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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.