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William H. Rablen

C.1842-1854   Address and Location Unknown, New York.                                                                  1854-1855       4 Franklin Square, Troy, New York.[1]                                                                          1856                   Address Unknown, Union Village, New York.                                                                1857-1858        Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Middlebury, Vermont.

William H. Rablen was recorded in two announcements and seven advertisements.  The first announcement he was mentioned, appeared on  July 1, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  New and Beautiful Discovery.—The Public are invited to call and see some specimens of daguerreotypes, with an improvement discovered by Mr. W. H. Rablen of Troy, formerly one of our artists, by which the most beautiful effects are projected.  Meade Brothers, 233 Broadway, four doors above the Astor House.

The second announcement he was mentioned, appeared on  September 18, 1856 in the Washington County People’s Journal (Union Village, New York.)  Ambrotypes.—Our readers will perceive by the advertisement of Mr. Morse, that they have now an opportunity of procuring the new and beautiful style of picture called the Ambrotype.  The Ambrotype is generally adjusted superior to the daguerreotype.  Mr. M. and his associate, Mr. Rablen, are skilful operators; they have a good instrument, and keep on hand an excellent assortment of cases.  We have seen several pictures executed by them, which for richness of tone, beauty of finish and accuracy in delineating the human face divine, cannot well be surpassed, either in city or country.  Give them a call.

The first advertisement ran from September 18 to November 27, 1856 in the Washington County People’s Journal (Union Village, New York).  Ambrotypes.  George Morse, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Washington County and vicinity that he is now located for a few weeks at Union-Village for the purpose of making Ambrotypes.

He has engaged the services of Mr. W. H. Rablen, of Troy, who for the past 14 years has been engaged in Daguerreotyping in the principal cities in this State, and therefore has had an excellent opportunity of engaging in all new styles of Pictures as they have made their appearance.  Being among the first who launched into the Glass process and for the last 18 months practicing that branch alone, he confidently asserts that he will produce as good a Picture as can be produced by the Ambrotype process; for proof, bring along one of your best Ambrotypes and let him have a “shot at you.”

An Ambrotype is taken on Plate Glass, then hermetically sealed between two glasses, so that it cannot be effected by either air or water.

Mr. Morse returns his sincere thanks for the patronage that he has already met with.  Geo. Morse.

The following six advertisements appeared in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  The second advertisement ran from March 11 to 25, 1857.  Improved Ambrotypes.  There is nothing prettier to present to a friend than a “fac simile” of yourself, when you can procure one executed in a scientific manner.  Since the introduction of the Daguerreotyping in America improvements have continually been made by our enterprising countrymen.  One of the latest of these improvements the subscribers now introduce to the citizens of Middlebury.  By it we make the picture of the subject have the appearance of projecting an eight of an inch from the glass, therefore get a full stereoscopic view without the use of lenses.

For Brilliancy of Tone and Durability of finish these pictures cannot be excelled.  One of the subscribers has had long experience in picture making, having for the last 14 years been engaged in the principal establishments both in this country and Europe.  Every improvement that has made its appearance he has had an excellent opportunity to “launch” directory into, and is  therefore fully competent to execute first class work at whichever branch of the picture business he undertakes.  Ambrotypes made after the most improved style, either on light or dark ground. An Ambrotype when properly finished is hermetically sealed between two glasses, so that they cannot be affected by either air or water.  All of our pictures are hermetically sealed, which process any one desirous of seeing will be shown with cheerfulness.  Ambrotypes set in lockets.

Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences.  Particular attention paid to copying Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes of Paintings.  All copies we guarantee equal to the original pictures.

Rooms in Stewart’s Block.  All are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Putnam & Rablen.

The third advertisement ran from April 8 to 22, 1857.  If You Want A Superior Ambrotype, —You had better call soon,—As We Remain In Town But a few days longer.  Rablen & Putnam.

