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S. W. Sawyer

1854                Address Unknown, Paris, Maine.

1858-1860       Gallery near the Depot, Winthrop, Maine.

S. W. Sawyer was recorded in seven announcements and four advertisements in two different newspapers. (he was also in the partnership of S. W. & P. M. Sawyer 1854.  The first announcement appeared on June 23, 1854 in the Oxford Democrat (Paris, Maine).  A nomadic Daguerreotype Saloon made its appearance here the other morning.  Messrs. S. W. & P. M. Sawyer accompany it, and are prepared to take your picture at any time, if you will call on them.

The second announcement appeared on November 4, 1858 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Kennebec Co. AG. Society.  Awards Of Premiums…

Incidentals…Ambrotypes, S. W. Sawyer, Winthrop, book.

The third announcement appeared on March 10, 1859 in the Maine Farmer.  Excellent Photographs.  The citizens of Winthrop and vicinity ow have an excellent opportunity, by applying to Mr. Sawyer in that village, to obtain excellent ambrotypes, and also photographs of themselves or friends.  Mr. Sawyer is a capital artist in this line, and has quite a gallery of specimens, which make a visit to his saloon very interesting.  We found there the other day, some very fine portraits of Rev. David Thurston, the octogenarian divine so well known in this State, and now one of the few venerable links in the chain of time which connect the present generation with those of olde times.  Mr. Sawyer supplies them to purchase s for $1, and we are happy to learn that there is a brisk demand for them.  We wish he would prepare himself to supply photographs of some others of our venerable men.

The fourth announcement appeared on April 14, 1859 in the Maine Farmer.  Mr. Sawyer’s Photographic Gallery.  Mr. Sawyer has recently removed his Ambrotype saloon, and opened a gallery in Downing’s building near the depot in Winthrop Village.

We were in there the other day, and found quite an increase of excellent specimens of the art, which Mr. Sawyer does up in first-rate style.  Among them were very correct portraits of the venerable Rev. D. Thurston, and also of Rev. B. Sawyer, Prof. S. Harris, Prof. Shephard, Revs. E. P. Parker, and Cha. B. Rice, E. B. Palmer of Bangor, Rev. D. B. Randall, of Gardiner, Rev. Otis H. Johnson, of Jay.  The friends of either of these gentlemen can here obtain copies of their portraits for the low price of a dollar apiece.—There are also a large collection of portraits of many of the citizens of Winthrop and vicinity.  The photographic art is a great improvement on the daguerreotype.  Correct portraits are not only taken permanently upon paper, but can be copied to any amount.  Sun painting will prove a great blessing to the world, in the correct representation it gives of whatever is submitted to it action.

The first advertisement ran seven times between June 2 to August 18, 1859 in the Maine Farmer. 

Photographic Gallery at Winthrop.  S. W. Sawyer, would inform in inhabitants of Winthrop and vicinity that he has fitted up a splendid Gallery of Photographic pictures in Winthrop Village, opposite the Depot in Downing’s Building, where they may be found likenesses of many distinguished persons from different parts of the State.

All kinds of Photographic pictures taken at short notice and perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  All plain Photographs are nicely  finished as he employs an Artist whose every business is to finish them.

The second advertisement ran from September 1 to October 6, 1859 in the Maine Farmer

Superior Photographs.  S. W. Sawyer, Having fitted up one of the Largest and best Photographic Galleries in the State, in Mr. Downing’s Buildings, just opposite the Depot, in Winthrop, Me., and engaged the services of Mr.[2] E. E. Lamson, from Boston, who has had several years experience in the art of finishing Photographs in Oil, India Ink, and water colors, and is considered one of our best colorests (sic.) in the country.

Mr. S. is prepared to make Photographic Portraits, of any size, and finished in the above styles.  Also Photographs copied from Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, or other Photographs, and enlarged to any size, and finished as above.

Photographic Landscapes taken to order.  Ambrotypes at usual prices.  Lessons given in the art if desired.

The fifth announcement appeared on September 29, 1859 in the Maine Farmer.  Maine State Fair.  Fifth Annual Exhibition Of The Maine State Agricultural Society.  The exhibition opened on Tuesday, Sept. 20th…

Picture Gallery.  The Photographic Specimens here, absorb the largest portion of people’s interest—and they constitute certainly, as fine a show in this line as we have ever witnessed.  The exhibition gives evidence that Silsbee (Silsbee & Case) of Boston and the sun (in some instances Silsbee principally, in some the sun under his tutelage) have produced some inimitable likenesses.  But he is an artist by profession, and knows how to do such things without the sun’s aid.

