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George W. Gavitt

1855-1857       West Broad Street, Pawcatuck, Connecticut.

1857                Over Potter & Champlin Drug Store, Westerly, Rhode Island.

1857                Address Unknown, Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

1860                Address Unknown, Westerly, Rhode Island.[1]

George W. Gavitt was recorded in two advertisement and four announcements in The Westerly Echo, & Pawcatuck Advertiser (Westerly, Rhode Island).  The advertisement ran from November 15, 1855 to September 25, 1856.  Ambrotype And Daguerrian Hall.  The subscriber having been thoroughly instructed in the art of Ambrotyping and having taken the old stand on West Broad St., one door west of H. & F. Sheffield’s Store, Pawcatuck, Ct., is now prepared to take pictures to the entire satisfaction of all who may favor him with a call.  The Glass Pictures, or Ambrotypes, is a recent discovery, and a very great improvement on Daguerreotypes, being beautiful in tone, bold and clear in expression, and universally admired wherever they are exhibited, and are rapidly taking the place of Daguerreotypes.  They can also be set in monuments, carried to sea, or otherwise exposed to the action of the elements.  They will retain their brilliancy for ages.  The public are invited to call and examine specimens.

Pictures will be put up in Gilt or Rose Wood Frames when called for.  George W. Gavitt.

The first announcement appeared on November 29, 1855.  Geo. W. Gavitt, Esq.—who has recently purchased and refitted the Daguerrean Rooms, on West Broad Street—has been peculiarly fortunate in his photographic operations upon glass plates, and has succeeded in taking Ambrotype Likenesses of some of our citizens, which are as correct and life-like as those taken by the most celebrated city operators.  To see oneself as others see them, only requires a visit to M.G.’s Rooms.  See advertisements in another column.

The second announcement appeared on September 18, 1856.  The friends of Fremont, residing on the Connecticut side of the river, of this village and vicinity, held a meeting on Friday evening of last week, for the purpose of forming a Freemont Club.—The meeting was organized by the appointment of T. R. Hyde, Chairman, and Peleg Noyes, Secretary.  Two committees were then appointed—one to present a constitution and code of bye laws; the other to report a list of officers for the Club.  The Committee on officers reported as follows:

President.—Theophilus R. Hyde.

Vice-Presidents.—…George W. Gavitt…

The third announcement appeared on February 19, 1857.  To Let.  The Room vacated by G. W. Gavitt for daguerreotyping a short time since very pleasantly situated in the centre of Pawcatuck village.  Possession given the first day of April.  Thomas Wells.  Pawcatuck, Feb. 20, 1857.

The fourth announcement appeared on July 16, 1857.  Card.  Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes.  The undersigned having made an arrangement for the summer, with Mr. Geo, W. Gavitt, is prepared to take Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes at his rooms over Potter & Champlin Drug Store, at the shortest notice, and will spear no pains to give satisfaction.

N. B. Pictures put up neatly in pins, lockets, &c.  Daguerreotypes, Paintings and engravings copied at short notice.

Please call and examine his rooms and specimens.  J. W. Vincent.  Westerly, July, 1857.

The Second advertisement ran from July 16 to August 27, 1857.  Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber would return his thanks to the public, for the liberal patronage he has received, and would inform those who may visit Watch Hill this summer, that (having procured the services of a good operator at his rooms in Westerly,) he has fitted a room at that place with a first rate light where he will be happy to wait upon any who may desire good and correct likenesses, during the summer months.  Pictures put up in every style desired.  Geo. W. Gavitt.  Watch Hill, July, 1857.

George W. Gavitt is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register as being active in Westerly in 1860.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

William Campbell

1853                Rooms over J. H. Lewis & Co. Store, Main Street, Westerly, Rhode Island.

William Campbell was recorded in one advertisement that ran on September 1 & 8, 1853 in The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser (Westerly, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes, From 50 Cents and Upwards.  Wm. Campbell begs to thank the inhabitants of Westerly and vicinity for their kind support, and to inform them that he still continues to take pictures at the low price of 50 cents.  These Daguerreotypes are equal to any worth double the amount, and Are Warranted not to Fade, the materials being all of the best description and the instrument the finest New York can produce.  By it a picture can be taken in less than six seconds, thus affording an excellent opportunity for children.

It is recommended to those wanting pictures, to avoid light dresses and to make an early call at the Rooms over the Store of J. H. Lewis & Co., in the New Brick Store, on Main street.

William Campbell is not recorded as being active in Westerly, Rhode Island.

L. G. Bean

1853                Address Unknown, Westerly, Rhode Island.

1856                Address Unknown, Fall River, Massachusetts.[1]

L. G. Bean was recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 24 to April 21, 1853 in

The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser (Westerly, Rhode Island).  Daguerreotypes.  Have you had your Daguerreotype taken?  If not now is your time to step into L. G. Bean’s Daguerrean Saloon, where he is prepared to execute likenesses of every size, shape and description.  He would respectfully announce to the citizens of Westerly and vicinity, that he will remain here a few days longer to give all those who have not secured their likeness an opportunity to do so before he leaves.

