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J. S. Van Valsor

1849                Rooms at S. S. Scudder’s Hotel, Huntington, New York.

J. S. Van Valsor was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  The first announcement appeared on July 27, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—We refer our readers to the advertisement of Mr. Van Velsor, which will be found in another column.  It will be seen that he has taken Rooms at the hotel of Mr. Scudder, where he is prepared to receive his friends and the public, and furnish a likeness of the “human face divine,” in equal, if not superior style, to any other person who has visited our village for the same purpose.  We have examined some specimens, taken during his sojourn in our village, and are happy to state, that we discover in them a perfectness, which must insure to visitors, a likeness that will give satisfaction in every particular.  The recent improvement in the Daguerrean Art—by which the shade, which formerly partially obscured the relief of the features, is new thrown in the angle—renders a likeness thus procured, not only as beautiful as could be furnished by the brush, but of course, far more accurate.  There are many reasons why this gentleman should receive the patronage of the community, besides his skill as an artist.  We commend him to their kind attention.

The first advertisement ran from July 27 to August 3, 1849.  Daguerreotyping, At the Hotel of S. S. Scudder.  The subscriber would most respectfully announce that from the encouragement he has sustained, since he has been in the village, that it is his purpose to remain as above, for a short time longer where all who wish a good Likeness, by calling early, can be accommodated.

He wishes also to say, that from commanding advantages, viz:  A through Practical knowledge of the system and the use of the late highly improved compound of chemicals, & c., appertaining to the process, flatters himself prepared to furnish to the citizens of Huntington and its vicinity, with Daguerreotypes, in point of tone and development, not to excelled.  The public are aware that Likenesses often present an ill effect, by the features being excessively dark, and in many instances of a dead, blue cast, & c.  It is therefore apparent to all who examine my specimens, that this defect obviated. It is my theory to relieve the features, by a uniform blending of light and shade, rendering the Picture distinct and of a mild, life like tone.

N. B.—Dark dresses and Plaids effect the best drapery.

The best Pictures taken from 8 to 2 o’clock.  J. S. Van Velsor

The second advertisement ran from August 10 to October 12, 1849.  Daguerreotyping At Hotel of S. S. Scudder.  The subscriber would most respectfully announce that from the encouragement he has sustained, since he has been in the village, that it is his purpose to remain as above, for a short time longer where all who wish a good Likeness, by calling early, can be accommodated.

N. B.—Dark dresses and plaids effect the best drapery.

The best pictures taken from 8 to 2 o’clock.  J. S. Van Velsor.

The second announcement appeared on October 19, 1849.  Died in this village at the residence of Mr. Jesse Sammis, On Wednesday last, Mr. Jesse S. Van Velsor, aged 32 years.

Mr. Van Velsor has been engaged for the past few months in this village, at his profession, as a Daguerrean artist.  He had by his urbanity, and gentlemanly deportment, ingratiated himself with our citizens, and though comparatively a stranger received during his sickness, every attention which his situation and humanity could dictate.     

J. S. Van Valsor is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. W.  Sammis.   

1852                One door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, Huntington, New York.

G, W. Sammis of the partnership Clark & Sammis was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The announcement appeared on August 27, 1852.  ‘Secure the shadow ere the substance Flies.’  The advertisement of our young friends Clark & Sammis, who have opened a Daguerrian Gallery, first door west of this office, will be seen in our columns this week.  They are now doing up their friends in inimitable style, and in a way to make an enduring impression.  The pleasant location of their Rooms, polite attention of the operators, and the superior quality of their work is their guarantee of public patronage.

Whether the cloud is on the sky,                                                                                                                      Or fiercely shines the summer sun,                                                                                                                    The people may call in ceaseless crowds                                                                                                        To Clark’s to get their pictures done.

The advertisement ran from August 27 to September 24, 1852.  Clark & Sammis, Daguerreotypists, Would respectfully announce to the people of Huntington and adjacent localities that having taken room, one door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, they are prepared to furnish, in the best style good Pictures to order in Family groups, or singly to suit customers, at prices exceeding low.

