Tag Archives: New York City

J. S. Meyer

1859                Address Unknown, New York, New York.

J. S. Meyer was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York). The first advertisement appeared on January 10, 1859. A Daguerreotypist And Photographer wishes employment.  Apply at J. S. Meyer’s gallery, 138 Canal st.

The second advertisement appeared on October 12, 1859.  A Good Photographer And Daguerreotypist wishes employment in or out of the city.  Inquire of Mr. J. Meyer, 349 Canal street.

J. S. Meyer is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Metropolitan Daguerrian Rooms

1852                603 Broadway, New York, New York.

Metropolitan Daguerrian Rooms were recorded in five advertisements.   The first advertisement appeared on October 20, 1852 in the New York Daily Tribune (New York, New York).  Metropolitan Daguerrian Rooms, No. 603 Broadway.—The public would do well to call as above, and see the fine Daguerreotypes there taken.  They are pronounced perfection itself.  Daguerreotypes of every kind taken in the first style of art.

The second advertisement appeared on October 20, 1852 The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Metropolitan Daguerrian Rooms, No. 603 Broadway.—The public would do well to call as above, and witness the splendid Daguerreotypes in oil there taken.  For accuracy of portraiture they are perfection itself.  The most skillful operators in the profession are constantly employed, and you may depend upon having a good picture.

The third advertisement appeared on October 23,  1852 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Sunbeam Painting.—Call in and see the superb specimens at the Metropolitan daguerrean rooms, No. 603 Broadway.  Those who are fit to call as above, are assured of the certainty of obtaining a good picture,  The daguerreotypes in oil, taken at this place, are much admired, having all the boldness as well as softness of an oil painting, or canvas.

The fourth advertisement appeared on November 2, 1852 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Daguerreotypes in Oil, of the highest finish and surface.  Pictures on Ivory in water colors, for lockets and broaches, of all sizes.  Also, daguerreotypes on silver, colored in every style of art, may be obtained at the Metropolitan Gallery, 603 Broadway, between Prince and Houston streets.  N. B.—Studios on the first floor.

The fifth advertisement appeared on  November 10, 1852 in The New York Herald (New York, New York). Daguerreotypes of Deceased Persons taken at short notice.—An artist of great experience will attend the arrangements of attitude, light, shade, and cast of draperies, securing perfection for the painter and draftsman.  Daguerreotypes in oil or otherwise, to suit applicants at the Metropolitan Gallery.  633 Broadway, near Houston street.

Metropolitan Daguerrian Rooms are not listed in other photographic directories.

Charles Mendham

1852-1853     177 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1853                407 Broadway, New York, New York.

Charles Mendham was recorded in three advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York)The first advertisement appeared on April 29, 1852.  To Daguerreotypers.—Wanted, A First class Operator.  Apply to Powelson & Mendham, Daguerreotype Artists, 177 Broadway, from 8 to 12 o’clock in the morning.

The second advertisement ran on March 1 & 2, 1853. Card.—B. F. Powelson Hereby Gives Notice, that he is no longer interested in the daguerrean gallery known under the firm of Powelson & Mendham.  He can now be found at Harrison’s rooms, No. 123 Broadway, where he will be happy to see his friends and well wishers.  A first rate picture guaranteed.

The third advertisement appeared on April 30, 1853.  For Sale.—A Copper Boiler, Which Holds thirty gallons, also a furnace belonging to it; a new candle mould, middling sixes size, for sale.  Apply to Charles Mendham, daguerrean room [77] or 407 Broadway.

Charles Mendham is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1853-1854 at 407 Broadway. and the partnership of Mendham & Powelson as being active in New York city in the mid-1850’s.

W. H. Melick

1859                407 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                                    1860                407 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]

W. H. Melick was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on January 5, 1859 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  $1,000.—For Sale, A Strictly First Class photograph and ambrotype gallery, doing a large and profitable business, situated in a city in Georgia containing 20,000 inhabitants.  W. H. Melick, 407 Broadway.

W. H. Melick was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1860.  While the advertisement is for a gallery for sale in Georgia it is unknown at this time if the gallery was his  or someone else’s.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as Melick & Co.

Theodore Mayer

1856                167 Bowery, New York, New York.

Theodore Mayer was recorded on January 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.  Mayer — An excellent gallery. The ambrotypes show some skill, and I noticed some very fair photographs.

Theodore Mayer is recorded in other photographic directories, ut is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.

F. S. & S. A. Martine

1848                112 William Street, Near John, New York, New York.

