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Eli J Palmer/Synopsis

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To date, there is no early data about Palmer. He is almost 27 before he can be positively identified.
Palmer is said to have started in partnership in Detroit [1](unproven, based only on his last name & his trade as a photog, but suggestive), then began traveling as a daguerreotypist,
probably using his families location in Toronto as a base.
The article in Photographic Canadiana, raises a number of concerns. See: /PCV1N1 Palmer arranged for an ad in the Woodstock British American paper on November 24, 1848, stating he would be in town a few days only, listed another ad with the Oxford Star on Nov 30, and continued his stay into January. (he may have advertised with other local papers of the time, but no longer existing)
Pictures were taken in his rooms at Mr Frank's Hotel. The ads were run consistently in the weekly paper.
(last one is Jan 19, but subsequent editions of paper (Oxford Star) are missing)

An interesting aside to this is that James Egan was the Co-Owner of the Oxford Star late 1848. 
He may have gotten his interest peaked at the time because he later became a pupil of itinerant J M Petch
and it was announced March 30, 1850 that Egan had bought the Petch business. 

Won awards at 1851, 1852 Provincial Exhibitions - See: Awards & Prizes

Honourable mention award at the Paris Exhibition of 1855

Took photos until getting into manufacturing, finally selling out in 1878

He arranged for an ad in the Woodstock paper on November 24, 1848, stating he would be in town a few days only and stayed into January.
Pictures were taken in his rooms at Mr Frank's Hotel. The ads were run weekly. (last one is Jan 19, but subsequent editions of paper are missing)

Listed as a marriage witness 3 March 1877 at Leamington: Eli J. PALMER of Detroit (likely his son Eli J)


References & Notes

  1. Photographic Canadiana Vol. 36 No. 2 Sep/Oct/Nov 2010