Tag Archives: Watertown New York

J. M. Campbell

1856-1857       Court Street, opposite Kirby House, Watertown, New York.

J. M. Campbell was recorded in an advertisement that ran from December 25, 1856 to January 15, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.) Lights And Shadows From Real Life! A. M. Campbell, Daguerreotypist And Ambrotypist, would respectfully inform the people of Watertown and surrounding country, that he has located his Mammoth Daguerrean Car on Court Street, opposite the Kirby House for a short time, where he proposes to furnish all who may desire, with faithfully delineated, Life-Like, and Rich Toned Pictures.  At prices varying from Fifty Cents upward, according to style and size of plate.  His Car is large and commodious, and having the advantage of a superior Light, and long experience in the business, he flatters himself that for accuracy and effect, his Pictures are not to be surpassed.

Who can so truly appreciate the value of a good Daguerreotype, as the friends of the loved and lost?

“Blest be the Art which keeps the absent near,                                                                  The beautiful, unchanged from Time’s rude theft,                                                           Guards the fresh tint on Childhood’s polished brow,                                                      And when Love yields its idol to the tomb,                                                                         Doth snatch a copy.”

Pictures neatly set in Pins, Keys, Bracelets, Lockets, and all work Warranted not to fade.  Hours of operating from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.  Please call and examine specimens.

J. M. Campbell is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Oscar P. Button

1857-1859       Fairbanks Block, corner of Court and Arsenal Streets, Watertown, New York.

Oscar P. Button is mentioned in an announcement on March 5, 1857 The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  Removal.—G. S. Rugg, Artists, has removed his Daguerreian Gallery from Fairbanks’ Block, Court-st., to Washington Hall Block, where he has fitted up rooms with new and elegant furniture, and is prepared to take pictures in the best styles of the art.

But his old rooms are not deserted:  Mr. Oscar Button, an operator of experience, has engaged the same rooms in the Fairbanks Block, vacated by Mr. Rugg, and will continue the business in all its branches.

The first advertisement found appeared 19 March 1857 and ran until June 18, 1857 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  Bought Out!  Having Purchased The Sky and Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  (Known as Rugg’s Gallery, in the Fairbank’s Block,) the undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that after many additions and improvements, in which he has spared no pains or expense, he is now fully prepared to execute Pictures in the very best style and finish the art is enable of producing.  He has had many years experience in the art, and during the time has been in many of the larger cities of the Union, North and South, East and West.  All work taken by him is warranted and unless entire satisfaction is given, the money will be refunded.  Of Cases, Frames, &c. he has an entirely new lot of every possible variety.

Remember, Fairbanks Buildings, Corner Court And Arsenal Streets, Opposite The American Hotel.

The same advertisement ran on May 6, 1857 and ran until September 30, 1857 in the Northern New York Journal (Watertown, New York.)  Bought Out!  Having Purchased The Sky and Side Light Daguerrean Gallery!  (Known as Rugg’s Gallery, in the Fairbank’s Block,) the undersigned would respectfully inform his friends and the public generally, that after many additions and improvements, in which he has spared no pains or expense, he is now fully prepared to execute Pictures in the very best style and finish the art is enable of producing.  He has had many years experience in the art, and during the time has been in many of the larger cities of the Union, North and South, East and West.  All work taken by him is warranted and unless entire satisfaction is given, the money will be refunded.  Of Cases, Frames, &c. he has an entirely new lot of every possible variety.

Remember, Fairbanks Buildings, Corner Court And Arsenal Streets, Opposite The American Hotel.         O. P. Button.   Watertown, April 29, 1857.

The next advertisement appeared on December 30, 1858 and ran until March 17, 1859 in The New York Reformer (Watertown, New York.)  O. P. Button, Daguerrean Operator, Fairbanks Block, Corner Of Court and Arsenal Streets, Watertown.  Pictures taken in every style of the art, and Twenty-Five Per Cent Cheaper than at any other rooms in town.—Call and examine specimens.

Oscar P. Button does not appear in other photographic directories.

G. S. Bugg

1857                Address Unknown, Watertown, New York.

G. S. Bugg was recorded in The Daily Journal (Ogdensburgh, New York) on August 27, 1857. Watertown Correspondence.  Watertown, August 26, 1857.  G. S. Bugg, a daguerrean artist, was sadly burned the other evening.  At the time of the accident Mr. G. was mixing by the light of a lamp, some combustible fluid, used in the practice of his art which took fire, and his head was completely enveloped in flames, burning his hair completely off, and searing his face very badly.  The room in which he was at work took fire, but which was soon put out by timely and efficient aid.

G. S. Bugg is not recorded in other photographic directories.