The fourth advertisement appeared on July 8, 1857.  To The Music World!  Just received, a large lot of New Sheet Music…Call at the Daguerrean Rooms, in Stewart’s Building.  A, J. Hervey…

The fifth advertisement ran from July 22, 1857 to February 3, 1858.  Ambrotypes.  W. H. Rablen respectfully announces to the public that he has purchased his former Partner’s interest in the concern, and having had a good share of patronage awarded him, (for which he is very thankful) he has concluded to remain at Middlebury for some few months longer.  He has recently made great improvements in his rooms, making them much more convenient for customers, and fitted up in a neat and tasty manner.  Having had a number of applications to take views, I have engaged my brother to assist me, and am now prepared to take views of residences, scenery, horses, cattle, or anything that may be desired.  Specimens of scenery may be seen at the rooms.  Those wishing pictures, by patronizing me, may rest assured that they will get as good a picture as can be made, as I take a great interest in producing good work and allow no one to beat me in any branch of my business which I undertake, (unless in writing advertisements)  Please call and examine specimens.  Rooms in Stewart’s Block.

The sixth advertisement ran from February 3 to September 29, 1858.  Rablen Has introduced another new style of picture called the “Scenic Ambrotype.”  Which for beauty of finish and stereoscopic effect, has never before been equaled in Middlebury.  Please call and examine specimens at the Sky-Light Ambrotype Gallery, Stewart’s Block.

The seventh advertisement ran from April 28 to June 9, 1858.  Superior Ambrotypes!  A Good Sky-Light, And an Operator that knows how to use it.  A Genuine Ambrotype, Including Case, Only 50 CTS.

Luther M. Brooks announces to the public that he has reopened the Ambrotype Rooms in Stewart’s Block.  These Rooms have recently undergone repairs, and are fitted up in a neat and tasty manner.  He has engaged the services of the celebrated Ambrotypist, William H. Rablen, who guarantees to make pictures as good as can be produced by the process.

Pictures set in Lockets, Pins, Bracelets, &c.  If you want a first-rate Picture, call and have it done by Rablen, at Brooks’ Sky and Side Light Gallery, Stewart’s Block, over Chapman & Barrour’s.

William H. Rablen appears in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Troy New York from 1854-1857.

[1] Dates and address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Putnam & Rablen

1857                Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Middlebury, Vermont.

Putnam & Rablen were recorded in two advertisements in The Middlebury Register  (Middlebury, Vermont). The first advertisement ran from March 11 to 25, 1857.  Improved Ambrotypes.  There is nothing prettier to present to a friend than a “fac simile” of yourself, when you can procure one executed in a scientific manner.  Since the introduction of the Daguerreotyping in America improvements have continually been made by our enterprising countrymen.  One of the latest of these improvements the subscribers now introduce to the citizens of Middlebury.  By it we make the picture of the subject have the appearance of projecting an eight of an inch from the glass, therefore get a full stereoscopic view without the use of lenses.

For Brilliancy of Tone and Durability of finish these pictures cannot be excelled.  One of the subscribers has had long experience in picture making, having for the last 14 years been engaged in the principal establishments both in this country and Europe.  Every improvement that has made its appearance he has had an excellent opportunity to “launch” directory into, and is  therefore fully competent to execute first class work at whichever branch of the picture business he undertakes.  Ambrotypes made after the most improved style, either on light or dark ground. An Ambrotype when properly finished is hermetically sealed between two glasses, so that they cannot be affected by either air or water.  All of our pictures are hermetically sealed, which process any one desirous of seeing will be shown with cheerfulness.  Ambrotypes set in lockets.

Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences.  Particular attention paid to copying Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes of Paintings.  All copies we guarantee equal to the original pictures.

Rooms in Stewart’s Block.  All are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Putnam & Rablen.

The second advertisement ran from April 8 to 22, 1857.  If You Want A Superior Ambrotype, —You had better call soon,—As We Remain In Town But a few days longer.  Rablen & Putnam.

Putnam  & Rablen (W.H. Rablen) are not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Middlebury, Vermont.  W. H. Rablen is probably William Rablen listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Troy, New York from 1854 to 1857.

William W. Ormsbee

1854-1855       Rooms at Dr. Brockway’s Office, Middlebury, Vermont.

William W. Ormsbee was recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from February 15 to October 25, 1854.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Doct. Brockway, has taken into partnership with him a young man, who will practice this Art and assist in Dentistry.

