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Isaac G. Tyson

1856                86 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Isaac G. Tyson was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Tyson, North Second St — Another very mediocre artist. Perhaps his trouble is in the process.

Isaac G. Tyson is record in other photographic directories, but is included here because on the first hand account of his work


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

J. S. Tileston

1846                140 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1846                Union House, Montpelier, Vermont.

J. S. Tileston of the partnership of Harned & Tileston were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement.  The first advertisement ran from September 10 to October 1, 1846 in the Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotype.  Messrs. Harned & Tileston, (Recently from Van Loan & Mayall’s celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) Respectfully announce to the inhabitants of Montpelier and vicinity, that they have taken rooms at the Union House, and are fully prepared to take likenesses in the Daguerrian method, either separately or in groups, in the best manner, and neatly set in Morocco cases, lockets, etc. on the most favorable terms.

Having procured the Improved German Camera, the best and most perfect instrument in use, and having availed themselves of the latest improvements in the art, they have no hesitation in saying they can give perfect satisfaction.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens, and judge for themselves.

Prices of Pictures from $1.50 to $5.00.

N. B.  Through instruction given in the art on reasonable terms, together with a knowledge of the manufacture of all the chemicals used. 

The announcement appeared on October 8, 1846 in the Vermont Watchman and State Journal  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Harned & Tileston, at the Union House, furnish superb daguerreotype likenesses.  We have never seen better ones.

The second advertisement ran from October 15 to 29, 1846 in the Green-Mountain Freeman.  (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  Now Is Your Time.  Messrs. Harner & Tileston (Recently from Van Loan & Magill’s (sic.) [Myall] celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) respectfully announce that they will remain at the Union House during the session of the legislature and will furnish likenesses (either separately or in groups,) in a style, which in point of richness of tone, and beauty of finish stand unrivalled and cannot fail of giving satisfaction.

They would particularly solicit the attention of members of the Legislature and strangers visiting Montpelier, as they are fully prepared to give all an opportunity of securing a perfect Daguerreotype likeness on the most favorable terms.

Just call and examine specimens, and see if we don’t perform all we advertise.  J. L. Harned.  J. S. Tileston. 

The third advertisement ran from October 15 to 29, 1846 in the Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier, Vermont).  Daguerreotypes.  Now Is Your Time.  Messrs. Harner & Tileston (Recently from Van Loan & Magill’s (sic.) [Myall] celebrated establishment, Philadelphia,) respectfully announce that they will remain at the Union House during the session of the legislature and will furnish likenesses (either separately or in groups,) in a style, which in point of richness of tone, and beauty of finish stand unrivalled and cannot fail of giving satisfaction.

They would particularly solicit the attention of members of the Legislature and strangers visiting Montpelier, as they are fully prepared to give all an opportunity of securing a perfect Daguerreotype likeness on the most favorable terms.

Just call and examine specimens, and see if we don’t perform all we advertise.  J. L. Harned.  J. S. Tileston. 

J. S. Tileston is not listed in other photographic directories.  J. L. Harned is recorded in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 in the partnership ofHarned & White, in West Chester, in 1849.

Taylor

Taylor—There were three Taylor’s recorded in an article in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 the article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia.

The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  According to the 1856 Philadelphia City Directory, (business directory)there are three Taylor’s listed under Daguerreotype Miniatures, Benjamin F., North West 2nd & Queen,  William at 205 South 2d, and William at 392 Market.  In the Residence section of the same directory only Benjamin F. and William at 392 Market appears.  Further investigation in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 by Linda A. Ries & Jay W. RubyBenjamin F. Taylor was active in Philadelphia from 1856 to 1893.  William Curtis Taylor was active from 1854 to 1898, and the second William is not recorded, but they do record an Isaac B. Taylor active from 1855 to 1859.  Based on this information the attribution has been attributed to the three.

Taylor, Benjamin F.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Taylor. — This is a very good gallery, superior to most others. Principally daguerreotypes.

Benjamin F. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work. 

Taylor, William Curtis

1856                392 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Attributed to William Curtis Taylor In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

W. Taylor, Market St. — These daguerreotype specimens are pretty fair. There is, however, a great want of sharpness. In these pictures especially, I noticed that the focus was set on some prominent part of the sitter, to the exclusion of the rest of the body; now, every one will admit, that a mean distance should be taken if we wish to bring each part into exact proportion with the rest, otherwise there will be a dimness about some parts, though one particular point may be perfectly sharp. A mean term should undoubtedly be taken.