Burnham (Burnham Brothers) of Portland has an admirably worked up, as well as plain collection of photographs here also, which shows the eye and skill of the true artist; and

The numerous works of Messrs. Starbird & Dodge, on exhibition evidence that the people of this region need not go farther than Augusta to get as good a plain photograph as can be obtained anywhere; whilst productions on which the finishing touches of the pencil have been bestowed, demonstrate that money can buy excellence here as well as in Portland, Boston, or New York.

S. W. Sawyer of Winthrop, shows a very large number of excellent photographs, some of which have been finely worked up by Mrs. Lamson, who is evidently a lady of superior skill in such matters.  Mr. S. has also some well executed ambrotypes.

To Mr. S. Wing of Waterville, must be given the palm of producing the largest photographs in the exhibition—and they are at the same time of a high order of excellence.  Mr. S. Wing on exhibition a number of stereoscopes, made, we understand, by himself, highly creditable to his ingenuity and skill.

Fine Arts…best painting in water colors, Mrs. E. E. Lamson, Winthrop, diploma;…best collection of ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, melainotypes, and photographs, S. W. Sawyer, Winthrop, medal; 2d do., Starbird & Dodge, Augusta, diploma;…best mezzotinto and oil colored photographs by an artist in Maine, Burnham & Bros., Portland, diploma; do. do. do. out of Maine, Silsbee & Case, Boston, diploma….   

The sixth announcement appeared on September 30, 1859 in the Oxford Democrat.  Maine State Fair…There is a fair display of plain and colored Photographs exhibiting great perfection in this wonderful art.  Photographs are destined ere long to supersede portraits painted in oil, not only because they can be taken in greater perfection but because they cost so much less.

Burnham Brothers of Portland…

Silsbee, Case & Co., of Boston…

Starbird and Dodge of Augusta…

Further along is a collection of both plain and colored photographs taken by S. W. Sawyer of Winthrop and painted in water colors by Mrs. E. E. Lamson of Augusta.  This is the best collection taken as a whole and is entitled to the first premium.  Sawyer takes a splendid picture and Mrs. Lamson puts on the finishing touches with the skill and judgement of a true artist.

[Simon] Wing of Waterville.

The third advertisement ran from October 13 to 27, 1859 in the Maine Farmer.  Daguerreotype Saloon for Sale.  The Subscriber has a good portable Daguerreotype Saloon 22½ feet long, and 8½ wide, for sale low for cash.

Said Saloon is new and in good condition for taking Ambrotypes and Photographs, with every desirable convenience to make them of any size.  For further particulars apply to S. W. Sawyer.

The fourth advertisement ran from October 13, 1859 to May 17, 1860 in the Maine Farmer. 

Premium Photographs!  All lovers of the fine arts who are desirous of an exact portrait of themselves or friends, arranged and finished in the best and most approved style will please give Mr. S. W. Sawyer an early call, as he proposes to make changes in his location shortly.

Mr. Sawyer having made extra exertions to perfect himself in his business, sparing no pains or expense to produce the finest effect and finish to his pictures, having received the first prize at the State Fair, and secured the services of Mrs. E. E. Lamson, who also has received the first prize for finishing Photographs in Water Colors, feels confident that he can give as good if not better satisfaction than any other Artist in the State.

By devoting his own personal attention to his customers, he hopes to secure a place in the hearts and confidence of all his friends and former patrons.  All wishing a good likeness and a test of his ability will show their good will be calling as soon as possible.

All of those who have not settled for their pictures as well as those who have demands against him will please call at his rooms immediately, and settle the same.

The seventh announcement appeared on February 2, 1860 in the Maine Farmer.  Sun Printing.  Our Neighbor Sawyer in Winthrop, who took some of the first prizes at the late State Fair for superior photographs, is still doing a good business, and his gallery near the Depot, is well worth visiting.  Mrs. Sawyer is also an excellent artist in finishing up the lesser minutiae of the portrait and setting it in bolder relief.  The visitor will find an admirable photograph of Professor Pond of Bangor recently finished by them, and if he wishes can have one of his own done up in the same style.

S. W. Sawyer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Calais Maine in 1855-1856, in 1856 in the partnership of Sawyer & Robbins.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Mrs. E. E. Lamson

Francis Hacker

1850                Water Street, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Rooms over Granite Hall, Augusta, Maine.

