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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.