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W. H. Hall

1848                Rooms on Bridge Street, Plattsburgh, New York.

W. H Hall was recorded in an advertisement that ran from April 1 to May 13, 1848 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  W. H. Hall Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Plattsburgh and vicinity, that he will remain in town until the opening of navigation, and will continue taking Daguerreotype Miniatures as usual, but cheaper than ever.  Persons wishing a number of likenesses, of themselves or friends, will do well to avail themselves of the earliest opportunity.

All pictures warranted to be as correct and as good as can be had in any city, and as cheap, or they need not be taken.

Rooms, third door east of M. K. Platt & Co.’s., 2d floor, Bridge street.

W. H. Hall is not recorded in Plattsburgh, New York in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an W. H. Hall in Clinton City, New York in 1850. Also William H. Hall is recorded in 1849 in Malone, New York, but no proof has been found that they are the same person.

E. M. Fielding

1844                Room at D. L. Fouquet’s Hotel, Plattsburgh, New York.

E. M. Fielding was recorded in an advertisement that ran on June 15 & 22, 1844 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York). Encourage the Fine Arts! Mr. E. M. Fielding, Portrait Painter, Would say to the inhabitants of Plattsburgh and vicinity that he has taken room at D. L. Fouquet’s Hotel, on the 2d floor, (No. 12.) and would say to those that wish to get a good likeness, that he offers his services, feeling himself competent for the task, to transfer to the canvas so like the original that they can have the pleasure of seeing themselves as they are seen by others.  No half way work need be expected—either a good likeness, or not any—that is his motto.  Having been engaged in his profession for nearly ten years, and given satisfaction to his employers in New York and other southern states, he flatters himself that he can do work (in the pleasant village of Plattsburgh,) satisfactory to all those that may wish to employ him.

Please call and examine his work at the above named place.  Mr. F. offers for sale a first rate Daguerreotype Apparatus together with chemicals, plates and cases.  Any one wishing to purchase will not find a better opportunity.  Instructions gratis.

E. M. Fielding is not listed in other photographic directories.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin

1846                Rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry Store, Keeseville, New York.                    1846                Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York. 1846                Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.                                                                        1846-1847     100 State Street, Walker’s Building, opposite Mathews Store, Schenectady,                                   New York.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in seven advertisement and two announcement.  The first advertisement ran from May 23 to June 20, 1846 in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that having taken rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry store they are prepared to execute miniatures of all sizes, from that of a sixpence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c., they will take them in Exchange For New Ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the case at reasonable prices.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate; and the depth-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Our mode of operating is entirely different from that of operators who have previously visited this place.  Ladies and Gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses if they chose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather.  Keeseville, May 23, 1846.

The second advertisement ran from June 29 to July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures!  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this village and vicinity, that they have taken the Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, the are prepared to execute Miniatures of all sizes, from that of a six-pence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring, and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c. that they will take them in Exchange for New ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the cases at reasonable prices.  Our mode of operating is entirely different from those who have previously visited this place.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate, and the death-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Ladies and Gentleman are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses, if they choose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Instruction in the art given, and all apparatus and chemicals found, upon reasonable terms.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather. Plattsburgh, June 18, 1846.

The first announcement appeared on July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Messrs. Ficket & Martin have been taking likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, at Firemen’s Hall, in this village, for the past week, with great success.  The following notice appeared in the Keeseville Republican a week or two since:  “A slight inspection of the work thrown off since their arrival in Keeseville, will at once convince any one as it has us, that they are no ordinary artists, and that none who have heretofore visited the place have been able to approach the perfection in the execution of a likeness which they display.  Many improvements have been introduced into the mode of taking pictures, of which they have availed themselves, and all their materials are of the very best quality from the celebrated establishments of Plumb[e] in New-York.  Sitters do not now have an opportunity of falling asleep in their chairs while a picture is perfecting, and what is better, a good likeness is almost invariably the result of the first trial.  It is well worth a visit to their [rooms to notice the                                             ] their business is accomplished, and the striking clear and life-like expression that is imparted to their pictures.

Those intending to give them a call will do well to improve an early opportunity, as they will probably leave here next week.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1846 to February 5, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the Art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather. Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady. Dec. 22, 1846.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 22, 1846 to February 9, 1847.  In The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady.  Dec. 22, 1846.

The fifth advertisement ran on December 22 & 29, 1846 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Presents For The Season!—Parents or Children, Brothers or Sisters, or even Lovers, can, by calling on Messrs.  Fickett & Martin, at their Rooms, obtain a perfect, true and permanent Likeness of themselves, put up in fine Cases or Lockets, and making as suitable present for the holydays as can be procured.  Our rooms, at 100 State-st. in walker’s building, have been fitted up for the convenience and comfort of those who may favor us with a call.

