Category Archives: Ambrotypes

G. W. Robbins

1857                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, Louisiana.                                        1859                Rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, Louisiana.

G. W. Robbins was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in The Opelousas Patriot (Opelousas, Louisiana).  The first announcement appeared on February 14, 1857.  Ambrotypes.—When the art of Daguerreotyping was discovered, the world was taken by surprise to see the very elements brought to do the work of the portrait painter, exceeding the miniature likenesses of the most eminent masters in giving truly the form and features of the subject.  But there were a few deficiencies in that art—that have now been overcome by the late discovery of the art of Ambrotyping—which, while the features are given with strict fidelity, are susceptible of being viewed from any point, without changing their appearance.

We have been shown several specimens of Mr. Robbins’s proficiency in this art, and can certainly say of them that they are inferior to none.  He evidently has mastered all the intricacies of his business, and understands it thoroughly.

Mr. R. has taken rooms at the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, where he will remain for a limited time.  Our neighbors should avail themselves of this chance to preserve their features; they can never do it younger.

The first advertisement ran from February 14 to 28, 1857.  Ambrotypes—Respectfully To All!  G. W. Robbins has taken rooms (for a short time only), at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, and is ready to execute Ambrotype Likenesses in the latest and most approved style of this new and beautiful art.

Mr. R. solicits Ladies and Gentlemen to call and examine specimens of his work, hoping, from twelve years experience as a Daguerrean, and two years practice in Ambrotyping, to be able to please all who may favor him with their patronage.

Correct Likenesses taken in any weather, or no charge will be made.                                            Children’s Likenesses taken only in fair weather.

The second announcement appeared on November 26, 1859.  Photographic.—We invite attention to the advertisement of Mr. G. W. Robbins, who has taken rooms in Washington for the purpose of taking likenesses in the most approved styles of the art.

Mr. Robbins enjoys a high reputation in his line of business, and our citizens should not let the present opportunity pass to secure superlative likenesses.

The second advertisement ran from November 26 to December 31, 1859.  Photographs and Ambrotypes.  G. W. Robbins, would announce that he has taken rooms, for a short time only, at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Washington, La., and is prepared to execute Ambrotype Likenesses in the best and most approved Styles of the Art.

Having spared no pains nor expense to keep himself well posted in all valuable improvements with more that twelve years successful practice Mr. R. hopes to please all who favor him with their patronage, and guarantees his work to compare favorably with the best work done in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, or elsewhere, when seen side by side, which will be a sure test.

Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine his work.  Bring your best Pictures to compare with his, and judge for yourselves.

Rooms open from 8 to 12 o’clock A. M., and from half past 1 to half past 4 P. M.                        Children Likenesses taken in fair weather only, 10 o’clock A. M., to 3 o’clock P. M.                      Prices from One to Ten Dollars.                                                                                                                          Terms, Cash on delivery.

Copying in the best manner.  Views made to order.  Last and best of all, Stereoscopic Likenesses and Views, made upon scientific principles, which render them the most perfect Pictures in the world.

G. W. Robbins is not recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Washington, Louisiana.  Craig’s Daguerreian Register list a G. W. Robbins in Houston in November 1852 and Huntsville, Texas in January 1853, it is possible that they are the same person.


1859                383 Broadway, New York, New York.

Robb was recorded in two advertisements in The New York Herald (New York, New York).  The first advertisement appeared on August 26, 1859.  20 Cent Ambrotype Likenesses, with Case.  Family groups and children’s likenesses beautifully taken by Robb, 383 Broadway.

The second advertisement appeared on October 1, 1859.  Ten Cent Ambrotype Likeness Well taken.  Now’s your time to get cheap portraits.  Crowded daily at Robb’s, 383 Broadway.

Robb is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Kinney Rishel

1859                Rooms in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the Hotel, Bloomsburg,                                      Pennsylvania.

J. Kinney Rishel was recorded in one announcement that appeared on August 17, 1859 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures Unparalleled—Our estimable young friend, J. Kinney Rishel, successor of Joseph Huckle, is amply prepared to execute work in his branch in such a manner as to compare favorably with any work done in the cities.  His room is in the Exchange Block, a few doors above the hotel.  His prices are moderate; thus affording all an opportunity of having a likeness taken of him or herself.  His facilities are such as to enable him to execute Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Niellographs in the best style of the art.  Attend to this matter, friends, while an opportunity is offered you: tomorrow it may be too late!

When death the soul from body once has torn,                                                                                        No artist’s hand can trace the living form.