1850                Room nearly opposite the Winthrop House, Winthrop, Maine.

1852-1853       21 Angell Street, rear, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

1852                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.[2]

1853                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

ND                  Provincetown, Massachusetts.[3]

ND                  Yarmouth, Massachusetts.3

ND                  South Dennis, Massachusetts.3

ND                  West Harwich, Massachusetts.3

ND                  Chatham, Massachusetts.3

1855                Over Frederick Baylies store, Main Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts.2

1855                Brewster, Massachusetts.3

1855                Dennis, Massachusetts.3

Francis Hacker was recorded in two articles, two advertisements, and five broadsides.  The first article  appeared on March 14, 1850 in the Maine Farmer (Augusta, Maine).  Destructive Fire in Augusta.  The most serious fire that has occurred in this place for several years, broke out about half past nine o’clock, on Saturday evening last, in the tailor’s shop of James Dealy, on Water street four doors south of North’s Block, and nearly opposite the Stanley House…

…Six buildings were entirely consumed; one was torn down, and three others were very much injured.  The loss, as near as we can ascertain is as follows…

…The next building was considerably injured, and the stock of goods it contained was removed.  It was own by D. Alden, who had an insurance of $600 upon it, and was occupied as a hat store by Jona. Peirce, who had an insurance of $1,500.  On the second floor was a daguerreotype room occupied by F. Hacker.  His stock was removed and damaged some—not insured…

The first advertisement ran from July 20 to August 3, 1850.  Great Excitement!  The Patent Magic Background.  The discovery of which is due to C. J. Anthony, of Pa.  By this process the most beautiful effects are produced, and the pictures set forth in bold relief on a background of every variety of shade and light.

F. Hacker is happy to inform his friends and the public that he has recently made extensive alterations and improvements at his Rooms, over Granite Hall, and has fitted them up expressly for his business.  He has secured the right to use the Magic Back Ground.  With this improvement, and the late improvements in chemicals, he flatters himself that he can take pictures, of any size, shade, or shape, equal, if not superior to any offered to the public.  He invites his friends and the public to call and examine specimens.

Rare Chance for Daguerreotype Artists.  Stock of every description, including French and American plates, Frames, Cases, Fancy Cases, Lockets, polishing materials, &c. 

Chemicals.  Quick Silver, Iodine, Chloride of Iodine, Bromine, Chloride of Gold, and every article used in the business. 

Constantly receiving Stock of all descriptions, and of the latest patterns, all of which will be sold at Boston and New York prices.

All orders by Stage or otherwise, attended to with promptness and dispatch.  F. Hacker’s Daguerrian Gallery, (over J. Pierce’s Hat Store,)  Granite Hall, nearly opposite the Stanley House.

The second advertisement ran from September 12 to 26, 1850.  Miniatures.  Daguerreotype Pictures for the Million.  The subscriber would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Winthrop and vicinity that he has taken the Rooms recently occupied by Mr. Stanley, nearly Opposite The House, Where he is prepared to execute Daguerreotype Pictures in as good style as they can be taken by any Artist in the state of Maine.  He has procured all the latest improvements in the Art, such as the “Patent Magic Back-ground,” and the “Electro Magnetic Buff,” by means of which children and weak-eyed persons can be taken in one-fourth the time required by the old process, and in a much superior manner.  Pictures Warranted in any weather, and he will color them in a superior style if desired.  He will also Set them in Lockets, Pins, Rings ad Cases.  He invites all persons to call and examine his specimens, and he flatters himself that they will find them superior to any that have ever before been offered for their inspection.  Rooms open from 7 A. M. till 6 P. M.  Miniatures taken as cheap as at any other Establishment.  F. Hacker.

The second article entitled Providence Photographer in the 1860s by Maureen Taylor.

Maureen states that he was born in Vassalborough, Maine in 1827. And began his career in Augusta, Maine approximately in 1850.  In 1852 he was in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1852, 1853 and 1855 he operated a studio in Martha’s Vineyard over the store of Frederick Baylies, Main Street, Edgartown, [Massachusetts].   Between 1857-1862 he may have had studios in Michigan and Superior, Wisconsin.  In 1863 he is back in Providence, Rhode Island…

Five broadsides in Harvey Zucker’s collection.  He was active in Provincetown, Yarmouth, South Dennis, West Harwich, Chatham, Dennis, Brewster, and Sandwich, Massachusetts.   

N.D. [After 1852]  F. Hacker, would inform his friends and the public of Provincetown, that he has again returned, and having secured a Room over Enoch Nickerson’s (formerly occupied by Alstram & Holmes’) Store. He has had it fitted up with a large sky-light expressly for his business, and having had from five to six years experience and constant practice with some of the best operators in the N. E. States, he deems it no arrogance to assert, that pictures taken by him, for distinctness of outline, depth and purity of tone, clearness of the eyes and artistical arrangement of position, which is so indispensable to a really valuable Daguerre, contrasts favorably with those hard and flat pictures formerly produced and which are now so often palmed upon an unsuspecting public.