They have obtained the latest and most expensive and approved instrument and apparatus, and will have both Northern and Sky-Light, (regarded as the most perfect,) as well as a first rate assortment of Cases, both single and groups.  They will be in readiness to wait on Gentlemen and Ladies in this department after the present week.  Having the good will, the influence and instructions, of Mr. Tapley, known as a skillful artist, they expect to please, and of course enjoy the patronage of this community.  Josephus Brockway, Wm. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury, Feb. 14, 1854.

The first announcement appeared on October 11, 1854. The County Fair.  Our County Fair, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week,…

1st Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee.  Middlebury,                  2.00                                2nd Premium on Daguerreotypes, W. H. Gillmore.  do                                     1.00

The second advertisement ran from October 25, 1854 to January 31, 1855.  The Best Daguerreotypes.  At the late Fair at Middlebury, the committee on Paintings, &c., Mr. Battell, chairman, (the celebrated portrait painted, Mr. Mason, by invitation, advising) made the following Awards:

1st best Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee, $2                                                                                                2d best (being but two exhibitors) Gillmore, 1.

The pictures exhibited by Ormsbee were his 2d best, as they were duplicates; persons sitting having taken their choice.  Several were likenesses of the last graduating class.  This class were at great pains to obtain the best, as they were to be multiplied and perpetuated by lithograph copies.  The reputation of Tapley attracted them to Brandon; but not quite satisfied, some of them set to Gilmore, but after full trial a majority sent to New York for lithographing were of those taken by Ormsbee, the rest were by Tapley.

Five only of the sixteen exhibited were taken with any reference to the Fair.  To judge of pictures, the difference in the eyes of Ormsbee’s and Gillmore picture could not fail to attract attention.  Ormsbee’s present a clear, well defined eye, Gillmore’s owing probably to his instrument, doubly refractory quality, besides giving an eye imperfectly defined, produces one or more extra white spots apparent in all the pictures on exhibition by Gillmore with one exception.

Ormsbee’s rooms are at the dwelling of Doct. Brockway, Dentist.  N. B.  Ormsbee’s Camera is one of the most modern and perfect furnished by the Present market.

William W. Ormsbee is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Ira S. Negus

1856                50 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.[1]                                            1858                Rooms over J. E. Negus Store, Nichols’ Brick Building, Middlebury, Vermont.    1858                Rooms over Sol Parker’s Bookstore, Middlebury, Vermont.                                        1859                134½ Union Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.[1]                                                                        1865                Address Unknown, New Bedford, Massachusetts.[1]                                                                        1867-1873     60½ Purchase Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.[1]

Ira S. Negus was recorded in two advertisement in The Middlebury Register. (Middlebury, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from February 10 to March 17, 1858.  A New Ambrotype Room!  Negus’s Gallery of patent Ambrotypes!  The finest display of Specimens in the Ambrotype Art are to be seen at Negus’s Gallery, where none but the Genuine Ambrotypes Are made, and at such prices as the public may demand.  All work executed by me is warranted second to none in this town or State.  Knowing I have the best facilities for producing the most pleasing Likenesses, I can safely say to all who are in want of a Superior Picture, to call and examine my work before engaging elsewhere, and I will guarantee to please all who may want a superior made Picture.  My assortment of Fancy Cases And Frames is complete, and will be sold as cheap as at any other gallery in the State.  The Patent Or Folding Ambrotype Is a durable picture, and will remain unchangeable in any climate.

An invitation is extended to all who may wish to examine the beauties of the Ambrotype Art.  Rooms over J. E. Negus’s Store, Nichols’ Brick Building, south end of the Bridge.  Ira S. Negus.

The second advertisement ran from May 12 to July 21, 1858.  Excelsior Gallery!  I would call the attention of my friends and the public to the Ambrotype Rooms, Over Sol Parker’s Bookstore.  Where Pictures will be executed in as good style and finish, and at prices lower than at any other Ambrotype Room in this village.

Having had several years experience in an Ambrotype Room where there was a small sky light, twenty-four by thirty feet, I think I am competent to use a Sky light in Middlebury.  I have fitted up my Rooms in a very neat style, but not gaudy.

I have been to great expense to make a very large Sky Light, by which I can take large groups, and also have light enough To Take A Child In Three Seconds.

