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E. L. Knowlton

1842                Room over the Store of Smith & Orne, Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.

E. L. Knowlton was recorded on an advertisement that ran from April 9 to 23, 1842 in the Weekly Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). Photographic Miniature Portraits, By The Daguerreotype. The subscriber begs leave to call the attention of the public to specimens of Photographic Miniature Portraits, executed by him, at his room over the store of Smith & Orne, Main-st.  He has recently made some highly successful experiments, by which the time required in sitting is not only materially shortened, but a degree of certainty is obtained hitherto considered impracticable, while the picture, which is finer than any steel engraving, is rendered as legible and far more accurate than any oil painting.

Therefore, those who wish to retain a perfect semblance of their relatives or friends, can by this beautiful process obtain a more satisfactory result than in any other way.  Instructions given in Photography, and Apparatus furnished at moderate charge.  E. L. Knowlton.

Fifteen minutes is sufficient to take a miniatures, set in a case, and deliver it complete.  He would also inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Springfield, that he will commence a course of Lessons in his splendid style of Penmanship, on Monday, April 11th, in Sargeant’s building, third story.  E. L. Knowlton.

E. L. Knowlton is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers or other photographic directories.

George W. James

1845                Burt’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.                                                                      1845                Lombard’s new building, nearly opposite the Chicopee Bank, Springfield,                                      Massachusetts.

George W. James was recorded in three announcements and two advertisements.  The first advertisement ran from June 24 to 28, 1845 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  A Rare Chance, Is now offered for any young man who wishes to engage in a pleasant and lucrative business.

Mr. George W. James, Daguerreotype Artist, being about to engage in a different business, offers his establishment in Burt’s Building for sale.  He has recently fitted up his room in a superior style, and everything is in good order for taking Likenesses.  He will give any young man instructions in the art, so that he will be competent to take charge of the establishment with a very little practice.

Mr. James will remain here a few day longer, and will be happy to take any persons Likeness in a style superior to any that have been offered to the public.  P. S.  Any person taking the whole establishment will receive instruction gratis.

The second advertisement ran from August 5 to October 29, 1845 in the Daily Republican  (Springfield, Massachusetts).  New Daguerreotype Rooms.  Removal.  Mr. James, wishes to inform the citizens of Springfield, that he has removed his operating rooms from Burt’s to Lombard’s new building, nearly opposite the Chicopee Bank, where he is prepared to execute Likenesses in a style superior to any that have ever been offered to the inhabitants of this town or vicinity.

Miniatures taken of various sizes, from Breast Pins upwards, Mr. James Requests The Public To Call And Examine Specimens For Themselves.  Likenesses taken without regard to weather, and warranted correct.

The first announcement appeared on August 6, 1845 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  We refer our readers to the advertisement of Mr. James, who has concluded to remain in town, and has taken rooms in the new Lombard building.  His daguerreotype portraits, we believe, are satisfactorily executed.

The second announcement appeared on October 14, 1845 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Hampden Co. Agricultural Fair.  List of entries at the Show, Oct. 8 and 9—concluded from yesterday.  Specimens Of Fine Arts.  Listed are

G. W. James,                Springfield,         12 Specimens Daguerreotype                                                  Stock & Cooley,          Springfield,            6 Paintings and 4 Daguerreotypes                                        J. Beals, Jr.                   W. Springfield,      4 Daguerreotypes                                                                      G. W. James,                Springfield,            4 Daguerreotypes                                                                        J. T. Ames,                     Cabotville,              2 Daguerreotypes

The third announcement appeared on October 16, 1845 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Hampden Co. Agricultural Fair…A Frame containing twelve Daguerreotype Likenesses, by G. W. James—among which we recognized several of our citizens as natural as life.  Also, another by the same, taken from miniature paintings, well executed.  Several admirable Daguerreotype Miniatures of large size and near to life, by Stock & Cooley.

George W. James is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. M. Hoadley

1844                Between Chicopee Bank and Exchange Hotel, Springfield, Massachusetts.        1844                3d story of Byers’ building, Elm Street, over Post Office, Springfield,                                                  Massachusetts.

L. M. Hoadley is recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). The first advertisement ran from April 20 to May 20, 1844. Daguerreotype Miniatures.  L. M. Hoadley, who is aquainted with all the latest improvements in this interesting art, is prepared to furnish Miniatures, and copies of paintings, in a style not to be surpassed.  Miniatures taken by this new process, have none of that death like appearance which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype miniatures, as they are taken without the direct rays of the sun upon the face, rendered permanent upon the plate.  Correct likenesses guaranteed.  Price from two to two and a half dollars.

