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Tileston Brothers

1857-1859       First Street opposite the Post Office, Evansville, Indiana.

Tileston Brothers (William W. & Charles M.) were recorded in fifteen announcements in The Evansville Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on June 6, 1857.  The Tileston’s of the Sunbeam Gallery seem determined to keep pace with all the late improvements in their line, and are daily turning out some of the finest pictures we have ever seen taken in this city.  One of them is now away up the river purchasing stock, and getting the late improvement.

The second appeared on June 27, 1857.  The pictures taken by Tileston & Bro., at the Sun Beam Gallery, on First street, seem to be all the go, and give very general satisfaction.  Persons from the neighboring towns and country should give them a call, to see their gallery and specimens.  Their prices are low, ranging from $1 up.  Remember the place, on First street, opposite the Post Office.  They allow none but first rate pictures to leave their rooms.

The third appeared on July 8, 1857.  Stop in as you pass the Sun Beam Gallery, as Tileston & Bro take pleasure in waiting on their visitors.  They may be found on first street opposite the Post Office, where they are constantly turning out their much admired pictures, taken from one dollar up.

The fourth appeared on September 7, 1857.  We know of no place so pleasant to visit as Tileston & Bro’s Ambrotype Gallery, First Street, opposite the Post Office.  The specimens are good and plenty of them.  They make and put up pictures in the finest style, and warrant them to give satisfaction.

The fifth appeared on October 6, 1857.  Report of Awards Made at the Third Annual Fair of the Vanderburgh county Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F.  Class No. 1—Fine Arts, &c.

Tileston & Bro’s, Best Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, Diploma.

The sixth appeared on October 17, 1857.  The Camera used by Tileston & Bro. at their Gallery on First street, opposite the Post Office, is the largest ever used in this city, with which they are now making beautiful whole size pictures in cases or frames.  These pictures are the largest ever gotten up in this place, and when framed make handsome parlor ornaments.  Give them a call and examine their specimens.

The seventh appeared on March 30, 1858.  The finest pictures now taken in the city are taken at Tileston & Bro’s gallery, on First street, opposite the Post Office, where the largest collection of specimens ever exhibited in this city can be seen at all hours during the day.—Readers, your face should be among the collection.

The eighth appeared on October 11, 1858.  Vanderburgh County Fair.—Persons visiting our city during the fair will find it to their interest to call at Tileston & Bro.’s gallery on First street, between Main and Locust, where one of the proprietors can at all times be found ready to wait upon their visitors, either by taking their picture in any style of the art from a miniature to a large sized colored Photograph, or showing their specimens.

The ninth appeared on October 18, 1858.  Photographs.—No object attracted more attention and admiration at the Fair than the beautiful colored photographs by the different artist in the city.  One of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, by Tileston Brothers, attracted the eye of every one, and was the object of universal remark.  Every admirer of the distinguished Senator should obtain one to become familiar with the features of so eminent a statesman.

The tenth appeared on October 19, 1858.  List of Premiums Awarded by the Vanderburgh Agricultural and Horticultural Society…Division F—Class 1.

Randall & Elliott, best collection of Ambrotypes…………………………$1 and dip.

Tileston and Brother, best plain and colored collection of Photographs…..$1 and dip.

The eleventh appeared on December 18, 1858. Chromotypes.—The Messrs. Tileston, assisted by Mr. Webster of Louisville, are producing a beautiful new style of pictures, called Chromotypes, which are equal in beauty and effect to any thing we have seen.  They rival the colored photographs in distinctness and beauty of delineation, and are at the same time much less expensive.  We advise the lovers of art to call at the Tileston gallery and inspect them.

The twelfth announcement appeared on December 21, 1858.  Messrs. Tileston & Bro.—We have been presented with a photographic likeness of Judge Douglas, by the Brothers Tileston.—it is excellent as a work of art, and the likeness represents the Judge as he appeared a few years ago, before his former serene expression had been made rigid and severe, by rough encounters with Lecomptonism.

The thirteen announcement appeared on April 7, 1859.  We would call attention to those beautifully colored pictures called Chronotypes made at Tileston Brothers’ Gallery, opposite the Post Office.  Also their beautiful plain and colored photographs, of all sizes, from one-fourth up to life-size, ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and all the different styles of pictures to be had at their gallery.

