1857 Spaulding Block, Maquoketa, Iowa.
M. Murphy was recorded on one advertisement that appeared on July 28, 1857 in the Weekly Maquoketa Excelsior (Maquoketa, Iowa). Ambrotypes For Fifty Cents, Ay Murphy’s Daguerrean Gallery. I am Now Prepared To Take Pictures in Cases for the above named price, for a short time only, and persons wanting Cheap Pictures Would do well to call soon. I have now on hand a fine assortment of plain and Fancy Cases, of all descriptions, comprising Union, Shell, Turkey Morocco, &c., &c.
Having had several years experience in the Daguerrean business, and having been in the Ambrotype business for more than a year in this place—which is twice as long as nine-tenths of the traveling humbugs, that pretend to be Artists, have spent at the business—I flatter myself that I will be able to please the most fastidious.
I would just say for the benefit of the public, that if I do not take Better Pictures Than any they can get taken elsewhere in Maquoketa, or Jackson county, I will not charge them anything for what I do take.
Beware Of Side Shows. Gallery in the 3d story of Spaulding Block, up the Winding Stairs. M. Murphy. Maquoketa, June 30, 1857.
M. Murphy is not recorded as being active in Maquoketa, Iowa in 1857. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a M. Murphy in St. Louis, Missouri in 1860, it is unknown if they are the same person.