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Charles E. Tapley

1856                16 Harrington Corner, opposite the City Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1857-1858       Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

1860                American Hotel Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.1

Charles E. Tapley was mentioned in an advertisement that ran from June 14 to September 13, 1856.  B. D. Maxham Would respectfully invite all those wishing superior Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, to call at his old stand, where they can procure likenesses taken by himself or Mr. Tapley, an old and experienced operator from the City of New York.  No 12½ or 25 cent pictures will be taken by them—their time and talent will be devoted to their profession, which they wish to make honorable, by giving good pictures at reasonable prices to all who may favor them with their patronage.

Ladies and gentlemen, please call at No. 16 Harrington Corner, opposite the City Hall, and examine specimens.  B. D. Maxham, C. E. Tapley.

Charles E. Tapley is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester from 1857–1860.  It is unknown, but possible, that he is the same C. E. Tapley active in Vermont from 1852-1854.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry Information from the Worcester City Directory, residence section.

C. E. Tapley

1852-1853       Rooms in Mr. Stewart’s Building, Middlebury, Vermont.

1854                Address Unknown, Brandon, Vermont.

C. E. Tapley was recorded in five advertisements and mentioned in two other advertisements in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont). The first advertisement ran from December 22, 1852 to February 23, 1853.  Sky-Light Daguerrean Gallery.  C. E. Tapley would respectfully inform the citizens of Middlebury that he has taken Rooms in Mr. Stewart’s Building, and fitted them up in a respectable manner, with a large Sky-light suitable for securing first class Daguerreotypes.  Mr. T. would therefore solicit the patronage of all who wish to obtain a good likeness of themselves or of friends; and in soliciting this favor he would assure the public that no pains on his part will be spared to afford entire satisfaction.  The demand for first class Daguerreotypes still continues, but it is a demand which can only be satisfied by the life-like, speaking likeness, well secured and well defined—a likeness which will remain fresh and beautiful when the lips of flesh in dust shall rest, and death’s pale film o’erspreads the beaming eye.  People are not satisfied with a mere shadowy representation of their faces—they say, give us a bold, well defined impression, or we want none; and I am glad it is so, for the people have in many cases been villainously imposed upon by men whose ignorance of the principles of this beautiful Art, and imbecility in its execution, are only equaled by their unrivalled impudence and assurance.—Mr. T. boasts not of any particular merit which he may or may not possess in this Art.  He respectfully asks the citizens of this place to call at his rooms and satisfy themselves by sitting for “a picture.”

By the aid of a large Sky-light, pictures can be taken in cloudy as well as fair weather.  Prices, from $1.00 to $5.00.  Sick or deceased persons attended at their residences. 

The second advertisement ran from March 2 to April 20, 1853.  Addison Skylight Daguerrean Gallery, In Mr. Stewart’s Building, A few steps South of the Post Office.  Likenesses taken at this establishment at all hours of the day, and in any kind of weather.

Daguerreotypes of children taken in from four to eight seconds.  The subscriber keeps constantly on hand a neat assortment of the best cases that can be found in the Daguerrean market, and he will put into them pictures which, for faithfulness of outline, depth and brilliancy of tone, and durability, he respectfully asks, not “all creation of operators,” but the operators of this section of the creation, to equal.  C. E. Tapley.              

P. S. Prices from $1.00 to $5.00.  Liberal deductions made to families.

The third advertisement ran from May 25 to July 13, 1853.  Addison Daguerrean Gallery, Stewart’s Building, over R. L. Fuller’s Store!  The citizens of Middlebury are invited to call at the above Establishment, and examine the subscriber’s specimens of the Daguerreotype Art, many of which are faithful likenesses of respectable gentlemen residing in this village.  I would inform the people of M., that I have at considerable expense obtained, and am now using a chemical compound discovered by Mr. Hill, of New York, a man who has probably done more than all others towards bringing this beautiful Art to its present state of perfection.  I have used many compounds for producing the Daguerreotype but have never before used anything that would produce so fine a picture as the above; for proof of its superiority please call and examine some of my late work and if you wish for stronger demonstrations of its virtues just take a seat under my Sky-light, and in a few seconds I will give you an opportunity of convincing yourselves beyond a doubt.  C. E. Tapley.                       

