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Marcus Ormsbee

1842                62 Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

1843                75 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

1843-1844       31 Middle Street, Over J. D. Kidder’s Store, Portland, Maine.

1845-1846       144 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1847-1851       112 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1848                Cataract Block, Saco, Maine

1849-1850       8½ Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1851-1862       203 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.1

1855                777 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.1

Marcus Ormsbee, this is a partial record of his activity before the partnership Ormsbee & Silsbee in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts (see yesterday’s post for partnership records).  He was recorded in eleven advertisements (three of which he was mentioned in) and one announcement in four different newspapers.  The first advertisement appeared on January 2, 1844 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser (Portland, Maine).  Ormsbee’s Daguerreotype Rooms, For Colored Miniatures, No. 31 Middle Street….Portland.  The Proprietor, who was the operator and Teacher at the Daguerreotype Studio, No. 62 Milk St., Boston, where the art flourished and superseded all other establishments of the kind, (the first year) has, since that time, been employed in the same capacity, at the well-known establishment, “Plumbe” Daguerrian Gallery, No. 75 Court Street; and in fact, has been Teacher of this beautiful and most desirable art ever since the application of the process to taking miniatures.

In compliance with numerous and urgent invitations from the inhabitants of Portland and vicinity, he has opened Rooms, (as above) where can be examined specimens of his work, some of which are taken of public men well known to most persons, and he does not hesitate in saying, would be recognized from their miniatures as readily as they could be, were their faces reflected in a mirror.—He is as will be observed, (having been long time familiar with every department,) well qualified to instruct, or execute, in the very best manner, Miniatures taken from life, copies of Portraits, Bust, Pictures, &c. &c., and color them equal to the finest and most delicately finished painting, with every variety of color in the dress.

His prices being the same, with settings and case, as heretofore charged without—the advantage to his Glass House, so easy of access, (being but one flight of the stairs from the ground)—also affording a light that will admit of producing equal results in any weather—he hopes from these inducements to receive an early call from those who are wanting miniatures taken by his process, which he warrants to produce a copy that cannot be mistaken by the youngest acquaintance.  He will further say, that should the miniatures after being taken and put into cases, not suit, the persons are under no obligation to take them.

N. B.  Instructions in the art given, and every article appertaining to the business furnished, warranted of the best quality, and at the very lowest prices.

Terms.—A single Miniature, with setting and case, $3.  Cases and Lockets furnished, (of superior quality,) from $5 to $15.

All communications (post paid) will receive prompt attention.  Dec. 27.

The second advertisement ran on June 4 & October 29, 1844 and on February 18, & April 15, 1845 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  The Art At Last Perfected!  By recent improvements, Ormsbee has brought the Daguerreotype Art of taking Miniatures to a perfection heretofore unparalleled, and he can now warrant, in every instance, a Perfect Likeness, colored or plain, and as strongly brought out as the finest painting or engraving.  Satisfactory proofs of this fact, may be seen at his Rooms, over the Store of J. D. Kidder, Middle Street, in the Miniatures of many well-known citizens, taken by him.  In no case will a sitter be obliged to pay for a Miniature unless it is perfectly satisfactory.

The process is not wearing to the most debilitated invalids; and such applicants as are confined at home he will wait upon at their houses, either in or out of the city.

A Single Miniature with handsome case $3.—Gold, Plated, and Gilt Lockets furnished cheaper than can be had here, or elsewhere.

Apparatus, with his late combination Lenses furnished, and instructions given at the lowest prices.  Portland May 29, 1844.

The third advertisement ran on December 3 to 24, 1844 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Now.  Thanksgiving, Christmas and New-Year are approaching.  Those who wish to confer presents, on ‘Cousins,’ parents, brothers or sisters, could not select a more appropriate gift than a Beautiful Miniature, colored and correct to the minutest particular—such a one may be obtained for only $3, at Ormsbee’s Daguerreotype Rooms, (over J. D. Kidder’s ) Middle st.—Now Is The Time.  nov. 29.

The fourth advertisement appeared on April 15, 1845 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Yes! It is rumored that Ormsbee is about leaving Portland—but notwithstanding his numerous invitations to go to Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and elsewhere, he is yet to be found at his old stand, “One Gross,” (143) Middle street, where he is now exhibiting Daguerreotype Miniatures taken by his very late improvement, by which they are taken much larger, more distinct, and in about one-fourth the time—the process now being but from 9 to 15 seconds sitting.  He is able to obtain Miniatures of groups of children much younger then heretofore, and to the same degree of perfection as of adults.

