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Jacob H. Lawyer

1848                #2 & #4 Exchange, Second Floor, Albany, New York.[1]                                              1849-1850     37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Jacob H. Lawyer of the partnership of Lawyer and Clark was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 22, 1849 to February 13, 1850 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Albany Daguerrean Gallery.  The Subscribers would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity, that they have opened a Daguerrean Gallery, in the room lately occupied by Messrs. Watson & Ryder, No. 37 Owego-st, where they will be at all times in readiness to furnish the public with better work than ever before done in Ithaca.

Being in possession of all the improvements in the art, they fear no competition, and invite the strictest examination and criticism.  The idea held out by indifferent operators that light eyes cannot be well taken, and linen cannot be made white is expelled at once by an examination of the work in this Gallery.

Miniatures can be obtained here of any size or price, at which they ought honestly to be afforded, but always of a superior quality.  The senior partner of the establishment have been employed as the operators in Meade & Bro’s. Gallery in Albany, in 1848, the best in the state feels confident of being able to give the public better Miniatures than have ever been furnished, and satisfy all that they have heretofore been outrageously humbugged.  The following recommendation is from Messrs. Meade, Albany:

We confidently recommend Mr. J. H. Lawyer to the public as a first rate Daguerrean Artist, understanding all the late improvements in the art.  Mr. L. has taken pictures in our establishment and has given general satisfaction.   Meade & Brother.  Albany, July 10, 1848.

The experience of the senior partner for the last three years in the business in the best Galleries, is sufficient to entitle him to the confidence of public when those around him are but beginners in the business without experience or taste.  Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms, and chemicals, &c. kept constantly on hand for sale.  J. H. Lawyer.  F. C. Clark.  Ithaca, August 20, 1849.

J. H. Lawyer is listed in other photographic directories, but is listed here for the information in the advertisement.

[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Lathrop & Watson

1848-1849       37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Lathrop & Watson appeared in one advertisement that ran from August 9, 1848 to March 14, 1849 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Daguerreotypes At No. 37, Owego St.  Likenesses can be had of all sizes in a new and improved style, and on the most reasonable terms.—Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens and sit for their Likeness, if they choose, by way of experiments, free of charge.  Instructions given in the latest improvements in the art-Chemicals, Apparatus, &c. furnished on the most liberal terms. Lathrop & Watson.

Lathrop & Watson (first names are unknown) but they are mentioned in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Milton S. Lathrop as the partnership of Milton & Lathrop (?) with the note “this is probably an error”.  I believe that the Lathrop is probably Milton S. Lathrop and Watson is unknown at this time.

Benaiah G. Jayne

1857-1859       94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Benaiah G. Jayne was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  The first advertisement ran from February 4 to August 5, 1857.  Found At Last!  The place in Ithaca where True And Perfect Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Likenesses, can be obtained.  The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that they have taken the Daguerrean Rooms, 94 Owego-st, Ithaca, formerly occupied by F. C. Clark, and recently by N. J. Kellogg, 2 doors west of Avery, Woodworth & co.’s store, and opposite Greenly’s, where they are prepared to Take Pictures, in the Latest and Most Improved Style of the Art.  Having had a long experience in the business, they are confident of giving entire satisfaction to all who may favor them with a call.  In order to bring their pictures into immediate notice they will for the coming Month take Pictures for Fifty Cents!

Remember! We guarantee you a Better Picture than can be obtained elsewhere in the county, or no charge.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

The first announcement ran on February 12, 1857.—The advertisement of Messrs. Jayne & Co. Daguerreotype and Ambrotype operators may be found in our columns, to-day.  These gentlemen reach us with high recommendations and the likenesses taken by them since here have proved them to be superior in their art.

The second advertisement ran from March 4 to August 5, 1857.  Pictures for 50 Cents, Warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  The subscriber would respectfully announce that in consideration of the very liberal patronage they have received since in Ithaca they will continue to take Pictures at their former low prices.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Don’t forget the place 94 Owego-st.

The second announcement appeared on March 11, 1857.—Pictures of friends and of families have become as common as sunlight, and have also become quite as necessary.  No one seems to exist or become a member of society unless he can show his picture to himself and fellow men, and therefore a good one is desirable.  The skill of B. G. Jayne, & Co. in the Daguerreotype line is proverbial, and they have so near attained perfection that a picture of oneself, we are inclined to think, is handsome!  However people will so differ in opinion!

