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Jonas G. Holcolmb

1848-1850       Rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop, Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1853-1854       Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1855-1856       Rooms over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store, Augusta, Maine.

Jonas G. Holcolmb was recorded in seven advertisements and three announcements in three different newspapers.  The first advertisement ran from April 6 to 20, 1848 in the Maine Farmer  (Augusta, Maine).  Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the bookstore of D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either Single or in Groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The first announcement appeared on April 8, 1848 in the Gospel Banner (Augusta, Maine).  Our Friend J. G. Holcomb, as may be seen by his advertisement in another column, has opened a Daguerrian establishment in this town.  We commend him to the patronage of the people as being every way qualified to give satisfaction in his profession.

The second advertisement ran from April 8, 1848 to February 17, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  The Subscriber having taken rooms over the Book store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the Art affords.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms, and their patronage is earnestly requested.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The third advertisement ran from April 7 to August 8, 1848 in The Age (Augusta, Maine). 

Daguerreotype Miniatures!!  The subscriber having taken rooms over the Book Store of Mr. D. C. Stanwood, is now prepared to execute Daguerrian Likenesses of persons, either single or in groups, at the shortest notice and in the most durable manner; embracing, in their workmanship, the Latest and best Improvements which the art affords.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to examine specimens at his rooms—and their patronage is earnestly solicited.  All work warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay will be required.  Jonas G. Holcolmb.

The second announcement appeared on April 21, 1848 in The Age.  Daguerreotype Likenesses, Mr. J. G. Holcomb, who has taken rooms over the store of D. C. Stanwood, exhibits specimens of his work which are rich as any we have seen.  We hope that our citizens will not fail to patronize him liberally.

The third announcement appeared on December 9, 1848 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotyping.  Our neighbor Holcolmb, whose room is over Stanwood’s bookstore in Market square, produces some of the most perfect specimens of this ingenious art that we have ever seen.  We believe he is uniformly successful in getting good likenesses, without the annoyance and fatigue of frequent sittings, while in delicacy of shading, depth and richness of tone, and the easy, unconstrained naturalness that characterizes them, he is almost unrivalled.  Give him a call.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Masonic.  The following are elected officers of Bethlehem Lodge for the ensuing year:—R. W. William A Drew, Master; W. E. Wills, S. W.; W. J. G. Holcomb, J. W.;…

The fifth announcement appeared on October 6, 1849 in the Gospel Banner.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  These are nature’s paintings, and of course are perfect.  Daguerre’s Art is one of the greatest discoveries of this wonderful age.  Of course, now, all persons will have their likenesses, and those of their friends, taken.  We were in Chase’s and North’s rooms in Boston a fortnight ago, and saw what are said to be the best specimens in the city—and they were truly life-like, but not more so than some we have seen executed in Augusta.  The sun paints as faithfully on the Kennebec as in the City of Notions.  If you doubt it, just call in at A. J. Pierce’s Gallery on Water-st., and see how an ingenious man can help Nature do her work most beautifully.  Or, if more convenient, visit, our friend Holcomb’s Room on Market Square, and you will find there a man and his work worthy of your attention and patronage.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 16 to April 27, 1850 in the Gospel Banner.  Jonas G. Holcolmb, Daguerrean Artist, Rooms over D. C. Stanwood’s Bookstore, No. 8 Market Square, Having recently made very great improvements in this wonderful art, is now prepared to execute likenesses of Persons, copies of Portraits, Engravings, &c. for Frames, Cases and Lockets in the most durable manner, and in a style which cannot fall to please.  All pictures taken at the above rooms warranted not to fade.  Prices reduced.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to examine specimens at the rooms.

The fifth advertisement ran from October 24 to November 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer.  Jonas G. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Executes Likenesses of Persons—Copies from Paintings and Engravings in superior style and life like appearance; either I cloudy or fair weather.  All work warranted to give satisfaction when delivered—and not to fade.  Rooms over J. F. Childs’ Harness Shop,. Water street, Augusta.

The sixth advertisement appeared on January 21, 1854 in The Age.  Crystalotypes.  Mr. Holcomb, Daguerrean Artist, Has the pleasure of informing his friends and customers that he has made arrangements whereby he is enabled to supply Crystalotype Likenesses (or Daguerreotypes on Paper,) of all sizes, from miniatures to life, in a style of workmanship of the highest order.

Persons desirous of obtaining likenesses in this form can be accommodated by calling upon Mr. H. at his Rooms on Water street, where specimens of the beautiful art of Crystalotyping are exhibited.

Prices of Crystalotypes from $3 to $25.  Duplicates from $1 and upwards, according to size.  Augusta, Nov. 9, 1853.

The seventh advertisement was recorded on January 3 to 31 & May 1, 1856 in The Age. 

