1852-1854 6 Central Block, Biddeford, Maine.
McKenney & Bowers (Enoch H. McKenney & W. H. Bowers) were recorded in seven advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement ran from February 3 to April 27, 1852 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine). New And Splendid Daguerrian Rooms, Central Block, Biddeford. McKenney & Bowers Respectfully announce to the public that they have just fitted up (without regard to cost) a Daguerrian Establishment inferior to none in New England.
With the Largest and best arranged Light of any Daguerrian Room in the State, and having procured an Instrument of the Largest Size, They are prepared to execute pictures Twice As Large as any hitherto made in Biddeford or Saco.
By means of this large and powerful Instrument, and with the aid of their immense light, they can execute Family Groups of any number, in a superb manner, on small or the largest sized plates. In these days of mortality, heads of families should secure the likeness of every member of their family circle before it shall be broken by the rude hand of death.
McKenney & Bowers can now make pictures far superior to those of any other establishment in York County, and they throw their rooms open for public inspection and criticism, willing that a discerning public should judge whether they speak in a manner too boasting or to confident. Their lng experience in the Daguerrian Art, and their new and not to be surpassed arrangements render it reasonable that they should excel, and they assure those who patronize them that they shall not leave their rooms dissatisfied with pictures or prices demanded.
Grateful for the past liberal patronage bestowed upon them, and more grateful for the many expressions of approval they have received, they respectfully invite a continuance of the=at patronage, as their whole object will be to please their customers. E. H. McKenney, W. H. Bowers. No. 6 Central Block. Biddeford, Jan. 28, 1852.
The second advertisement ran from May 11, 1852 to March 29, 1853 in the Maine Democrat. Daguerrian Rooms, Central Block, Biddeford. McKenney & Bowers have the best arranged Daguerrian Establishment in the State, and with their Apparatus can take pictures of the largest size. They are now executing exceedingly Fine Likenesses in Groups or Singly, And if better ones can be produced than they take, theirs will be given gratis. The public are invited to call and examine for themselves. Biddeford, April 1852.
The announcement appeared on October 12, 1852 in the Maine Democrat. Cattle Show And Fair. The annual Cattle Show and Fsir of the York County Agricultural Society took place in this town last Wednesday and Thursday…
On Manufactures. Your committee having attended to the duties assigned, ask leave to report:…
E. J. Cole, Saco, Daguerreotypes, diploma and .50.
McKenney & Bowers, Biddeford, do. Diploma.
The third advertisement ran from March 29 to November 1, 1853 in the Maine Democrat. Something New! McKenney & Bowers, Have obtained a quick instrument with which they can take Miniatures in much less time than ever before. They would say to those having Children of which they would like to obtain Daguerreotypes, that they are now prepared to take them With little or no Difficulty.
They can also take perfect likenesses of the Sick at their residence with this instrument, it being so constructed as not to require so much light as those of any other kind. Copying of all kinds done to perfection.
McKenney & Bowers take this opportunity to return their thanks to their friends and patrons for their liberal patronage, and respectfully solicit a continuance of the same. Having a better light, larger and better instruments than can be found at any other establishment in this vicinity, they are able to make better Daguerreotypes. All are invited to call whether they wish for Miniatures or not, and examine our specimens and facilities for making them and judge for themselves. McKenney & Bowers, No. 6, Central Block, Biddeford, Me.
N. B.—E. H. McKenney, who was established in Biddeford, long before any of his neighbor artists took a Miniature in this vicinity, would have all understand that he is not connected with any other Saloon or other Daguerreian establishment in Saco or Biddeford, except the old Gallery in Central Block, where he may be found with additions and improvements.
The fourth advertisement ran from November 1, 1853 to April 4, 1854 in the Maine Democrat.
McKenny & Bowers Daguerreotypes, No. 6 Central Block, Biddeford. Rooms open daily for the reception of visitors. Pictures taken of all sizes, and in any style desired, and warranted equal to the Best.
We have the largest and best collection of specimens to be found in this vicinity. An examination of which will well pay for a visit to our Rooms. Also, the best collection of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases.
Please call and examine specimens. Don’t mistake the place McKenney & Bowers.
N. B. It is with reluctance that we refer to the advertisement of a brother artist, but justice to ourselves prompt us to say, that the late County Fair the Highest Premium was awarded to our Daguerreotypes, and not to Mr. Cole’s as his advertisement leads people to suppose.
The fifth advertisement ran from February 17 to April 14, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal (Biddeford, Maine). McKenney & Bowers, Daguerreotypes! No. 6 Central Block, Biddeford. Rooms open daily for the reception of visitors. Pictures taken in all sizes and any style desired. We have the largest and best collection of specimens to be seen in this vicinity. Also, the best assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases, at the lowest prices. E. H. McKenney, W. T. Bowers.
Please call and examine specimens. Don’t mistake the place.
The sixth advertisement ran from April 11 to May 9, 1854 in the Maine Democrat. Stereoscopic Pictures! McKenney & Bowers, No. 6, Central Block, Biddeford, Took and exhibited the first Stereoscopic Pictures that were taken in “York County,” And the are now informed that they are ready to furnish the above style of pictures, executed in the most perfect manner.
By the Stereoscopic two pictures of the same person are seen as one, appearing as large as life, and if properly taken are truly beautiful, almost cheating the beholder into the belief that he gazes upon a “Thing Of Life,” instead of a Picture.
Daguerreotypes, –Of All—Styles & Sizes, Taken in the most perfect manner.
Fine Gold Lockets! Buy your Lockets of McKenney & Bowers if you want a better article than you can get for the same money at any other place.
Fancy Cases and Frames of every Description. Call And See! Call And See!
The Seventh advertisement ran from April 14, to May 5, 1854 in The Union and Eastern Journal. Stereoscopic Pictures!! McKenney & Bowers, No. 6 Central Block, Biddeford, Took And Exhibited The First Stereoscopic Picture! That were taken in “Your County,” and the public are now informed that they are ready to furnish the above style of pictures, executed in the most perfect manner.
By the Stereoscope two pictures of the same person are seen as one, appearing as large as life; and if properly taken are truly beautiful, almost cheating the beholder into the belief that he gazes upon a “thing of Life,” instead of a picture.
Daguerreotypes Of All Styles And Sizes, Taken In The Most Perfect Manner, Fine Gold Lockets.
Buy your Lockets of McKenney & Bowers, if you want a better article than you can get for the same money at any other place.
Fancy Cases And Frames, Of Every Description. Call And See! Call and See!!
McKenney & Bowers are not recorded in other photographic directories as being in a partnership. Enoch H. McKenney is recorded by himself in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry Bowers is also recorded in Craig’s (without a first name) in the partnership of Macomber & Bowers. I did blog W. T. Bowers on February 21, 2022.