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G. W. Robbins

1857                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, Louisiana.                                        1859                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, Louisiana.

G. W. Robbins was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on February 14, 1857.  Ambrotypes.—When the art of Daguerreotyping was discovered, the world was taken by surprise to see the very elements brought to do the work of the portrait painter, exceeding the miniature likenesses of the most eminent masters in giving truly the form and features of the subject.  But there were a few deficiencies in that art—that have now been overcome by the late discovery of the art of Ambrotyping—which, while the features are given with strict fidelity, are susceptible of being viewed from any point, without changing their appearance.

We have been shown several specimens of Mr. Robbins’s proficiency in this art, and can certainly say of them that they are inferior to none.  He evidently has mastered all the intricacies of his business, and understands it thoroughly.

Mr. R. has taken rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, where he will remain for a limited time.  Our neighbors should avail themselves of this chance to preserve their features; they can never do it younger.

The first advertisement ran from February 14 to 28, 1857.  Ambrotypes—Respectfully To All!  G. W. Robbins has taken rooms (for a short time only), at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, and is ready to execute Ambrotype Likenesses in the latest and most approved style of this new and beautiful art.

Mr. R. solicits Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine specimens of his work, hoping, from twelve years experience as a Daguerrean, and two years practice in Ambrotyping, to be able to please all who may favor him with their patronage.

Correct Likenesses taken in any weather, or no charge will be made.                                            Children’s Likenesses taken only in fair weather.

The second announcement appeared on November 26, 1859.  Photographic.—We invite attention to the advertisement of Mr. G. W. Robbins, who has taken rooms in Washington for the purpose of taking likenesses in the most approved styles of the art.

Mr. Robbins enjoys a high reputation in his line of business, and our citizens should not let the present opportunity pass to secure superlative likenesses.

The second advertisement ran from November 26 to December 31, 1859.  Photographs and Ambrotypes.  G. W. Robbins, would announce that he has taken rooms, for a short time only, at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, La., and is prepared to execute Ambrotype Likenesses in the best and most approved Styles of the Art.

Having spared no pains nor expense to keep himself well posted in all valuable improvements with more that twelve years successful practice Mr. R. hopes to please all who favor him with their patronage, and guarantees his work to compare favorably with the best work done in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, or elsewhere, when seen side by side, which will be a sure test.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine his work.  Bring your best Pictures to compare with his, and judge for yourselves.

Rooms open from 8 to 12 o’clock A. M., and from half past 1 to half past 4 P. M.                        Children Likenesses taken in fair weather only, 10 o’clock A. M., to 3 o’clock P. M.                      Prices from One to Ten Dollars.                                                                                                                          Terms, Cash on delivery.

Copying in the best manner.  Views made to order.  Last and best of all, Stereoscopic Likenesses and Views, made upon scientific principles, which render them the most perfect Pictures in the world.

G. W. Robbins is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Washington, Louisiana.  Craig’s Daguerreian Register list a G. W. Robbins in Houston in November 1852 and Huntsville, Texas in January 1853, it is possible that they are the same person.

J. Kinney Rishel

1859                Rooms in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the Hotel, Bloomsburg,                                      Pennsylvania.

J. Kinney Rishel was recorded in one announcement that appeared on August 17, 1859 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures Unparalleled—Our estimable young friend, J. Kinney Rishel, successor of Joseph Huckle, is amply prepared to execute work in his branch in such a manner as to compare favorably with any work done in the cities.  His room is in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the hotel.  His prices are moderate; thus affording all an opportunity of having a likeness taken of him or herself.  His facilities are such as to enable him to execute Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellographs in the best style of the art.  Attend to this matter, friends, while an opportunity is offered you: tomorrow it may be too late!

When death the soul from body once has torn,                                                                                        No artist’s hand can trace the living form.

J. Kinney Rishel is not listed in other photographic directories.

Stephen Remington

1857-1859      1 Clark’s Marble Block, corner Main & Madison Streets, Memphis, Tennessee.

Stephen Remington was recorded in nine advertisements and four announcements in the Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee).  The first advertisement ran from January 1, 1857 to August 4, 1858.  The Sphereotype.  The latest and by far the most important improvement in Photography is the recently patented picture known as the Sphereotype, which is not only new and unlike any of its predecessors, but greatly superior to all.  The Sphereotype is proof against Time, Air, and Water, and for the richness of tone, warmth of expression and distinctness has to equal—in fact the illusion is such that the picture, or image, seems suspended in air, entirely independent of the background.

