Tag Archives: Worcester Massachusetts

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.)

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.