Tag Archives: Wheeling Virginia

Henry D. Hill

1856                Address Unknown, Wheeling, Virginia.

Henry D. Hill was recorded in one inquiry on March 9, 1859 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  Information Wanted.—Any person knowing the residence of Henry D. Hill, who followed Daguerreotyping in Wheeling in 1856, would confer a favor upon his relations, by giving information to the Post Master of this city.  He had a daughter about ten years old living near Wheeling.

Henry D. Hill is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Wheeling, Virginia.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does record a Henry D. Hill in New York city in 1854-1855, but its unknown if they are the same person.

C. A. Griffin

1858-1859       36 Munroe Street, Wheeling, Virginia.

C. A. Griffin was recorded in two advertisements in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer  (Wheeling, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from April 1 to 14, 1858.  Ambrotypes Which Cannot Be Surpassed, Ambrotypes Warranted To Please.  Ambrotypes Giving The Natural Color.  Pictures on Paper, Sheet Iron, Patent Leather, &c.  At The City Gallery Of Art, 36 Munroe Street, C. A. Griffin, Artist.

The second advertisement ran from April 20, 1858 to April 20, 1859.  Ambrotypes Which Cannot Be Surpassed, Ambrotypes Warranted To Please.  Ambrotypes Giving The Natural Color.  Pictures on Paper, Sheet Iron, Patent Leather, &c.  Taken in any weather equal to any in the city At The City Gallery Of Art, 36 Munroe Street, C. A. Griffin, Artist.

C. A. Griffin is not recorded in other photographic directories.

William M. Faris

1852-1854       190 Main St, Wheeling, Virginia.

1855                Address Unknown, Wheeling, Virginia.

1856                Nearly opposite the Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, Virginia.

William M. Faris was recorded in sixteen announcements and three advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on October 14, 1852 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer(Wheeling, Virginia).  Just Opened.—Mr. Faris has opened a new suit of Daguerrean Rooms 190 Main St., adjoining the Monroe House, where will be glad to receive visitors at all business hours.  His aim is to please both in the quality and price of his likenesses.

The second announcement appeared on October 23, 1852 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. Mr. Faris, an experienced and skillful Daguerreotypist, formerly an operator in the celebrated Faris establishment of Cincinnati, has some fine specimens of his work at his rooms on Main St., a few doors below Monroe House.  Wheeling is becoming celebrated for her excellent Daguerrean Artist.

The third announcement appeared on October 28, 1852 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. 

Some Account of the Fair…Miscellaneous—In the Miscellaneous department there was a great variety of curious and beautiful articles…Daguerreotypes from Faris and Partridge,…

The fourth announcement appeared on November 3, 1852 in The Spirit of Democracy.  (Woodsfield, Ohio).  Fair at Wheeling.  We find it almost impossible to enumerate every curious, wonderful, beautiful and praiseworthy article….Miscellaneous.—…Daguerreotypes from Farris and Partridge…

The first announcement ran from December 17, 1852 to February 10, 1854 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  (St. Clairsville, Ohio).  “Let Nature copy that which Nature made.”  Wm. M. Faris who has long engaged as an operator in that deservedly popular Gallery known as the “Melodeon,” Cincinnati, has taken and fitted up for Daguerrean purposes, the house 190 Main street adjoining the “Monroe House,” where he would respectfully invite those persons who are disposed to call to their aid, this beautiful art, in fixing indelibly the liniments where “beauty lingers” and also call the attention of citizens and strangers to his new and beautiful style, “Crayon Portraits,” which, for the first time is now offered in this place.

When called upon, he will be ready to make the various kinds of pictures out of his rooms.  Those wishing to master this art, may have all necessary instructions and be furnished with complete apparatus and materials.  His arrangements are such that he can furnish every article used in the business, as low as the best articles will allow.  By a desire to please the hopes to merit and secure a share of patronage.  Rooms up stairs.  Wheeling, Nov. 12, 1852.

The fifth announcement appeared on December 18, 1852 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. “A Thing Of Beauty is a joy forever.”  Money is only useful in proportion to the amount of happiness it can procure, and in no other way can a greater pleasure be derived from a small outlay than can be done by procuring one of Faris’ unrivalled Daguerreotypes.  Rooms 190 Main street, near the Bridge.