For this picture we have the exclusive right for Memphis.  Specimens can be seen in our Gallery, where pictures are also taken in the various styles by our Artist, Prof. Remington, who combines the chemist with the Artist, which enables him at all times to produce superior Pictures.  F. H. Clark & Co., No 1 Clark’s Marble Block.  dec2.

The second advertisement ran from January 1 to May 6, 1857.  Dissolution.  On the 1st June, 1856, the firm heretofore existing between F. H. Clark and A. C. Wurzach was dissolved by mutual consent.  F. H. Clark is charged with the settlement of the business of the late firm of F. R. Clark & Co.  F. H. Clark.  A. C. Wurzbach.  New Firm… of F. H. Clark & Co.  F. H. Clark,  Jas. S. Wilkins, Thos. Hill.

A Card.  Our New Firm…Established 1841….Our leading branches are, first—Watches,…Jewelry….Guns, Guns….Pistols,…Silver Goods….Silver Plated Goods…Cutlery…Our Mechanical Branch…..Engraving…

Our Daguerrean Gallery, Prof. Remington, Artist, Embraces a suit of rooms built expressly for the purpose, and we are prepared to furnish our customers with first class pictures in all the various styles.

In building expressly for our business, we have combined every convenience for the different branches, and greatly reduced our expenses, which, with our facilities and the extension of our business, enables us to sell goods and do work on the most reasonable terms.  Goods cheerfully shown and fairly represented, and we invite all, both buyers and the curious, to drop in without ceremony and examine our stock.  We keep open house for all.   F. H. Clark & Co.  oct16.

The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1857.  At Clark’s Daguerrean Gallery is a colored Photograph of Mr. Fray, the artist, colored by himself and taken by Mr. Remington, which is as perfect and beautiful a likeness as one will see anywhere.  It is a large, but not a full size.  Mr. Frye has also painted several other likeness of well-known citizens, among others a most perfect portrait of Fletcher Lane, Esq., and one of James Elder, Esq., Michael Magevney, Esq., etc.

The second announcement appeared on June 6, 1857.  Gen. Walker was again called to stand up and show himself, so as to give all an opportunity to see him, and he appeared a few moments on the stand, bowing modestly to the excited and enthusiastic multitude.

After the reception had concluded, General Walker was conducted in an open carriage to Clark’s Daguerreian Gallery, where Professor Remington succeeded in getting two very excellent likenesses of him—one a photograph and the other an ambrotype.  We understand it is his intention to multiply copies of the photograph and place them in the reach of all who wish a copy….

The third advertisement ran from June 6 to July 8, 1857.  Gen. Walker.  On Monday, June 8, will be issued at F. H. Clark & Co.’s Gallery, copies of Prof. Remington’s Photograph of Gen. Walker, the only original picture of him in Memphis.

The third announcement appeared on October 9, 1857.  The Zoonograph.  The superiority of the Ambrotype over the Daguerreotype is universally acknowledged, and they in their turn are totally eclipsed by the Zoonograph, which is the result of a new chemical process discovered by Professor Remington, and perfected after much labor and perseverance.

These pictures are more clear in their outlines, brilliant in tone, life-like in expression, durable, richly-colored and elegantly finished, than any style of Photographic picture that it has ever been our pleasure to examine critically.

Clark’s Gallery contains everything requisite, every convenience and facility that can be desired or obtained to execute in the most perfect manner any of the various styles of photographic work.  It will richly repay a visit, and especially so to those who desire artistic pictures.

We can also assure the public that Prof. Remington is in possession of several processes and materials in his art, that no other establishment in this part of the country commands.  As a consequence, he is enabled to give a beauty, finish and life to his pictures that we shall in vain look for from other artist.

Give him a call and judge for yourselves.  Clark’s marble Block, Corner Main and Madison streets.  sep29.

The fourth advertisement ran from November 12 to December 18, 1857.  Premium Pictures!  The Zo-onograph!!  The superiority of the Ambrotype over the Daguerreotype is universally acknowledged, and they in their turn are totally eclipsed by the Zo-onograph, which is the result of a new chemical process discovered by Professor Remington, and perfected after much labor and perseverance.