My sky-light being composed of ground glass and connected with a beautiful side light, it enables me to produce pictures unsurpasse3d by any other operator.  Perfect satisfaction or no charge.

For A Few Days Only!  L. G. Bean.

L. G. Bean is recorded in other photographic directories, but not in Westerly, Rhode Island and is possibly Lothrop G. Bean who is recorded as being active as L. G. Bean in addition to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1853, Fall River in 1856 and in Lowell Massachusetts as Lothrop G. Bean in 1857-1859.


[1] Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.

G. H. Babcock

1851-1852       Room’s Next Door to H. & F. Sheffield’s Store, Westerly, Rhode Island.

G. H. Babcock was recorded in five advertisements and possibly on the masthead of The Literary Echo or The Literary Echo, Westerly, Rhode Island.  The first advertisement ran from April 1 to 17, 1851 in The Literary Echo (Westerly, Rhode Island).  Sky-Light Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in the best style of the art, at his rooms, next door to H. & F. Sheffield’s Store.

Using one of the best Chemicals known, and a German Instrument of the first quality, in connection with a Large Sky-Light, Which is acknowledged by all to be the best light for Photographic Purposes, he feels free to warrant a Daguerreotype, beautiful as a picture and accurate as a likeness, to all who may favor him with a sitting.

Particular attention is called to the distinctness of the Eyes and Drapery, and to the pleasing effect of the shadows.

Hints For Sitters.—Dark Dresses are mostly preferable, but pink, blue and white should generally be rejected.  A shawl thrown carelessly over the shoulders often improves the picture.  For Gentlemen, dark clothes not entirely new, are to be preferred.  Morning light is the best.  G. H. Babcock.  Pawcatuck, April 1.

G. H. Babcock name appears on the masthead as the Proprietor of The Literary Echo, (Westerly, Rhode Island.) from April 1 to August 21, 1851.  His name also appears on the masthead The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser (Westerly, Rhode Island) from August 28, 1851 to October 27, 1853 with E. G. Champlin as Editors and Proprietors.  It is unknown at this time if they are the same person.

The second advertisement ran from April 24 to May 1, 1851 in The Literary Echo (Westerly, Rhode Island).  Sky-Light Daguerreotypes.  The subscriber is prepared to execute Daguerreotypes in the best style of the art, at his rooms, next door to H. & F. Sheffield’s Store.

Using one of the best Chemicals known, and a German Instrument of the first quality, in connection with a Large Sky-Light, Which is acknowledged by all to be the best light for Photographic Purposes, he feels free to warrant a Daguerreotype, beautiful as a picture and accurate as a likeness, to all who may favor him with a sitting.

Particular attention is called to the distinctness of the Eyes and Drapery, and to the pleasing effect of the shadows.

Hints For Sitters.—Dark Dresses are mostly preferable, but pink, blue and white should generally be rejected.  A shawl thrown carelessly over the shoulders often improves the picture.  For Gentlemen, dark clothes not entirely new, are to be preferred.  Morning light is the best.  G. H. Babcock.  Pawcatuck, April 1.

Notice.—G. H. Babcock would inform his friends and the public that he has closed his Daguerrean Rooms for a few weeks, after which he will be happy to wait upon all who may favor him with their patronage in that line of business.

The third advertisement ran from December 18, 1851 to May 20, 1852 in The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser (Westerly, Rhode Island).  Sky-Light Daguerreotypes.  The Subscriber, having re-opened his rooms with many additions and improvements, would inform his friends and the public generally, that he is now prepared to take likenesses in the best style, and at the lowest prices at which good pictures can be obtained.  Using the best German Instruments, and the most effectual Chemical Combinations known, in connection with a Large Sky-Light, he will furnish pictures which shall be inferior to none in their accuracy and beauty of finish.

Please call and examine specimens.  Rooms in the same building with the Printing-Office.  G. H. Babcock.

The fourth advertisement ran on May 13 & 20, 1852 in The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser.  Daguerreotypes For Two Weeks Only.  G. H. Babcock will close his rooms in two weeks.  All those desiring good pictures, will do well to call soon.

The fifth advertisement ran from August 26 to October 16, 1852 in The Literary Echo and Pawcatuck Advertiser.  Back Again!  Daguerreotypes. The subscriber having again reopened his Daguerrean Rooms for a short time would inform his friends that he is prepared to “catch their shadows” in a superior manner.  The arrangement of his Sky Light is not surpassed in the State, and his chemicals are the best manufactured.  His pictures are to well known to need comments.  Please call at his rooms next to H. & F. Sheffield’s Store and see for yourselves.  G. H. Babcock.  Westerly, Aug. 26, 1852.

G. H. Babcock is not listed in other photographic directories.