The sixth announcement appeared on December 25, 1852 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. 

The Most Fashionable Present for Christmas or New Years, and one that will be valued after less appropriate ones are forgotten, is a neatly encased Daguerreotype.  At Faris’ you can have them put in lockets, pins, rings, or cases of any size or style.  He is making some that are hard to beat.

The seventh announcement appeared on January 1, 1853 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. 

The permanency of Daguerreotypes makes them the gifts, par excellence, for the present festive season.  They are not only permanent, but “E’er in their fixed and a [ ? ] lineaments, we trace an ebbing and a flowing mind, expression ever varying.”  If you would secure for some friend a prize of this kind, call at Faris’ Rooms, and he will fit you up one that will be entirely satisfactory.  Rooms 190 Main st.

The eighth announcement appeared on January 28, 1853 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  A beautiful view of Niagara Falls may be seen at the Daguerreotype Rooms of Mr. Faris’, Main street.  Also, an excellent likeness of McIlvaine, Van Buren, and others.—Wheeling Gazette.

The ninth announcement appeared on October 14, 1853 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  The following prizes were awarded at the 5th Annual fair, held October 4th, 5th  & 6th, 1853….Artisans List…Best Specimen Dagtypes W. M. Faris Wheeling Diploma.

The tenth announcement appeared on October 15, 1853 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.  In the published list of premiums awarded at the Belmont County (Ohio) Fair, we find the following awards to our citizens.

Best Specimen Daguerreotypes, Wm. M. Faris.  Diploma.

The eleventh announcement appeared on October 21, 1853 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  We are informed by Mr. Partridge that there is an error in the published report, in this place, of the premiums at the St. Clairsville fair, so far as Daguerreotypes are concerned.  The premium there was awarded to No. 36, which was his No., and not that of Mr. Faris, as published.

The above paragraph is from the Wheeling Gazette, and as one of those who first published the premium list we beg to explain.  The list is published in the Wheeling papers in so far as the Daguerreotypes was concerned, was exactly as we published it.  The probabilities are that our publication is correct inasmuch as it comes to us in the handwriting of the Secretary, which person has ample opportunity of judging.  The manuscript is now before us and we find written I very legible characters “Best specimen of Daguerreotypes, Wm. M. Faris, Wheeling

Diploma.”

Please say as much Mr. Wharton, and oblige the officers at least.

The second advertisement ran from February 3 to November 17, 1854 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  For the best Daguerreotypes, Single or in groups, go to 190 Main street, Wheeling, And our old citizen, Wm. M. Faris is there to furnish all that is excellent in his art, and as low as the same material or quality can be had at any similar establishment in the country.

Recollect his rooms are nearly opposite the Bridge, adjoining the Monroe House.

The twelfth announcement appeared on December 29, 1854 in The Belmont Chronicle, and Farmer, Mechanics and Manufacturers Advocate.  The Holidays.  Time honored is the custom of making the present time a season for the exchange of souvenirs of affection, and the presentation of some remembrancer by which in years to come, the form of the giver may be brought before the mind.  Speaking of remembrancers reminds us that Wm. M. Faris, at his rooms one door south of the Monroe House, Wheeling, is prepared to take those beautiful keepsakes, the “human face divine,” in highest style of the Daguerrean art, and upon the shortest kind of notice.  Pictures taken for all prices, from 50 cents upwards.

The third advertisement ran from March 29, 1855 to January 28, 1858 in the Belmont Chronicle  (St. Clairsville, Ohio).  Unrivalled In Price, And Pictures Faris’ Daguerrean Gallery Nearly opposite the Suspension Bridge, Wheeling.  The Central & Pleasant Location, Together with close personal attention gives him confidence of pleasing his patrons, as the best materials are used and pictures warranted to please.  We would call attention particularly of those wanting Miniatures of children, as this is the most favorable season.

It only takes a second or two on a bright day near noon.

