Tag Archives: Middlebury Vermont

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.

Luther M. Brooks

1858                Stewart’s Block, over Chapman & Barrour’s, Middlebury, Vermont.

Luther M. Brooks is recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 28 to June 9, 1858 and appeared in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont.)  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.

Luther M. Brooks is not recorded in other photographic directories.  John Craig list a William Rablin in Troy, New York from 1854-1857, in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  It is unknown if they are the same person.

Charles Brockway

1855                Rooms at the Dwelling of Dr. Brockway, Middlebury, Vermont.

Charles Brockway was recorded in an advertisement in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont) which ran from March 14 to April 25, 1855.  Daguerreotypes!  Good Likenesses for 50 Cents The subscriber has provided himself with apparatus and means of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, after the New York style, and at a very low price 50 cents.  All small sizes, whether in a case, Locket, or ring, will hereafter be produced true to life at this very small charge.

That he is taking likenesses in a style of unsurpassed neatness and life-like beauty, will be seen by calling at his room.  He has on hand a splendid assortment of Cases of various style and price, and as he intends to make Middlebury his permanent residence, he can make it alike his own and the interest of his employers, to give superior Pictures at low and fixed prices.  Charles Brockway, Dag. Artist.  Rooms at the Dwelling of Dr. Brockway.          March 8, 1855.

Charles Brockway is not recorded in other photographic directories.