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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.

Wilson & Steele (Steel)

1857                Rooms at Hebert’s Hall, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Wilson & Steele (Steel) (Charles Wilson) were recorded in five announcements and two advertisements in the  Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on January 10, 1857.  Ambrotyping.  See the card of Messrs. Wilson & Steele, who have just arrived amongst us with a large and complete stock of materials, for practicing their art to the fullest extent.  Their pictures speak for themselves, making any remarks from us almost superfluous. Our citizens would be well pleased by visiting their rooms at Hebert’s Hall.

The first advertisement ran from January 10 to 24, 1857.  A Card.  The undersigned respectfully informs the citizens of Bayou Plaquemine and vicinity that they have taken rooms at Hebert’s Hall, for the purpose of taking Ambrotype pictures.  They respectfully invite ladies and gentlemen to call and examine their specimens.  To those wishing pictures, they would say that they need not fear getting any inferior pictures palmed off on them, (a too common practice by men calling themselves artists, who, in reality, neither know or care anything about the art or its progress, further than to suit their own selfish purposes.)  Persons having pictures taken in the Eastern States or Europe are respectfully requested to produce them in our rooms for comparison.  We are prepared to challenge (superior pictures,) competition with any artist on either continent, as one of the party has experimented in the art from its earliest infancy, having operated with great success in the principal cities in Europe and America.  The patronage of those wishing Superior pictures is most respectfully solicited.  Call without delay as our stay is limited.  Wilson & Steele. 

The second announcement appeared on January 17, 1857.  Ambrotypes.  Our readers are referred to the Card of Prof. Wilson, in our advertising columns. It will be seen that he promises a great deal, but we are prepared to endorse it all, and will guarantee perfect satisfaction to the most fastidious.

We have examined his specimens, and can truly say that we have never yet seen any thing to equal, much less excel them.  They are beyond description, and must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Prof. Wilson is justly celebrated in his Art—has given universal satisfaction wherever he has been—and, as he will remain here but a few weeks, we bespeak for him the liberal patronage of our citizens, so eminently due to his merits.

Those who have old Daguerreotype pictures, had better destroy them at once, and get Ambrotypes, if they wish to “preserve the shadow ere the substance fade.”  Go and examine for yourselves.—Little Rock Gazette and Democrat.

We heartily endorse the above.  The Ambrotypes of Messrs. Wilson & Steele are unsurpassed in point of beauty and correctness of delineation.  Our citizens could not fail to spend a half hour delightfully at their rooms at Hebert’s Hall, admiring their numerous specimens; and once witnessing the faithful resemblance impressed upon the glass, we feel quite sure they would also feel inclined, as did their acquaintance, to transmit their features to posterity, for the benefit of the loved ones left behind, when the substance has faded away.  The above gentlemen will remain here but a short time, and the present opportunity should not be neglected.

The third announcement appeared on January 24, 1857.  The Ambrotype Art.  A writer in the Journal of Commerce gives some interesting facts concerning the art of photography, from which it appears that but a short time ago there were one hundred and fifty daguerreotype rooms in New York city, employing on an average five persons; but now, by the introduction of new processes not easily attainable, many of the old operators are irretrievable ruined.  The finer texture and subdued coloring of the plate-glass ambrotype led to the relinquishment of the metallic plate, so that the unnatural glare of the latter was avoided, the effect produced being more like that of a fine engraving; nor is the image reversed, as in the daguerreotype.  Another advantage is that the impression is taken instantaneously, so that the features are not disturbed by fatigue or impatience.  The photograph is another process much in use, which approaches more to the old style of miniature painting, the pencil being employed to a considerable extent, though the lineament and general expression an conveyed by optical apparatus, as in the ambrotype, except that paper is substituted for plate glass.

The above beautiful art of Ambrotyping is now being practiced in our town, in the highest grade of its perfection, by Messrs. Wilson & Steele.  Their stay among us cannot be of much longer duration, we learn, and those who have not yet caused their features to be made imperishable, by sitting a few seconds before the camera of these gentlemen, should not lose the opportunity; for it may be years before another chance like this occurs for procuring portraits of such faithfulness and durability, and finished with such skill and beauty by the artist’s brush.

The fourth announcement appeared on January 31, 1857.  Read the card of Wilson & Steel, Ambrotypists; their stay in Plaquemine is limited to but a few days longer.  Lose not this, probably, the last opportunity that will occur for a long time.