The thirteen announcement appeared on April 5, 1855 in the Belmont Chronicle.  “A penny saved is a penny earned”—said Dr. Franklin, and how applicable is the proverb to every avocation in life.  The mechanic, the speculator, the professional man realize its truth every day of their lives.  We know of no place where it is more forcibly illustrated than in the single item of daguerreotype likenesses taken at Faris’s Gallery in Wheeling.  They are almost as cheap as dirt.  Read his advertisement than give him a call.  

The fourteenth announcement appeared on June 14, 1855 in the Belmont Chronicle.  An Idea.—The Hudson Gazette says that at a marble yard near its office they are preparing gravestones with daguerreotypes of the deceased set in marble.  The idea is poetic, and it generally followed would make living galleries, though which the eye would delight to wander, if the gloomy grave yard.—Wheeling Gazette.

The idea is not new.  Mr. R. H. Evans, the sculptor, of your city, assisted by Mr. Faris, the Daguerrean Artist, has executed at least one job of the kind.

The fifteenth announcement appeared on May 8, 1856 in the Belmont Chronicle.  Ambrotypes.—Among the late improvements in art, none rank higher than the Ambrotype, or the art of transferring the human face to glass.  This process, besides being softer in tone, has several great advantages over the old style.  1st.  They can be taken in from one to five seconds; 2d. They never fade with age, as they are hermetically sealed between the plates of glass; 3d. Accurate pictures of small children, children, so difficult to obtain by the old process, are obtained without difficulty by the new.  Mr. Faris, at his rooms near the Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, is prepared to take Ambrotype pictures in the best style, and at the cheapest rate.  By a new arrangement, entirely his own, he places the boarder, or “mat,” beneath the picture, giving the latter the appearance of greater fullness and roundness.

The sixteenth announcement appeared on March 13, 1858 in the Ohio Farmer (Cleveland, Ohio). 

List of Patents.  The Following Is The List Of Patents Issued From The United States Patent Office, For The Week Ending Feb. 23, 1858—Each Bearing That Date…

William M. Faris, of Wheeling—for improved water meter.

William M. Faris is not recorded in other photographic directories.  The last announcement recorded on March 13, 1858 is speculation on my part.  Further research is needed to verify this information.

William Cowden

1851                56 Monroe Street, Wheeling, Virginia.[1]

1852-1855       56 Monroe Street, Wheeling, Virginia.

William Cowden was recorded in three advertisements and three announcements in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from August 24, 1852 to August 30, 1853.  Wm. Cowden Daguerreotypist, Rooms No. 56 Monroe street, between the New Hotel and the Court House.

Likenesses taken in any required shade, and colored to represent the living complexion by a new style of coloring—warranted to never fade.  Pictures of all sizes, both single and in groups, put up in plain and fancy cases, at the lowest prices.  Likenesses of Children accurately taken.

The first announcement appeared on December 6, 1852.  The Fine Arts.—We saw at the Daguerrean rooms of Mr. Cowden, on Saturday, a fine specimen of the application of the Daguerrean process to paper, giving a picture all the softness and strength of the mezzotint engraving.  It was made at Cincinnati, but we think Cowden has the genius to equal it.  Mr. C. has carried the process of coloring daguerreotypes to great perfection.

The second announcement appeared on May 6, 1853.  It is Astonishing—If we may be allowed to say that anything now-a-days is astonishing—to witness the perfection to which the Daguerrean art has been carried.  The pictures now made by this process have a degree of beauty and perfection which might challenge the closest scrutiny of dame Nature herself.  With the history of this art in Wheeling our friend Mr. Cowden is closely identified.  He commenced his experiments when it was yet in its infancy, and has ever since pursued it with the enthusiasm of a true devotee, not only adopting the improvements of others, but making many valuable discoveries himself.  His rooms on Monroe street, near the McLure House, contains pictures which we have not seen surpassed in any of the Eastern or Western cities.

The second advertisement ran from August 30, 1853 to September 19, 1855.  Daguerreotypes.  Sky And Side Light Arrangement, Likenesses taken with all the recent improvements, without any unnatural whiteness of hair, or grey appearance on black dresses.  Every style of cases always on hand.  Price from one dollar upwards. 

Rooms, No. 65 Monroe street, near the Court House.  Wm. Cowden.  Aug30.

