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Holmes, Booth and Haydens Company

datasheet_loginIn February 1853 the company of Holmes, Booth and Haydens, was founded in Waterbury, Conn as a manufacturer of photograph cases, lens, daguerreotype silver plates and other photographic apparatus. The company was named after its original founders except for Hotchkiss. The founders included Israel Holmes, John C. Booth, Hiram Washington Hayden, Henry Hubbard Hayden, and Henry Hotchkiss.

Israel Holmes became the president of the company having extensive experience in the brass industry through many experiences including his time as an employee of the Scovill Manufacturing Co. and president of the Waterbury brass company. Henry Hayden became the vice president and John Booth the first treasurer.

Hiram W. Hayden was the most inventive of the group. He was a Daguerreian photographer and held numerous patents. In 1851 he claimed to be the first to successfully take direct positive photographs on paper. The Waterbury American Newspaper reported the event as "Mr. Hiram Hadyen, ingenious artist of this village, has shown three landscape views taken by the unusual Daguerreian apparatus upon a white paper surface, all at one operation.." Some of his patents included a breech loading rifle, a magazine rifle and a daguerreotype mat,. He is also credited with cutting the dies for the "Calmady Children" plastic daguerreotype case after the the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Henry Hubbard Hayden opened a sales office for the company in New York City at 37 Maiden Lane.


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