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Van Loan & Son

1848                Address Unknown, Washington, D. C.

Van Loan & Son were recorded in one announcement in the New York Herald (New York, New York) on July 6, 1848.  Washington National .Monument Celebration…

A full sized American living eagle was placed on the summit of the Masonic arch, and appeared from his proud look to be fully entitled to his position.  Mr. Van Loan and son occupied the same conspicuous elevation for some time, in daguerreotyping the scene.

Van Loan & Son are not recorded in other photographic directories.  Matthew D. Van Loan had three children, it is possible that this is Matthew and one of his sons.  Two of the children have been identified as Walton and Spencer the name of the third child is unknown at this time. 

Van Loan & Chase

1846-1847       Pennsylvania Avenue, next door to the U. S. Hotel, Washington, D. C.

Van Loan & Chase were recorded in two Advertisements and four announcements, one advertisement and two announcements in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.) and one advertisement and two announcements in The National Whig (Washington, D. C.)  The first advertisement ran from December 19, 1846 to February 8, 1847 in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.)  Van Loan & Chase, From New York And Philadelphia.  Daguerreotype Rooms.  Admittance free.  Next door to the United States Hotel.  Pictures taken in any kind of weather, clear, cloudy, or rainy, from 9 o’clock, a. m., till 5 o’clock, p. m.               

The first announcement appeared in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.) on December 31, 1846.  We would call the attention of citizens and strangers to the daguerreotype establishment of Messrs. Van Loan & Chase, next door to the United States Hotel.

The second advertisement ran from April 30 to June 1, 1847 in The National Whig (Washington, D. C.)  Van Loan & Chase, From New York And Philadelphia.  Daguerreotype Rooms.  Admittance Fee—next door to the U. S. Hotel.

Pictures taken in any kind of weather, clear, cloudy, or rainy, from 9 o’clock, a. m. till 5 o’clock p. m.. Washington, 1847.  april 14.

The second announcement appeared on May 26, 1847 in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.)  A Chinese Painting.  To the Editor of the Union.  Sir:  I request a small space in your valuable paper whilst I employ it in inviting the attention of the regular artists, the amateur, and the curious, to the inspection of an extraordinary and beautifully executed painting—the genuine production of a Chinaman by the name of Sunqua.  The picture, five feet in length and two-and-a-half in breadth, may be seen at the Daguerreotype rooms of Mr. Van Loan, next door to the United States Hotel, Washington City. This picture represents the town of Canton in the Celestial Empire….

The third announcement appeared on June 9, 1847 in The National Whig (Washington, D. C.) Washington As It Is.  June, 1847, Pennsylvania Avenue.  No. II.

Crossing Third street, westwardly, westwardly, on the North side of Pennsylvania avenue…Next Door westward of the United States Hotel is a spacious and lofty building belonging to John Donoho, at present partly occupied by Van Loan & Chase’s admirable Daguerrean rooms.

The fourth announcement appeared on September 28, 1847 in The Daily Union (Washington, D. C.)  We are indebted to Messrs. Brooke, Shillington, & Co., of this city, for a “View of the Battle of Buena Vista,” published by H. R. Robinson….We are also presented with a fine lithographic portrait of Col. Charles May, from a daguerreotype of Van Loan & Co., of this city.  This is also published by Mr. Robinson of New York….

Van Loan & Chase are not recorded in other photographic directories.  While their first names are not recorded in the announcements or advertisements other photographic directories may shed light into who they may be.  The advertisement reads “Van Loan & Chase, From New York & Philadelphia.”  Based on the order in the advertisement Van Loan would be from New York and Chase from Philadelphia.  To date the only Van Loan working in New York City would be Matthew D. Van Loan while Samuel Van Loan is active in Philadelphia, there is no record of him being active in New York.  Further research on a genealogy site revealed the following.  He was reared in [Catskill, N. Y.] and educated in the common schools. In 1841 he went to New York City and opened a daguerreotype studio, being the first man in the United States to make a business of producing portraits by the new process. He continued taking pictures for ten years in New York, and from there went to Philadelphia and later to Washington, engaging in the same business. Subsequently and up to the time of his death, in 1856, he was employed in the custom-house in San Francisco.   While Chase is a common name, it is possibly he is Theodore L. Chase who was active in Philadelphia in 1846-1847. 