The third announcement appeared on January 16, 1855.  Daguerreotypes—We invite attention to the [ ? ] notice of Mr. Cowden, to be found in [another] column this morning.  It is well known that Mr. C. has spent a large portion of his life in [presenting] himself in a knowledge of this art, and that he is an experimenter and operator in its earliest stages, and has since been constantly engaged in the business.  His claims are therefore indisputable.  His rooms are at his old stand, Monroe street, a short distance below the Court House.

The third advertisement ran on January 16 to October 19, 1855.  Daguerreotypes.  Side and Skylight Arrangement.  Likenesses taken with all the recent improvements, without and unnatural whiteness of hair, or grey appearance on black dresses.  Every style of Cases always on hand.

Rooms, No. 56 Monroe st., near the Court House.  jan16.  Wm. Cowden

William Cowden is recorded as being active in Wheeling, Virginia in 1851.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

James Cady

1854-1855       233 Broadway, New York, New York.

1856                139 Nain Street, Wheeling, Virginia.

1858-1864       343 Canal Street, New York, New York.

James Cady was mentioned in two advertisements and fourteen New York City Directories.  In the 1853/54 & 1854/55 New York City Directory he was not listed in the residence section.

The first advertisement that he was mentioned in appeared on September 28, 1854 in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  Mr. James Cady. our Principal Daguerreotype artist, has returned from his summer trip, and will be found at his old post in our establishment.  The celebrity of pictures taken by this celebrated artist need no eloquence from us.  Pictures taken daily.  Meade Brothers, artists and importers, 233 Broadway, four doors above the Astor House.

In the 1855/1856 New York City Directory, residence section he was listed as a daguerrian, 233 Broadway, H-Howard House. 

1856/57 & 1857/58  New York City Directory he was not listed.

The second advertisement that he was mentioned in ran from April 21 to August 6, 1856 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  One Hundred Dollars, Will be given to any artist in Virginia who will exhibit twelve pictures, vix: six Ambrotypes and six Daguerreotypes of equal merit to twelve of which Mr. Adams will select from his collection.  He has opened a new Gallery over Forb’s Jewelry Store, 139 Main St., with a skylight arranged on the most approved principles, which cannot be equaled unless similarly situated fronting on the river.  With rooms easy of access, large and well arranged, with every convenience for making first class pictures of every style and size.  He is happy to announce that he will be assisted by Mr. Cady the artist who made the pictures that were awarded the highest premium, a Gold medal, at the last fair of the American Institute at Castle Garden, New York, also the only premium awarded for Daguerreotypes at the Worlds Fairs at Paris.  Mr. A. has received five medals and eight diplomas for the best daguerreotypes exhibited at different fairs in the United States, which fully attest to the superiority and having been honored with a large proportion of the business in Wheeling the past year he expects with increased facilities not only to retain but enlarge the number of his patrons, more especially as he relies on the intristic merits of his productions rather than a display of furniture.  Ambrotypes either on single or double glass.  Daguerreotypes plain or colored equal to painting on Ivory.  Photographs from the lowest prices up to fifty dollars.  Our light being made of French Plate Glass and being unobstructed by other buildings, pictures can be made      from sunrise to sunset.  Pictures of children taken instantaneously from 9 A. M. to 3 P. M.  Yet the light is so soft and mild that persons with weak eyes can sit by it with perfect ease.  Cloudy days as good as any by this light.  Call and examine before engaging elsewhere.

1858/1859 New York City Directory an advertisements on page 7 reads Ambrotypes, Photographs, Niellographs, &c.  No. 343 Canal Street, three doors West of Greene St., New York.

Niellographs may be enclosed in letters, and sent to any part of the world, without additional charge.

1858/1859 New York City Directory, residence section he is recorded as a daguerreotypes, 343 Canal.

1859/1860 New York City Directory, residence section he is recorded as a daguerreotypes, H-79 Sullivan. He is also recorded as Cady & Adams, (James Cady & George Adams), photographist, 343 Canal.

1860/1861 New York City Directory residence section he is recorded as a daguerreotypes, 343 Canal.

1861/1862 New York City Directory residence section he is recorded as an artist, 343 Canal

1862/18631 New York City Directory residence section he is recorded as photographs, 343 Canal, H-43 E. 28th.

