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M. Vedder

1844                Room at the corner of Union and Ferry Streets, Schenectady, New York.

M. Vedder was recorded in three advertisements in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  The first advertisement ran on June 4 & 11, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  M. Vedder, respectfully announces that he has fitted up the lower room at the corner of Union and Ferry-streets, which is much more convenient and pleasant for ladies to visit than the one he formerly occupied, where he is prepared to take Photographic Likenesses in the very best style, in fair or cloudy weather.

No person will be required to take a likeness that is not perfectly satisfactory.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and see his specimens.                                                                 

The second advertisement ran from June 18 to July 2, 1844. Daguerreotype Miniatures.  M. Vedder, respectfully announces that he has fitted up the lower room at the corner of Union and Ferry-streets, which is much more convenient and pleasant for ladies to visit than the one he formerly occupied, where he is prepared to take Photographic Likenesses in the very best style, in fair or cloudy weather.

No person will be required to take a likeness that is not perfectly satisfactory.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and see his specimens.                                                                 

Through Instructions given to those persons wishing to learn the art.

.The third advertisement ran from July 9 to September 3, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  M. Vedder, respectfully announces that he has fitted up the lower room at the corner of Union and Ferry-streets, which is much more convenient and pleasant for ladies to visit than the one he formerly occupied, where he is prepared to take Photographic Likenesses in the very best style, in fair or cloudy weather.

No person will be required to take a likeness that is not perfectly satisfactory.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and see his specimens.                                                                 

Through Instructions given to those persons wishing to learn the art. 

Only A Few Days Longer.  Those who are desirous of having likenesses taken by the subscriber, are respectfully informed that he will remain in this city but a short time longer. Room, corner of Union and Ferry.

M. Vedder is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Stewart

1845                Rooms in State Street, opposite Givens’ Hotel, Schenectady, New York.

Mr. Stewart was recorded in one advertisement and three announcements in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  The advertisement ran from October 7 to 21, 1845.  Daguerrian Portraits.  Mr. Stewart, of New York, would inform the inhabitants of Schenectady, that he has taken rooms in State-st., opposite Givens’ Hotel, for the purpose of taking Miniature likenesses.  Persons contemplating having their Portraits taken, are invited to call and sit for them, and if not perfectly pleased will not be requested to take them.  Portraits taken by the process used by Mr. S. cannot fade or become dim by any length of time.  Terms—for a portrait with a fine morocco case, $1 to $4; taken in any weather.  Mr. S. will remain for two or three weeks only.                                                                                                  

The first announcement appeared on October 14, 1845.  Daguerrian Portraits.—The attention of the reader is requested to Mr. Stewart’s advertisement in another column.

The second announcement appeared on November 4, 1845.  Miniature Likenesses.—It is fully conceded that by no other form or process, can there be so accurate and faithful a likeness executed, as by the Daguerrean Process.  There have been many improvements made in the art within a few years past; and the Portraits taken now, are far superior to former ones.  Those executed by Mr. Stewart, State-street, opposite Givens’ Hotel, are, we believe, faultless.  His Portraits are beautiful as Pictures as well as correct and faithful as Likenesses.

The third announcement appeared on November 25, 1845.  Miniature Likenesses.—We would call the attention of our readers to the Daguerrian Portraits taken by Mr. Stewart, opposite Givens’ Hotel.  The general fault of Portraits taken by this process, is want of tone and distinctness.  But those executed by Mr. S., instead of the features being blank and inexpressive as white paper, have all the tone and expression of a fine mezzotint engraving.  As Mr. S. will remain but a short time, we advise those who may want a portrait to avail themselves of the present opportunity of getting a good one.

Mr. Stewart is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Somes

1856                Furman’s Building, State Street, Schenectady, New York.

A. Somes appeared in one announcement in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York) on January 1, 1856. Mr. A. Somes, daguerreotypist, has, by repeated experiments in the new and beautiful art of Ambrotyping, brought it to high perfection.  We recommend to all who desire a perfect and durable likeness, to call on him at his rooms in Furman’s building, State-street.

A. Somes is recorded in other photographic directories as being a daguerreotypist, active in 1857-1858 in Schenectady.

S. H. Sexton

1844                Room in the Davis’ Building, opposite Phoenix Hotel, Schenectady, New York.

S. H. Sexton was recorded in one advertisement ran from August 6 to 27, 1844 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  S. H. Sexton, Daguerreotypist.  Room in Davis’ Building, opposite the Phoenix Hotel, recently occupied by Mr. Dennison.               

S. H. Sexton is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is possible that this is Samuel H. Sexton a portrait and landscape painter who was active in Schenectady, New York from 1839-1860.[1]         


[1] The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of Artists In America 1564-1860.

P. C. Ransom

1845                14 Yates Street, Schenectady, New York.

