1851 Merchant Street, over Office of Dr. Hunter, Honolulu, Hawaii.
J. Thayer was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in The Polynesian. (Honolulu, Hawaii). The first announcement appeared on July 12, 1851. Daguerreotype Pictures—Now is the time to get good likenesses. For the first time, Honolulu [is] found with an artist who can furnish daguerreotypes of superior quality. Mr. J. Thayer has opened his rooms in the new building on Merchant Street, over the office of Dr. Hunter, where specimens of his [superb] pictures can be seen by all who are disposed [to] call. Some of the impressions taken here, are as [fine] as any that have ever come under our observation and are just the thing to send to absent friends, or [to] keep at home. Call and see for yourselves, and [there] is little doubt that you will sit for a picture.
Mr. Thayer is supplied with a variety of cases, [ ? ] beautiful design, for single pictures or groups. See advertisement in another column.
The advertisement ran from July 12 to August 2, 1851. Daguerreotype Pictures.—J. Thayer would inform the ladies and gentlemen of Honolulu, that he has taken rooms over Dr. Hunter’s office on Kaahumanu street, where he is prepared to take likenesses for a short time only. No likenesses sold unless they give satisfaction. Honolulu, July 12, 1851.
The second announcement appeared on August 16, 1851. Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Thayer has given notice that he will continue but one month longer in Honolulu. Those who wish to avail themselves of his skill in this beautiful art, and procure Good likenesses, would do well to call at once. He has recently been crowded with sitters, and his pictures do credit to his skill, and prove his ability to do justice to his numerous friends.
J. Thayer is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Hawaii in 1851. A J. Thayer is listed in other photographic directories as being active in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1848-1849 it is unknown if they are the same person.