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R. Bostwick

R. Bostwick appeared in two advertisements in The Union News (Union, New York.)  The first ad ran from June 11 to August 20, 1857.  Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melainotypes and Stereoscopic Method of taking Pictures, all of which are of the latest improvements, and well known to some of the fraternity as being the most beautiful and durable of any process yet discovered.  Specimens of some of our own townsmen can be seen at my car in Union.  Cases sold 25 per cent less than usual.  Please give me a call before I leave again for the West.      R. Bostwick.  Union, Jan. 14, 1857.

The second advertisement appeared on August 27, 1857 and ran until April 22, 1858.

Ambrotypes.  A gallery In Union!  Now located in the Exchange Block, No. 1, where the Photographic Art will be pursued, with all the latest improvements in the art.  Pictures taken on different materials, such as Glass, Iron, Patent Leather, Paper and Parchment.

Also, instructions given in the art to those who wish.  Three different processes are used in transferring pictures from glass to a lighter and more convenient material, and for sending in letters or cutting for lockets.  Also, the Tinting process, which is beautiful and just the thing, long sought after for coloring the drapery.  Good substantial cases will be offered from fifty cents to six dollars.  Invalids taken at their residences if desired.  R. Bostwick.   Union, Aug. 25, 1857.

In the first advertisement there are several items worth bringing to your attention, no business address is given, and one can only assume that the gallery is in Union, New York.  Second is the date of the advertisement January 14, 1857.  Unfortunately June 11 was the first newspaper that I had access to for 1857.  The other interesting note is his statement about leaving again for the West.

The only other photographic directory that has a listing for R. Bostwick is Craig’s Daguerreian Registry that list a Ransom Bostwick in 1859-1860 in Union, New York without a business address.  It is probably the same person.


Bossue was recorded in an advertisement for Tyler and Co. on April 14, 1857 on The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia.)  The Twenty Artist that Tyler & Co. employ are not mere pretenders in their business, but are regular educated gentlemen, calculated to excel in the fine arts and scientific results.  The ease and poetry of position, the life-like expressions of the features and eyes of the portraits, taken at 139 Main street, is not the effect of bungling mechanical doings, but of true artistic skill, seldom met with.  Bossue, the principal Artist of this famous establishment, has been the pioneer in Photography in Europe the last ten years.

Bossue is not recorded in other American photographic directories.  Of the hundreds of advertisements for Tyler & Co., this is the only one that mentions Bossue by name.

Philip E. Bogart

Philip E. Bogart was listed New York Daily Tribune (New York City) on November 7, 1857.  As being awarded a Diploma at the Twenty ninth annual Fair of the American Institute under  …Daguerreotypes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c. for photographs by the solar camera.  His address is recorded as 58 Pine street, N. Y.

Bogart is not listed in other photographic directories.

Bleecker Gallery

On June 14, 1858 the following series of seven advertisements appear in the New York Daily Tribune.  (New York City.)  The advertisement only ran in a single issue.  To date no other advertisements have been found for the Bleecker Gallery.  In talking with several photographic historians in New York Jeremy Rowe has suggested that the gallery is probably that of Abraham D. Hopper at 229 Bleecker Street.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Aquaral Photographs.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                  The Bleecker Gallery, Corner Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Photographs, large size, for $1.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes, Large size, in case, for 50c.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Miniatures on Ivory.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                    The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.   Life-size Photographs in Oil.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                        The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Life-size Photographs in Pastel.

[Advertisement.]                                                                                                                                                  The Bleecker Gallery, Cor. Bleecker-st. and Broadway.  Photographic Views of Villa Residences, &c.

Premiums awarded at the 1853 New York Exhibition Of The Industry Of All Nations

Part 5.

The premiums awarded at the 1853 New York Exhibition Of The Industry Of All Nations was published in the January 20, 1854  New York Daily Tribune.  

The [1853] Exhibition At The Crystal Palace.  Official Awards of Juries.  Jury F.  Class 10.  Philosophical Instruments And Their Products….

Whipple, John A., Boston, Massachusetts—Silver Medal—for Crystalotypes a new art.  Butler, Alexander.—Bronze Medal.—for several excellent Daguerreotypes.                         Brady, Mathew B., New-York City.— Bronze Medal.—for uniformly excellent Daguerreotypes.                                                                                                                                       Harrison, C. C., New-York City.— Bronze Medal.—for Camera.                                                 Hesler, Alexander, Galena, Illinois.— Bronze Medal.—for several beautiful Daguerreotypes.   Lawrence, Martin M., New-York City.— Bronze Medal.—for excellent Daguerreotypes, particularly “past, present, future.”                                                                                                         Root, Samuel, New-York City.— Bronze Medal.—for fine Daguerreotypes.

