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Houston photographer announces "pictures on glass"

May
27
1852

On this day in 1852, J. H. S. Stanley, Houston photographer, advertised that he had "succeeded in taking pictures on glass," probably using the collodion process. Stanley was born in England around 1799 and lived from 1850 to 1870 in Houston, Texas, where he made daguerreotype portraits. Though he was reported to be an amateur at the time he moved to Houston, he opened a portrait studio sometime after his arrival. A few years later his photographic work won praise in The Photographic Art-Journal and Humphrey's Journal. In December 1851 Stanley announced the completion of the Daguerreian Sky-Light Gallery and his partnership with FitzGibbon and Bourges of Galveston, an association that apparently had dissolved by April 1852. In November 1851 Stanley publicized his ability to take portraits and views on glass, ivory, or paper, "with duplicates to any required extent," indicating that he was experimenting with a negative-positive process at an early date. Despite his 1852 announcement, he made no mention of the glass-plate process in later advertisements.

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