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D. Chase

1856                222 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1857                Business address not recorded, Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]

D. Chase of the partnership of Chase & Welch were recorded in four advertisement in the Worcester Daily Spy.  (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran from July 26 to August 28, 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.  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 fourth advertisement appeared 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 (Sic.) 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.

D. Chase is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1857.  In Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, John speculates that David Chase is the same person.  David Chase was active in Clinton, Massachusetts and his information comes from History of the Origin of the Town of Clinton, Massachusetts 1653-1865 by Andrew E. Ford, 1896. Daguerrean Artists.  P. 397.  …David Chase, who had a stand in a little building on Church Street, near the present position of the Y. M. C. A. rooms, stayed here for a longer time.  He was a good musician and an organizer of a brass band…  Unfortunately no footnotes were used in the book. In reviewing the known newspapers published in Clinton the likely candidate is the Saturday Courant, published between 1850-1862.     


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

A. P. Albee

1849                 236 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

A. P. Albee of the firm Gilmore & Albee (William H. Gilmore & A. P. Alee) was recorded in two advertisements in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran from February 1 to July 6, 1849.  New daguerreotype Gallery.  Gilmore & Albee, Having fitted up the large and commodious Room, 236 Main Street, (Paine’s Block,) over Horace Ayres’ Grocery Store, formerly occupied by Miss Allen as a School Room, would respectfully inform the public that they are prepared to take Daguerreotype Miniatures, of the different sizes, and of superior appearance, tone and finish on the most reasonable terms.  With German Instruments of the first quality, and very superior light, they warrant their Pictures to be equal, if not superior to any produced in this city or elsewhere; and having had extensive experience in the business, they are confident of giving satisfaction to those who may favor them with their patronage.

They wish it distinctly understood that no person is expected to take a Picture from their Room unless they are perfectly satisfied with its life-like appearance, as well as superior finish.  Wm. H. Gilmore, A. P. Albee.                                                                                

The second advertisement ran from July 9 to August 23, 1849.  Copartnership Notice.  The copartnership hereto fore existing by the name of Gilmore & Albee is by Mutual consent, this day dissolved.  Wm. H. Gilmore, A. P. Albee, Worcester, June 19, 1849.

N. B.   The Daguerreotype business will be continued at the old stand, 235 Main St., by the Subscriber.  Pictures taken at all times, without regard to weather.  Perfect satisfaction or no charge.  Please call and examine my Life Like, Pictures and Judge for yourselves.  Wm. H. Gilmore.  July 3.

A. P. Albee is not recorded in other photographic directories. William H. Gilmore is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Worcester at 236 Main Street in 1850, and possibly in Providence, Rhode Island in 1846.

Adams & Claflin

1853                142 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1853-1854       188 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Adams & Claflin (George Adams & Charles R. B. Claflin) were recorded in five advertisements and two announcements in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran from January 3 to March 11, 1853. Christmas and New Year Presents.  Adams & Claflin having formed a co-partnership, will be happy to receive a call from their friends and the public generally, at their rooms 142 and 188 Main Street.  A magnificent assortment of all the different styles of Fancy Cases, suitable for presents, just received.  Give us a call.

The second advertisement ran from January 13 to April 7, 1853. Listed under Worcester Business Directory of Manufactures, Trades & Professions under Daguerreotypes.

Adams & Chaflin sic., 188 and 142 Main Street.

The third advertisement ran from May 2 to August 22, 1853.  Adams & Claflin, Artist.  No. 188 Main Street, directly opposite the American House, Worcester, having a fine Sky-Light for Adults, we have recently added to our Establishment an adjoining Room, with a spacious Side-Light, expressly for Daguerreotyping Children, by the use of which Pictures are made almost instantaneously.—Those who have failed at other Rooms, are invited to give us a call.

Hours for small Children, from 10 a. m., to 4 p. m.