1854 January 21.  New York Daily Tribune.  (New York, New York.)  January 21, 1854, Vol. XIII, No. 3,982, P. 3.

The [1853] Exhibition At The Crystal Palace.  Official Awards of Juries.  Jury F.  Class 10.  Philosophical Instruments And Their Products….Honorable Mention.

Gurney, Jeremiah.  New-York City, for fine Daguerreotypes.                                                  Harrison & Hill.  Brooklyn, for Daguerreotypes.                                                                                 Long, E.  St. Louis, Mo., for an exquisite Daguerreotype of a lady.                                          Meade Bros.  New-York City, for Daguerreotypes of “Seven Ages of Man.”                          Moissinet, Dobyne & Richardson, New-Orleans, for Daguerreotypes.                                      North, W. C. Cleveland, for Daguerreotypes.                                                                                      Peters Otis F. sic [Otis T.], New-York City, for Stereoscopes.                                                            Root, M. A., Philadelphia, for fine Daguerreotypes.                                                                    Whitehurst, J. H., Baltimore, for fine Daguerreotypes.

Additional descriptions of the daguerreotype exhibit at the New York Exhibition Of The Industry Of All Nations

Part 4.

On September 2, 1853 published in the Semi-Weekly Tribune the following addition is added to the description of the exhibit published on August 19th. (in yesterday’s post.)  Two items worth mentioning Samuel Root was not mentioned in either article and second is more of an asterisk The Crayon Daguerreotype was invented and patented by John A. Whipple in Boston, Marcus A. Root purchased the patent rights when he was in New York and transferring the right to his brother Samuel but he continues to make Crayon’s in Philadelphia and in Washington, D. C.

In our notice of the Daguerreotype department, some days since we omitted to notice the collection of Messrs. Meade Brothers.  This was purely an act of inadvertence on our part, that collection having escaped our attention in the multitude of exhibitors’ cases.  We hasten to remedy this omission by noticing them here.  Taken as a whole, the collection of Mr. Meade is fair, their being great variety in the display, and some pictures of merit.  The portrait of Daguerre, in this collection, is the only one of the kind in this country, having been taken by one of the exhibitors when in France, in 1848.  Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages” are illustrated on as many plates, taken from life.  The earlier picture of this series are better conceived than the later ones, especially those representing the Soldier and the Lover.  The Meade’s have also a number of heads on the largest sized plates; some Daguerreotypes colored to resemble miniatures on ivory; and what are termed by them Instantaneous Daguerreotypes.  These do not possess any remarkable merit.  We perceive in Brady’s collection some well selected heads, among which are two of President Pierce and one of Lieut. Maury.  M. A. Root has a large and respectable collection now on view, among which are many specimens of his Crayon Daguerreotypes.

Part 5 premiums posted tomorrow 5/26/18

Description of the daguerreotype exhibit, The New York Exhibition Of The Industry Of All Nations

Part 3.

A description of 24 of the 43 entries of the daguerreotype exhibit, continued from yesterdays post from the  Semi-Weekly Tribune of August 19, 1853.  One surprise is the addition of the name Drummond which is not found in the official catalogue, which was posted on 4/22/18.  Another name Dobyn, Richardson & Co. did not appear in the official catalogue but F. Moissinet was listed.  Dobyn, Richardson & Moissenet are listed together in 1853-1854 in New York City at 303 Broadway.