The fourth advertisement ran from July 6 to November 9, 1853.  Addison Daguerrean Gallery, In Stewart’s Building, over R. L. Fuller’s Store!  As good a Daguerreotype Likeness can be obtained at this Establishment as at any other Gallery in Vermont.  C. E. Tapley, Artist.             

The fifth advertisement ran from November 2 to December 7, 1853.  Just Received At C. E. Tapley’s Daguerrean Rooms!  A New And Neat Assortment Of Miniature Cases which will be sold at prices which cannot fail to suit those who are in want of a picture of themselves or their friends.

Mr. T. would respectfully inform the citizens of Middlebury and the surrounding country, that he shall positively close up his business here the 1st of January, 1854.  All therefore who wish for one or more of his faithful Daguerreotype Likenesses, should give him an early call, and he will guarantee to give them as good Pictures, as can be purchased at any Gallery in the State.

Remember The Place Sky Light Daguerrean Gallery Stewart’s Building, Over R. L. Fuller’s Store.  Remember Also, that I leave Middlebury soon, and that now is your only chance of getting your Pictures put up in the best style at prices that cannot fail to give satisfaction.  C. E. Tapley. 

First mention in an advertisement that ran from February 15 to October 25, 1854.  Daguerrean Gallery!  Doct. Brockway, has taken into partnership with him a young man, who will practice this Art and assist in Dentistry.

They have obtained the latest and most expensive and approved instrument and apparatus, and will have both Northern and Sky-Light, (regarded as the most perfect,) as well as a first rate assortment of Cases, both single and groups.  They will be in readiness to wait on Gentlemen and Ladies in this department after the present week.  Having the good will, the influence and instructions, of Mr. Tapley, known as a skillful artist, they expect to please, and of course enjoy the patronage of this community.  Josephus Brockway, Wm. W. Ormsbee.         Middlebury, Feb. 14, 1854.

The second time he was mentioned in an advertisement ran from October 25, 1854 to January 31, 1855.  The Best Daguerreotypes.  At the late Fair at Middlebury, the committee on Paintings, &c., Mr. Battell, chairman, (the celebrated portrait painted, Mr. Mason, by invitation, advising) made the following Awards:

1st best Daguerreotypes, W. W. Ormsbee, $2

2d best (being but two exhibitors) Gillmore, 1.

The pictures exhibited by Ormsbee were his 2d best, as they were duplicates; persons sitting having taken their choice.  Several were likenesses of the last graduating class.  This class were at great pains to obtain the best, as they were to be multiplied and perpetuated by lithograph copies.  The reputation of Tapley attracted them to Brandon; but not quite satisfied, some of them set to Gilmore, but after full trial a majority sent to New York for lithographing were of those taken by Ormsbee, the rest were by Tapley.

Five only of the sixteen exhibited were taken with any reference to the Fair.  To judge of pictures, the difference in the eyes of Ormsbee’s and Gillmore picture could not fail to attract attention.  Ormsbee’s present a clear, well defined eye, Gillmore’s owing probably to his instrument, doubly refractory quality, besides giving an eye imperfectly defined, produces one or more extra white spots apparent in all the pictures on exhibition by Gillmore with one exception.

Ormsbee’s rooms are at the dwelling of Doct. Brockway, Dentist.

N. B.  Ormsbee’s Camera is one of the most modern and perfect furnished by the Present market.

C. E. Tapley is not recorded in other photographic directories.  Charles E. Tapley is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1857-1860.  See tomorrow’s post.

Henry K. Stratford

1851-1852       16 and 17 Harrington Block, corner of Main and Front Streets, Worcester,                              Massachusetts.

