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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.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin

1846                Rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry Store, Keeseville, New York.                    1846                Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York. 1846                Fireman’s Hall, Plattsburgh, New York.                                                                        1846-1847     100 State Street, Walker’s Building, opposite Mathews Store, Schenectady,                                   New York.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in seven advertisement and two announcement.  The first advertisement ran from May 23 to June 20, 1846 in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this place and vicinity, that having taken rooms over Mr. Prescott’s Jewelry store they are prepared to execute miniatures of all sizes, from that of a sixpence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c., they will take them in Exchange For New Ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the case at reasonable prices.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate; and the depth-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Our mode of operating is entirely different from that of operators who have previously visited this place.  Ladies and Gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses if they chose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather.  Keeseville, May 23, 1846.

The second advertisement ran from June 29 to July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures!  Messrs. Ficket & Martin respectfully announce to the citizens of this village and vicinity, that they have taken the Plattsburgh Library Room, opposite Trinity Church, the are prepared to execute Miniatures of all sizes, from that of a six-pence to the largest ever taken in this place—in a superior style in tone, coloring, and finish—put up in fine cases or lockets, and warranted to give satisfaction.

They would say to those who have pictures taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlifelike in color, &c. that they will take them in Exchange for New ones, or find a new plate and put them up into the cases at reasonable prices.  Our mode of operating is entirely different from those who have previously visited this place.

In taking likenesses by this new method, different kinds of chemicals are made use of, and the gilding is of an entirely different and superior quality from that used formerly, by which the impression is made permanent on the plate, and the death-like appearance, which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype Likenesses, is obviated.

Ladies and Gentleman are solicited to call and examine specimens and sit for their likenesses, if they choose, by way of experiment.  Those wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity will please call soon, as we shall stay but a few days only.  Instruction in the art given, and all apparatus and chemicals found, upon reasonable terms.  Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather. Plattsburgh, June 18, 1846.

The first announcement appeared on July 11, 1846 in the Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, New York).  Messrs. Ficket & Martin have been taking likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, at Firemen’s Hall, in this village, for the past week, with great success.  The following notice appeared in the Keeseville Republican a week or two since:  “A slight inspection of the work thrown off since their arrival in Keeseville, will at once convince any one as it has us, that they are no ordinary artists, and that none who have heretofore visited the place have been able to approach the perfection in the execution of a likeness which they display.  Many improvements have been introduced into the mode of taking pictures, of which they have availed themselves, and all their materials are of the very best quality from the celebrated establishments of Plumb[e] in New-York.  Sitters do not now have an opportunity of falling asleep in their chairs while a picture is perfecting, and what is better, a good likeness is almost invariably the result of the first trial.  It is well worth a visit to their [rooms to notice the                                             ] their business is accomplished, and the striking clear and life-like expression that is imparted to their pictures.

Those intending to give them a call will do well to improve an early opportunity, as they will probably leave here next week.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1846 to February 5, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the Art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather. Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady. Dec. 22, 1846.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 22, 1846 to February 9, 1847.  In The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Photographic Likenesses.  Messrs. Fickett & Martin, have rented rooms at No. 100 State-street, (up stairs) where they will remain a short time, and will execute Photographic Likenesses by the Daguerreotype process, in a superior style, possessing all the Colors Of Life, and Warranted To Give Satisfaction.

Having made themselves acquainted with all the late improvements in the art, they are prepared to do work which shall compare with any done in our larger cities.  Likenesses taken by the old method, which are either faded out, or unlife-like in color, &c. will be taken in exchange for new ones, or a new plate fitted to the cases, at reasonable rates.

Ladies and gentlemen are solicited to call and examine specimens, and sit for their likenesses, if they chose, by way of experiment.  Miniatures taken in all kinds of weather.  Rooms in Walker’s Building (opposite Mathews Store.)  Schenectady.  Dec. 22, 1846.

The fifth advertisement ran on December 22 & 29, 1846 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Presents For The Season!—Parents or Children, Brothers or Sisters, or even Lovers, can, by calling on Messrs.  Fickett & Martin, at their Rooms, obtain a perfect, true and permanent Likeness of themselves, put up in fine Cases or Lockets, and making as suitable present for the holydays as can be procured.  Our rooms, at 100 State-st. in walker’s building, have been fitted up for the convenience and comfort of those who may favor us with a call.

