Tag Archives: Worcester Massachusetts

Daniel S. Huntoon

1849-1850       82 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Daniel S. Huntoon  was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 23 to September 19, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  Daguerreotypes for 75 Cents, at 82 Main Street.  D. S. Huntoon, proprietor of the City Daguerreotype Gallery, formerly owned and occupied by S. Williams, Wait’s Block, No. 82 Main Street, nearly opposite the Franklin Hotel, first door above the Central School House.

The rooms are perfectly adapted to the business, where he is now prepared to execute Daguerreotype Likenesses equal to those taken or exhibited at any other establishment in this City.  Those in want of Perfect Likenesses are invited to call.

Daniel Huntoon is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester Massachusetts in 1850.


1851                Address Unknown, Worcester, New York or Massachusetts.

Harrington was recorded in an announcement on May 21, 1851 in the Corrector (Sag Harbor, New York).  Severe and Disastrous Hail Storm.—Worcester and its environs, was the scene last evening of one of the most destructive hail storms ever experienced there.  It lasted but a short time but came in perfect torrents, the stones being as large as a bullet, and in some cases larger.  At the Lunatic Asylum, as we learn, from five hundred to one thousand panes of glass were broken.  At the Worcester Academy one or two hundred; and the bedding being soaked and the furniture damaged.—At Fox’s factory there was also great destruction of glass, and also at every dwelling house exposed to the force of the gale.  Shades were prostrated in every direction.  The Cupola of Harrington’s Daguerreotype Rooms was carried away.  In one case the slats of a blind were broken by the stones.  At Grafton, two dwelling houses were completely cleared of Glass, and much more damage done.

Harrington is not recorded in other photographic directories.  It is unknown from the article if the location is Worcester New York or Massachusetts.  It is possible because it is a New York newspaper they are talking about Worcester, New York.  Grafton and Worcester New York are 78.3 miles apart where Grafton and Worcester, Massachusetts is only 8.2 miles apart.  There is also an asylum in Worcester, Mass.

Josiah Goddard

1855                16 Harrington Corner, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                            1856                27 Smyth’s Block, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Information from the 1855 Worcester City Directory, residence section.  A Josiah Goddard was also recorded in the 1856 Manchester City Directory, Business Directory as a daguerrean.

Josiah Goddard is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900, but is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.  John speculates that they are the same person, but no proof has been found to substantiate this claim.



S. T. Field

1858                Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                              1859                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1858-1859 Information from the Worcester City Directory, residence section.

S. T. Field was not listed in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900, but was listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

Joseph C. Earl

1851                18 Plymouth Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                          1857-1858       Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Information from the Worcester City Directory, resident section.

Joseph C. Earle was not recorded in Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900, but was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Register.

F. M. Danielson

C. 1845-1848 Address Unknown, Boston, Massachusetts.                                                                    1849                  9 Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

F. M. Danielson was recorded in three advertisements. The first advertisement ran from July 6 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts). Yes, It is a fact that Dr. A. W. Van Alstin has gone to “California,” and also that F. M. Danielson having had charge of the operating during the past five months in the rooms formerly occupied by him, has purchased the stock and fixtures in the above named rooms, having had four years experience in the Daguerreotype business in Boston and other places is confident that in point of execution, his miniatures cannot be surpassed.  (during three years he was in one of the best rooms in the United States) the patronage of the citizens of Worcester and its vicinity is respectfully solicited.

Miniatures put into silk, $1,00 and into Velvet lined cases $1,50.  N. B. Stock constantly on hand and for sale at reasonable prices.