The second announcement appeared on December 25, 1846 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Mr. Editor.  A day or two since, I called with a friend up on Mr. Martin (of the firm Fickett and Martin) at their rooms, where I saw some of the finest and most finished specimens of Daguerreotype Miniatures imaginable, being far superior in many respects, to any-thing of the kind that has been done in this place previous to their coming, and equal to any done in the land; there is a clearness and life-like appearance, a softness of tone, and a richness in the coloring of their Likenesses which has not been approached by those who have preceded them—and I would say to those who may wish a lasting and suitable “present for the season” to give them a call, at 100 State st. (up stairs) in Walker’s Building.

The sixth advertisement ran from January 5 to February 9, 1847 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 15 to February 26, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.  Jan. 5.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry (under Fickett) without activity dates or location.  The first two advertisements dated May 23 & June 29, 1846 and the first announcement dated July 11, 1846 list the partnership as Ficket & Martin,  Starting  on the third advertisement dated December 18, 1846 the partnership is identified as Fickett & Martin.

James C. Butler

1847                100 State Street, Schenectady, New York.                                                            1848                Room in the Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.

James C. Butler was recorded in two advertisement, the first ran from September 17 to October 15, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York.)  Improved Daguerreotypes.—Plain or Colored.—The subscriber would inform the inhabitants of Schenectady and its vicinity, that he has taken the rooms recently occupied by Mr. Cooke for the purpose of giving all an opportunity of obtaining perfect likenesses of themselves by the improved Daguerreotype.

The experience that Mr. B. has had, warrants him in saying that all those who will favor him with a call for their likenesses, will obtain that which will give them perfect satisfaction.  Family groups taken at their residences if desired.  James C. Butler, 100 State st.

The second advertisement ran from October 22 to 29, 1847 in the same newspaper.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar.—The subscriber would give notice that he has reduced the usual price of Daguerreotypes to One Dollar.  All who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity, must do so within four weeks from date, as his engagements will not admit of a longer stay.  All likenesses taken are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, and be equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Specimens can be seen at his rooms, 100 State street.—Schenectady, Oct 18, 1847.   James C. Butler.

The third entry announces Butler’s arrival in Plattsburg on November 25, 1848 in the  Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.)  See Mr. Butler’s Daguerreotype notice in another column, and then call at his room and look at his beautiful and life-like pictures.

The fourth entry is the advertisement mentioned in the announcement and ran from November 25 to December 16, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerreotype Room in the Fireman’s Hall, where he will be happy to wait on all those who may want a correct likeness.  The subscriber is confident, from past experience, that he can produce a more perfect and durable likeness than was ever taken in this place and equal to any that can be produced from any city in the Union.  Those who have friends living at a distance and wish to present them with their likeness, can do so by having them taken at my room.  I will then forward them from the post office of this place any distance not exceeding three hundred miles, for twenty-five cents; over three hundred miles, and to any post office within the United States, for fifty cents.

The price of likenesses will depend on the size and style in which they are put up.  Likenesses set in pins, bracelets, lockets, and taken in every style of the art.  Also, of the sick and feeble taken at their residence, and of the deceased persons, if desired.  Portrait paintings, daguerreotypes and engravings copied with accuracy.

Those wishing to learn the business can receive such instructions in the art as will enable them to operate in a short time, not only to operate, but to take likenesses with a tone, finish and expression which will give satisfaction to all.  All are invited to call at the Firemen’s Hall and examine specimens, whether they wish to sit for their likeness or not.

James C. Butler does not appear in other photographic directories.

William G. Brown

1847-1848       Address Unknown, Plattsburgh, New York.

William G. Brown is recorded in an advertisement and announcement in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.)  The advertisement ran from September 18, 1847 to May 20, 1848.  Wm. G. Brown, Daguerrean Artist, Plattsburgh, N. Y.

In the announcement which ran in the same newspaper on September 18, 1847.  Our fellow-townsman, W. G. Brown, has shown us several specimens of the “Daguerrean art”—taken by himself—which are equal to any thing of the kind ever exhibited in this village.—We have now in our possession a likeness of the lamented Silas Wright, taken by Mr. Brown, from an engraving in the ‘American Quarterly Journal of Agriculture and Science,’ which is pronounced to be the most correct one ever published.  Persons wishing for copies should apply immediately.

William G. Brown does not appear in other photographic directories.

George Brown, Jr.

