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Mr. Merry

1850                Rooms over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.                            1850                Rooms in M’Faddin’s Brick Building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store,                                                  Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Merry was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on April 18, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures.—We invite attention to the advertisement of Mr. Merry in another column.  Every body should get a correct likeness of his friends, and while you are at it, return your own fac-smile to them.  These tokens are the most valuable of gifts.  If you are yet young it may be well to suggest that your likeness at this particular time will be quite as good looking as you could expect it to be hereafter, Mr. Merry can attend to you, and has a good apparatus.  His room is over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store.

The first advertisement ran from April 18 to May 2, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public that he has taken Rooms over the Drug Store of Mr. Lutz, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, In the latest Boston style, with or without colors, well put up in the best quality of Morocco cases, and warranted not to fade or change by age.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens’.  Children who are old enough to keep still 2 to 5 seconds, can be taken as well as older persons.  Call soon or you will be too late, and remember that he takes as good pictures in clear, as in cloudy Weather.

The second advertisement ran from June 5 to July 17, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public, that he has taken rooms in M’Faddin’s brick building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the latest and most approved style.  Mr. Merry pledges himself to make his work equal to that of the best City artists.

He has all the latest improvements, some of which he has added to the art, and among these is a Wheel Buff, of peculiar construction, by which he is enabled to obtain a higher polish, and thereby give a more brilliant and life-like tone to his pictures.

Mr. Merry, by long practice and close attention to the art, is enabled to show the Variegated Eye, be it light or dark, with all the beauty and brilliancy of life itself; and it is in this most essential point, that more artist fail than in any other.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Children are taken in from three to five minutes.  And remember, as good Pictures are taken in cloudy as in clear weather, tho’ for small children a clear day is recommended

The announcement appeared on June 19, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.  Out of countenance we are this morning, and, for the first time in our life, represented by proxy.  But our phiz was captured by no common artist—no less a personage than his blazing majesty old Sol, under the supervision of his accomplished ‘aid,’ Lieut. Col. Merry, who holds forth in the second story of the new brick building opposite Sheller’s Store.  Our counterfeit presentment’ is before us at the present writing, propped up against the inkstand, looking quite modest for a ‘limb of the law,’ (abashed, no doubt, by the presence of the original,) and presents a sedateness and gravity, befitting the prodigious responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of a country editor.  Our devil was of the opinion it looked more like us than we do our-self; but he discovered his mistake on calling for ‘copy.’

—We advise all the good people within a day’s journey of Lewisburg, who place any value upon the likeness of themselves or their friends, to call at Mr. Merry’s rooms within the next ten days, and in from three to five seconds their features can be immortalized in superior style.  A better chance is not likely to occur very soon.

Mr. Merry is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. F. Meginness

1851                N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s Streets, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

J.F. Meginness was recorded in one announcement on July 23, 1851 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Mr. J. F. Meginness, at the N. E. corner of Third & St. Mary’s streets, is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes at short notice in superior style.

J. F. Meginness is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. McCarty

1857                  Room in Beaver’s Building, next to the Telegraph office, Lewisburg,                                                  Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                        1857-1858       Rooms above Christ & Caldwell’s Drug Store, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. McCarty was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from February 6 to May 26, 1857.  This Way, Ladies and Gentlemen!  For good, durable, cheap and beautiful Pictures.

Ambrotype Likenesses of a very superior quality on a new and improved  plan, far surpassing the Daguerreotype.  They are not reversed, but show everything in its true position—are without the glare of the Daguerreotype, and hence may be seen in any view; they are taken in one fifth of the time of a Daguerreotype, and therefore better for taking small Children, which require but a second in a bright light, and on dark or rainy days are taken as quick as Daguerreotypes in the clearest days; they are far more durable than any picture ever made by light, being taken on plate glass to which another plate of the same is hermetically sealed with an indestructible cement, by which the picture retains its brilliancy for ages; and it will not corrode by acids, nor injured by weather or climate.

Copies of Daguerreotypes, Oil Paintings, engravings, or any other object whatever, are made by this process finer than by any other known.  Portraits set in elegant frames of morocco, or fancy cases, gold lockets, breast pins, finger rings, &c. &c. at short notice.

Also, Daguerreotypes which for true and faithful life likenesses are not surpassed.  Of either of the above mentioned species of Portraits, the value is undeniable.  They lighten the sorrows of absence or death, by granting us to behold a beloved relative or prized friend almost as distinctly as if present.  Mother!  father!  sisters!  brothers!  Friends!  what would you not give if the faces of the lost might still and ever smile upon you as in life?  Then procure Portraits ere too late!

Charges moderate, and Likenesses warranted to please.  Daguerreotypes, Paintings, Drawings, &c. copied.  Out-door Views and Miniatures of Deceased Persons taken at the shortest notice.  Remember the place—Room in Beaver’s building, next the Telegraph office, Lewisburg. M’Carty, Artist.  We Study To Please.

The announcement appeared on May 22, 1857.  M’Carty, Daguerrean Artist, has stopped in Lewisburg several months, and done a very large and satisfactory business.  His pictures are clear and life-like, and prices moderate.  Next Wednesday he will finish his visit here, and all who desire one of his pictures, should call on or before that time, as he will positively leave next morning.  Rooms next to the chronicle and Telegraph office.

The second advertisement ran from October 2, 1857 to October 1, 1858.  M’Carty, the Cheap Picture Man, Back Again!  We take this method of informing the citizens of Lewisburg and surrounding country, that we are again with them for a short time, and now offer them a better article at lower prices than ever heretofore.  We have taken the old stand above Christ & Caldwell’s Drug Store, and having much better light than we had in our old rooms, and more convenient rooms in every respect, we shall be better able to accommodate.  Persons having pictures of deceased friends or relatives which they would like to have copied or transferred to paper on a much larger scale, can have it done on short notice, and the copies will be warranted to be equally as good , and sometimes better than those which they are taken from.  Persons wanting Photographs can have them for prices ranging from $5 to $20.  Pictures of persons confined to their rooms through sickness, and of deceased persons taken at the shortest notice, at their residences:  pictures of young children taken in one second in a bright light.  Outdoor Views of buildings, &c., taken to order.  Ambrotype pictures taken on dark and rainy days quicker than Daguerreotypes on the clearest and brightest.  Pictures from 50 cts. to $20, to suit the purchaser.  We extend a cordial invitation to all to call and see us and examine our specimens, whether they want pictures or not.  Remember the place, rooms over Christ & Caldwell’s Mammoth Drug Store.  We study to please.  M’Carty, Artist.

N. B.—Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished at the lowest prices. Persons wishing to learn the business can now have an opportunity not often met with.

Mr. McCarty is not recorded in other photograph directories as being in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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.