The second advertisement ran from July 23 to July 27, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  To Daguerreotypists.  500 French Plates of all sizes.  100 Gross of silk and Velvet Cases.  50 Gross of Preservers.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, rotten stone, Hypo Sulphite Soda, Rouge in any quantity, at Boston prices at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

The third advertisement ran from July 28 to September 12, 1849 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).         No. I Will Not sell stock less than cost, or even at cost but I will sell at reasonable profit, my incillities are as great as any man’s in the United States for obtaining stock.  Bromine, Chloride of Iodine, polishing materials, cases and plates, &c., for sale at a reasonable advance from cost.  Miniatures taken without regard to weather, which for brilliancy of tone, are unsurpassed at No. 9 Brinley Hall.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Francis M. Danielson in 1850-1851 at 8 Daniel Street.  In 1855 a Frank M. Danielson is listed as a daguerreian in Portland, Maine.  It is unknown at this time if they are all the same person.

Henry Conant

1848                15 Fourth Story, Central Exchange, Worcester, Massachusetts.                      1850                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Henry Conant was recorded in an advertisement the ran from January 27 to April 6, 1848 in The Massachusetts Cataract and Temperance Standard (Worcester & Boston, Massachusetts).    H. Conant’s Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 15 Fourth Story, Central Exchange.

The attention of the public is invited to the excellent tone and beauty of the Pictures taken at this place—the perfect delineation of the features and drapery—the expression of the countenance, and the life-like appearance which they exhibit.

Miniatures put up in silk-lined case for $1.  Other prices according to richness or size of case, or number of pictures on a plate.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens before engaging elsewhere, as they will be waited upon with pleasure whether they contemplate sitting for a Miniature or not.

Henry Conant was not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900.  He was recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1850 without a business address.

Chase & Welch

1856                222 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                          1857                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chase & Welch were recorded in three advertisements and an announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts.)  The first advertisement ran from July 26 to August 8, 1856.  Special Notice.  Re-Opened by a New Company.—The subscribers would respectfully inform the citizens of Worcester and vicinity, that they have purchased the Ambrotype Rooms in Foster’s Block, No. 222 Main Street, and will be in operation on and after Monday, July 28, 1856.  In re-opening this beautiful suit of rooms, the proprietors are happy to announce to the citizens of Worcester and vicinity, that they have secured the services of Mr. Wm. Hathaway, as their Operator and Artist.  Those wishing for pictures of themselves or friends, are respectfully informed that every picture emanating from the establishment will be warranted to give entire satisfaction.  The Ambrotype has now become the prevailing style of Picture in all the principal cities of the Union.  We shall, as soon as necessary arrangements can be made, be able to supply the public with all kinds of Photographic Pictures.

N.B.  Ambrotypes at the same price of good Daguerreotypes.  The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Chase & Welch.  Wm. Hathaway, Artist

The second advertisement ran from November 4 to November 18, 1856.  We would advise all who are in want of superior pictures of themselves or friends, to call at the rooms of Chase & Welsh, in Foster’s Block, 222 Main Street.  We pronounce their pictures superior to those taken at any other establishment in the city.  We have observed the beautiful pictures in their show case, and to say that they were most natural and lifelike, is to use a hackneyed expression; but no other would be appropriate in this case.  Their pictures are bold and clear, and for brilliancy of tone and finish, we do not hesitate to say that they are superior to any other establishment in the city; and we would say to all, if you want a likeness that you will not be ashamed to look at, and show to your friends, call at their rooms, and you will not be disappointed.  Their prices are very moderate, and their pictures will give entire satisfaction.

The third advertisement ran on November 13 & 14, 1856.  And was issued by Benjamin D. Maxham.  Take Notice, that our friend Chase proposes to make single glass pictures.  Why this condemnation to what he calls humbug!

The only place to procure the genuine improved Ambrotype on double glass, is at B. D. Maxham’s.  He will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth; that in his opinion the Daguerreotype is far more durable, being composed entirely of mineral substances, whereas the Ambrotype is vegetable.  As for the patent, it was given up six months since Mr. Cutting, as also was the use of gum.  The only way to seal up a picture to make it permanent, is to seal them up in tin boxes, the same as sardines are sealed.