Daguerreotype Notice.  Mr. J. H. Holcomb. Of Augusta, Has removed to the new and elegant Rooms. (over Messrs. Swan’s Jewelry Store,) recently fitted up expressly for the Daguerreotype Business, with all the modern improvements; and is now ready to furnish customers with various styles of Pictures, executed in a skillful manner, and equal to work done by the best Artists in the United States.  September 16, 1855. 

Jonas G. Holcolmb is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry without business addresses.   

L. C. Hoard

1854-1856       Main and Second Streets, Allen’s Exchange Building, Jamestown, New York.

1856-1857       Main Street, Shaw’s Block, Jamestown, New York.

1857-1858       Hawley Block, adjoining and over the Post Office, Jamestown, New York.

L. C. Hoard was active in Jamestown, New York from 1854-1858 in the partnerships of Gray & Hoard; Hoard & Loucks; and Hoard & Upham.  Hoard was recorded in nine advertisements and three announcements in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York).  The first advertisement ran from August 4, 1854 to June 13, 1856.  Gray & Hoard, Daguerrean Artists.  Corner of Main and Second streets.  Sky-light Operating Rooms.  Jamestown, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from January 11 to February 8, 1856.  Kast your eye this Way.  As many persons enquire for “Dollar Daguerreotypes” we would say to all such, that you can be accommodated at that price until the first of March.  Pains will be taken to give satisfaction as usual, and the Daguerreotypes will be put up in neat and durable cases.  Likenesses of Children will not be taken for a lesser sum than one Dollar and Fifty Cents.  A new stock of rich and beautiful cases just received.  Get your likenesses in the best kind we have got and you can have it cheap for ready pay.  Gray & Hoard.

N. B.  Miss. coax that fine looking gentleman to give you his Daguerreotype.  Sir, coax that pretty lady to sit for her likeness, you’ll have to pay for it, you know, so what’s the odds? 

The third advertisement ran from January 25 to February 8, 1856.  Division of County!  This question has been agitated more or less for several years, and until the present time we have smothered our indignation and kept silent.  Good friends don’t you think it would be a good plan for the people of this County to form themselves into parties of from one to as many as they please, and Call On Gray & Hoard for their Daguerreotypes; for a single person it would cost one Dollar, and so on up into the pictures; for a married person, the case, of course would be different, for then the cost would be only just the same.  Groups cost a trifle more, and if you want some of our Richest Cases or Lockets, why then, you can have them at your own price, providing always that your price is a little more than ours.  Come along good folks we’re always accessible.  Gray & Hoard, Allen’s Exchange, up stairs.

The fourth advertisement ran from January 25 to March 21, 1856.  $000,001.00 For a Daguerreotype Likeness that will not Fade half so soon as the man that made it, even if it was taken by Gray & Hoard, at Allen’s Exchange, up stairs.

The fifth advertisement ran from March 28 to May 30, 1856.  Look at This!  Examine it well, and you will perceive that “Mother Earth” is represented in mans’ apparel, supposed it is all right, men wear shawls, and women unmentionables, and Gray & Hoard, has just purchased part of $347, 000 worth of Daguerreotype Stock which they hope to dispose of to such advantage as to enable them to continue making Good Pictures at Low Prices.—We shall prepare in a few days to make Ambrotypes and Photographs in a style not to be surpassed.  Gray & Hoard.  Jamestown, March 4, 1856. 

The sixth advertisement ran from December 26, 1856 to January 30, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.  But readers do not miss of having one of these choice gifts to present your friend New Year, if you wish to make a present that will be preserved long, and appreciated well, let it be your Daguerreotype; do you desire an ornament for your center table, let it be a fine and indelible picture of yourself or friend.  Go at once to Hoard, and get a good one at low figures, his office is on Main St., one door below Esq. Brown’s Law Office in the Shaw Block.  L. C. Hoard.                          

The first announcement appeared on October 23, 1857.  Internal Improvement.—That portion of the Hawley (now Hall) Block fronting upon Third street, and West of Andrews & Stephen’s Store, is undergoing repair.  The first floor has been lowered a couple of feet or so, and is now easily accessible from the street.  The room over the Post Office formerly occupied as a music store has been fitted up with a magnificent sky-light, and otherwise adapted to the use of Messrs. Hoard & Loucks, Daguerreotypists, who are to soon take possession. They will also occupy the rooms west of the Post –Office formerly occupied for a harness shop, and which are being remodeled for their benefit.  Altogether, the changes are decided improvements.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 1, 1858 to June 4, 1858.  To The Public.  The new Photograph Gallery adjoining and over the Post Office, in the Hawley Block, is now in readiness for the reception and accommodation of visitors.  We are now prepared to make any style of Picture, from the Daguerreotype to the finest Photograph on paper, put up in good order in any kind of Case or Frame you may wish.  We shall keep on hand the best selection of stock to sell at wholesale or retail; at the same time you may expect our prices to correspond with the times.  We solicit a call from you whether you wish pictures or not.  Come and examine our specimens; also our facilities for doing good work.  Hoard & Loucks. Jamestown, Dec. 22, 1857.