Please call and examine specimens at his room in the 3d story of Byers’ building, Main Street;—entrance between the Chicopee Bank and Exchange Hotel.

The first announcement appeared on  May 6, 1844.  Daguerreotype Portrait.—We would refer those who wish to get Miniatures of themselves or friends to the advertisement of Mr. Hoadley, in another column, who takes likenesses by the Daguerreotype process.—We have examined some of his specimens and think them the best we ever saw by this new remarkable art.  For a trifling sum a person may get an indelible and correct likeness, without any flattery, ad in a very few minutes of time.  We would recommend Mr. Hoadley, as a person who understands his business, and accomplishes all he undertakes.

The second announcement appeared on May 17, 1844.  Mr. Hoadley has removed his Daguerreotype business to the rooms in the 3d story over the Post Office, in Elm-street

The second advertisement ran from May 21 to July 10, 1844.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  L. M. Hoadley, who is aquainted with all the latest improvements in this interesting art, is prepared to furnish Miniatures, and copies of paintings, in a style not to be surpassed.  Miniatures taken by this new process, have none of that death like appearance which has hitherto been the objection to Daguerreotype miniatures, as they are taken without the direct rays of the sun upon the face, rendered permanent upon the plate.  Correct likenesses guaranteed.  Price from two to two and a half dollars.

Please call and examine specimens at his room in the 3d story of Byers’ building, Elm Street; —entrance between the Post Office and Thompson & Co.’s Express office.    Springfield, April 20.

L. M. Hoadley is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. P. Fuller

1851    Main Street, Hixon Block, Springfield, Massachusetts.

L. P. Fuller was recorded in an announcement that appeared on January 31, 1851 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). January 31, 1851, Sky-Light Daguerreotypes. The richest style of Pictures can be obtained at the old establishment, formerly owned by Messrs. Fuller & Co.  The present proprietor having been engaged in the business for nine years past will endeavor not to be excelled by any in the profession.  Every convenience for sitters, old and young.  Pictures copied with an instrument expressly for the purpose.  Likenesses of deceased persons taken in the best possible manner.  Through instructions to pupils.

A. Fletcher

1846                Town House, Barre, Massachusetts.                                                                          1848                Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts[1]

A. Fletcher is recorded in an announcement on August 14,1846 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype. Secure the shadow, ere the substance fade, Let nature copy that which nature made.  A. Fletcher, Daguerreotypist, Has taken rooms for a short time at the Town House, where he is prepared to execute Photographic or Daguerreotype Miniatures, in neat and elegant style, with or without coloring as may suit the taste of purchasers and with all the latest improvements.  Terms moderate.  Please call and examine.  Hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

A. Fletcher is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 in Barre or Springfield, Massachusetts, nor is he listed in other photographic directories in Barre, Massachusetts. He is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Springfield, Massachusetts.

[1] information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

C. Faxon

1841                7 Cheapside, New Bedford, Massachusetts.                                                            1841                Masonic Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts.

C. Faxon was recorded in two announcements while in the partnership of O’Brien & Faxon and two advertisements while he was alone in Springfield, Massachusetts. The first announcement appeared on July 9, 1841 in the New Bedford Mercury (New Bedford, Massachusetts). Daguerreotypes,—Such of our readers as may be desirous to learn more of the curious [all] invented by M. Daguerre in Paris, of copying nature simply by reflecting the image of the object to be represented in a strong light upon a metallic surface prepared to receive it, will do well to call at the room of Messrs. O’Brien and Faxon, Cheapside.  It will be seen by a notice in our advertising columns that these gentlemen will remain in this town a few days, and will execute miniatures, with singular fidelity and dispatch by this process.  We have seen several specimens executed by them, which are indeed facsimiles of the originals.

