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Edward H. Olds

1850-1852       Ford Street, over J. H. Guest’s Store, Clark’s Row, Ogdensburgh, New York.      1853-1859       8 Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Edward H. Olds was recorded in six advertisements and twelve announcements.  The first advertisement ran from April 9, 1850 to April 22, 1851 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Daguerrian Gallery, Over the store of J. H. Guest, Clark’s Row, Ford street.  A New feature in the art of taking Daguerreotype Likenesses, By Sky-Light.

Miniatures of various sizes, and of the best execution, are taken at the above Rooms, which have seen fitted up expressly for the purpose.  The attention of the public is earnestly solicited.   Operating hours from 8 A. M., till 4 P. M.  E. H. Olds.

The first announcement appeared on May 14, 1850 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  “Daguerreotypes by Sky-Light.”  Messrs. Smith & Oswell:  Gentlemen—Seeing the above mentioned new invention in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, I was induced to sit for one; and to my astonishment, succeeded in getting a good likeness, well shaded, and devoid of the dtiff, hard expression, usually seen, in such miniatures, and that without experiencing the unpleasant sensation to the eyes, caused by the ordinary method in use heretofore.

So well please was I with this trial, that I requested some friends, whose daguerreotypes—not likenesses—I had taken by different operators—some within two months—to sit for their’s; and the result was, Mr. Olds possesses those first taken, and I possess those taken by him, in exchange—In other words, exchanging pictures for likenesses.

Give us a call Mr. Olds, before you are much Older.   Yours, &c., “A. Bytownian.”

The second announcement appeared on September 21, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Official Report Of The St. Lawrence Agricultural Fair….Discretionary Premiums.

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes,             $1.00.

The third announcement appeared on October 26, 1852 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Destructive Fire In Ogdensburgh…In a short space of time buildings on the west side of Isabella street were enveloped in flames, and every building on the north side of Ford street from Mr. J. N. Oswell’s corner to and including Mr. Benedict’s block…

E. H. Olds, daguerreotypes, loss $200.   No insurance.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1853 to October 12, 1858 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Established Daguerreian Gallery, Eagle Block, same Entrance with Eagle Hall.  E. H. Olds.  Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The third advertisement ran from January 17 to May 16, 1854 in the St. Lawrence Republican  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture-Gallery, No. 8 Eagle Block, Ford-street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y., Has Been Fitted Up Expressly For him in every particular necessary for the execution of first-class Daguerreotypes.

Pictures put up in plain and fancy frames; Cases of all sizes and kinds—Mother of Pearl, Goat Skin, Morocco, Gutta  Percha, Shell inlaid with Silver, Union, Jenny Lind, Papier Mache, Books; Plain Cases, with plain and engraved borders, &c.  A splendid assortment of Gold Lockets.  Pictures neatly set in Pins, Rings, seals, Keys, &c., &c.

His Apparatus and Stock are of the very best quality.  He has secured the advantages of the latest improvements and discoveries, which, together with his long experience in the business, enable him to promise satisfaction to all admires of good pictures.

Thankful for past favors, he solicits a visit to his Gallery from his former patrons and many new ones.  Hours of Attendance—from 8 o’clock A. M. to 4 o’clock P. M.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 11, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For The Sentinel.  Ambrotypes.  Editor Sentinel.—Very few are aware of the great improvement in the art of taking portraits.  Daguerreotypes are eclipsed and thrown into the shade by what is termed Ambrotypes or pictures on glass.  Being desirous of having my phiz preserved after I had left this sublunary sphere, I stepped into the Premium Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery of our fellow townsman, E. H. Olds, Esq., Eagle Block, who, in addition to being the best artist in Northern New York, is a “prince of good fellows.”  A very few moments sufficed to transfer my agreeable countenance to a plate of polished glass, in a manner truly astonishing to those not having seen specimens of Ed’s word.  Mr. Olds with his usual enterprise, has at great expense purchased the only right of taking double-glass Ambrotypes for this county, and should receive the patronage he deserves.