My assortment of Plain and Fancy Cases, Frames and Gold Lockets, is all that the public can demand.  Please call and examine specimens and get a good Ambrotype if you desire one.  Ira S. Negus.

Ira S. Negus is listed in other photographic directories as being active in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

[1] Information from A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Miss. H. Merritt

1853                Rooms in the Dwelling nearly opposite the Methodist Church, Middlebury,                                    Vermont.

Miss. H. Merritt was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 14 to October 5, 1853  in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).   To The Public.  Would announce to the public that she has taken rooms in the dwelling nearly opposite the Methodist Church, in this village where she will be found at all hours in the day, ready to take Daguerreotypes in the best style of the art.  Those who wish their pictures taken will do well to call and examine specimens.

Miss. H. Merritt is not recorded in other photographic directories.

C. A. McPherson

1856-1857       Rooms over R. L. Fuller’s Store, Middlebury, Vermont.

C. A. McPherson is recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 26, 1856 to March 4, 1857 in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Ambrotypes.  C. A. McPherson, Thankful for past favors, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Middlebury and vicinity, that he has returned to Middlebury and taken rooms over R. L. Fuller’s Store, Where he will be on hand at all times, to take Ambrotypes in the best manner.  Copies taken of Daguerreotypes and other pictures.  Please call and look at specimens.

C. A. McPherson is not listed in other photographic directories.

John Gregory

1849                Rooms in the Patriot Building, Montpelier, Vermont.                                            1850                Rooms at the brick house, Corner of Pleasant Street, Middlebury, Vermont.

John Gregory is recorded in two announcements.  The first ran on  October 18, 1849 in the  Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Gregory’s Daguerreotypes.  Those who would like to have their faces taken, with the living countenance, all brought out to the last line and lineament, would do well to call on Mr. Gregory, in the Patriot building, in this village.  Others may differ from us, perhaps; but to our taste, no daguerreotypes of so natural a hue, of so full an expression, and every way of so life-like an appearance, have ever before been taken in this section of the country.    D. P. T.

The second announcement ran on February 5, 1850 in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Mr. Gregory, whose Daguerreotypes our citizens have so justly admired, will return to this village in a few days, when he will take the likenesses of those who desire it.  We can without hesitation say that Mr. Gregory’s Daguerreotypes surpass any thing we have ever before seen, standing out, in natural colors, like a finished painting,—every feature distinctly preserved, life-like, and real.  Mr. G. retains his rooms at the Brick House, corner Pleasant Street.

John Gregory is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Joseph Gould, Jr.

1851                Rooms at H. Moor’s Hall, Middlebury, Vermont.

Joseph Gould, Jr. was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 12 to 26, 1851 The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Joseph Gould, Jr., Would respectfully invite the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of the vicinity, to his Splendid Daguerreotype Miniatures, with or without colors, which he is now executing at his rooms, at H. Moor’s Hall.

By the aid of New Chemical Agents, most splendid results are obtained; and multitudes are being delighted daily at the astonishing perfection to which, in point of delineation, boldness, and unerring truthfulness, this Art has so suddenly attained. In an instant, as it were, upon the shining silver surface, is portrayed the laughing countenance of joyous youth, with all its freshness.  From the most aged to the veriest child, it is equally applicable as the unerring delineator of life.  Delay not, then, as opportunity shall present, to secure one, two, three, or six, of these mementoes of life, which, under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends, no price can purchase, Miniatures Taken every day, (and satisfaction warranted or no charge) without regard to weather, in any style, in Lockets of any size or description, or in common cases, Prices varying from $1 to $5.  Middlebury, March 6, 1851.

Joseph Gould, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories.

E. M. Fletcher

1851                    Rooms at the Vermont Hotel, Middlebury, Vermont.                                      1851                    Rooms at the Masonic Hall Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

E. M. Fletcher was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement appeared on November 19, 1851 in The Middlebury Register.  (Middlebury, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  E. M. Fletcher, has taken Rooms at the Vermont Hotel, where he will remain but a short time, and all those wishing perfect and life-like Pictures of themselves or friends, should call immediately.  Crayon Daguerreotypes, by a new process, taken in any weather, with all the late improvements in the Art, and he is determined to use none but the best materials.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens of the Art.  Perfect satisfaction given.  Middlebury, Nov. 18th, 1851.

