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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.