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C. E. Tapley

1852-1853       Rooms in Mr. Stewart’s Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

1854                Address Unknown, Brandon, Vermont.

C. E. Tapley was recorded in five advertisements and mentioned in two other advertisements in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont). The first advertisement ran from December 22, 1852 to February 23, 1853.  Sky-Light Daguerrean Gallery.  C. E. Tapley would respectfully inform the citizens of Middlebury that he has taken Rooms in Mr. Stewart’s Building, and fitted them up in a respectable manner, with a large Sky-light suitable for securing first class Daguerreotypes.  Mr. T. would therefore solicit the patronage of all who wish to obtain a good likeness of themselves or of friends; and in soliciting this favor he would assure the public that no pains on his part will be spared to afford entire satisfaction.  The demand for first class Daguerreotypes still continues, but it is a demand which can only be satisfied by the life-like, speaking likeness, well secured and well defined—a likeness which will remain fresh and beautiful when the lips of flesh in dust shall rest, and death’s pale film o’erspreads the beaming eye.  People are not satisfied with a mere shadowy representation of their faces—they say, give us a bold, well defined impression, or we want none; and I am glad it is so, for the people have in many cases been villainously imposed upon by men whose ignorance of the principles of this beautiful Art, and imbecility in its execution, are only equaled by their unrivalled impudence and assurance.—Mr. T. boasts not of any particular merit which he may or may not possess in this Art.  He respectfully asks the citizens of this place to call at his rooms and satisfy themselves by sitting for “a picture.”

By the aid of a large Sky-light, pictures can be taken in cloudy as well as fair weather.  Prices, from $1.00 to $5.00.  Sick or deceased persons attended at their residences. 

The second advertisement ran from March 2 to April 20, 1853.  Addison Skylight Daguerrean Gallery, In Mr. Stewart’s Building, A few steps South of the Post Office.  Likenesses taken at this establishment at all hours of the day, and in any kind of weather.

Daguerreotypes of children taken in from four to eight seconds.  The subscriber keeps constantly on hand a neat assortment of the best cases that can be found in the Daguerrean market, and he will put into them pictures which, for faithfulness of outline, depth and brilliancy of tone, and durability, he respectfully asks, not “all creation of operators,” but the operators of this section of the creation, to equal.  C. E. Tapley.              

P. S. Prices from $1.00 to $5.00.  Liberal deductions made to families.

The third advertisement ran from May 25 to July 13, 1853.  Addison Daguerrean Gallery, Stewart’s Building, over R. L. Fuller’s Store!  The citizens of Middlebury are invited to call at the above Establishment, and examine the subscriber’s specimens of the Daguerreotype Art, many of which are faithful likenesses of respectable gentlemen residing in this village.  I would inform the people of M., that I have at considerable expense obtained, and am now using a chemical compound discovered by Mr. Hill, of New York, a man who has probably done more than all others towards bringing this beautiful Art to its present state of perfection.  I have used many compounds for producing the Daguerreotype but have never before used anything that would produce so fine a picture as the above; for proof of its superiority please call and examine some of my late work and if you wish for stronger demonstrations of its virtues just take a seat under my Sky-light, and in a few seconds I will give you an opportunity of convincing yourselves beyond a doubt.  C. E. Tapley.                       

The fourth advertisement ran from July 6 to November 9, 1853.  Addison Daguerrean Gallery, In Stewart’s Building, over R. L. Fuller’s Store!  As good a Daguerreotype Likeness can be obtained at this Establishment as at any other Gallery in Vermont.  C. E. Tapley, Artist.             

The fifth advertisement ran from November 2 to December 7, 1853.  Just Received At C. E. Tapley’s Daguerrean Rooms!  A New And Neat Assortment Of Miniature Cases which will be sold at prices which cannot fail to suit those who are in want of a picture of themselves or their friends.

Mr. T. would respectfully inform the citizens of Middlebury and the surrounding country, that he shall positively close up his business here the 1st of January, 1854.  All therefore who wish for one or more of his faithful Daguerreotype Likenesses, should give him an early call, and he will guarantee to give them as good Pictures, as can be purchased at any Gallery in the State.

Remember The Place Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery Stewart’s Building, Over R. L. Fuller’s Store.  Remember Also, that I leave Middlebury soon, and that now is your only chance of getting your Pictures put up in the best style at prices that cannot fail to give satisfaction.  C. E. Tapley. 

First mention in an advertisement that 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 second time he was mentioned in an 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.

C. E. Tapley is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Charles E. Tapley is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1857-1860.  See tomorrow’s post.

O. A. Taft

1859                Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont.

O. A. Taft was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 1 to December 28, 1859 in

The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont).  O. A. Taft, Ambrotype Artist, Stewart’s Block, Main St., Middlebury, Vermont.  Rooms up two flights of stairs.

