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Solomon Jackson Woolley

1851                Rooms at A. Stedman’s, Middleport, Ohio.

1851                Address and City Unknown, New York.

1852                Rooms at John Winkelblack’s, Pomeroy, Ohio.

1852                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

1854-1855     Near the Market-House, Shreveport, Louisiana.       

Solomon Jackson Woolley was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement.  Three advertisements and the announcement appeared in the Meigs County Telegraph (Pomeroy, Ohio), One advertisement each in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana) and Shreveport Weekly Times (Shreveport, Louisiana).  The first advertisement in the Meigs County Telegraph ran from April 17 to July 17, 1851.  Sir John Franklin—This brave Navigator has not yet been found, and his wife mourns because she has not his Daguerreotype likeness.  Alas! He put it off until it was to late.

Professor Woolly has taken rooms at A. Stedman’s, in Middleport, where he will remain but a few days, ready and happy to wait on those who may be so fortunate as to give him a call.

Professor Woolly has just received from New York the Electro Galvanico, which enables him to take better Pictures than has ever been taken in the West, and warranted to be inferior to none in the world, and cheaper than any before.

Come on, while every thing is ready.  A cloudy day is as good as any.

The second advertisement ran from December 16, 1851 to March 9, 1852 in Meigs County Telegraph.  Important Discovery in Daguerreotypes.—I would respectfully inform the citizens of Pomeroy that I am now receiving the late and wonderful discoveries in taking Daguerreotypes; and I will be in Pomeroy in December for the purpose of taking pictures.  S. J. Woolly.  New York.  December 7, 1851.

The third advertisement ran from January 20 to April 22, 1852.  Professor Woolly’s Daguerrean Gallery, At John Winkelblack’s, one door east of Lowery’s Tin Shop.  The enlightened citizens of this vicinity are respectfully invited to visit and examine the Pictures of the Gallery.

Pictures set in breastpins, lockets, plain and fancy cases, in strict accordance with the most approved mechanical and artistical improvements of the day.

The citizens of Pomeroy are wise: for they catch the image ere the substance flies; and if every citizen would be so wise, they would not mourn at the neglect.

My Pictures are warranted to please in every respect or no charge.

A cloudy day equally as good as a clear day.

I will stay in Pomeroy but a few days.  S. J. Woolly.   Pomeroy.

The announcement appeared on February 10, 1852.  Prof. Woolly, informs us that he intends remaining but a few days longer.—His Daguerrean Rooms are crowded daily, and his pictures give the highest satisfaction.  Woolly is an artist of more than ordinary merit.  Whilst others have been compelled to leave our town with scarcely anything to do, Woolly has always had a splendid run of custom.  He takes pictures, which for tone and finish rival those of the best artist of the country.  No one should fail to visit his rooms.

The fourth advertisement appeared in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana) on February 11, 1852.  Daguerrean Pictures, By The Improved Process.  Professor Woolley has just arrived in Franklin, and taken rooms in the Odd-Fellows’ Hall, where he will remain a few days, for the purpose of taking pictures.  Miniatures set in Breast-pins, lockets, or plain and fancy cases, in strict accordance with the late improvements of the art.

N. B. Ladies and gentlemen can rely on receiving polite attention.  Pictures warranted in the best style of the art, and perfect satisfaction given.  Charges moderate.

Pictures taken without regard to the weather.   Franklin, Dec. 11, 1852.

The fifth advertisement appeared in the Shreveport, Weekly Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) on  February 3, 1855.  Skylight Daguerreotypes.  Dear Reader:—I have just opened a fine Skylight Daguerrean room near the Market-house, where I have a large fine instrument, with a large stock of the best plates and cases.  I have recently made a discovery in the art.  Superior pictures, with full satisfaction or no charge.

Instructions given with apparatus and stock furnished.  Shreveport, Dec. 30th, 1854.

Solomon Jackson Woolley is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here with additional and more specific information creating a more detailed timeline. 

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)