Henry W. Turner

1859                480 Pennsylvania Avenue, Near Third Street, Washington, D. C.

Henry W. Turner was recorded in one advertisement that ran from April 23 to October 11, 1859 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  New Photograph And Ambrotype Gallery, 480 Pennsylvania Avenue, near Third Street.  Ambrotypes, Ambrotypes, only 25 cents, Put up in handsome case.

Photographs, Photographs, only One Dollar for the finest copy, and 25 cents for each subsequent one.

Good Pictures taken in any weather.

Remember the Number 380 Pennsylvania avenue, near 3d street.

“Secure the shadow while you have the substance.”                                                

Henry W. Turner is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Washington, D. C. in 1860.

John Tobias

1859                426 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.

John Tobias was recorded in one advertisement that ran from February 18 to December 28, 1859 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.).  Tobias, Optician, 426 Penn. Avenue, Bet 4½ And 6th Sts….Tobias’ Ambrotype Rooms, Where you will obtain a good likeness, equal to any other Establishment, and at moderate charges.                                                                                   

John Tobias is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in 1860.

J. L. Thompson

1853                Address Unknown, Washington, D. C.

J. L. Thompson was recorded in one announcement in the Daily Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) on March 25, 1853.  Awards of the Metropolitan Mechanics’ Institute….

Messrs. Whitehurst, daguerreotypes—medal. 

M. A. Root, daguerreotypes—medal. 

J. L. Thompson, daguerreotypes—first diploma.

J. L. Thompson is not listed in other photographic directories.  It is possible this is Edwin C. Thompson who was active in Washington, D. C. Between 4½ and 6th Streets.  His first advertisement dated January 21, 1852 and his last ran from November 12, 1853 to January 14, 1854.  On January 12, 1854 an advertisement appears for Adams & Dunshee who say that they have purchased the establishment from Thompson, on July 22, 1854 the studio once again changed hands when Vannerson purchased it.

Frank Steel Tallmadge

1854-55           Over Gilman’s Drug Store, Pennsylvania Avenue, District of Columbia.

Frank Steel Tallmadge was mentioned in five advertisement in three different newspapers.   The first advertisement ran from August 22 to 26, 1854 in the Daily Evening Star (Washington D. C.)

25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The cheapest, best, and only place in the city is at the old stand of J. J. Woodbridge, Pa. avenue, where you can get a most perfect and life-like likeness, beautifully colored and finished for the small sum of 25 cents.  We have two of the best operators in the United States.  While the polite and gentlemanly attendance of Prof. Frank Steel Tallmadge, makes it agreeable to all who may wish to favor us with their patronage.  C. D. Stewart, Prop’r.

The second advertisement ran from October 24 to 26, 1854 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The cheapest, best, and only place in the city where you can get

A likeness, a perfect gem for the small price of 25 cents, beautifully colored and finished.  Prof. F. Steel Talmadge has just returned from New York with a varied and beautiful assortment of plain, gilt, oval, velvet, pearl, papier mache, Jenny Lind, and Sontag Cases, selected by him expressly for Mr. Stewart’s Gallery.  Perfect satisfaction warranted in all cases.

Gallery directly over M. W. Galt & Bro’s Jewelry Store, on Penna. Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets.  C. D. Stewart, Prop’r.                                                   

The third advertisement ran from October 31 to November 4, 1854 in the Evening Star  (Washington, D. C.)  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The cheapest, best, and only place in the city where you can get A likeness, a perfect gem for the small price of 25 cents, beautifully colored and finished.  Prof. F. Steel Talmadge has just returned from New York with a varied and beautiful assortment of plain, gilt, oval, velvet, pearl, papier mache, Jenny Lind, and Sontag Cases, selected by him expressly for Mr. Stewart’s Gallery.  Perfect satisfaction warranted in all cases.

Gallery directly over M. W. Galt & Bro’s Jewelry Store, on Penna. avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets.  C. D. Stewart, Prop’r.                                                    

The third Advertisement ran from December 2 to 5, 1854 in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  N. B.—Nobody’s business if we take an elegant and well finished Picture for the extremely small and insignificant sum of 25 cents, giving satisfaction to every body.  Prof. Frank Steel Talmadge has just returned from New York, having selected a most beautiful assortment of Plain, Double Gilt, Papier Mache, Velvet, Pearl, Oval and Fancy Cases, &c., &c, selected expressly for Stewart’s Gallery, which in price we defy competition.  Remember we are the only opposition gallery in Washington.  If the public will give us a call we will ensure the most perfect satisfaction.  Gallery over M. W. Galt’s Jewelry Store, Penna. Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets.   C. D. Stewart, Proprietor.                                        

The fifth advertisement ran from January 31 to February 2, 1855 in the Daily American Organ (Washington, D. C.) Sebastopol Not Taken!  But numerous quantities of those beautiful Daguerreotypes are taken every day, unsurpassable in tone, finish, &c.  We have a Sky-Light, which, for softness of light, is not equaled in the United States; this, coupled with Prof. F. S. Talmadge’s long experience in several of the leading galleries in Boston and New York, renders it hardly probable for us to get a poor picture.

All we ask is for the public to call and satisfy themselves.

Pictures for 25 cents and upwards.

Gallery on Pennsylvania avenue, between Ninth and tenth streets, over Galt’s Jewelry Store.  C. D. Stewart, Proprietor.                                                                      

Frank Steel Tallmadge is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Talmage active in Washington, D. C. in 1857, it is possible they are the same person.

D. R. Stiltz

N. D.               Address Unknown, Baltimore, Maryland.

1854                Over Gilman’s Drug Store, Pennsylvania Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets, Washington, District of Columbia.

1856                159 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

1858                82 South Sharp, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

1859                244 Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

D. R. Stiltz was recorded in nine advertisements in the Daily Evening Star (Washington, D. C.). The first advertisement appeared in June 14, 1854.  Wake Up, Washingtonians!  For Now Is The Time To Get Splendid Daguerreotypes for only 25 Cent, and taken at no other place than J. J. Woodbridge’s New York Picture Gallery, under the control of Prof. Stiltz, late of Whitehurst’s Baltimore Gallery, and one who will give every satisfaction.  Beautiful electorene pictures are also taken at the same place over Gilman’s Drug Store, Pa. av., between 6th and 7th streets.

The second advertisement appeared on June 20, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  Since Professor Stiltz has taken charge of the New York Daguerrean Gallery, over Gilman’s Drug Store, things go on finely; every picture is a perfect gem, and the rooms are crowded daily, for those beautiful electorene pictures, taken by the new French process.  Every picture warranted to give perfect satisfaction.  Now is your chance. J. J. Woodbridge, Proprietor.

The third ad appeared on June 24, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  We ever continue to please our very numerous friends and acquaintances with perfect likenesses for only 25 cents, taken by the new French process, by which we are enabled to take from three to four hundred pictures daily.  If our friends call at J. J. Woodbridge’s, Pa. av., betw. 6th and 7th streets, over Gilman’s Drug Store, we will assure perfect satisfaction.  D. R. Stiltz,  J. J. Woodbridge, Prop’r.

The fourth ad appeared on June 27, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The friends and acquaintances of J. J. Woodbridge had better take advantage of this fine weather, and call to have a picture taken by the world renowned new French method, by which we can take a perfect resemblance in this space of ten minutes. D. R. Stiltz.  J. J. Woodbridge, Proprietor.  

The fifth ad appeared on June 29, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The Great Electorene Daguerrean Gallery has fallen into the hands of Prof. Stewart, a French operator just from Paris, and between Prof. Stewart and Stiltz we will guarantee to give every one satisfaction, at the old stand.  J. J. Woodbridge, Pa. avenue, between 6th and 7th sts., over Gilman’s Drug Store.

The sixth ad appeared on July 1, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The New York Picture Gallery has fallen into the hands of Prof. Stewart, who is taking the Electorene Pictures by the new French process, and by it we can take your picture in a few seconds, while you can sit in one of the coolest rooms in the rooms in the city until it is finished.  Profs Stewart and Stiltz guarantees to suit all who may give us a call.  We can take 400 on the 4th of July.  The only place where you can get them is on Pennsylvania avenue, between 6th and 7th streets, over Gilman’s Drug Store, at the old stand of Prof. Woodbridge.

The seventh advertisement appeared on July 8, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  Young America In Its Full Bloom.—Profs. Stewart and Stiltz are still taking those beautiful Electorine Daguerreotypes by the new French process.  Come one, come all, we guarantee to suite those who may give us a call, on Pennsylvania avenue, between 6th and 7th streets, over Gilman’s Drug Store.

We have two rooms to rent on the second floor, at the old gallery of Prof. J. J. Woodbridge.          

The eighth ad appeared on July 10, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The Great New York Picture Gallery has fallen into the hands of Prof. Stewart, who is taking those beautiful Electorine Pictures by the new French process.  I have in my employ Prof.  Stiltz, who is not only one of the best operators in the United States, who for a long time been operating in one of the finest Gallery’s in Baltimore for Prof. Woodbridge.   My Gallery is on Pennsylvania avenue between 6th and 7th streets, over Gilman’s Drug Store, at the old stand of J. J. Woodbridge.                          

The ninth ad appeared on July 15, 1854.  25 Cent Daguerreotypes.  The Great New York Picture Gallery is flourishing rapidly.  After the departure of Hayer, it has fallen into the hands of Prof Stewart, who is taking those beautiful pictures by the new French process.  I have in my employ Prof.  Stiltz, who is not only one of the best daguerrean artist in the United States but in the world, and we guaranteed to suit all who may favor us with a call in Pennsylvania avenue between 6th and 7th streets, over Gilman’s Drug Store, at the old stand of J. J. Woodbridge.              

D. R. Stiltz is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Baltimore, Maryland from 1856 to 1859.Ross Kelbaugh in Directory Of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900 list Stiltz in Baltimore until 1864 and in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1875.


[1] Directory Of Maryland Photographers 1839-1900.

Smith

1859                Address Unknown, Washington, D. C.

Smith in the partnership of Bryant & Smith was recorded in an announcement June 14, 1859 in the Evening Star.  (Washington, D. C.)  From The photographers & publishers, Messrs. Bryant & Smith, we have six photographic (stereoscopic) views of scenes in and about Washington, which, for excellence of execution, are quite equal to the best French stereoscopic views.  They consist of representations of the Patent Office, Washington Monument, Jackson Statute, White House, Capitol extension, (east front,) and the tomb of Washington.  They are for sale by Franklin Philp.

Smith is recorded in the partnership of Bryant & Smith in Washington, D. C. in The World Of Stereographs by William C. Derrah.

Mrs. A. C. Redmond

1855                290 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.                                                            1855-1856     401 Seventh Street, Washington, D. C.                                                                          1858-1859     12 Market Space, between 8th & 9th Streets, Washington, D. C.

Mrs. A. C. Redmond was recorded in six advertisements and two announcements in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)  The first advertisement ran from August 6 to September 24, 1855.  Mrs. A. C. Redmond’s New Gallery of Daguerrean Art and Photographing is at 290 Pa. avenue, northeast corner of 11th street, over Ford & Bro’s Drug Store, Washington.

Pictures taken at 50 cents and upwards.                                                                                                      Mrs. R. is a graduate of Whitehurst’s establishment.

The first announcement appeared on September 26, 1855.  Worthy of Patronage.—Those desiring daguerreotype pictures cannot do better than to patronize the establishment of Mrs. Redmond, on the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and eleventh street, over the Drug store of the Brothers Ford.  The proprietress, Mrs. Redmond, executes her pictures capitally, and especially deserves encouragement from those who are blessed with true public spirit.  We have satisfied our self that she is a very worthy widow, with a family of three children depending on her exertions, and that the duty of paying for her establishment has forced her to deny herself almost the bare necessities of life during nearly the whole of the late dull term in the way of business.  If industry and determined perseverance to discharge pecuniary obligations amid crushing difficulties and pinching want deserve encouragement, surely here is a case in which those who are truly benevolent and public spirited cannot do better than to patronize the daguerreotyping establishment in question.

The second advertisement ran from November 22, 1855 to January 21, 1856.  Daguerreotypes Taken By A Lady.  Mrs. A. C. Redmond Having removed to her new rooms, on 7th st., between H and I, is prepared to take Likenesses in the best style of the art.

Pictures well taken and put up in embossed cases for Fifty Cents.

The second announcement appeared on July 10, 1856.  Daguerreotypes.—Those in want of good Daguerreotypes should call at the establishment of Mrs. A. C. Redmond, 401 Seventh street.  Her pictures are well executed, and her prices suit the times.

The third advertisement ran from July 10 to 16, 1856.  Mrs. A. C. Redmond’s Sky-Light Daguerrean Gallery.  No. 401 Seventh street, above H, west side.

Portraits Taken Equally Well in Fair and Cloudy Weather.  Particular attention paid to copying Daguerreotypes, Oil paintings, &c.  Pictures of Deceased Persons taken and made to resemble life.  Mrs. R. solicits the patronage of the Ladies particularly.

The fourth advertisement appeared on December 2, 1856.  Mrs. A. C. Redmond’s Skylight daguerrean Rooms, Seventh street, west side, between H and I sts.

Mrs. A. C. R. Wishes To say To The public that she is now making beautiful Ambrotypes from one dollar up to any price requires.  Daguerreotypes put up in embossed cases for fifty cents, which are usually sold elsewhere for one dollar.  Her expenses on Seventh street being much less than on the Avenue, she is enabled to sell her Pictures at a greatly reduced price.

Mrs. R. respectfully requests the patronage of the ladies.

The fifth advertisement ran from August 7 to 11, 1858.  Call At Scott’s Bookstore On Pa. avenue, between 14th and 16th streets, and get a dollar Book and a Daguerreotype for only one dollar….Daguerreotypes will be taken by that excellent artist E. N. Lewis, at Mrs. Redmond’s Gallery, No. 12 Market Space, and by R. C. Woodley, 312 E street.

The sixth advertisement ran on April 1 & 2, 1859.  Ladies Daguerrean Rooms, Market Space, No. 12, bet. 8th and 9th sts.  If you want an excellent Ambrotype, call at Mrs. A. C. Redmond’s and obtain one.  Likeness to please, or no pay.

Ladies, your patronage is respectfully solicited.

Mrs. A. C. Redmond is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  The above provides extended activity dates, addresses and additional information.

Mrs. M. E. Phipps

1859                515 7th Street, between D & E Streets.

Mrs. M. E. Phipps was recorded in an advertisement that ran from March 30 to April 1, 1859  in the Evening Star (Washington, D. C.)

Light!  Light!!  Light Shines forth, pure and bright,                                                                                       Where the image of man and maiden are taken,                                                                                          To gladden the heart and ravish the sight;                                                                                                      Are taken, fine and neat,                                                                                                                                          Come, see for yourselves, and be not miss-taken;                                                                                      Just a few doors from D, on 7th street;                                                                                                            Come one, come all, ladies and gents,                                                                                                            Get your likenesses for 25 cents.                                                                                                                         In case, complete, at Mrs. Phipp’s Ambrotype                                                                                               Gallery, No. 515 7th, between D & E streets.

Mrs. M. E. Phipps is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Washington, D. C. in 1860 at 516 Seventh Street, West.