There is a kind of picture called by some Ambrotypes, that do not bear the least comparison with the genuine.  Having had opportunities of seeing the works of the best city operators, I can say with truth that the pictures of Mr. Olds are fully equal to them, and in many cases superior; for the reason that he allows none but first class pictures to leave his gallery.  Persons wishing a good picture should visit Olds’ Gallery, and examine his specimens of Ambrotypes.  He still continues to take his unequalled premium daguerreotypes for those who wish them.  Veritas.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 18, 1855 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Santa Claus.—We noticed that Santa Claus has arrived in town with a large lot of splendid articles for Christmas presents, and has left them at a good many places…while Olds catches in Daguerreotype or Ambrotype “the human face divine” and cages it in lockets, rings, seals or cases, we do the Fancy Job Work to tell where to find the goods.  And all advertise in the Sentinel.  Who can doubt that the little ones will be cared for on Christmas!

The fourth advertisement ran from May 13 to October 28, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  For Sale.  The Subscriber wishes to sell for cash or exchange for other property, a good Daguerrean Saloon, running gear, &c, in perfect order.

Any one wishing to purchase can make a great bargain by calling upon E. H. Olds, at his Daguerrean Rooms in Ogdensburgh.

The sixth announcement appeared on October 7, 1856 in The Ogdensburgh Sentinel  (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Premiums Awarded By The St. Lawrence International Agricultural & Mechanical Society, September, 1856….Class 7—No. 36—Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, &c….

Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Antriphograph Likeness, E. H. Olds, Ogdensburgh, $5. & D.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 20, 1857 to August 13, 1859 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Olds’ Premium Daguerreian Gallery Sign of the mammoth Eagle, No. 8, Eagle Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh.

The seventh announcement appeared on August 1, 1857 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Pictures.—A visit to Olds’ Picture Gallery will reveal some of the most perfect specimens of the art to be found in world.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, Photographs and a variety of other kinds of pictures are put up in various styles and forms and upon many kinds of material.  The most perfect picture we have ever seen is one of a new style, original with Olds’, and which as yet has received no name.  Every and feature and point stands out boldly, every hair is distinctly produced, indeed the miniature seem actually composed of flesh and blood, and possessed of life.—We have seen nothing that approaches so near perfection.

The eighth announcement appeared on September 17, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Elegant Pictures.—Olds is bound not to be excelled in producing elegant pictures.  Every new invention brought out calculated to improve the style of picture or the facility of taking them, is promptly secured, while his own inventive genius is constantly at work for new discoveries.  Last evening we saw a large crowd eagerly inspecting one of Olds’ latest specimens, which was hanging in Sprague’s show window.  It was a picture of the Institute taken from the foot of Knox Street, near the bank of the Oswegatchie river.  It was taken just before the commencement of School, when the students and pupils were upon the walk, giving the picture a very lively effect.  Knox street, nearly down to Franklin is brought out most beautifully, and all the premises about the institute are produced to perfection.  It is as perfect a specimen of Daguerrian art as ever was taken.  Olds has the best set of instruments of any artist in the State, and can take a picture a little superior to any of them.  Tall talk but nevertheless true.  A visit to his rooms will satisfy any one.  We admire his enterprise.

The sixth advertisement ran from November 30, 1858 to December 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Old’s Picture Gallery.  Pictures Of All Styles Taken On Reasonable Terms.  Pictures magnified and colored in oil if required.  No. 8 Eagle Block, Sign Of The Mammoth Eagle, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, N. Y.

The ninth announcement appeared on  September 27, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The Fair….Music Hall…The exhibition of photographs both plain and colored in oil, daguerrian landscapes, ambrotypes and other varieties of the Art, by Olds were especially worthy of more than a passing remarks.  It has been the good fortune of Mr. Olds to carry off the first premium where ever his pictures have been exhibited.  His gallery has received diploma after diploma, and it is not too much to say that his efforts are still onward.  Few artists possess the ability to make a picture speak like Olds, and we have no doubt he could win laurels in wider fields.  We think his specimens are not to be surpassed anywhere.

