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W. S. Stevenson

1846                Museum Building, Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1846                20 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

W. S. Stevenson was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Niagara (Lowell, Massachusetts) on The advertisement appeared on July 25, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures!  Rooms in the Museum Building, Merrimack st.

W. S. Stevenson would inform his former patrons, and the public in general, that he has fitted up Rooms in the Museum Building, over N. Wright’s office, where he will be pleased to wait upon those wishing for a good and permanent Miniature.

Gold And Plated Lockets kept constantly on hand, for Daguerreotype Miniatures, cheap as can be found elsewhere.

The announcement appeared on August 22, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures——Again.

I noticed in your No. of August 15th, an article which seems to come from a fool source, or from some one a little out of humor.  The first important statement is that a “gentleman”(?) At No. 20 Merrimack street exhibits pictures taken by Thompson, Artist, as his own.  In re[ply] to this, I would say, I have proof ample and abundant that I have not one picture in my show-cases, or about my door, except my own likeness (for which I made every preparation,) but was taken by myself.  I presume Mr. A., whose name is mentioned in the article referred to, will not pretend that I have had better pictures than I now have—if he does, I can easily give satisfaction on that point.  The next important statement is, that the stock recently purchased by me is “nearly good for nothing,”—a sufficient portion of which I now have, to make this statement a perfect libel.  Among what I now have at my rooms, purchased in the very lot referred to, is one large German Camera of the best quality ever imported—the same instrument with which those pictures were taken, whose location so much displeases Mr. A.  But then, Mr. A., you need not be too much alarmed!  Just hand over the $100 you offer, and I will take one or one dozen, as good pictures as you marvel at, and then learn you in less than one year to take quite respectable Daguerreotype Miniatures.

The Man At The Old Stand, No. 20 Merrimack street.  Lowell, Aug. 20, 1846.

W. S. Stevenson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Benjamin R. Stevens

1841                Mansur’s Building, Central Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1841                Mansur’s Building, 30 Central Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

1842                Address Unknown, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Benjamin R. Stevens of Woodward & Stevens; and Stevens & Morse, was recorded in two announcements, one advertisement, and one entry.  The first announcement appeared in the Lowell Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) on April 13, 1841.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We have seen neat and beautiful specimens of these miniatures from Mr. Plumbe, Mechanics’ Hall, and Messrs. Woodward & Stevens, Mansur’s Building, Central Street.

The advertisement ran from May 11 to July 4, 1841 in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Mansur’s Building, No. 30 Central Street.  The subscriber has the honor of announcing to the ladies and gentlemen of Lowell, that he has taken a room at No 30 Central Street, Mansur’s building, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, were every effort will be made to satisfy those who may favor him with a call.  B. R. Stevens.

The second announcement appeared in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts) on  May 22.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We call the attention of the public to the advertisement in another column, of Mr. Stevens, of Mansur’s building.  Mr. Stevens is very polite and accommodating, shows his numerous visitors the whole process of taking miniatures, and takes beautiful miniatures, even of the ugliest faces. He merits the patronage of the public.

The entry appeared in the American Photographic Patents The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era 1840-1880.  Patent No. 2,522  Improvement in the mode of fixing daguerreotype-impressions so as to allow of colors being applied to the same.  Benjamin R. Stevens & Lemuel Morse.  Lowell MA  Mar 28, 1842.

Benjamin R. Stevens is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as B. R. Stevens a possible daguerrean and inventor in 1842 in the partnership of Stevens & Morse.

L. Harrington

1841-1842       35 Merrimack Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.

L. Harrington was recorded in an announcement that ran on December 4, 1841 in the Lowell Morning Courier (Lowell, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype.—$500 Reward!

It is generally expected on taking up a newspaper and discovering an advertisement offering a reward of the above magnitude, that some horrible and villainous transaction has occurred and reward offered for the detection of the perpetrator.  But as the subscriber has suffered little by transactions of this kind, he purposes; and he hopes the time is not far distant when we shall have occasion to offer rewards but for similar purposes.

The subscriber having for some time past been experimenting upon the science of Photography, and witnessing the experiments and productions of many other professional men in the same science from New York, Boston and elsewhere, it has occurred to him that he has hit upon a new and very important discovery in the art.  He is so confident of this that he ventures to offer the above reward of five hundred to any person in New England who will produce a more perfect specimen with the Daguerreotype than those executed by himself.

Specimens may be seen at the rooms of the undersigned in Lowell.  Merrimack street, No. 35, on the third floor of the Concert Hall.  Ladies and gentlemen wishing to become acquainted with this new and interesting art will find it much to their interest to call upon the subscriber before engaging elsewhere, as many have gone into the county professing a knowledge of the science, who as he has reason to believe are but poorly qualified to give instruction in this important art, and some have already been and learned of him his process after having paid twenty-five dollars for instructions elsewhere.  Perfect satisfaction given or no pay.

Apparatus of the very best quality kept constantly on hand, and will be furnished to pupils and others as reasonable as can be obtained at any other establishment in New England; and every thing used in the art will be furnished at very moderate prices.

Miniatures taken and put up in neat morocco bound cases, from 3 to $5—and in lockets for $3 when furnished.  To those unacquainted with this art, a brief examination of its advantages may not be uninteresting.

Harrington is recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1842.