B. S. Morrill

1851-1852       Rooms in Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio

B. S. Morrill was recorded in five Advertisements and two announcements in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio). The first advertisement ran from June 16 to July 14, 1851. Photographic Likenesses! Morrill & Co.  Respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ravenna and vicinity that they have taken Rooms in Allen’s Block, Opposite the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Where they have arranged a superior Sky-Light, and are now prepared to receive visitors and execute Miniatures in the very best style, and with every recent improvement.

Being well aware that the public have been grossly imposed upon by would-be Artist, the subscribers would only say, that having had ten years constant practice in some of the principal Cities in the United States, they feel full confidence in their ability to please the most fastidious, and to the discerning citizens, and the public we would say, please call and examine our productions, and judge for yourselves.

Having an endless variety of Plain And Fancy Stock, purchased for cash, at head quarters, and visitors can make as good selections as in New York, Philadelphia or Boston, at such prices as cannot fail to please.  Our Moto, Quick Dales and small profits.

Come One, Come All.  Don’t Mistake The Rooms, Morrill & Co.  P. S. Our rooms are large and pleasantly situated, and we pledge ourselves to use our best endeavors to make them as pleasant to visitors as any Establishment of this kind in the State.

The first announcement appeared on July 21, 1851.  Daguerreotype Pictures.  By reference to a card in our advertising column, it will be seen that Wm. B. Matthews has disposed of his entire interest in the Daguerrean business in this place to Morrill & Co., and that he will make no more pictures in this town.  Messrs. Morrill & Co. have a fine suit of rooms in Allen’s block a few rods east of the public square, where they are producing pictures which for correctness of representation and beauty of finish cannot be surpassed by those of any other artist in the country.  An inspection of their work cannot fail to give convince any one of their ability to give entire satisfaction.  Those who secure the “shadow ere the substance fade,” should not fail to pay them a visit.

The second advertisement ran from July 21 to August 4, 1851.  Read And Consider!  Matthews having made arrangements with Johnson & Fellows, of Cleveland, to enter their employment for a certain length of time, has disposed of his entire interest in the Daguerrian Business, To B. S. Morrill & Co., and according to an agreement with them will make no more Pictures in this County, and would most cheerfully recommend all those wanting Perfect Specimens of the Art to patronize them; fully knowing their knowledge of the business equal to any other artist in the east or west, your humble servant not excepted.  Wm. B. Matthews.  Ravenna, July 14, 1851.

The third advertisement ran from July 28, 1851 to January 12, 1852.  Morrill & Co.’s Sky-Light Daguerrean Rooms.  Allens Block, Opposite The Odd Fellows Hall, Ravenna.  Miniatures taken and warranted equal to any in the Union.  Office hours from 8 A. M., to 6 P. M.

The second announcement appeared on November 10, 1851.  Alone in his Gallery.—Morrill has purchased the interest of Mr. Murphy in the late firm of Morrill & Co., and is ‘going it alone.’  He will give you pictures true to the life in an incredible short space of time.  Call at his rooms and be able to see yourselves as others see you.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 15 to May 17, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, Mr. Thomas Murphy, having become sole proprietor of the rooms formerly occupied by B. S. Morrill and himself, has taken in to partnership Mr. C. Gorton. They would most respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ravenna, and surrounding country, that they have fitted up the rooms, and are now ready to take pictures in a style not surpassed in the State.  No trouble will be spared to make every thing pleasant and agreeable, and give entire satisfaction.—Pictures taken for One Dollar and upwards.  A good variety of plain and fancy stock always on hand. Call and see us.  Murphy & Gorton.   Ravenna, March 9, 1852.

B. S. Morrill is not recorded in other photographic directories.

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