Armstrong & Dunham

1854-1855       Rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, Plymouth, Ohio.

Armstrong & Dunham (Dr. John Armstrong and J. W. Dunham) were recorded in two announcements and four advertisements in the Plymouth Advertiser (Plymouth, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on July 15, 1854.  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the room over Wooster’s Drug Store, for the purpose of Daguerreotyping the faces of just as many people as feel so disposed.  Their room is fitted up very neatly, and in excellent taste.  They have every facility for prosecuting their business successfully, being provided with both side and sky lights.  We have examined specimens of their work, and cheerfully endorse it to our readers.

The first advertisement ran from July 15 to 29, 1854. Daguerreotypes.  Armstrong & Dunham’s new rooms, (over Wooster’s Drug Store,) are now open for the reception of the citizens of Plymouth and the vicinity.  This firm feels confident in saying that there are none better prepared or more capable to give satisfaction in the taking life-like likenesses than they are.  They have procured all the modern improvements in the art, and have finished a room in the best manner, in order that they may not be excelled by any in the country.  All they ask is a trial, and they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  Children that are old enough to keep still five seconds, can be taken.  Miniatures inserted in pins, lockets, &c.  Pictures taken of deceased persons before burial.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call.  Prices very moderate.                                        

The second advertisement ran from August 5, 1854 to February 16, 1855. Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.  Plymouth.

The second announcement appeared on September 23, 1854.  We were shown a few days since, a most beautiful specimen of Dental skill, executed by Armstrong & Dunham, of this village.  It was a full set of teeth for the upper jaw, on gold plate, for a lady near Mansfield.  For beautiful workmanship, and natural, life-like appearance, it will compare favorably with anything we have ever seen.  The fact that the most of the work of this kind in this part of the state is done here, speaks well for our Dentist.

The third advertisement ran from February 23 to March 16, 1855.  Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.

Those wishing to get good Daguerreotypes had better be about it.  Dunham leaves this country next April, and if there are those who want him to take their likenesses, they must be in a hurry.  Perfect satisfaction warranted.  Good pictures for a little money.  Come while Dunham is here.  Over Wooster’s Drug Store.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 30 to June 16, 1855.  Daguerrean and Dental Room, (Over Wooster’s Drug Store.)  Armstrong & Dunham have fitted up the commodious rooms over Wooster’s Drug Store, in the most superb style, for the purpose of carrying on both Daguerreotyping and Dentistry.  In both branches of the business they will give the fullest satisfaction, or no charge will be made.  They feel confident in saying that they can compete with Cleveland or Sandusky in the execution of their work, and at much less prices.  Call and see us when you come to town.

Armstrong & Dunham are not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Plymouth, Ohio.  Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a John Armstrong as an Itinerant daguerreian in Ohio without an activity date or location.  It is unknown if they are the same person. 

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