The second announcement appeared on December 25, 1846 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Mr. Editor.  A day or two since, I called with a friend up on Mr. Martin (of the firm Fickett and Martin) at their rooms, where I saw some of the finest and most finished specimens of Daguerreotype Miniatures imaginable, being far superior in many respects, to any-thing of the kind that has been done in this place previous to their coming, and equal to any done in the land; there is a clearness and life-like appearance, a softness of tone, and a richness in the coloring of their Likenesses which has not been approached by those who have preceded them—and I would say to those who may wish a lasting and suitable “present for the season” to give them a call, at 100 State st. (up stairs) in Walker’s Building.

The sixth advertisement ran from January 5 to February 9, 1847 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.

The seventh advertisement ran from January 15 to February 26, 1847 in The Schenectady Reflector (Schenectady, New York).  Colored Daguerreotype Likenesses.—The Subscribers are now prepared to execute, in the finest and most perfect manner, Daguerreotype Miniatures, which are permanent and life-like, and colored to suit the taste of patrons.  Likenesses taken in various sizes, and put up in rich gold or plated lockets, frames or cases, and warranted satisfactory.

Likenesses taken from family paintings that look more natural and life-like than the paintings.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens at our room No. 100 State-street, (up stairs.)  Instructions in the art, and all apparatus, plates, chemicals, &c., furnished at reasonable rates.  Fickett & Martin.  Jan. 5.

Ficket (Fickett) & Martin were recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry (under Fickett) without activity dates or location.  The first two advertisements dated May 23 & June 29, 1846 and the first announcement dated July 11, 1846 list the partnership as Ficket & Martin,  Starting  on the third advertisement dated December 18, 1846 the partnership is identified as Fickett & Martin.

R. A. Farr

1841                116 State Street, over Crain & Davis Store, Schenectady, New York.

R. A. Farr was recorded in two advertisement and two announcements. The first advertisement ran from July 13 to August 10, 1844 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel  (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  The Ladies and gentlemen of Schenectady are respectfully informed, that a Daguerreotype Apparatus is now at the Colonnade, 116 State-street, where it will remain for a few days.  The operator is prepared to take, by the beautiful pencil of nature, miniature likenesses in a superior style, in a few seconds of time; which, being the reflected forms of the objects themselves, far surpass in fidelity of resemblance, any thing which can be accomplished by the eye and hand of the artist.

Persons wishing to perpetuate the true resemblance of themselves or friends, have now an opportunity of doing so at a very moderate expense, and are invited to call.  Three or four figures can be taken on a single plate—grouping in one view a small family.  Miniature copies of Portraits will also be taken; thus enabling individuals to have copies of the likeness of a deceased or absent friend at a very low price.  Call at 116 State Street.

The second advertisement ran on July 16 to 30, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  The Ladies and gentlemen of Schenectady are respectfully informed, that a Daguerreotype Apparatus is now at the Colonnade, 116 State st., where it will remain for a few days.  The operator is prepared to take, by the beautiful pencil of nature, miniature likenesses in a superior style, in a few seconds of time; which, being the reflected forms of the objects themselves, far surpass in fidelity of resemblance, any thing which can be accomplished by the eye and hand of the artist.

Persons wishing to perpetuate the true resemblance of themselves or friends, have now an opportunity of doing so at a very moderate expense, and are invited to call.  Three or four figures can be taken on a single plate—grouping in one view a small family.  Miniature copies of Portraits will also be taken; thus enabling individuals to have copies of the likeness of a deceased or absent friend at a very low price.  Call at 116 State street.

The first announcement appeared on July 23, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype.—We direct the attention of our readers to an advertisement, in another column, of this apparatus for taking miniatures.  The likeness taken with it, is as perfect as is given by the truest Mirror, with the exception of color.—In addition, instead of hours, it requires only a few seconds of time, to complete the operation.  Specimens may be seen at the room, above this office.

The second announcement appeared on September 3, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype.—We dropped in a few days since, to see Mr. R. A. Farr, in his Daguerreotype rooms, over Crane & Davis store, 154 State street.  He is located on the second floor, on the south side of the hall.  His rooms are very handsomely fitted up , and are well adapted, as regards light, to the purposes for which they are used.  He showed us quite a number of the miniatures taken by him, and they were certainly equal to anything of the kind we ever saw.  The likenesses taken with this apparatus, are as perfect in every respect, as those given by a mirror, with the exception of color.  We have seen many which were somewhat indistinct, and we were almost led to believe that it was unavoidable; those taken by Mr. Farr, however, which we saw, had not this imperfection.  It is worth one’s while to call and see the likeness lying on his table, as well as the apparatus and process by which they are taken.

R. A. Farr is not recorded in other photographic directories.