N. D. Address Unknown, Elmira, New York. 1857 Main Street, over Suydam’s Grocery Store, Penn-Yan, New York.
House & Benedict (Thomas J. B. House & Samuel N. Benedict were recorded in an announcement and advertisement in the Penn Yan Democrat (Penn-Yan, New York). The announcement appeared on June 3, 1857. Attention is invited to the advertisement of House & Benedict, which may be found in this paper. They are recently from Elmira, where they had established a reputation as first rate artists. They take all kinds of pictures—Daguerreotypes Ambrotypes, Melanotypes and Cameotypes in superior style. They have taken the rooms recently occupied by Mrs. McAllaster.
The advertisement ran from June 3 to September 23, 1857. House & Benedict’s Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Melainotype and Cameotype Rooms. House & Benedict (formerly of, Elmira) having purchased the Rooms previously occupied by Mrs. McAllaster, over Suydam’s Grocery Store on Main st., Penn Yan, beg leave to call the attention of the citizens of Penn Yan and vicinity, to the new and Superior Style of Pictures taken by them. They are now prepared to take Pictures of nearly every kind, such as Daguerreotype, Melainotype, Ambrotype, Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures, etc., which are warranted not to fade.
The Melainotype, or Iron Picture, receives universal commendation by all who have examined their superior qualities. Lockets, Pins, Rings, &c., Filled with neatness and dispatch, either with Daguerreotype or Melainotype. A large variety of Fancy Cases, Frames, &c., constantly on hand, and at Moderate Prices. Pictures taken in all kinds of weather.—Sphereotype, Cameotype, Transfer Pictures taken only at this Gallery. Instructions given in the Art, and Apparatus furnished if desired. The public are invited to call and examine specimens, whether wishing a Picture or not. Pictures copied with neatness. Tho’s J. B. House. Sam’l N. Benedict. Penn Yan, May, 1857.
The Partnership of House and Benedict is not recorded in other photographic directories. Thomas J. B. House is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Penn Yan, New York in 1859, Samuel N. Benedict is not recorded.