W. L. Burtiss

1845                Address Unknown, Rochester, New York.                                                                    1845                At Prescott’s, Geneva, New York.

W. L. Burtiss was recorded in an advertisement in the Geneva Courier (Geneva, New York) on July 29, 1845.  Photographic Images.  Wives, Children, Husbands, Lovers and Young Maids, “Secure your shadows e’re your shadow fades.”

W. L Burtiss, Proprietor of the Rochester Daguerrian Gallery and Photographic Institute, has the honor to announce to the citizens of Geneva and vicinity, that, having by unremitting attention to business measurably injured his health, he intends for a week or two courting the invigorating breezes of the Lake and healthful atmosphere of Geneva.

Circumstances favoring, he purposes taking a few prospects of the Lake; and without violating his physiologic interests, will attend to a few calls in the way of his profession; for which purposes he has taken his apparatus, (a very, superior Camera,) along with him.

Ladies and gentlemen are requested to call, if for no other purpose but to examine his specimens, which in Rochester gained for him golden opinions.

W. L. B. has a very fine assortment of embossed Morocco Cases; Japanned, Rose Wood, Mahogany and Black Walnut Frames; Gold and Plated Lockets; Miniatures of all sizes, taken suitable for Breast Pins, Bracelets, &c.

Persons desirous of acquainting themselves with the modus operandi, can have instructions given, and supplied with apparatus on reasonable terms.

The color and material of the dress, and a great deal to the beauty of the impression, and therefore for Ladies, silk dresses of any color (except whit, or light blue, or red,) either plain, striped, or figured, are the best for the purpose.

A striped or figured vest, and a cravat or scarf which covers part of the triangular form of the bosom, would be most suitable for gentlemen.  Mr. B. can be found at Prescott’s.  W. L. Burtiss, P. P.  Geneva, July 31, 1845.

In Craig’s Daguerreian Registry he list a Warren L. Burtis in Rochester NY without a business address. He also suggest that he is probably in St. Louis, Missouri from 1845-1846.

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