William Curtis Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first had account of his work.  Based on the Market Street address this entry has been attribute to William Curtis Taylor.

Taylor, Isaac B.

1856                Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Taylor. — This artist takes pretty fair pictures. For him is not needed the recommendation of order and cleanliness, as the gallery is perfect in this respect. The pictures, however, require greater depth of tone. The gallery is opposite the market, which is not a very good location.    

Isaac B. Taylor is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

John H. Steck

1856                298 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

John H. Steck  was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia. Steck, Market St. — Daguerreotype artist. Nothing (owing to the lack of all care in manipulation) worthy of remark. Remember for these defects, there is no excuse.

John H. Steck is listed in other photographic directories but are included because of the first-hand account of his work.


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

George William (M.) Snyder

1856                316 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

George William (M.) Snyder of the firm Lovatt and Snyder was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.  Lovatt & Snyder.—Passably fair pictures, from the situation of gallery &c., should suppose it was for the accommodation of the lower twenty.

George William (M.) Snyder is recorded in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first-hand account of his work.  There seems to be some confusion as his name John list him as George W. (M.) Snyder, Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 records him as George William Snyder, but as a side note as G. W. M. Snyder between 1856-1860.


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.

Andrew Smith

1856                377 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Andrew Smith was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856.  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Smith. — A mediocre artist.

Andrew Smith is recorded in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added. 

Simons & Collins

c. 1845               Address Unknown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Simons & Collins (Montgomery Pike Simons & Thomas P. Collins) was mentioned in one advertisement that ran from July 4, 1846 to September 25, 1847 in the Sunbury American and Shamokin Journal (Sunbury, Pennsylvania).  Silver Medal, Awarded By The Franklin Institute, 1845.  City Daguerreotype Establishment.  T. P. Collins, (Late Simons & Collins.)  No. 100 Chestnut st., above Third, South side, Philadelphia.

Miniatures taken equally as well in cloud as in clear weather.  A dark silk dress for a lady, and a black suit for a gentleman, are preferable in sitting for a picture.  No extra charge is made for coloring, and perfect likenesses are guaranteed. 

Simons & Collins are recorded in other photographic directories and publications as casemakers Philadelphia Photographers 1839-1900 reference  Collins & Simons as David C. Collins and M. P. Simons activity dates 1845-1846.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list Simons as a casemaker from 1844-1847, with no mention of the partnership.  Nineteenth-Century PhotographyAn Annotated Bibliography 1839-1879 list the partnership as being active in 1845.

James Shaw, Jr.

1856                127 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

1856-1857       128 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania.[2]

1858-1859       606 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

James Shaw Jr. was recorded on April 1, 1856 in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York).  In an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Shaw, Arch St. — Is another excellent artist. His gallery contains many excellent specimens deserving general praise, I cannot however designate any by name, being mostly portraits.

The ambrotypes are not in the first style, not possessing that depth necessary to give effect to pictures on glass. The photographs however are decidedly superior.

James Shaw, Jr. is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.  [2] Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and

J. Sergrove

1855-1856       140 S. 2nd. Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

1856                116 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

J. Sergrove was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York)  on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Sergrove, Chestnut St. — I am sorry that I cannot speak in the highest terms of this gallery, as I think some of the pictures show care and skill. But speaking generally, I noticed great want of improvement in everything relating to the art. I should advise those who are desirous of commencing the practice of the Photographic Art, to take up ambrotyping, as people of the present day, have become more fastidious and better acquainted with daguerreotyping, and will only purchase pictures in the first style of this branch of the art.

J. Sergrove is recorded in other photographic directories, but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.


[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name, activity dates and address were added. 

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor

1856                Eleventh & Ridge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor was recorded in the Photographic and fine Arts Journal (New York, New York) on April 1, 1856 in an article entitled the Photographic Galleries of America.  Number Two, Philadelphia. The author visited 57 Galleries in Philadelphia.

Sailer. — We must pass this artist in silence and tears.

William R. H. Sailer/Sailor is listed in other photographic directories but is included here because of the first hand account of his work.  William R. H. Sailor is recorded in Directory of Philadelphia Photographers 1839-1900.  1856 SW 11th & R; 1857 225 N. 2nd; 1858-1861 323 N. 2nd.

[1] Not all first names or complete addresses were recorded in article.   Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900 (Linda A. Ries & Jay W. Ruby) and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry was used to assist in identification when possible first name and address were added.