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Mr. Law

1853                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Franklin, Louisiana.

Mr. Law was recorded in one announcements and one advertisement. The announcement appeared on December 22, 1853 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  We call attention to the advertisement of Mr. Law, to be found on our third page.  We have not yet had the pleasure of examining specimens of his art, but those who have speak of them in favorable terms.  The weather is now unpropitious, but when it clears off we hope to see him enjoy a fair patronage.  A well executed daguerreotype, incased in a neat locket, is a befitting Christmas present to the young, and will be cherished when gewgaws are forgotten.

The advertisement appeared on December 22, 1853 in The Planters’ Banner (Franklin, Louisiana).  Law’s Daguerreotype Gallery.  Mr. Law respectfully announces to the citizens of Franklin and its vicinity that his Rooms are now open, in the Odd Fellows’ Hall, where he is prepared to execute Likenesses in the most superior style.

From his long experience in the Art—having operated in New Orleans and Mobile during the past ten years—he feels confident of affording entire satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage.

He is now enabled, by a new process, to color his Pictures to life, in the most beautiful and artistic manner, and to execute them in all kinds of weather with equal success.

Mr. Law will make every exertion to gratify the tastes of his patrons, and to afford them production of real merit—worthy of preservation and showing the artist deserving of popular favor.

He has on hand a select assortment of fine Gold Lockets and Breastpins; also, a variety of fancy Cases and Frames.

Daguerreotypes copied in the most perfect manner.  Franklin, December 22, 1853.

Mr. Law is not recorded in other photographic directories.  More research is needed to identify him in the advertisement he states that he has been active in New Orleans and Mobile since 1843.  The is no mention of him is either the New Orleans or Alabama photographic directories.  One could speculate that Mr. Law is Frederick Law who is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New Orleans in 1856 in partnership with F. Moissenet.

Norman Bugbee

1844                64 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama.                                                                                    1848-1849     53 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama.

Norman Bugbee was recorded in an advertisement in The Weekly Independent (Aberdeen, Mississippi) on August 4, 1849.  Daguerrean Gallery, No. 53, Dauphin St.  N. Bugbee the most experienced Daguerreotypist in the city, would respectfully solicit the patronage of the citizens of Aberdeen and vicinity, while visiting the city of Mobile and will at all times insure their Likenesses far superior as to beauty and durability, than any taken in the city or in the south, and his latest improvements in the art are unsurpassed; his prices are lower than any other establishment, comparing the quality of his miniatures, which vary according to the size [finish in] which they are put up.                         Dec 1.

Note that the date of the advertisement found at the end of the ad is Dec. 1.  It is possible that this is a typo or that the year might be before 1848.  The problem is that in 1849 there were only two issues available August 4 in which the advertisement was found and on December 1 and no advertisements for any daguerreotypist were found.  In 1848 there were only four dates available March 18, May 6, December 9 and December 30th Norman Bugbee’s advertisement did not appear in any of them. On the December 9th issue a large hole appeared on page 3 & 4, and the December 30th issue was missing page 1 & 2.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a Norman Bugby in 1844 at 64 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama this is probably the same person.