The Advertisement ran from November 26 to December 24, 1851 in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Masonic hall Building!  Daguerreotypes.  E. M. Fletcher, Has taken Rooms at the Masonic Hall Building, where he will remain but a short time, and all those wishing perfect and life-like Pictures of themselves or friends, should call immediately.  Crayon Daguerreotypes, by a new process, taken in any weather, with all the late improvements in the Art, and he is determined to use none but the best materials.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens of the Art.  Perfect satisfaction given.            Middlebury, Nov. 18th, 1851.

The second announcement appeared on December 31, 1851 in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. E. M. Fletcher request us to say that he will be absent from town for a week or two.  On his return, he will be happy to do any kind of Daguerreotyping in the best style of the art.

Francis Burrows

1848                Rooms at Miss Adams Building, Middlebury, Vermont.                                            1848                Rooms at Mr. Button’s Building, on door east of his store, Brandon, Vermont.    1848                Rooms at Miss. Adams Building, Middlebury, Vermont.                                            1850                Rooms at Miss. Adams Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

Francis Burrows and F. Burrows are probably the same person, but because there is no conclusive proof this is only speculation on my part.  To date three announcements and three advertisements have been found for him in Vermont.  The first announcement appears in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont) on September 19, 1848.  F. Burrows, Daguerrean Artist, Will visit Middlebury in about a week, and will be ready to execute work in his line at his old stand in Miss Adams building.—ladies and gentlemen are invited to give him a call.  All work warranted to give satisfaction.

On August 30, 1848 the first advertisement is recorded in The Voice of Freedom (Brandon, Vermont.)  Burrow’s Superior Portraits.  Mr. Francis Burrows would announce to the citizens of Brandon that he has secured pleasant rooms at Mr. Button’s building, one door east of his Store, where he will be ready at all hours from 8 o’clock A. M. till 4 o’clock P. M., to accommodate all those who may favor him with a call.  Mr. B. will render his pictures entirely satisfactory and he is confident with his long experience and superior skill and apparatus, that he can produce an article in life-like appearance not surpassed by any.  His pictures are of a deep soft tone and beautiful lights and shade.  Gentlemen and Ladies are invited to call and satisfy themselves.  Miniatures will be put up in any style and in any weather.

Any instructions will be given on dressing for the occasion, when called for.  N. B. Instructions given to those who wish to learn the business, and apparatus found.

The second advertisement appears On October 3 & 10, 1848 in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont.)  Portraits Mr. Francis Burrows Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Middlebury and vicinity that he has returned to this village after an absence of a year , making investigations and improvements in the Daguerrean Art—having visited the principal establishments of the kind in the cities-that he is now prepared to render his pictures entirely satisfactory.  He is confident, from his long experience and the success he has had in the art, that he can satisfy the Most fastidious.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine for themselves.  N. B. A superior article of quick stuff for sale.

This is followed by two announcements the first on October 17, 1848 in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont.)  Burrows, Will Take Portraits at his rooms during This Week.  All wishing anything in his line of business will govern themselves accordingly.

The second from the same newspaper on October 24. 1848.  Burrows Will Take Portraits This Week & Next And No Longer.

The last advertisement found for Francis Burrows in Vermont appeared on January 1 & 8, 1850 in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont.)  Daguerreotype Pictures!  F. Burrows Having returned to this village, proposes to stop about two weeks, and take pictures.  He trusts that his former customers, and all who desire Daguerreotype Pictures, will call at his rooms in Miss Adams’s Building, where he will be ready to take pictures in a superior manner, and on reasonable terms.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens of pictures and prices.

Question remain concerning the activity of Francis Burrows.  In the first announcement on September 19, 1848 it says that he is at his old rooms.  Which can only mean that he has visited Middlebury before.  Middlebury is close to the New York boarder it’s possible that he is traveling back and forth staying in various towns spending two to three weeks and then moving on, this is based on F. (Francis’s) Burrows activity in New York.  The other possibility is that he is traveling around Vermont and I just have not found the newspapers to verify his activity.

*See second post today F. (Francis) Burrows.