O. A. Taft is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in 1860 in Middlebury, Vermont.

A. J. Severance

1848-1849       Rooms at Miss Adams’s Brick Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

A. J. Severance was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont).  The advertisement ran from March 27 to April 24, 1849.

Daguerreotype Portraits.  A. J. Severance would announce to the citizens of Middlebury that having purchased the apparatus and other “fixins” of O. Severance &, he is now ready to take Likenesses on short notice, at the old stand of O. Severance & Brother, in Miss Adams’s building.  The subscriber having been patronized liberally thus far, has determined on stopping until the 10th of April,—longer than that will depend upon circumstances.

A splendid lot of Lockets, just received.                   

The announcement appeared on June 12, 1849.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  A. J. Severance, would announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Middlebury and vicinity that he has concluded to remain in town during the session of the Court, and no longer.

All wishing Likenesses will do well to avail themselves of this last opportunity.   

A. J. Severance was recorded in yesterdays post as part of the partnership of Severance & Brother.

Severance & Brother

1848-1849       Rooms in Miss Adams’s Brick Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

Severance & Brother (O. & A. J.) were recorded in three advertisements and two announcements in The Middlebury Galaxy (Middlebury, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from December 5 to 26, 1848.  O. Severance & Brother, Daguerrean Artist, Occupying rooms in Miss Adams’s brick building, would respectfully announce to their friends, both in the village and surrounding country, that they are prepared to furnish Pictures in every respect equal to any that can be obtained and superior to those generally received.  We feel confident that we can satisfy the most difficult cases.  Give us a call, and if you are not satisfied there will be no charge.

Ladies and gentlemen, will please call soon.

Rooms open from 8 A. M., till 4 P. M., clear or cloudy.

Instruction given in the art, and Apparatus furnished, Charges moderate. 

The first announcement appeared on January 2, 1849.  2 Weeks Longer!  Now Is Your Time!!  There is nothing more desirable than a perfect Likeness.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Combining the latest improvements in coloring.

The subscribers will remain in this place for a few days, with the view of taking impressions from those who wish to see themselves as others see them.  We are prepared to make a perfect copy of the human face, and to exhibit it in bold relief.  Ye who would leave with your friends some memorial of affection, now is your time to secure a copy for yourselves, which will remain when you have mouldered in the dust!  We can fit pictures to Bracelets, Lockets, Pins &c. of any size.  We can also take two impressions of the same person on one plate at the same sitting, beautiful and durable pictures of children taken in from 5 to 15 seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, will please call soon.

Rooms at Miss Adams, and are open from 8 A. M.., till 4 P. M., clear or cloudy.

Charges moderate.  O. Severance & Brother.

The second advertisement ran from January 9 to 16, 1849.  1 Weeks Longer!  Now Is Your Time!!  There is nothing more desirable than a perfect Likeness.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Combining the latest improvements in coloring.

The subscribers will remain in this place for a few days, with the view of taking impressions from those who wish to see themselves as others see them.  We are prepared to make a perfect copy of the human face, and to exhibit it in bold relief.  Ye who would leave with your friends some memorial of affection, now is your time to secure a copy for yourselves, which will remain when you have mouldered in the dust!  We can fit pictures to Bracelets, Lockets, Pins &c. of any size.  We can also take two impressions of the same person on one plate at the same sitting, beautiful and durable pictures of children taken in from 5 to 15 seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, will please call soon.

Rooms at Miss Adams, and are open from 8 A. M.., till 4 P. M., clear or cloudy.

Charges moderate.  O. Severance & Brother.

The second announcement appeared on January 30, 1849.  Positively 1 Weeks Longer!  Now Is Your Time!!  There is nothing more desirable than a perfect Likeness.  Daguerreotype Likenesses Combining the latest improvements in coloring.

The subscribers will remain in this place for a few days, with the view of taking impressions from those who wish to see themselves as others see them.  We are prepared to make a perfect copy of the human face, and to exhibit it in bold relief.  Ye who would leave with your friends some memorial of affection, now is your time to secure a copy for yourselves, which will remain when you have mouldered in the dust!  We can fit pictures to Bracelets, Lockets, Pins &c. of any size.  We can also take two impressions of the same person on one plate at the same sitting, beautiful and durable pictures of children taken in from 5 to 15 seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, will please call soon.

Rooms at Miss Adams, and are open from 8 A. M.., till 4 P. M., clear or cloudy.

Charges moderate.  O. Severance & Brother.

The third advertisement ran from February 13 to March 20, 1849.  O. Severance & Brother Are still at their rooms in Miss Adams’s Building, and will remain in town but a Few days longer, to practice taking Daguerreotype Pictures.

A press of business has prolonged our stay in town.  If the good people of Middlebury and vicinity desire our work, they will call sometime within a week, if not, we shall set our faces in some other direction.

O. Severance & Brother are recorded in other photographic directories.

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.