Henry K. Stratford was recorded in one advertisement that ran from September 29, 1851 to February 16, 1852 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  H. K. Stratford would say to all those wishing good Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, that they can obtain them by calling on him, at the Great Daguerrean Palace, Nos. 16 and 17 Harrington Block, corner of Main and Front sts., where all will be treated with civility and politeness.  Entire satisfaction guaranteed.

Henry K. Stratford is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1852.

Charles P. Stevens

1848                15 Central Exchange, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1849                Central Exchange, Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

Charles P. Stevens was recorded in one advertisement on August 28, 1848 in The Massachusetts Cataract and Temperance Standard And Dew Drop (Worcester, Boston, & Taunton, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes For 75 Cents.  Room No. 15 Central Exchange.  The subscriber, having the best instruments and light of any room in Worcester, will take beautiful Daguerreotype Miniatures and put them up in handsome Morocco Cases—(the same as is charged One Dollar for elsewhere) at the same reduced price of Seventy-Five Cents!

His Room is at No. 15, Central Exchange, Worcester.  Chas. P. Stevens.

Charles P. Stevens is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1849.


[1] A Directory Of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.

Rees, Blodget & Co.

1855                Main Street, Piper Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rees, Blodget & Co. were recorded in two advertisements in the Worcester Daily Spy  (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement appeared on October 18, 1855.  Take Notice!—Opposition to Steam Daguerreotypes, taken by a new American discovery, for only 25 cents, warranted to be of the best quality, and satisfaction given.  Something less than 500 taken daily.  No connection with the steam whistle, next door.  Rees, Blodget, & Co, artists.  Piper Block, Main st.

The second advertisement appeared on October 19, 1855.  Rees, Blodget, & Co. do not take Daguerreotypes by steam, as their noisy competitors boast to do, but at the same time give all who visit them good portraits, and at a quick rate, for 25 cents.  Rees, Blodget & Co. have opened their rooms at Piper’s Block, bent upon blowing up all steam boilers in the vicinity, if they burst themselves in doing so.

Rees and Blodget are both unknown and not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts.  One could speculate that Rees is Charles R. Rees based on an 1859 advertisement in the Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) that claimed that he had 17 years experience in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston, New Orleans and Cincinnati.  Rees left New York sometime around September 8, 1854.

Four days later on September 12, 1854 an advertisement appeared in The New York Herald.

Rees & Co., 25 Cent Daguerreotype Company, 385 Broadway.—This company, established under the above name, will be conducted hereafter under the [head] of McClave & Merritt, the original partners from [the commencement.]  The business will be conducted the same as usual, the whole company remaining with the exception of C. Rees, whose interest in this gallery has been purchased by the two remaining partners.  McClave & Merritt.

Where he went is unknown.  No record of his being in Boston is known.  The next advertisements found were from the Worcester, Massachusetts newspaper of October 19 & 20, 1855.  No other advertisements were found in Massachusetts newspaper prior to the above entries.  Over the next twelve day Rees advertised six times by himself.  The last advertisement in the Worcester Newspapers was on November 1, 1855.  At some point after leaving Worcester he probably worked with or for Tyler & Co. in New Orleans, Charleston and in 1858 in Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia.  So far the only mention of Rees being in South Carolina is from Harvey Teal’s Partners with the Sun South Carolina Photographers 1840-1940.  Teal states that Rees’s name appears in George S. Cooks papers in the Library of Congress as having an account with him but no address is attributed to the name.  Likewise there is no mention of in Photography in New Orleans The Early Years, 1840-1865.

Rees is an interesting person his association with Silas A. Holmes in New York and Tyler & Co. in Richmond and possibly other southern states deserves further research and a longer article.

Morse

1850-1851       271 Main Street, Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Morse (partnership of Aldrich & Morse) was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 1 to March 14, 1851 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Now Is The Time, And Waldo Block is the Place.  In order to introduce our Types to the public, we shall sell them for a few days for fifty cents.  In the Best Cases for One Dollar, such as are sold for $1.50 at other rooms.  We intend to attract the public to our Rooms by making good Miniatures at fair prices, rather than by a display of Stained Glass, costly Mirrors, Tapestry Carpets, &c.  Beware of humbugs, and remember our Rooms are up only one flight of stairs, and that we have decidedly The Best Light in the City.  Aldrich & Morse.  Worcester. Nov. 2, 1850.