N.D.  [After 1852]  Rare Chance to Get Good Pictures, F. Hacker, Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer to accomodate those who are desirous of obtaining a good Daguerreotype.

He deems it unnecessary to call the attention of the public to the many recommendations which he has received from different Artist, but would rather invite them to an examination of his work which is the best guarantee of the superiority of his Pictures.

P. S.  Remember that he closes his Saloon at South Yarmouth September 29th, and will move to South Dennis, Monday October 1st.

Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on Hand.

P. S.  Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets, and Stereoscopic Cases

N.D.  [After 1852] A Good Chance To Get Pictures Taken equally as well as those taken by the best artist in the city.  F. Hacker, The unrivalled Daguerrean Artist, is in town, and will remain One Week to accommode those who are in want of a good Picture.

Having had from five to six years experience and constant practice in some of the best rooms in the principal cities in the New England States, and that with a constant desire to please, will enable him to take portraits, far superior to any ever before offered to the people of the Cape.

The best guarantee of the superiority of his work, is an examination of his work.

P. S.—Please call and compare his Daguerreotypes with those taken by other operators.

Saloon open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

N. B.—A good assortment of Stereoscopic and Fancy Cases and Gold Lockets on hand.

His Saloon is located near Uncle Peter Baker’s Hotel, South Dennis.  Remember he moves to West Harwich, Monday October 8th.

N.D.  [After 1852] Last Chance F. Hacker Would, in returning thanks to his friends and the public for their liberal patronage, inform them that he will remain One Week Longer, to accommodate those who are in want of pictures, taken by him.

He feels confident that a close examination of his pictures will satisfy the most incredulous, of the superiority of his work.  Call soon, as he positively leaves for Chatham, Monday, 29th.

P. S.—Saloon open from 8, A. M. until 5 P. M.  Pictures taken equally well either in clear or cloudy weather.

A good assortment of Fancy Cases, Gold Lockets and Stereoscopic Cases.

N. B.—His Saloon is located opposite the new hall.

1855 April 14.  Hacker’s Saloon Will remain in town until the 30th, when he will move to Dennis.  Those in want of Pictures by him should call soon.

Rooms open from 8 A. M. until 5 P. M.

A good assortment of stereoscopic Fancy cases and Gold Lockets, on hand.

The Painters of old, as we all of us know,

When Portraits they took worked uncommonly slow,

And long ere they’d finished the picture required,

The unfortunate Sitters were angry or tired.

Even when they had finished the figure and face,

There often was wanting expression or grace;

So that friends said—”the Picture does not at all strike,

And there’s something about it that’s not very like.”

Now we know of a Painter,—his name is Sun,

Who but asks you to sit and your Likenesses is done!

So correct are his Portraits, that nought can surpass

Their fidelity, not e’en your dressing room glass!

And where does he take off these Likenesses rare?

You’ll see if to Hacker’s Saloon you repair,

Where quickly, at prices exceedingly low,

You Pictures may get of a belle or a beau.

Have your father or mother, child, sister or wife,

Whose features you’d see when no longer in life?

Go to Hacker’s Saloon, where, though others have tried

In vain, you’ll without the least doubt be supplied.

Be it cloudy or clear, morning, evening and noon,

F. Hacker you’ll find in his splendid Saloon.

Brewster, April 14, 1855.

Francis Hacker is recorded in Craig’s Daguerrian Registry as being active in 1852-1853.  Maureen Taylor’s article verified that he was active in Augusta Maine in 1850.  Still more work is needed, the activity dates in Edgartown, Massachusetts might be during the summers only or was it a permanent location?  Since I don’t have access to the Vineyard Gazette, I can only go on the citation date used in the article, 1852 June 4; 1853 June 10 and 1855 July 20.  The same is true for the broadsides more work is needed…  

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

[2] Maureen Taylor in an online article entitled Francis Hacker, Providence Photographer in the 1860s.

[3] Broadside from Harvey Zucker’s collection

Starbird & Dodge

1859                Address Unknown, Augusta, Maine.

Starbird & Dodge (Charles H. Starbird) was recorded in one announcement in Oxford Democrat (Paris, Maine) on  September 30, 1859.  Maine State Fair…There is a fair display of plain and colored Photographs exhibiting great perfection in this wonderful art.  Photographs are destined ere long to supersede portraits painted in oil, not only because they can be taken in greater perfection but because they cost so much less.

Burnham Brothers of Portland…

Silsbee, Case & Co., of Boston…

Starbird and Dodge of Augusta occupy the next space and have a fair collection.  Their portraits of the Augusta Clergymen were very fine.

S. W. Sawyer, of Winthrop…

[Simon] Wing of Warterville.

Starbird & Dodge are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Augusta, Maine in 1860.