The fourteenth announcement appeared on April 27, 1859.  Tileston’s Gallery.—Yesterday we saw at Tileston’s Gallery, photographic portraits—full life size—of Dr. George B. Walker and his lady, which present most perfect living likenesses of the originals; as specimens of the perfection to which the art of photographing has been advanced, they are worth inspection.  The friends of the Doctor and Mrs. W. will, of course, go to see them.  We learn that the negatives were taken here, and the painting was done by an artist in Louisville.  Messrs. Tileston have now the means of furnishing the most perfect effigies and counterfeit presentments of all who wish to see themselves as others see them, or desire that a copy of their lineaments shall be preserved, after they shall fade and pass away.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on June 22, 1859.  The Library Association acknowledge the receipt from Tileston Bros., of a very fine photograph likeness of the Rev. Dr. Baird, (large size).  Donations of this sort are appreciated.  They add to the attractions of the rooms, and besides from a contribution to the stock of the Association, by no means insignificant.  A gallery of portraits of eminent literary men would be a very appropriate adornment for the Library Room.  And it is hoped that the artist friends of the institution will manage to keep the Association under accumulating obligations for their favors.  The portrait of Dr. Baird, besides being a perfect likeness, is, in its mechanical execution, an excellent production.  Messrs. Tilestons need no other recommendation than their own work.

Tileston Brothers are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in Evansville, Indiana 1858-1861. In the eleventh announcement the brothers are assisted by Webster from Louisville, Kentucky this is Edward Z. see post on May 29th William W. Tileston.

George F. Roesberg

1855                531 Main Street, between Second and Third Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.

George F. Roesberg was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 9 to September 7, 1855 in the Daily Louisville Democrat (Louisville, Kentucky).  More Light on the Subject.  A Blue And White Double Quick Work Sky Light. just introduced by Roesberg, enables him to take Daguerreotypes in a few seconds and for the greatly reduced price of 50 cents and upwards.  It is also one of the best lights ever known to produce correct likenesses, either of children or adults.  The red hair and blue eyes have heretofore been difficult to take; but it no longer any trouble to give them the real artistic disposition of light and shade.  The new Sky Light operates as well in cloudy as in clear weather, and gives the likeness the true tone of life.  The public will therefore look to their own interest by calling of Roesberg before going to any other gallery, as there you can buy cheaper, receive a better case, and a much truer likenesses than at any other place in the city.

Just received, a splendid lot of handsome cases, such as velvet, Papier Mache, Pearl, and other kinds too numerous to mention.

Persons having Daguerreotypes badly taken by other Artists can have them retaken for 50 cents, and if not better no charge will be made, at the Mammoth Daguerrean Gallery, No. 531 Main street, between Second and Third.

George F. Roesberg is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in St. Louis, Missouri in 1860.  It is possible that they are the same person but further research is needed.

Kimball

Ca. 1855          Main Street, between Fourth and Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky.

Kimball is mentioned  in an advertisement that was recorded on June 5, 1855 in the Daily Louisville Democrat (Louisville, Kentucky).  The Blue Light!  Harris & Co. have the pleasure of introducing to the citizens of Louisville a new feature in Daguerreotypes, namely: The Blue Light, by which weak eyes can be as well taken as strong ones.  Persons, whose eyes are so sensitive that the ordinary sky-light of the operating room causes a contraction of the muscle, and consequently a Squint, are invited to try this great improvement.

Gallery on Main street, between Fourth & Fifth, stand formerly occupied by Kimball.    my. 14.

This is possibly J. A. Kimball.  The speculation on my part is based on the entry in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as J. A. Kimball being active in Louisville Kentucky in 1851-1852.  The date of the advertisement appears at the end of the ad my. 14.  Theodore Harris is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Register  as being active in Louisville, Kentucky in 1855 as Harris & Co.

Hewett & Brown

1852-1855       Corner Fifth & Main Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.

Hewett & Brown (J. M. Hewett & T. F. Brown) were recorded in three advertisements.  The first  advertisement ran from March 10, 1852 to January 13, 1853 in the Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Kentucky).  Hewett’s National Daguerrean Gallery.  Louisville, KY.  Next To Northern Bank, Corner of Fifth And Main, And Opposite Louisville Journal Office.  Hewett’s old friends in Bardstown and vicinity will please call and see him when in Louisville, “The latch string is never pulled in.”  J. M. Hewett, T. F. Brown, Operators.

The second advertisement ran from January 20 to April 7, 1853 in the Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Kentucky).  Hewett’s National Daguerrean Gallery.  Louisville, KY.  Next To Northern Bank, Corner of Fifth And Main, And Opposite Louisville Journal Office.  Hewett’s old friends in Bardstown and vicinity will please call and see him when in Louisville, “The latch string is never pulled.”  J. M. Hewett, T. F. Brown, Operators. mar. 10, ’52.

The third advertisement ran from June 5 to July 17, 1855 in the Daily Louisville Democrat (Louisville, Kentucky).  Daguerreotypes and Photographs, Corner of Fifth and main streets.  Hewett & Brown are sending out daily the finest specimens of the two arts.  They will at all times be found ready to fill all orders on short notice, either taken from life or copies from Portraits or Daguerreotypes.  Life-size Photographs made from the smallest Daguerreotypes, and furnished colored in oil or water—the best artist in the city employed to do the coloring.  Call and see specimens.

