John T. Wiley

J.T. Wiley is one of the colorful characters of Oxford, beginning his photographic career in a mobile photograph studio on wheels in the 1880s. His wagon became a fixture parked in Oxford, PA until he rented a studio in 1896. His photographic career lasted into the 1920s.

Clarence M. Bunting

Tragically, Clarence Bunting lost his father, tintypist Samuel Bunting as an infant. But guided by his uncle John Barry, he learned the family business of photography. His career took him from Oxford in 1892 to Detroit, Chicago, New York and Dayton Ohio, until his death in 1944. He worked as a commercial photographer, freelancer, photojournalist and sold photographic supplies.

Samuel C. Bunting

Samuel operated the American Bon-Ton Ferrotype Company along with his brother-in-law John T. Barry for only a short time in the spring and summer of 1872. Tragically, Samual was never able to share his love for photography with his son Clarence. Following his death that year, his infant son grew up and chose photography as his career, working from the 1890s until his death in 1944.

W. Francis Grubb

W. Francis “Frank” Grubb studied photography and worked under West Chester photographer Thomas W. Taylor, before opening his own studio in April of 1886[1]. He was well known for his portrait work, operating a prosperous studio until 1901. He wore many hats during his career including dairy farming, taxi-driving and developer.

Alfred Jervis

Itinerant daguerreotypist Alfred Jervis was willing to pay the price for a six-inch-long advertisement in the American Republican newspaper published October 13, 1846. The daguerreotype process was still new to the public and like any product, they needed to be educated as to why they needed it. He gave them five reasons why it was essential to have their likeness taken during his short stay in West Chester before he headed to the South.

Harry W. Smith

West Chester native Harry W. Smith operated a photography studio in Coatesville between 1896 and 1899 before purchasing the National Crayon Company and returning to West Chester. In 1918 he sold the company and moved to South Carolina where he operated a mine until his death in 1943.

Chalkley M. Valentine

Dentist Chalkley Valentine of West Chester chose a new service to add to his practice. The popular daguerreotype likenesses were the logical choice to bring in new clients in 1850. Valentine already had a good grasp of chemistry and the sciences making the art of daguerreotypy a natural combination.

George D. Hayes

George D. Hayes had the opportunity to work as a photographer in Oxford, PA for three years, first as the partner of J. B. Gibson in 1867 and then with Alexander McCormick in 1868. Beginning in 1870 he began a new career as an editor of The Oxford Press which continued until his retirement in 1891. Because of ill health he moved to California.

Andrew A. Grier

Andrew Allison Grier, a Chester County native, was born into a family of well-known potters. He chose a different path making photography his career. He had his own studio in West Chester early in the 1870s and partnered with Jacob Beecher in 1872 and 1873. During the 1880s and early 1890s he had a studio in Philadelphia.

Samuel Ritter Fisher

Samuel R. Fisher is exceptional in that there are exact dates of operation for his West Chester studio. After studying photography under Thomas W. Taylor[1], Fisher purchased the gallery of Nathan Parker from his estate reopening it on September 21, 1861[2]. He made cartes-de-visite, photographs and ambrotypes in West Chester until September 1, 1863[3] when he moved to Norristown, PA. There his career prospered until his death in 1908.