1849 Rooms Over Maynard’s store, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mr. Babbitt was recorded in one advertisement that ran from February 22 and March 8, 1849 in the True Democrat (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Daguerreotype Portraits. Now, or, may be, Never.
Of those whom you fond emotions cherish,
Secure the shadow ere the substance parish.
Mr. Babbitt. Begs respectfully to announce to the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that he has opened Daguerrean Rooms here for a few days, for the purpose of taking his superior style of likenesses in every variety of size and [sitting], vix: Frames, Cases, Lockets, Rings, Medallions, Bracelets and Breast Pins.
Likenesses can be had in a few moments sitting, which for strength of impression and beauty of tone have stood comparison with the best operators of the [cast]. Those beautiful miniatures are more accurate even than the best of steel engravings, portraying every lineament of the face with startling exactness with the dalliance of that freshness of expression and coloring of life.
Important discoveries have been made in the art, whereby pictures are made perfectly indelible and susceptible of coloring, without which they are neither perfect or beautiful. These portraits are warranted not to fade, and perfect satisfaction given or no charge.
Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens, whether they intend having miniatures or not. Ladies calling to sit, are advised to avoid light dresses, such as pink or light blue [ ? ], black or dark plaid and stripes are best for a good effect.
Likenesses taken in clear or cloudy weather. Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished. Rooms over Maynard’s store, Ann Arbor, Jan. 4, 1849.
Mr. Babbitt is not recorded in other photographic directories.