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J. F. & P. H. Lovejoy

1857-1858       25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

J. F. & P. H. Lovejoy (John F. Lovejoy) were recorded in one advertisement that was recorded on January 9 and 16, 1858 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes Photographs And Ambrotypes.  Having Newly Furnished the Rooms at No. 25 Westminster-st., we are prepared to take Pictures of all kinds and sizes, in the most perfect manner.  All Pictures Warranted.  Remember The Number 25.  J. F. Lovejoy, P. H. Lovejoy, Artists.  je6.

J. F. & P. H. Lovejoy are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1858. 

Please note the date at the end of the advertisement “je6.” This is probably June 6 1857, no newspapers were available in 1856 and 1857, after the January 16, 1858 the next newspaper available on was on June 16, 1858, which they did not appear in.

William S. Johnson

1849-1850       6 Howard Building, Providence, Rhode Island.

1850                25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rohde Island.

William S. Johnson was recorded in three advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from November 17, 1849 to July 10, 1850 in the Republican Herald (Providence, Rhode Island).  A New Gallery.  Beautiful North Light Daguerreotypes.  The undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally that he has recently fitted up a suite of Rooms, in Howard Building, and having a perfect knowledge of the business and superior instruments, a light unexcelled by any, and using none but the best of Chemicals, he is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes unsurpassed by any in the country.

Pictures taken at this Gallery may be known by the brilliancy, perfect and life-like expression of the eyes; hair superior tone and general distinctness of the whole form.

The instrument which we use are new and the largest manufactured, and together with our Chemicals and other materials, are of superior quality, and such as are used by none but the most celebrated operators.

The subscriber would also call the attention of parents in particular, to his Quick Working Instruments, which with his superior light enables him to take pictures almost instantaneously; thereby effectually removing all difficulty in taking infants.  Miniatures taken at this Gallery are warranted to bear exposure to the light, and never to fade or change in the least.  Pictures of all sizes taken at all hours of the day and in any kind of weather, and satisfaction warranted in every instance.  Chemicals and other materials constantly for sale at the lowest prices, and instruction given on moderate terms.  Rooms No. 6 Howard Building.  Entrance No. 137 Westminster street.  William S. Johnson.

The second advertisement appeared  on March 23, 1850 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Beautiful Daguerreotypes.  Wm. S. Johnson would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally that he is now established at his rooms, No. 6 Howard Building, (entrance 137 Westminster-st.) and is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in a manner unsurpassed by any.

Pictures taken at this Gallery may be known by the brilliancy, perfect and life-like expression of the eyes; their superior tone and general distinctness of the whole form.

The attention of parents in particular is also invited to his Quick Working Instruments, which, with his superior light enables him to take pictures almost instantaneously; thereby effectually removing all difficulty in taking infants.  Miniatures taken at this Gallery are warranted to bear exposure to the light, and never to fade or change in the least.  Pictures of all sizes taken in any kind of weather, and satisfaction warranted in every instance.  Chemicals and other materials for sale, and instruction given on moderate terms. 

The third advertisement appeared on July 2, 1850 in the Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Superior Skylight Daguerreotypes.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, and Wm. S. Johnson have associated themselves together in business and respectfully inform their friends and the public generally that the are prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses in a style not executed by any.

Having the largest rooms, the most extensive apparatus and long experience, with an improved skylight, they are confident that for beauty of finish, distinctness of impression, superior tone, and life-like expression of the eyes, their pictures will compare favorably with any taken elsewhere.

Pictures of all sizes and warranted not to fade taken without regard to weather.  Instruction given and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  The Rooms are at No. 25 Westminster st. up stairs, open all hours of the day, and ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

N. B. A superior instrument that operates in from one to ten seconds is used for children and others who desire it.  a29.

William S. Johnson is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. W. Hartshorn

ca.1844-1845  25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island

1850-1857       25 Westminster Street, Providence, Rohde Island.

