1859 Rooms at the store recently occupied by G. P. Brinck, on Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mr. Coutant was recorded in an announcement on January 19, 1859 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana). Portraits.—Those wishing to obtain handsome and life-like portraits, miniatures, photograph or ambrotype pictures, are referred to the card of Mr. Coutant.
He was also recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 19 to February 9, 1859 in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana). W. H. Coutant. Portrait Painter, Photographist and Ambrotypist, Respectfully inform the citizens of Shreveport, that he has taken rooms at the store recently occupied by G. P. Brinck, on Texas street, where he would be pleased to execute all orders in the above arts entrusted to him.
Mr. Coutant is not recorded in other photographic directories. A listing for W. H. Coutant, was found The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary Of American Artists In America 1564-1860. W. H. Coutant, miniaturist, New Orleans, 1832. This is possibly the same person.
1854 Address Unknown, Natchitoches, Louisiana. 1854 Address Unknown, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Boyd was recorded in an advertisement in The South-Western (Shreveport, Louisiana) on November 15 to 29, 1854. Electro-Magnetic Sky-Light Daguerreotype Saloon. After operating a few weeks at Natchitoches, I shall receive from N. York a large and improved apparatus, involving newly applied principles of optics, when I shall be able to exhibit to the ladies and gentlemen of Shreveport and surrounding country, Daguerrean likenesses excelling any hitherto executed in this region. Having great experience in the art, and in possession of all the late improvements, I will be prepared, by the aid of an ample Sky-Light and the celebrated Electro-Magnetic process, to take likenesses almost instantaneously, thereby committing to “metallic immortality” the happiest expression of the “human face divine,” and avoiding the staring and frowning contour, attendant upon long sittings. By a secret accelerating process, in connexion with a “Buickworker,” likenesses of Infants will be taken in fair weather with extraordinary certainty and perfection. I intend also to introduce some new style of pictures by patent chemical processes that are all the go in the northern cities. The celebrated “crayon,” or Byron, and vignette miniatures. The fine illustrated or halo pictures, and those wonders of science and art, “stereoscope” pictures which by some mysterious physiological or psychological process impress upon the mind of the beholder the idea of Solidity, or an outstanding form. Those lovers of the fine arts who desire something rare and artistic—gems of the “art divine”—will do well to make their arrangements for a sitting when this gallery opens. Daguerreotypes have in this age of progression, become an indispensable requisite to our earthly happiness; and we are continually and mournfully reminded that “delays are dangerous.” Let it be distinctly understood that I will take good likenesses in any kind of weather. Children in fair weather. The remains of the departed daguerreotyped, and landscapes, residences, etc., taken in their natural position.
At this time Boyd’s first name is unknown and he does not appear in other photographic directories practicing in Louisiana.
Alger appeared in two issues of The South Western which was published in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 23 & 30, 1859. He called is studio The Excelsior Photographic Gallery at the corner of Market and Texas Streets, over Mr. Frank’s Jewelry Store. He advertises that he is making a new style of picture called Ferreotypes and Statuetype. Particular attention paid to setting miniatures in lockets, bracelets, pins, etc.
Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list an A. C. Alger in 1855-1856 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s unknown at this time if they are the same person.