These pictures and all the styles known to the art are taken by Professor Remington, in the new operating room of F. H. Clarke & Co.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 17, 1858.  A Mammoth Photograph.—We were yesterday shown a fine photograph of the gifted young tragedian, Edwin Booth, taken by Remington at Clark’s Gallery.  This picture is the best that we have seen coming from the same hands, and will, we think, compare with the best photographs executed at the North.  It is a large picture—12×14 inches—and photographs the character of the subject to the life.  We understand that Remington has just added a new improvement to his much admired Zoonograph, which he styles the Crayon Zoonograph.  Everybody should see his specimens before procuring pictures at other establishments.

The fifth advertisement appeared on December 21, 1858.  F. H. Clark & Co.’s. Column.  Watchmakers, Jewelers, Silversmiths, And Engravers, Importers And Dealers In Watches, Clocks, Silver and Plated Ware, Guns, Fancy Goods, Jewelry, &c.

New Goods…Fine Goods…Watches…Jewelry…Silver Ware…Clocks…Guns, Guns!… Spectacles…Cutlery…Engraving…

Our Picture Gallery—Professor Remington, Artist, Is one of the most extensive in the Union.  Superior Pictures taken in all the various styles known to the Photographic art.  The Sphereotype and Remington’s Zoonographs, are worthy of special notice.

J. O’B. Inman[1] This Celebrated Artist.  This Celebrated Artist has permanently located in one of our rooms connected with our Gallery, with whom we have made arrangements to color in oil Remington’s Cabinet size Canvas Photographs.

These pictures combining as they do, the skill of the two Artists, are among the most perfect specimens of the Art.  No. 1 Clark’s Marble Block.

The sixth advertisement ran from October 9 to 15, 1859.  Clark & Remington’s Gallery, No. 1 Clark’s Marble Block.—Photographs from Miniatures to life size, colored in oil or water colors.  Ambrotypes and sphereotypes.

The sixth advertisement ran from October 9 to 15, 1859.  Clark & Remington’s Gallery, No. 1 Clark’s Marble Block.—Photographs from Miniatures to life size, colored in oil or water colors.  Ambrotypes and sphereotypes.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 18 to November 8, 1859.  Ivorytypes!  Ivorytypes!!  Clark & Remington’s Gallery.—The greatest improvement ever invented, having all the softness and brilliancy of color peculiar to the genuine ivory miniature, and at prices within the reach of all, taken Only at Clark & Remington’s mammoth sky-light gallery.  Also photographs, sphereotypes and ambrotypes.

The eighth advertisement ran from November 20 to December 17, 1859.  Everybody visits Clark & Remmington’s famous Gallery of Art.  Their Ivorytypes, Photographs, Sphereotypes and Ambrotypes are works of art.  Perfect pictures and warranted to please.  Remember the place—Clark & Remmington’s mammoth sky-light gallery, corner Main and Madison streets.

The ninth advertisement ran from December 14 to 25, 1859.  Christmas Gifts.—Clark & Remington have just received a large assortment of fine pearl, velvet and gilt cases, especially intended to supply the demand for their pictures as Christmas approaches.  Our prices will be found to suit all who wish good and durable pictures—Ivorytypes, photographs, miniatures in oil, ambrotypes, etc.  Look in and examine specimens, corner of main and Madison streets.

Stephen Remington is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as a possible daguerreian in the partnership of F. H. Clark & Co. in 1859-1860.   Reading the advertisements and announcements Clark is the owner of the business that has a photograph Gallery in it.

[1] The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860 list his full name as John O’Brien Inman.

W. B. Ranger

1857-1859       Main Street, Geneseo, New York.

W. B. Ranger was recorded in four advertisements in the Livingston Republican (Geneseo, New York). The first advertisement ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858. Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M,.  W. Ranger.   J. Geiger.

The second advertisement ran from May 26 to August 11, 1859.  Ranger’s Photographic And Fine Art Gallery, Now Open.  I would say to the citizens of this town and surrounding country, that I have returned and taken charge of the old Daguerrean Gallery, West side of Main street.

Photographs, Ambrotypes, Cameotypes, Grained Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Pictures on Patent Leather, Taken in the highest style of the art.

All who want pictures give me a call, and I will give you as good work as can be obtained elsewhere.  Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences; old Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, or Paintings, taken and enlarged.

Citizens and Strangers are invited to call and examine work, whether they wish to purchase or not.  Satisfaction given, and all work warranted.

Through instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished.  Don’t forget the place, west side Main Street, Geneseo.   W. B. Ranger.  my. 12.

The third advertisement ran from August 25 to December 8, 1859.  Photographs, Photographs.  Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Crayon Pictures!  Pictures On Gutta Percha!  To send to friends in a letter, without extra postage.