1857-1858       81 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

1859                98 & 100 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

S. W. Hartshorn was recorded in five advertisements, four in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island) and one in the Providence Journal.  The first advertisement was recorded on March 23, 1850.  Daguerreotypes.  Hartshorn has just finished a suite of Rooms, with a new and improved Sky-Light, in the Hall above the room occupied by him for the last five years, where he is still better prepared to take Daguerreotype Miniatures of every size, single or in groups, in a style not to be surpassed by any.

Grateful for past favors, I respectfully ask a continuance of the same, and invite ladies and gentlemen to visit my rooms at all times, whether intending to sit for a picture or otherwise.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster st.  o6.

The second advertisement was recorded on July 2, 1850 in the Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Superior Skylight Daguerreotypes.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent, and Wm. S. Johnson have associated themselves together in business and respectfully inform their friends and the public generally that the are prepared to take Daguerreotype likenesses in a style not executed by any.

Having the largest rooms, the most extensive apparatus and long experience, with an improved skylight, they are confident that for beauty of finish, distinctness of impression, superior tone, and life-like expression of the eyes, their pictures will compare favorably with any taken elsewhere.

Pictures of all sizes and warranted not to fade taken without regard to weather.  Instruction given and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms.  The Rooms are at No. 25 Westminster st. up stairs, open all hours of the day, and ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.

N. B. A superior instrument that operates in from one to ten seconds is used for children and others who desire it.  a29.

The third advertisement was recorded on April 30 and June 11 & 18, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerres.—Just received, a further supply of Fancy Cases, for Daguerreotypes, embracing all the desirable styles, both double and single, which I shall be happy to show to my customers, and to place within them a Perfect Likeness, either Crayon or such other as may be preferred.  My assortment of Plain Cases is complete for those who wish a more moderate priced article.  In fact, I have everything pertaining to the business in “good order and well conditioned,” and can always be found at my old stand, No. 25 Westminster-st., ready to supply the wants of those who call on me, pledging myself to furnish as perfect an article as can be obtained anywhere.  S. W. (sic.) Hartshorn, Agent.

The fourth advertisement was recorded on September 15, 1855 in the General Advertiser  (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes.  I have reduced the prices of all kinds of Daguerreotypes to the lowest possible mark, some of them even as low as Twenty-Five Cents!!!

As my rooms are known to be the most extensive and convenient, and having the Largest Sky Light in the State, the best Instruments, and all improvements in the art, I have no hesitation in promising satisfaction to all who may give me their patronage.  Recollect that my number is 25 Westminster-st., and Daguerreotypes may be had for the same number of cents.  J. W. Hartshorn, Agent, 25 Westminster-st.

The fifth advertisement was recorded on January 30, 1858 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Removal.  The subscriber informs his friends and the public, that he has removed his Daguerreotype, Photograph and Ambrotype Rooms from his Old Stand, to 81 Westminster-st., where he is prepared to furnish, as heretofore first rate Likenesses, at Moderate Prices.  He respectfully solicits a continuance of the liberal patronage that he has received for the last 12 years.  S. W. Hartshorn, Agent.  my30.

S. W. Hartshorn is recorded in other photographic directories.  The new information is that he was active in Providence as early as 1844-1845.  Please note that only fourteen issues were available for me to look at in the General Advertiser between 1847-1858.  The dates at the end of each advertisements (when noted) are the start dates of the advertisements.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Francis Hacker

1850                Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over Granite Hall, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Room nearly opposite the Winthrop House, Winthrop, Maine.

