Tag Archives: Middleport Ohio

W. B. Pennington

1855                Rooms at D. Hummer’s Store, Middleport, Ohio.

W. B. Pennington was recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 10 to August 14, 1855 in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).  Best daguerrean Likenesses, Call And See!  The subscriber would respectfully announce to the citizens of Middleport and vicinity that he can be found at D. Hummer’s Store, where he will remain permanently, for the purpose of taking Daguerrean Likenesses of all who may be pleased to call on him, from Quarters to the smallest Locket, single or in groups.  As he is supplied with Farris Accelerator, he is enabled to take likenesses in from 2 to 15 seconds at all times, regardless of weather.  Persons desirous of having their likenesses would do well to call to day, to-morrow may be to late.—

“Tis wise to secure the shadow ere the substance flies.”  N. B. Careful instruction given to persons wishing to engage in the business. July 10.  W. B. Pennington.

W. B. Pennington is not listed in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a B. (Barclay) Pennington who was active in Tiffon, Ohio in 1860, but it is unknown if they are the same person.

Moore & Gilbert

1854                At the Wharf, Pomeroy, Ohio.                                                                                                    1854                At the Wharf, Middleport, Ohio.                                                                                        1854                At the Wharf, Cheshire, Ohio.

Moore & Gilbert were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on  July 25, 1854 Daguerreotypes.—Those who wish to preserve likenesses of themselves or friends, do not lack opportunity.  Lamartine is at our landing with his Yacht.  Handbills on the corners announce the fact that a couple of Itinerants have taken rooms over Branch’s store, and we are assured, by letter, that Messrs. Moore & Gilbert will be here next week with their Daguerrean Yacht.

Of the relative merits of the two first named we cannot speak—having never examined their work.  But if our friends are in no hurry, we can promise them something rich when Moore & Gilbert arrive.  During our recent absence, we visited them, and more recently they have sent us some specimens of their work, which may be seen by calling at our office.  We pronounce them good.  We think, therefore, our friends will lose nothing by waiting a few days.

The advertisement ran from August 8 to October 3, 1854.  Daguerrean Boat.  The subscribers take pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Middleport, that they have arrived with their Daguerreotype Boat, and are now ready to take pictures in such style, and at such prices as cannot fail to give satisfaction.  With our large Sky-Light, we are prepared to take pictures in cloudy as well as clear weather.  Moore & Gilbert.

The second announcement appeared on October 17, 1854.  Moore & Gilbert.—Our Citizens in the vicinity of Eight Mile Island who desire to have a life-like picture taken, can now have an opportunity of having it taken by Moore & Gilbert, at their Daguerrean Boat, lying at Cheshire.  During their stay here they took something like one hundred likenesses, a fact which goes to show that they give satisfaction to the public.  Any one visiting the boat can see specimens which do the proprietors credit as artist.  By the way, among the specimens we noticed an excellent likeness of Bro. Thomson, of the Pomeroy Telegraph, which seemed to attract the attention of young ladies generally.  Shouldn’t wonder if that is a sly way he has of advertising for a wife.  It was undoubtedly the picture of the best looking gentleman on the boat, until ours was placed along side of it.—Western Mess.

Moore & Gilbert do not appear in other photographic directories.  (Probably J. Charles Moore)