A single Miniature, with handsome case, $3—Gold, Plated, and Gilt Lockets furnished cheaper than can be had in any other place.

N. B.  Persons wishing to acquire the Art can be furnished with Apparatus of his recent improvements and be warranted with satisfactory instructions, with a few days’ practice, in the new process.

All communications, post paid, will be immediately answered.

The fifth advertisement appeared on December 16, 1845 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser. 

Thanks.  Giving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  If those in want of Presents for either of those days, would just reflect for a moment, will readily perceive the Great advantage that a Daguerreotype Miniature has over any other selection that would cost twenty times the amount.  Portland, Dec 2. 1845.

The sixth advertisement (the first he was mentioned in ) appeared on October 6, 1846 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Commercial Academy.  Messrs. Keene & Drake Have opened a Room at 144 Middle Street, same entrance as to Ormsbee’s Daguerreotype Rooms, for the purpose of teaching Writing and Book Keeping…

The seventh advertisement ran on January 26 & February 2, 1847 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Of Course!!  Although some have thought that Ormsbee would “of course” raise his prices for Daguerreotypes, because his competitors have left the city—he is yet happy to inform them that this opinion is incorrect.  All have still and opportunity of obtaining the most perfect Miniature, set in a good Morocco Case, for the same low price as heretofore–$1.50.  No. 112 Middle, opposite the [bot.] of temple St.

Then let those who are desirous of making the most acceptable Christmas or New Year’s Present, call on the subscriber and obtain a miniature of unrivalled finish.  See a new and splendid case of miniatures at the door.  Ormsbee.  Portland, Dec. 22, 1846.

The first announcement appeared on January 18, 1848 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).

Likeness of Gov. Fairfield.—Mr. Omsby (Sic.) has, at his Daguerreotype Room, an excellent likeness of the late Hon. John Fairfield, taken just before he left home for the last time,  From this he has taken several copies for some of our townsmen, and can take any number more.  The copies are life-like.  There are also likenesses from the plate engraved for the Democratic Review, but the expression is not so natural.  Mr. John Dennett has taken some very good Daguerreotype copies of this engraving.

Mr. Omsby’s room is in the Cataract Block, where all who wish may see this remembrancer of our late friend—and get a copy of their own features if they choose.

The eighth advertisement ran from April 11 to June 13, 1848 in the Maine Democrat.  Drowning.  “Drowning Men,”  the old adage says “will catch at straws.”  This I believe to be the case with my neighbor, and I would say competitor, had he ever produced one miniature that would bear the least comparison with the most ordinary of even the subscriber’s pupils.  The gent, of course a scholar, being a preacher and doctor, has called the public attention by his advertisement, which I presume he thinks is somewhat peppered with wit.  The troubled man says to the public, not to be duped by persons boasting of their superiority.  In reply to this, I will say that the gent fired without effect, as the daily increase of my customers induce me to believe that his reference to two or three group specimens, which were taken when in practice as a pupil , will not change public opinion in any degree, as relates to his, the ‘Elder’s great Humbug.’  Truly wonderful discoveries!  Hillographic Drawings, not the old dark, rough Daguerreotype, as he is pleased to call it.  I will further state to the public, that I practice the Daguerreotype process, and keep pace with the improvements in the art, having been favored with business enough to keep my whole time employed.  I shall not be obliged to attend two or three other kinds of professions, therefore can give my customers the best miniatures the art affords.  Ormsbee.  Saco, April 3, 1848.

The ninth advertisement (second that he was mentioned in) ran from July 12 to September 14, 1848 in the Portsmouth Daily Advertiser (Portland, Maine). 144 F. M. Danielson Having taken a Room No. 144 Middle Street, wishing to solicit the favor of the citizens of Portland and vicinity, in sitting for their Daguerreotypes, having been in the employ of Ormsbee & Silsbee for the past, and Ormsbee the two years preceding years, feels confident that he can satisfy his patrons with a Daguerreotype Miniature, equal if not better than any one who professes the art, and at the very low price of $1.50 put into Velvet lined, and $1.25 in silk lined cases. May 9. 144 Middle Street.