1852-1853       21 Angell Street, rear, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

1852                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.[2]

1853                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

ND                  Provincetown, Massachusetts.[3]

ND                  Yarmouth, Massachusetts.3

ND                  South Dennis, Massachusetts.3

ND                  West Harwich, Massachusetts.3

ND                  Chatham, Massachusetts.3

1855                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

1855                Brewster, Massachusetts.3

1855                Dennis, Massachusetts.3

Francis Hacker was recorded in two articles, two advertisements, and five broadsides.  The first article  appeared on March 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Destructive Fire in Augusta.  The most serious fire that has occurred in this place for several years, broke out about half past nine o’clock, on Saturday evening last, in the tailor’s shop of James Dealy, on Water street four doors south of North’s Block, and nearly opposite the Stanley House…

…Six buildings were entirely consumed; one was torn down, and three others were very much injured.  The loss, as near as we can ascertain is as follows…

…The next building was considerably injured, and the stock of goods it contained was removed.  It was own by D. Alden, who had an insurance of $600 upon it, and was occupied as a hat store by Jona. Peirce, who had an insurance of $1,500.  On the second floor was a daguerreotype room occupied by F. Hacker.  His stock was removed and damaged some—not insured…

The first advertisement ran from July 20 to August 3, 1850.  Great Excitement!  The Patent Magic Background.  The discovery of which is due to C. J. Anthony, of Pa.  By this process the most beautiful effects are produced, and the pictures set forth in bold relief on a background of every variety of shade and light.

F. Hacker is happy to inform his friends and the public that he has recently made extensive alterations and improvements at his Rooms, over Granite Hall, and has fitted them up expressly for his business.  He has secured the right to use the Magic Back Ground.  With this improvement, and the late improvements in chemicals, he flatters himself that he can take pictures, of any size, shade, or shape, equal, if not superior to any offered to the public.  He invites his friends and the public to call and examine specimens.

Rare Chance for Daguerreotype Artists.  Stock of every description, including French and American plates, Frames, Cases, Fancy Cases, Lockets, polishing materials, &c. 

Chemicals.  Quick Silver, Iodine, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, Chloride of Gold, and every article used in the business. 

Constantly receiving Stock of all descriptions, and of the latest patterns, all of which will be sold at Boston and New York prices.

All orders by Stage or otherwise, attended to with promptness and dispatch.  F. Hacker’s Daguerrian Gallery, (over J. Pierce’s Hat Store,)  Granite Hall, nearly opposite the Stanley House.

The second advertisement ran from September 12 to 26, 1850.  Miniatures.  Daguerreotype Pictures for the Million.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Winthrop and vicinity that he has taken the Rooms recently occupied by Mr. Stanley, nearly Opposite The House, Where he is prepared to execute Daguerreotype Pictures in as good style as they can be taken by any Artist in the state of Maine.  He has procured all the latest improvements in the Art, such as the “Patent Magic Back-ground,” and the “Electro Magnetic Buff,” by means of which children and weak-eyed persons can be taken in one-fourth the time required by the old process, and in a much superior manner.  Pictures Warranted in any weather, and he will color them in a superior style if desired.  He will also Set them in Lockets, Pins, Rings ad Cases.  He invites all persons to call and examine his specimens, and he flatters himself that they will find them superior to any that have ever before been offered for their inspection.  Rooms open from 7 A. M. till 6 P. M.  Miniatures taken as cheap as at any other Establishment.  F. Hacker.

The second article entitled Providence Photographer in the 1860s by Maureen Taylor.

Maureen states that he was born in Vassalborough, Maine in 1827. And began his career in Augusta, Maine approximately in 1850.  In 1852 he was in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1852, 1853 and 1855 he operated a studio in Martha’s Vineyard over the store of Frederick Baylies, Main Street, Edgartown, [Massachusetts].   Between 1857-1862 he may have had studios in Michigan and Superior, Wisconsin.  In 1863 he is back in Providence, Rhode Island…

Five broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s collection.  He was active in Provincetown, Yarmouth, South Dennis, West Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, and Sandwich, Massachusetts.   

