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J. W. C. Morrison 

1846-1847       Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.

1847-1848       Front Street, Bath, Maine.

1853-1855       Address Unknow, Portland. Maine.

1856-1858       130 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1858-1859       130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1860                139 Middle Street Portland, Maine.[1]

1861                26 Market Square, Portland, Maine.

J. W. C. Morrison was recorded in thirteen advertisements (four of which he was mentioned in) and seven announcements in seven different newspapers.  Morrison was in the partnership of Silsbee & Morrison; Smith & Morrison and Albert M. McKenney who worked for/with.  The first announcement appeared on January 2, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  Smart Day’s Work.—Twenty Daguerreotype likenesses were taken, finished and delivered yesterday by Silsby & Morrison.—Bath Tribune.

The first advertisement ran from April 27, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune (Bath, Mine).  J. W. C. Morrison, Daguerrean Gallery, Front Street, Bath, Me.  Four Doors North of the Eliot House.

The second advertisement ran from November 6, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  City Daguerrian Gallery.  J. W. C. Morrison, At his Old rooms, four doors North of the Eliot House, Front St., continues to furnish pictures in the best style of the art, and unsurpassed by any in the country.

Mr. Morrison would invite the public to call and examine specimens of his work, among which may be found many familiar faces, depicted with the utmost truthfulness and beauty.

Pictures taken of the sick and deceased persons by leaving orders at his rooms.

Views of Buildings and Landscapes taken, without being reversed.  Bath, August 21, 1847.

The third advertisement ran from December 13, 1847 to January 26 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  For Holiday Presents or Gifts Of Affection, Daguerreotype Miniatures are acknowledged by universal custom to be the most proper.

They can be procured at all hours, at Morrison’s City Gallery and set in a few minutes in Frames, Cases, Lockets, &c., a large assortment of which in constantly on hand.”

The second announcement appeared on December 27, 1847 in The Northern Tribune.  Presents.  There is nothing more appropriate for a present than a Daguerreotype Miniature.—They can be had in this city in the highest state of perfection.  For further particulars see Daguerrian advertisements.  Bath Daguerrian can’t be beat.

The fourth advertisement (first he was mentioned in) ran from July 18 to September 26, 1850 in the Eastern Times (Bath, Maine).  Daguerreotype Rooms.  B. F. Upton respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen of Bath and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. J. W. C. Morrison, where he will be happy to supply any in want with superior Daguerreotype Miniatures.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.

The third announcement appeared on October 25, 1853 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser  (Portland, Maine).  [Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.]  The Cattle Show And Fair—Second Day.  Pictures…In the center of the hall was a case of photographic pictures, or daguerreotypes on paper, of familiar views, by Smith & Morrison & Co…

Of daguerreotypes, Carlton and Howe contributed two cases of very life-like and beautiful specimens.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 8, 1843 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.  Agreeable to notice , the Fair and Show commenced in Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1853.  The Cattle Show was held in the pasture, corner of Green and Portland Streets.  The Fair of produce and manufactured articles, at Lancaster Hall…

Premiums on Fine Arts, &c…

In regard to Daguerreotypes and Photographs, which perhaps may not be classed so properly under any other department as this.  Your committee particularly recommend notice to be made by you by a Diploma of the fine Crystalotypes (called Daguerreotypes on paper) exhibited by Smith & Morrison of Portland.  As most creditable beginnings of the introduction into our vicinity, so much to be hoped for, of the beautiful development of Photography.

Of the Daguerreotypes exhibited by Geo. W. Howe, as well as those by Mr. S. L. Carlton, they urge honorable mention as sustaining the reputation which the professors of that art have well earned, during many years for those executed here as being among the most beautiful in the world.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 3, 1854 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  The Fair…In Lancaster Hall.  Messrs. Smith & Morrison of this city, contribute a great variety of their superior Photographic likenesses and views.  This branch of the art has been pushed to a wonderful degree of perfection and in the above named firm finds exceedingly skilfull followers.