The tenth advertisement ran from December 26, 1849 to July 18, 1850 in the New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, New Hampshire).  Daguerreotypes Executed by the aid of Sky-Light.  The subscriber having made some further improvements, also securing the assistance of Mr. F. M. Danielson, his operator for about four years, and the past year having obtained the premium for the best miniatures, feels assured in stating to the citizens of Portsmouth and vicinity, that they may obtain likenesses as much superior to any ever made by common process, as those would be when compared with pictures taken when in the infancy of the Daguerreotype art.  Ormsbee.  Rooms 8½ Daniel street.  dec. 18.

The eleventh advertisement (third that he was mentioned in ) ran from November 13 to 15, 1850 in the Portland Daily Advertiser (Portland, Maine).  Daguerreotype Notice.  The subscriber having disposed of his Stock and Stand to George M. Howe would respectfully recommend him to his friends and the public generally.  M. Ormsbee.

Notice Extra!  George M. Howe having purchased the Stock and taken the Stand of M. Ormsbee would inform the public that Daguerreotypes can be had at his place as well as at any other establishment in the city or country.  Having secured the services of Ormsbee’s best operators he cannot fail to satisfy his customers.

Miniatures taken in any kind of weather, from one dollar to ten and rendered satisfactory, or no charge, at No. 112 Middle street.

Marcus Ormsbee is known and appears in several photographic directories, histories and journals.  The first advertisement we learn that in 1843 he was working for John Plumbe, Jr. in Boston.  A closer look is needed with his activity during and after 1848.  According to Craig’s Daguerreian Registry the partnership (Ormsbee & Silsbee) ended in 1848.  That is verified in the announcement that appeared on January 18, 1848 in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine), and the following advertisement that ran from April 11 to June 13, 1848 in the Maine Democrat.   In the advertisement that ran from December 26, 1849 to July 18, 1850 in the New-Hampshire Gazette we learn that he is operating in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  That makes the advertisement that ran from June 1, 1858 to February 20, 1851 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine). Question that assessment.  Daguerreotypes can be obtained at the rooms of Ormsbee & Silsbee, 112 Middle St. from the size fitting the Smallest Ring, Bracelet or Pin, to that of the plate measuring 55½ square inches.

Also—apparatus and stock of every kind appertaining to the business, furnished at prices Low as Can be purchased elsewhere.

N. B.  Instructions given in their Peculiar mode of operating.

Except for the eleventh advertisement above, where he sold the gallery and supplies to George M. Howe on November 13, 1850.  


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Horatio N. Macomber

1846-1848       7 Batchelder’s Block, Saco, Maine.

1848                Address Unknown, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1848-1849       Scammon’s Building, Saco, Maine.

1849                Sweeter’s Building, Biddeford, Maine.[1]

1850 Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.

Horatio N. Macomber was recorded in eleven advertisements and four announcements in the Maine Democrat (Saco, Maine).  The first advertisement ran from December 1, 1846 to April 27, 1847.  Improvement Is The Order Of The Day.  Macomber & Co., Successor To L. Aldrich, Would invite all persons interested in procuring Daguerreotype Likenesses of themselves or friends, copies from portraits, miniatures, paintings, engravings, or statuary, &c., to call at Batchelder’s Block, No. 7, Up Stairs, and examine our specimens.  Our arrangements are such that we take miniatures of children of any age, and diseased persons at their residences.

Having obtained the late improvements in the art by Hough & Co., of Providence, R. I., which enables him to warrant in every case a perfect likeness, as strongly brought out as the finest painting or engraving.  Prices much lower than ever before offered in Saco.  Miniatures put up in the best manner and warranted not to fade or spot, in gold & plated lockets, pins, cases or frames.

They will also attend to give instruction in the art, and keep for sale gold and plated Lockets and Pins.  Also, Plates, Cases, Frames, and Chemicals.

Picture Gallery open from 8½ A. M., to 9 P. M.

Miniatures put up in Satin Cases for $1.50.  Lockets and Frames at corresponding prices.

The second advertisement ran from December 1, 1846 to April 27, 1847.  H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent. less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted to give satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The third advertisement ran from April 27 to June 8, 1847.  Truly Wonderful Discoveries!  Heliographic Drawings!! H. N. Macomber & Co., Have the pleasure of announcing to all persons interested in the progress of the true and beautiful in art, that they have just received a new and beautiful German Apparatus.  Also, with much difficulty and great expense, obtained the newly discovered German Process, for taking the Heliographic or Photogenic Miniatures.

Those who have been pleased with imperfect productions of the old Daguerreotype System, will be perfectly delighted at the wonderful results of the new process; it is impossible to describe the almost incredible beauty and brilliancy of the new productions.

