Tag Archives: Port Jervis New York


1851                Union House, Port Jervis, New York.

Hooper was recorded in an announcement that appeared on July 3, 1851 in the Tri-State Union  (Port Jervis, New York).  If any are disposed to know how they look, and have no mirror at hand, friend Hopper at his rooms at the Union House, will take a perfect likeness of them in Daguerreotype, “quicker’n lightnen.”

Hooper is not recorded in other photographic directories.

R. Gustin

1857                Pike Street, in D. T. Cox’s Building, Port Jervis, New York.

R. Gustin was recorded in an advertisement ran from January 15 to March 5, 1857 in the  Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).  Collodion Pictures on Glass.  The undersigned would respectfully call the attention of the public to his new process of taking Collodion Pictures on Glass, which are in every respect, far superior to the best results of the Daguerreotype, having none of that objectionable glare.  They are perfectly distinct in any angle.  Their tone is soft, velvety, and harmonious; are more durable, and less liable to spoil by accident, being proof against acids, water and air.

Persons wishing a beautiful, colored, life-like and durable picture, will do well to call immediately, as I shall remain here but a few days.  Room, with a good sky-light, in D. T. Cox’s building, Pike-st.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as clear weather.  R. Gustin.

R. Gustin is not recorded in other photographic directories.


1858                Morse’s Building, corner Pike & Main Streets, Port Jervis, New York.

Edson of the partnership of Parish & Edson was recorded in an advertisement that ran from February 11 to March 25, 1858 in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York).   Ambrotypes and Albatypes.  Parish & Edson, the celebrated New York Artists, would respectfully inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they have taken and fitted up rooms for their business, and are now prepared to make pictures surpassed by none.

Large Size, Beautiful Colored, 50 Cents.  Faded Pictures restored.  All kinds of Pictures copied in the highest style of the art.  They are the inventors of the Albatus Lumin process, by which pictures can be taken equally as well in stormy as clear weather.  No one need stay away on account of clouds.  Entire satisfaction given or no charge.

They can be found for two weeks only, at Morse’s Building, Cor. Pike & Main Sts.  N. B.  The morning light is most suitable for taking pictures of children.

Edson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

N. Cassedy

1855-1856       Pike Street, opposite Kophman’s Store, Port Jervis, New York.

N. Cassedy was recorded in two advertisement in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York.) The first appeared on December 6, 1855 and ran until February 7, 1856. Cassedy’s Daguerrean Gallery.  Open every day. Sunday excepted, from 9 a. m., until 5 o’clock p. m.  Gallery opposite Kophman’s Store, Pike Street, Port Jervis, where Pictures are taken in all the improved styles of the art, and warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  N. Cassedy.  Dec. 6, 1855.

N. B.—Having business South I have sold my interest in the Daguerrean Rooms at Port Jervis to Mr. N. Cassedy. The Rooms which have been neatly fitted up and newly furnished, are now in nice order. To those that want a good picture I would say give him a call.       G. J. Smith.     Port Jervis, Dec. 1, 1855.

The second advertisement appeared on February 14 and ran until May 8, 1856.  Now Is The Time For A Daguerreotype.  At N. Cassedy’s Sky Light Daguerrean Rooms where pictures are taken and warranted to give satisfaction or no charge.—Daguerreotypes copied from others at short notice.  Gallery opposite Kophman’s Store, Pike Street, Port Jervis.      N. Cassedy.

N. Cassedy does not appear in other photographic directories. George J. Smith is active in Savannah Georgia from 1856-1860[1] and is probably the same person.

[1] Early Georgia Photographers, 1841 – 1861: a Biographical Checklist, Compiled by E. Lee Eltzroth


Joseph G. Beach

Joseph G. Beach appeared in two advertisements in the Tri-State Union (Port Jervis, New York.)  The first advertisement ran from July 6 to September 21, 1854 and the second from November 9, 1854 to September 20, 1855.  He advertises skylight daguerreotypes and that he has fitted up a Daguerrean Gallery in the building on Pike street, opposite A. Kopman’s Store, where he is prepared to take Likenesses, single or in groups in the highest style of the Art, and at the very lowest prices at which good pictures can be procured.

In the second advertisement he states that he has made his business a study, and like a good student renders his works a study and admiration for others.  All styles of cases, Lockets, Rings, &c. constantly on hand.  He goes on to say that the best time for children [is] in the morning.

Beach does not appear in any other photographic directory or history that I have been able to find.