Mr. Lawrence exhibited a case in which softness of tone and distinctness of image are united with artistic arrangement.  The latter quality is especially noticeable in “The Three Ages.”  The mechanical execution of these pictures is unexcelled.  These pictures of Mr. L. were exhibited in London.  Mr. Brady’s collection is not very large, but there are a few very good pictures exhibited by him.  In Gurney’s collection the coloring of the background has a fine effect; there are some very well executed portraits, among which is one of Mr. Forrest, worth notice as a work of art: taken as a Whole there is less softness and more distinctness in this collection than in that of Lawrence.  The picture of Ware and his sister is an instance of a picture well developed when the chemical action extends to the margin of the plate.  D. Clark, New Brunswick, N. J., has four pictures of merit; and Van Schneidan a small collection of well-selected heads.  J. Brown has a collection of portraits of Commodore Perry and the officers of the squadron for the Japan Expedition, in half-size plates: the interest of this collection is much marred by the names of the officers not being attached underneath the plate; it is not too late to rectify this omission.  Haas has a whole-plate allegorical figure of a family man reading the paper at home—an excellent idea and well executed.  Besides this, he has a couple of other pictures, though on the whole his show is mediocre.  In the cases of Harrison & Hill there is displayed excellent artistic arrangement with very indifferent mechanical execution.  In the mammoth plates occupied by allegorical designs, the back-ground is wretchedly brought out—the plates were not properly cleaned, and are full of scratches; there are a few half and whole-sized pictures set in gaudy frames.

Webster, of Louisville, KY., has twenty-three pictures possessing clearness.  They have, however, been exposed a little too much in the camera; they lack warmth, but are otherwise well developed and exhibit good mechanical execution.  Alex Hesler has a collection of whole plates handsomely executed, possessing a nice arrangement of of the drapery, which has the effect of throwing the head out in good relief.  There is artistic arrangement in this collection, especially evinced in the picture “Driving a “Trade,” one of a series illustrating character and passion.  The panoramic view of Galena, Ill. Shows that city to advantage; and the three views of the Falls of St. Anthony possess great merit.  Mr. North, of Cleveland, O., has a case of pretty fail likenesses, perhaps exhibiting the lights too strongly.  Bisbee, of Dayton, O. exhibits a panoramic view of Cincinnati from Newport, upon six large plates.  This view is, without exception, the finest thing in the whole room; we might even go further, and say that it is the finest view by the Daguerreian process ever exhibited.  The mechanical execution is excellent, the perspective good, and the development unsurpassed.  The effect of the smoke over the southern part of the city is very finely given.  the distinctness of the letter signs, three-quarters of a mile distance and across the Ohio river, is well brought out.  The rest of the collection is fair, possessing no peculiar merit.  Williamson exhibits a poor collection.  Dobyn, Richardson & Co. have several whole size well-executed specimens, in which the mechanical part, the artistic arrangement and the chemical effect is good.  The “Cupid Reposing” is a very ungraceful picture of an ill-formed child, and the coloring is bad.  That of the Bateman Children, in character, is a good picture.  There are some exceedingly well executed heads in this collection.

Long, of St. Louis, has four frames of 180 heads of Wyman’s School, in that city, with the edifice and Principal; they possess no merit.  A likeness of Prof. Mitchell, Cincinnati, is well executed.  Some of the pictures in this collection are inverted with papier mache frames inlaid with mother of-pearl and tinsel.  As this style of frame appears in a few other collections we may as well here express dissent to the use of this material as being too gaudy and wholly unsuitable for daguerreotype plates. These latter are difficult to be viewed except in one light, and from the brightness of their surface, are much set off by deadened color on the frames, while the glare and iridescence of the papier mache add to the difficulty of discerning the picture; the use of such implies bad taste in the artist.  We felt this opinion growing upon us as we looked at them and found our view corroborated by a boarding school miss, who whisked alongside of us and caught by the colors, exclaimed, “Oh my! aint those “frames beautiful?”  Fitzgibbon has the richest exposition in the Fair—The most expensive frames with a large and passable collection.  The mammoth plate of Judge Colt is very good—That of Jenny Lind the best in the exhibition—those of McAllister, Julia Dean, Kate Hays, and Kossuth, are good pictures.  His collection of Indian Warriors, is a very fine one, which we understand is to be forwarded to the Ethnological Society of London, to have copies and busts made from them.  Masury & Silsbee, Boston exhibited twelve pretty and tasteful plates, with good arrangement and well finished.  The collections of Kilsey, Beals, and Howe do not require notice.  Whitehurst has a few good pictures in a large and passable collection; he has ten pictures illustrating the Falls of Niagara, which are very well executed.  Some of his large heads have their features out of all proportion.  Whipple of Boston, has a collection of photographic pictures, which he calls Crystallotypes, taken from Hyalotypes; there is a plate of the moon daguerreotyped, and one of the spots on the sun.  McDonnell & Co., Buffalo, have a very poor collection—so poor as not to deserve a place in the exhibition; the views of Niagara are fair.   Hawkins exhibits photographs on paper.  Drummond, eight plates of the order of Free masons in their lodge dress.  Fitzgibbon (already noticed) exhibits a very interesting case, which is a frame of electrotype copies from daguerreotype plates, very beautifully executed.  It should not be over looked upon as a mere curiosity to place a daguerreotype plate in a copper solution and take a copper cast from its surface by means of electricity: the copper cast looks much warmer in tone than the original.  It is to be regretted that Fitzgibbon did not complete this frame by the insertion of a third plate, by taking a second copy from the copper copy.  This would be in relief, like the original silver-plate, and is succeptible of being treated like an engraved plate; yielding, when inked, prints resembling mezzotint.  Besides the above collection of daguerreotypes, there is an assortment of cameras, lenses, stereoscopes and photographic paper, which are of interest to those practicing these beautiful arts.

