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J. Stewart

1858-1859       Rooms over T. J. Denton’s Store, Okolona, Mississippi.

J. Stewart was recorded in one announcement and three advertisements in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  The announcement appeared on March 25, 1858.  Do you want a good picture of yourself?  If so go to Stewart’s rooms, over Mr. Denton’s store.  Mr. S.—is a deservedly popular artist, for he knows just exactly how long you must sit to get a good likeness.  Indeed you can scarcely tell it is a picture merely impressed on glass, so lifelike is the resemblance, so natural is the expression you fancy you can almost see it breathe and move.—But we cannot give you an idea of the beauty of a fine ambrotype, so go and have one taken.

The first advertisement ran from March 25 to May 6, 1858.  Ambrotyping.  J. Stewart would respectfully announce to the citizens of Okolona and vicinity, that he has taken rooms over Mr. T. J. Denton’s Store where he will remain a short time, and is prepared to take Likenesses in the most approved style of the Art.

Prices to suit the times.  Have your likenesses taken to-day, to-morrow may be to late.

The second advertisement appeared on November 18, 1858.  If you want a correct picture of yourself, all you have to do is call on Stewart, who has taken rooms over Denton’s, and get him to take your likeness. 

“Secure the shadow ere the substance fade.”

The third advertisement ran from November 18, 1858 to March 10, 1859.  Ambrotyping.  The undersigned thankful for former favors, would respectfully inform the citizens of Okolona and vicinity that he has returned, and opened over T. J. Denton’s store, where he would be happy to accommodate the public in his line of business.  J. Stewart. Oct. 18, 1858.

J. Stewart is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. L. Meacham

1854                Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                            1854-1855     Rooms over David Lake’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                                                    1857-1859     Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                      1859                Rooms in the Odd Fellows Hall, Okolona, Mississippi.

S. L. Meacham was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement was recorded from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Note the date at the end of the advertisement (May 20, 1854.)  Daguerreotypes.  S. L. Meacham, of St. Louis, Mo., respectfully informs the citizens of Aberdeen, that he has taken rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Hankins, and is prepared to execute all manner of work appertaining to the art.  With an experience of nine years in the business, he feels confident in assuring those who may favor him with their patronage, that they can obtain of him specimens of the art equal to any in the world, as well as True Likenesses.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather, and set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, and cases, from the smallest to full size.  Citizens, Strangers and the ladies especially are invited to call and examine specimens.  May 20, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi). Business Directory.  Daguerreotypist.  S. L. Meacham—Over David Lake’s.

The third advertisement was recorded on June 4, 1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859 in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The announcement appeared on June 30, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Those who wish correct pictures of themselves will find Mr. Meacham, an artist of the first order, in the Odd Fellows Hall.  See Notice.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 30 to July 21, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Ambrotypes, S. L. Meacham (formerly of Aberdeen, Miss.,) respectfully calls the attention of the citizens of Okolona to his rooms in Odd Fellows Hall, where he will remain for a few days.  All those wanting a fine likeness of themselves, as well as a superior picture, would do well to give him an early call.  A fine lot of fancy cases; also, lockets and pins on hand.

S. L. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if S. L. Meacham is the same person as recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as S. L. M. Meacham even though the connection to St. Louis, is compelling the activity dates (S. L. M. Meacham 1851) and S. L. Meacham 1854 is circumstantial evidence and would be speculation at best.