The second announcement appeared on July 9, 1841 in the New Bedford Mercury (New Bedford, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Messrs. O’Brien & Faxon would respectfully inform the citizens of New Bedford and vicinity that they have opened an establishment at No. 7 Cheapside, (next door to Howarth’s exhibition of paintings) for the purpose of making the Daguerreotype Miniatures.  They practice upon the system of Prof. Morse of New York, combined with other valuable improvements in their possession.  Such is the accuracy and truth of these pictures, that no painter or engraver can equal them, they emphatically represent the man.  They also copy paintings, statuary, engravings, &c.  they will take a limited number of pupils on reasonable terms.  Hours of business between 8 A. M. and 6 P. M.  the public are invited to call as early as possible, as their stay in the place is limited.

The first advertisement ran from September 15 to October 6, 1841 in the Springfield Gazette.  (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Catch The Shadow ere its substance fades.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, At Masonic Hall For A Short Time Only. Prices Reduced to $3.  The Subscriber having spent much time and money in perfecting himself in the Photographic Art, and practiced successfully in various places, now offer his services to the citizens of Springfield and its vicinity, for a short time, at the Masonic Hall.  He is in possession of all those important improvements in the art which have been recently made, combined with others of his own invention, and flatters himself that his skill in the business will recommend him to their favor.  Likenesses, taken in a few moments, without the aid of a strong light, which, by the old method, was liable to distort the features.  To those who are unacquainted with this art, it may perhaps be well to say, that it gives a lasting and perfect delineation of the features, drawn by the pencil of light, the hand of Nature, more striking and accurate than can possibly be obtained in any other way.  The Subscriber has reduced his price to the lowest possible limits consistent with safety to himself, and as low as can possibly be obtained elsewhere, while his style of workmanship he is willing to compare with any in the country.  Price of a single portrait Three Dollars.—For a group of two—Five Dollars.  Satisfaction warranted.  Scenery, Buildings, Paintings, Bust, &c. Beautifully copied.  Instruction given upon reasonable terms. The public are respectfully invited to call.            C. Faxon.

The second advertisement ran from September 18 to October 2, 1841 in the Springfield Weekly Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Catch The Shadow ere its substance fades.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, At Masonic Hall For A Short Time Only.  The subscriber respectfully informs the citizens of Springfield and its vicinity, that he has opened room at Masonic Hall, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype Portraits.  The most accurate and striking likenesses which will never change or fade are delineated in this manner by the pencil of light, in the space of a few moments.  Miniatures taken in any weather, without the aid of a strong light, which was liable by the old method to cause an unnatural distortion of the features.  Price reduced to $3,00 for a single portrait; for a group or two $5,00.  Scenery, Buildings, Paintings, Bust, &c. Beautifully copied.  The public are respectfully invited to call.  C. Faxon.

C. Faxon is recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Cooley & West

1848                Rooms in Hall’s Long Building, Brattleboro, Vermont.

Cooley & West were recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in the Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, Vermont).  The first advertisement ran from May 5 to June 30, 1848.

Daguerreotypes.  The Vermont Daguerrian Gallery Is now being fitted up in Hall’s Long Building.  It will be opened for the reception of visitors, May 10, 1848, when the proprietors will be happy to have a call from the citizens generally, and to show them our specimens; also our assortment of Gold Lockets, which will be sold very cheap, by the single one or by the dozen.

Operators that are in want of Lockets will find it for their advantage to give them a call before purchasing at Boston or other places.

Also, will be kept at their Gallery a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals and every thing appertaining to the Daguerreotype line, which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Likenesses taken of deceased persons; also from Paintings, Daguerreotypes, Engravings, &c.

Pupils thoroughly instructed in the art, and furnished with instruments, if desired.   O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West.

The second advertisement ran from June 30 to August 11, 1848.  Miniatures.  Vermont Daguerrian Gallery.  Messrs. Cooley & West Would inform the inhabitants of Brattleboro and vicinity that they have fitted up their rooms in a superior manner for taking beautiful Daguerreotype Likenesses, in Cases, Frames, Lockets, Rings, &c., by side or sky light, as the sitter may prefer.  We flatter ourselves, with our long and successful experience in the business, in the Southern as well as the Northern States, and with the late great improvements in the art, we shall be able to take Likenesses of Persons, Portraits, Miniatures, Paintings, Engravings, &c., in a style of execution, boldness of character, beauty of expression, in variety of sizes, and delicacy of light and shadow that will suit the most fastidious.

Constantly on hand, a splendid assortment of Gold and Gilt Lockets.  Operators are requested to give us a call before purchasing elsewhere, as we shall sell very cheap. Single or by the dozen.  Also a large assortment of Plates, Cases, Chemicals, every thing appertaining to the Photographic Art, and which will be sold at city prices.  The patronage of operators in this section of the country is respectfully solicited.  Operators are invited to examine our Photographic Accelerating Fluid, which is acknowledged by the best artist to be the best thing now in use.