Pictures taken in a perfectly natural state and warranted not to fade.  Likenesses inserted in Lockets, Rings, and cases of all qualities.

Daguerreotypes copied, also Portraits: ordinary pictures, and all description of work in the line.  Call and examine specimens.  J. F. Clark, G. W.  Sammis.

G. W. Sammis does not appear in other photographic directories.  Nor does J. F. Clark or the partnership Clark & Sammis.

Richmond & Hawkins

1852                Rooms at the Suffolk Hotel, Huntington, New York.                                                  1852-1853     308 Broadway, New York, New York.

Richmond & Hawkins were recorded in one announcement and three advertisements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  The announcement appeared on June 4, 1852.   Daguerreotypes,

“No Spectre forms of pleasure fled,                                                                                                                   The softening, sweetening tints restored;                                                                                                       For thou cans’t give us back the dead;                                                                                                               E’en with the loveliest looks they wore.”

Thus wrote the Poet, in time past, and in view of a happy reflection, as presented to us, of loved and loving friends, by the Art of the Painter’s [      ].  If thus much be said of the Art, what may we not claim for the imagery as portrayed by the Daguerreotypes of the present day—when all that we looked upon in life, whether of parents, brother, sister or child, as the fairest flowers of Earth, shall bloom in other climes may be made to dwell with those who cherished them here.  Those who would be wise in time, call upon Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins, at the Suffolk Hotel, in this village—and secure a treasure.  The specimens we have seen of the above gentlemanly Artists’ Likenesses, warrant us fully in calling attention to this subject, and the fact of their sojourn among us.  See adv’t.

The first advertisement appeared on June 4, 1852.  Daguerreotypes.  Richmond & Hawkins Daguerrean Artist.  Respectfully inform the inhabitants of Huntington and vicinity that they have taken Rooms at the Suffolk Hotel For A Few days Only, for the purpose of accommodating all those who may be desirous of obtaining a [good] and perfect likeness of either themselves, their families, or their friends—and where they will be pleased to exhibit to all lovers of the Fine Arts—one of the largest and most beautiful collections of miniatures of their own execution ever seen in this Village.

Miniatures taken in this beautiful style, neatly set in Gold Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Cases or Frames in a few minutes—and finished in the highest perfection of the Art; and no person will be required to take them unless they are perfectly satisfactory to themselves and friends.

Delay not then as opportunity shall present to secure one, two, three or six of these miniatures of life, which under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends no price can purchase.

Portraits, Engravings and other Daguerreotypes neatly copied.

Price varying from $1 to $10.

Come Ladies and Gentlemen, one and all and see their specimens, likenesses of Children and Infants taken in three to four seconds between the hours of eleven and Twelve o’clock.

N. B.— Instructions given in the theory and most improved Style.  Stock and Apparatus furnished on liberal terms. Huntington, June 4, 1852.

The second advertisement ran from October 22, 1852 to February 25, 1853.  New and Beautiful Daguerrean Gallery, No. 308 Broadway, NY Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins, Successors to Messrs. W. A. Allen & Brother, would most respectfully call the attention of their friends and the public to their New Rooms, at the above number.  The long experience of Messrs. R. & H. in the art, they flatter themselves will enable them to obtain Daguerreotype Portraits unsurpassed by any Daguerreans in the United States leads them to hope they will receive a liberal share of public patronage.  The Rooms are large, elegant and convenient.

Their Fine Sky Light enables them to take Pictures in the most perfect manner, and in the quickest time, entirely obviating the necessity of a long sitting, and correcting the defects so disagreeable to a refined [     ], in the harsh outlines and color tones so prevalent among the picture taken by the Daguerrean Process.  The Operating Room is well calculated for taking, in a finished and beautiful manner,

Large Groups of Families or Collegiate Classes and also for taking portraits.  For Children—three seconds only being required.

