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Mr. Giroux

1854                Mechanics’ Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana.

1856                142 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Mr. Giroux was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements in the partnership of Giroux & Hirsch.   The first announcement was recorded on December 27, 1854 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Destructive Fire—The Mechanics Institute in Ruins.—Last evening about 6 o’clock, a fire broke out in the rear part of the basement of the Mechanics’ Institute, on the Philippa street front of University Square, and in little more than a hour’s time the splendid edifice was reduced to a pile of smoking ruins; nothing being left standing but the front and portions of the side walls…

The Repository of Arts and Sciences, kept in one of the rooms by Mr. Brocket, lost every thing—valued at about $3000.  Mr. Truehols, the portrait and picture painter, occupying another room, lost every thing.  One picture alone, of large size, which he had nearly finished entitled “The Crucifixion,” he valued at [$3000].  Mr. Giroux, the photographist, occupying the from=nt room of the floor, opposite the library, lost every thing.  He had just finished fitting up at an expenditure of $2500.  Mr. Gomes who kept a cabinet making and repairing shop on the ground floor, under Mr. Giroux’s room, also lost his all—about $1000 worth…

The second announcement (same as the first) appeared on December 27, 1854 Times-Picayune.  (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Burning of the Mechanics’ Institute.  We regret to state that this noble building, one of the city’s proudest ornaments, was destroyed by fire last evening…   

Mr. Giroux, who had just established rooms for practicing the art of photography, lost about $2,500.

The third announcement (same as the first) appeared on January 5, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Burning of the Mechanics’ Institute, at New Orleans.  [From the New Orleans Picayune, Dec. 27.]  We regret to state that this noble building, one of the city’s proudest ornaments, was destroyed by fire last evening…Mr. Giroux, who had just established rooms for practicing the art of photography, lost about $2,500.

The first advertisement was appeared on April 23,1856 in the Semi-Weekly Creole (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Heliographic Gallery.  Portraits Drawn in a few Seconds by the Attraction of the Light.  Giroux & Hirsch. No. 142 Canal street, between Bourbon and Dauphin streets.

Messrs. Giroux & Hirsch, Heliographs, Informs the public that their Saloon and Studio are now opened, at 142 Canal street, where visitors will be gladly received.

They avail themselves of this opportunity to call the attention of amateurs to their improvement, in New Orleans to Heliographic Portraits, and present, to be compared with what has been done heretofore in the line, the proof Portraits exhibited in their gallery.

Messrs. G. & H. announce, besides, that with a view to the popularity of their art, the prices of their Portraits, whether black or colored, will be very moderate.  mh5.

The second advertisement (same as the first) was recorded July 1 to September 12, 1856 in the   New Orleans Daily Creole (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Heliographic Gallery.  Portraits Drawn in a few Seconds by the Attraction of the Light.  Giroux & Hirsch. No. 142 Canal street, between Bourbon and Dauphin streets.

Messrs. Giroux & Hirsch, Heliographs, Informs the public that their Saloon and Studio are now opened, at 142 Canal street, where visitors will be gladly received.

They avail themselves of this opportunity to call the attention of amateurs to their improvement, in New Orleans to Heliographic Portraits, and present, to be compared with what has been done heretofore in the line, the proof Portraits exhibited in their gallery.

Messrs. G. & H. announce, besides, that with a view to the popularity of their art, the prices of their Portraits, whether black or colored, will be very moderate.  mh5.

Mr. Giroux is recorded in other directories as being in the partnership only.  First names are not known at this time.  There is an advertisement for Leon Giroux, 142 Canal Street for Fancy Shoes the same address as the partnership.  It is unknown if this is the same person.  No additional advertisements have been located at this time for Hirsch.  Hirsch is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as a “painter of photographs” which led me into looking at The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  There is one listing for Siegfried Hirsch, miniature and portrait painted who was active in New York City as a miniature painter from 1851-1855; then he went to Charleston, South Carolina; and by 1857 he was back in New York City. It is also unknown if he is the same person.