Mr. S. L. Carlton, the well known daguerreotypist, has a fine show of miniatures, &c., among which are likenesses of many of our city worthies—and one of Lady Cusac Rooney.

Mr. Frank Danielson, successor to Stevens, has also a collection of choice specimens in the daguerreotype line, which will not suffer in comparison with any other in the apartment. 

The fifth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 24, 1857 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 17, 1857 in the Christian Mirror.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The seventh advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to October 21, 1856 in the Christian Mirror.  Notice Photographic.  Having secured the services of that old campaigner in the Daguerreotype business, and oldest Ambrotypist in the State, A. M. McKenney, Esq., I am now able to give more of my personal attention to the production of first rate Photographs Pictures from Life, or Copies of Daguerreotypes, executed at short notice.  J. W. C. Morrison, 130 Middle Street.

The eighth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The ninth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland.

The sixth announcement appeared on December 4, 1856 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine). Maine State AG. Society.  Awards Of Premiums…. Division IV.  Class VI—Miscellaneous And Incidentals…

G. M. Howe, Portland, daguerreotypes,…………Dip.

J. W. C. Morrison, Portland, photographs,………Dip.

R. Adams, Portland, ambrotypes,……………….Dp.

L. Wing[2], Waterville, do.,………………………2.00.

The tenth advertisement (the second one he was mentioned in) appeared on September 28, 1858 in the Christian Mirror. Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McGlaughlin, (successor to J. W, C. Morrison.) At their chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle St., Are producing these pictures in all the various styles of the art and equal to any in the country; from the Life Size Head down to the tinniest Locket picture. Satisfaction Warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of Sick Or Deceased Persons, in the city, or at a distance. 

Also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public buildings,  Natural scenery &c. &c. in the city or elsewhere. 

Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the Nos.  130, 134 and 136 Middle St. Portland, ME.

The eleventh advertisement (third he was mentioned in) appeared on October 1, 1858 in the  Zion’s Advocate (Portland, Maine).  Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McLaughlin, Successors to J. W. C. Morrison.  At Their Chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Are producing these pictures in all the various Styles of the art and equal to any in the Country, from the life size head down to the tinniest Locket picture.  Satisfaction warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of sick or deceased, in the city, or at a distance—also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public Buildings or Natural Scenery in the city or elsewhere.  Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the No. 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street.

The twelfth advertisement (fourth he was mentioned in appeared on January 18, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Isaac H. Dupee, Photographer and Ambrotypist, Would Inform the citizens of Portland and vicinity, that he has taken the well known rooms of J. W. C. Morrison, for the purpose of making a permanent business of the art.  having had ten years experience in the business, he flatters himself that he can satisfy all who may want a good Likeness, and permanent pictures of themselves, or friends.

Every kind of work done at these rooms, usually done in our line of business.  We will [do our] best endeavors to please.

Particular attention paid to [ ? ], Also, to making Pictures of Sick or Deceased persons—and all work entrusted to his care will be done in the Best Manner, and at reasonable rates.

I keep constantly on hand a good assortment of Gold Lockets, Cases, Frames, &c. &c.—all of which will be sold very low.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  Picture Frames.—From the advertisement of Mr. Morrison, in this paper, it will be seen that he has removed to larger and more commodious rooms, 26 Market Square.  He has a large stock of plain and ornamental, gilt, black-walnut and rose-wood mouldings—together with a complete assortment of Photographic materials.

The thirteenth advertisement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  (Removal!  J. W. C. Morrison, & Co., Manufactures and dealers in Picture Portrait and Looking Glass Frames, have removed to No. 26 Market Square, opposite Doering Hall, where may be found Gilt prepared, and Ornamental Mouldings of every style and finish, Looking Glass Frames, &c.

Also an ample stock of Photographic Goods including every article needed by the Photographic Artist.

J. W. C. Morrison is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but the above provides more information, earlier dates and unknown partnerships.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Probably Simon Wing.

Albert M. McKenney

1848                7 Batchelder’s Block, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

1852-1855       86 Factory Island, Opposite the Post Office, Saco, Maine.