Diaphaneotypes, Old Daguerreotypes, Paintings, &c., Copied.                                                Pictures of Deceased Or Sick Persons, Taken At Their Residences.

In fact, all kinds of Pictures that are known to the Photographic Art, that have been proved, taken in the highest style, and finished in the most durable manner Where?  Why, At Ranger’s Premium Photograph Gallery!  Geneseo, August 18, 1859.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 27 to December 8, 1859.  Attention.  Stereoscopes and Stereo Pictures.  Something that every family should have in their parlors for their own gratification and to please their friends.  I would say to the public that I have on hand the Stereo Pictures, and Stereoscopes, which I shall sell at the lowest possible rates.  Views of all the principal points of interest in the world furnished to order, at city retail prices.  I shall keep constantly on hand a variety of pictures and instruments of different prices.  Call and see them at Ranger’s Photographic Gallery, Main St., Geneseo.  oct. 20.

W. B. Ranger is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Ranger & Geiger

1857-1858       Main Street, Geneseo, New York.

Ranger & Geiger (W. B. Ranger & J. Geiger) were recorded in one advertisement that ran from October 29, 1857 to March 18, 1858 in the Livingston Republican.  (Geneseo, New York).  Pictures!  Pictures!  Take Notice, And Profit Thereby.  Great Photographic Gallery In Geneseo.  Two Large Rooms Combined.  Geneseo not only takes the head of being one of the finest towns in Western New York, But in the Fine Arts Ranger & Geiger’s Photographic Gallery produces the finest, boldest most natural and life-like likenesses.  Their Ambrotypes, Meininotypes, Cameotypes, Sphereotypes, and pictures taken on patent leather are superior to any taken elsewhere.  Our pictures are not only the best, but they are the cheapest.  Here you can get a good picture in a neat case For Fifty Cents And upwards.  We have now on hand the largest and best variety of Stock, both Plain and Fancy Cases, of every style and quality.  Miniatures taken in a clear and cloudy weather, and inserted in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Frames, &c., &c.  Pictures taken any size from that of a pea to the very largest size, and warranted.  Views of Residences take; also Miniatures of the sick or dead, at their residence if desired.  Copying of every description done in the best possible manner, and on short notice.

Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  Strangers and citizens are requested to call and examine specimens.  Don’t forget the place, West side of Main St., Geneseo.  Rooms open from seven, A. M., until six P. M,.  W. Ranger.  J. Geiger.

W.  B. Ranger and J. Geiger are not listed in other photographic directories.

Moses S. Quivey

1858                Rooms in Haynes Block, above the Bank of Chenango, North Main Street,                                      Norwich, New York.                                                                                                  1859                Address Unknown, Norwich, New York.[1]

Moses S. Quivey was recorded in One Advertisement that ran from September 23 to December 2, 1858.  In The Chenango American (Greene, New York).  M. S. Quivey, Daguerrean and Photograph Artist. Norwich, N. Y.  Rooms in Haynes Block, above the Bank of Chenango, North Main Street.

Moses S. Quivey was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1859 without a business address.

[1] Information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

William T. Purviance

1854                2nd Street, two doors North of Powell & Co.’s. Store, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. 1854-1855     Graham’s Row, two doors east of the Journal office, Clearfield, Pennsylvania. 1856                Rooms at the Town Hall, Curwensville, Pennsylvania.                                                    1858                Address Unknown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.                                                                    1858                Address Unknown, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.                                                                    1859                Address Unknown, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

William T. Purviance was recorded in five advertisements and three announcements.  The first six entries are from the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The last two entries are from the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from August 23 to November 15, 1854.  “Secure the shadow, ‘ere the substance fades,” and call at Purviance’s Daguerrean Gallery on 2nd st., two doors north of Powell & Co.’s. Store.

The second advertisement ran from August 23 to November 22, 1854.  Business Item:  Purviance’s Daguerreotype Gallery, Second St., 2 doors north of the Powell & Co.’s. Store, Clearfield, Pa.

The third advertisement ran from December 13, 1854 to January 10, 1855.  Removed:—Purviance’s Daguerrean Gallery to Graham’s Row, two doors east of the Journal office, up stairs.  He will be happy to see his friends, and furnish them vivid, life-like pictures.  Give him a call.