The second announcement appeared on May 14, 1858.  Mr. Hoard, the Photographic Man, has a very distinguished hen—yet a common hen.  It has produced an egg 5⅔ inches in circumference.  The finish of the shell, however, is not creditable.  It is plebeian.

1858 May 28.  Jamestown Journal.  (Jamestown, New York.)  May 28, 1858, Vol. XXXII, No. 50, Whole No. 1667, P. 2.

The eighth advertisement ran from May 28 to July 2, 1858.  One Thousand young men and women wanted with a capital of from 1 to 5 Dollars to sit for any of the styles of Pictures now in use.  For further particulars call on Hoard & Loucks, at the Post Office Picture Gallery.           

The ninth advertisement ran on September 3 & 10, 1858.  From The Seat Of War!  Camp Life of B Company 68th Reg’t. N. Y. S. M.  I had the pleasure of seeing this grand parade of Military men, and enjoying the full benefits of ca,[ life (except the pay) in common, with Officers and Soldiers of B Company from our village.  My duty on the field was only that of a spectator, except at meal times, when I was pressed into service by order of Captain C. L. Jeffords, and marched to the victualing tent of J. D. Stearns, where we found lots of good things to eat, and James ready to wait upon us.  In this part of the exercise I believe I made a capital Soldier; I saw no one that could present the knife or folk and charge upon beef steak or boiled ham with better skill than myself.  After the performance was all over and tents taken down, six of us took passage in an extra train for Jamestown, making it in the unprecedented quick time of ten hours.  Upon the whole, it was [    ] nice affair, and I think that B Company showed off well.  All it lacks of making just such a company as it should be, is the proper attention and assistance of our citizens.  For further particulars call on Hoard & Upham at their rooms, where you can get a full view of the ground, and a nice Photograph of yourself for $3.50, and other styles of pictures for less.                

The third announcement appeared on September 24, 1858.  County Fair, 11 A. M., Sept. 22d, 1858…Hoard & Upham have a fine assemblage of pictures and photographs…

L. C. Hoard is not record in other photographic directories.

Joseph Hill

1857                Address & Location Unknown, Minnesota.

1858                Drew’s Building, Third Street, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Joseph Hill[1]was recorded in two advertisements.  The first advertisement was recorded on October 31, 1857 in the Falls Evening News (Minneapolis, Minnesota).  Great Excitement At The New Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery!!  Pictures for the Million!  50 taken in one day, and more waiting!  J. Hill & Co., successor to J. H. Kelley invite the Public to examine their specimens of Photographs, colored and plain. Ambrotypes by an entire new process.  Melainotypes, Daguerreotypes and Pictures on patent leather. Having a complete stock of cases, Frames, Lockets, &c., we are now prepared to put up pictures in every form—we also have on hand a few oil paintings for sale cheap.

N.B. Particular attention is invited to the clear and life-like expression of the eye, the rich and beautiful softness of tone, the rare and exquisite finish of both plate and picture, and especially to their permanence.  We wish it distinctly understood that we use none but the very best materials.  Those who have favored us with a call, have expressed the most perfect satisfaction, and that they are in point of delineation, boldness and unerring truthfulness, equaled by few.  J. Hill & Co.  Oct. 21.

The second advertisement was recorded on March 13, 1858 in the Saint Paul Financial, Real Estate and Railroad Advertiser (St. Paul, Minnesota).  New Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery.  Hill, Kelly & Company, Having opened a suit of Rooms in Drew’s Building, on Third Street, (next door to Cathcart’s) are now ready to wait on all who may favor them with a call, and prepared to take all the different styles of pictures now in use, consisting of

Photographs, colored and plain, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Daguerreotypes, and Pictures on Patent Leather—all of which are warranted.  Perfect satisfaction will be given, or no charge.

A share of the public patronage is respectfully solicited.  St. Paul, Jan. 25th, 1858.

J. Hill is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1858-1859 on Third Street between Robert and Minnesota Streets. 


[1] Minnesota History 52/2 Summer 1990, P. 44.

N. F. Hawkins

1855-1856       Rooms over Langley’s Store, Jackson, Mississippi.

1860                Corner Pearl & State Streets, over Langley’s Store, Jackson, Maiiissippi.[1]

N. F. Hawkins was recorded in two advertisements in the Weekly Flag of the Union (Jackson, Mississippi).  The first appeared on January 16, 1856.

New Establishment Over Langley’s Store.  Reflected By Sky Light!!!  Having a very large and newly improved Apparatus, together with our new arrangement of Reflected Sky Light and a determination to excel in our beautiful Art, we are now prepared to execute larger and much finer Pictures than those taken by the old process.

Our Stereoscopic Pictures, (something entirely new,) are pronounced by connoisseurs to be as life like as Pictures can be made.  Give us a call, we guarantee satisfaction or no charge. Hawkins & Co.  Jackson, December 28, 1855.

