Fred Ruggles

1856-1857       Rooms over Store of E. B. Shattuck & Co., Barre, Massachusetts.                        1857                   Brick Block, Barre, Massachusetts.

Fred Ruggles was recorded in four advertisements in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts).  The first two by himself the last two in the partnership of Brooks & Ruggles (H. F. Brooks & Fred Ruggles).  The first advertisement ran on December 19 & 26, 1856.  To All Lovers of Good Pictures!  Fred Ruggles the renowned Daguerrean and Ambrotypist, is in town and has taken the rooms formerly occupied by H. F. Brooks.  Those wishing for a perfect likeness of themselves and a splendid picture, either upon plate or glass, will do well to call upon him, at their earliest opportunity.

Please call and examine Specimens.  Rooms over Store of E. B. Shattuck & Co.

The second advertisement appeared on January 16, 1857.  “Now Look Here!”  The period of my intended stay in Barre, now Draws to a Close, I would again call the attention of the citizens of this town and vicinity to the fact that I am prepared, at the Rooms formerly occupied by H. F. Brooks, to give those who may be pleased to favor me with their patronage, Pictures!  which, for faithfulness, brilliancy and durability, shall suit the tastes of the most fastidious.

Please call at my Rooms and examine specimens.

It is my intention that no pictures shall leave my Studio without giving perfect satisfaction.  Fred Ruggles, Artist.

The third advertisement appeared on March 13, 1857.  Picture Emporium.  We the undersigned, having leased and fitted up the Upper Rooms in the Brick Block, with all the modern improvements in artistical works, together with a large and splendid Sky-Light, by which light we are enabled to take a picture of from one to twelve persons upon a single plate, are now prepared to furnish all persons wishing for a likeness of themselves or friends, with one, that cannot be surpassed by any other artists.  Brooks & Ruggles.  H. F. Brooks, F. Ruggles.

The fourth advertisement appeared on May 1, 1857.  “I Still Live.”  So said the immortal Webster.  We still live, so say the subscribers, and if the public have any doubt in regard to it, they can be convinced of the fact by calling into our Picture Gallery, at any day, we are ready and waiting to give a cordial welcome to all who may favor us with a call.  Price of Pictures varying from 25 cts. to $10,00.

Rooms in Brick Block.  Brooks & Ruggles.  H. F. Brooks, F. Ruggles.

Fred Ruggles and H. F. Brooks are not listed in other photographic directories.  There is a Frederick Ruggles in 1859-1860 recorded in Fitchburg, Massachusetts but it is unknown if they are the same person.

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