The first announcement appeared on May 3, 1853.  Daguerreotypes—We respectfully at the attention of our readers to the Advertisement of Adams & Claflin in another column.  They have recently had their Saloon elegantly and conveniently fitted up for the accommodation of lady and gentlemen sitters; and they have also made improvements, having special reference to taking the likenesses of children.  The pictures of Adams & Claflin are pre-eminently beautiful.  We believe it is impossible to excel them.  The out-lines of their portraits are always clear, the full lights and shadows are broad and deep, while the half shades are taken with the most delicate nicely.  Any one wishing to secure a true semblance of the “human face divine” of some dear friends or relatives should not fail to call on Adams & Claflin.

The second announcement appeared on August 4, 1853.  Colored Daguerreotypes.—Adams and Claflin, of this city, having succeeded in making colored daguerreotypes, which immensely excel every thing of the kind we have seen.  The color is laid on by chemical process, after the picture has been taken i the camera, and so skillful are Adams and Claflin in its application, that the outline, and even the most delicate shades are retained, in all their softness and beauty.

The coloring is clear and beautifully toned, and in our estimation renders the miniatures which Adams & Claflin make, unsurpassable by anything in art.—These daguerreotypes artists are second to none in their profession; and when, to their skill in the use of the camera, is added this beautiful process of chemical coloring, we may safely say they can produce portraits which cannot be excelled.  Those who wish to see what perfection they have attained, should visit their saloon, 188 Main Street.

The fourth advertisement ran from August 8 to 10, 1853.  Special Notice.  The new and beautiful “Chemically Colored” Daguerreotypes are made by Adams & Claflin, and by them only in this City.  For proof of the above statement call at our Rooms and examine our Pictures, colored by this process.  In comparison with some which we have taken over, which were made and sold by another Artist as Chemically Colored Daguerreotypes.  Comment is unnecessary.  Adams & Claflin, 188 Main Street.

The fifth advertisement ran from August 10 to September 27, 1853.  Very Special Notice.  Five Dollar Reward! 

As a certain 50 center, in this city still persists in advertising that he makes and sells “Chemically Colored” Daguerreotypes, we make him the following proposition:

We propose that the Gentleman hangs a case of his “Chemically Colored” Daguerreotypes in the lower hall of the Central Exchange, front of the Post Office, for one week; we will hang a case of our new style side of his, thus giving the public a chance to examine specimens, and see who is the humbug.

A Gentleman who has a love of the beautiful, and who can appreciate the “Fine Arts,” and knows the modesty and retiring disposition of the 50 cent man, has deposited with us Five Dollars, to be given to him, providing he will accept of the above offer.

Will the 50 cent man accept or quibble.  We shall see.  Adams & Claflin, 188 Main Street

Both George Adams and Charles R.B. Claflin are recorded in other photographic directories, but not in partnership.

Adams & Chapin

1851                Waldo Block, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Adams & Chapin (George Adams & Moses Sanford Chapin) were recorded in eight advertisements and one announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran from May 24 to July 8, 1851

Adams & Chapin’s Premium Daguerreotypes, Waldo Block. 

Call and examine Specimens.

“Ah!  see what a picture, behold what a grace

Lives in that posture and beams in that face,

As the sun-light transfers the soul-speaking eye;

It flashes in joy, though there is ‘nobody’ nigh.

Who ‘nobody’ is there is no need to tell,

Since the lassie herself knows the secret so well;—

Enough that we trace in such touching perfection

The intended—an object of cherished affection.”

The second advertisement ran from June 17 to July 8, 1851.  Daguerreotypes!  Who received the highest premium—a Silver Medal and Diploma— at the Mechanics’ Fair, in 1848?  Adams.

Who was the only person to whom was awarded a Silver Medal for the best Types exhibited at the Mechanics Fair in 1849?  Adams.

Who intends to make Daguerreotypes that will distance all competitors for the Fair of 1851?  Adams & Chapin, of Waldo Block.

Brother Artist, take particular notice.