N.D. [After 1852]  F. Hacker, would inform his friends and the public of Provincetown, that he has again returned, and having secured a Room over Enoch Nickerson’s (formerly occupied by Alstram & Holmes’) Store. He has had it fitted up with a large sky-light expressly for his business, and having had from five to six years experience and constant practice with some of the best operators in the N. E. States, he deems it no arrogance to assert, that pictures taken by him, for distinctness of outline, depth and purity of tone, clearness of the eyes and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerre, contrasts favorably with those hard and flat pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon an unsuspecting public.

N.D.  [After 1852]  Rare Chance to Get Good Pictures, F. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer to accomodate those who are desirous of obtaining a good Daguerreotype.

He deems it unnecessary to call the attention of the public to the many recommendations which he has received from different Artist, but would rather invite them to an examination of his work which is the best guarantee of the superiority of his Pictures.

P. S.  Remember that he closes his Saloon at South Yarmouth September 29th, and will move to South Dennis, Monday October 1st.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on Hand.

P. S.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets, and Stereoscopic Cases

N.D.  [After 1852] A Good Chance To Get Pictures Taken equally as well as those taken by the best artist in the city.  F. Hacker, The unrivalled Daguerrean Artist, is in town, and will remain One Week to accommode those who are in want of a good Picture.

Having had from five to six years experience and constant practice in some of the best rooms in the principal cities in the New England States, and that with a constant desire to please, will enable him to take portraits, far superior to any ever before offered to the people of the Cape.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his work.

P. S.—Please call and compare his Daguerreotypes with those taken by other operators.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

N. B.—A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

His Saloon is located near Uncle Peter Baker’s Hotel, South Dennis.  Remember he moves to West Harwich, Monday October 8th.

N.D.  [After 1852] Last Chance F. Hacker Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, to accommodate those who are in want of pictures, taken by him.

He feels confident that a close examination of his pictures will satisfy the most incredulous, of the superiority of his work.  Call soon, as he positively leaves for Chatham, Monday, 29th.

P. S.—Saloon open from 8, A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets and Stereoscopic Cases.

N. B.—His Saloon is located opposite the new hall.

1855 April 14.  Hacker’s Saloon Will remain in town until the 30th, when he will move to Dennis.  Those in want of Pictures by him should call soon.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of stereoscopic Fancy cases and Gold Lockets, on hand.

The Painters of old, as we all of us know,

When Portraits they took worked uncommonly slow,

And long ere they’d finished the picture required,

The unfortunate Sitters were angry or tired.

Even when they had finished the figure and face,

There often was wanting expression or grace;

So that friends said—”the Picture does not at all strike,

And there’s something about it that’s not very like.”

Now we know of a Painter,—his name is Sun,

Who but asks you to sit and your Likenesses is done!

So correct are his Portraits, that nought can surpass

Their fidelity, not e’en your dressing room glass!

And where does he take off these Likenesses rare?

You’ll see if to Hacker’s Saloon you repair,

Where quickly, at prices exceedingly low,

You Pictures may get of a belle or a beau.

Have your father or mother, child, sister or wife,

Whose features you’d see when no longer in life?

Go to Hacker’s Saloon, where, though others have tried

In vain, you’ll without the least doubt be supplied.

Be it cloudy or clear, morning, evening and noon,

F. Hacker you’ll find in his splendid Saloon.

Brewster, April 14, 1855.

Francis Hacker is recorded in Craig’s Daguerrian Registry as being active in 1852-1853.  Maureen Taylor’s article verified that he was active in Augusta Maine in 1850.  Still more work is needed, the activity dates in Edgartown, Massachusetts might be during the summers only or was it a permanent location?  Since I don’t have access to the Vineyard Gazette, I can only go on the citation date used in the article, 1852 June 4; 1853 June 10 and 1855 July 20.  The same is true for the broadsides more work is needed…  


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Maureen Taylor in an online article entitled Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s.

[3] Broadside from Harvey Zucker’s collection

Goodhue & Son

1854                77 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

Goodhue & Son were recorded in one advertisement that appeared on August 17, 1854 in the  Herald of the Times (Newport, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotype Pins, a fine assortment this day received and for sale at the lowest prices, by Goodhue & Son, Opticians and Jewelers at Spectacle Depot, No. 77 Westminster St., Providence. 