The second advertisement ran from January 31 to February 14, 1857.  A Card.  For the liberal patronage extended to us—by the flattering manner in which our Pictures have been received in Plaquemine—we return our sincere acknowledgments, and would say, that whatever good reputation we may have had, has been the result of a constant endeavor to please our patrons, and the persevering study of our art for years.  With our extensive facilities and long experience in the business, we are prepared to warrant satisfaction.

Our stay will be limited to a few days longer, during which time we invite all who have not had Portraits taken by our never-fading Ambrotypic process, to call and procure at once so valuable a memento, upon which time can effect no change; and which, for beauty, correctness of delineation, and perfectibility in coloring, we challenge the world to produce superior pictures! Wilson & Steel.

The fifth announcement appeared on February 7, 1857.  The Ambrotype Room of Messrs. Wilson & Steel seems to have been the most popular and fashionable resort for the past week, and to all appearances, likely to continue so for some time.  Their portraits appear to give universal satisfaction.  The gentlemen artists are very courteous and accommodating, and allow none to leave who extend their patronage without being wholly and entirely satisfied with their work.  Their stay here cannot extend to but a few days more, from what we understand, and we again advise procrastinators to hold back no longer.

Wilson & Steele (Steel) are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Charles Wilson is recorded in 1856 in Shreveport, Louisiana & Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1857 in Plaquemine, Louisiana & Tete, Louisiana and in 1858 in  Shreveport, Louisiana.

P. Persac

1854                Boat at the Landing, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

P. Persac appeared in one advertisement in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana) that ran on October 21, 1854.  “Secure the Shadow Ere the Substance Fades.”  P. Persac, Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Plaquemine and vicinity, that he has a Flat Boat, for a short time at the Landing where he is prepared to take daguerreotype Portraits.   In all weather, in a few seconds of time.  Life-like portraits single or in groups.  Daguerreotypes at the residence of the sick or deceased.  Oil Paintings, Drawings, Daguerreotypes, &c. copied.  Public Buildings, private edifices, &c. &c.

A good assortment of plain and fancy cases always on hand.  No person will be required to take Pictures unless perfectly satisfied.  Strangers and citizens are invited to call and examine specimens. His long and successful practice in the business, with the very superior light, enables him to compete with the best artist of the age.  Hours for operating, from 8 A. M. until 4 P. M.

P. Persac is not recorded in other photographic directories.

G. S. Mabbett

1852                Rooms on board their boat near Bissell’s Hotel, Plaquemine,                                                                Louisiana.

G. S. Mabbett was recorded in an announcement and one advertisement. The announcement ran on August 14, 1852 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana). Mr. Mabbett’s Daguerreotypes.—This gentleman is still here, ready to accommodate all who will favor him with their patronage.  His boat, which is fitted up in fine style for this business, lies opposite the residence of Mrs. Haase.

The advertisement was recorded on August 14, 1852.  Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully inform the citizens of Plaquemine, and Parish of Iberville, that they are at present prepared (on board of their boat, laying a short distance below Bissell’s Hotel) to take Daguerreotypes of the most superior kind, and of every description, and at the lowest rates.

Their boat has been fitted up expressly for this business, and Ladies and Gentlemen of the vicinity are respectfully invited to pay them a visit.

Their Frames and Lockets as well as the Daguerreotype apparatus, are of the most superior quality, and those who may extend them their patronage, may feel confident of not being disappointed.  aug7.  G. S. Mabbett & Co.

G. S. Mabbett is not listed in other photographic directories.

Robert McDonald

1856                Rooms ay Hebert’s Hall, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Robert McDonald was recorded in an announcement and advertisement in the Southern Sentinel  (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  The announcement appeared on December 13, 1856.  We refer our readers to the advertisement of Mr. McDonald, Daguerreotypist, who has opened a saloon in our town.  We have seen several pictures of our citizens that he has taken, which are admirable likenesses.

The advertisement ran from December 13 to 27, 1856.  Daguerreotypes.  Rob’t. McDonald respectfully informs the Public that he has opened a Daguerrean Saloon at Hebert’s Hall in this town, where he will remain a short period.  Ladies and Gentlemen are requested to call and examine his pictures.  He guarantees a perfect likeness.

Robert McDonald is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Kellogg

1856                Rooms in Hebert’s Ball Room, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Mr. Kellogg was recorded in two announcement and an advertisement in the Southern Sentinel  (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on July 26, 1856. Mr. Kellogg.  It will be seen by his card, that this gentleman, who has the reputation of being a fine artist, has opened daguerrean Rooms in Hebert’s Ball Room, where he will remain for a short time for the benefit of those who wish to transmit their features to posterity.  Mr. Kellogg guarantees to give full satisfaction, or no pay.