The second also appeared on January 16, 1856.  Call and see us!!!  If you wish a very superior Miniature, with the most life-like color and expression, call at Hawkins & Co. Gallery, Over Langley’s Store.  Our pictures shall be of the very finest quality and shall give entire satisfaction or no charge.  So call at once, and see for yourselves.  The Ladies especially, are solicited to call.

Prices in accordance with the hard times.

Remember our Rooms are over Langley’s Store, nearly opposite the Capital.  [ ? ]Hawkins & Co.

P. S.  We have just received a [ ? ] large lot of the very finest cases.

N. F. Hawkins is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Jackson, Mississippi in 1860.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

S. W. Hartshorn

ca.1844-1845  25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island

1850-1857       25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rohde Island.

1857-1858       81 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

1859                98 & 100 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

S. W. Hartshorn was recorded in five advertisements, four in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island) and one in the Providence Journal.  The first advertisement was recorded on March 23, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  Hartshorn has just finished a suite of Rooms, with a new and improved Sky-Light, in the Hall above the room occupied by him for the last five years, where he is still better prepared to take Daguerreotype Miniatures of every size, single or in groups, in a style not to be surpassed by any.

Grateful for past favors, I respectfully ask a continuance of the same, and invite ladies and gentlemen to visit my rooms at all times, whether intending to sit for a picture or otherwise.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster st.  o6.

The second advertisement was recorded on July 2, 1850 in the Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Superior Skylight Daguerreotypes.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, and Wm. S. Johnson have associated themselves together in business and respectfully inform their friends and the public generally that the are prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses in a style not executed by any.

Having the largest rooms, the most extensive apparatus and long experience, with an improved skylight, they are confident that for beauty of finish, distinctness of impression, superior tone, and life-like expression of the eyes, their pictures will compare favorably with any taken elsewhere.

Pictures of all sizes and warranted not to fade taken without regard to weather.  Instruction given and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  The Rooms are at No. 25 Westminster st. up stairs, open all hours of the day, and ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

N. B. A superior instrument that operates in from one to ten seconds is used for children and others who desire it.  a29.

The third advertisement was recorded on April 30 and June 11 & 18, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerres.—Just received, a further supply of Fancy Cases, for Daguerreotypes, embracing all the desirable styles, both double and single, which I shall be happy to show to my customers, and to place within them a Perfect Likeness, either Crayon or such other as may be preferred.  My assortment of Plain Cases is complete for those who wish a more moderate priced article.  In fact, I have everything pertaining to the business in “good order and well conditioned,” and can always be found at my old stand, No. 25 Westminster-st., ready to supply the wants of those who call on me, pledging myself to furnish as perfect an article as can be obtained anywhere.  S. W. (sic.) Hartshorn, Agent.

The fourth advertisement was recorded on September 15, 1855 in the General Advertiser  (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes.  I have reduced the prices of all kinds of Daguerreotypes to the lowest possible mark, some of them even as low as Twenty-Five Cents!!!

As my rooms are known to be the most extensive and convenient, and having the Largest Sky Light in the State, the best Instruments, and all improvements in the art, I have no hesitation in promising satisfaction to all who may give me their patronage.  Recollect that my number is 25 Westminster-st., and Daguerreotypes may be had for the same number of cents.  J. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster-st.

The fifth advertisement was recorded on January 30, 1858 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Removal.  The subscriber informs his friends and the public, that he has removed his Daguerreotype, Photograph and Ambrotype Rooms from his Old Stand, to 81 Westminster-st., where he is prepared to furnish, as heretofore first rate Likenesses, at Moderate Prices.  He respectfully solicits a continuance of the liberal patronage that he has received for the last 12 years.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent.  my30.

S. W. Hartshorn is recorded in other photographic directories.  The new information is that he was active in Providence as early as 1844-1845.  Please note that only fourteen issues were available for me to look at in the General Advertiser between 1847-1858.  The dates at the end of each advertisements (when noted) are the start dates of the advertisements.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

J. Winslow Hacker

1856                Address Unknown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.[1]

1856                Address Unknown, Hyannis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, West Dennis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, Chatham, Massachusetts1

1857                Address Unknown, West Barnstable, Massachusetts.1

1857                Address Unknown, Sandwich, Massachusetts.1

1859                Address Unknown, Pike Peak, Colorado.1

J. Winslow Hacker the information below come from nine broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s Collection.  The first has N. D.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar! Can be had at J. W. Hacker’s Splendid Saloon, For a short time only, as he will remain in town about two weeks, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Daguerreotype.  Having had long experience and constant practice with one of the best operators in the N. E. States, he deems it no arrogance to assert that Pictures taken by him for distinctness of outline, clearness of the eyes, and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced, and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.—All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves, or friends, are invited to call and examine, for the best guarrantee of the superority of his Pictures is an examination of his work.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

Pictures taken equally as well, either in clear or cloudy weather.