The first announcement appeared on June 4, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—By an advertisement in today’s Journal, it will be seen the Mr. W. T. Purviance is at present engaged in taking ambrotype likenesses.  There is one quality about these likenesses that is preferable to the daguerreotypes—and that is, they cannot be easily destroyed.  A visit to Mr. P’s rooms will well repay any one who may be desirous of having likenesses taken.  We would state that Mr. Purviance is a good artist, and will undoubtedly render satisfaction.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 4 to 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.  Mr. W. T. Purviance, Photographist, begs leave to announce to the citizens of Curwensville and vicinity, that he has opened Ambrotype Rooms at the Town Hall in Curwensville where he will be happy to receive the calls of Ladies and gentlemen, whether they wish pictures or not.  The Ambrotype may be regarded as the ne plus ultra of the photographic art, and is rapidly superseding every other style of picture wherever introduced.—Its brilliancy of tone, beauty of finish, delicacy of expression, and deep luster of drapery, have won for it the highest encomiums of the people and press everywhere.  Combining the highest artistic beauty with absolutely Unfading Durability! It must take the place of all other processes.  It is also worthy of mention that Mr. Purviance does not reverse his pictures.

Landscapes, Views of residences, &c., taken in the highest style of the art.  Paintings, Daguerreotypes, and engravings beautifully copied at reasonable prices.  Small children taken by an Instantaneous Process, with unerring certainty and accuracy.  Ambrotypes beautifully colored if desired.  No difference on account of dark or cloudy weather.  Please call soon, as I shall be able to remain but a week or ten days.

The second announcement appeared on June 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—The attention of the citizens of Curwensville and vicinity is directed to the advertisement of Mr. W. T. Purviance in today’s Journal.  Mr. P. is a good artist and has rendered entire satisfaction here.  The ambrotype is a much more desirable picture than the Daguerreotype, for the reason that it is more clear and distinct, and possesses the quality of “unfading durability.”

The fifth advertisement ran from August 18 to September 29, 1858 in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  Wm. T. Purviance, Ambrotypist And Photographic Artist of Pittsburgh, Will visit Clearfield on a professional tour, on or about the 15th of September next, where he will remain a short time.  Those who wish to get Ambrotypes, or other Photographs, taken in the best style of the art, will than have an opportunity of indulging their taste.  Mr. Purviance brings with him the experience of many years close application to this beautiful art, in and about the City, and all the improvements which have been introduced.  He therefore flatters himself that he will be able to give the most ample satisfaction to those who may give him a professional call.

The third announcement appeared on February 16, 1859 in the Clearfield Republican (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  Artistic.—We are requested to state that Purviance, our old artistic friend and fellow citizen, has again come to life and revived his business as an ambrotypist.  He has procured fresh chemicals, and new stock, and is now producing, we are informed, brilliant and life-like specimens of the photographic art.  He engages to give entire satisfaction in regard to work and prices.

William T. Purviance is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh from 1857-1863.

Parker C. Purviance

1856-1859       At his residence on 2nd Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-                                       ware establishment Clearfield, Pennsylvania.                                                          1859                   Corner of Second and Cherry Streets, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Parker C. Purviance is recorded in three announcements and four advertisements in the Raftsman’s Journal (Clearfield, Pennsylvania).  The first announcement appeared on June 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—By reference to card of P. C. Purviance, it will be seen that he is now prepared to take Ambrotype Likenesses, as well as Daguerrean.  We have seen several of his pictures, and would say that they are, truly, most magnificent.  Persons desirous of having a good likeness of themselves, or friends, can procure the desired object, by calling at Mr. Purviance’s Gallery at his residence, on 2d street.

The first advertisement ran from June 18 to December 3, 1856.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist and Daguerreotypist, Clearfield, PA.

Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell and Carter’s Tin-ware establishment.

The second advertisement ran from December 10, 1856 to June 15, 1859.  Ambrotypes.—P. C. Purviance, Professor of Photographic Chemistry.  Gallery at his residence on 2d Street, one door South of Merrell & Carter’s Tin-ware establishment, Clearfield, Pa.  Days of operation:  Friday and Saturday of each week.

The second announcement appeared on March 10, 1858.  Those who wish to secure a truthful likeness on glass, (i. e. an ambrotype,) would do well to call at Purviance’s Photographic Gallery, on 2d st., as he is now supplied with good chemicals, &c.  His terms are cheap and accommodating; he never charges unless the picture is satisfactory.  Remember the place: 2d St., next door to Merrell & Carter’s Iron and Tin-ware establishment.