Messrs. R. & H. will give their personal attention to visitors, and most assiduously endeavor to please them with good pictures and perfect Likenesses.

No charge made unless the pictures are perfectly satisfactory.

Their prices are from $1,00 upwards, according to the size, style and finish.

Richmond & Hawkins, 308 Broadway.  Over E. Anthony’s Daguerreotype Depot, East side Broadway, between Pearl and Duane Sts. N. Y.

The third advertisement appeared on November 12, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, At the present time, there are so many pretenders to the Art of Daguerreotyping, and so many of what are called “Pictures.”—tho’ mere daubs—that when one knows where and by whom a real bona fide likeness may be obtained, it is equally an act of justice to the public as to the successful artist, that the same should be made known To those who are looking for the neatest and most convenient rooms for the taking of Daguerreotypes, just step up Broadway to No. 308, where you will be received by Messrs. Richmond & Hawkins—and to their polite attention, they will give you in the shortest possible and most moderate rates a resemblance of your own self to which your friends cannot keep saying that they never saw you looking so well in your life.  The specimens of the above artist work are now rivaling those of the “famed” in their line—and they must soon, if they have not already reached the highest pinnacle, which is their ambition.  Remember the Number—308 Broadway

Richmond & Hawkins are recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New York City in 1852-1853, what is new information is that they also active in 1852 in Huntington, New York.

Mr. Pettis

1856                Mr. Shadbolt’s New Building, Main Street, Huntington, New York.

Mr. Pettis was mentioned in one advertisement that appeared on July 25, 1856 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  Mr. Mayo at Huntington again.  Mr. Mayo the Daguerreotypist, is at Huntington again, and has taken rooms at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, in Main street.  He has also employed Mr. Pettis to assist him, and is now prepared to take Ambrotypes also, which are in many respects far superior to the Daguerreotypes.  We advise all who want a picture to call soon and see his specimens, and then we have no doubt they will sit for their own.  Call soon, as his stay is to be limited, having other engagements.

The identity to Mr. Pettis is unknown it is possible that he could be J. R. Pettis; John A. Pettis or Byron C. Pettis who were all active in Brooklyn, and recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  But without further information he remains unknown.

J. Mayo

1855                House of S. C. Rogers, Main Street, Huntington, New York.                                    1856                Mr. Shadbolt’s New Building, Main Street, Huntington, New York.

J. Mayo was recorded in one advertisement and four announcements in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). The advertisement ran from May 11, 1855 to June 1, 1855. Daguerreotypes.  “Secure the Shadow Ere the substance fades.”  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Huntington Village and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at the House of S. C. Rogers on main St., where he is prepared to execute Daguerrean Likenesses to the satisfaction of all those who may favor him with their patronage.

Large Sized pictures neatly inserted in good cases for One Dollar and upwards, according to size and quality of Case or Locket.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  All persons wishing for correct likenesses of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  No one requested to pay for a picture they do not like.

Think not these pictures by the sunlight made,                                                                                          Shades though they are, will like a shadow, fade!                                                                                        No!  when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie                                                                                                    When death’s grey film o’er spreads the beaming eye;                                                                               These life like pictures mocking at decay,                                                                                                        Will be fresh and vivid as to-day.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Daguerrean Artist. Huntington, May 11, 1855.