Goodhue & Son are not recorded in other photographic directories. 

Goddard & Metcalf

1849-1850       Over J. C. Molton’s Hat Store, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Goddard & Metcalf (Emerson Goddard & Charles H. Metcalf) were recorded in one advertisement that was recorded on March 23, 1850 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Goddard & Metcalf, Daguerrean Artists, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  Having made arrangements for continuing together in the Daguerrean Business, would say to the public that they are prepared to execute Likenesses in the highest perfection of the art, having every convenience and facility which observation and experience can suggest.  We have the best light for all kinds of shading, being a sky-light in connection with a North side light.  We gild by the best process, and warrant our pictures permanent.  Particular attention is called to the easy and natural expression of the eye in our Daguerreotypes. We have all the best and latest styles of settings for Daguerreotypes. 

Satisfaction Given. Instruction given for $25, and Apparatus at cost.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine our specimens, settings, &c.

Gallery over J. C. Molton’s Hat Store, and near Harris’ High Bridge, Woonsocket.  Emerson Goddard.  Chas. H. Metcalf.  au.26.

Goddard & Metcalf are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Unfortunately no newspapers were available to reference between December 18, 1847 and March 23, 1850 and the next available issue was on January 25, 1851.  In fact only fourteen issues were available to look at in the General Advertiser between 1847-1858.  The date on the advertisement was August 26, [1849].  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record Emerson J. Goddard active in Providence in 1849; 1855-1859.  There is no listing for Charles H. Metcalf.

Fraser & Co.

1853                87 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

Fraser & Co. were recorded in eight advertisements, three in the General Advertiser, and five in the Manufactures’ and Farmers’ Journal.  The first advertisement appeared on April 30, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes.  Two Hundred Daguerreotypes are made daily, by Fraser & Co., at their Rooms 87 Westminster street. F. & Co. have luckily hit upon a process with which they combine machinery, and the result is, they are wining a world-wide reputation and fortune for themselves.   The idea of paying a large price for a picture is becoming obsolete.  Twenty-five cents, taking at the rate of 1000 weekly, pays a good profit on Daguerreotypes.  ap30.

The second advertisement appeared on May 19, 1853 in the Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Going.  Fraser & Co. give notice to the citizens of Providence that they will be compelled to close their concern at 87 Westminster st., in consequence of opening their splendid establishment opposite the Crystal Palace, New York, where they intend to make a fortune by their New German process.  Fraser & Co. have thus far taken 10,000 25 cent pictures in Providence.

The third advertisement appeared May 25, 1853 in the Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Excellent Daguerreotypes.  Fraser & Co., who manufacturer pictures by machinery at 87 Westminster street, close their establishment after another month.  Over 10,000 pictures have been made by Fraser & Co. in Providence.  At their present ate of working by machinery, together with eight competent assistants employed, they are enabled to produce with ease 300 of the finest likenesses daily.  If you really wish a fine picture employ Fraser & Co.  m20.

The fourth advertisement appeared on June 11, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  The 25 cent picture manufacturers, Fraser & Co., will soon close their concern, at No. 87 Westminster street, in consequence of opening their splendid establishment in New York.—they continue to take 300 pictures daily at prices varying from 25 cents to $10.

The fifth advertisement appeared on June 11, 1853 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island).  Fraser & Co. open their Crystal Palace Establishment in July and in consequence close their concern at No. 87 Westminster street, very soon.  Those who have delayed procuring their pictures, should avail themselves of this last chance of obtaining a valuable work of art for 25 cents.  Fraser & Co. still continue to take 300 daily.

The sixth advertisement appeared on 1853 in the Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal  (Providence, Rhode Island).  25 Cent Portraits.  The favorite Artists, Fraser & Co., 87 Westminster street, who can make superior Daguerreotypes by a new invention for only 25 cents, have reopened their establishment for 20 days.  The reputation of Fraser & Co., as artist, in providence, is well established.