The third announcement appeared on June 15, 1859.  We direct attention to the new Photographic Gallery of Mr. Purviance on the corner of Second and Cherry street—otherwise designated by the sign of the Red Flag—where the constant attention of Mr. P. is devoted to the business.  We are authorized to say that life-like and beautiful Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellotypes, &c. are taken at this Gallery at very low prices, and entire satisfaction given to customers.

The third advertisement appeared on June 22, 1859.  Ambrotypes For 15 Cents.—The subscriber has opened a new Picture Gallery on the corner of Second and Cherry streets, Clearfield, at the sign of the Red Flag, to which he devoted his whole attention, and where Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferrotypes, Stereoscopes, Nielloyypes, and in fact all varieties of Photographs on Glass, Iron and paper are taken and put up in a superior manner.  Don’t trust his word, but call and examine his specimens, and judge for yourselves.  Being connected with one of the leading Galleries of Pittsburgh, he will be constantly in the receipt of every new and variety of Sun-Light pictures together with such aid and such information as will enable him to produce the most Life-Like and best toned specimens of the Art.  In order that all may have an opportunity of procuring copies of their faces he has determined to be reasonable as to prices; 15 cents and upwards according to size, fixtures and case.  Remember the place, the sign of the Red Flag, corner Second and Cherry streets, directly opposite Judge Moore’s.  Parker C. Purviance.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 3 to December 21, 1859.  P. C. Purviance, Ambrotypist, corner of 2d and Cherry streets, Clearfield, Pa.

Parker C. Purviance is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter

1859                Unknown Address and Location, Illinois.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter was recorded in two announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The first announcement appeared on October 1, 1859.  The County Fair… 2.—Paintings and Drawings.  The display was not large—probably a dozen of entries.  We scarcely saw them and the committee make no comment.  The pictures by Mr. Voegtlin, we are told, however, possessed considerable merit, while the daguerrean pictures, both by Mr. Marston and by Mr. Porter, were as good as they get up anywhere.

Ambrotypes, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                                                    Oil colored photographs, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                          Uncolored photographs, J. E. Porter.                                                                                                                  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, J. E. Porter.

If there is an inconsistency in this last award, the committee must explain it, for we can’t.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1859.  Premium List.  Full List of Premiums awarded at the Fair of the La Salle Co. Agricultural Society, held at Ottawa, Sept. 28, 29, 30.

19—Paintings and Drawings….

Ambrotypes, 2 entries. Jas. Marston.                                                                                                              Photographs in oil, 1 entry.  Jas. Marston.                                                                                                    Uncolored Photographs, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.                                                                        Ambrotypes & Melainotypes, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.

The committee have apparently awarded the same premium to Porter and to Marston.  They probably meant, in the last case, the “collection.”

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ottawa, Illinois in 1860.  They are probably the same person.

W. H. Phares

1859               Address Unknown, Red Wing, Minnesota.

W. H. Phares was recorded in two announcements and one advertisement that appeared in the Red Wing Sentinel (Red Wing, Minnesota).  The first announcement ran on August 20, 1859.  “A Thing of Beauty Is a joy forever,” and some things that are not beautiful, are rendered so by the magic skill of Mr. W. H. Phares, an experienced artist, who has taken for a short time the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Going, where he is prepared to execute in the highest style of the art, Ambrotypes, Sphereotypes, Melaineotypes and Photographs, at prices which cannot fail to give satisfaction.  If you have a father, mother, sister. brother or dear friend, whom you love, and whose image you wish to preserve, now is the time to “secure the shadow ere the substance fades.”  Mr. Phares will remain in town about a week longer.

The advertisement ran from August 20 to 27, 1859.  Premium Ambrotypes and Photographs.  W. H. Phares, Respectfully informs the citizens of Red Wing and vicinity, that he has taken Mr. Going’s rooms for two weeks, where he will put up his inimitable Life Like Pictures!  for those who will favor him with their patronage.  Pictures Taken In All Kinds Of Weather—of adults from 8 A. M., to 5 P. M., of Children, from 10 A. M. till 2 o’clock, clear weather.

They are all warranted not to change.—Please call and examine specimens.  W. H. Phares, Artist.

The second announcement appeared on August 27, 1859.  The Last Chance.  Remember the Mr. Phares will remain in Red Wing but three or four days longer, during which time he will be happy to furnish his inimitable life-like pictures to all who wish them.  Don’t neglect this opportunity, you may not get another very soon.  Mr. Phares is a good artist—a merit which all daguerreans claim, but one which few are entitled to.  His rooms are those formerly occupied by Mr. Going.

W. H. Phares is not recorded in other photographic directories.