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Samuel O. Hersey

1852-1855       State Street, over Ellis, Wilder and Co.’s Store, Montpelier, Vermont.                      1855-1857       State Street, over Ellis & Bancroft’s Store, Montpelier, Vermont.

Samuel O. Hersey was recorded in five announcements and three advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from February 5 to December 30, 1852 in the Green-Mountain Freeman  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Hersey’s Daguerreotype Gallery, 2d Door East of Branch Bridge, (Over Ellis, Wilder and Co.’s Store,) State Street, Montpelier, Vt.  Where he takes Daguerreotypes equal to the best, and at the Lowest Prices.

The first announcement appeared on September 30, 1853 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont).  State Fair…..Premiums..…Discretionary—Floral Hall…                          S. O. Hersey……Montpelier………Daguerreotypes……..1.00.

The second advertisement ran from December 15, 1853 to December 20, 1855 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Hersey’s Daguerreotype Gallery, (Over Ellis, Wilder and Co.’s Store,) State Street, Montpelier.  Daguerreotypes of all sizes taken, and put up in any style desired.  No one wishing a perfect likeness should fail to call. Nov. 22, 1853.

The second announcement appeared on July 26, 1855 in the Green-Mountain Freeman.  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Hersey’s Ambrotypes.—The attention of our readers is particularly invited to the advertisement of Mr. Hersey, in another column.  The Ambrotype is a new thing in the picture-making art, and is very justly taking the place of the Daguerreotype and every other species of miniature making.  They are certainly better than anything of the kind we ever saw, and as much surpass the old Daguerreotype, as that does a pen and ink sketch.  It is clear, and bold in tone, minute and expressive, can be seen in any light and must, from the manner of taking, endure as long as the glass on which it is taken.  They can be taken quicker and easier than the Daguerreotype, and secures at once the admiration and preference of the beholder.  Specimens in the best style of the art can be seen at Hersey’s rooms, and the public should take an early opportunity to call.

The third advertisement ran from July 26, 1855 to December 18, 1856 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Patent Ambrotypes!  or Daguerreotypes on Glass!  The subscriber, having obtained the right for Montpelier and vicinity, is now prepared to take these beautiful and never-changing pictures in glass, at his Daguerrean Stand; over Ellis & Bancroft’s Store, State Street, Montpelier,

The Art of Ambrotyping has very recently been brought to a high degree of perfection by Mr. Cutting, the inventor, who has secured a patent for fourteen-years in France, Great Britain and in the United States.  These Pictures are taken on the best Plate Glass, to which another glass is cemented thus retaining their brilliancy for ages, and are so beautiful in tone, bold and clear in effect, that they are universally admired, and are rapidly taking the place of Daguerreotypes.

Ambrotypes can be taken equally well upon the smallest miniature up to the full size, and in much less time sitting necessary for a good Daguerreotype.  They can be seen in any light as well as engravings, or any paper pictures under glass, and hence are very suitable for large pictures to be hung in frames.  They are not reversed, but seen in the natural position of the sitter.

Daguerreotypes can be copied in this permanent style, and enlarged to any size.  The darkest or dampest weather is equally favorable for this process, with the fairest and driest, as it is rarely necessary to sit half a minute in the darkest day.  Prices varying from $2.00 to $15.00.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens.  Montpelier, July 23, 1855.  S. O. Hersey.

N. B.—The subscriber would respectfully inform the public that he continues Daguerreotyping in the highest perfection of the art and all its various styles. F. O. Hersey.

The third announcement appeared on January 3, 1856 in the Green-Mountain Freeman  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Patent Ambrotypes.—We suggest to all who wish a life-like picture, to visit Mr. S. O. Hersey’s gallery, over Ellis & Bancroft’s Store.  Mr. Hersey has just received a new stock of well selected cases, lockets, &c., and his new suit of rooms are well adapted to the art; while his skill is not surpassed this side of the cities.  See Advertisement.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 17 1857 in the Green-Mountain Freeman  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Vermont State Fair.  The Seventh Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society was held at this place last week…Award of Premiums…Floral Hall…

S. O. Hersey, Montpelier, ambrotypes and photographs……….2.00.                                              L. White, Montpelier, photographs………………………………..1.00.

Samuel O. Hersey is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Montpelier, Vermont from 1856-1860.

Harned & Tileston

1846                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                1846                Union House, Montpelier, Vermont.

