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N. W. Carpenter

1853                39 Main Street, Brady’s Building, Penn-Yan, New York.

N. W. Carpenter was recorded in an advertisement that ran on December 13 & 20, 1853 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York.) Superior Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully announce to the citizens of Penn Yan and its vicinity that he has taken the elegant Daguerrian Saloon in Brady’s Building, No. 39 Main st., up stairs, and that having refitted the rooms, and greatly improved the sky-light, and furnished himself with the most improved apparatus, and a fine assortment of stock, is prepared to execute any order to the entire satisfaction of all who may wish a perfect portrait of superior style and finish.  Paintings and Daguerreotypes copied in the neatest manner.  Persons desirous of having [   ] miniatures copied of the portraits of their ancestry, can have them done with the utmost accuracy, upon reasonable terms.   N. W. Carpenter.

N. W. Carpenter does not appear in other photographic directories.

C. S. Bonney

C. S. Bonney was recorded on February 4, 1857 in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York) Ambrotypes.—We have been shown several specimens of Ambrotypes taken by a new process, by Mr. C. S. Bonney, of this place.  The pictures present a beautiful, clear and natural appearance, surpassing anything in the Daguerrean or Ambrotype line it has yet been our pleasure to examine.  Mr. Bonney has been teaching this new process in this state and Pennsylvania with marked success, and we learn that he is now making arrangements to impart the secret to any artist who may wish to possess it, at a trifling expense.

C. S. Bonney does not appear in other photographic directories I have searched.

Samuel N. Benedict

Samuel N. Benedict is recorded twice in Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York), in the partnership of House & Benedict.  They are first listed in an announcement by the editors of the newspaper and second in an advertisement that ran from June 3 to September 23, 1857.   In the announcement we learn that they came from Elmira, New York. To date no  newspapers from Elmira have been searched.

Attention is invited to the advertisement of House & Benedict, which may be found in this paper.  They are recently from Elmira, where they had established a reputation as first rate artists.  They take all kinds of pictures—Daguerreotypes Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Cameotypes in superior style.  They have taken the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. McAllaster.

House & Benedict’s Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Melainotype and Cameotype Rooms.  House & Benedict (formerly of, Elmira) having purchased the Rooms previously occupied by Mrs. McAllaster, over Suydam’s Grocery Store on Main st., Penn Yan, beg leave to call the attention of the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, to the new and Superior Style of Pictures taken by them.  They are now prepared to take Pictures of nearly every kind, such as Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Ambrotype, Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures, etc., which are warranted not to fade.

The Melainotype, or Iron Picture, receives universal commendation by all who have examined their superior qualities.

Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., Filled with neatness and dispatch, either with Daguerreotype or Melainotype.  A large variety of Fancy Cases, Frames, &c., constantly on hand, and at Moderate Prices.  Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.—Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures taken only at this Gallery.  Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished if desired.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens, whether wishing a Picture or not.  Pictures copied with neatness.            Tho’s J. B. House.  Sam’l N. Benedict.

Craig Daguerreian Registry does have an entry for Samuel N. Benedict, and there has been no connection found to suggest a connection to N. Benedict even though there is a possibility they could be the same person.  John does have an entry for T. J. B. House in Penn Yan and Milo, New York in 1859.


There are two entries for Barber with no first name given in the advertisements, it is unknown if they are the same person or not.  Barber 1 is listed in partnership of Martin & Barber.  The advertisement was recorded on August 15 and ran until September 5, 1856 in the Jamestown Journal, (Jamestown, New York.) 


Here where you get your Money Back.  New Daguerrean Gallery In Jamestown.  Over the Ware Room of Loucks & Bush, Hazzard Block, where the subscribers will be ready to wait upon all who favor them with a call.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes made and put up in every style now known in the Art.  Call and see us one and all.  Our Prices will vary always to suit customers.  Now is the time to get good Pictures and pay no more than their true value.     Martin & Barber.  


Entry for Barber 2 was recorded on November 11 & 18, 1857 in the Penn Yan Democrat, (Penn-Yan, New York.) 


Barber’s Mammoth Sky-Light Daguerrean Gallery.  Good Pictures taken or “no Pay.”  Rooms opposite the Yates County Bank, and directly over the Shoe Store of H. D. Pratt, where I am prepared with all the necessary fixtures, together with a most excellent Sky-Light (better cannot be had) to take Pictures Of All Kinds, “Rain or Shine.”  I am satisfied that I can produce Pictures of such an Expression, Tone and Finish as will please the purchaser, otherwise “No Pay.” 

A few hints:  Dark Clothes Take Best.  The Hair Should Be Free From Oil Or Moisture.

Children’s Likenesses taken in from 2 to 4 seconds between the hours of 11 A. M. and 2 P. M.

Instructions given in all its branches on very reasonable terms.  Lockets, Pins and Rings Filled, Copying Transfer Pictures &c., &c., taken at the above Gallery.


Appleby & Wood

Reported in the Penn Yan Democrat¸ published in Penn-Yan, New York on August 24, 1852.   The partnership of Richard B. Appleby & S. Wood from Rochester, New York are in Penn Yan making daguerreotypes and selling frames, cases, and gold lockets.

R. B. Appleby, the Proprietor of the Rochester National Daguerrean Gallery, Who stands so deservedly at the head in that city, where, perhaps, there is more rivalry in this new and beautiful art than in any other place west of the city of New York, and S. Wood, who has been so eminent in the above named establishment for the past year, and who brings to the aid of the art a very comprehensive mechanical genius; have formed a collation for the purpose of an itinerant picture business, for a short time, during the dull season in the city.

They have brought from their Rochester some specimens, among which are several full size—pictures of Jenny Lind and Husband, President Fillmore and Cabinet, etc.

They go on to discuss that it’s better to have a good daguerreotype taken by them, because a poor one cannot be copied if your friend dies. Post mortem photographs are expensive and are very unsatisfactory.  This is a common argument in photographic advertisements life is short and death can happen to anyone.

The advertisement ran for four weeks from August 24 to September 14, 1852.  While Richard B. Appleby is known in Rochester, S. Wood is possibly a new name Craig list three S Wood’s in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, an  S. J. Wood in 1851 location unknown; Sydney A. Wood in Auburn, New York 1859 and another Sydney A. Wood 1858-1859  in Madison Wisconsin.

A. Andrews

On September 20, 1853 A. Andrews advertises in the Penn Yan Democrat, Penn-Yan, New York.  Offering his daguerreotype apparatus for sale.  The subscriber having tried daguerreotyping to his heart contented, or rather discontented, has returned to his first love. “portrait painting, and now wishes to sell out his whole apparatus.  He has on hand a full and complete apparatus, chemicals, a snug little outfit of Plates, Cases, Lockets, &c. all of which he will sell upon the most reasonable terms for Ready Cash

Any one wishing to embark in the Daguerrian business cannot do better than to call on the subscriber at his rooms in Penn Yan, in the old Stewart & Tunnicliff building, up stairs.

There is only one A.  Andrews listed in The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  It is Ambrose Andrews, but there is no proof at this time that they are the same person.