The seventh advertisement appeared on November 7, 1853 in the Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Fraser & Co. Make 300 Pictures Daily.  Fraser & Co., 87 Westminster street charge only 25 cents for Daguerreotypes, and will close shortly.  n5.

The eighth advertisement appeared on December 1, 1853 in the Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal (Providence, Rhode Island).  Bloody.  Have your head taken off in an artistic manner, by the artists Fraser & Co., 87 Westminster st.  They make Daguerreotypes by machinery, for only 25 cents.—This is, without fail, their last week.  n29.

Fraser and Company are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Providence, Rhode Island or in New York.  There are similarities in the advertisements with Charles R. Rees, Tyler & Co., and Silas A. Holmes (aka Rees & Co.)

Brown & Baker

1851-1852       56 Broad Street, Harmony Hall, [Duncan’s Block,] Providence, Rhode Island.

Brown & Baker (O. B. Brown & H. Baker) were recorded in one advertisement that appeared in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island) on February 25, 1852.  Brown & Baker, Daguerreotypists, Harmony Hall, [Duncan’s Block, No. 56 Broad Street, Directly opposite the Arcade.

Our friends and the public generally are respectfully invited to give us a call.  O. Brown, H. Baker.  may 22.

Brown & Baker are not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. Baker

1851-1852       56 Broad Street, Harmony Hall, [Duncan’s Block,] Providence, Rhode Island.

H. Baker of the firm Brown & Baker (O. Brown & H. Baker) was recorded in one advertisement that was recorded on February 25, 1852 in the General Advertiser (Providence, Rhode Island). 

Brown & Baker, Daguerreotypists, Harmony Hall, [Duncan’s Block, No. 56 Broad Street, Directly opposite the Arcade.

Our friends and the public generally are respectfully invited to give us a call.  O. Brown, H. Baker.  may 22.

H. Baker is not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. Armington

1846                Address, Unknown, Pawtucket, Rhode, Island.[1]

1848                19 Westminster Street, Providence, Rhode Island,[2]

1850                Sagamore Building, near the Central Building, Lynn, Massachusetts.

H. Armington was record in a manuscript letter to Southworth & Hawes on October 13, 1846 and one advertisement.  The Manuscript letter from H. Armington & Co. To Southworth & Hawes formerly in Matthew R. Isenburg Collection.[3] 

Pawtucket Mass. Oct. 13th 1846 Messrs.  Southworth & Hawes, Gents, We have seen in pictures in Providence said to have been taken with “quickstuff” prepared and sold by you, which we liken the appearance of very much.  We wish you to send us a bottle of the same with the directions necessary for using it.  If we could produce the same results with it as those we saw in Providence should like to make use of it altogether,

Please write us your lowest price for Scovilles No. 1 Medium Plates.  Also cheapest Medium satin cases also Velvet good articles.

Yours Respectfully, H. Armington & Co.

The advertisement was recorded on April 26, 1850 in the Lynn News (Lynn, Massachusetts).

Daguerreotype Gallery, In The Sagamore Building, near the Central Building, Lynn.  J. H. Currier, Daguerrian Artists, having procured of his late partner, Mr. Armington, his large German Instrument, is now prepared to execute Miniatures of all styles, in groups or single, on small or the largest sized plates that are used.

As a most certain guarantee that he will satisfy his customers, he invites a scrutinizing examination of his specimens, and a trial of his skill by patronage, as he warrants his pictures to be satisfactory, and unexcelled at any other gallery in the country—his customers and their friends being the judges.  Lynn, February 1, 1850.

H. Armington is recorded in other photographic directories in 1846 and 1848, but not in 1850.


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

[2] Craigs Daguerreian Registry.  In partnership as Baker (Elisha W.) & Armstrong.

[3] Letter sent from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.