Occupationals-Cased Images


Quarter-plate tintype of African-American musician probably state militia holding a fife, rank of sergeant.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of African-American nanny with white child.


Sixth-plate ambrotype of an African-American man in a military-style jacket with large, rounded buttons. Attached slip reads “Taken at Chardon, Ohio-Spring of 1864.” Ohio provided a number of volunteers for the US Colored Troops and this young man may be one of them.


Eighth-plate tintype of an African-American soldier with rifle.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by David C. Collins, 100 Chestnut St., Philadelphia of an artist/photo tinter.


Inside of case for photo tinter image above. R. Jennings, Manufacturer of Daguerreotype Miniature and Jewel Cases, Philadelphia.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of an architect.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of the occupational wagon of Webster & Bailey, New Britain. Men are examining the firm’s wares at a table behind the wagon.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype showing four children and two men, one of whom gives a salute or a greeting, standing in front of a small building. All subjects hold their hats in their hands. Signs above the building’s two door read “Post Office” and “E. Bailey Jr. / Cheap Cash Store.” The location is Ledyard Centre, Connecticut. Elijah Bailey, Jr. (1817-1900) was born in North Stonington, CT. Following his marriage in 1842, he moved to Ledyard Centre. He was appointed Postmaster of Ledyard in 1849, which suggests this image was taken after that date.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a gentleman with a folk art painting of a sailing vessel.


Half-plate painted ambrotype of a hunter with rifle, pouch, powder, housed in a Union case, Berg 1-12, American Country Life 2.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a man holding a half-model of a vessel. He may be holding the rolled-up plan in his hand. Half-models were used as the first design stage in ship building. The man is likely a shipwright and the vessel appears to be a clipper ship.


Quarter-plate tinted ambrotype of a merchant with his heavily-laden wagon.


Half-plate ambrotype by R.M. McIntosh & S.F. Sterlin of the “Montpelier Brass Band.”


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a whaler with flensing tool.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Thomas Painter Collins, Springfield, Mass. Collins was in Springfield only in 1853, which dates this image. At the time he was partnered with Otis Cooley but he kept his name on the images he made. The partnership did not work out. Collins made a CDV of Frederick Douglass in 1863. This great image is of a fireman holding a spanner wrench in an interesting pose.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype by Miller, stamped on mat at bottom center. Image shows a smiling hunter with shotgun and other accoutrements. There were many daguerreians by the name of Miller, so it is not possible to know which one took this image.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a workman with large straw hat, a whisk brush in his hand, a hammer on the table by his side.


Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a large building with 4 columns. “S.W. Leigh” on building. There is a photo frame hanging on the second from left column. High up on the side of the building there is a man standing in the ‘doorway to nowhere.’ There is a horse and buggy with people at lower left. There are 4 men and 2 boys standing on the porch. At least one of the men appears to be African-American. In the background, in the doorway there is a woman’s face. Given the frame with photographs hanging outside, it is reasonable to assume that there is a studio within.


Enlargements of sections of 50149 showing the man in the doorway high up on the side of the building and the people on the porch with the photo display.


Half-plate daguerreotype of commercial buildings in Le Roy, NY. At left there is a sign for “S.S. Bryant,” and another for “J. Newman Saddle & Harness Maker.” S.S. Bryant was a druggist and J. Newman a saddler in that town, 1855.


Sixth-plate tinted daguerreotype of a militiaman.


Sixth-plate occupational daguerreotype. The cart reads “D & P Hildreth Beverly.” The 1850 Beverly, Massachusetts census contains the families of Daniel and Paul Hildreth living in the same dwelling. Both were soap chandlers, along with Daniel’s sons George and Daniel. Originally the occupation of chandler made candles and then extended to those who fashioned items used in church offerings, then to those who made soap and to ship’s chandlers who made and sold candles as well as other items to be used on ships.


Sixth-plate daguerreotype of a blacksmith. He holds a hammer in one hand and tongs holding a horseshoe in the other.


Sixth-plate tinted daguerreotype with “Silvester” etched in the plate at lower right center. No doubt an actor or mime.

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