The first announcement (poetry) appeared on  November 16, 1855.                           Daguerreotype Miniatures.                                                                                                                                  Go Gents and Ladies who pretend,                                                                                                                  To have a dear and earthly friend;                                                                                                              Just call at Mayo’s rooms made right,                                                                                                      Learn by his new daguerreotype,                                                                                                                    Now these connected with his fixtures,                                                                                                           He intends to take good pictures.                                                                                                                       For one dollar you get your friend                                                                                                                   In a large case you may depend;                                                                                                                        A quarter more we better do,                                                                                                                                A velvet case is then your due.                                                                                                                            For twelve shillings the case will be                                                                                                                  Gilt in and out as you will see,                                                                                                                              For dollars two, the mattings change                                                                                                          Which brings the valet all in range.                                                                                                                     For two and a half a quarter case,                                                                                                               And on the plate a large face.                                                                                                                         And if a figure added be,                                                                                                                                        Another quarter pays the fee.                                                                                                                                For four, you get a double case,                                                                                                                           Yourself and wife, ‘tis no disgrace,                                                                                                                      In book like form you love to show,                                                                                                                   Which you to California go,                                                                                                                                     But five brings out the Jenny Lind,                                                                                                                      The neatest thing we recommend.                                                                                                                      The double though we charge you six,                                                                                                              It is so large, so neat and rich.                                                                                                                               Nice gold locket, and various size to,                                                                                                                 Of different prices, I have a few.                                                                                                                            By good attention, and delight,                                                                                                                        In taking pictures that are right.                                                                                                                       He hopes to gain the confidence,                                                                                                                        Of all the towns inhabitants,                                                                                                                                  I think that money thus laid out,                                                                                                                        Is better far than squandered out.                                                                                                                  For idle toys, and giddy mirth,                                                                                                                      Which soon are passed and learn no worth;                                                                                                  I hope you will patronize this brilliant art,                                                                                                    In which I hope to share a part,                                                                                                                          My rooms are at the Lady Sutton’s.                                                                                                                  In the beautiful village of Cold Spring.                                                                                                          At which place, I hope you will call,                                                                                                                And never be sorry for patronizing.                                                                                                                    Mayo, Cold Spring, Nov. 1, 1855.

The second announcement appeared on July 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes:  Mr. Mayo Back Again!  Mr. Mayo will take room on or about July 25, at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, on Main street, where he will be prepared to take Photographic pictures upon glass, the distinctness of steel plate engravings, and more durable than oil paintings.

This process is styled Ambrotype, from a Greek work, signifying Immortal.  The Ambrotype is taken upon glass, over which is placed a corresponding glass, the two being united by an indestructible gum, enabling the picture to retain its brilliancy for ages.  It will not corrode at sea, or change in any climate, is beautiful in tone, bold and clear in effect, and can be see in any light; and owing to the brief time it requires to sit, the veriest child, as well as the grey-headed father, can be taken.  Pictures can be taken of various sizes by this process, and are well adapted to set in frames to hang in rooms, thus combining the useful with the ornamental.

Those sitting for Ambrotypes will be detained but a short time, as he has procured the services of Mr. Pettis, a gentleman of artistic taste and experience in the Ambrotype Art.  The Ambrotype is generally acknowledged to be superior to the Daguerreotype, and is rapidly taking its place.

Large-sized Ambrotypes taken for one dollar, including a neat case, and warranted to please.  Morning light the best.  Please call soon, as we cannot stop but a short time.

The third announcement appeared on July 25, 1856.  Mr. Mayo at Huntington again.  Mr. Mayo the Daguerreotypist, is at Huntington again, and has taken rooms at Mr. Shadbolt’s new building, in Main street.  He has also employed Mr. Pettis to assist him, and is now prepared to take Ambrotypes also, which are in many respects far superior to the Daguerreotypes.  We advise all who want a picture to call soon and see his specimens, and then we have no doubt they will sit for their own.  Call soon, as his stay is to be limited, having other engagements.

The fourth announcement appeared on August 15, 1856.  Positively the Last Call.  The subscriber returns his sincere thanks to his numerous friends and customers for their pas favors, and would inform those who have not been Daguerreotyped that his engagements are such that he positively cannot stop at Huntington but three or four days longer.  If well, then, come and have your likeness taken before changed by disease; if sick; do not put off too long, as many have done, to the sorrow of their friends.  J. Mayo, Daguerrean.

J. Mayo is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Huntington, New York.

Clarkson

1851                Nearly Opposite the store of H. S. Smith, Huntington, New York.                  1851                Address unknown, Cold Spring, New York.                                                      1851                On the Common, Roslyn, New York.