The advertisement ran from July 26 to September 6, 1856.  Daguerrean.  “To-morrow may be too late.”  Mr. Kellogg respectfully informs the public that he has opened rooms in Michel Hebert’s Hall, Plaquemine, where he is prepared to take likenesses of Every Size and put them up in a style superior to any ever taken in this place heretofore.

Operating Hours, from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

The second announcement appeared on September 6, 1856.  “To-morrow may be too late.”  We believe that Mr. Kellogg, who has been sojourning with us some time in the pursuit of his beautiful art, contemplates leaving to-morrow.  Those who want Daguerreotypes than, had better take advantage of the present day.  “To-Morrow may be too late” in more senses than one.

Mr. Kellogg is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Plaquemine, Louisiana.  It is possible that he is S. N. Kellogg (which will be posted tomorrow).

Henschel & Robertson

1856-1857       Rooms at Bissell’s Hotel, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Henschel & Robertson were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement ran on December 20, 1856 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).   Ambrotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Messrs. Henschel & Robertson, who have opened rooms at Bissell’s Hotel for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Portraits.  These portraits are taken on glass, and are evidently far superior to those taken by the old Daguerrean system.—They do not reverse the position; they may be seen in any view; they are taken in a much shorter time; can be made double, and it is asserted that they will last for ages unchanged.  These are sufficient inducements to draw crowds to the rooms of the above gentlemen.

The advertisement ran from December 20, 1856 to January 3, 1857.  In the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  Messrs. Henschel & Robertson Would respectfully inform the citizens of this town and vicinity, that they have visited Plaquemine for the purpose of introducing their beautiful art of Ambrotyping which consists in taking Portraits On Glass.

Messrs. H. & R. but ask the public to call and examine their portraits, when their superiority over all others, they feel assured, will be at once admitted.  They are finer and more beautiful; they do not reverse the position; they area as plain as an engraving, seen in any view; they are taken in a much shorter time, therefore the expression is more life-like; they can be made double, so as to show two pictures instead of one, and will last for ages, unchanged.

Correct Portraits of children of any age taken almost instantaneously.  Messrs. Henschel & Robertson have taken rooms at Bissell’s Hotel, where they would be glad to see all who have a desire to examine specimens of their art.

The second announcement appeared on January 3, 1857 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  Our citizens who have not been there, should certainly Visit The Rooms Of Messrs. Henschel & Robertson, at Bissell’s Hotel, and see their beautiful portraits, taken by the new system of Ambrotyping.  An occasion like the present, to have a correct and fadeless picture of one’s self—or of some one better loved—may not occur soon again.  We advise all, therefore, to give the above gentlemen an early call, as their stay here may be of short duration.

Henschel & Robertson are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Craft

1854                Room over the Kahn Brothers Store, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

J. Craft was recorded in an announcement on May 27, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana). Don’t You Want a Likeness? It will be seen by advertisement that Mr. J. Crafts, Daguerreotypist, has arrived in our town, and now occupies the spacious room over the store of Kahn Brothers.  Mr. C. makes use of all the late improvements; and his portraits are remarkably correct and beautiful; as his stay amongst us will be for a short period, we advise our readers to give him an early call, that their own, and features of those whom they love, may be stamped upon the silvered plate by Nature’s great artist, and preserved for eyes to behold, of faithful and loving hearts, long after the real image has gone down to the grave.  No family should be without a Daguerreotype likeness of all the members connected with it.

He was also listed in an advertisement that ran from May 27 to June 24, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Daguerreotypes.  J. Craft, Artist, over Kahn Brothers cash store.  The proprietor being posted in all the late improvements both in North and South America, feels assured that he can please the most fastidious.  Ladies and Gentlemen call and give him a trial.  Satisfaction or no charge.  Likenesses put up in all styles the art can produce.

The following announcement appeared on June 17, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Mr. Craft’s Daguerreotype Saloon.  Numbers of our citizens have visited the Saloon of this gentleman since he has been here, both to admire his beautiful and life-like pictures and to have their own faces sketched upon the faithful plate.  Many as have patronized Mr. C., we have not yet heard a single word of complaint, but on the contrary, can testify to expressions of high commendation in his favor.  Since he has been here, he has had very unfavorable weather for his business, and as he contemplates leaving some time next week, we would advise those who would like to have their images handed down to posterity, to call upon him as soon as possible.

J. Craft does not appear in other photographic directories.