R. A. Farr

1841                116 State Street, over Crain & Davis Store, Schenectady, New York.

R. A. Farr was recorded in two advertisement and two announcements. The first advertisement ran from July 13 to August 10, 1844 in The Schenectady Cabinet, or, Freedom’s Sentinel  (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  The Ladies and gentlemen of Schenectady are respectfully informed, that a Daguerreotype Apparatus is now at the Colonnade, 116 State-street, where it will remain for a few days.  The operator is prepared to take, by the beautiful pencil of nature, miniature likenesses in a superior style, in a few seconds of time; which, being the reflected forms of the objects themselves, far surpass in fidelity of resemblance, any thing which can be accomplished by the eye and hand of the artist.

Persons wishing to perpetuate the true resemblance of themselves or friends, have now an opportunity of doing so at a very moderate expense, and are invited to call.  Three or four figures can be taken on a single plate—grouping in one view a small family.  Miniature copies of Portraits will also be taken; thus enabling individuals to have copies of the likeness of a deceased or absent friend at a very low price.  Call at 116 State Street.

The second advertisement ran on July 16 to 30, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype Portraits.  The Ladies and gentlemen of Schenectady are respectfully informed, that a Daguerreotype Apparatus is now at the Colonnade, 116 State st., where it will remain for a few days.  The operator is prepared to take, by the beautiful pencil of nature, miniature likenesses in a superior style, in a few seconds of time; which, being the reflected forms of the objects themselves, far surpass in fidelity of resemblance, any thing which can be accomplished by the eye and hand of the artist.

Persons wishing to perpetuate the true resemblance of themselves or friends, have now an opportunity of doing so at a very moderate expense, and are invited to call.  Three or four figures can be taken on a single plate—grouping in one view a small family.  Miniature copies of Portraits will also be taken; thus enabling individuals to have copies of the likeness of a deceased or absent friend at a very low price.  Call at 116 State street.

The first announcement appeared on July 23, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype.—We direct the attention of our readers to an advertisement, in another column, of this apparatus for taking miniatures.  The likeness taken with it, is as perfect as is given by the truest Mirror, with the exception of color.—In addition, instead of hours, it requires only a few seconds of time, to complete the operation.  Specimens may be seen at the room, above this office.

The second announcement appeared on September 3, 1841 in The Reflector and Schenectady Democrat (Schenectady, New York).  Daguerreotype.—We dropped in a few days since, to see Mr. R. A. Farr, in his Daguerreotype rooms, over Crane & Davis store, 154 State street.  He is located on the second floor, on the south side of the hall.  His rooms are very handsomely fitted up , and are well adapted, as regards light, to the purposes for which they are used.  He showed us quite a number of the miniatures taken by him, and they were certainly equal to anything of the kind we ever saw.  The likenesses taken with this apparatus, are as perfect in every respect, as those given by a mirror, with the exception of color.  We have seen many which were somewhat indistinct, and we were almost led to believe that it was unavoidable; those taken by Mr. Farr, however, which we saw, had not this imperfection.  It is worth one’s while to call and see the likeness lying on his table, as well as the apparatus and process by which they are taken.

R. A. Farr is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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