John H. Frobus

1852                72 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

John H. Frobus appeared in one announcement on November 19, 1852 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana). 

From woman’s eyes this doctrine I derive:

The are the books, the art, the academies

Which show, contain, and nourish all the world.

Had Mahomet heard of daguerreotypes, he might have propagated his doctrines all the faster by showing the portrait of his Celestial Houris!  By the buy, Frobus, 72 Chartres street, is very successful in that all important feature of a daguerreotype likeness—the eye.

John H. Frobus is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New Orleans, Louisiana  between 1855 to 1861.

A. Cosmes

1854                1 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

A. Cosmes (of the partnership of Moissenet & Cosmes) was recorded in one Advertisement that ran from December 25 to 30, 1854[1] in the New Orleans Daily Crescent  (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Moissenet & Cosmes’s Daguerrean and Photographic Gallery, No. 1 Camp Street, corner of Canal.

F. Moissenet has the honor of informing the citizens of New Orleans and Strangers, that he has formed a business connection with Mr. A. Cosmes, a Photographist and Painter of European celebrities, and has opened expressly for the purpose of taking Photographic Portraits and Miniatures in the same building in which Daguerreotype Rooms are, by which means both branches will be under his personal care and direction.  He invites particular attention to his new and perfect mode of taking Portraits by which the physiognomy and coloring of nature becomes indelibly transferred in such a manner as cannot fail to present a true and exact copy of all the features and expressions of life—a fac simile of nature.

The Rooms are always open to the public, who are invited to examine the various specimens there exhibited. d25.

A. Cosmes is not recorded in other photographic directories.


[1] No newspapers were found between December 31, 1854 to July 1, 1855.

J. W. Bradford

1852-1853       80 Camp Street corner Natchez Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

J. W. Bradford of the firm Curtright & Bradford was recorded in two advertisements and one additional time by himself in the New Orleans Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from June 18 to September 18, 1852.  80 Camp Street.  N. B. Curtright…J. B. Bradford.  We have taken the room over Geo. W. Hynson, corner of Natches and Camp street, for the prosecution of the Daguerreotype Business, and our charges—being half the usual prices—induce us to hope for a liberal patronage.

Hours of operation from 8 A. M. to 6 P. M.  Curtwright & Bradford, Artists. 

The second advertisement ran from September 28 1852 to February 11, 1853.  N. B. Curtright.  J. W. Bradford.  Curtright & Bradford, Daguerrean Artists, No. 80 Camp street, corner Natchez. 

The third advertisement ran from February 12 to May 9, 1853.  Bradford, J. W., Daguerrean Artist, No. 80 Camp street, corner Natchez.  sept. 28.

J. W. Bradford is not recorded in other photographic directories.  N. B. Curtright with a variant spelling Curtwright is known and recorded in other photographic directories.

Yearout & Lipman

1851-1852       Water Street, over the Insurance Office, Evansville, Indiana.

Yearout & Lipman (John T. Yearout & Lewis S. Lipman) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 8, 1851 to June 15, 1852in The Evansville Daily Journal.  (Evansville, Indiana).  Dobyns & Co.’s Daguerreotype Galleries.

No. 489 Main Street, Louisville, Ky.

No. 1 Fowlke’s Row, Memphis, Tenn.

Nos. 6 & 23 Camp Street, New Orleans.

Corner 4th and Chestnut sts, St. Louis, Mo.

J. T. Yearout & L. S. Lipman, of the above firm would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Evansville and the public generally, that they have taken Rooms on Water st., over Insurance office, and that they are permanently located at Evansville, in the Daguerrean Rooms formerly occupied by Gove & Widney, where one of them may be found at all hours of the day, ready and prepared to take Likenesses of all sizes and descriptions, to exhibit specimens of their work, sell stock, give instruction in the art and wait upon all who may favor them with a call.

N. B.—All work done by them will be warranted to give perfect satisfaction or no charge made.

Constantly on hand a full supply of Daguerreotype Stock for sale.

