1853 Pavilion on the North Side of the Public Square, Lancaster, Ohio.
Nelson was recorded in one advertisement that ran from August 4 to September 29, 1853 in The Weekly Lancaster Gazette (Indianapolis, Indiana). Daguerreotype Sky-Light Pavilion. Nelson & Co. take pleasure in announcing to the citizens of Lancaster and surrounding country that having located their Daguerreotype Pavilion on the North Side of the Public Square, they would say for the special benefit of all those who wish to obtain these valuable keepsakes: these beautiful Penciling’s of the Sun, Clothed with all the brilliant and never fading beauties which the combined powers of Nature and Art can produce, fail not to call at the Pavilion and have your likeness taken while Life, health and opportunity admit. Having arrived from New York and Philadelphia and visited all the Eastern cities, they are prepared with all the latest improvements to take Likenesses of a style and richness of execution not inferior to any ever taken west of New York city, and far superior to any ever taken in Southern Ohio. As they have all the latest discoveries in the Art, they can safely say they defy competition. Pictures taken of various sizes, also views of Buildings, Landscapes and scenery, copies taken of Daguerreotype Paintings and Sculpture likenesses of children taken in fair weather, between the hours of 10 o’clock A. M. and 1 P. M.
Pictures as low as $1.25. N. B. Post Mortem cases attended to on short notice and at fair prices. Instructions carefully given in the Art and apparatus furnished of the latest style on reasonable terms.
Nelson is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Lancaster, Ohio.