855, but no further records or advertisements have been found.

Benson, W.                                                                                                                                                        1850                Over J. C. Davis old Store, Glasgow, Missouri.                                                      1851                Court House, Fayette, Missouri.                                                                                  1851                Address Unknown, Boonville, Missouri.[1]

Benson, W. B.                                                                                                                                          1852                Rooms at the Glasgow House, Glasgow, Missouri.                                                  1853                Rooms in the Female Seminary, Glasgow, Missouri.                                                1853                Court House, Huntsville, Missouri.

Wright, Marcus                                                                                                                                          1854                105 Market, St. Louis, Missouri.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry