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S. S. Meacham

1851-1852       57 Fourth Street, Opposite Planter’s House, St. Louis, Missouri.

S. S. Meacham was recorded in an advertisement that ran from October 9, 1851 to January 15, 1852 in the Hannibal Journal and Western Union (Hannibal, Missouri).  Rand’s Daguerreotype Saloons, 57 Fourth street, opposite Planters House, St. Louis, Mo.  Ladies and Gentlemen visiting St. Louis are invited to call and have their likenesses taken in a style equal to that of any in the world. S. S. Meacham, Artist & Sup’t.

S. S. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories.

S. L. Meacham

1854                Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                            1854-1855     Rooms over David Lake’s, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                                                    1857-1859     Rooms four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.                      1859                Rooms in the Odd Fellows Hall, Okolona, Mississippi.

S. L. Meacham was recorded in five advertisements and one announcement. The first advertisement was recorded from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Note the date at the end of the advertisement (May 20, 1854.)  Daguerreotypes.  S. L. Meacham, of St. Louis, Mo., respectfully informs the citizens of Aberdeen, that he has taken rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Hankins, and is prepared to execute all manner of work appertaining to the art.  With an experience of nine years in the business, he feels confident in assuring those who may favor him with their patronage, that they can obtain of him specimens of the art equal to any in the world, as well as True Likenesses.  Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as in fair weather, and set in Lockets, Pins, Rings, and cases, from the smallest to full size.  Citizens, Strangers and the ladies especially are invited to call and examine specimens.  May 20, 1854.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to 23, 1855 in the Weekly Conservative (Aberdeen, Mississippi). Business Directory.  Daguerreotypist.  S. L. Meacham—Over David Lake’s.

The third advertisement was recorded on June 4, 1857 in the Sunny South (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.  March 26, ‘57.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 1, 1858 to February 24, 1859 in The Prairie News  (Okolona, Mississippi).  Messrs. Meacham & Sanders.  Are now prepared to take Photographs of every description, finished in India Ink or Colors, and as neatly executed as they can be gotten up in any of the Northern cities: also, Photographs on Oil Canvass, finished in Oil Colors, of any dimension, from the smallest cabinet to life size—likeness warranted.  By this process but one sitting is required after the Photograph is taken.

They have placed their prices for Photographs on paper below the established Northern rates.  Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes taken in the best style of the art.  Old pictures of any description copied and enlarged to any size, on paper or canvass, and likenesses warranted.  Rooms up-stairs, four doors west of the Masonic Hall, Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The announcement appeared on June 30, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Those who wish correct pictures of themselves will find Mr. Meacham, an artist of the first order, in the Odd Fellows Hall.  See Notice.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 30 to July 21, 1859 in The Prairie News (Okolona, Mississippi).  Ambrotypes, S. L. Meacham (formerly of Aberdeen, Miss.,) respectfully calls the attention of the citizens of Okolona to his rooms in Odd Fellows Hall, where he will remain for a few days.  All those wanting a fine likeness of themselves, as well as a superior picture, would do well to give him an early call.  A fine lot of fancy cases; also, lockets and pins on hand.

S. L. Meacham is not recorded in other photographic directories. It is unknown if S. L. Meacham is the same person as recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as S. L. M. Meacham even though the connection to St. Louis, is compelling the activity dates (S. L. M. Meacham 1851) and S. L. Meacham 1854 is circumstantial evidence and would be speculation at best.

James Harris

Ca. 1858        Address Unknown, St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                                  1858                Address Unknown, Paris, Missouri.                                                                                          1858                Address Unknown, Roanoke, Missouri.

James Harris was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement appeared on April 8, 1858 in the  Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.—Mr. Harris, a very excellent artist, is at present at Roanoke, as will be seen by an advertisement in another column.  He was recently in Paris, and his work called forth the following notice from the “Mercury,” which we fully endorse:

“We had the pleasure of visiting lately the Ambrotype and Photograph Gallery of Prof. Harris, and must say that we have seldom if ever seen finer pictures.  The Sphereotype please us best.  This new style of picture must supersede other forms in this beautiful art.  When finished up by such Artists as Prof. Harris, it has that roundness and beauty of the natural form, with an exquisite delicacy of light and shade that we have seen in no other form of Picture.  All lovers of the beautiful and those who may desire correct likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call on Prof. Harris.”

The advertisement ran from April 8 to May 13, 1858 in the Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Missouri).  Ambrotypes.  Prof. Harris; of Tilford’s City Gallery, St. Louis, respectfully announces to the citizens of Roanoke and vicinity, that he has removed his Daguerrean Car to that place, for the purpose of taking pictures in all the various Branches of the Art!

He flatters himself that he will give general satisfaction.  Those wishing pictures are invited to call at the Car and examine specimens.  Lockets, Pins, and Rings, together with all kinds of cases, always to be found at the Car.  Pictures colored to represent paintings, or give an exact representation of the dress worn.  Prices from One Dollar Upwards.  Roanoke, April 8, 1857. James Harris, Artist.

James Harris is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Dobyns & Hall

1853-1854       Address Unknown, Louisville, Kentucky.

Dobyns & Hall (Thomas Jefferson & Nicholas) were recorded in an advertisement that ran from August 17, 1853 to January 15, 1854 in the Nashville Union and American (Nashville, Tennessee).  Daguerran Stock And Picture Establishment.

Dobyns & Yearout, Nashville, Tennessee, College Street.                                                                        Dobyns & Hall, Louisville, Ky.                                                                                                                          Dobyns & Richardson, Morssewet, New York.                                                                                          Dobyns & Spaulding, St. Louis, Mo.                                                                                                              Dobyns & Yearout, Memphis, Tenn.                                                                                                              Dobyns & Harrington, New Orleans.

At any of the above establishments, you can procure as fine Pictures as can be had in any city, of any desired style or finish, as we have every improvement, and expect to keep up with any and all improvements.  We are prepared in either city to furnish artists with every article used in the art.  Our arrangements are such, we can furnish stock on the most reasonable terms.  Dobyns & Co.  N. B.—Pictures taken in any kind of Weather.

Dobyns and Hall are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Dobyns is the third photographer to have multiple franchises Followed by John Plumbe, Jr. and Jesse Harrison Whitehurst.