The third advertisement ran from June 20 to 23 1851.  Notice.—In reference to a certain article that appeared in the Spy, dated June__, I would say, in reply, being requested so to do by that Daguerrian Artist to “take notice” who it was that took the medal in 1848.  It was Walker & Adams, not Adams alone, as be stated.  Who was it that took the medal alone, in 1848?

A. W. Van Alstin.

Adams; perhaps the public will say.  Why not A. W. Van Alstin?  Because he was in California.

Who was it that took so many poor pictures in my room while I was there?

Moses S. Chapin.

Where is George Adams operating at the present time?

Providence, R. I., not in Worcester.

Who is in the rooms formerly occupied by Adams?

Moses S. Chapin.

I hope that the remainder of the Artist’ will soon appear, and place him in his proper position, which is at the bench, with a saw and jack-plane.  A. W. Van Alstin.

The fourth advertisement ran from June 25 to 27, 1851.  Particular Notice.—A. W. Van Alstin, alias Dr. Van Alstin, (formerly a Corn Doctor,) of late from California, and “formerly of Lowell,” is respectfully informed that any statement, however false and malicious, he may publish, respecting us, we are willing should go to the public without any comments or refutations from us, believing it unnecessary, so long as the articles appear where he is known, and over his own signature.  G. Adams.  M. S. Chapin

The fifth advertisement ran from June 25 to July 8, 1851.  A. W. Van Alstin, in reference to a “Particular Notice,” which has appeared, signed “G. Adams,” and “M. S. Chapin,” respectfully refers the public to the Report of the Worcester County Mechanics Association, and would ask the following simple facts, quoted from that Report, and denied by “G. Adams” and “M. S. Chapin,” are “false and malicious.”—”No. 49,

A. W. Van Alstin, First Class Daguerreotypes, Silver Medal.”  “No. 630, Walker & Adams, Silver Medal”

Is it “false or malicious” to say that Adams is in Providence, R. I., when he is in Providence, R. I., although it is pretended he is in Worcester?  Is it “false or malicious” to say that A. W. Van Alstin can always be found at his own stand, taking the best Daguerreotypes that can be taken?  A. W. Van Alstin knows that when a rogues corns are trampled on, the rogue halloos; but he begs to say that if certain too tender-toed pseudo-daguerreotypists will call at A. W. Van Alstin’s rooms, over the New York Store, Worcester, he will cure them of the disease in their feet, and present them with their likeness gratis.  A. W. Van Alstin.

The announcement appeared on August 5, 1851.  Splendid Daguerreotypes.—Mr. Adams has returned to his old stand, having during his absence, been practicing in taking the new style of pictures, called vignette daguerreotypes.  Specimens may be seen at the rooms of Messrs. Adams & Chapin, over Waldo Hall, where customers can be accommodated either in the new or old style.  These specimens are exceedingly beautiful.  There is a softness and delicacy in the style, which we think will make them very popular, wherever they become known.  If executed with the skill and taste evinced in those above referred to.

The sixth advertisement ran from August 22 to September 12, 1851.  That the public appreciate the beautiful Daguerreotypes made by Adams & Chapin, in Waldo Block, is sufficiently evident to any one who visits their rooms, as they are constantly thronged with a class of our citizens who have the taste and judgment to disseminate and admire their splendid Miniatures.  The Vignette Daguerreotype is growing rapidly in popularity. 

The seventh advertisement ran from September 29 to October 7, 1851.  Particular Notice.—Geo. Adams would respectfully announce to his friends and the public, that the limitation of his engagement with Mr. Chapin, of Waldo Block, having expired, he has taken a suit of rooms in Brinley Row, over the Citizens Bank, and directly opposite the American House, where all those who are capable of appreciating fine Daguerreotypes are invited to call.  Mr. A.’s Rooms are very easy of access, spacious, and fitted up with every convenience to produce good miniatures.  The room for his Sky-light is of a size suitable for making a group of 40 persons on one plate.