Harned & Tileston (J. L. & J. S.) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 15 to 29, 1846 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  Now Is Your Time.  Messrs. Harned & Tileston (Recently from Van Loan & Magill’s celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) respectfully announce that they will remain at the Union House during the session of the legislature and will furnish likenesses (either separately or in groups,) in a style, which in point of richness of tone, and beauty of finish stand unrivalled and cannot fail of giving satisfaction.

They would particularly solicit the attention of members of the Legislature and strangers visiting Montpelier, as they are fully prepared to give all an opportunity of securing a perfect Daguerreotype likeness on the most favorable terms.  Just call and examine specimens, and see if we don’t perform all we advertise.  J. L. Harned.  J. S. Tileston.  Montpelier, Oct. 13th, 1846.

Harned & Tileston; J. L. Harned; & J. S. Tileston are not recorded in other photographic directories.

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.

Charles H. Gay

1845                Rooms in Whitney’s Hotel, Woodstock, Vermont.                                            1845                Rooms In Spalding Building, Montpelier, Vermont.                                              1845                Room, over Bancroft & Riker’s Store, Montpelier, Vermont.                                          1845-1846     Rooms in the Masonic Hall, Rutland, Vermont.                                                                  ND                    192 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                  1847                Younglove’s Hall, Union Village, New York.                                                    1849                No’s. 10 & 12 Washington Place, Union Village, New York.

Charles H. Gay was recorded in one announcement and five advertisement.  The first advertisement ran from September 11 to October 9, 1845 in the Spirit of the Age (Woodstock, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Cha’s H. Gay, Of New York; Would respectfully inform the citizens of Woodstock and vicinity that he has opened his Gallery of Daguerreotype Portraits, at Whitney’s Hotel, where he will remain, for a short time, and is prepared to execute Portraits and Miniatures in a style not surpassed by any ever taken.  He is prepared to execute portraits and miniatures from the smallest to the largest size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate. The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 a. m. 6 p. m.

The second advertisement ran from October 16 to November 6, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotype!  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Would respectfully inform the citizens of Montpelier, that that he has opened his Daguerreian Rooms in Spalding Building, over the store of Bancroft & Riker, where he would invite the attention of the citizens, and members of the Legislature, to his splendid specimens of Daguerreotype Portraits and Miniatures.  He is prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot fail to please.  Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Landscape views taken in superior style.  The public generally are invited to call.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 6 P. M.

The announcement appeared on October 23, 1845 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Something Worth Seeing.—All who are friends of the fine arts, and would like to see Daguerreotype likenesses, superior to any ever taken in the State, will do well to call at Charles H. Gay’s room, over Bancroft & Riker’s store.  His apparatus is of a superior kind and none can look upon his likenesses without being disposed to patronize him.  Here is a rare chance for those who may wish to procure a beautiful and perfect likeness.

The third advertisement ran from December 4, 1845 to February 12, 1846 in the Rutland Herald  (Rutland, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Charles H. Gay, of New York, Daguerrean Artist, would respectfully inform the citizens of Rutland, that he has opened his Room in the Masonic Hall, opposite A. Dyer’s, where he will remain for a short time and will be prepared to execute the various sizes from the smallest to the largest ever taken either in this country or in Europe, and in a style which cannot be surpassed.

Groups of from 2 to 15 taken on a single plate.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to ½ past 4 P. M.  Operations without regard to weather from 9 A. M. to 4 P. M.  The citizens are invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.

The fourth advertisement ran from May 27 to August 26, 1847 in the Washington County Journal  (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  Chas. H. Gay, formerly from 192 Broadway, N. Y., would respectfully announce to the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that his Daguerrian Gallery is now open at Younglove’s Hall, where it will remain for a short time, and would invite the attention of the citizens to his unrivalled specimens of the Photographic Art.

He is prepared to execute all the various sizes, from the smallest locket size to the largest Cabinet size ever taken either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from 2 to 20 taken on a single plate.  Landscape Views, Views of Private Residences, Copies of Paintings, Statuary, &c., executed in an unrivalled manner.  These Pictures are taken with a Speculum, and will not be reversed.  The style and finish of these Pictures shall excel in beauty and faithfulness, and possess all the colors of life.