1842                Rooms at Fouquet’s Hotel, Plattsburgh, New York.

George Brown, Jr. was recorded in two advertisement in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.)  The first advertisement ran from February 12 to March 5, 1842.  Photographic Likenesses, By the Daguerreotype Process.  Mr. George Brown, Jr. Respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Village of Plattsburg and vicinity, that he has taken rooms at Fouquet’s Hotel, where he will be happy to wait upon all who wish to procure correct Likenesses.  By a recent discovery, his likenesses are made as distinct and beautiful as a Steel Engraving, and as the effect is produced by a Chemical action, formed by the rays of Light reflected from the face upon a Silver Plate covered with several Chemical compounds, the cannot be otherwise than correct.  The process is expeditious, so that Likenesses are furnished in a few minutes; and as Mr. Brown engages to give satisfaction, or make no charge, nothing can be lost to any one who may give him a call.

All are invited to call at his room between the hours of 10 A. M. and 4 P. M. and examine his specimens.  Mr. B. would also state to any person desirous of entering into the above business, that they can be instructed how to take likenesses, the darkest day during the year, and can be furnished with an apparatus which for the amount of capital and time invested, offers the best chance for a permanent and steady business with which the said capital can be invested.

The second advertisement ran in the same newspaper on February 19, 1842.  Daguerreotype Likenesses.—Mr. Brown will remain at Fouquet’s Hotel a few days longer, and all who wish for a correct copy of the “human face divine,” should call on him immediately.  His terms are very reasonable.

George Brown, Jr. does not appear in other photographic directories.

George F. Barstow

Yesterday I posted the entries for the partnership of Barstow and Spencer. George F. Barstow the senior member of the partnership was first recorded in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York) on January 29, 1845, the advertisement ran until February 12th.

Premium Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures. George F. Barstow Would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Keeseville and vicinity, that he will remain in town for a short time only, and that possessing a superior apparatus, with all the late important improvements, he is prepared to execute every variety of these Miniatures in a style unsurpassed.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the specimens at his room, over E. A. Hurlbut’s office, and favor him with their patronage, so far only as he gives complete satisfaction.

On February 15, 1845 he is recorded in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York) and ran until March 8th.  The partnership is announced the following week on March 15th.

Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures. Geo. F. Barlow would respectfully inform the inhabitants of Plattsburgh and vicinity that he is prepared to execute Photographic Likenesses with all the late improvements, in a style unsurpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the specimens at his rooms over Messrs. A. L. & G. N. Webb’s store, and favor him with their patronage so far only as he gives complete satisfaction, February 14, 1845.

Based on the wording in the advertisements and the proximity between Keeseville and Plattsburgh which is a distance of 15 to 20 miles, it is a safe assumption to suggest that they are the same person.

Barstow & Spencer

Two advertisements were recorded in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York.) on March 15 and on May 10, 1845.  The partnership of George F. Barstow & James C. Spencer have been previously unrecorded in photographic directories or histories.

Colored Photographs.  “First Come First Served.”  Barstow & Spencer Will remain in Plattsburgh for a short time only, taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, at the rooms hereto fore occupied by Geo. F. Barstow where they will be happy to attend to as many more as may choose to embrace the opportunity of obtaining, for a trifle, beautifully accurate likenesses of themselves or friends.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens of their work.                 Geo. F. Barstow.         Jas. C. Spencer.                      March 11.

May 10, 1845.  Plumbe’s Premium Colored Daguerreotypes.  Barstow and Spencer would inform the public that they will remain at their rooms one week longer, and that they have just returned from Plumbe’s National Miniature Gallery, New York, with the latest improvements in the Photographic Art; they are certain of giving their customers complete satisfaction by furnishing them with Pictures which for beauty and accuracy of delineation cannot be surpassed.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine the late specimens of their work.

Daguerreotype Apparatus and Stock of a superior quality, for sale.  Also, instruction in the art given on reasonable terms.     G. F. Barstow, J. C. Spencer. Plattsburg, May 10, 1845.

What is the connection to John Plumbe, Jr. were they students, did they work in one of his establishments or did they just purchase supplies from him?  These are the only entries found for James C. Spencer, see tomorrows post for more on George F. Barstow.

D. B. Bailey

Recorded from September 18 to October 2, 1847 in the Plattsburgh Republican. Daguerreotype Miniatures.  D. B. Bailey, Has opened a room in the Fireman’s Hall, where he will be pleased to wait on ladies and gentlemen who will favor him with a call.

Friends that we love in the grave will be laid,                                                                                           Secure then their likeness ere the shadow fades.

No other information on D. B. Bailey has been found in photo-directories.