The tenth announcement appeared on  October 4, 1859 in the St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh Weekly Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Messrs. La Mountain And Haddock Safe!…Olds, will take their daguerreotype, and they will leave on the 12 o’clock train for Watertown.

The eleventh announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Frank Leslie’s for this week, Contains a picture of Messrs. LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburgh , after escaping from the wilderness—from a photograph by Olds.  Single copies, 5 cents.  Mr. Rand has ordered a large number, and will able to supply all who call.

The twelfth announcement appeared on October 13, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York).  —Photography.  Many of our citizens will have noticed, in the Reformer counting-room window, a photograph of LaMountain and Haddock, as they appeared at Ogdensburg on their way home from the Canada wilderness—pantaloons used up, one of them hatless, and both nearly barefooted.  The picture was taken by our old friend, E. H. Olds, Esqr., of Ogdensburgh, whose reputation as an artist and whole-souled man is as wide as the State.  We had less than ten minutes to spare him, and he had no time to finish up the minor details, yet the picture is recognized by all who know the parties, as very accurate and faithful.

Edward H. Olds is recorded in other photographic directories but is recorded here because the activity dates begin in 1850.

D.  Minthorn

1842                Rooms in Mr. E. Clark’s Building, Ford Street, over Mr. Egert’s Store,                                                    Ogdensburgh, New York.

D.  Minthorn was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 29 to April 26, 1842 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Taken every week day by D. Minthorn, Ford Street, in Mr. E. Clarks building over Mr. Egert’s store, 2d floor.

D.  Minthorn was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as “Minthorn” active in Syracuse, New York for six weeks in 1841.

G. W. King

1846                Rooms over Edwin Clark’s Store, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.              1847                Room directly opposite G. N. Seymour & Sons, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh,                                      New  York.

G. W. King was recorded in two advertisement and two announcements in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The advertisement ran on March 19 & 26, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Mr. G. W. King, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Ogdensburgh and vicinity that he has taken rooms over Edwin Clark’s store, Ford –street, where he may be found a few days engaged in taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, of Persons. Paintings or landscapes.—The extreme fidelity and great durability of these pictures are such, that none should fail to call and secure the shadow ere the substance perish.  Please call and examine prices and specimens.

The first announcement appeared on April 7, 1846.  Daguerreotypes.—Mr. G. W. King, a very ingenious artist, is now busily engaged in taking Daguerreotype likenesses, over the store of Mr. Edwin Clark, in this village.  We have seen several specimens of his work upon our citizens which are all marked with great fidelity and perfection in his art.  Considering that his terms are quite low—only two dollars—the exact change in our wallet—we shall sit for our likeness the current week, “wind and weather permitting.”  Oh, what a picture will that be, my countrymen!  Once taken, we shall forthwith transmit it to one whom we were assured in a late valentine, has suffered.                                                                                                      “——–Concealment, like a worm in the bud,                                                                                                                To prey upon her damask check.”

The second advertisement ran from August 10 to September 7, 1847.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Mr. King, Has The Pleasure of announcing to the ladies and Gentlemen of Ogdensburg and vicinity, that he is now opening a room directly opposite G. N. Seymour & Sons, for the purpose of offering something new in the way of Daguerreotype Pictures.  Having just received a New Apparatus from the best manufactory in Europe, of the first quality and Mammoth size, he is enabled to take pictures from the smallest size to those nearly or quite as large as life, and of a tone and finish that cannot be surpassed.  He has also an Apparatus arranged expressly for copying Pictures of all kinds, and for Landscapes from nature, the size and beauty of which make them truly desirable.  Pictures set in Rings, Broaches or lockets.  He has also some elegant Gilt and Embossed Cases, and Rosewood and Mahogany Frames.  All are invited to call and see for themselves.  N. B.—Instructions given and apparatus furnished on the most reasonable terms.

