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J. W. C. Morrison 

1846-1847       Address Unknown, Bath, Maine.

1847-1848       Front Street, Bath, Maine.

1853-1855       Address Unknow, Portland. Maine.

1856-1858       130 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1858-1859       130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Portland, Maine.

1860                139 Middle Street Portland, Maine.[1]

1861                26 Market Square, Portland, Maine.

J. W. C. Morrison was recorded in thirteen advertisements (four of which he was mentioned in) and seven announcements in seven different newspapers.  Morrison was in the partnership of Silsbee & Morrison; Smith & Morrison and Albert M. McKenney who worked for/with.  The first announcement appeared on January 2, 1847 in the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette (Hallowell, Maine).  Smart Day’s Work.—Twenty Daguerreotype likenesses were taken, finished and delivered yesterday by Silsby & Morrison.—Bath Tribune.

The first advertisement ran from April 27, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune (Bath, Mine).  J. W. C. Morrison, Daguerrean Gallery, Front Street, Bath, Me.  Four Doors North of the Eliot House.

The second advertisement ran from November 6, 1847 to May 13, 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  City Daguerrian Gallery.  J. W. C. Morrison, At his Old rooms, four doors North of the Eliot House, Front St., continues to furnish pictures in the best style of the art, and unsurpassed by any in the country.

Mr. Morrison would invite the public to call and examine specimens of his work, among which may be found many familiar faces, depicted with the utmost truthfulness and beauty.

Pictures taken of the sick and deceased persons by leaving orders at his rooms.

Views of Buildings and Landscapes taken, without being reversed.  Bath, August 21, 1847.

The third advertisement ran from December 13, 1847 to January 26 1848 in The Northern Tribune.  For Holiday Presents or Gifts Of Affection, Daguerreotype Miniatures are acknowledged by universal custom to be the most proper.

They can be procured at all hours, at Morrison’s City Gallery and set in a few minutes in Frames, Cases, Lockets, &c., a large assortment of which in constantly on hand.”

The second announcement appeared on December 27, 1847 in The Northern Tribune.  Presents.  There is nothing more appropriate for a present than a Daguerreotype Miniature.—They can be had in this city in the highest state of perfection.  For further particulars see Daguerrian advertisements.  Bath Daguerrian can’t be beat.

The fourth advertisement (first he was mentioned in) ran from July 18 to September 26, 1850 in the Eastern Times (Bath, Maine).  Daguerreotype Rooms.  B. F. Upton respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen of Bath and vicinity, that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by Mr. J. W. C. Morrison, where he will be happy to supply any in want with superior Daguerreotype Miniatures.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.

The third announcement appeared on October 25, 1853 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser  (Portland, Maine).  [Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.]  The Cattle Show And Fair—Second Day.  Pictures…In the center of the hall was a case of photographic pictures, or daguerreotypes on paper, of familiar views, by Smith & Morrison & Co…

Of daguerreotypes, Carlton and Howe contributed two cases of very life-like and beautiful specimens.

The fourth announcement appeared on November 8, 1843 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Cumberland County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.  Agreeable to notice , the Fair and Show commenced in Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1853.  The Cattle Show was held in the pasture, corner of Green and Portland Streets.  The Fair of produce and manufactured articles, at Lancaster Hall…

Premiums on Fine Arts, &c…

In regard to Daguerreotypes and Photographs, which perhaps may not be classed so properly under any other department as this.  Your committee particularly recommend notice to be made by you by a Diploma of the fine Crystalotypes (called Daguerreotypes on paper) exhibited by Smith & Morrison of Portland.  As most creditable beginnings of the introduction into our vicinity, so much to be hoped for, of the beautiful development of Photography.

Of the Daguerreotypes exhibited by Geo. W. Howe, as well as those by Mr. S. L. Carlton, they urge honorable mention as sustaining the reputation which the professors of that art have well earned, during many years for those executed here as being among the most beautiful in the world.

The fifth announcement appeared on October 3, 1854 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  The Fair…In Lancaster Hall.  Messrs. Smith & Morrison of this city, contribute a great variety of their superior Photographic likenesses and views.  This branch of the art has been pushed to a wonderful degree of perfection and in the above named firm finds exceedingly skilfull followers.

Mr. S. L. Carlton, the well known daguerreotypist, has a fine show of miniatures, &c., among which are likenesses of many of our city worthies—and one of Lady Cusac Rooney.

Mr. Frank Danielson, successor to Stevens, has also a collection of choice specimens in the daguerreotype line, which will not suffer in comparison with any other in the apartment. 

The fifth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 24, 1857 in the Christian Mirror (Portland, Maine).  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland, Me.