The eighth advertisement ran from January 9 to February 11, 1852.  To the Public—The well known Daguerrean Rooms, Waldo Block, formally owned and occupied by Geo. Adams, and More recently by Adams & Chapin, have not been removed, but still are the center of attraction for all who appreciate good Daguerreotypes, as the facilities for taking daguerreotypes are such as cannot be surpassed in this city, if in the world.  The limitation between Messrs. Adams & Chapin and Adams & Co. Having ceased Sept. 18, 1851, Mr. Chapin would say to the public, that those splendidly finished Daguerrean Rooms, Waldo Block, are still open for exhibition, or all who may favor him with a call Mr. Chapin would say to all who would like good Daguerreotypes of themselves or friends, they will do well to call on Mr. C., Waldo Block, where all may be sure of obtaining perfect daguerreotypes for the extreme low price of 50 cents.  Perfect satisfaction given or no charge.  Particular attention paid to taking Children.—Hours for taking children from 9 A. M. to 3 P. M.  Call and examine for yourselves.         

George Adams & Moses Sanford Chapin are both recorded in other photographic directories but not in partnership.

Joseph G. Warren

1853                227½ Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Joseph G. Warren was recorded in an advertisements and announcement.  The advertisement ran from June 2 to August 8, 1853 in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  J. G. Warren, Has Opened A New Daguerrean Room, No. 227½ Main street, Up one flight of Stairs, where he will be happy to wait upon his friends.  Opposite the Worcester House. Joseph G. Warren

the announcement appeared on September 2, 1853 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  J. G. Warren Has Opened new Daguerrean Rooms up one flight of Stairs, He has spared no pains, or expense in fitting them up for the comfort and convenience of those who may favor him with a call.

No. 227½ Main street, Opposite Worcester House, Worcester June 3, 1853.

Joseph G. Warren is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Walker & Adams

1848                136 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Walker & Adams (Samuel Lear Walker & George Adams) were recorded in three advertisements and one announcement in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The first advertisement ran on July 6 & 7, 1848.  “A. W. Van Alstin, late of Lowell.”   It was not my intention to notice you again, satisfied as I was that instead of answering facts, you would have recourse to falsehoods to sustain yourself.  You allude to a law suit I had in Norwich.  True, I had the misfortune to have a competitor a miserable fellow—a fit boon companion of yourself, a man by name of N. S. Bennett who according to his own statement escaped from a jail in Canada, a man only to be known to be depressed.  This fellow after persuing nearly the same course towards me that you have since done, tore my sign from my door in my presence, and I did, in the excitement of the moment, throw one of his at his head, for which he brought a suit against me and recovered 25 cents damage, which was duly collected by Mr. Warren of this city.  As to the Sag Harbor advertisement, it is only necessary for me to say, that it was written by N. S. Bennett, and published in the Norwich News at the instigation of said Bennett, during the absence of the responsible Editor.  Mr. Faulkner, the Editor of the News, upon ascertaining the facts, fully contradicted the false statement made by Bennett, at the same time speaking of him as he deserved.  As to the character I sustain in Norwich, I would refer to the Editor of the Norwich News.  Mr. Failkner, Wm. L. Hommedieu, Esq., P. M. and indeed, to any of the business men of Norwich.  Many of the citizens of Worcester know the course you have persued towards me, since I came to this city.  I came here with the intention of persuing my business as I had a right to do.  I said nothing respecting you or your pictures, and treated you with civility.  But you, envious of the superiority of my pictures and my increasing business, commenced your low and miserable acts towards me.  You first endeavored to excite a prejudice against me, stating that I tore your Bills down—a base falsehood, which I have dared you to prove.  Failing in this, you hired a room in the Exchange, with the intention and boast of running me out of town in one month.  You, at that time, put out your sign to take pictures for 50 cts., but the public understood your motive and avoided your room, and you was obliged to sail under false colors, and pretend to sell out to get any custom.  At the same time you offered the Worcester Brass Band $25, to induced them to have me leave.  But they “scorned the bribe” and exposed you in the Transcript and Telegraph.  You, at the same time, tore down my bills at night; which statement I can prove, when called upon.  While I was in the Exchange, you copied my card, word for word, as anyone can see buy reading yours and comparing it with the one I had printed previously.  You have since boasted, that you would have a show case, made to hang at the door, exactly like mine, so that strangers would think your room was mine.  If you deny it, I will prove it.  You have stated that I did not pay my operators, and spoke of Mr. Lyon as an instance, at the same time you knew that it was a base and malignant falsehood.  You have heaped your abuse upon me daily, and now I challenge you to produce any evidence that I have ever done any mean or dishonorable act.

