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J. H. Spear

1849-1853       Rooms in Hall’s Long Building, Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

J. H. Spear was recorded in four advertisement in the Windham County Democrat (Brattleboro, Vermont).  In addition to yesterday’s post of Spear & Mack’s one announcement and two advertisements.  The first advertisement appeared on July 16, 1851.  Note the date of the advertisement of April 1, 1851.  Daguerreotypes!  J. H. Spear’s Daguerrean Gallery is the place to get as good a Daguerreotype Likeness as can be obtained in the State.  Skylight Used.

Pictures taken in all weathers, and perfect satisfaction warranted or no charge. Hall’s Long Building, Main st.  Brattleboro, April 1, 1851.

The second advertisement appeared on August 27, 1851.  Again note the date of advertisement July 28, 1851.  Vermont Daguerrean Gallery.  The subscriber, thankful for the very liberal patronage received for the past two years, would inform the citizens of Brattleboro and the adjoining towns, that having Newly Fitted Up His Rooms, and spared no pains or expense to obtain all the Late Improvements in the Art, is now able to produce Pictures that cannot fail to give Perfect Satisfaction.

Prices varying from $1 to $6, according to the Size and Style of the Case.  Hall’s Long Building, Main Street.  J. H. Spear.  Brattleboro, July 28, ’51.

The third advertisement appeared on July 7, 1852  J. H. Spear’s Sky-Light Daguerreotype Rooms, Hall’s Long Building, Main Street.

Pictures taken in all weather and perfect satisfaction warranted or no charge.  Prices from One to Eight Dollars.  Brattleboro, Sept. 10th, 1851.  

The fourth advertisement appeared on January 26, 1853.  Daguerreotyping, The subscriber would respectfully give notice to the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity that he has taken the rooms formerly occupied by J. H. Spear for the purpose of taking and putting up Daguerreotypes in all the various styles of the art, such as Rings, Pins, Lockets, cases, frames, &c., &c.

All who feel interested in this beautiful art, and especially those who wish to obtain a perfect and pleasing Daguerreotype Likeness of themselves or friends, are respectfully invited to give him a call, and secure one or more of those Beautiful Mementoes of Life, ere it shall be too light.  The pictures taken by the subscriber, for the richness and softness of tone, the clearness and distinctness of the expression of the eyes, are not surpassed by any.

Daguerreotypes and Paintings of all kinds, copied in the very best manner.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge will be made, as none but good work will be allowed to go from this room.  J. L. Lovell.  Brattleboro, Jan. 6, 1853

J. H. Spear is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Brattleboro, Vermont.  J. H. Spear was in the partnership of Spear & Mack in 1849.  It is possible that this is James H. Spear who was active in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Note on the Windham County Democrat I only had access to twenty issues between 1842 to 1853.

Spear & Mack

1849                Hall’s Long Building, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Spear & Mack (James H. Spear & J. C. Mack) were recorded in one announcement and two advertisements in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The announcement appeared on April 27, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.—Messrs. Cooley & West have been succeeded in the Daguerreotype business in this village, by Messrs. Spear and Mack, at the old stand, Hall’s Long Building.  With the best apparatus and materials, united to skill and experience, the new comers are prepared to portray the “human face divine” in any style that may be desired, to the perfect satisfaction of sitters.  [Advertisement Next Week.] 

The first advertisement ran from May 4 to June 1, 1849.  As It Should Be.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Spear & Mack, Successors to Cooley & West, having recently purchased the interest in the same, and having had their Rooms fitted up with all the late Improvements of the “Sky-Light,” after the style of our best City Operators, with an entire New Stock of Plates, Chemicals, &c.  are now prepared to take Pictures, in groups or single, on large or small sized Plates; and with the use of their new, splendid, and recently imported German Camera, are now prepared to take Pictures equal to any taken at any other establishment in the United States,—having had long experience in the business, they cannot fail of giving perfect representations of the original, in point of light, shade, and color.

Pictures taken in cloudy as well as in fair weather, with the use of their new “Camera,” which requires a thorough knowledge of the difference in time (required to sit).

Likenesses taken of sick or deceased persons, Portraits, Daguerreotype and Painted Miniatures, Landscapes, Buildings, &c., &c., copied with accuracy and at short notice.

Terms reasonable and satisfaction warranted.

The inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity are most respectfully invited to their rooms and see specimens recently taken.

Also We keep constantly on hand an assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals, &c., adapted to the Daguerrian trade, which we will sell as low as can be purchased elsewhere.  J. H. Spear, J. C. Mack. Brattleboro, April 23.

The second advertisement ran from June 1 to August 17, 1849.  Daguerreotypes.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Spear & Mac, having recently purchased the interest of Cooley & West in this establishment, and fitted their room up with all the late improvements in the Art, including a Sky-Light after the style of the best city Operators, are prepared, with their lately imported German Camera, to take pictures equal to those taken at any other establishment in the United States.  Pictures taken in cloudy as well as fair weather.

Terms reasonable and satisfaction warranted.

Please call and examine specimens, at Hall’s Long Building.

Instruction given in the Art.                          

Spear & Mack are not recorded in other photographic directories as being partners.  James H. Spear is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts 1853–1856 . J. H. Spear will be posted in tomorrow’s post as being active until 1853 in Brattleboro, Vermont.  It is possible they are the same person. J. C. Mack is not recorded in other photographic directories.