P. S. A large assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases constantly on hand, and for sale as cheap as can be purchased in Boston.

N. B. This Saloon is located near the Patriot Office.

The second is dated April 1856.  J. W. Hacker, Would, while returning thanks to his friends and the public, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, To accommodate those that are in want of a Picture Taken by Him.  The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his Pictures.  Please call and compare them with those taken by other operators.

Having just received a good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases,

He would invite all that are wishing to purchase Gold Lockets to call and examine his before purchasing elsewhere.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children, from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

P. S.—Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather

N. B.—Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday, May 3d, and will remove to Barnstable 

The third is dated July 25, 1856.  Notice! Notice!  The subscriber, grateful for the liberal patronage he has received, would respectfully inform his friends and the public that he has re-opened his Saloon, and will remain but a short time to accommodate those that are in want of good Pictures.

His work needs no recommendation.  Call and see.  He will take nice pictures which he will warrant to give satisfaction, for the low price on one dollar.

N. B.  Having received a new assortment of Cases of all kinds, he would invite all to call immediately, as his time is limited.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

Small Children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.  J. W. Hacker.  Hyannis, July 25th, 1856.

The fourth broadsided is dated September 1856.  Rare Chance To Get Good Pictures!  J. W. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will stop Two Weeks At West Dennis, (Near the Meeting House,) to accommodate those who are desirous of obtaining a good Daguerreotype.

He deems it unnecessary to call the attention of the public to the many recommendations which he has received, but would invite them to an examination of his work, which is the best guarantee of the superiority of his Pictures.

P. S.—Remember that he closes his Saloon at West Dennis Sept. 27th.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

A good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases on hand.

The fifth broadside is dated November 1856.  One week Only.  J. W. Hacker, Would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week longer Only, To Accommodate Those That Are In Want Of Good Pictures.

Surprising art, by which we lend,

Our countenance to an absent friend,

Or at the close of life’s eventful career,

Leave a memento for those we hold dear.

Next Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day,

Some meet for sport and others to pray,

But Hacker will his favorite art pursue,

To save the shadow of the noble crew.

For a holiday gift of all the rest,

A type of yourself is surely the best;

Then hie for Hacker’s Daguerrean Saloon,

And get your Picture in a Case or Locket fine.

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 4 P. M.

P. S.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his pictures.  N. B.  Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday the 29th, and moves to Chatham, Monday, December 1st.

The sixth broadside is dated April 1857.  A Good chance To get Pictures taken equally as well as those taken by the best Artist in the city.

J. W. Hacker, Would inform his friends and the public of West Barnstable, that he has located his Saloon Near the Depot, where he will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of Pictures taken by him.

Having had long experience and constant practice with one of the best operators in the New England States, he deems it no arrogance to assert that Pictures taken by him for distinctness of outline, clearness of the eyes, and the artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.

All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves or friends are invited to call and examine specimens, for he feels confident that a close examination of his Pictures will satisfy the most incredulous of the superiority of his work.

Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  Call soon, as he positively closes the 11th of April.

Rooms open from 9 A. M. ‘till 5 P. M.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather, a good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets on hand.

An early call is solicited.

The seventh broadside is dated April 15, 1857.  Hacker Is in Town! With his Splendid Saloon, and will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Pictures.—Mr. Hacker would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that this is positively the last chance to get pictures taken by him, as this is his last stopping place on the Cape.

P. S.  Pictures taken for the low price of 75 cts. And upwards, including case.  His work needs no recommendations; but call and see for yourself.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  An early call is solicited, as his time is limited to two weeks only, closing Thursday, April 30th,

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets For sale cheap, as he is selling out.

Sandwich, April 15, 1857.

The eighth broadside is dated April 1859.  Pike’s Peak.  By a letter just received from Kansas I am correctly informed that the best Gold Diggings are on the Cherry Creek, and the best route is by way of Ft. Riley; and up the smokey Hill River.

All who are anxious to go would do well to call and get their Pictures taken as mementoes for their friends.  Mr. Hacker having had eight years experience, and constant practice, with some of the best operators in New England, such as Masury & Silsbee, Ormsby & Ells [sic.] (Ellis) of Boston, and Manchester & Bro., Providence R. I., feels it no arrogance to assert that pictures taken by him, for distinction of outline, depth and purity of tone and artistical arrangement of position which is so indispensible to a really valuable Portrait, cannot be surpassed by any in the States.

Prices—Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferreotypes, Papyrotypes, Ambrotypes, and Patent Leather Pictures, from 25 cents upwards.

Daguerreotypes $1.25, and upwards; Photographs $3.00 and upwards, for first copy.  Duplicates furnished at reduced prices.  Fancy cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

N. B.  Remember, that hacker leaves here the first of May, and will positively close April 30th 1859.

J. Winslow Hacker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  According to the genealogy provide by Harvey.  J. Winslow Hacker learned daguerreotyping from his brother Francis Hacker on Cape Cod.