Notwithstanding your paid-for puffs, and ridiculous statements, respecting your business the public have not been deceived, but have compared your pictures with those made by me, and have patronized me accordingly.  In one of your letters, you say that you have pictures of mine that you have taken over which you will sell for 14 cts. per lb.  I will give you $50,00 per lb. For all you can produce.

For want of patronage, it seems that you and your man in the Exchange are to take Daguerreotypes for 50 cts.—I never knew before what you estimated your pictures to be worth, but, as you have set your own value on them, the public will probably consider that high enough.  The writer of your communication has called me many hard names, but I shall not return the compliment by bestowing common epithets on you.  I can call you something you are ashamed of, a name that you for more than a year endeavored to hide from the citizens of Worcester, that name is “a. w. van alstin” late of Lowell.  In conclusion I would say, respecting your threat of introducing me to friend Mathews, that, whenever you are ready, you will find me at 136 Main St.  G. Adams

The announcement appeared on September 27, 1848.  Splendid Daguerreotypes.  On Monday we called by invitation at the Daguerreotype Rooms of Walker & Adams, and examined, with great satisfaction, a suite of pictures, prepared by them for the Mechanics Fair, now open in this city.  They were certainly che  d’oeures in the art, and cannot be excelled by any establishment in the country; and we have never seen any French or English daguerreotypes equal to them.  We presume these specimens are now to be seen at the exhibition, where others will have the opportunity to judge whether our eulogium is over wrought or not.  We learn with pleasure, that the success of these enterprising artists is such that they have been obliged to add another room to their suite, and will soon have it open, extending through the whole length of the building from front to rear, when they will be able to accommodate their numerous visitors better than they can do now.

The second advertisement ran fromJanuary 2 to 18, 1849.  To The Public.  In justice to my late partner Mr. S. L. Walker, and myself, I am reluctantly compelled to appear before the public and make a statement of a few facts relative to the Report of the Committee on Fine Arts at the Mechanics Fair held in this City in Sept. Last.  Agreeably to the invitation of the Mechanics Association, we were induced to enter for competition and examination at said Fair specimens of Daguerreotypes made by us.

Since the Report of the Fair has been published.  I have had conversation with five of the six members of the committee on Fine Arts. and they have informed me that at the examination of the Daguerreotypes of the different Artists, at said Fair, the Committee were UNANIMOUS in the opinion that those made by Walker & Adams were very superior and the BEST submitted to their examination.  Such having been the decision of the Committee, some of its members, as well as the public, were surprised in reading the Chairman’s Report, to find that an artist, whose specimens they considered second best, has received an award for pictures of the first class.  But the following may, perhaps, throw some light on the subject: I was informed by the chairman “that the Committee considered Walker & Adams’ types the Best; that the Report was so made out, but that the Association suggested, that, as there had been an old quarrel between Adams and a rival artist, they had better smooth it over and give them both a medal.”

Such is the case, the inference to be drawn is, that the Association awarded medals, not on the score of merit, but to settle old difficulties, and smooth over old quarrels.  Is this one of the objects of the Association?

Will the Association, or those interested, put us to the “proof positive” of the above statements?

Geo. Adams, late of Walker & Adams.

The third advertisement ranfrom June 20 to 23 1851.  In reference to a certain article that appeared in the Spy, dated June__, I would say, in reply, being requested so to do by that Daguerrian Artist to “take notice” who it was that took the medal in 1848.  It was Walker & Adams, not Adams alone, as be stated.  Who was it that took the medal alone, in 1848? 

