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R. B. (R. D.) Harris

1852                Market Square, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.                                                                               1852                Corner of Fourth and Market Streets, opposite Blair’s Hotel, Lewisburg,                                            Pennsylvania.

R. B (R. D.) Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement. The announcement appeared on May 21, 1852 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania). Lewisburg is well supplied with Daguerrean Artists, at present.  At the lower end of Market Street, S. L. Bergstresser, with his apparatus, materials, Sky-lights, and parlor, all on wheels, ready for locomotion—Spyker & Hawn on Market street, nearly opposite Kremer’s—and R. B. Harris at the upper end of Market Square—are all engaged, and show creditable specimens of their skill in catching and imprisoning nature’s own shadow.

The advertisement ran from May 28 to October 8, 1852 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  R. D. Harris’ Star Daguerrean Gallery!  Corner of Fourth and Market Streets, opposite Blair’s Hotel, Lewisburg, Where having a superior arrangement of light, and from his long experience in the art, he is at all times enabled to take truthful, life-like, expressive and lasting Likenesses, superior to any heretofore taken in Lewisburg, and put them up in a neat and durable case, for One Dollar each.  The citizens of Lewisburg and vicinity are respectfully invited to call, whether they want pictures or not, and examine his specimens, and see—

“How high the polish, pure the tone,                                                                                                                    And every face is Nature’s own:                                                                                                                            Sure never Art, with all its skill,                                                                                                                            The soul with such delight could fill,                                                                                                                  And never was such transport won                                                                                                                    As by those pictures from the Sun.”

“Think not those pictures by the sunlight made, Shades though they are, will like a shadow fade; No! when the lip of flesh in dust shall lie, When Death’s grey film o’erspreads the beaming eye, Those life-like pictures, mocking at decay, Will still be fresh and vivid as to-day!”

Portraits, Daguerreotype Likenesses, &c. copied, or taken true to the original, and neatly set in medallions, breast-pins, &c. for 75 cents.  Daguerreotypes taken as well in cloudy as in clear weather.  For Children’s Likenesses please call early in the day.  Instructions given in the art on moderate terms.

R. B. (R. D) Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

John W. Davis

1856                Rooms in Ammons’ Brick Building, corner Fourth and Market Streets,                                              Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

John W. Davis was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 11 to May 2, 1856 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.  John W. Davis, having taken a room in Ammons’ large three storey brick building, corner Fourth and Market streets, would respectfully invite the citizens of Lewisburg, and vicinity, to call at his establishment, and examine his specimens.  From his long experience in the art, in connection with one of the best artists in the country, he flatters himself that he can give general satisfaction.  Having gone to great expense in procuring the largest size and best made instruments, he is prepared to take Life-like Daguerreotypes, Crayons, Crystalotypes, Stereoscopic Pictures.

John W. Davis is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a John W. Davis in Sumter, South Carolina in 1859, but it is unknown if they are the same person.

Steward L. Bergstresser

Stewart L. Bergstresser was recorded in three different advertisements between 1851 and 1853 in the Lewisburg Chronicle. (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.)  John Craig list a S. L. Bergstresser in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1856 in the partnership of Mowrey & Bergstresser in Quiggle & Mayer’s New Building, Water Street, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  S. L. Bergstresser is also listed in Lock Haven without an address from 1859-1900 in  Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900, (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby.)  This is probably the same person.  A further search of the cities and towns in the area may provide a clearer picture of Bergstresser career.

The first advertisement found was on June 18, 1851, and ran until July 2, 1851.  Splendid Daguerreotypes.  Stewart L. Bergstresser Is happy to announce that not only “All the world and his Wife,” but any of the rest of mankind in these diggings, can have their likenesses taken in superb style, and at low rates, by calling at his room, 1st floor, brick house, opposite Mrs. Gen. Green’s residence.  He will not be in town longer than the 4th July.  Therefore, first come, first served.

The second advertisement appeared on May 21, 1852.  Lewisburg is well supplied with Daguerrean Artists, at present.  At the lower end of Market Street, S. L. Bergstresser, with his apparatus, materials, Sky-lights, and parlor, all on wheels, ready for locomotion—Spyker & Hawn on Market street, nearly opposite Kremer’s—and R. B. Harris at the upper end of Market Square—are all engaged, and show creditable specimens of their skill in catching and imprisoning nature’s own shadow.

The third advertisement appeared on October 29, 1852 and ran until June 3, 1853.  Daguerreotype Likenesses taken according to the latest improvements, at the first door below Iddings’ Store, on the most reasonable terms, by S. L. Bergstresser.

Spyker & Hawn and R. B. Harris have not previously been recorded in any of the photographic directories that have been consulted.

Mr. Barnes

Recorded the following notice on November 6, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.)

Our fellow citizen Mr. Barnes is taking good Daguerreotype likenesses at the house opposite Gen. A. Green’s. “Encourage your own neighbors first.”

December 4, 1850 he advertises in the same paper. Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Barnes informs those who wish to have their Likenesses taken, or a picture of a departed friend copied, that his Daguerrean room, opposite Gen. Green’s, will be open on Saturdays from This week until the 1st of March.

His prices are moderate, and material good—all he asks therefore is a fair trial, after which if a picture does not please, no charge is made. The advertisement ran from December 4, 1850 to January 27, 1851.

Mr. Barnes does not appear in either Craig’s Daguerreian Registry or Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900.