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Proctor & Buell

1852                Room over William’s Hardware Store, Grand Rapids, Michigan.                                1852                New School House, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Proctor & Buell (Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell) were recorded in two advertisements and two announcements in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).   The first advertisement ran from March 2 to May 5, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

P. S.  Messrs. P. & B., will visit Grand Haven, in April, when they will hope to receive that encouragement which their merit claims.

The first announcement appeared on March 23, 1852.  A reference to our advertising columns will show that Messrs. Proctor & Buell, Daguerreian artist, of Grand Rapids, will visit us in April, for the purpose of transferring to silver plates the “human face divine,” in which business they have gained an enviable reputation.

The second advertisement ran from May 12 to June 2, 1852.  Daguerreian.  Messrs. Proctor & Buell of the National Skylight Gallery of Grand Rapids, over William’s Hardware Store, would respectfully invite the citizens of Grand Haven and vicinity, to call and examine specimens of the art, which for clearness of outline, distinctness of features and elegance of expression are not surpassed.  Pictures put up in Pins, Bracelets or Lockets, and in cases or Frames of every variety of style, to suit the most fastidious.

Messrs. P. & B. have taken rooms at the New School-house, in this place, where they will remain for two weeks.  Those wishing pictures of themselves or friends, are very respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.

The second announcement ran on May 26, 1852, Vol. I, No. 45, P. 2.  Mr. Buel, the daguerreian artist, of the firm Proctor & Buel, is in town yet, and wants to see every one of you at his gallery in the New School-house. Where he will be “very happy” to sit you and make a durable shadow of you.  Give him a call, any way, and see if his picture ain’t  “some.”

Both Adonijah Proctor and Lorenzo Buell are recorded in other photographic directories, but not as partners.

Hiram S. Clark

1853                Room at Mr. H. Bean’s Dwelling House, Franklin Street, Grand Haven,                                              Michigan.                                                                                                                      1857                Address Unknown, Neenah, Wisconsin.[1]                                                                      1859                Milwaukee Hotel, Grand Haven, Michigan.

Hiram S. Clark Was recorder in an advertisement that ran from November 23 to December 7, 1853 in the Grand River Times (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would inform the public that he will remain in town but a few days longer, and those wishing likenesses, please call and get them.  The artist will give entire satisfaction both in his art and the reasonableness of his prices.—Call and examine for yourselves.  Room at Mr. H. Bean’s dwelling house, Franklin Street.

Recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 6 to August 10, 1859 in The Grand Haven News (Grand Haven, Michigan).  Ambrotypes:  The subscriber in returning thanks to his many friends and patrons, for the liberal encouragement extended to him, begs leave to call their attention to his Gallery of Art, at the Milwaukee Hotel, where he will remain a few days and take pictures of various styles, at corresponding prices.  He has also every variety of Cases, &c.  The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.

Not recorded in any photographic directory in 1853, listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, and in the research provided by David V. Tinder, Directory of Early Michigan Photographers.

[1] Directory of Early Michigan Photographers by David V. Tinder.