1855-1856 Main Street, One Door East of Greenbrier House, Lewisburg, Virginia.
John H. Hess was recorded in two advertisements in the Greenbrier Weekly Era (Lewisburg, Virginia). The first advertisement was recorded on May 20 & October 14, 1856. Skylight Daguerrean Gallery, On Main Street, One Door East Of Greenbrier House. The Subscriber would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally that he has recently returned from Philadelphia, to which place he has been for the purpose of receiving instructions in the latest improvements in Daguerreotyping and is now prepared to take likenesses, which will compare favorably with any taken in the State.
His apparatus is entirely new, and has been well tested by some of the best artists in Philadelphia, and pronounced superior to those usually used in the country.
He has on hand a large assortment of beautiful cases, of all sizes, and desires to call particular attention to his Superb Union and magnificent fancy cases, both Single and double. His Stock was selected with a view to please the most fastidious; and when he assures the public that he is determined to please, he hopes to be rewarded with the patronage of all who may wish a likeness of their friends of themselves. Every picture warranted to give satisfaction. Prices from 75 cents and upwards. Terms Cash. J. H. Hess.
Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus and Materials furnished upon the most reasonable terms. Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M. J. H. H. Dec. 25th, 1855.
The second advertisement was recorded on October 14, 1856. Pictures Taken for almost nothing, and the cost thrown into the bargain. Call at the Daguerrean Gallery of John H. Hess, if you want your likeness taken, so low that you will think it is too cheap to be good; but remember all work is warranted to give satisfaction. Having reduced his prices, he will take Pictures lower than they ever were taken before. Then come one, come all, and examine specimens, Cases, Frames, &c.
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John H. Hess is not recorded in other photographic directories. Only 5 issues were available between 1854-1856, 1858.