1856 Over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio.
Staffer & Stedman (L. V. Staffer & O. F. Stedman) were recorded in two announcements and three advertisements in The Weekly Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio). The first announcement appeared on August 21, 1856. Pictures.—Those who desire to obtain valuable and correct likenesses of themselves or their friends, should call at the Ambrotype rooms of Staffer & Stedman in Allen’s Block. See Advertisement.
The first advertisement ran from August 21 to December 11, 1856. Ambrotypes! Ambrotypes taken by Staffer & Stedman, at their Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, O., for seventy-Five Cents, where every variety of likenesses can be obtained. Ambrotypes inserted in breast pins and lockets. Whole size likenesses for $5 and $6—former price $10 and $12. Particular attention paid to taking the likenesses of children. Having a large sky and side light, impressions taken in from three to five seconds. Our likenesses are all positive and not reversed. All work warranted. Likenesses taken either in clear or cloudy weather.
The second advertisement ran from September 4 to December 11, 1856. Something New.—Staffer & Stedman are now taking Ambrotypes on Paper. The finest articles in the picture line to send by mail, as it cost no extra postage.
The second announcement appeared on September 25, 1856. Portage Co. Agricultural Society. At the Portage County Agricultural Fair, held September 17th and 18th, 1856, premiums were awarded as follows…On Miscellaneous Manufactured Art…
L. V. Staffer & Co., Best specimen daguerreotype pictures, dip.
The third advertisement ran from October 16 to December 4, 1856. Premium Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes. L. V. Staffer Co., respectfully invite the public to call at their rooms over Baird’s Jewelry, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, and examine their specimens upon which they received the first premium at the last county fair. We offer the following reasons why we can produce better pictures than can be obtained elsewhere in this county. We have the largest and most powerful camera in this section of the state. Our light is so arranged as not only to give a life like expression to the features, but also drapery of the utmost beauty and richness. (The want of which is a great fault in the work of some operators.) We use the genuine chemicals, regardless of expense, and having had ten years experience in the art we know that we can produce better results than the mere tyro of a few months practice. Those wishing good pictures of themselves or friends will find it to their advantage to call at our rooms and be convinced that this is the place to get a perfect likeness. Prices as low as in any rooms of good repute in Northern Ohio. Children’s likenesses taken in one or two seconds. We seldom fail to get a good likeness of the most restless.
Daguerreotypes.—As there are some who still prefer this style, we would say that we are at all times prepared to take them.
Caution.—The public are cautioned against Ambrotypes backed up with black paint or varnished, as the backing will crack eventually and the picture become worthless. All good operators have discarded this process, we have not used it for many months and all persons having pictures put up by us in that way, are invited to call and when they become cracked and have them made good. Such pictures can be known by their having a glass over the matting, the position of the setter being reversed, and having a dull appearances at arms length,.
Remember the place, over Baird’s Jewelry Store. Oct., 16, 1856. L. V. Staffer Co.
Staffer & Stedman (L. V. Staffer & O. F. Stedman), the partnership is not recorded in other photographic directories. L. V. Staffer is also not recorded, O. F. Stedman is recorded in other directories as being active in 1859-1860.