The second announcement appeared on September 7, 1847.  Daguerreotype likeness of Mr. Wright.—Mr. G. W. King, at his Daguerrian rooms, Ford-st., is taking likenesses of Mr. Wright, from the copy published in the Democratic Review in 1846.  The likeness of the review is a very accurate one, and the copies taken by Mr. King are excellently done.  The many admirers of the great and good man now deceased, have an opportunity of obtaining a memento of great value.  As Mr. K. remains in town but a few days, those wishing a copy should leave orders soon.

G. W. King is not listed in other photographic directories.

C. A. Jourdan

1853                King and Averell Block, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

C. A. Jourdan was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 18 to May 24, 1853 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York). Daguerreotype Gallery, King and Averell Block, Ford St. Daguerreotypes taken daily, from 9 A. M. until 4 P. M,, in cloudy as well as clear weather.

On Dress.  Figured or dark dresses of any material excepting velvet, are preferable for Ladies, and for Children light or figured dresses.  For Children, about mid-day is the best time to sit.  Pictures all times accurately copied.  Sick or deceased persons taken at their residences, if required.  C. A. Jourdan, Operator.

C. A. Jourdan is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. G. French

1849                Ford Street, in Mr. Clark’s Building, over J. H. Guest Store, Ogdensburgh, New                              York.

J. G. French was recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 19 to July 10, 1849 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  Daguerreotypes.  J. G. French would inform the citizens of Ogdensburgh and adjoining towns, that he has opened a Daguerrian gallery in Mr. Clark’s building, Ford Street, over the store of J. H. Guest, and is prepared to execute Daguerreotype Miniatures in a style which cannot be surpassed.  Having made himself acquainted with the latest improvements in the art, and by the use of a superior Chemical and Gilding which renders the impression permanent, possessing the appearance of real life, warrants satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call; his process being the same as those of the principal cities, and equal in style.  Miniatures neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets or Cases.  Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, and set for their likenesses by way of experiment, if they choose.

N. B.—Those having pictures taken by the old process, can have them re-taken at a small expense. Rooms open from 7 A. M. to 7 P. M.

G. W. Conger

1853                Rooms on Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.

G. W. Conger was recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 15 to June 28, 1853 in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York). Great Rush for Conger’s Saloon. We would call the attention of the citizens of Ogdensburgh and vicinity, to Mr. C’s Daguerrean Saloon, on Ford Street, where you can get a correct Likeness of yourself taken by sky-light.  This light gives a clean, bold, deep impression, free from the dark shades that so often ruin pictures taken by side light.  Mr. C. gives particular attention to the taking of Children by a new process, enabling him to secure an exact Likeness in almost an instant of time.  Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., without regard to weather.  N. B.—Pictures taken of sick or deceased persons at their residence, if required.

G. W. Conger was not recorded in other photographic directories.

I. L. Coffin

1858                26 Ford Street, over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s, Ogdensburgh, New York.

I. L. Coffin was recorded in an advertisement that ran on May 6 to 22, 1858 in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York). 25 Cent Ambrotype Gallery.  The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Ogdensburgh and vicinity, that he will stop for a few days and take Ambrotypes in cases for Twenty-Five Cents.  His gallery in over J. W. Glasford & Co.’s 26, Ford-st.

I. L. Coffin is not recorded in any other photographic directory.

Mr. Clark

1846                Rooms over Pomeroy’s Book Store, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New York.  1846-1847     Rooms over Mr. N. S. Pitkin’s Hardware Store, Ford Street, Ogdensburgh, New                            York.                                                                                                                                      1847                Rooms over Law Offices of Messrs. Hopkins and Chapin, Ford Street,                                                Ogdensburgh, New York.

Mr. Clark was recorded in three advertisements in the St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh, New York).  The first advertisement ran from August 18 to September 1, 1846.

“Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.”                                                                            Improved daguerreotypes.  Mr. Clark, Would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ogdensburgh, and vicinity, that he has just taken Rooms for a short time, Over Pomeroy’s Book Stork, Ford street, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, in the latest and most approved style, with or without colors, and warranted not to fade or change by age.

He has within a few weeks made some valuable improvements in the art, which very much beautify the Pictures, giving them the most life-like expression, the most perfect flesh-color, showing the variegated eye, with all the perfection and beauty of life itself.