1853                Address Unknown, Biddeford, Maine.

1855                163 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1856-1857       130 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1858-1860       122 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.[1]

1861-1864       122 Middle Street, Portland, Maine

1864                284 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Albert M. McKenney was recorded in five announcements and sixteen advertisements in four different newspapers. He was in the partnership of Macomber & McKenney; S. T. & A. M. McKenney; McKenney & Scribner; and by himself.  The first announcement appeared on  October 31, 1848 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  From the Union.  Show and Fair.  York County Agricultural Society.  We proceed to fulfil our promise made last week to give an extended account of the Show and Fair held here, Oct. 11th & 12th.  In order to get the proceedings into a reasonable space, it will be necessary to omit so much of the reports of the adjudging Committees as are merely formal, giving in such cases, the list of premiums awarded, only…

Miscellaneous Articles…Macomber & McKenney, Saco, specimens of daguerreotypes, $2.00

The second announcement appeared on October 31,1848 in the Maine Democrat.  From the Union.  Observations Taken At The Fair.  …Messrs. Macomber & McKenney of our place, presented some excellent daguerreotype likenesses, to which we are bound to pay our especial regards, our own likeness, a complete counterpart of ourself, having been elevated to the high dignity of being criticized and passed upon by a competent committee, with the view of awarding to the artist, if deserved, the tribute due to skill.  We are happy to see by the list that the lot, with the editors thrown in, obtained a gratuity of $1.50.

The first advertisement ran from May 11 to July 13, 1852 in the Maine Democrat.  Portable Daguerrian Saloon!!  Mr. A. M. McKenney, Respectfully announces to his friends and the public, in the vicinity of Saco, that he has arrived in this place with his Portable Daguerrian Saloon, And will remain a few weeks.  It is now on Factory Island, Saco.

He would say to them, he is an old and experienced hand at the business, and keeps up with the times by obtaining all of the Latest Improvements in the Art, and by the aid of his Splendid Saloon, which he has built at great expense, expressly for the business, with a large top light, he feels confident he can furnish those who favor him with a call, with as good or better miniatures that any other operator. 

Perfect and durable likenesses, with or without colors, single, or in groups from two to twenty.  Copies taken from other Daguerreotypes, Portraits, Engravings, Paintings, &c.  Sick Persons taken at their residences.  Particular attention paid to taking Corpses.

Plated and Gold Lockets from $1 to $15.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Terms Reasonable. 

N. B.—I would correct an idea which is prevalent, that Miniatures cannot be taken as well in cloudy weather as clear.  I will take as good a Miniature when it rains or snows, as when perfectly clear.  Saco.

The second advertisement ran from February 8 to May 10, 1853in the Maine Democrat. Not Premium Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber, grateful for the liberal patronage bestowed upon him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford and vicinity, and induced thereby to establish himself permanently in Saco, has the pleasure of informing them that he has purchased the rooms and fixtures of A. H. Beal, recently fitted up on Factory Island, Saco, opposite the Post Office.

The rooms are new, and with the best of Apparatus are inferior to none in the state.

He would say to the public that he commenced the Daguerreian business in its infancy, and has been in the business longer than any other Artist in the County, having made it his constant study for ten years, and devoted much of that time to experimenting in the Art.  He also has a chemical peculiar to himself, and superior to all others, he feels confident he can make a Better picture than any other Artist in this vicinity.

Not wishing, however, the public to rely on his word alone he would be pleased to have ladies and gentlemen visit his rooms and judge for themselves, as he has no intention of deceiving by offering to Wager five hundred dollars that he can take a better miniature than any other Artist.

I have been in Saco and Biddeford, operating in my saloon, about seven months, and in that time have made about 1,000 miniatures, and should have no fears in submitting them to the test of comparison with pictures made by other Artist, not excepting Premium Pictures.

My rooms will be open for visitors all hours of the day.  A Lady will be in attendance in the receiving room to wait upon ladies who favor us with a call.  One and all are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens and sit for pictures, perfect satisfaction guaranteed or no charge made.