Part 4 posted tomorrow omissions from the above description published in the Semi-Weekly Tribune on September 2, 1853.

Official 1853 Catalogue Of The New York Exhibition Of The Industry Of All Nations

The official 1853 catalogue of the New York exhibition of the industry of all nations’ list 43 American daguerreotype artist or manufacturers.  The information in the official catalogue gives a brief description of what is being exhibited.  Exhibitors name and address or in some cases just the city and state.  Most but not all of the biggest names in the industry are exhibiting daguerreotypes and a few are exhibiting paper photographs (crystalotypes).  Missing from the exhibition most notably is Southworth & Hawes, Langenheim Brothers and everyone west of St. Louis.  A few names are misspelled, and a few surprises, a doctor and a sculptor in addition Whipple is listed as a manufacture not a daguerrean artist or photographer.  Twelve states are represented along with the names of the photographers or manufacturers they are.

Connecticut—three;  Sheldon K. Nichols, Scovill Manufacturing Co., A. Washington.      Illinois—three;  Alexander Hesler, C. C. Kesst, Captain P. Von Schneidau.                        Kentucky—one;  E. L. Webster.                                                                                                          Louisiana—one;  F. Moissinet.                                                                                                                  Maine—one;  George M. Howe.                                                                                                        Maryland—two;  Henry Pollock, Jesse H. Whitehurst.                                                        Massachusetts—three;  Silas Durkee, M. D., Masury & Silsbee, John A. Whipple.                  Missouri—two;  J. H. Fitzgibbon, Edward Long.                                                                                    New Jersey—one;  David Clark.                                                                                                                  New York City & Brooklyn—seventeen;  Edward Anthony, A. J. Beals, Matthew B. Brady, James Brown, Jeremiah Gurney, Phillip Hass, Harrison & Hill, Charles C. Harrison, Henry E. Insley, Martin M. Lawrence, William & William H. Lewis, Charles C. Lincoln, Meade Brothers, Loins V. J. Peeiffer, Samuel Root, Charles H. Williamson, Anthony C. Zucky.                           New York state—two;  Donald McDonell, New York State Daguerrean Association.                    Ohio—five;  S. P. Barnaby, A. Bisbee, Thomas Faris, E. C. Hawkins, William E. North.  Pennsylvania—two; Ernest Van Heeringen, M. A. Root.

The Catalogue:

43.  Collection of large crayon daguerreotypes, and daguerreotypes by the ordinary process.—Samuel Root, Daguerrean Artist, 363 Broadway, New York City.

44.  Collection of specimens of the art of daguerreotyping, talbotyping and crystallotyping.—M. A. Root, Daguerrean Artist, 140 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania.]

45.  Frame of Daguerreotypes—Phillip Haas, Daguerrean Artist, 371 Broadway, New York       City.

46.  Collection of daguerreotype portraits—Jeremiah Gurney, 349 Broadway, New York City.

47.  Solographs, plain and colored, nebular Daguerreotypes— E. C. Hawkins, Daguerrean     Artist, Cincinnati, Ohio.

48.  Specimens of the daguerreotype art on extra large plates— Anthony, Edward—308      Broadway, New York City.

49.  Portraits in daguerreotype.—S. P. Barnaby, Daguerrean Artist, Dayton, Ohio.

50.  Specimens of daguerreotyping.—William E. North, Daguerrean Artist, Cleveland, Ohio.

51.  Specimens of the daguerreotypie art.—E. L. Webster, Daguerrean Artists, Louisville,      Kentucky.

52.  Daguerreotype pictures.—Ernest Van Heeringen, Daguerrean Artist, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

53.  Specimens of daguerreotyping.—Sheldon K. Nichols, Daguerrean Artist, 168 Main   Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

54.  A variety of daguerreotype picture.—Anthony C. Zucky, Daguerrean Artist, 499      Broadway, New York City.

55.  Daguerreotype pictures.—Capt. P. Von Schneidau, Daguerreotypist, 142 Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois.

