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J. Winslow Hacker

1856                Address Unknown, Barnstable, Massachusetts.[1]

1856                Address Unknown, Hyannis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, West Dennis, Massachusetts.1

1856                Address Unknown, Chatham, Massachusetts1

1857                Address Unknown, West Barnstable, Massachusetts.1

1857                Address Unknown, Sandwich, Massachusetts.1

1859                Address Unknown, Pike Peak, Colorado.1

J. Winslow Hacker the information below come from nine broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s Collection.  The first has N. D.  Daguerreotypes For One Dollar! Can be had at J. W. Hacker’s Splendid Saloon, For a short time only, as he will remain in town about two weeks, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Daguerreotype.  Having had long experience and constant practice with one 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, clearness of the eyes, and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced, and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.—All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves, or friends, are invited to call and examine, for the best guarrantee of the superority of his Pictures is an examination of his work.

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

Pictures taken equally as well, either in clear or cloudy weather.

P. S. A large assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases constantly on hand, and for sale as cheap as can be purchased in Boston.

N. B. This Saloon is located near the Patriot Office.

The second is dated April 1856.  J. W. Hacker, Would, while returning thanks to his friends and the public, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, To accommodate those that are in want of a Picture Taken by Him.  The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his Pictures.  Please call and compare them with those taken by other operators.

Having just received a good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases,

He would invite all that are wishing to purchase Gold Lockets to call and examine his before purchasing elsewhere.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children, from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

P. S.—Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather

N. B.—Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday, May 3d, and will remove to Barnstable 

The third is dated July 25, 1856.  Notice! Notice!  The subscriber, grateful for the liberal patronage he has received, would respectfully inform his friends and the public that he has re-opened his Saloon, and will remain but a short time to accommodate those that are in want of good Pictures.

His work needs no recommendation.  Call and see.  He will take nice pictures which he will warrant to give satisfaction, for the low price on one dollar.

N. B.  Having received a new assortment of Cases of all kinds, he would invite all to call immediately, as his time is limited.

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

Small Children from 10 A. M. to 3 P. M.  J. W. Hacker.  Hyannis, July 25th, 1856.

The fourth broadsided is dated September 1856.  Rare Chance To Get Good Pictures!  J. W. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will stop Two Weeks At West Dennis, (Near the Meeting House,) to accommodate 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, but would 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 West Dennis Sept. 27th.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Small Children from 10 A. M. until 2 P. M.

A good assortment of Gold Lockets and Fancy Cases on hand.

The fifth broadside is dated November 1856.  One week Only.  J. W. Hacker, Would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week longer Only, To Accommodate Those That Are In Want Of Good Pictures.

Surprising art, by which we lend,

Our countenance to an absent friend,

Or at the close of life’s eventful career,

Leave a memento for those we hold dear.

Next Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day,

Some meet for sport and others to pray,

But Hacker will his favorite art pursue,

To save the shadow of the noble crew.

For a holiday gift of all the rest,

A type of yourself is surely the best;

Then hie for Hacker’s Daguerrean Saloon,

And get your Picture in a Case or Locket fine.

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 4 P. M.

P. S.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his pictures.  N. B.  Remember that he closes his Saloon Saturday the 29th, and moves to Chatham, Monday, December 1st.

The sixth broadside is dated April 1857.  A Good chance To get Pictures taken equally as well as those taken by the best Artist in the city.

J. W. Hacker, Would inform his friends and the public of West Barnstable, that he has located his Saloon Near the Depot, where he will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of Pictures taken by him.

Having had long experience and constant practice with one of the best operators in the New England States, he deems it no arrogance to assert that Pictures taken by him for distinctness of outline, clearness of the eyes, and the artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerreotype, contrast favorably with those hard and flat Pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon the unsuspecting public.

All that wish to obtain a true likeness of themselves or friends are invited to call and examine specimens, for he feels confident that a close examination of his Pictures will satisfy the most incredulous of the superiority of his work.

Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  Call soon, as he positively closes the 11th of April.

Rooms open from 9 A. M. ‘till 5 P. M.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather, a good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets on hand.

An early call is solicited.

The seventh broadside is dated April 15, 1857.  Hacker Is in Town! With his Splendid Saloon, and will remain Two Weeks Only, to accommodate those that are in want of a good Pictures.—Mr. Hacker would while returning thanks to his friends and the public for their past liberal patronage, inform them that this is positively the last chance to get pictures taken by him, as this is his last stopping place on the Cape.

P. S.  Pictures taken for the low price of 75 cts. And upwards, including case.  His work needs no recommendations; but call and see for yourself.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  An early call is solicited, as his time is limited to two weeks only, closing Thursday, April 30th,

Rooms open from 9 A. M., until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases & Gold Lockets For sale cheap, as he is selling out.

Sandwich, April 15, 1857.

The eighth broadside is dated April 1859.  Pike’s Peak.  By a letter just received from Kansas I am correctly informed that the best Gold Diggings are on the Cherry Creek, and the best route is by way of Ft. Riley; and up the smokey Hill River.

All who are anxious to go would do well to call and get their Pictures taken as mementoes for their friends.  Mr. Hacker having had eight years experience, and constant practice, with some of the best operators in New England, such as Masury & Silsbee, Ormsby & Ells [sic.] (Ellis) of Boston, and Manchester & Bro., Providence R. I., feels it no arrogance to assert that pictures taken by him, for distinction of outline, depth and purity of tone and artistical arrangement of position which is so indispensible to a really valuable Portrait, cannot be surpassed by any in the States.

Prices—Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Ferreotypes, Papyrotypes, Ambrotypes, and Patent Leather Pictures, from 25 cents upwards.

Daguerreotypes $1.25, and upwards; Photographs $3.00 and upwards, for first copy.  Duplicates furnished at reduced prices.  Fancy cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

N. B.  Remember, that hacker leaves here the first of May, and will positively close April 30th 1859.

J. Winslow Hacker is not recorded in other photographic directories.  According to the genealogy provide by Harvey.  J. Winslow Hacker learned daguerreotyping from his brother Francis Hacker on Cape Cod.


[1] Broadsides from Harvey Zucker’s collection.

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