[1] Broadsides from Harvey Zucker’s collection.

Thomas J. Gray

1857                Address Unknown, Franklin Mills (Kent), Ohio.

Thomas J. Gray was recorded in one advertisement that ran on June 11 & 18, 1857 in The Weekly Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  Thos. J. Grey, Ambrotype, Daguerreotype, Photograph and Sphereotype Artist, Franklin Mills, Ohio.  Is taking every known kind of likenesses in the most superior style of the art.  Particular attention is called to my Sphereotype specimens, also to my pictures on Patent Leather.  Persons wishing Likenesses of themselves or friends are invited to call and examine my specimens, at the Car, before going elsewhere.  First premium awarded at the Geauga County Fair, over all competition.  Franklin.

Thomas J. Gray is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Charles Graver

1857-1858       Address Unknown, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Charles Graver was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  The announcement appeared on December 12, 1857. 

Ambrotyping.—It will be seen by the card of Mr. Graver that he has arrived in our town, and proposes introducing our citizens to his beautiful art of Crystalographing and Ambrotyping.  Those who have not yet taken advantage of this beautiful art to perpetuate their own or the features of those whom they love, should not lose the present opportunity.  Mr. G. guarantees that his pictures cannot be surpassed; and he speaks with confidence which gives surety that he is a perfect master of his art.  See his card.

The advertisement ran from December 12, 1857 to January 13, 1858.  Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!  Charles Graver Has the honor to inform the citizens of Plaquemine and vicinity that he has arrived for the purpose of submitting to their respectful notice his peculiar style of taking those beautiful, mellow toned and everlasting images called Crystalographs and Ambrotypes!

The Crystalograph is a positive Photographic image, taken on glass.  It possesses a boldness of relief, a softness, a commingling of light and shade, a distinctness and delicacy of tone, which eclipses every other kind of sun drawn picture.

Any lady or gentleman having in their possession pictures taken in New Orleans, the Northern States or elsewhere, are urgently requested to bring them up to the Gallery for comparison, and if I cannot produce a picture which, for striking resemblance, elegance of position, pure natural flesh color, nice gradation of light and shade and harmony of tone, infinitely surpassing the specimen brought, no charge will be made.

All lovers of the beautiful in the Fine Arts are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they wish pictures or not.

Black silk or plaid dresses preferable to all others.

When a family is taken a large deduction will be made.      

Crystalograph copies taken from Daguerreotypes, and improved on the original.

Equally fine pictures taken in cloudy as in fine weather.

Other operators’ pictures taken over at a very low figure.

Prices varying from $2.50 to $5.00.

Parties anxious to secure pictures which cannot be excelled by Any in the United States or in Europe, are requested to call immediately, as the operator’s stay is very limited.    

Charles Graver is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Giroux

1854                Mechanics’ Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana.

1856                142 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Mr. Giroux was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements in the partnership of Giroux & Hirsch.   The first announcement was recorded on December 27, 1854 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Destructive Fire—The Mechanics Institute in Ruins.—Last evening about 6 o’clock, a fire broke out in the rear part of the basement of the Mechanics’ Institute, on the Philippa street front of University Square, and in little more than a hour’s time the splendid edifice was reduced to a pile of smoking ruins; nothing being left standing but the front and portions of the side walls…

The Repository of Arts and Sciences, kept in one of the rooms by Mr. Brocket, lost every thing—valued at about $3000.  Mr. Truehols, the portrait and picture painter, occupying another room, lost every thing.  One picture alone, of large size, which he had nearly finished entitled “The Crucifixion,” he valued at [$3000].  Mr. Giroux, the photographist, occupying the from=nt room of the floor, opposite the library, lost every thing.  He had just finished fitting up at an expenditure of $2500.  Mr. Gomes who kept a cabinet making and repairing shop on the ground floor, under Mr. Giroux’s room, also lost his all—about $1000 worth…

The second announcement (same as the first) appeared on December 27, 1854 Times-Picayune.  (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Burning of the Mechanics’ Institute.  We regret to state that this noble building, one of the city’s proudest ornaments, was destroyed by fire last evening…   

Mr. Giroux, who had just established rooms for practicing the art of photography, lost about $2,500.

The third announcement (same as the first) appeared on January 5, 1855 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Burning of the Mechanics’ Institute, at New Orleans.  [From the New Orleans Picayune, Dec. 27.]  We regret to state that this noble building, one of the city’s proudest ornaments, was destroyed by fire last evening…Mr. Giroux, who had just established rooms for practicing the art of photography, lost about $2,500.

The first advertisement was appeared on April 23,1856 in the Semi-Weekly Creole (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Heliographic Gallery.  Portraits Drawn in a few Seconds by the Attraction of the Light.  Giroux & Hirsch. No. 142 Canal street, between Bourbon and Dauphin streets.

