1859 Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store, Westfield, New York.
L. B. Melvin/Melven was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The announcement appeared on December 7, 1859. Likenesses.—There are but few who do not appreciate a well executed likeness, and it matters little whether the original is prepossessing or not. There is something undefinable about it. We cherish the likenesses of those friends with whom we daily associate, and a truthful likeness seems to increase our attachment, and cement more strongly the bonds of friendship. We do not know how it is, but there is always some pleasing feature that is sure to find its way into the likeness which we seem not to have discovered before; and especially of those cherished friends who have been taken from us. It is then, perhaps, that we begin to fully appreciate their worth, and to understand truly how dear they were to us; and then it is that we prize, to, whatever serves to call up in memory, their worthy traits, & the pleasing associations of the past. But we are forgetting ourselves; we only designed expressing the pleasure we derived from a few moments spent in looking over the specimens of art, in the well arranged Ambrotype Rooms of L. B. Melvin. His pictures are taken and finished up with skill; but his card will be found in another part of the paper. to which all are referred. Call on him; examine his specimens, and we guarantee you will take away with you your own likeness.
The advertisement ran from December 7 to 28, 1859. Old Things Become New. Marble Hall Picture Gallery in Full Blast!
Great reductions in prices. The best Likenesses of all kinds, either Photographs, Ambrotypes, Melenotypes, Daguerreotypes And all other types, on Leather or Paper taken in any weather, and cheaper and better than was ever offered here before. Now is the time for all that wish to have a good, correct likeness, as I defy all competition, either in Quality or prices. Particular attention paid to taking Children’s picture. A fine lot of specimens on hand. Call and see. Rooms on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s Store. L. B. Melven.
L. B. Melvin/Melven is not recorded in other photographic directories.
1859 Rooms in the west end of the Post Office Building, up-stairs, Westfield, New York.
W. H. Knapp was recorded in two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first advertisement ran from April 4 to May 18, 1859. New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the west end of the post office building up stairs.
The subscriber has furnished these rooms with the best apparatus, desirable stock and an experienced workman, and will use all reasonable effort to please those who will favor him with their patronage. W. H. Knapp.
The second advertisement ran from April 27 to December 28, 1859. The New Ambrotype & Photograph Rooms in the Post Office building are full of customers each day waiting for The finest Likenesses, ever taken in Westfield. Operating hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M., in all kinds of weather.
A large variety of choice cases just received. A First Class Picture taken or no pay. Prices Low.
W. H. Knapp is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield New York.
1856 21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.
Byron Hall was recorded in three announcements and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first announcement appeared on February 13, 1856. Photography. We made it convenient a few days since to visit the Daguerreotype Gallery of Byron Hall, and from the specimens shown us, we are impelled to award our premium to Mr. H., for getting up some of the most tasteful and life-like pictures we have ever seen taken in Westfield; and if an abundance of customers is an evidence of success, Mr. H. would seem to be in a prosperous way.—We observed among a multitude of other fine pictures hanging in his room, a beautiful group of young ladies of our village; and also a very striking likeness of the celebrated Indian Chief, Geo. Copway. Mr. Hall is introducing all the new improvements in his art, so that he cannot fail to suit his customers.
The Advertisement appeared on February 20 and ran until October 22, 1856. B. Hall, Daguerrean Artist. No. 21 Main-st., over Dr. J. Spencer’s Dug Store. Westfield.
The second announcement appeared on September 17, 1856 and is the only mention of the partnership of Hall & Palmer. The Fair—Official Awards. Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.
The third announcement appeared on September 17, 1856. Hall’s Ambrotypes shone out at the Fair. They are beautifully done. That row of girls! A triangle of beauty—we’d like to keep them—hem!—The Ambrotypes.
Byron Hall does not appear in other photographic directories.
1856 21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.
Hall & Palmer (Byron Hall & O. B. Palmer) were recorded in an announcement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on September 17, 1856. The Fair—Official Awards. Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.
Hall & Palmer are not recorded in other photographic directories. Byron Hall is not listed in other photographic directories. O. B. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1859-1860, and in Directory Of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 as be active in Erie in 1864-1866, but there is no proof that they are the same person.
1849 Address and Location Unknown, New York.
Hadley was recorded in and announcement on September 28, 1849 in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York). He was in partnership of Battles & Hadley. From the Fredonia Censor. Annual Fair of the Chautauqua County Agricultural Society….Miscellaneous in-door articles…
Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses……………..Battle & Hadley…………1.00. Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses……………..S. Ward…….…………… 75. Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses……………..J. M. Petch…….………… 50.
Hadley is not recorded in other photographic directories.
1859 Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co. Store, Westfield, New York.
E. W. Denison was recorded three times in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first time was in an advertisement on March 30, 1859. Marble Hall Picture Gallery If You Want To Get A Good Picture Go To Marble Hall Picture Gallery Where pictures can be had surprisingly cheap and Strikingly Life Like. I have on hand a full assortment of cases and Frames, and will engage to give my customers likenesses that will suit them. I never shove off a poor likeness—preferring to lose a job rather than sell a bad picture. Don’t forget the place—on Main Street, over D. Rockwell & Co.’s store. Entrance between D. Rockwell & Co.’s and A. J. Schofield & Bro.’s. Drop in and examine specimens. E. W. Denison. Westfield, March 29, 1859.
The second time was in an announcement on April 13, 1859. Ambrotypes For 25 cts.—Mr. Denison, who is a first rate artist, gives notice that he will put up in case likenesses for 25 cts. Read his advertisement; and then go and avail yourselves of his liberality.
The third time was an advertisement on April 13, 1859. Get Your Likenesses Taken and put up in a case. For 25 Cents At Denison’s Picture Gallery, over Rockwell & Co.’s. Store.
E. W. Denison is not recorded in other photographic directories.
Battles & Hadley were recorded in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York) on September 28, 1849. Which was reprinted from the Fredonia Censor, a report of the premiums awarded at the annual fair of the Chautauqua County Agricultural Society….Miscellaneous in-door articles…
Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses Battle & Hadley 1.00 Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses S. Ward 75 Specimens of Daguerreotype likenesses J. M. Petch 50
Unfortunately an address was not provided in the report for Battle & Hadley, J. M. Petch, or S. Ward and additional information is unavailable at this time. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list a Sylvanus Ward in Westfield, New York in 1850-1851. It’s possible that they are the same person, based on the activity dates and that Westfield is in Chautauqua County.