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Marble Hall Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery

1859                Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.

Marble Hall Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery were recorded in one announcement that appeared in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on January 12, 1859.  The Ambition of the proprietor of Marble Hall Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery seems to excel in his art, and he succeeds admirably.  If you don’t believe it go there, get a picture, and be convinced.

Marble Hall Photograph and Ambrotype Gallery is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Bartholomew & Co.

1857                Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.

Mr. Bartholomew & Co. appeared in one announcement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on October 7, 1857.  Agricultural Society Report…Painting &c….

In the Daguerreotype Department, there were several exhibitions deserving of more than a Passing notice from your Committee, but as the scale of premiums have been limited, we are reluctantly compelled to contain ourselves to the following;

Best specimens of Daguerreotypes, called Melainotypes, to No. 162, O. Monroe, Dunkirk; 2d do. No. 158.

The committee would respectfully recommend a premium of the 2d class to. No. 316 G. R. Martin, being four Photographs in oil.

There were on exhibition three Ambrotypes without numbers from Messrs. Palmer,

Bartholomew & Co. Westfield, deserving much credit for their perfection and life-like expression of the specimens presented for inspection.

Mr. Bartholomew & Co. is not active in 1857 in other photographic directories.  J. L. Bartholomew is recorded in 1858-1859 in Auburn, New York.  The distance between Westfield and Auburn is 183 to 214 miles away using modern roads.  At this time it is unknown if they are the same person him.

S. Ward

1849                Address and Location Unknown, New York.

1850-1851    Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.[1]

1856                Room three doors west of the Post Office, Westfield, New York.

S. Ward was recorded in one announcement in the Jamestown Journal (Jamestown, New York) and one advertisement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York).  The announcement appeared on September 28, 1849.  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.

The advertisement ran from May 14 to September 3, 1856.  Daguerreotypes!!  Mr. S. Ward Is in town again where he will remain for two or three months for the purpose of taking pictures that will [please his customers or no sale.

Please give me a call and you shall not go away dissatisfied.  Room three doors west of the Post Office.

S. Ward is probably Sylvanus Ward who was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry who was active in 1850-1851 in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York. 


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

O. B. Palmer

1856-1858       21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.

O. B. Palmer was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first announcement appeared 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.

The first advertisement ran from October 29, 1856 to April 15, 1857.  O. B. Palmer Daguerrean Artist.  No. 21, Main-st., over Dr. J. Spencer’s Drug Store.  Westfield, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from April 22 to August 12, 1857.  Ambrotype Hall.  “There is luck in odd numbers,” says Rory O. Moore.  And if you will only call at No. 21 Main Street, [up stairs,] you’d have the luck to get as nice an ambrotype—put up in any style you choose and at cheap a rate—as can be found in Western New-York.  Lockets, Pins, &c., kept constantly on hand and fitted to order.  O. B. Palmer.

The second announcement appeared on September 15, 1858.  We spent a pleasant half hour the other day, in Mr. Palmer’s Ambrotype Hall.—He has been making many desirable improvements, and has a great variety of specimens of his art.  Those who can appreciate the artistic, and want a capital picture, will do well to visit his rooms.

O. B. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1859 to 1860. Linda A Ries and Jay W. Ruby in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him in Erie from 1864 to 1866. It is possibly they are the same person.  The distance between Westfield, NY and Erie, PA. is roughly 34 miles.

Palmer, Bartholomew & Co

1857                Address Unknown, Westfield, New York.

Messrs. Palmer, Bartholomew & Co. were listed in an announcement in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York) on October 7, 1857.  Agricultural Society Report…Painting &c….

In the Daguerreotype Department, there were several exhibitions deserving of more than a Passing notice from your Committee, but as the scale of premiums have been limited, we are reluctantly compelled to contain ourselves to the following;

Best specimens of Daguerreotypes, called Melainotypes, to                                                              No. 162, O. Monroe, Dunkirk; 2d do. No. 158.

The committee would respectfully recommend a premium of the 2d class to.                            No. 316 G. R. Martin, being four Photographs in oil.

There were on exhibition three Ambrotypes without numbers from Messrs. Palmer, Bartholomew & Co. Westfield, deserving much credit for their perfection and life-like expression of the specimens presented for inspection.

Palmer and Bartholomew are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Westfield, New York.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Charles G. Bartholomew in Ithaca, New York from 1849 to 1854 and Auburn, New York from 1854-1860. It is possible that they are the same person but it is only speculation at this time.

L. B. Melvin/Melven

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.

W. H. Knapp

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.

Byron Hall

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.

Hall & Palmer

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.

Hadley

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.