Occupational daguerreotypes, popular during the 1840s and 1850s, typically depict American tradespeople, such as cobblers, carpenters, and blacksmiths, with the tools of their trade or goods that they have made. This daguerreotype references itinerancy and peddling in different ways. The unidentified photographer may have traveled throughout New England with his camera, making and selling his photographs. The subject, Joshua Hovey, was himself a man on the move, a shoemaker, grocer, and merchant willing to bring his services to towns along the Merrimack River. In the 1820s and 1830s, Porter operated along many of the same geographical networks as Hovey, selling miniature portraits and developing commercial plans for his various inventions.
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