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John W. Stancliff

1852                26 & 27 Foots Block, Springfield, Massachusetts.

John W. Stancliff was recorded in one announcement that appeared on August 14, 1852 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes.—Our neighbor Cooley has lately taken some of the most beautiful pictures we have ever seen in this line.  He has taken pictures of Signor Guidi in six of his principal opera characters, with characteristic costume, which are colored in the most exquisite manner, and are really next to perfection itself.  He has also a picture of our highly popular candidate for Governor, John H. Clifford, taken last week, from life.  Another of Henry Clay taken from life, in Kentucky, about one year since, by J. W. Stancliff, by whom all these pictures were executed, and who is now engaged for Mr. Cooley, and who has had a large experience in his profession, which, combined with his taste and skill, insure work of rare merit.  We are happy to know that Mr. C. is thronged with customers and friends, and the above pictures will form a new attraction to his rooms.

John W. Stancliff is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1852.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a John W. Stancliff active in Hartford, Connecticut and Louisville, Kentucky, there is a possibility that they are the same person.

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.

Robinson

1848                Main Street, over Dunham & Bates Store, Springfield, Massachusetts

Robinson was recorded in one advertisement that ran from August 19 to 25, 1848 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  A Rare Chance!  Superb Colored Daguerreotypes At Half Price And No Mistake!

Robinson’s Depot Gallery, over Dunham & Bates store South of the Rail Road, Main Street.

The proprietor, Daguerrian artist from New York, having recently arranged to go south (on other business) will close out his stock of superior Plates and Cases by making for those who desire his superb style of Likenesses, colored or plain, at half the usual prices; some 8 or 10 different sizes, from the least to the largest, ranging from seventy five cents to four Dollars, cases or Frames included.

These pictures are warranted as durable, as correct and handsome as any ever offered at any price, and are offered so low only for the above reason and for a short time only.

Robinson is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1939-1900 or other photographic directories as being active in Springfield, Massachusetts.

G. W. Ray

1850                Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

G. W. Ray was recorded in one announcement that appeared on May 15, 1850 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  The Copartnership heretofore existing under the Name L. White & Co. Is this day dissolved by mutual consent.   Springfield, May 13, 1850.   Luther White, G. W. Ray.

N.B.—The business will be continued at the old stand, by G. W. Ray.

G. W. Ray does not appear in other photographic directories.

North & James

1846                Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts

North & James (William C. North & possibly George W. James) were recorded in one announcement that appeared on October 14, 1846 in the Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  Reports and Premiums, Made and awarded by the Hampden Agricultural Society, at its third Exhibition, Exhibition in Springfield, Oct. 7 and 8, 1846.

…The Committee were pleased to see in the exhibition so many good Daguerreotype miniatures.  Beautiful pictures were exhibited, executed both by Mr. North, now Messrs. North & James, also by Mr. Cooley.  We saw no difference in the pictures as regards merit.  Were we to make our choice, one would be as acceptable as the other.  Much praise we think is due them both for their truthful likenesses.  Respectfully submitted, W. S. Elwell, Chairman.

North & James are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Springfield Massachusetts.

Harris H. Meacham

1851                26 &27 Foot’s Building, Springfield, Massachusetts.                                                    1851-1852     Address Unknown, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Harris H. Meacham was mentioned in one announcement and one advertisement in the Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts).  The announcement appeared on July 16, 1851.  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 from July 25 to August 12, 1851.  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.

Harris H. Meacham is recorded in other photographic directories as Harris Meacham, as being active in 1851-1852 in Springfield, Massachusetts without a business address.

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.