I have a large and beautiful assortment of cases, frames, and lockets.  Miniatures taken in all styles, singly or in groups, and in all kinds of weather, equally as good in stormy as in pleasant weather, and at prices that cannot fail to suit.

All kinds of copying done at short notice and in the best manner.

Miniatures taken of sick persons and corpses, at their residences.

Particular Attention Paid To Taking Likenesses Of Children.  A. M. McKenney.

N. B.  I wish to have it distinctly understood by all that I am not connected with any other rooms in Saco or Biddeford.  Be sure to call at A. M. McKenney’s rooms, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, if you wish a perfect likeness.

Copartnership Notice.  The subscribers have entered into a copartnership this day, under the firm name of S. T. & A. M. McKenney, for the purpose of carrying on the Daguerreotype business.  Their place of business is on Factory Island, Opposite the Post Office, Saco, where they will be happy to see all those in want of Portraits.  A. M. McKenney, S. T. McKenney.  Saco, Feb. 4, 1853.

The third advertisement ran from June 14 to October 25, 1853 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  A New Whole Size German Camera.  The only one in the County of York.  Messrs. S. T. & A. M. McKenney would inform the citizens of Saco, Biddeford and vicinity, that they have recently purchased a Whole Size German Camera, for the purpose of making Large Miniatures & for Grouping.

It is double the capacity and more than twice the power of those we have been using.  We can now furnish our customers with as nice a miniature as can be obtained in Boston or elsewhere.  We have also made large addition to our Cases And Frames.  We have the most splendid assortment ever offered in this vicinity.  Please give us a call and examine for yourselves.

Don’t forget the place, S. T. & A. M. McKenney, No. 86, Factory Island, opposite the Post Office, Saco.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 25 to November 8, 1853 in the Maine Democrat. 

Dissolution Of Copartnership.  The Copartnership heretofore existing between S. T. & A. M. McKenney, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.  S. T. McKenney, A. M. McKenney

The fifth advertisement ran from October 25, 1853 to April 4, 1854 in the Maine Democrat. 

Albert M. McKenney, One of the most experienced Artists in the State, will continue to make Good Daguerreotypes at the old stand, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, Opposite the Post Office.

He returns his most sincere thanks for the liberal patronage bestowed on him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same, feeling confident of his ability to take a better Miniature than any other Artist in York County, notwithstanding Bragging Circulars, Chlorine Gas, Advertisements, or Premium Pictures.

I have every facility for taking good Pictures, equal to any other Artist, and have recently obtained some very important improvements in the art, (which are unknown to other Artists in this vicinity.)  Likenesses executed in all styles, Singly, or in Groups, large or small.  Also, several entirely new styles, specimens of which can be seen by calling at my Rooms.  I respectfully invite all to call and examine them.  Perfect satisfaction guaranteed, or no charge made.  Pictures copied in an entirely new and superior manner.  A large assortment of Frames, Cases, and Lockets constantly on hand.  Pictures sold as cheap as at any other place in Saco or Biddeford.

N. B.  No. 86 Factory Island, is the only place “bearing the name of McKenney,” that I am concerned in. 

The sixth advertisement ran from February 3 to April 7, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal  (Biddeford, Maine).  Albert M. McKenney, One of the most experienced Artists in the State, will continue to make Good Daguerreotypes at the old stand, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, opposite the P. O.  He returns his most sincere thanks for the liberal patronage bestowed on him by the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, and respectfully solicits a continuance of the same, feeling confident of his ability to take a Better Miniature than any other Artist in York County, not without standing Bragging Circulars, Chlorine Gas, Advertisements, or Premium Pictures.

I have every facility for taking good Pictures, equal to any other Artist and have recently obtained some very important improvements in the art, (which are unknown to other Artists in this vicinity.)  Likenesses executed in all styles, singly, or in groups, large or small.  Also, several entirely new styles, specimens of which can be seen by calling at my Rooms.  I respectfully invite all to call and examine them.  Perfect satisfaction guaranteed, or no charge made.  Pictures copied in an entirely new and superior manner.  A large assortment of Frames, Cases, and Lockets constantly on hand.  Pictures sold as cheap as at at any other place in Saco, or Biddeford.