The Partnership of Disbrow and Clarkson was recorded in three announcement and one advertisement.  The first announcement ran on April 18, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Daguerreotypes.—It is an old saying, and none the less true than old “Something new comes every day.”  The last came, in this vicinity, we chronicle as the arrival of a portable Daguerrean Gallery which is now located nearly opposite the Store of H. S. Smith, where the Proprietors are prepared to see and wait upon our citizens, in all branches of the Daguerrean Art, and furnish them a likeness second to none and equal to the best, in any style and form desired.  The arrangement for light—a great essential in daguerreotyping, known to those who have the least knowledge of the art—will be found superior to that secured in an ordinary room.  Being invited to call and see, we went and see’d. The conveniences of the Rooms, neat and tasty—are equal to those of a parlor.  We advise those who want a good reflection of themselves, to embrace the present occasion to get a faithful one.

They were next recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 18 to May 9, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York). Rare Chance For The People!!  The subscribers would beg leave to call the attention of all the good people of Huntington and vicinity to the Traveling National Daguerrean Saloon, which is now located on Main st., in Huntington Village, where they will remain a short time, kindly soliciting the patronage of those persons in want of correct likenesses of themselves or friends.  The National has its commodious wings and superior sky lights, which combine its adaptation to perfect the Daguerrean Art. What is there of earthly treasures that we can more highly prize as a Keepsake, than a correct Likeness of some absent friend or relation?

N. B. Miniatures For Lockets, Pins, or Rings. Without further comment, please Call and satisfy yourselves. Correct Likeness, or no Charge.  Disbrow & Clarkson, Huntington, April 16, 1851.

The second announcement ran on May 23, 1851 in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, with their Daguerrean Gallery, remain in this village only this week.  Those intending to visit them must do so immediately.  On Monday next they locate at Cold Spring for a short stay.

The third announcement ran on November 7, 1851 in The Plaindealer (Roslyn, New York).  The Daguerrian Saloon.  Some of our readers in passing through our beautiful village, have no doubt noticed a strange looking object on the common, which the matter of fact may have deemed a bathing machine, drawn up for the season, whilst the more imaginative may have pictured it a miniature Noah’s Ark; or at least, one of Barnum’s Fejee caravans.  Had they noticed closer, they would have perceived that it was neither of these, but a perambulating Daguerrian Saloon, attended by two of the genus-homo.—The one a methodistical looking man, who (see hand-bill) addresses the world at large, as “dear friends”; the other, a good-natured looking young man, in appearance and manners somewhat different from his senior.  These two are the proprietors who philanthropically travel around the country, giving, for the price of twelve shillings; and, contraywise, painting men, horses, houses, monkeys, or anything else in nature, with fidelity, skill and dispatch.  Now, ye good people, who have an idea that ye are good looking, or would like to leave a memorial of yourselves with a friend, now is your chance.  Twelve shillings for immortality!  Cheap enough, in all conscience.  A purse is being raised by our enthusiastic subscribers, which, when filled, is to be devoted to the patriotic purpose of having our portraits taken.—These portraits will, no doubt, be in great request; and the world at large had better call at once on Messrs. Disbrow & Clarkson, and secure an impression.  These are the times when true greatness is held up to light, and fears not the sun’s rays.—Whosoever would be great, must first secure twelve shillings, and then, hey for a Daguerreotype.

Disbrow & Clarkson are not listed in partnership in any of the photographic directories that I have access too.  John Craig list three Clarkson’s in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, an F. K. Clarkson is listed in Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1860; Theodore F. Clarkson is listed in Waukegan, Illinois; and Clarkson (no first name is on Long Island in 1853). Without more information it is only speculation that they are the same person.  Disbrow, only one listing in Craig’s was found for a Charles Disbrow in 1849-1850 in New Haven, Connecticut.  Again it possible they are the same person, but at this time its only speculation.

