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J. H. Currier

1850                Sagamore Building, near the Central Building, Lynn, Massachusetts.

J. H. Currier was recorded in an advertisement on April 26, 1850 in the Lynn News (Lynn, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype Gallery, In The Sagamore Building, near the Central Building, Lynn. J. H. Currier, Daguerrian Artists, having procured of his late partner, Mr. Armington, his large German Instrument, is now prepared to execute Miniatures of all styles, in groups or single, on small or the largest sized plates that are used.

As a most certain guarantee that he will satisfy his customers, he invites a scrutinizing examination of his specimens, and a trial of his skill by patronage, as he warrants his pictures to be satisfactory, and unexcelled at any other gallery in the country—his customers and their friends being the judges.           Lynn, February 1, 1850.

J.H. Currier is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900 or other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list an H. Armington in Providence, Rhode Island in 1848, but it would be speculation to suggest that they are the same person.

S. D. Brewer

Ca.1849           109 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.                                        1850                Union Street Bazaar, opposite the Lynn Railroad Station, Lynn, Massachusetts.

S. D. Brewer was recorded in the Lynn News (Lynn, Massachusetts) on April 26, 1850.  He has been hired as an assistant to S. H. Whitmore and was formerly form [Luther Holman] Hale & Company, Boston  gallery.

New Daguerreian Gallery, In the Union Street Bazaar, opposite the Lynn Railroad Station.  The subscriber, having decided upon a permanent Location, has at great expense fitted up a suit of rooms, and furnished them with every facility for executing Likenesses, single or in groups, in a new and unique manner.  He has also the assistance of Mr. S. D. Brewer, who is acknowledged to be one of the best operators in the country, (recently from Hale & Co., Boston,) with the best Voigtlander Camera in the world, which will enable him to carry out his motto, “Excelsior.”

N.B. Particular attention will be given to procure good likenesses of sick or deceased persons, at their residence.  Children taken, in from three to ten seconds, between 9, A. M, and 3, P. M.  Copying attended to with punctuality and dispatch.  Persons learning of him will receive the best of instruction.  Lockets, Cases, and Frames, constantly on hand and for sale.  Perfect satisfaction guaranteed.              S. H. Whitmore

Brewer was not listed in the business or residence sections of the Boston City Directory for 1848 through 1851 and he was not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers. 1839-1900, either under Boston or Lynn sections.

Mr. Armington

Recorded in the Lynn News, published in Lynn, Massachusetts on April 26, 1850. Daguerreotype Gallery, In The Sagamore Building, near the Central Building, Lynn.  J. H. Currier, Daguerrian Artists, having procured of his late partner, Mr. Armington, his large German Instrument, is now prepared to execute Miniatures of all styles, in groups or single, on small or the largest sized plates that are used.

The date on the advertisement is February 1, 1850. No other advertisements or articles relating to the partnership or to Mr. Armington have been located, and no address was associated to the partnership.  One might speculate that since the partnership was mention in the advertisement that the address of the partnership was the same.

We can further speculate that this might be the H. Armington who wrote a letter to Southworth & Hawes on October 13, 1846 from Pawtucket, Massachusetts.

Pawtucket Mass. Oct. 13th 1846 Messrs.  Southworth & Hawes, Gents, We have seen in pictures in Providence said to have been taken with “quickstuff” prepared and sold by you, which we liken the appearance of very much. We wish you to send us a bottle of the same with the directions necessary for using it.  If we could produce the same results with it as those we saw in Providence should like to make use of it altogether, Please write us your lowest price for Scovilles No. 1 Medium Plates. Also cheapest Medium satin cases also Velvet good articles.  Yours Respectfully                 H. Armington & Co. [1]

 Note that Mr. Armington,  J. H. Currier and their partnership do not appear In The Directory of  Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.

[1] Manuscript formerly in Matthew R. Isenburg’s Collection.