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1854                Near The South Park, Pulaski, New York.

Smith appeared in one announcement on September 14, 1854 in The Pulaski Democrat (Pulaski, New York).  Daguerrean Car.—Mr. Moulton has located his Daguerrian Car near the South Park, strung out some good looking faces as signs, and ask the public to visit him.  We have done so.  The establishment has decidedly a “taking appearance—the specimens are equal to any we ever saw—and more of the same sort furnished to order.  Smith, so popular here three or four years ago, a fine artist and a capital fellow, is with him.  It cost nothing to look at their pictures and time spent viewing beautiful pictures is not lost.

Smith is possibly J. B. Smith; Moulton is possibly William J. Moulton.  J. B. Smith was published in the blog on February 3, 2021, he was active in Pulaski from August 28 to Septtember18, 1851.  J. B. Smith and William J. Moulton are referenced as partners in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Rome, New York in 1857-1858.  

J. B. Smith

1851                Public Grounds, near the Court House, Pulaski, New York.

J. B. Smith was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in theNorthern Democrat (Pulaski, New York).  Yankeeism.—The old custom of fitting off rooms in each village for taking sky-light Daguerreotypes is thrown into the shades.  A Daguerrean establishment, with sky and side-light, was trundled into our village this week, and located on the public grounds near the Court House.  The operator is taking pictures of rare perfectness, and at low prices.  Some of his specimens equal any we have ever seen elsewhere.

See his card in another column.

The advertisement ran from August 28 to Septtember18, 1851.  Empire Daguerriean Gallery!  J. B. Smith, Would respectfully give notice to the inhabitants of Pulaski, and its vicinity, that he will remain for a few days at this place with his portable Gallery, (on wheels) which is fitted up expressly for the business, having Sky and Side Light combined.  In this combination of light which may be used separately if required, the unpleasant shades have been reduced, and mellowness, prominence and richness given to the likeness.  This double arrangement of sky and side light being thus increased in amount, must and does give quick results.  They are now ready and prepared to take in the Most Approved Style, pictures of all sizes, warranted to give satisfaction, and at reasonable prices.  He flatters himself from his long experience and from his thorough knowledge of all the improvements pertaining to the Daguerrean Art, that his work will not suffer in comparison with that of any operator in America.

All those who have not already secured the likenesses of themselves or friends, should not suffer the present opportunity to escape.

Likenesses Of Children taken in from three to four seconds in the morning, when the weather is clear.  Adults at all hours of the day and in all kinds of weather.  Particular attention is paid to taking Family Groups.

Perfect copies taken from old Daguerreotypes or Portraits, warranted to suit in all respects, or no charge.

Persons having sick or deceased friends of whom they wish Miniatures, can be waited upon at their residences.

Miniatures neatly set in Cases, Lockets, Rings, Pins, &c.  Ladies and Gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens.

Pictures put in neat cases for $1 each.                       

The second announcement appeared on September 11, 1851.  Smith’s Daguerrian Gallery still remains in town and is immortalizing numbers of pretty faces.

J. B. Smith is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Pulaski, New York in 1851.  It is unknown if J. B. Smith is the same person who was active in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1846.

J. B. Smith

1846                Orange & Main Streets, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

J. B. Smith was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on April 22,1846 in the Nantucket Inquirer (Nantucket, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.  J. B. Smith respectfully invites the citizens of Nantucket to call at his rooms, corner of Orange and Main Streets, and examine specimens of Daguerreotype Miniatures produced by the highly improved German Camera.  The capacities of this instrument are excelled by no other Camera now in this country, and all persons desirous of obtaining a life like miniature of themselves, are invited to sit for a picture.  No charge will be made unless the likeness prove perfectly satisfactory.  Likenesses taken in cloudy or even stormy weather equally good.

Terms—For extra sizes set in frames, cases, or lockets, from $2, to $10.  a15.

J.B. Smith is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Nantucket, Massachusetts.