Self-portrait by W.E. Bowman, Ottawa, Illinois.
Alexander R. Beckers. Beckers first saw a daguerreotype in Philadelphia, and subsequently went to work there for photographer Frederick David Langenheim in 1843. The following year he moved to New York, where he is credited with the first whole-plate daguerreotypes made in that city. Within months Beckers opened the Langenheim & Beckers studio in New York, which became Beckers & Piard in 1849. In 1857 he patented a revolving stereograph viewer and shortly thereafter sold his daguerreotype business in order to concentrate his attention on the manufacture of stereograph viewers.
Self-portrait of George Rockwood (4/12/32-7/10/11), NYC photographer. It looks like Mary Rockwood was practicing her penmanship on verso.
Georg E. Hansen and wife with his very large solar enlarger. Follow the link for his biography.
Exterior of Slee Bros. Photography Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY. The brothers are probably the men on the balcony.
S. Hunter Smith, Abingdon, Ills. S. Hunter Smith is shown with his dulcimer and a Beckers stereoviewer. Image was taken by Roderick Cole of Peoria , Illinois. Born in 1828, Smith was known as “Little Smith, the dulcimer man” and was crippled at a young age and confined to a wheel-chair. Friends gave him a stereoscope and he eventually amassed a collection of over 4,000 views and 50 revolving stereoscopes with which he exhibited to the public. He was happily married and said that the stereoscope made his life worth living. Roderick Cole was a daguerreotypist from Peoria who is best known for his 1858 daguerreotype of Abraham Lincoln. On July 3, 1905, R.M. Cole wrote to Judge McCulloch, one of the founders of the Illinois Historical Library: ‘…the Photo you have of Abraham Lincoln is a copy of a Daguerreotype, that I made in my gallery in this city [Peoria] during the Lincoln and Douglas campaign. I invited him to my gallery to give me a sitting…and when I had my plate ready, he said to me, ‘I cannot see why all you artists want a likeness of me unless it is because I am the homeliest man in the State of Illinois.” Although principally located in Peoria, Ill. in later years, Cole reportedly learned the daguerreotype process in New York City in 1846. He traveled in New York, Vermont, Wisconsin and Illinois, opening a gallery in Galena, Ill. in late 1849. There he advertised daguerreotypes in the front room over the St. Louis Store, corner of Main and Hill Streets. Marrying in 1850, he opened the first permanent gallery in Peoria, Ill. in the fall of that year, at 31 Main Street. From 1854 to 1859 his gallery was on the second floor at 27 Main Street. In 1856 and 1857 he was listed at the corner of Washington and Fayette Streets. In 1858 he noted he had received awards at the state fairs for 1856 and 1857 for the best daguerreotypes, and also noted he was not connected with H.H. Cole in any way (one current source identifies H.H. Cole as his brother). He also advertised the gallery was operated by Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Cole. He sold his gallery to H.H. Cole in 1859, and retired from photography. He ultimately moved to Santa Barbara, Calif.
Point Lookout, Tenn. At upper left is a photographer with camera. It could be R.M. Linn, his brother, or an assistant.
Soldier shining his shoe while his foot is on a camera without a lens. Rifle barrel can be seen just behind him. His pack is on the ground in background and a sword hilt can be seen. Another man stands at the side pouring a drink. At the bottom of the pedestal is a partially seen trademark design and name of J.W. Moulton, indicating that this is Moulton’s Massachusetts studio.
Image showing the photographer’s name at the bottom of the pedestal in the image above: J.W. Moulton.
Photographer holding lens cap and pencil or tinting instrument with daguerreian camera on stand and cases and what looks like a tinting kit along with other items on table by his side.