The third announcement appeared on April 1, 1857.  Editor Journal—Permit me through the columns of your paper to call the attention of your numerous readers to the firm of B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, 94 Owego street.  It is always desirable to have young men of ability and moral worth settle among us; and more particularly is it so in in this instance when they are complete masters of a beautiful and useful art.  Daguerreotyping has become a necessity in every community.  Almost every household feels a strong desire to have true and perfect likenesses of its members, that when they are called, as all must be sooner or later, to that home from which, none return, there may be left a life-like representation behind.  I desire to make no invidious comparison between Messrs. B. G. Jayne & Co., and other artists in this village, but simply to say that from what I have seen of their work, I believe they can and do produce Daguerreotype and Ambrotype pictures true to life.  That I consider the perfection of the art.       W.

The fourth announcement appeared on June 3, 1857.  A 5 dollar bank note.  In center of the note is a round building, a train pulling three cars.   B. G. Jayne & Co., Daguerrean Artists, Rooms North Side of Owego Street, opposite the Old Bank Of Ithaca.  Secured By Daguerrean Stock.  B. G. Jayne & Co. will produce a Superior Likeness on the most reasonable terms, and warranted to give Satisfaction.

The fifth announcement appeared on July 1, 1857.  A series of six fine daguerreotype and ambrotype views taken after the late flood by B. G. Jayne & Co., and have been forwarded to Frank Leslie of New York, who telegraphed for the same.  Mr. D. E. Sedgwick has a superb picture of one of the best views after the Freshet.

The third advertisement ran from August 26, 1857 to February 9, 1859.  Ambrotypes.  Something Entirely New At B. G. Jayne & Co.’s.  Pictures On Patent Leather!  Which for depth of tone, fineness of finish, naturalness of expression, and brilliancy of effect, are unsurpassed by any productions in the Photographic Art.  The Ambrographs can be inclosed in a letter and sent to any part of the country without injury, and without any additional charge of postage.

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Melainotypes, Taken at Jayne & Co.’s Rooms, and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.  Don’t forget the place, No. 94 Owego street, opposite the old Bank of Ithaca, and two doors west of Avery, Woodworth & Co.’s.  B. G. Jayne & Co.

Instructions given in the Art, and a well selected assortment of Daguerrean Stock and Chemicals on hand and for sale upon the most reasonable terms.

The sixth announcement appeared on February 23, 1859.  Progress in all the arts at the present moment is a matter of every day occurrence, and indeed so common has it become that our people seem to expect it, as a matter of course.  From the dull, dead-looking daguerreotypes, operators improved to a life-like expression; from that to Ambrotypes, then Melaniotypes, and now the perfection of the art seems to have been attained in beautiful Photographs.  Some splendid specimens may be seen at Jayne’s.

The fourth advertisement ran from February 23 to August 3, 1859.  Photographs At Jayne’s.  The subscriber would announce to the public that he is now prepared to furnish Photographs on paper which cannot fail to satisfy the most inveterate critic.

A general invitation is extended to all to call and examine specimens.  I am also taking first class Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, And Daguerreotypes.  All of which are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, or no charge.  Room 94 Owego street, next door to Grant’s Block and opposite the Old Bank.  B. G. Jayne.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  The New Light.  I would respectfully inform the citizens of Tompkins County that I have purchased the right for this county Mace’s Nonpareil Gas Generator, And shall hereafter keep on hand a full supply of Chandeliers, Brackets, Pendants, and Lamps.  This Light is fully equal to Coal Gas in brilliancy, and far superior in point of economy, furnishing a light equal to a Five Foot Coal Gas Burner, for less than One Cent Per Hour….B. G. Jayne.

Benaiah G. Jayne is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ithaca, New York in 1859.

S. L. J. Hillick

1846                82 Owego Street, over G. H. Collins Tailoring Shop, Ithaca, New York.

S. L. J. Hillick was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 11 to April 15, 1846 in the Ithaca Journal & General Advertiser (Ithaca, New York). S. L. J. Hillick”s Daguerrian Gallery, Over G. H. Collins Tailoring Shop, No. 82 Owego street, Ithaca. Portraits taken on small or large plates, of one person or in groups of from two to six.  The best chemicals and materials necessary in the business furnished at moderate prices.  Pupils instructed and guaranteed to be proficient in the art.  Two or three wanted.  January 27, 1846.