Hewett’s former customers can here obtain the same superior Daguerreotypes that have secured him premiums over all competitors at the Mechanics Fairs.   my. 9.

John M. Hewitt (Hewett) is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  T. F. Brown is not recorded in Craig’s, John  identifies Brown as Samuel F. Brown.

Nicholas Hall

1853-1854       Address Unknown, Louisville, Kentucky.

Nicholas Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 17, 1853 to January 15, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).

Daguerran Stock And Picture Establishment.                                                                                                Dobyns & Yearout, Nashville, Tennessee, College Street.                                                                         Dobyns & Hall, Louisville, Ky.                                                                                                                                Dobyns & Richardson, Morssewet, New York.                                                                                                 Dobyns & Spaulding, St. Louis, Mo.                                                                                                                     Dobyns & Yearout, Memphis, Tenn.                                                                                                                     Dobyns & Harrington, New Orleans.

At any of the above establishments, you can procure as fine Pictures as can be had in any city, of any desired style or fin9ish, as we have every improvement, and expect to keep up with any and all improvements.  We are prepared in either city to furnish artists with every article used in the art.  Our arrangements are such, we can furnish stock on the most reasonable terms. Dobyns & Co.  N. B.—Pictures taken in any kind of Weather.

Nicholas Hall does appear in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1858-1860, in Louisville Kentucky.  John mentions that Hall was formerly associated with Dobyns without activity dates.

Dobyns & Hall

1853-1854       Address Unknown, Louisville, Kentucky.

Dobyns & Hall (Thomas Jefferson & Nicholas) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 17, 1853 to January 15, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).  Daguerran Stock And Picture Establishment.

Dobyns & Yearout, Nashville, Tennessee, College Street.                                                                        Dobyns & Hall, Louisville, Ky.                                                                                                                          Dobyns & Richardson, Morssewet, New York.                                                                                          Dobyns & Spaulding, St. Louis, Mo.                                                                                                              Dobyns & Yearout, Memphis, Tenn.                                                                                                              Dobyns & Harrington, New Orleans.

At any of the above establishments, you can procure as fine Pictures as can be had in any city, of any desired style or finish, as we have every improvement, and expect to keep up with any and all improvements.  We are prepared in either city to furnish artists with every article used in the art.  Our arrangements are such, we can furnish stock on the most reasonable terms.  Dobyns & Co.  N. B.—Pictures taken in any kind of Weather.

Dobyns and Hall are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Dobyns is the third photographer to have multiple franchises Followed by John Plumbe, Jr. and Jesse Harrison Whitehurst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel F. Brown

1851-1852       449 Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky.                                                                                  1852-1855       Corner Fifth & Main Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.                                                            1855                   Address Unknown, Louisville, Kentucky.

Samuel F. Brown was recorded in the partnership of Hewett & Brown in an advertisement in the Bardstown Herald (Bardstown, Kentucky.)  The advertisement ran from March 10, 1852 to April 7, 1853.  Based on John Craig’s work the T. F. Brown is more than likely a typo.  Hewett’s National Daguerrean Gallery.  Louisville, KY.  Next To Northern Bank, Corner of Fifth And Main, And Opposite Louisville Journal Office.  Hewett’s old friends in Bardstown and vicinity will please call and see him when in Louisville, “The latch string is never pulled in.”  J. M. Hewett, [sic.] T. F. Brown, Operators.

Hewett & Brown were again recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 5 to July 17, 1855 in the Daily Louisville Democrat.  (Louisville, Kentucky.)  Daguerreotypes and Photographs, Corner of Fifth and main streets.  Hewett & Brown are sending out daily the finest specimens of the two arts.  They will at all times be found ready to fill all orders on short notice, either taken from life or copies from Portraits or Daguerreotypes.  Life-size Photographs made from the smallest Daguerreotypes, and furnished colored in oil or water—the best artist in the city employed to do the coloring.  Call and see specimens.

Hewett’s former customers can here obtain the same superior Daguerreotypes that have secured him premiums over all competitors at the Mechanics Fairs.  my. 9.

Samuel F. Brown was recorded in an advertisement in the Daily Louisville Democrat  (Louisville, Kentucky) which ran from July 17 to September 7, 1855.  Just think of it, at Brown’s Gallery you may obtain a fine Daguerreotype of yourself for the trifling sum of One Dollar, enclosed in a neat case.  Now, don’t delay any longer, but take your family down and have their pictures taken, and you will not regret it.  Sam is hard to beat.

A Samuel F. Brown is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being in Louisville, Kentucky in 1851-1852 as the proprietor of Hewett’s National Daguerreian Gallery at 449 Main Street.  He goes on to suggest that he is the same S. F. Brown in Paducha, Kentucky in 1859-1860 at 24 Broadway.