F. S. & S. A. Martine were recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 19 to 30, 1848 in the New York Herald (New York, New York). Carriage Linings, Curtain Materials, And Plushes.—Constantly receiving, by the latest arrivals, a complete assortment of these goods. Also, colored silk and cotton Velvets, and Florences for Daguerreotype Cases, for sale by F. S & S. A Martine, importers and Jobers, 112 William street, near John.

S A. Martin is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1856-1857 at 112 William Street as (maker) of daguerreotype case linings.  “Florences” probably refers to a lightweight taffeta dress silk. (Florence M. Montgomery, Textile in America 1650-1870. p. 238.)

Martin & Paine

1856                Address Unknown, New York, New York.

Martin & Paine were recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on January 1 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number One, New York. The author visited 69 Galleries in New York City.  Martin & Paine — These gentlemen join two professions in one, book-keeping and daguerreotyping. Some pretty fair photographs. 

Martin & Paine are recorded in other photographic directories, but are recorded here because of the first-hand account of their work.

John G. McKean

1851                252 Broadway, New York, New York.                                                                              1851                349 Broadway, New York, New York.

John G. McKean was recorded in an announcement on October 13, 1851 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Notice.—John G. McKean respectfully informs his business and personal friends, that having dissolved all connections with his late place of business, (Washburn’s, 252 Broadway,) he is now permanently located at Whitehurst’s Gallery, 349 Broadway.

John G. McKean is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active at the 252 Broadway address from 1851 and 1852-1854 324 Broadway.

J. A. McDougal

1849                251 Broadway, New York, New York.

J. A. McDougal was recorded in one advertisement that ran 16 times between October 4 and November 23, 1849 in the New York Herald (New York, New York). Miniatures.—Mr. J. A. McDougal, Artist, Has returned to his studio, No. 251 Broadway, corner of Murray street, over Tenney’s, in Plumbe’s. Mr. McD. Is enabled by a process peculiar to himself, to copy Daguerreotypes, no matter how dim or faded, and give the expression as well as if from life.

J. A. McDougal is not listed in other photographic directories. This is probably James Alexander McDougall Miniaturist and portrait painter, and not a daguerreotypist.

McClave & Merritt

1854                385 Broadway, New York, New York.

McClave & Merritt (James McClave, Jr. & John D. Merritt) were recorded in nine advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first appeared on September 12, 1854.

Rees & Co., 25 Cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway.—This company, established under the above name, will be conducted hereafter under the [head] of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from [the commencement.]  The business will be conducted the same as usual, the whole company remaining with the exception of C. Rees, whose interest in this gallery has been purchased by the two remaining partners.  McClave & Merritt.

The second advertisement appeared on September 16, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original Twenty-five [cent] Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway.—this company [  ?  ] known by the above name, will hereafter be [conducted] under the head of McClave & Merritt, [the original] partners from its commencement.  They having [  ?  ] the interest of Mr. Rees.

The third advertisement appeared on September 23, 1854.  Rees & Co., the Original 25 Cent Daguerreotypist, 385 Broadway, are now taking 600 pictures daily, and will soon be enabled to take 1,000, by the aid of their new machinery and enlarged rooms, by the original partners from the commencement.  McClave & Merritt.

The fourth advertisement appeared on September 26, 1854.  The 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement.  [600] hundred pictures taken daily with entire satisfaction.  McClave & Merritt, 385 Broadway.

The fifth advertisement appeared on September 28, 1854.  The original 25 cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway, so long known by the name of Rees & Co., [and] hereafter be carried on under the head of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from its commencement, who will soon be enabled to take one thousand pictures daily.

The sixth advertisement appeared on October 12, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents.—Rees & Co., as formerly known, now McClave & Merritt, having their new and novel machine, which was exhibited at Crystal Palace, now in full operation, will in future take pictures, in case, complete, for 25 cents.

The seventh advertisement appeared  on October 13, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, (formerly Rees & Co.,) 385  Broadway.

The eighth advertisement appeared on October 19, 1854.  Immense Success.—A Daguerreotype in Case for twenty-five cents.  McClave & Merritt, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, are now enabled, by the help of their new and novel machine, to give a daguerreotype, in a neat morocco case, all complete for 25 cents.

The ninth advertisement appeared on October 31, 1854.  A Daguerreotype in Case for 25 Cents, at McClave & Merritt’s, formerly Rees & Co., 385 Broadway, between White and Walker streets.

McClave & Merritt are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but, John does not mention that they were partners, or the connection to Rees & Co.