Cole & Chamblin

1853                Address Unknown, Zanesville, Ohio.                                                                                1853-1855     Rooms in Rogers Block, 3d story, Corner of Railroad & Second Streets,                                             Ironton,  Ohio.

Cole & Chamblin were recorded seven times in the Spirit of the Times (Ironton, Ohio), six advertisements and one announcement.   The announcement ran on November 8, 1853.  Daguerrean Artist.  Messrs. A. R. Cole & T. H. Chamblin from Zanesville are to occupy the upper rooms in the corner building in Rogers block, adjoining the Ironton house, Mr. Chamblin called on us one day last week, from whom we learn that they are to have the building fitted up expressly for the business, with sky-lights and other conveniences.  We wish them all the success their strictest attention and most persevering efforts may deserve.  The ornamental in life is only second to the useful.

The first advertisement ran from May 9 to June 27.             The Plastering Is Completed And the passage leading to the new Sky-light Daguerrian gallery is unobstructed.  These Rooms have been fitted up expressly for the purpose of practicing the Photographic Art, and persons calling can be assured of procuring pictures that are superior to any heretofore produced in this section of country.

Rooms in the 3d story of Rogers’ Block, corner of Railroad and Second Sts.  Entrance on Railroad St.

The second advertisement ran from July 4 to October 31, 1854.  No “Hoax,”—That As Good Daguerreotypes can be taken in Ironton, as elsewhere, is becoming generally known—let those who doubt call at the Sky-light Rooms in the third story of Rodgers’ Block, corner of Railroad and Second Sts., Entrance on Railroad Street—inside stairway.  As complete an assortment of plain and fancy cases kept constantly on hand, as can be found in any of the cities.—Also, Gold Lockets.

The third advertisement ran from November 7, 1854 to April 3, 1855.  The Daguerreian Gallery in Rogers’ Block, Corner of Railroad and Second Streets, is again open for the reception of visitors, and those wishing pictures can now be accommodated.

The fourth advertisement ran from April 17 to June 12, 1855.  Daguerreotypes are still taken in all kinds of weather, at the located Sky-light Gallery, third story Rodger’s block.  Entrance on Railroad street opposite depot.

The fifth advertisement ran from June 26 to July 10, 1855.  Cole & Chamblin’s Daguerreian Gallery will be closed from July 10th, until August 1st 1855.  Those wishing pictures would do well to avail themselves of the earliest opportunity.  Gallery, third story Rodger’s Block.  Entrance on Railroad street opposite the depot.

The sixth advertisement which ran from September 18, 1855 to January 29, 1856, shown a new proprietor.  Daguerrean Gallery.  The undersigned has fitted up the room recently occupied by Mr. Chamblin, and is now prepared to take Good Pictures, in all weather.  Paintings, Daguerreotypes and Statuary accurately copied.  Careful Instruction given in the art.  Mrs. Dauphin.

The partnership of Cole and Chamblin has not been recorded in other photographic directories.  A. R. Cole is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Zanesville, Ohio from 1850-1861; Ohio Photographers 1839-1900, list him from 1859-1865.  Chamblin is not recorded is either directory.  Craig does list a Thomas H. B. Chamblin in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1860.  Ironton Mrs. Dauphin is also not recorded.  The last advertisement brings up some interesting questions.  “The undersigned has fitted up the room recently occupied by Mr. Chamblin.”  Was the partnership in name only?  Did Cole run the Zanesville operation and Chamblin the Ironton?

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