1863/1864 New York City Directory residence he is recorded as a photographer, 343 Canal.

1864/1865 New York City Directory residence section he is recorded as a  photographer, 343 Canal.

1865/1866, or the 1866/1867  New York City Directory residence section he is not listed.

James Cady is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in New York City in 1858-1860.  It is possible that the George Adams who was active in Worcester, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Washington, D. C.; Morgantown, Virginia and Wheeling, Virginia is the same George Adams who Cady was in partnership with in 1859.

Beamer & Turton

1854-1855       Main and Biddle Streets, Centre Wheeling, Virginia.

Beamer & Turton were recorded in one advertisement that ran from March 24, 1854 to November 30, 1855 in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  Messrs. Beamer & Turton, having taken the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. L. Tarbell as a Daguerrean Gallery, corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, beg leave to solicit a share of patronage from his friends and the public at large.

They make it a rule not to let any pictures go out but what are satisfactory, and well executed.

Gold and Silver plating executed neatly.

Orders left here for sign painting will be attended to J. Turton & Brother.  mr24.

Beamer & Turton are not recorded in other photographic directories.

Mr. Turton

1854-1855       Main and Biddle Streets, Centre Wheeling, Virginia.

Mr. Turton of the partnership of Beamer & Turton was recorded in one advertisement in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  The advertisement ran from March 24, 1854 to November 30, 1855.  Messrs. Beamer & Turton, having taken the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. L. Tarbell as a Daguerrean Gallery, corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, beg leave to solicit a share of patronage from his friends and the public at large.

They make it a rule not to let any pictures go out but what are satisfactory, and well executed.

Gold and Silver plating executed neatly.

Orders left here for sign painting will be attended to J. Turton & Brother. 

Mr. Turton is not recorded in other photographic directories.

L. Tarbell

1853                Corner of Main And Biddle Streets, Wheeling, Virginia.

1855                Address Unknown, Jackson, Ohio.

1855-1856       Address Unknown, Chillicothe, Ohio.[1]

L. Tarbell was recorded in Two advertisements, one announcement and mentioned in another advertisement in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, Virginia).  Another announcement appeared in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from January 21 to July 13, 1853. Look at This!  All those who are desirous preserving the memory of themselves and [and] friend, can do so, most effectually, by calling without delay, at Tarbell & Co’s. Daguerreotype Rooms, at the corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, and procure for each those life-like Pictures which cannot be obtained, with the same degree of beauty and excellence, elsewhere in the city.

Tarbell & Co., Daguerreotypists, Corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling. 

The first announcement appeared on June 18, 1853.  Daguerreotypes.—See the advertisement of Mr. L. Tarbell, who has improved his Daguerrean Rooms in Centre Wheeling, and is prepared to accommodate the people down that way with perfect fac similes of themselves and friends.

The second advertisement ran from July 18, 1853 to April 15, 1854.  Look at This!  All those who are desirous preserving the memory of themselves and [and] friend, can do so, most effectually, by calling without delay, at L. Tarbell’s Daguerreotype Rooms, at the corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, and procure for each those life-like Pictures which cannot be obtained, with the same degree of beauty and excellence, elsewhere in the city.

L. Tarbell, Daguerreotypists, Corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling. 

The advertisement he was mentioned in appeared on March 24, 1854.  Messrs. Beamer & Turton, having taken the Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. L. Tarbell as a Daguerrean Gallery, corner of Main and Biddle streets, Centre Wheeling, beg leave to solicit a share of patronage from his friends and the public at large.

They make it a rule not to let any pictures go out but what are satisfactory, and well executed.

Gold and Silver plating executed neatly.

Orders left here for sign painting will be attended to J. Turton & Brother. 

The second announcement appeared on June 21, 1855 in The Jackson Standard (Jackson, Ohio). We visited the daguerrean Gallery of Professor Tarbell, where we were pleased to see some of the finest work in his line, that we have ever examined, among whom we recognized many familiar faces, of both old and young…

L. Tarbell is listed in other photographic directories as being listed in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1855-1856.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry & Ohio Photographers, 1839-1900.