Mr. Merry

1850                Rooms over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.                            1850                Rooms in M’Faddin’s Brick Building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store,                                                  Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Merry was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on April 18, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures.—We invite attention to the advertisement of Mr. Merry in another column.  Every body should get a correct likeness of his friends, and while you are at it, return your own fac-smile to them.  These tokens are the most valuable of gifts.  If you are yet young it may be well to suggest that your likeness at this particular time will be quite as good looking as you could expect it to be hereafter, Mr. Merry can attend to you, and has a good apparatus.  His room is over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store.

The first advertisement ran from April 18 to May 2, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public that he has taken Rooms over the Drug Store of Mr. Lutz, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, In the latest Boston style, with or without colors, well put up in the best quality of Morocco cases, and warranted not to fade or change by age.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens’.  Children who are old enough to keep still 2 to 5 seconds, can be taken as well as older persons.  Call soon or you will be too late, and remember that he takes as good pictures in clear, as in cloudy Weather.

The second advertisement ran from June 5 to July 17, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public, that he has taken rooms in M’Faddin’s brick building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the latest and most approved style.  Mr. Merry pledges himself to make his work equal to that of the best City artists.

He has all the latest improvements, some of which he has added to the art, and among these is a Wheel Buff, of peculiar construction, by which he is enabled to obtain a higher polish, and thereby give a more brilliant and life-like tone to his pictures.

Mr. Merry, by long practice and close attention to the art, is enabled to show the Variegated Eye, be it light or dark, with all the beauty and brilliancy of life itself; and it is in this most essential point, that more artist fail than in any other.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Children are taken in from three to five minutes.  And remember, as good Pictures are taken in cloudy as in clear weather, tho’ for small children a clear day is recommended

The announcement appeared on June 19, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.  Out of countenance we are this morning, and, for the first time in our life, represented by proxy.  But our phiz was captured by no common artist—no less a personage than his blazing majesty old Sol, under the supervision of his accomplished ‘aid,’ Lieut. Col. Merry, who holds forth in the second story of the new brick building opposite Sheller’s Store.  Our counterfeit presentment’ is before us at the present writing, propped up against the inkstand, looking quite modest for a ‘limb of the law,’ (abashed, no doubt, by the presence of the original,) and presents a sedateness and gravity, befitting the prodigious responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of a country editor.  Our devil was of the opinion it looked more like us than we do our-self; but he discovered his mistake on calling for ‘copy.’

—We advise all the good people within a day’s journey of Lewisburg, who place any value upon the likeness of themselves or their friends, to call at Mr. Merry’s rooms within the next ten days, and in from three to five seconds their features can be immortalized in superior style.  A better chance is not likely to occur very soon.

Mr. Merry is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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