P. C. Ransom was recorded in one advertisement that appeared on August 19, 1845 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York). P. C. Ransom, Daguerreotype Artist, Has opened a convenient room at No. 14 Yates st. Schenectady, where he is prepared to execute at any hour of the day, Miniatures, of individuals and family groups, with all the late improvements, in a style not surpassed.  Miniatures taken by this new process are of an entirely different character from those produced by the old process, as it gives the likeness nearer the color of life, obviates the death-like appearance which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Miniatures, and also renders the impression entirely permanent on the plate.  Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine, and sit for their likenesses if they choose, by way of experiment.

P. C. Ransom is not recorded as being active in Schenectady, New York in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Porter C. Ransom in Troy, New York in 1847-1849, it is possible they are the same person.

H. A. Peters

1857-1858       Rooms in the Freeman Building, State Street, Schenectady, New York.

H. A. Peters was recorded in one advertisement and one announcement in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  The advertisement ran from November 27, 1857 to March 12, 1858.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes!!  Large Size For Fifty Cents!  at H. A. Peters’ New Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Gallery, in the Freeman Building, State st.

N. B.  The Best and Cheapest place in Schenectady to get Likenesses.

The announcement appeared on December 11, 1857.  We would call the attention of the citizens to the advertisement of H. A. Peters, in another column.  He is prepared to take Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes at his rooms in Freeman’s building, at all times, and will give perfect satisfaction to all who may favor him with a call.  Now is the time to make your “gal” a present of your picture, for a Holiday gift.  There is nothing more appropriate.  His Daguerreotypes are warranted.

H. A. Peters is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William Magoffin

1850                105 State Street, opposite Walker’s, Schenectady, New York.

William Magoffin was recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 30 to September 13, 1850 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Wm. Magoffin’s Daguerrean Gallery, 105 State street, Schenectady, (opposite Walker’s.)—The undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that he has taken the rooms recently occupied by W. L. Lansing[1], where he will be prepared to wait upon those who may favor him with their patronage.

Those wishing good pictures, are requested to call at my rooms, which are fitted up with a magnificent Sky-Light capable of taking pictures in from two to four seconds.  Perfect satisfaction given, or no charge made.  William Magoffin.

N. B.—Persons wishing pictures taken of children, are requested to bring them in the morning.

William Magoffin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Identified in newspaper advertisements  as H. L. Lansing.

H. L. Lansing

1850                105 State Street, opposite J. Walker’s, Schenectady, New York.

H. L. Lansing was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 2 to August 13, 1850 in The Schenectady Cabinet (Schenectady, New York). Lansing’s Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery, Of Beautiful Daguerreotype Paintings (with all the colours,) No. 105 State Street, directly opposite J. Walker’s. H. L. Lansing, recently returned to this city, begs leave to inform his friends and the public generally, that he has fitted up a Daguerrean Gallery with a large Sky Light, and with a superior instrument and thorough knowledge of the business, he will be enabled to take very perfect likenesses of unsurpassable style and finish.

Specimens can be seen at his room.  Likenesses taken equally well in cloudy as in fair weather.

H. L. Lansing is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mrs. L.

1846                Room in the American Hotel, State Street, Schenectady, New York.

Mrs. L. was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Schenectady Reflector  (Schenectady, New York).  The announcement ran on September 25, 1846.  The attention of our citizens is invited to the notice of a lady from Boston, who proposes to remain in the city for a few days, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Miniatures, and giving instruction in the making of Wax Flowers.

The advertisement ran on September 25 & October 2, 1846.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, By a Lady from Boston.  Mrs. L. respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Schenectady, that she has taken rooms at the American Hotel, east end of State-street, where she is prepared to take Miniatures in a superior style of Coloring, Tone, Effect and Beauty.  The public are invited to call and examine her specimens.

Mrs. L. will also give instructions to a Class of Young Ladies in the beautiful art of making Wax Flowers, elegant samples of which may be seen at her room.  Application to be made soon.

Mrs. L. is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. T. Hawley. 

1842                150 State Street, opposite Given’s Hotel, Schenectady, New York.

S. T. Hawley was recorded in an advertisement that ran from June 10 & 17, 1842 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Studio.  No. 150 State street, up stairs, opposite Givens’ Hotel.  Splendid Work Of Nature And Art.  Miniature Portraits by the Daguerreotype taken in any weather from 8½ A. M., till 4½ P. M., in a style which cannot be surpassed.

By this process, a miniature can be taken in twenty-five minutes which will be recognized at a glance, as a perfect likeness, and cannot be otherwise that accurate, as it is entirely the work of nature.  Time required in sitting, from 20 seconds to 2½ minutes.  Satisfaction given, or nothing will be demanded.     S. T. Hawley.

S. T. Hawley is not recorded in other photographic directories.