56.  A collection of daguerreotypes.—Henry Pollock, Daguerreotypist, 155 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

57.  Daguerreotype miniatures.—Thomas Faris, Daguerrean Artist,. Cincinnati, Ohio.

58.  Collection of daguerreotype miniatures.—Masury & Silsbee, Daguerrean Artists, 299½ Washington street, Boston, Massachusetts.

59.  Collection of daguerreotypes.—J. H. Whitehurst, Daguerrean Artist, 205 Baltimore        street, Baltimore, Maryland.

60.  Collection of illuminated daguerreotypes.—Henry E. Insley, Daguerreotypist,             311 Broadway, New York City.

61.  Daguerreotypes of two monuments.—Louis V. J. Pfeiffer, [sic.] Peeiffer, Sculptors, 5     Second Avenue, New York City.

62.  A large collection of photographic portraits and pictures from members of the             association.—New York State Daguerrean Association, (George N. Barnard, Sec.),   Oswego, New York.

63.  Improved coating box for the daguerreotype process.  Card distributing apparatus.  (Patent applied for)—William & William H. Lewis, Manufacturer, 63 Elizabeth street,          New York City.

64.  Collection of microscopic objects in physiology and natural history, prepared by the exhibitor.—Silas Durkee, M. D., Boston, Massachusetts.

65.  Specimens of daguerreotype portraits on full size plate.—A. Washington, Daguerrean     Artist, Hartford, Connecticut.

66.  Daguerreotype pictures, embracing panoramic views of Galena city, Falls of St. Anthony; Min-ne-ha-ha Falls, and a collection of portraits.—Alex Hesler, Daguerrean Artist, Galena, Illinois.

67.  Daguerreotype specimens.—Charles C. Lincoln, Daguerrean Artist, 182 Fulton street,  Brooklyn, New York.

68.  Daguerreotype instruments and cameras of various sizes.—Charles C. Harrison,         Manufacturer, 85 Duane street, New York City.

69.  Daguerreotype portraits.—David Clark, Daguerrean Artist, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

70.  Daguerreotypes by the common method.  Specimens of Crystallotypes; or daguerreotypes taken by means of glass upon prepared paper.—John A. Whipple, patent and Manufacturer, 96 Washington street, Boston, Massachusetts.

71.  Specimens of daguerreotype portraits.—Edward Long, Daguerrean Artist, St. Louis, Missouri.

72.  A collection of daguerreotypes.—Martin M. Lawrence, Daguerrean Artist, 203 & 381 Broadway, New York City.

73.  Collection of daguerreotypes.—F. Moissinet, Daguerrean Artist, New Orleans, Louisiana.

74.  Collection of daguerreotype pictures.—Donald McDonell, Daguerreotypist, Buffalo,          New York.

75.  Collection of daguerreotypes in frames.—A. J. Beals, Daguerrean Artist,, 156 Broadway,  New York City.

76.  Various specimens of daguerreotypes.—C. C. Kessy, Daguerrean Artist, 96 Lake street,     Chicago, Illinois.

77.  Daguerreotype apparatus and materials of all descriptions.—Edward Anthony,             Manufacturer, 308 Broadway, New York City.

78.  Descriptive daguerreotypes.—Harrison & Hills, Daguerrean Artist, 288 Fulton street, New York City.

79.  Tableau of elegantly mounted daguerreotypes.—J. H. Fitzgibbons, Daguerrean Artist, St. Louis Missouri.

80.  Daguerreotypes representing Shakespeare’s “Seven ages of men;” taken from life-     subjects.  Portrait of Daguerre, from life.  Groups of various portraits of full and half           sizes.—Meade Brothers, Daguerrean Artist, 233 Broadway, New York City.

81.  Collection of daguerreotypes—Matthew B. Brady, Daguerrean Artist, 205 & 359      Broadway, New York City.

82.  Specimens of daguerreotypes.—George M. Howe, Daguerrean Artist, Portland, Maine.

83.  Collection of daguerreotypes.—James Brown, Daguerreotypist, 181 Broadway, New     York City.

84.  Framed tableau of fine daguerreotypes.—Charles H. Williamson, Daguerrean Artist, 249 Fulton street, Brooklyn, New York City.