The above rooms are now furnished and open.  All are invited to call and examine for themselves.  While Thomas Jefferson Dobyns; John T. Yearout & Lewis S. Lipman are all recorded in other directories this entry provides additional information previously unrecorded.

F. Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                                        1854                   Rooms over Badeaux & Bruff, corner Main & Focus Streets, Thibodaux,                                             Louisiana.

F. Sancan was recorded in two advertisement and one announcement in the Thibodaux Minerva.  (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854. Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

The announcement appeared on March 11, 1854.  Don’t forget to call on Mr. Sancan, and obtain one of his Daguerreotypes by an entire new process.  See his card.

The second advertisement ran from March 11 to July 22, 1854. Daguerreotype Saloon.  Mr. F. Sancan, has the honor to inform the citizens of Thibodaux and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Saloon, over the store of Messrs. Badeaux & Bruff, corner of Main and Focus streets, where he will be happy to wait upon those who may honor him with a call.

By an entire new process—one yet little known—he not only gives his pictures a true likeness in features, but also in complexion.  This process has also another advantage in doing away in a partial degree the looking-glass appearance of the ground work.

F. Sancan is not listed in other photographic directories.  See Sache & Sancan post.

Sache & Sancan

1853-1854       80 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sache & Sancan (F. Sancan) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 11, 1853 to June 1, 1854 in the Thibodaux Minerva (Thibodaux, Louisiana).  Sache & Sancan, Daguerreotype and Painting Gallery, No. 80 Camp St., New Orleans.  my14.

This is a complicated entry.  First in the book Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry both list a Victor Sancan as being active in New Orleans in 1854 at 80 Camp Street.  Sache is not listed in either books.  In the New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564 to 1860 a J. Sancan is listed in New Orleans in 1854 as a portrait painter.  There is no mention of F. or Victor Sancan, again there is no listing found for Sache, there were a number of  Sachs and Sachse all were from Philadelphia and Baltimore and were either lithographers, or painters with no mention of anyone traveling to New Orleans.  To further complicate matters there is an advertisements from the same newspaper “Thibodaux Minerva” for an F. Sancan which will be posted on December 3d.  Another possibility is that Victor Sancan owner/operator of the New Orleans studio and that F. Sancan (a family member, working in the studio went to Thibodaux for four plus months.)  This is total speculation on my part.  An internet search listed an  F. Sancan in 1861 as the Editor and Proprietor of the Thibodaux Sentinel a weekly newspaper.  It is unknown if they are the same person.  Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 comes to the same conclusion that it is unclear if one of the partners were F. Sancan or Victor Sancan.

Ranney

1851                Rooms on Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ranney was recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in The Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from May 5 to 8, 1851.  Daguerreotype Portraits.  Rare Chance!  Persons who cannot leave the city to visit their friends during the summer can be furnished with the most satisfactory substitute to send them, by early application at Ranney’s Daguerreotype Gallery.  As he will leave for the North while his rooms are being enlarged, he will take Likenesses on very favorable terms for a few days.

Gallery on Royal street, close to the St. Louis Hotel.

The second advertisement rand from May 13 to 16, 1851.  Ranney’s Daguerrean Gallery will soon be closed for the season, on account of repairs to be made on the building.  Wishing to close out his stock before leaving, he will take pictures at reduced prices.  His Three Dollar style of Portraits will be put up for Two Dollars; other sizes in proportion.

Rooms on the corner of Royal and St. Louis streets, near the St. Louis Hotel.

The third advertisement ran from May 19 to 22, 1851.  Ranney’s Daguerrean Gallery, on Royal street, close by the St. Louis Hotel, is not yet demolished, and until it is, great bargains can be had in Daguerreotypes, the proprietor being anxious to close out his stock as soon as possible.

Positively a few days only.  “A word to the wise,” etc.                                                                                Rooms not open on Sunday.