Clark & Sammis

1852                One door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, Huntington, New York.

Clark & Sammis were listed first in an announcement August 27, 1852 in The Long Islander.  (Huntington, New York).  ‘Secure the shadow ere the substance Flies.’  The advertisement of our young friends Clark & Sammis, who have opened a Daguerrian Gallery, first door west of this office, will be seen in our columns this week.  They are now doing up their friends in inimitable style, and in a way to make an enduring impression.  The pleasant location of their Rooms, polite attention of the operators, and the superior quality of their work is their guarantee of public patronage.

Whether the cloud is on the sky,                                                                                                                         Or fiercely shines the summer sun,                                                                                                                    The people may call in ceaseless crowds                                                                                                        To Clark’s to get their pictures done.

And next in an advertisement that ran from August 27 to September 24, 1852 in the same newspaper.  Clark & Sammis, Daguerreotypists, Would respectfully announce to the people of Huntington and adjacent localities that having taken room, one door west of G. H. Shepard’s Grocery, they are prepared to furnish, in the best style good Pictures to order in Family groups, or singly to suit customers, at prices exceeding low.

Pictures taken in a perfectly natural state and warranted not to fade.  Likenesses inserted in Lockets, Rings, and cases of all qualities.

Daguerreotypes copied, also Portraits: ordinary pictures, and all description of work in the line.  Call and examine specimens.   J. F. Clark, G. W.  Sammis.

J. F. Clark and G. W. Sammis are not recorded in other photographic directories.

V. O. Brown

1854                Rooms at the Suffolk Hotel, Huntington, New York.

V. O. Brown is recorded in an announcement and advertisement in The Long Islander (Huntington, New York) on June 16, 1854.  Daguerreotypes Mr. V. O. Brown can be found at the Suffolk Hotel prepared to take true pictures of all who wish to see themselves as they are.  For particulars see advertisement in another column.

Daguerreotypes!  V. O. Brown takes this method of informing the inhabitants of Huntington and vicinity, that he has opened a Room at the Suffolk Hotel, For the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures of the first quality, and invites those in want of a superior Daguerreotype Miniature to call and examine his specimens.  Daguerreotypes copied and neatly set in Cases, Lockets, Breastpins, Rings, & c., and every branch of the art executed and satisfaction warranted.  Miniatures taken in any weather, at prices from 75 cents to $10.  Call early.

V. O. Brown is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1857-1858 in Colchester, Connecticut, John goes on to say that it is possibly the same V. O. Brown that is identified as an itinerant daguerreian in Westminster and Carroll Counties, Maryland in ca. 1853.  At this time there is no proof that they are the same person.

Mr. Allen

A Mr. Allen appears in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Democrat, on December 24, 1846 at 43 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.  There is also a Mr. Allen recorded in The Long Islander, published in Huntington, N.Y. on July 2, 1847 at Mr. Silas T. Ketcham’s.  It is conceivable to think that the two possibly are the same person.

In the Long Islander advertisement he states that he has had long experience in the business.  He takes likenesses for insertion in rings, breast pins, lockets or bracelets, and makes copies from paintings, portraits and daguerreotypes.  Likenesses taken of the sick or deceased persons, at their residences, on the shortest notice.  He also offers instructions in the art, and has rings, breast pins, lockets, and bracelets also apparatus and chemicals of all kinds for sale.

Is the statement that he has had long experience in the business hype or has he been active in the business for a number of years? In trying to identify who Allen might be and verify activity dates a search of photographic directories and histories turned up nothing.  Of the twenty six Allen’s that are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry William A. Allen is the only possibility, based on location and activity dates, his first entry is 1848-1849 at the corner of Bridge and Tillery Streets in Brooklyn.  Two other daguerreian’s E. A. Allen who I posted a couple of day ago was in Burlington, Vt. In 1841, and William Allen who was listed in Batavia, N.Y. in 1848-1849, which is over 350 miles away.  But again without additional conclusive information this is only speculation.