The sixth advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to November 17, 1857 in the Christian Mirror.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The seventh advertisement ran from September 30, 1856 to October 21, 1856 in the Christian Mirror.  Notice Photographic.  Having secured the services of that old campaigner in the Daguerreotype business, and oldest Ambrotypist in the State, A. M. McKenney, Esq., I am now able to give more of my personal attention to the production of first rate Photographs Pictures from Life, or Copies of Daguerreotypes, executed at short notice.  J. W. C. Morrison, 130 Middle Street.

The eighth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Pictures Taken On Glass, by an instantaneous process, differing from the Ambrotype, not being subject to blister or stain, susceptible of any degree of coloring, and their durability placed beyond a question, are now executed daily, at Morrison’s Photographic Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street.

Those desirous of securing likenesses of Infants, will find this process (by experienced hands) never fails, requiring but one or two seconds sitting, and the results the most satisfactory and reliable of anything yet produced by the Photographic art.  J. W. C. Morrison.

The ninth advertisement ran from September 30 to October 21, 1856 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Ambrotype, Photographic, And Daguerreotype Materials, Of the best quality, for sale at Morrison’s Photographic & Daguerreotype Rooms 130 Middle Street, Portland.

The sixth announcement appeared on December 4, 1856 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine). Maine State AG. Society.  Awards Of Premiums…. Division IV.  Class VI—Miscellaneous And Incidentals…

G. M. Howe, Portland, daguerreotypes,…………Dip.

J. W. C. Morrison, Portland, photographs,………Dip.

R. Adams, Portland, ambrotypes,……………….Dp.

L. Wing[2], Waterville, do.,………………………2.00.

The tenth advertisement (the second one he was mentioned in) appeared on September 28, 1858 in the Christian Mirror. Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McGlaughlin, (successor to J. W, C. Morrison.) At their chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle St., Are producing these pictures in all the various styles of the art and equal to any in the country; from the Life Size Head down to the tinniest Locket picture. Satisfaction Warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of Sick Or Deceased Persons, in the city, or at a distance. 

Also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public buildings,  Natural scenery &c. &c. in the city or elsewhere. 

Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the Nos.  130, 134 and 136 Middle St. Portland, ME.

The eleventh advertisement (third he was mentioned in) appeared on October 1, 1858 in the  Zion’s Advocate (Portland, Maine).  Photographs and Ambrotypes, Stearns & McLaughlin, Successors to J. W. C. Morrison.  At Their Chambers, 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street, Are producing these pictures in all the various Styles of the art and equal to any in the Country, from the life size head down to the tinniest Locket picture.  Satisfaction warranted in all cases.

Particular attention paid to taking pictures of sick or deceased, in the city, or at a distance—also we have extra facilities for taking-views of Residences, Churches, Public Buildings or Natural Scenery in the city or elsewhere.  Copying done in the neatest manner.

The public are invited to visit our Rooms and examine our large collection of specimens.

Don’t forget the No. 130, 134 and 136 Middle Street.

The twelfth advertisement (fourth he was mentioned in appeared on January 18, 1859 in the Portland Weekly Advertiser.  Isaac H. Dupee, Photographer and Ambrotypist, Would Inform the citizens of Portland and vicinity, that he has taken the well known rooms of J. W. C. Morrison, for the purpose of making a permanent business of the art.  having had ten years experience in the business, he flatters himself that he can satisfy all who may want a good Likeness, and permanent pictures of themselves, or friends.

Every kind of work done at these rooms, usually done in our line of business.  We will [do our] best endeavors to please.

Particular attention paid to [ ? ], Also, to making Pictures of Sick or Deceased persons—and all work entrusted to his care will be done in the Best Manner, and at reasonable rates.

I keep constantly on hand a good assortment of Gold Lockets, Cases, Frames, &c. &c.—all of which will be sold very low.

The seventh announcement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  Picture Frames.—From the advertisement of Mr. Morrison, in this paper, it will be seen that he has removed to larger and more commodious rooms, 26 Market Square.  He has a large stock of plain and ornamental, gilt, black-walnut and rose-wood mouldings—together with a complete assortment of Photographic materials.

The thirteenth advertisement appeared on June 18, 1861 in the Christian Mirror.  (Removal!  J. W. C. Morrison, & Co., Manufactures and dealers in Picture Portrait and Looking Glass Frames, have removed to No. 26 Market Square, opposite Doering Hall, where may be found Gilt prepared, and Ornamental Mouldings of every style and finish, Looking Glass Frames, &c.

Also an ample stock of Photographic Goods including every article needed by the Photographic Artist.

J. W. C. Morrison is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry but the above provides more information, earlier dates and unknown partnerships.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Probably Simon Wing.