Tag Archives: Opelousas Louisiana

John Spence

1854                Address Unknown, Opelousas, Louisiana.

John Spence was recorded in one announcement on May 27, 1854 in The Opelousas Courier  (Opelousas, Louisiana).  In a few days one of our young Opelousas creole, Mr. John Spence, now a Daguerreotype Artist, will be on a professional visit in our town, to claim a share of our patronage.  Several specimens of portraits taken by him, shows that he understands his profession.  We recommend him to our friends and principally to the ladies.  It is quite natural that we should encourage one of our own before any other.

John Spence is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William McBeath

1858                Rooms on Bellevue Street, between Main and Court Streets, Opelousas,                                        Louisiana.

William McBeath was recorded in two advertisements in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The first advertisement ran from February 27 to March 20, 1858.  Something New Beautiful Pictures.  Such as the Ambrotype, Melainatype, Stereotype and Ambrograph Pictures, taken on the most reasonable terms.  Miniatures inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in beautiful style.

All persons wishing good life-like pictures of themselves or friends, are invited to call and examine specimens and judge for themselves.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.  Rooms on Bellevue street, between Main and Court Streets.  Wm. McBeath.

The second advertisement was recorded on June 19, 1858.  Attention!  Ambrotypes!  I have just received, direct from New Orleans, a fresh supply of Cases, Chemicals, &c., and am now prepared to take miniatures on the most reasonable terms, viz: from $1.00 to $10.00.

I will also fill Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., in the most beautiful style and manner, my terms are cheaper than any other Artist in the Parish, by at least 50 per cent.            Now is the time to insure good pictures, as I intend to abandon the profession on the 24th instant.

N. B.—I will sell my entire stock to any one who may wish to embark in this elegant Art, and give full instructions in it, on the most reasonable terms. William McBeath.

William McBeath is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Le Mire & Bouchez

1856                Rooms in the Brick House, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Le Mire & Bouchez were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The announcement ran on April 19, 1856.  Daguerreotype Artists.—In looking over our advertisement column, our readers will see that Messrs. Le Mire and Bouchez, have taken lodging in our town, and are now ready to take likenesses, landscapes, &c., by different processes, viz: Daguerreotype, Photography and Ambrotype.  All the specimens that we have seen at their saloon proves to us that they are no common artist and deserves a share of the public patronage.

The advertisement ran from April 19 to May 17, 1856.  Le Mire & Bouchez, Artist in Photography, Daguerreotype and Ambrotype.  having just arrived in Opelousas, and have taken rooms in the brick house, lately occupied by Mrs. Pigeon, as a Millinery store, where they are prepared to take  likenesses, pictures, landscapes, & c., on glass, paper or metal, according to the taste of those wishing to encourage them.

They intend to remain in this town but a few days, the public are invited to come and examine their specimens, which will be, they hope a sufficient encouragement to satisfy the most difficult, with a portrait, a correct view of a building, &c.   Opelousas.

Le Mire & Bouchez as partners or individuals, are not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. N. Kellogg

1858                Rooms Two Doors North of the Patriot Office, Opelousas, Louisiana.

S. N. Kellogg was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 14 to September 4, 1858 in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana). Photographs and Ambrotypes.—Mr. S. N. Kellogg respectfully announces to the citizens of Opelousas and vicinity that he has opened rooms two doors North of The Patriot Office, where he is prepared to execute all styles of pictures, and put them up in a manner not to be excelled by any artist.

S. N. Kellogg is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Opelousas, Louisiana. Mr. Kellogg (posted yesterday) is possibly the same person. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list an S. N. Kellogg as being active in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania in 1850, but its unknown at this time if they are the same person.

Clark & Hedrick

1856                94 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.[1]                                                        1856                Rooms at the Opelousas Varieties, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Clark & Hedrick were listed in an advertisement from September 6 to October 4, 1856 in The Opelousas Courier (Opelousas, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  New Style of Likenesses!  Daguerreotypes Superseded!!  Ambrotypes are far superior to the ordinary Daguerreotype for many reasons, viz:  They are finer and more beautiful; they do not reverse the position, as the Daguerreotype does; they can be seen in any light; they are taken in a much shorter time, therefore the expression is more lifelike.

They can be made double, so as to show two pictures instead of one.                                              They are sealed between two Glasses, and will never fade!                                                                  There is a softness and a brilliancy in this new style of picture which has never been obtained in the old Daguerreotype process.                                                                                    Persons wishing to see this new style of Picture are invited to call at the rooms of the undersigned at the Opelousas Varieties, where they will remain until the first of October.      Clark & Hedrick.  Opelousas, Sept., 6th, 1858.

The same advertisement appeared on September 6, 1856 in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana).

Clark & Hedrick (John H. Clark & F. S. Hedrick) are not new name but the partnership location in Opelousas, Louisiana is.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

J. L. Bartholomee

J. L. Bartholomee was recorded in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana) on October 18, 1856. The advertisement ran from October 18, 1856 to January 3, 1857.

New Style Of Likenesses!—Ambrotypes!  Daguerreotypes Superseded!  There is a softness and brilliancy in this new style of Picture which has never been obtained in the old Daguerreotype process.

Persons wishing to see this new style of Picture are invited to call at the rooms of J. L. Bartholomee, Opelousas Varieties.

J. L. Bartholomee is previously unrecorded in photographic directories and histories that I have checked.