1857 Rooms in Stewart’s Block, Middlebury, Vermont.
Putnam & Rablen were recorded in two advertisements in The Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont). The first advertisement ran from March 11 to 25, 1857. Improved Ambrotypes. There is nothing prettier to present to a friend than a “fac simile” of yourself, when you can procure one executed in a scientific manner. Since the introduction of the Daguerreotyping in America improvements have continually been made by our enterprising countrymen. One of the latest of these improvements the subscribers now introduce to the citizens of Middlebury. By it we make the picture of the subject have the appearance of projecting an eight of an inch from the glass, therefore get a full stereoscopic view without the use of lenses.
For Brilliancy of Tone and Durability of finish these pictures cannot be excelled. One of the subscribers has had long experience in picture making, having for the last 14 years been engaged in the principal establishments both in this country and Europe. Every improvement that has made its appearance he has had an excellent opportunity to “launch” directory into, and is therefore fully competent to execute first class work at whichever branch of the picture business he undertakes. Ambrotypes made after the most improved style, either on light or dark ground. An Ambrotype when properly finished is hermetically sealed between two glasses, so that they cannot be affected by either air or water. All of our pictures are hermetically sealed, which process any one desirous of seeing will be shown with cheerfulness. Ambrotypes set in lockets.
Pictures of sick or deceased persons taken at their residences. Particular attention paid to copying Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes of Paintings. All copies we guarantee equal to the original pictures.
Rooms in Stewart’s Block. All are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens. Putnam & Rablen.
The second advertisement ran from April 8 to 22, 1857. If You Want A Superior Ambrotype, —You had better call soon,—As We Remain In Town But a few days longer. Rablen & Putnam.
Putnam & Rablen (W.H. Rablen) are not listed in other photographic directories as being active in Middlebury, Vermont. W. H. Rablen is probably William Rablen listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Troy, New York from 1854 to 1857.