S. L. J. Hillick is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Graves

1852                49 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Graves was recorded in the partnership of Clark & Graves in an advertisement that ran from April 21 to September 15, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Something New.  Messrs. Clark & Graves, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that they have just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

F. C. Clark & Graves are not recorded in other photographic directories.  At the moment Clark and Graves are both unknown.  One can speculate that the F. C. Clark is Frederick J. Clark (one of the Clark Brothers) but their address during this time period in Ithaca was at 37 Oswego Street.  According to Craig’s Daguerreian Registry Edward R. Graves was in Lockport, New York which was about 149 miles away.

J. H. Felch

1845                Rooms 90 Owego Street, over D. W. Hale’s Store, Ithaca, New York.

J. H. Felch was recorded in an advertisement and announcement. The advertisement ran from January 22 to April 2, 1845 in the Ithaca Journal & General Advertiser (Ithaca, New York). Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The subscriber respectfully announces to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ithaca and vicinity that he is prepared to take Photographic Miniatures with entire satisfaction, in clear or cloudy weather and respectfully invites them to call and examine specimens and “see themselves as others see them.”  Price $2.50.

Rooms No. 90, Owego street, over D. W. Hale’s store.  J. H. Felch.

The announcement appeared on February 19, 1845 in the Ithaca Journal & General Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  We have been shown by Mr. Felch, some excellent Daguerreotype Miniatures taken by him.  He has a number of specimens at his rooms and will satisfy any one who may call of the faithfulness with which the features of any one can be transferred to the plate.  Rooms over D. W. Hale’s store.

J. H. Felch is not recorded in other photographic directories.

F. C. Clark

1849-1850       37 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.                                                                                    1852                   49 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.                                                                            1855-1856        94 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

F. C. Clark was listed in four advertisements in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York). The first advertisement for Lawyer & Clark ran from August 22, 1849 to February 13, 1850. Albany Daguerrean Gallery.  The Subscribers would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and vicinity, that they have opened a Daguerrean Gallery, in the room lately occupied by Messrs. Watson & Ryder, No. 37 Owego-st, where they will be at all times in readiness to furnish the public with better work than ever before done in Ithaca.

Being in possession of all the improvements in the art, they fear no competition, and invite the strictest examination and criticism.  The idea held out by indifferent operators that light eyes cannot be well taken, and linen cannot be made white is expelled at once by an examination of the work in this Gallery.

Miniatures can be obtained here of any size or price, at which they ought honestly to be afforded, but always of a superior quality.  The senior partner of the establishment have been employed as the operators in Meade & Bro’s. Gallery in Albany, in 1848, the best in the state feels confident of being able to give the public better Miniatures than have ever been furnished, and satisfy all that they have heretofore been outrageously humbugged.  The following recommendation is from Messrs. Meade, Albany:

We confidently recommend Mr. J. H. Lawyer to the public as a first rate Daguerrean Artist, understanding all the late improvements in the art.  Mr. L. has taken pictures in our establishment and has given general satisfaction.  Meade & Brother.  Albany, July 10, 1848.

The experience of the senior partner for the last three years in the business in the best Galleries, is sufficient to entitle him to the confidence of public when those around him are but beginners in the business without experience or taste.

Instructions given in the art on reasonable terms, and chemicals, &c. kept constantly on hand for sale.         J. H. Lawyer,              F. C. Clark.                 Ithaca, August 20, 1849.

The second advertisement ran from April 21 to September 15, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  for Clark & Graves.  Something New.  Messrs. Clark & Graves, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that they have just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The third advertisement for F. C. Clark ran from September 20 to October 6, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Something New.  Mr. L. C. Clark, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that he has just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The fourth advertisement for F. C. Clark ran from December 5, 1855 to January 2, 1856 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).   Forest City Sky And Side Light Daguerreotypes.  F. C. Clark has just returned from the South, where he visited will all of the most celebrated Daguerreans in the United States and has thus acquired a thorough knowledge of every improvement known in the Daguerrian Art.  He therefore (being well instructed in the art of Photography and Ambrotyping,) takes pleasure in announcing to his friends and patrons that he can eclipse anything that has heretofore been exhibited in Ithaca, in the way of Daguerreotyping; is therefore prepared to take Stereoscope Daguerreotype Likenesses being the latest and most important discovery in the art, by which two pictures of the same person is taken on one plate, and made to appear as one Solid Life-Like Statute.  This beautiful improvement is acknowledged by all who have seen it as the greatest perfection of the Daguerrian Art.—His rooms are the largest and best in the place, having a superior light.  Being a long practitioner, along with a careful application of all the recent improvements of the day, is a sufficient warrant that he can and will put up better pictures than—————.