The announcement appeared on May 26, 1851.  Daguerreotype Notice.  Ranney’s Daguerreotype Gallery will close on Wednesday Evening, the 28th inst.  Those who want his Portraits, at reduced prices, will do well to be on the alert.  The Proprietor takes this opportunity of tendering his thanks for the very liberal patronage bestowed upon him, and hopes that the public will bear in mind the fact that he intends to return next Fall.  Gallery, 124 Royal street, close by the St. Louis Hotel.

Ranney is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1854 at 80 Camp Street.  It is possibly the same person.

L. A. Phillips

1851-1852       28 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

L A. Phillips was recorded in three advertisements that appeared in The Daily Crescent. (New Orleans, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from December 2 to 20, 1851.  Phillips, L. A., Daguerrean Artist, No. 28 Camp street, up stairs, New Orleans.

The second advertisement ran from January 1 to May 27, 1852.  Phillips, L. A., Daguerrean Artist, No. 28 Camp street, up stairs, New Orleans.

The third advertisement ran from March 29 to April 12, 1852.  Constable’s Sale.  Second Justice’s Court, Charles E. Alter vs. [J. P.] sic. Phillips.  Parish of Orleans.  No. 13, 888.  By Virtue of a writ of fieri facias to me directed by the Hon. J. L. Winter, Second Justice of the Peace for the Perish of Orleans, I will expose at public auction, on Friday, April 9, 1852, at 12 o’clock m., at 28 Camp street, up-stairs—A Lot Of Daguerreotype Specimens, etc., and some few other articles belonging to the same concern.  Terms cash.. George F. Pearson, Constable.

L A. Phillips is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Gustave A. Moses

1856                Address Unknown, New Orleans, Louisiana.                                                                1856                Rooms at Thespian Hall, Clinton, Louisiana.                                                            1856                White’s Hotel, Clinton, Louisiana.                                                                                  1856                Union Hotel, Clinton, Louisiana.                                                                                  1856                Address Unknown, Woodville, Louisiana.

Gustave A. Moses was recorded in two advertisements and four announcements in The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from July 26 to October 18, 1856.

Daguerreotypes!  Ambrotypes And Photographs.  G. Moses, direct from the City of New Orleans, would inform the public, and the citizens of Clinton, that he is prepared to take In A Superior Manner, Pictures by either of the above named processes.

Rooms, At Thespian Hall.  Pictures warranted, and never delivered until satisfactory.  Those wishing pictures must apply at once, as his stay in this place will be of short duration.

The first announcement appeared on August 2, 1856.  We have seen some specimens of Mr. Moses’ Daguerreotyping and Ambrotyping.  They evince his capacity as an artist.  Those desiring pictures can find him at White’s Hotel.  See Advertisement.

The second announcement appeared on August 16, 1856.  Positively The Last Week.—Persons desirous of procuring Daguerrean, Ambrotype, or Photograph Likenesses, from B. Moses, must call during the coming week, as it is positively the last that he can remain in Clinton.

The third announcement appeared on September 20, 1856.  G. Moses has returned from New Orleans with a large supply of cases and frames of all kinds, and can be found at his room at the Union Hotel, where he is prepared to serve all who may favor him with their patronage.  By a new improvement he is enabled to take ambrotype pictures in lockets, breast-pins, ladies’ fans, gents’ hat, &c.  No one desirous of obtaining a fine picture, should neglect the present opportunity, but call at once.

The fourth announcement appeared on October 18, 1856.  The Last Chance.—To-day and Monday are the last days that G. Moses will remain in Clinton, as he leaves for Woodville.  The superior Ambrotypes that this gentleman has taken here, fully justifies us in recommending him to the citizens of that place.  He will there have the assistance of his brother, also a skillful operator.

The second advertisement ran from October 25, 1856 to February 7, 1857.   Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, And Photographs.  G. Rosenberger having received instructions from G. Moses, and having experience in the art of taking Daguerreotypes, will be ready by the first of the coming month, to take likenesses by any of the above named processes.

Gustave A. Moses is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New Orleans.