Likenesses taken of deceased persons.  Particular attention paid to instructing pupils in every branch of the business.  Also all the late improvements in the art.  Persons wishing to go South or West will find it for their interest to give us a call before engaging elsewhere.  Constantly on hand, German, French and American Cameras, which will be sold low.O. H. Cooley, Geo. S. West, Hall’s Long Building, over the Post Office.

The announcement ran 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.]

Otis H. Cooley was active in Springfield, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont.  George S. West is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Cooley & Meacham

1851                26 & 27 Foot’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cooley & Meacham were recorded in an announcement and an advertisement.  The announcement ran on July 16, 1851 in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Cooley Daguerreotypes.  The most exquisite specimens of out-door Daguerreotyping we have ever seen, was accomplished, on Saturday last, by Mr. O. H. Cooley.  Mr. Cooley invited the Ocean Hose Company out, for their picture, and took them in their neat uniform with their new banner appropriately displayed in the center of the line.  The picture is a perfect set of portraits, in miniature, of the whole company, every individual being easily recognizable by those acquainted with the original.  This is not all.  The tone of the picture is like that of the very richest steel engraving.  We learn that the company are determined to have this picture, but trust that Mr. Cooley will retain it awhile, for exhibition.

In this connection, it is put justice to Mr. Cooley to give him the credit that his long and successful labors in the Daguerreotyping art deserves.  He began his business in the infancy of the art, eight or nine years since.  With an industry and perseverance which have surmounted every obstacle, he has kept along with the advance of his art, until, now, he displays a gallery of pictures, and daily furnishes portraits to his patrons, second to none found in the United States.  He has now taken in a new partner, and the business is carried on by Cooley & Meacham.  The gallery of pictures has been removed to the third story in Foot’s building, and now occupies one of the most beautiful and pleasant rooms in town.  Mr. Clark, an operator accomplished in his art, and gentlemanly in his deportment, presides in the laboratory, and we are glad to know that the business thrives.

The advertisement ran on July 25 to August 12, 1851 in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Hampden Daguerrean Gallery.  Cooley & Meacham, Proprietors, No. 26 & 27 Foot’s Building.  This long established Gallery has been constantly gaining in popularity, until now it is acknowledged to be unsurpassed in this country.

The picture department is still under the supervision of Mr. C., the original proprietor, whose motto has ever been to “go ahead,” in all the improvements in the Art, and he is determined to keep in advance of all competitors.  He has taken in as partner, Mr. H. H. Meacham, and with this accession to his means, is enabled to offer the picture-loving public greater inducements than ever to patronize this establishment.

They have removed their Gallery to room No. 26, directly front of the operating room, the pleasantest room in the building, and invite the public generally to visit their fine Exhibition Rooms, filled with an extensive collection of portraits of distinguished public men.

Pictures taken in all weather at moderate price.  N. B. Mr. Cooley having made the above arrangement request all who are indebted to him to make immediate payment, and all having accounts against him are requested to present the same for adjustment.

Otis H. Cooley is listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 and Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Not recorded is that Cooley was also active in Brattleboro, Vermont from 1847-1849.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a Harris Meacham in 1851-1852 without a business address.  Meacham is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

L. W. Colton

1849                825, 826 & 27 Foot’s Block, Springfield, Massachusetts.

L. W. Colton was recorded in an advertisement which ran from March 14 to May 8, 1849 in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). O. H. Cooley has this day associated with him Mr. L. W. Colton, and the business will hereafter by conducted under the name of O. H. Cooley & Co., at the old stand in Foot’s new building, where they will continue to give the public more of those unrivalled Sky-Light Daguerreotypes, which have gained for this establishment its just and far famed celebrity, and they hope by unceasing endeavors to please, to merit a continuance of the public patronage.  The Rooms will be open for visitors from 8 o’clock A. M. until sunset.  All are invited to call and examine specimens whether they wish for pictures or not.

O. H. Cooley would also request those who have unsettled accounts to call as soon as practicable and settle the same with him or Prof. Atwater, who is yet at hand at his department in No. 8.

L. W. Colton is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if Colton is a daguerreotypist or just a business partner.