1855-1856 Sherman’s Block, Vergennes, Vermont.
J. H. Stearns (possibly Joseph H. Stearns) was recorded in one announcement and one advertisements in The Enterprise and Vermonter (Vergennes, Vermont). The announcement appeared on October 12, 1855 Please notice, on the next page, the advertisements of Mr. Owen and Mrs. Stewart; also that our old friend Stearns, whose beautiful Daguerreotypes have long elicited the admiration of this community…
The advertisement ran from October 12, 1855 to March 14, 1856. Stearns Has Just Reopened His Daguerreotype Saloon In Sherman’s Block, Vergennes, VT. Correct Likenesses, Taken In Any Weather, Put Up In Superior Style, And warranted not to fade! Perfect Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Likenesses Of Children! Parents, wishing to obtain Correct Likenesses of their children will do well to call on the subscriber, who pledges himself to obtain a correct picture of any child who will remain in one position from two to five seconds. J. H. Stearns, Vergennes, Oct 9, 1855.
J. H. Stearns is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Vergennes, Vermont. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a Joseph H. Stearns in Bristol Vermont as an ambrotypist in 1860. At this time it is unknown if they are the same person, but the possibility is good that they are, further research is needed to fill in the missing years.