O. B. Palmer

1856-1858       21 Main Street, Westfield, New York.

O. B. Palmer was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Westfield Republican (Westfield, New York). The first announcement appeared on September 17, 1856. The Fair—Official Awards.  Premiums awarded at the Chautauqua Agricultural Fair, for 1856….Paintings and Drawings….

Lot of Nine Ambrotypes, discretionary, $3, Hall & Palmer, Westfield.

The first advertisement ran from October 29, 1856 to April 15, 1857.  O. B. Palmer Daguerrean Artist.  No. 21, Main-st., over Dr. J. Spencer’s Drug Store.  Westfield, N. Y.

The second advertisement ran from April 22 to August 12, 1857.  Ambrotype Hall.  “There is luck in odd numbers,” says Rory O. Moore.  And if you will only call at No. 21 Main Street, [up stairs,] you’d have the luck to get as nice an ambrotype—put up in any style you choose and at cheap a rate—as can be found in Western New-York.  Lockets, Pins, &c., kept constantly on hand and fitted to order.  O. B. Palmer.

The second announcement appeared on September 15, 1858.  We spent a pleasant half hour the other day, in Mr. Palmer’s Ambrotype Hall.—He has been making many desirable improvements, and has a great variety of specimens of his art.  Those who can appreciate the artistic, and want a capital picture, will do well to visit his rooms.

O. B. Palmer is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1859 to 1860. Linda A Ries and Jay W. Ruby in Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900 list him in Erie from 1864 to 1866. It is possibly they are the same person.  The distance between Westfield, NY and Erie, PA. is roughly 34 miles.

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