Those who have the old, dark and rough Daguerreotypes, can for $1.00, exchange them for a bright and splendid Heliographic; which will be much more natural, and will not fade.  The new mode requires much less time, and operates in all weather.

Children, by sitting eight seconds, can have a perfect Likeness.  Our arrangements are such that we can take Miniatures of deceased persons at their residences.

Miniatures put up in the best manner, and warranted not to fade or spot, for $2.00.  Miniatures put up in Gold and Plated Lockets, Pins, or Frames at corresponding prices.

Old operators can have the new process on reasonable terms.

Be it remembered that Macomber & Co., is the first in the State of Maine, who has the new mode of operation.

Picture Gallery open from half past 8 A. M., to 9 P. M.  Therefore, all persons interested in procuring Likenesses of themselves or friends, Copies from Portraits, Miniatures, Paintings, Engravings or Statuary, &c., are invited to call at No. 7 Batchelder’s New Block, Up Stairs.  Saco, April 22, 1847.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 8, 1857 to February 8, 1848.  H. N. Macomber & Co., Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, No. 7 Batchelder Block, Up Stairs, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.  Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without Colors, in a Superior Style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.

The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  H. N. Macomber, T. P. Cressey.

H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above Rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The first announcement appeared on November 9, 1847. Mr. Macomber, in the new block upon the island, is taking the best Daguerreotype likenesses to be seen in town.

The fifth advertisement appeared on February 29, 1848.  H. N. Macomber & Co., Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms, No. 7 Batchelder Block, Up Stairs, Factory Island, Saco, Maine.  Miniatures taken in any weather, with or without Colors, in a Superior Style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.

The Public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  H. N. Macomber.

H. N. Macomber, Would also give notice that he has removed his Dental Office from No. 2 to the above Rooms, where he will be happy to wait upon all who may need his professional services.

Such are his arrangements, that he is prepared to perform any operation upon the Teeth in the most skilful and thorough manner.

N. B.  Be it remembered that his charges are 25 per cent less than those of Dentists usually.  All operations warranted satisfaction, or no pay.

Best of references given if desired.

The sixth advertisement ran from March 7 to June 13, 1848.  Daguerreotype!  Ladies and Gentlemen in want of Miniature Likenesses are respectfully informed that Macomber & Co. Have made great improvements in their rooms, and arranged their light in such a manner, with the aid of s first rate German apparatus, that they are prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, unrivalled for depth of tone, and softness of light and shade, while they display all the artistic arrangement of the highest effort of the painter.  Remember that delays are dangerous, therefore take the first opportunity that shall present to secure one two or more of these mementos of life, which under the trying circumstances of a final separation from friends, no price can purchase.

M. & Co. take this opportunity to return their most sincere thanks to the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, for the Preference conferred upon their establishment since they have been in business at Saco.  They also wish to have it perfectly understood that they will take As Good, True and Perfect a Likeness As can be taken in this place or vicinity, and warrant the same not to fade or spot, put up in the best velvet cases, for one dollar and fifty cents.  Citizens or strangers visiting our rooms, can have their miniature likenesses taken in this unique style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Cases or Frames, in a few minutes.

The Public are respectfully invited to visit our rooms, and examine specimens not bought or borrowed of Portland artists, but taken by ourselves, and then judge of our ability to fulfil our promises-and not be duped by any individual boasting of the superiority of his likenesses because he charges more that we do.

We say again, We Will Not Be Beat.  N. B.  Persons sitting for their likenesses at our rooms can have the same retaken in one week, if no satisfactory to themselves or friends, without charge.

Macomber & Co. Batchelder Block, Factory Island, Saco, No. 7, up Stairs

The second announcement appeared on May 23, 1848.  Daguerreotypes.—Following the crowd, one day last week, we found ourself in the Daguerreotype Rooms of Macomber & Co., where, after due preparation, Mr. Frink took a copy of our phiz. As like to the original as like can be.  On looking about his room, we found ourself in the mist of many familiar faces of our townsmen, who have made a visit there and left their shadows behind, to grace the portrait gallery.  Mr. Frink is one of the most accomplished artists to be found in the business.—The operations of this firm are very extensive.—They have a room in Portsmouth, N. H., where Mr. Macomber is now operating.  Some of his likenesses taken there, exceed any thing of the kind we have seen, for distinctness of outline and vividness of expression.  Reader, you cannot do your friends a greater favor than to obtain for them likenesses from this celebrated Room.

