Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Daguerreotypist’s Broadside (advertising poster), c.1850

In Posters and Prints > Posters > Show & Tell.
Posters20 of 112Snake Oil...Pabst's OK Specific"naughty polly" and "lady sewing with sleeping child" original pears print I picked up for £2 each
13
Love it
0
Like it

SignaholicSignaholic loves this.
f64imagerf64imager loves this.
kerry10456kerry10456 loves this.
peteypetey loves this.
walksoftlywalksoftly loves this.
ericevans2ericevans2 loves this.
ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
officialfuelofficialfuel loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 11 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.


Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate



Posted 10 months ago

Email

rniederman
(161 items)

Here is an example of a broadside (advertising poster) for a Connecticut based daguerreotypist by the name of E.S. Hayden. I am posting this as a follow on to Perry’s (Signaholic) question about photographers making money during the early years. Although broadsides of this era are generally quite rare, years ago a well known photographic dealer came upon a stash of 'new old stock' of Hayden’s advertisements for Daguerreotype Miniatures. (Ironically, I have two of these.)

The key to potential profitability was announcing the pending arrival of the photographer ahead of his (or her) visit to drum up business. Notice that the location where Hayden would be residing and working has yet to be filled in. As such, it was economical to have blank broadsides made up; and they are highly sought after by collectors.

By today's standards, a nicely processed daguerreotype is unmatched for its tonal delicacy. Each image reversed left-to-right and is unique because there is no negative. The images are also very fragile. The process of making plates and processing is quite involved and uses dangerous chemistry (such as mercury that is heated to ‘fume’ – make vapors). Even in a studio, a busy photographer needed assistants to help out.

Comments

  1. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, vetraio50!
  2. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, LeahGoodwin!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 10 months ago
    Got one too rob!

    I like early photographic ephemera.

    scott
  4. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Scott ... very good! Thanks.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 10 months ago
    I have a later cabinet card version by another photog.

    I'll post another day.

    scott
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Amazing that it survived all those years till found by someone that knew the importance/value of them. If I read the other post correctly this dates from the late 1850's to early 1860's?
  7. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, David. And agreed that it is rare for the right person to find something like this; otherwise all would have been tossed into the garbage. It's a common theme with other collectables as well; for example, Ben Marks wrote about the discovery of a cache of unknown Guinness advertising art canvases. All it takes is one sharp-eyed person to keep history intact! This broadside dates to c.1850.
  8. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 months ago
    http://www.roycroftbooks.org/velostigmat_lenses_db.htm
  9. scottvez scottvez, 10 months ago
    Rob-- here is a link to the photographer broadside/ handbill I just posted:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102332-photographers-advertising-broadside-or-h?in=activity

    scott
  10. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, Sean!
  11. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, blunderbuss2!
  12. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, aghcollect!
  13. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, officialfuel!
  14. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, ho2cultcha!
  15. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, Eric!
  16. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, David!
  17. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, petey!
  18. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, Roycroftbooks!
  19. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, kerry10456!
  20. rniederman rniederman, 10 months ago
    Thanks, f64imager!
  21. Signaholic Signaholic, 10 months ago
    Well that clears up a lot. These guys would advertise once arriving at the town, in the local hotels and businesses?
  22. rniederman rniederman, 9 months ago
    Thanks, Perry! And yes ... you are correct. Not much different than the rock posters Ben Marks has posted here. Then again, old photographer broadsides aren't nearly as cool looking.
  23. Signaholic Signaholic, 9 months ago
    And I'm sure almost impossible to find as well.

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.