Messrs. Giroux & Hirsch, Heliographs, Informs the public that their Saloon and Studio are now opened, at 142 Canal street, where visitors will be gladly received.

They avail themselves of this opportunity to call the attention of amateurs to their improvement, in New Orleans to Heliographic Portraits, and present, to be compared with what has been done heretofore in the line, the proof Portraits exhibited in their gallery.

Messrs. G. & H. announce, besides, that with a view to the popularity of their art, the prices of their Portraits, whether black or colored, will be very moderate.  mh5.

The second advertisement (same as the first) was recorded July 1 to September 12, 1856 in the   New Orleans Daily Creole (New Orleans, Louisiana).  Heliographic Gallery.  Portraits Drawn in a few Seconds by the Attraction of the Light.  Giroux & Hirsch. No. 142 Canal street, between Bourbon and Dauphin streets.

Messrs. Giroux & Hirsch, Heliographs, Informs the public that their Saloon and Studio are now opened, at 142 Canal street, where visitors will be gladly received.

They avail themselves of this opportunity to call the attention of amateurs to their improvement, in New Orleans to Heliographic Portraits, and present, to be compared with what has been done heretofore in the line, the proof Portraits exhibited in their gallery.

Messrs. G. & H. announce, besides, that with a view to the popularity of their art, the prices of their Portraits, whether black or colored, will be very moderate.  mh5.

Mr. Giroux is recorded in other directories as being in the partnership only.  First names are not known at this time.  There is an advertisement for Leon Giroux, 142 Canal Street for Fancy Shoes the same address as the partnership.  It is unknown if this is the same person.  No additional advertisements have been located at this time for Hirsch.  Hirsch is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as a “painter of photographs” which led me into looking at The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists In America 1564-1860.  There is one listing for Siegfried Hirsch, miniature and portrait painted who was active in New York City as a miniature painter from 1851-1855; then he went to Charleston, South Carolina; and by 1857 he was back in New York City. It is also unknown if he is the same person.

Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.

1855-1859                   Exchange Building or Odd Fellows Hall, above the store of A. B. Cramer, Bedford, Pennsylvania

1859                            Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.

Thomas R. Gettys, Jr. was recorded in eight advertisements, and five announcements, five advertisements and four announcements in The Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania); and three advertisements and one announcement in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle (Bedford, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from December 21, 1855 to February 1, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  Improved Daguerreotypes!  All who wish to have a good likenesses of themselves or of their friends, can now be accommodated at the “Exchange Building,” Immediately above the store of A. B. Cramer, Where Daguerreotypes of all sizes are done up in the most beautiful style by Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.  Taken singly or in groups.  Persons taken after deceased.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine the specimens.

Young Lady, bring in that venerable father and that watchful mother, and secure that likeness to-day for to-morrow it may be too late.  Mothers, bring in those little ones with curling locks and sparkling eyes: they will make pretty pictures, and then should death remove them, you can exclaim—

“Gone to rest yet we would not recall them

Back to this world of sorrow and pain;

Gone to their rest where no ill can befall them,

Yet we have their likeness both perfect and plain.”

Gold Lockets single and Double.  Also fancy cases constantly on hand.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.   Dec. 21, 1855.

The second advertisement ran from December 21, 1855 to April 18, 1856 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Improved Daguerreotypes!  All who wish to have a good likenesses of themselves or of their friends, can now be accommodated at the “Exchange Building,” Immediately above the store of A. B. Cramer, Where Daguerreotypes of all sizes are done up in the most beautiful style by Thomas R. Gettys, Jr.  Taken singly or in groups.  Persons taken after deceased.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine the specimens.

Young Lady, bring in that venerable father and that watchful mother, and secure that likeness to-day for to-morrow it may be too late.  Mothers, bring in those little ones with curling locks and sparkling eyes: they will make pretty pictures, and then should death remove them, you can exclaim—

“Gone to rest yet we would not recall them

Back to this world of sorrow and pain;

Gone to their rest where no ill can befall them,

Yet we have their likeness both perfect and plain.”

Gold Lockets single and Double.  Also fancy cases constantly on hand.

Instruction given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  

The first announcement appeared on June 6, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  We are happy to inform our readers that T. R. Gettys, Jr., has returned home and reopened his Daguerrean Rooms in the Exchange Building, where he intends to remain during the Summer.  His pictures are good, and cannot be surpassed anywhere.  Those who wish a true, life like picture of themselves, will not be disappointed in getting one if they call him.

See his advertisement in another column, and then visit his gallery at once.

The third advertisement ran from June 6 to December 12, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette

Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes.  Reader have you ever heard of Gettys’ inimitable Daguerreotypes?  If not go at once to his Saloon and see for yourself: and if you want a likeness of yourself or friends, as true as Nature and Art combined can make it, that is the place to get it.  If you want a picture put up in the most approved style and of the best materials—or, in short, if you want the worth of your money in a splendid Daguerreotype or Ambrotype, go to Gettys, as he is the only Artist in Bedford County who can take the new style of Daguerreotype and Ambrotypes.

