Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Photographers of the Tri-Counties
A. P. Hart of Elmira
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Addresses & Business Name by year
1850 20 Water Street, Elmira
1859 83 Main St., Rochester
1866 22 Lake Street, Elmira
186? 176 Water Street
186? 137 Water Street
1872 In Directory as Hart and Snook
1874 - 1882 306 E. Water St
1878 306 E. Water St Listed as Hart and Evans in 1878
1880 306 E. Water St A. P. Hart, Photographer
1882 306 E. Water St A. P. Hart's Art Gallery
1891 306 E. Water St. A. P. Hart, Photographer

Business: A. P. Hart, Photographer
Township: City of Elmira, Chemung County NY
Directory Listings :1866, 1874, 1880
Year:  1860s through 1890s
Submitted by: Joyce M. Tice from
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Abraham Parmelee Hart 
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Hart, Abraham Parmalee
                                           Daguerreian and paper photographer. In 1855 he was noted as "paper  photography" in Elmira, N.Y. This is probably the same Hart listed in that city in 1857 as a daguerreian, with no business address and living on the north side of  Factory Street. Also probably the same A.P. Hart listed in 1859 as a daguerreian in Rochester, N.Y., at 83 Main Street. An alternate address for him there was 91 Main Street. Hart was born in Goshen, Conn. He learned the daguerreotype from a Mr. Johnson (C.E.?) of Binghamton, N.Y., in 1847, and operated Johnson's Elmira gallery in the Eagle Tavern Block for a short time, then operated as an itinerant. By March, 1850 he had a gallery at 20 Water Street, Elmira, also offering supplies and instruction. He spent some time between 1853 and 1855 as an itinerant, and returned to Elmira in the fall of 1855. In 1856 he briefly operated a gallery in Bath,N.Y.; he was back in Elmira by 1861, and bought out T.S. Hathaway. He ran the gallery until his death in 1893. Information corrected to November, 1997; © 1996, 1997 John S. Craig (Information from Craig's Daguerrian Registry at
Notes from Joyce - Abraham P. Hart died 16 JAN 1894 in Elmira and he is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. In the 1880 Census he was age 64 with wife Maria L. age 49 and adopted son Rufus Badger, age 16 who worked at the photo gallery. They lived on Baldwin Street. He and both his parents were born in Connecticut.
The 22 Lake Street Address 
on these two carte-de-visite photos 
dates them as ca 1866.
Both submitted by Marcia Simons Jankowski
Morehouse and Parsons were probably employees. 
Partner names would appear in the business name.
This logo from the back of a tin type (w/paper backing)
gives still another version of the A. P. Hart Business name:
A. P. Hart's Sun Beam Gallery with the post 1874 address
In a message dated 9/4/2010 8:36:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Hi Joyce,

Back mark of A P Hart , Date March 27, 1865

Michael Parana

No address on this one

Dated 1890 for ths logo

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By Joyce M. Tice

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