The citizens are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the Art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Operations from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M., without regard to weather.  Rooms open from 8 A. M., to 7 P. M.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 10 to 31, 1849 in the Washington County Journal (Union Village, New York).  Daguerreotype Atelier.  Charles H. Gay would respectfully inform the citizens of Union Village and vicinity, that he has returned, and has opened his Daguerrian Gallery at Rooms No. 10 & 12, Washington Place, where he will remain a short time, and is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes Portraits & Miniatures in a style that cannot be surpassed.  He is prepared to execute all the various sizes (embracing [unreadable]           ) from the largest to smallest ever taken, either in this country or in Europe.  Groups of from two to twenty taken on a single plate.

From the long experience of the proprietor in the business, the superiority of his instruments having both German and American, he flatters himself he will be able to give the most perfect satisfaction.

Pictures taken equally well in cloudy as clear weather.  N. B.—Those having pictures taken by the old process, can have them retaken at a small expense.             The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens of the art brought to its highest state of perfection.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

There is a Charles H. Gay recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry who was active in 1845 in Providence, Rhode Island; Troy, New York in 1847-48; in New London, Connecticut in 1850, and 1853-56.  The question is are the all the same person?

A. Flint

1847                    Head of State Street, Over Bancroft and Riker’s Store, Montpelier,                                                      Vermont.                                                                                                                                      1848-1849         State Street, in Ellis, Wilder & Co.’s New Building, Montpelier, Vermont.            1851-1852         Head of State Street, nearly opposite Storrs & Langdon’s, Montpelier,                                              Vermont.

A Flint was recorded in three advertisement and one announcement.  The first advertisement ran from June 17 to December 16, 1847 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).   A. Flint’s Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, Over Bancroft and Riker’s Store, at the Head of State Street, Montpelier.

As good a likeness as can be obtained can be had for one dollar and fifty cents, and neatly put up in a handsome Morocco Case.  Ladies and Gentlemen who wish for a good likeness will find it for their interest to call.

The second advertisement ran from May 25, 1848 to May 10, 1849 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).   A. Flint’s Skylight Daguerreotype Gallery, State Street, Montpelier, Vt.  [in Ellis, Wilder & Co.’s New Building.]

The attention of the public is respectfully solicited to the superiority of the pictures taken at this establishment, to the distinct and life-like expression of the eye, the clearness strength and boldness with which every feature of the face is brought out, and especially to their permanency.

Miniatures taken in any weather, at reduced prices, according to size, number of persons on plate, and richness of frame or case.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens before engaging elsewhere.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.

The announcement appeared on September 21, 1848 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  A. Flint’s Skylight Daguerreotype Gallery, State Street, Montpelier, Vt.  [In Ellis, Wilder & Co.’s New Building.]

The third advertisement ran from December 4, 1851 to February 26, 1852 in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont).  Look at This!  Christmas And New Year’s Presents.  Those who are looking for something nice and elegant for presents for the coming Holidays, should not fail to examine the splendid assortment of Pearl-Inlaid and New York Book Cases, at Flint’s Daguerreotype Saloon, One of which, with a Beautiful Miniature will make the most acceptable and valued Souvenir that can be found.

N. B. Remember this Daguerreotype Saloon stands at the head of State St., nearly opposite Storrs & Langdon’s, where it will remain a few days.

During my stay here, you can get a perfect likeness of yourself or friends and neatly put up in a handsome Morocco Case for 75 cents.  Now is your time—Call and see at A. Flint’s Daguerreotype Saloon on Wheels.  To commence Dec. 1, 1851.

P. S. Brown

1851                Address Unknown, Montpelier, Vermont.

P. S. Brown was recorded in the Green-Mountain Freeman (Montpelier, Vermont) on September 25, 1851.  Premiums Awarded By The Washington County Agricultural Society, At Its Sixth Annual Fair, September 18th, 1851…Discretionary Report…Best Daguerreotypes, P. S. Brown, Mont. [Montpelier]   1.00.

P. S. Brown is not recorded in other photographic directories.

George Allen, Jr.

Published in the Green-Mountain Freeman, Montpelier, Vermont on May 17, 1855, George Allen, Jr. advertises from May 17 to September 27, 1855.

New Daguerreotype Rooms. Having fitted up rooms in Keith’s Building, opposite the Brick Church, Main Street, Montpelier, I am prepared to furnish with Correct Likenesses all who may favor me with a call.  A good assortment of Cases constantly on hand.

N. B.—I  will make a likeness of one person for seventy-five cents, and twenty five cents for each additional one of a group. Montpelier, May 1, 1855.

George Allen, Jr. does not appear in any other sources I have checked or have access to.