N. B. No. 86 Factory Island, is the only place “bearing the name of McKenney,” That I am concerned in.

The third announcement appeared on April 7, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Please notice the advertisement of A. M. McKenney, Daguerrean, Factory Island, Saco.  He has some very fine specimens of Stereoscopic Pictures, a new style, which are executed in the highest style of the art.

The seventh advertisement ran from April 7 to June 16, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal. 

Stereoscopic Pictures!—Made At—A. M. McKenney’s Daguerrian Rooms!! No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.

This style of Daguerreotype, which is entirely new and very beautiful, can be obtained at no other place in York County.  By this process, two pictures are taken at the same time, of the same person, and when finished, blend together as one, which is magnified to the size of life.

Every kind of Daguerreotype executed in a superior manner.  Copying done at short notice in any kind of weather.  A large assortment of cases, frames and lockets constantly on hand, for sale as cheap as by any other Artist in this vicinity.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine some fine specimens of the Stereoscopic Pictures.

The eighth advertisement ran from April 11 to August 22, 1854 in the Maine Democrat.  Stereoscopic Pictures!—Made At—A. M. McKenney’s Daguerreian Rooms!!  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco, This style of Daguerreotypes, which is entirely new and very beautiful, can be obtained at no other place in York County.  By this process, two pictures are taken at the same time, of the same person, and when finished, blend together as one, which is magnified to the size of life.

Every kind of Daguerreotype executed in a superior manner.  Copying done at short notice in any kind of weather.  A large assortment of cases, frames and lockets constantly on hand, for sale as cheap as by any other Artist in this vicinity.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine some fine specimens of the Stereoscopic Pictures.

The ninth advertisement ran from August 29 to December 26, 1854 in the Maine Democrat.  The Best Place—to get a—Daguerreotype Is At A. M. McKenney’s No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.

The tenth advertisement ran from January 2 to October 9, 1855 in the Maine Democrat.  (Saco, Maine.)  January 2, 1855, Vol. XXVI, No. 22, P. 3.

Latest News, From The Saco Daguerreian Gallery, No. 86 Factory Island.  A. M. McKenney makes better Miniatures than any other Artist in this vicinity, and at prices to suit all, from Fifty Cents up-wards.  He has better facilities for making them than any other Artist in this County, (although Brother Artists make false statements to mislead the Public.  All are invited to call, and he will show them a Patent Machine for polishing plates, equal to any in the United States.

Remember the place, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  Where will be found a largen assortment of Cases, Lockets; Pins &c., &c., Constantly On Hand.

The eleventh advertisement ran from January 10 to October 26, 1855 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Latest News, From The Saco Daguerreian Gallery, No. 86 Factory Island.  A. M. McKenney makes better Miniatures than any other Artist in this vicinity, and at prices to suit all, from Fifty Cents up-wards.  He has better facilities for making them than any other Artist in this County, (although Brother Artists make false statements to mislead the Public.  All are invited to call, and he will show them a Patent Machine for polishing plates, equal to any in the United States.

Remember the place, No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  Where will be found a largen assortment of Cases, Lockets; Pins &c., &c., Constantly On Hand.

The twelfth advertisement ran from August 28 & September 11, 1855 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine).  Ambrotypes, Pictures Taken On Glass. At R. Adams & Co., No. 163 Middle Street…Portland.  These Pictures differ essentially from the Daguerreotype, as they can be seen at any angle, are not reversed, will not corrode or change by time, are as permanent as the glass on which they are made, and will retain their brilliancy for ages.

Letters Patent have been obtained for the United States, Great Britain and France, by Mr. Cutting, the Inventor.

