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Augustus Larcombe

1856                40 College Street, Nashville, Tennessee.                                                            1858                Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, Nashville, Tennessee.

Augustus Larcombe was recorded in two Announcements and four advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from March 11 to April 16, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  A. Larcombe, Ambrotypist.  No. 40, College Street, Corner of Union, Ambrotypes—the new Photographic Pictures on Glass, made by Cutting’s Patent Process, are now offered to the public as the most beautiful and only permanent likeness in the world.

All sizes and styles from Breastpins to Cabinet Portraits.  Daguerreotypes copied in Ambrotype.  Caution—Imitation Pictures got up by Daguerreotypist are not Ambrotypes.  One is perishable, the other immortal.  Genuine Ambrotypes are made at 40, College street and no where else in Nashville.

The first announcement appeared on October 26, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American  (Nashville, Tennessee).  Mechanics’ Institute.  Second Annual Exhibition.  Premiums Awarded…Class No. 6—Marble Work, Paintings, Drawing, Daguerreotypes, Etc.

J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Miniatures on Ivory……………………….5                                        J. W. & E. S. Dodge, Nashville, Photographs, plain and colored…………5                                      A. Larcomb, Nashville, Ambrotypes…………………….…………………..5                                    Hughes Brothers, Nashville, Daguerreotypes…………………………….5

The second advertisement ran from November 13 to December 19, 1856 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  Larcombe’s Ambrotypes Took the first Premium over all competitors at the recent Exhibition, and are acknowledged to be the best Pictures in Tennessee.

Made as heretofore at New York and Philadelphia prices, and put up in tip top style at his Ambrotype Rooms, No. 40 College street, over Campbell & Donegan’s.

The third advertisement ran from February 1 to October 1, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Get The Best.  The Genuine Ambrotype—the Premium Picture—is beyond comparison the best style of likeness yet introduced, and stands without rival:

Time cannot change them,                                                                                                                              Light cannot fade them,                                                                                                                            Dampness cannot mould them,                                                                                                                          Dust can never reach them,                                                                                                                                   Rust cannot corrode them.

Made as heretofore by Larcombe, Corner of Cherry and Union Streets, and put up in tip-top style at Eastern prices.  Made in no other rooms in Nashville.

The second announcement appeared on July 21, 1858 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  The Ambrotype Process.  This new process of photography upon glass excels all previous methods of taking portraits by the action of light.  The daguerreotype, it is well known, too commonly wears a sharp angular, harsh expression, arising from too strong a contrast of light and shade.  The photograph, on the contrary, is apt to wear a dull inanimate expression, and its unnatural hue is sometimes far from being agreeable.  By the ambrotype process entire precision of outline and naturalness of feature and expression are secured, while at the same time a tone of softness is diffused over the picture from the more graceful effect of light and shade upon a surface of glass.  Moreover, two pictures are obtained from one impression, the face of the glass exhibiting the sitter as he sees himself in a mirror, while the reverse shows him as he appears to others.  The latter is a very great advantage over either the daguerreotype or the photograph.  These always present a reversed picture, more natural to the eye of the subject himself than to others; but the ambrotype gives both the mirror face and the natural face.  It will probably be some considerable period of time before this beautiful branch of the art is brought to the highest state of perfection of which it is capable, but scarcely a week goes by without some improvement being announced.

Call on Larcombe if you would get an Ambrotype in its most perfect state.

The fourth advertisement ran from September 21, 1858 to November 28, 1859 in the Nashville Patriot (Nashville, Tennessee).  Home Again!  Mr. Larcombe desires to inform his friends and the public generally that he has returned from his Northern tour, and is ready to open the fall campaign.

Fully posted in all recent improvements in Photographic Manipulation—relying, as heretofore, solely upon the merits of his pictures, and determined to spare no effort to please, he confidently invites those who have never given him a fair trial, to do so.

Ladies will find his present rooms the most conveniently and pleasantly located of any in the City, Cherry Street, corner of Union.

Augustus Larcombe is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Nashville starting in 1857.

A. Lane

1857                Address Unknown, Fair Ground, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

A. Lane was recorded in one advertisement which ran from September 30 to October 7, 1857 in the Democrat and Sentinel  (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania).  Ho! This Way!!  A. Lane would respectfully inform the citizens of Ebensburg and surrounding vicinity that he will visit this place on the 1st day of the Fair and remain a few days for the purpose of taking

Photographic Pictures.  These splendid photographic impressions have never been taken in Ebensburg, and are now introduced for the first time.  It is believed that the merits of this style of likenesses when fully known, will be generally appreciated.  The impression is first taken upon glass and then transferred to paper.  Copies can thus be multiplied almost indefinitely.  These pictures are warranted never to fade.