85.  Daguerreotype apparatus.  Cases and prepared plates of all sizes and qualities.—Scovill Manufacturing Co., Waterbury, Connecticut.  Office 57 Maiden Lane, New York City.

Part 2 introduction to the Daguerreotype exhibit posted tomorrow 4/23/18.

H. Bisbee

H. Bisbee was recorded in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio.) in an advertisement that ran from March 11 to April 22, 1858. The date of the Advertisement recorded at the end of the ad is January 28, 1858.  There are a lot of voids in the newspapers that I had access to. The first issue started on February 15, (Volume 2, No. 41) and ran uninterrupted to December 27, 1855.  The only issues available in 1856 was between January 3 to February 28, and One issue on December 11. In 1857 there were only three issues available October 1 to 15.  In 1858 missing from the database were newspapers published between January 7 to March 4, September 28 and October 7 and 14.  In 1859 there were only two issues missing March 31 and May 19.

In looking through Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Ohio Photographers 1839-1900, H. Bisbee is not recorded.  Albert Bisbee is recorded in both books and an A. Bisbee is recorded in Ohio Photographers (possibly same person.)  Albert Bisbee was active in Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland and Zanesville.  Albert Bisbee and Y. Day patented the Sphereotype on May 27, 1856. It is unknown if H. is a typo or if H. is a relative.

Fifty Cent Pictures Going Off By The Dozen At Bisbee’ Ambrotype & Sphereotype “One Horse Side-Light Rooms,” which Have Not Proved a Failure Yet, But are open Daily at the Corner of Main and Columbus Streets, (rooms formerly occupied as an Ice-Cream Saloon, Where the citizens and inhabitants of the surrounding country are invited to call and examine our “Side-Light” Pictures, and compare them with those made at the two horse ‘Sky-Light Gallery.’

We have just received from New York, A Large Supply of Cases, of all qualities and prices, and are now prepared to furnish all who wish, with an Ambrotype Likeness, cheaper than the cheapest.  We also own the exclusive right to make (what the two horse “sky-light” professor calls “our new style pictures.” better known throughout the United States and Europe, as “Bisbee’s Patent Sphereotype.” the most durable and beautiful of all pictures, each of which, when properly finished, has the Patent Stamp on the mat, and no stealing or infringing on others rights.

We are also willing to furnish the Prof. with any number of “pictures” made by our own individual self, at our “One-horse small window side light rooms” that he may use as specimens, to assist in “getting up a reputation for him,” to bring him up even, so that we can trot along together, “It is really a wonder that our friend” did not think of this scheme himself a long time ago, it would have saved him the expense of circulating so many bills every month, making “a great cry, and little” pictures.  We would recommend that he examine the (Patent) “Law’ more carefully to which he has reference, and there he will see why the Patent stamp is a proper finish, and also the consequences of not finishing properly.—

As to his right to make the Sphereotype he has just the same to rob a bank, provided some shrewd boy should sell him printed instructions (for one dollar) how to do it; we also advise him (for his sake) to throw no more stones at “small windows” while he has so “large ones exposed, of which he boasts.—Those wishing a “Genuine Sphereotype” or perfect” Ambrotype” can obtain them at our rooms, at half the price for which they are sold at the two-horse “Sky-Light gallery” and better pictures than he dare make.  Lancaster, January 28, 1858.  H. Bisbee.

William W. Bingham

William W. Bingham was recorded in The Chenango American (Greene, New York) in an advertisement that ran from August 4 to December 29, 1859.  Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Patent Leather Pictures.  The subscriber respectfully informs the citizens of this village and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms over Drs. Wood’s Drug Store, where he is prepared to furnish Pictures, that cannot fail to please. Persons desirous of obtaining a Good Life-Like Picture, can now have an opportunity, as the subscriber has spared neither pains nor expense in making himself proficient in the business.  He feels confident that he is able to furnish his patrons with Pictures that cannot be surpassed.

Life is uncertain, and should an all wise Providence remove any of your friends from the scenes of earth, it would be a sweet satisfaction to be able to look on their countenances.  Hence lose no time.  Pictures of deceased persons taken correctly.  Persons desirous of obtaining duplicates of which they have already on their possession can be accommodated.  Your patronage is solicited.

N. B.—Particular attention paid to taking children’s portraits.  Wm. W. Bingham, Artist.

William W. Bingham does not appear in other photographic directories consulted.