R. Adams & Co. have the exclusive right for making these Pictures in this city.  A. M. McKenney.  Rufus Adams.

The thirteenth advertisement ran from October 19 to November 16, 1855 in The Union and Eastern Journal.  Ambrotypes.  Pictures On Glass By A. M. McKenney & Co.  The Ambrotype is one of the greatest improvements achieved in modern photography since the first discovery by Daguerre.  The picture is taken on fine plate glass and united to a corresponding one by an indestructible cement thus securing it in solid glass, as permanent as the silix itself.  The picture is not reversed, has none of the dazzling reflection of the Daguerreotype, is bold and clear in effect and unsurpassed in beauty and finish.  The Ambrotype May be set in monuments, carried to sea or otherwise exposed to weather, in any climate, and will resist the action of the elements and its brilliancy for ages.  They can be seen in any light as well as engravings, and hence are very suitable for large pictures to be hung in frames.  Daguerreotypes can be copied in this permanent style and enlarged to any size.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at our rooms.  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  A. M. McKenny.  A. H. Scribner.

The fourteenth advertisement ran from October 23 to November 13, 1855 in the Maine Democrat.  Ambrotypes.  Pictures On Glass By A. M. McKenney & Co.  The Ambrotype is one of the greatest improvements achieved in modern photography since the first discovery by Daguerre.  The picture is taken on fine plate glass and united to a corresponding one by an indestructible cement thus securing it in solid glass, as permanent as the silix itself.  The picture is not reversed, has none of the dazzling reflection of the Daguerreotype, is bold and clear in effect and unsurpassed in beauty and finish.  The Ambrotype May be set in monuments, carried to sea or otherwise exposed to weather, in any climate, and will resist the action of the elements and its brilliancy for ages.  They can be seen in any light as well as engravings, and hence are very suitable for large pictures to be hung in frames.  Daguerreotypes can be copied in this permanent style and enlarged to any size.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens at our rooms.  No. 86 Factory Island, Saco.  A. M. McKenny.  A. H. Scribner.

The fifteenth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to October 21, 1856 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Notice Photographic.  Having secured the services of that old campaigner in the Daguerreotype business, and oldest Ambrotypist in the State, A. M. McKenney, Esq., I am now able to give more of my personal attention to the production of first rate Photographs Pictures from Life, or Copies of Daguerreotypes, executed at short notice.  J. W. C. Morrison, 130 Middle Street.

The sixteen advertisement ran thirteen times between October 12, 1858 to January 25, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Photographs.  Wonderful Discovery!!  I am prepared to execute Photographs By An Entirely New Process, In A Style Never excelled in this Country.  When finished they resemble a Fine Steel Engraving, Though Far Superior!

Life Size Photographs, In Oil, Water Colors and India Ink.  Photographs of any desired size. 

Copies from old Daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes.

Particular attention paid to Ambrotyping, and all work warranted.

Notice the Sigh of the Big Picture f Daguerre!  122 Middle street, Come And Be Convinced.  A. M. McKenney. 

The fourth announcement appeared on March 8, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Photographs Of The Police.—We have seen at our Police Station some fine photographic likenesses by McKenny and by Burnham of the members of the police department of our city government.  Those by Barnham are taken on two sheets, sitting and standing in a group.  Those by McKenny are taken separately half-length.—They are admirably executed, and being glassed and framed, present an appropriate ornament to the room.  The arrangement of the photographs in the frame is very tasteful.  The Marshal occupies the centre position flanked by his deputies, while the members are arranged around in an elliptical (Sic. form.  By the way, a more efficient and gentlemanly set of men it would be hard to find than those constituting our police force.

The fifth announcement appeared on May 10, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Court House.—As this old structure is about to be demolished, those who may wish to keep alive the association and memories connected with it, had better procure a photographic image of it.  An excellent one has just been taken by Mr. A. M. McKenney, and copies can be procured at his rooms, 122 Middle street.

Albert M. McKenney is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Saco, Maine in 1855 and in Portland, Maine from 1858-1860.  I have not included advertisements after 1860 because the research is incomplete.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.