He spares no pains to give full satisfaction, and permits no picture to go out until he is confident that it will do so.  Having just returned from the East, he is in possession of all the latest improvements in the Art, and can assure his patrons that he can furnish them with a style of picture not taken by any other person in the county.

Rooms at the “Exchange Building,” or Odd Fellows Hall, immediately above the store of Mr. A. B. Cramer.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.            

The fourth advertisement ran from June 6, 1856 to January 9, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes.  Reader have you ever heard of Gettys’ inimitable Daguerreotypes?  If not, go at once to his saloon and see for yourself, and if you want a likeness of yourself or friends as true as nature and art combined can make it, that is the place to get it. 

If you want a picture put up in the most approved style and of the best materials—or in short if you want the worth of your money in a splendid Daguerreotype or Ambrotype, go to Gettys, As he is the only Artist in Bedford County who can take the new style of Daguerreotype and Ambrotypes.

He spares no pains to give full satisfaction, and permits no picture to go out until he is confident that it will do so. 

Having just returned from the East, he is in possession of all the latest improvements in the Art, and can assure his patrons that he can furnish them with a style of picture not taken by any other person in the county.

Rooms at the “Exchange Building,” or Odd Fellows Hall—immediately above the store of Mr. A. B. Cramer.    T. R. Gettys, Jr.                       

The second announcement appeared on December 26, 1856 in The Bedford Gazette.  Holliday Presents.  As the time is at hand for the presentation of gifts, nothing could be more appropriate than one of Gettys’ beautiful Daguerreotype or Ambrotype pictures, done up in plain or ornamental cases, at moderate prices.  We have examined some of his specimens, and have no hesitation in saying that they will compare favorably with any we have seen in the city galleries.  His rooms are in the Exchange.  Give him a call.

The fifth advertisement ran from May 22, 1857 to March 4, 1859 in The Bedford Gazette.  Gettys’ Photographic Galleries!  Exchange Building, Bedford, Pa., Where Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c., &c., of every description, are executed in the latest style and improvements of the Art.  A full assortment of plain and fancy cases, and gold and plated Lockets, at very low prices.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.

The sixth advertisement ran from May 29, 1857 to November 20, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle.  Gettys’ Photographic Galleries, Exchange Building, Bedford, Pa., Where Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c., &c., of every description, are executed in the latest style and improvements of the Art.  A full assortment of plain and fancy cases, and gold and plated Lockets, at very low prices.

The public are respectfully invited to call and examine his specimens.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.  May 22, 1857.

The third announcement appeared on October 16, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  New advertisements.  A number of new advertisements appear in this number of the Gazette…—T. R. Gettys intends taking any quantity of Daguerreotypes, &c., during fair week.

The seventh advertisement ran from October 16-23, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  “Oh! the Show, the Beauties of the Show!”  It is generally supposed that the great attraction of the approaching County Fair, will be the Elephant or some other animal, but we are sure that those who fail to visit Gettys’ celebrated and elegantly fitted up Ambrotype and Daguerreotype Gallery, will miss the greatest attraction of the season.  He has the most magnificent collection of Photographs, colored and plain, also Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, on Exhibition, we have ever seen, and those who fail to see them and also secure one of themselves, will ever after have cause of regret.  Room in the Exchange Building.                

The fourth announcement appeared on November 6, 1857 in The Bedford Gazette.  Bedford County Agricultural Society October 21st. 22d. and 23d. 1857.  Premiums Awarded….Domestic manufactures, 2d Division…Thos. R. Gettys, Jr., exhibited a beautiful display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, which was highly creditable to his artistic skill, we award him a premium of $1.

The fifth announcement appeared on November 6, 1857 in the Bedford Inquirer and Chronicle

Bedford County Agricultural Society, Award Of Premiums, October 1857.  …Thos. R. Gettys, Jr., exhibited a beautiful display of Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes, which was highly creditable to his artistic skill, we award him a premium of 1 00.

The eighth advertisement ran from July 1 to November 4, 1859 in The Bedford Gazette

New Improvements at Gettys’ Photographic Gallery.  The undersigned, having procured the services of Mr. John Vallade, of Paris, an artist of rare attainments, is now prepared to furnish photographs in India Ink, oil and water colors, 50per cent cheaper than any ever offered to the citizens of this Borough.  Also the next and beautiful improvement known as the “Ivorytype” will be furnished for less than city prices. These pictures are beautifully colored and possess all the delicate tints of the paintings on ivory surpassing in beauty and richness of tone anything of the kind heretofore introduced.

A skylight Gallery will be fitted up at the Bedford Springs this week, where those partial to Skylight Pictures can be accommodated.  June 1, 1859.  T. R. Gettys, Jr.

Thomas R. Gettys, Jr. is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active between the target dates of this project.  Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 does list Gettys as being active in Bedford in 1864-1866.