Melainotypes.   These pictures are not surpassed in richness of tone, warmth of expression and boldness of feature.  For durability there is no question of their superiority.  They may be exposed to a burning sun, to rain or frost, without injury or the least perceptible change.  They may be washed off when solid, and handled without the face being marred.  The pictures are taken on Sheet-Iron prepared expressly for the purpose.  Patent Right secured.  For Lockets and Rings they have no superior.

Ambrographs.  He also takes pictures on Paper, which can be sent safely by mail to any part of the globe with little or no additional postage over that of a common letter.  Who has not in some far distance land, a dear friend who would not hail with pleasure such a memorial.

Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes also taken by him in a style not to be surpassed.   Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c., copied by either of the above processes at moderate rates.—Persons taken after decease.  Instruction given in the Art.  He has a large assortment of rare and beautiful styles of Cases.  Pictures inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, Finger Rings, &c., in the best manner.  Please call and examine specimens.

A Lane is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania in 1857.  An A. Lane is recorded in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 & Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Pittsburgh in 1859-1860.  It is possible they are the same person, but there is no records to connect them.

James Landy

1850-N.D.      289 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                                 N. D.                 233 Broadway, New York, New York.[1]                                                                      1859                145 Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.

James Landy was recorded in one announcement that appeared on December 28, 1859 in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia).  Mr. James Landy, Chemist and Photographic Artist, of long experience in the principal Galleries of New York, has just arrived to fulfill an engagement for one year with C. R. Rees, of 145 Main street.  We suppose with this addition the Steam Gallery will be able to grind out one hundred portraits more daily.

James Landy is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York City in 1850 with Silas A. Holmes (for a number of years) and Meade Brothers (dates unknown). The next entry for Landry is 1863 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is possible that Landry first met Rees in 1852 when the company was known as Rees & Co. 1852-1854. (Charles R. Rees & Silas A. Holmes.)  Charles R. Rees left the company by March 31, 1854 to open another studio at 385 Broadway.  Silas A. Homes was active at the 289 Broadway address from 1848 to 1859 when Reade Street was enlarged.  More research needs to be done to get a clear and accurate understanding of the relationship between Rees and Holmes.  I currently have large files on both photographers, but I feel more research is needed to get a better understanding of the partnership.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

F. F. Lamb

1857-1858       Car on Main Street, Wilmington, Vermont.

F. F. Lamb was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 13, 1857 to June 19, 1858 in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont). Pictures!!  Pictures!!!   The latest improvements in Pictures is the Sphereotype, to be had at F. F. Lamb’s Traveling Saloon, now at Wilmington Village, on Main Street, and will remain there but a short time longer.  Winter, if trade continues good.  Pictures taken in cloudy weather as well as fair.

All persons in or out of town wishing for a perfect likeness of themselves or their friends, either Sphereotypes, Ambrotypes, Maleneotype, or Photograph, on paper, will do well to give him an early call.

Also, those having Pictures of Living or departed friends, wishing to preserve them, can have them copied on reasonable terms; together with Landscapes, Oil paintings, Machinery, choice Music, and Pictures of all kinds.

With many thanks for the very liberal patronage received, he hopes by a strict attention to his business to merit a continuance of the same.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made.  F. F. Lamb.  Wilmington, March 1857.

F. F. Lamb is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Wilmington, Vermont. He is recorded in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore in 1859. It is unknown if they are the same person at this time.


James Knox

1858                Market Street, Cadiz, Ohio.

James Knox was recorded in an announcement and two advertisements in The Cadiz Democratic Sentinel (Cadiz, Ohio).  The announcement ran on April 14, 1858.  Ambrotypes and Photographs.  James Knox at his Ambrotype Car on Market Street, is taking some of the finest Pictures ever seen in this place.  Call soon, and get your Picture taken.  Prices range from fifty cents to ten dollars.

The first advertisement ran on April 14 & 21, 1858.  Large Pictures.  James Knox Is now prepared to take Pictures, full size, in the latest and most approved manner, at his Ambrotype Car, Cadiz, Ohio.  Call soon and get your full sized Pictures taken.

The second advertisement ran on June 9 & 16, 1858.  Large Pictures.  James Knox is prepared to take full sized Photographs and Ambrotypes, in the latest and most approved style, at reasonable prices.

He will also take small pictures on paper suitable for sending away, for 25 cents.—Call soon, as he will leave in a few days.

James Knox is not listed in other photographic directories.

W. H. Knapp

1859                Rooms in the west end of the Post Office Building, up-stairs, Westfield, New                                   York.

W. H. Knapp was recorded in two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The first advertisement ran from April 4 to May 18, 1859.  New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the west end of the post office building up stairs.