The seventh advertisement ran from June 27, 1848 to January 2, 1849.  Removal.  H. N. Macomber, Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and vicinity, that having sold out his room in Batchelder Block, Factory Island, he has removed to rooms in Scammon’s Building, Over Charles Boothby’s Tailoring Establishment, Pepperell Square, 2d door East of Water st.

The above rooms have just been newly finished, expressly for Mr. M.’s accommodation, and with special reference to the Daguerreotype Business, with a large and splendid sky-light.

Mr. M. having secured the best of German apparatus, of large size, is now prepared to take likenesses of individuals or groups, in a style far superior to any thing that has been produced in the place before. 

Mr. M. would take this opportunity to return to his numerous friends and patrons his grateful acknowledgements for the very liberal patronage bestowed upon him heretofore, and to say that he would be very happy to see them at his new rooms, which will be found to be far more convenient and pleasant than the one occupied by him before.  Mr. M. will spare no pains to give satisfaction in every case.

Operations upon the teeth, as heretofore, on the most reasonable terms.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. to 9 P. M.  Saco, June 22, 1848.

The third announcement appeared on October 31, 1848.  From the Union.  Show and Fair.  York County Agricultural Society.  We proceed to fulfil our promise made last week to give an extended account of the Show and Fair held here, Oct. 11th & 12th.  In order to get the proceedings into a reasonable space, it will be necessary to omit so much of the reports of the adjudging Committees as are merely formal, giving in such cases, the list of premiums awarded, only…

Miscellaneous Articles…Macomber & McKenney, Saco, specimens of daguerreotypes, $2.00

The fourth announcement appeared on October 31, 1848.  From the Union.  Observations Taken At The Fair. …Messrs. Macomber & McKenney of our place, presented some excellent daguerreotype likenesses, to which we are bound to pay our especial regards, our own likeness, a complete counterpart of ourself, having been elevated to the high dignity of being criticized and passed upon by a competent committee, with the view of awarding to the artist, if deserved, the tribute due to skill.  We are happy to see by the list that the lot, with the editors thrown in, obtained a gratuity of $1.50.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 9 to March 13, 1849.  Premium Daguerreotypes, Mr. Macomber Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that he is still to be found at his rooms in Scammon’s Building, Pepperell Square, Two Doors East of Water Street, where he is prepared, by the aid of superior Light, the best German apparatus, and a new Chemical Agent, which he has recently obtained at considerable expense, from some of the best operators in the United States, to execute Likenesses in the best style of the art.

It is generally acknowledged that Mr. Macomber’s pictures, in point of distinctness, clearness, softness of light and shade, as well as beauty, far exceed any taken in the place, and are unsurpassed but by few, if any in the country.  It is well known that he Obtained The Premium at the late Fair.  But notwithstanding the above facts, some have patronized other establishments, not because their pictures are better, but because they charge less than he.  Now, Mr. Macomber, would say to all concerned, that he Will Not Be Underbid by any.  Persons can have their Likenesses taken at the above establishment, in the best style, for the same price for which they can have them taken at any other in the place.  Persons in want of a good Daguerreotype, would do well to call and examine specimens, and sit for a likeness if they wish, after which they will not be expected to take it, unless perfectly satisfactory.  Pictures taken light or dark, as individuals may desire.  Saco, January 3, 1849.

The ninth advertisement ran on January 22 to 29, 1850.  Miniatures!  Miniatures!  Macomber & Bowers Would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Saco and Biddeford, that having sold out their Rooms in Biddeford, they may be found at the old stand, Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island, Saco.

Where they will be happy to wait upon all that are in want of Likenesses of themselves or friends.  They have jest remodeled their Rooms, and enlarged and improved the arrangement of their light.

By the new arrangement of Light, they are enabled to obviate an objection which some have had to their Pictures heretofore, viz;—too dark a shade under the chin.  Their Light being a combination of Side and Top Light, they are enabled to produce pictures with as little shade as with any Side Light, while they have all the beauty and development produced by Top Light.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and see their new Rooms, where they must be convinced that we now have much the best chance for producing good Daguerreotypes of any in the place.  And they would respectfully suggest whether, with their superior advantages, and long experience in the business, (having been in the business three times as long as any other operator in the place,) they would not be as likely, at least, to get as good, if not a better, picture, than at any other place; and especially, as they promise that their prices shall be as low as where the poorest productions are obtained.  Saco, January 15, 1850.