The announcement is a reply from Chase & Welch to Benjamin D. Maxham’s advertisement which ran on November 25, 1856.  We see by the Spy of Nov. 18th, that B. D. Maxham wants the public to take notice that friend Chase proposes to make single pictures, and wants to know why this condecentson to what he calls humbug.  I have never have called the single glass picture a humbug; what I call humbuging the community is, for a man professing what he does, to deceive the public by selling a single glass picture, and telling them that it is an Ambrotype, when he knows that it is not, and never can be an Ambrotype.  He knows very well what constitutes an Ambrotype, and he knows that to make it an Ambrotype, it must be sealed between two plates of glass with Fir Balsam, or its equivalent.  He knows that he has not a right to take the Ambrotype picture, and therefore cannot take them, but if he can deceive and impose upon the public by misrepresentation and deception, it will answer his base purpose.  In his advertisement he says, that he will tell the truth and nothing but the truth, but he forgets to tell the whole truth for he says that the patent was given up some six months ago by Mr. Cutting, as also the use of gum.  Now, if his object was not to deceive, why did he not tell that Mr. Cutting surrendered his patent and applied for re-issue and got it, against the combined forces of the Daguerreotypist, who brought every thing to bear against it which they possibly could, to break it down and prevent a re-issue, but it proved a decided failure.  The government granted a re-issue covering the whole ground; and now, if he can dupe and deceive the public by telling them that his pictures are Ambrotypes, he will not hesitate to do it.  Now where is the deception? why does he wish to impose upon the public by selling a spurious article for a genuine?  Can there be any thing manly in this?  Does this look like having a just regard for other people’s rights?  I leave it with the public to decide, and will say that the only place where you can get a genuine Ambrotype, is at Chase & Welch’s rooms in Foster’s Block, No. 222 Main street.  We have the exclusive right for taking Cutting’s patent Ambrotypes, for the City of Worcester, and all pictures emanating from any other room in the city, called Ambrotypes, are spurious and worthless.                          Chase & Welch.

Chase & Welch was listed in the 1857 Worcester City Directory, residence section but was not included in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry only list them in 1857.

Joseph K. Bundy

1848                Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                                    1850                142 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.                                                                1852                Brinley Row, Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]                                                                1854                District 4, Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Joseph K. Bundy was recorded in 1848 and in 1854 in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographer, 1839-1900.  On March 23, 1850 he appeared in an advertisement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts) that ran until May 18, 1850.  Can’t be Beat!  The subscriber would say to his old friends in this City and vicinity that he has taken the well known Daguerreotype Rooms, No. 142 Main Street, Worcester, two doors north of B. L. Hardon & Co.’s Store, where he is prepared to take As Good Pictures, and as Cheap, as can be taken in this or any other city, and set them in Cases, Lockets, Pins, and Rings.  No pains will be spared in giving satisfaction.  Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens before sitting elsewhere.    J. K. Bundy

On April 4, 1850 in the same paper the following announcement appeared.  Fine daguerreotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers to J. K. Bundy’s advertisement of Daguerreotypes, at the old stand, next door to B. L. Hardon, & Co.’s Store, where so many good pictures have been made.  Those who wish any thing in his line will be promptly attended to, and may expect good likenesses.

In the same newspaper the following advertisement ran from January 20 to March 29, 1852.  To the Public.  Adams’ Premium Daguerreotypes!  Rooms, directly opposite the American House, over the Citizen’s Bank.

Good Pictures taken as cheap as at any other room in the city.  Customers will find one of the Best Reception Rooms, furnished with Musical Instruments for Ladies and gentlemen to while away their time, while waiting.  Also, one of Carharts Best Æolians for sale. Visitors from the Country are respectfully invited to give us a call.              J. K. Bundy, Assistant Operator.

In 1851 George Adams is reported to be in Providence Rhode Island it is possible that J. K. Bundy as the Assistant Operator is running the gallery in Worcester.

[1] Address based on George Adams’s entry in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers, 1839-1900.