Please give him a call and you shall not go away dissatisfied.  No money taken without Giving perfect satisfaction.  Rooms at No. 94 Owego Street, Ithaca, one door west of Avery, Woodward & Co.’s. Store.

F. C. Clark was not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if Clark stayed in Ithaca, New York between the times he was in the partnerships of Lawyer & Clark; Clark & Graves; and Clark by himself.

Clark & Graves

1852                49 Owego Street, Ithaca, New York.

Clark & Graves were recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 21 to September 15, 1852 in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York).  Something New.  Messrs. Clark & Graves, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and its vicinity, that they have just opened a beautiful and convenient suit of rooms for taking Daguerreotypes, at No. 49 Owego-st., Over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Store, where they are prepared to furnish those who will favor them with their patronage Perfect Likenesses, and at the same time rich mellow toned pictures, and entirely different style of type than has heretofore been offered to this public.  We have spared no expense or pains in arranging and furnishing out rooms, and from experience can say; that we have better arranged light, and rooms, than any Gallery in this Vicinity.— We have a large Sky-Light connected with a Side-light, either of which we can use, or both in connection, therefore the most fastidious can be suited.  Our Instruments are the best that can be procured—one whole size; and a ¼ size quick worker, by which pictures of children can be made in from 1 to 4 seconds.  We have also purchased a large stock of cases and frames, of the latest styles and patterns, which will enable us to accommodate individuals with pictures of all prices, varying from $1 to $20.  Ladies and gentlemen in the country are particularly invited to call and examine our specimens.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather equally as good as in clear.  Please give us a call and try.

Do not forget the place No. 49 Owego-street, over T. C. Thompson’s Tailor Shop—entrance first door east of L. S. Blue’s shoe store.  Please observe the big sign marked F. C. Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery.

In looking through Craig’s Daguerreian Registry F. C. Clark does not appear.  There is a listing for an Edward R. Graves that fits the approximate date of the partnership and he is listed in the vicinity of up-state New York, but without further proof it is only speculation that they are the same person.

Biteley & Watson

Biteley & Watson were recorded in an advertisement in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York.) on September 5, 1848.  Daguerreotypes At No. 37, Owego St.  Likenesses can be had of all sizes in a new and improved style, and on the most reasonable terms.—Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens and sit for their Likeness, if they choose, by way of experiments, free of charge.  Instructions given in the latest improvements in the art-Chemicals, Apparatus, &c. furnished on the most liberal terms.  Biteley & Watson.   Advertisement ran from September 5, 1848 to March 14, 1849.

The probably is high that Biteley is the same person who is in the company of Biteley & Lawyer in Geneva in 1849.  Watson first name is unknown at this time.

Jefferson Beardsley

Jefferson Beardsley (1833-1895) was recorded in an advertisement in the Ithaca Journal and Advertiser (Ithaca, New York) on September 15, 1858 and which ran until February 23, 1859.  His address is based on Moses Reeves’s advertisement 49 Owego Street, over T. C. Thompson’s Merchant Tailor’s store, Ithaca.

The Sun Still Shines!  “By their Works ye know them.”  I would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ithaca and surrounding country, that I have taken the rooms formerly occupied by M. Reeves, over T. C. Thompson’s and 2 doors west of Culver’s store, where I am prepared to take all kinds of Photographic Pictures in a superior manner.  I will take pictures of Invalids or Deceased Persons, at their residence, on the most reasonable terms and the shortest possible notice.  Portraits painted—miniature or life size—in oil and crayon, Views of residences, Draughting and pictures of every description painted to Order.

Another example of a painter doing photography.  After doing an internet search for Jefferson Beardsley.  I found out that he was a portrait and landscape painter and photographer, working into the 1880’s and possibly beyond.  He is listed in The New York Historical Society Dictionary of Artist in America, 1864-1860.  As a genre painter, Ithaca (N. Y.), exhibited at the National Academy in 1859.

A foot note Beardsley attended the American Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia in 1876 and evidently purchased photographs of French pornography, sometime after he returned home he was charged with a crime and stood trial after college student and young men came in contact with them, he was also accused of making copies.  At the end of the trial he was sentenced to six months of hard labor.[1]

[1] Zen And The Art Of Local History (edited by Carol Kammen, Bob Beatty) p. 103-110.