A. W. Van Alstin.

Adams; perhaps the public will say.  Why not A. W. Van Alstin?  Because he was in California.

Who was it that took so many poor pictures in my room while I was there?

Moses S. Chapin.

Where is George Adams operating at the present time?

Providence, R. I., not in Worcester.

Who is in the rooms formerly occupied by Adams?

Moses S. Chapin.

I hope that the remainder of the Artist’ will soon appear, and place him in his proper position, which is at the bench, with a saw and jack-plane.  A. W. Van Alstin.

Walker & Adams are not listed in other photographic directories as partners.  Both Samuel Lear Walker and George Adams are recorded in other directories, etc.

Mr. Vinal

1848                Address Unknown, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mr. Vinal appeared in one announcement on March 23, 1848 in the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts).  Elopement.  A Mr. Vinal eloped last week, with a young female from Worcester.  He had only been in town a week, and was engaged as a daguerreotypist.  The parties went to Norwich.  Vinal sent back word to Worcester, for a bundle which he left behind.  This led to his discovery.  On opening the bundle a letter was found from his wife.  Officers went in pursuit of the parties, and they were brought back to Worcester, and Vinal has been put in jail.

Mr. Vinal is not recorded in other photographic directories; it is possible that this is G. Vinall who was active in Salem, Massachusetts with Samuel Masury in 1847.

Van Alstin and Walker

1851                9 Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Van Alstin and Walker (Andrew Wemple Van Alstin & Samuel Lear Walker) were recorded in one advertisement and three announcements in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester, Massachusetts).  The advertisement ran from August 12 to 15, 1851.  Van Alstin and Walker are daguerreotyping almost everything, in doors and out.  They are constantly employed, and are turning out some of the finest pictures that ever was made in Worcester.  Those who would have a fine likeness would do well to call while they are in successful operation.  Their rooms will be found in the first building north of the American Temperance House, where they are making vignettes, and all other styles of pictures in a superior manner.

The first announcement appeared on August 23, 1851.  Dr. Van Alstin’s New daguerrean Rooms, (Up only one flight of stairs,) are the most comfortable and convenient rooms for Daguerreotyping in the city, and we are informed that his place is daily crowded by anxious inquirers after his Premium Pictures.  We also understand that Van Alstin and Walker are making preparations to astonish the natives by an exhibition of some of their handy work at the coming Fair.

The second announcement appeared on August 28, 1851.  Daguerrean Establishment!—Dr. Van Alstin’s (first building North American Temperance House.) Is decidedly the most convenient and comfortable place of the kind in the city.  It has been fitted up expressly for the business, and to meet the wants of the whole community; and all who have visited the Rooms agree in saying, “This is the place to get a likeness;” first, because the Dr. is the Oldest established Daguerrean now in the city.  Second, because he has now associated with him S. L. Walker, who is known throughout the country to be the most scientific and artistic Daguerrean in this country, and who has no equal in sitting his subjects, or securing good likenesses of children of all ages.  Any one who has sat for any other typer, and then sits to Walker, will at once be convinced of his superior skill and taste.  Thirdly, and lastly, because he uses none but the best of plates, the purest of gold to finish, and puts them up in the best of cases, and all, with Preservers, at lower prices than any other establishment in the State.

The third announcement appeared on September 3, 1851, Vol. VII, No. 83, P. 2.

Van Alstin & Walker are the most popular Daguerreans in the city.  They are doing up the pictures by hundreds.  So remember the place where they are all going.—for Walker’s inimitable and spiritual Likenesses.  Rooms first building north of American Temperance House.  Persons living in the city are invited to call in the morning, on cloudy days, as they will be less likely to have to wait for the throngs (who get in about the middle and after part of the day) from the country.  Be it remembered, that they make some of the finest pictures of adults, in cloudy weather.

Both Andrew Wemple Van Alstin & Samuel Lear Walker are recorded in other photographic directories, but not as partners. 

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.