The subscriber has furnished these rooms with the best apparatus, desirable stock and an experienced workman, and will use all reasonable effort to please those who will favor him with their patronage.  W. H. Knapp.

The second advertisement ran from April 27 to December 28, 1859.  The New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the Post Office building are full of customers each day waiting for The finest Likenesses, ever taken in Westfield.  Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., in all kinds of weather.

A large variety of choice cases just received.  A First Class Picture taken or no pay.  Prices Low.

W. H. Knapp is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield New York.

Samuel L. Kline

1856                272 North Second, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

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

Kline. — This artist advertises “enamel pictures at 25 cents and upwards.” The pictures lack clearness and tone, but I will admit they are worth the money.

Samuel Kline is listed in other photographic directories, but is included because of the first-hand account of his work.

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

Kingsmore & Wearn

1856-1857       Address Unknown, Newberry, South Carolina.

Kingsmore & Wearn (Charles H. Kingsmore & Richard Wearn) were recorded in two announcements in the Yorkville Enquirer (Yorkville, South Carolina).  The first appeared on November 20, 1856.  The Agricultural fair.  Editorial Correspondence.  Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 11th …. Fancy Painting, Silver Medal—were assigned to E. Dovilliers, of the Barhamville Institute. Messrs. Kingsmore and Wearn, of Newberry, received the award for photograph portraits in oil; and Mr. Zealy, of Columbia, for best Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes &c.  The Photographs were very superior pictures, and richly deserved the honorable mention.  Mr. Zealy’s pictures are equal to his reputation as an artist; but I could not refrain from a malediction on our friend Schorb, for allowing the judgment to be pronounced by default.…

The second announcement appeared on November 19, 1857.  What We Saw And Heard….There were objects at the fair to please the eye, the taste and the fancy of the fastidious amateur, and the judgment and good sense of the plain, substantial farmer…. But it will make the decent more gradual to sketch in the next place the picture gallery.  In this department we must confess our expectations were not altogether realized.  Nevertheless, there were several good paintings and a choice selection of hallotypes and photographs on exhibition.— The finest pictures, we believe, belonged to Dr. Gibbes.  Messrs. Kingsmore & Wearn, of Newberry, sent down some beautiful photograph portraits.  Those of Hon. John Belton O’Neall and Hon. Preston S. Brooks attracted most attention.

Kingsmore and Wearn are listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Newberry, North Carolina in 1858-1860.

William King & Brother

1859                2 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

William King & Brother were recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 6 to 31, 1859 in The Daily Exchange (Baltimore, Maryland).  Christmas!  Christmas!!  Christmas!!!  Presents For The Holidays.  Stereoscopic Views of the most noted scenery, places, buildings, monuments, statuary, &c., of this and foreign countries, together with descriptive, sentimental and comic figures and groups, as true as nature, one of the most pleasing and instructive presents for the season.

Also, a fine selection of Photographs and plain and colored prints.  Wm. King & Bro., Artist and Photographer’s Depot, No. 2 N. Liberty Street.

William King & Brother are not listed in Directory of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 by Ross J. Kelbaugh until 1863.  Possibly William H., King, Jr. and Alfred H King active in New York city 1849-1857.

Kimball & Iles

1856                347 Broadway, New York, New York.

Kimball & Iles (Myron H. Kimball & [George] Iles) appeared in four advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement ran on September 17, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotypes, with a Case.—Cheapest ever before offered in the world.  Messrs. Kimball & Iles will open their large and commodious ambrotype and daguerreotype gallery, 347 Broadway, corner of Leonard street, on Thursday, the 18th inst., when will be offered to the public beautiful and imperishable likenesses for only twenty cents, each with case.  Mezzographs, photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and microtypes executed in the first style of the art, at less than half the price asked in any other establishment in America.

The second advertisement ran on September 24, 1856.  Twenty Cent Likenesses, with Case, at Kimball & Iles’ cheap picture factory, 347 Broadway, four hundred taken daily.

The third advertisement ran on October 7, 1856.  20 Cent Likenesses, with Case.—A Beautiful ambrotype likeness, with a case, for only twenty cents.  N. B.—The only establishment in the world where twenty cent portraits can be had.  Kimball & Elis, 347 Broadway.

The fourth advertisement appeared on October 10, 1856.  20 Cent Ambrotype Likenesses, with a case, at Kimball & Iles’, 347 Broadway.  One thousand taken daily.

The partnership of Kimball & Iles is mentioned in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry under Myron H. Kimball, without a hard date, John speculates that George Iles is the other partner, even though George is not listed as a daguerrean until 1858-1859 at 285 Hudson Street.  Myron H. Kimball and George Iles are both recorded in other photographic directories as being active in New York city.  Myron H. Kimball continues to advertise without Iles at the 374 Broadway address.