Morse is not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list the partnership as being active in Albany, New York in 1851-1852.

L. Morse

1849                142 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

L. Morse was recorded in an advertisement that ran from January 11 to 27, 1849.  In the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  A Card.  That new beginner of the Daguerrean Art, who styles himself the “Skillful Artist,” and who alludes to ne as an “inexperienced youth,” should recollect that his own experience has not been very great, as it is well known that he took his first lesson of L. Babbit, only a few months since, and if any person by reading his advertisement should imagine he was a “skillful artist,” an examination of his types, would at once dispel the illusion.  Having the advantage of more practical experience and a better light, I engage to make a Better picture for Seventy-Five Cents, than can be made by any other 75 cent operator in this city.   L. Morse, 142 Main st.

L. Morse is not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1849.  L. Morse is possibly L. H. Morse and also Leonard H. Morse.  L. H. Morse is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active at Whitehurst’s gallery in 1856 in Richmond, Virginia.  Leonard H. Morse is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1852 and 1854.

E. W. Merrill

1849                82 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

E. W. Merrill was recorded in one advertisement that ran from June 6 to October 8, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Be Not Deceived.  Although the time of the prophet is past, yet there are those who would deceive and humbug the public by circulating false and slanderous reports of those who would gain an honest living by industry, I would take this opportunity to inform the public that I did not learn my trade of that young sprout, neither have I left the city or state, but I am engaged in the Daguerreotype Business in the Rooms adjoining those formerly occupied by our worthy friend S. Williams, 82 Main Street, where those who are in want of pictures, can obtain them (from twenty-five to fifty cents cheaper) by passing a few steps from the top of the first flight of stairs to No. 4 in the same block, than at any other place in Worcester.  E. W. Merrill.

E. W. Merrill is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Maxham & Tapley

1856                16 Harrington Corner, opposite the City Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Maxham & Tapley (Benjamin D. Maxham & Charles E. Tapley) were recorded in one  advertisement that ran from June 19 to September 13, 1856 in the Worcester Daily Spy  (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Special Notices.  B. D. Maxham Would respectfully invite all those wishing superior Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, to call at his old stand, where they can procure likenesses taken by himself or Mr. Tapley, an old and experienced operator from the City of New York.  No 12½ or 25 cent pictures will be taken by them—their time and talent will be devoted to their profession, which they wish to make honorable, by giving good pictures at reasonable prices to all who may favor them with their patronage.

Ladies and gentlemen, please call at No. 16 Harrington Corner, opposite the City Hall, and examine specimens. B. D. Maxham, C. E. Tapley.

Both Maxham and Tapley are recorded in other photographic directories but not as partners.

Ledoyt & Hodges

1855-1856       222 Main Street, Fosters Building, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ledoyt (Ludoyt) & Hodges appeared in one advertisement that ran from October 6, 1855 to January 12, 1856 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  New Advertisements.  A Card To The Public.—The subscribers having disposed of their interest in the Ambrotype establishment in Foster’s Building, 222 Main st., to Messrs. Ledoyt & Hodges, would cheerfully recommend them to our customers and the public generally, as gentlemen of merit and artistical skill, and are worthy of an extensive patronage.     Hathaway Brothers.

L. & H. are now prepared to furnish the Ambrotype, Mezograph or Crystalotype Pictures in the best style of the art. Pictures copied from paintings, engravings, Daguerreotypes. The public are invited to call and examine for themselves.  B. Ledoyt,  J. R. Hodges.

Ledoyt & Hodges are recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as Ludoyt with no first name or initial. Information from the 1856 Worcester City Directory, resident section. (Ludoyt & Hodges.)