Ladies and Gentlemen are particularly invited to call at his rooms and examine Specimens, whether they intend to have Likenesses or not.

Children that are old enough to keep still twenty or thirty seconds, can be taken as well as older persons.  Miniatures taken every day without regard to weather, In Cases, Lockets, or Bosom Pins, of any size.  Hours for operating, from 8 A. M. till 5 P. M.

The second advertisement ran from January 29, 1846 to January 19, 1847 in the same newspaper.   Daguerreotypes!  Mr. Clark, Would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place and vicinity, that he has returned to Ogdensburgh and taken rooms for a short time, Over Mr. N. S. Pitkin’s Hardware Store, Ford street, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, without regard to weather, in Cases, Lockets, Rings or Bosom Pins, of any size.

Rooms open, from 8 A. M. till 5 P. M.  Instructions given in the Art, on reasonable terms, with the latest improvements; and the best instructions furnished at New York prices.

The third advertisement ran on June 22 and 29, 1847 in the same newspaper.  “Bock Agen.”  Mr. Clark, Daguerrean Artists, has returned to Ogdensburgh, and taken rooms over the Law Offices of Messrs. Hopkins and Chapin, Ford street, where he is prepared to take Miniature Portraits, as usual.  He has on hand a fine assortment of Gold and Plated Lockets.

The public are invited to call and examine for themselves, and after sitting for a picture it will not be expected that they will take it unless they are satisfied with it.

Mr. Clark does not appear in other photographic directories in upstate New York.  It is a possibly that Mr. Clark is Frederick J. or John M. Clark, who at this time were in listed in Utica 132 miles away from Ogdensburgh, but at this time it is only speculation on my part.

E. Church

1845                Rooms over Mr. E. Clark’s Store, Ogdensburgh, New York.

E. Church was recorded in an announcement on April 29, 1845 in the St. Lawrence Republican. (Ogdensburgh, New York). Daguerreotype painting.—Mr. E. Church has rooms over Mr. E. Clark’s store, where he takes likenesses on short notice.  He exhibits some beautiful specimens of the art.  A great improvement has been effected, by coloring the portraits, giving them the hue of natural life.

This is possibly Edwin Church but without further proof it is only speculation.

Mr. Childs

1848                Rooms over S. Walker’s Store, Church Street, Burlington, Vermont.      1848                Rooms over D. Turner, Jr.’s Store, Ogdensburgh, New York.

Mr. Child can be tied to two partnerships The first I posted yesterday was an advertisement recorded on April 14 to May 19, 1848 in the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont.)  Daguerreotypes.  Messrs. Childs & Steele have fitted up Rooms over S. Walker’s store, Church Street, Burlington, Vt., expressly for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures.  We have every convenience for taking groups of from two to ten on the same plate, or single pictures, of superior style and finish.  Set in frames, cases or lockets at moderate prices.

Business hours from 9 A. M. to 5 P. M.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call at our Rooms and examine specimens.  Entrance up stairs, between N. Lovely’s and S. Walker’s stores.

A few months later he is recorded in two advertisements in the partnership of Wakefield & Childs the first advertisement ran from August 17 to September 1, 1848 in the Daily Sentinel (Ogdensburgh, New York.)  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, will open miniature rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. about the 25th of August.

P. S. Those wishing Miniatures will do well to wait and examine specimens before obtaining elsewhere.

The second advertisement ran from September 2 to 14, 1848 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, Messrs. Wakefield & Childs, from Boston & Burlington, have opened rooms over D. Turner Jr.’s store, Ford st. and are prepared to execute likenesses in the latest and most approved styles, and neatly set them into Frames, Pins and Lockets.  All who feel an interest in the Art will please call and see specimens.

Mr. Childs can be attributed to the partnership of Childs & Steele base on the first advertisement in Burlington, Vermont and the second advertisement ties the two together as Childs being from Burlington, Vermont and Wakefield to Boston.  Wakefield is not recorded in other photographic directories.