The tenth advertisement ran from June 18 to November 5, 1850.  Macomber’s Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms. Dr. Bacon’s Building, Factory Island. Saco, Me.  Miniatures taken in any weather, single or in groups, in a superior style, and neatly set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, or Cases.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens.  Satisfaction guaranteed in all cases or no charge.

Children’s pictures of any age taken in one second.  E. J. Cole. 

The eleventh advertisement appeared on September 2, 1851.  E. J. Cole’s Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned begs leave to call the attention of the citizens of Saco, Biddeford, and vicinity, to specimens of Daguerreotypes, recently executed at his rooms on Factory Island. 

Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Macomber, where with the aid of a large sky light and a new chemical agent, he is prepared to produce a bolder picture and consequently a more perfect likeness than ever before executed in those rooms.

He is prepared to take family groups of from 2 to 12, and give each a perfect likeness.

The subscriber will go to and part of the town at short notice to take pictures of sick or deceased persons.

Horatio N. Macomber is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being in the partnership of Macomber & Bower in Saco and Biddeford, Maine in1849.


[1] Address from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Davis Brothers

1858-1859       8 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1858-1859       40 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.

Davis Brothers (Charles & Lewis G.) were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement.  The first advertisement ran from July 26, 1858 to January 31, 1859 in the Exeter News Letter and Rockingham Advertiser (Exeter, New Hampshire).  Photographs & Ambrotypes The Davis Brothers having opened a first Class Photograph Gallery at No. 8, Daniel Street, are prepared to execute all kinds of Photographic Pictures in a style that cannot be excelled in this country.  Photographs life size colored or plain, made from old Daguerreotypes of any size.  Having also the Patent Ambrotype Right, particular attention will be made to this branch of the business, and every variety of Cases kept for sale.

We have the best Instrument to be procured and facilities for the prosecution of our business such as cannot be enjoyed by travelling or country artists.

Davis Brothers, No. 8 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, N. H.

The second advertisement ran from August 7, 1858 to December 17, 1859 In The Portsmouth Journal Of Literature & Politics (Portsmouth, New Hampshire).  Photographs.  We are now prepared to execute these Pictures in a style rarely equaled and never excelled in this country.

Life size Pictures taken in oil or water colors.—Pictures of any required size copied from old Daguerreotypes or Ambrotypes.

These Pictures are made by an entirely new process and when finished resembles a fine steel engraving.—The muddy and spotted appearance so often noticed in the Photograph is entirely avoided.

Particular attention paid to Ambrotyping , and all work warranted.  Davis Brothers.  No. 3 Daniel Street, Portsmouth.

The third advertisement ran from January 31 to December 26, 1859 in the Exeter News Letter and Rockingham Advertiser (Exeter, New Hampshire).  Photographs.  Mr. Chas. Davis, of the firm of Davis Bro’s, would inform the citizens of Exeter and vicinity that he has taken rooms at No. 40 Water St., over the store of John L. Lovering, where he is prepared to execute all kinds of Photographic Pictures, in a manner which cannot be surpassed.  Photographs taken of any required size, and colored in oil or water colors.  Ambrotypes, Malenatypes and every other invented picture, made and warranted, at fair prices.

Particular attention paid to copying old Daguerreotypes.  And those having pictures of deceased friends, he would say that, you can have a nice large Photograph, suitable for Framing, taken from the smallest Daguerreotype.  Also, Particular attention paid to Photographing Residences, &c

Every variety of Cases and Frames constantly on hand and for sale cheap.

The public are generally invited to call and examine Specimens.  Remember the No. 40 Water Street, Exeter, N. H.

The announcement appeared on October 3, 1859 in the Exeter News Letter and Rockingham Advertiser (Exeter, New Hampshire).  The Rockingham Fair…Entries in Town Hall.  Needle Work And Fancy Articles…T. E. Boutelle, Exeter, display of photographs and ambrotypes….Davis Brothers, ambrotypes and Photographs.  Premiums On Fancy Articles…Photographs  Davis & Brothers, Exeter, Ambrotypes,  1.00.

The Committee on Needle Work and Miscellaneous articles, have attended to the duty assigned them and report that they have awarded all the money allowed them, but have obliged to pass by a part of the contributions worthy on notice.  Among many others, we especially remember the following…T. E. Boutelle, display of Photographs and Ambrotypes…

Davis Brothers are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record Lewis G. Davis as being active in Portsmouth in 1860-1861.