J. Kinney Rishel is not listed in other photographic directories.

E. C. Riggs

1856                Rooms at the Post Office, Ouleout, New York.                                                                    1856-1857     Rooms over Elwood’s Store, Delhi, New York.                                                                      1858                Address Unknown, Delhi, New York.

E. C. Riggs  was recorded in four announcements and five advertisements in the Delaware Gazette (Delhi, New York).  The first announcement appeared on September 10, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—We are desired to call attention to the advertisement of Mr. E. C. Riggs, Ambrotype Artists.  The pictures taken by this process are said to be superior to any other.

The first advertisement ran from September 10 to October 15, 1856.  Patent Ambrotypes.  Great Attraction!  E. C. Riggs, Ambrotype Artist, Respectfully informs the inhabitants of Meredith, Delhi and Franklin, that he is the sole proprietor of the Patent Ambrotype in these towns, the genuine Ambrotype can be had of none else in these places.

This new and beautiful process is the invention of Prof. James A. Cutting, of Boston, by whom it is patented in the United States, Great Britain and France.  These pictures are taken on the best plate glass and placed upon a corresponding glass, two being hermetically sealed together with an indestructible cement—the picture being in the center, as durable as glass itself Mr. R. has taken instruction of the best Artist in the State, and is now putting up likenesses that for richness of tone and life like expression, are unsurpassed.

These pictures can be had at no other room in these towns, Mr. R. having purchased the exclusive right.

The public are invited to call and satisfy themselves.  Rooms at the Post Office.

The second advertisement ran from October 29 to December 10, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Now is the time to get a perfect Likeness E. C. Riggs Would announced to the inhabitants of Delhi and vicinity, that he has taken rooms in the village, and is now prepared to take the likenesses of all who may favor him with a call, and will warrant them not to fade.  Please call and see specimens.

Office hours from 9 A. M. to 8 P. M.                                                                                                                      Rooms over Elwood’s Store, just below Edgerton’s hotel.    Delhi, October 28, 1856.

The second announcement appeared on November 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes.—We are requested to call attention to the advertisement of Mr. E. C. Riggs in another column, who has taken rooms over Mr. Elwood’s store.  We have seen some of Mr. Riggs’ pictures, which, to our unsophisticated eye, look remarkably fine.

The third advertisement ran from December 17, 1856 to March 4, 1857.  Immense Excitement!  Ambrotypes at Reduced Prices!!  The subscriber would say to the public that, notwithstanding the Tremendous Exertions of our “up town” philosopher to the contrary, he is alive and attending to business as usual.  And his “ignorance of common philosophy” does not prevent him from selling the most beautiful pictures taken in this county, and at lower prices than they have ever been sold before.

As to my Ambrotypes fading, it is false; and I defy the gentleman (?) who takes so much pains to injure me and make himself appear ridiculous, to produce one that has faded in the least.  And I would like to have him give satisfaction to his customers, whose pictures I have taken over and finished off after passing through his philosophic hands.  I will warrant my work and am willing it shall stand upon its own merit’s.  I respectfully invite the public to examine both sides—they shall be the judges.

Call in Ladies and gentlemen, and see who takes the cheapest and best pictures.  A poor picture is dear at any price.

My Rooms are over Elwood’s Store.

Office hours from 9 A. M.  to 3½ P. M.  E. C. Riggs.  Delhi, December 11, 1856.

The fourth advertisement ran from December 17, 1856 to February 25, 1857.  Gifts for the Holidays.  If you want to present a lasting memento to a friend call at the Gallery of E. C. Riggs and get a True Likeness.

There is a real value in such gifts, which is more appreciated by all, and now is the time to procure them.

The third announcement appeared on December 24, 1856.  Pictures on Glass.  The subscriber invites the attention of the public to his advertisement in another column, and his assertions therein contained, are in every respect true and correct. But it not his intention to publish here, but to correct misrepresentations which I see in an advertisement signed E. C. Riggs, in which he states as follows: “As to my Ambrotypes fading, it is false, and I defy the gentleman to produce one that has faded in the least.”  If I am the man to whom he eludes as the “up town philosopher,” and the man who took so much pains to injure him, then I say the gentleman has stated a wicked falsehood, and he could no be ignorant of it I never said a word about his Ambrotypes fading, for there is not one to be found, probably, that is more than three or four months old.  And how does he know whether he asserts the truth or not?

I did say they were of short duration, and this I am able to maintain.

He further says:  “I warrant my work and am willing it shall stand upon its own merits.”  With what degree of propriety does he warrant his work, and what assurance can he give the public of its duration?  Will the few months he has been in business be a sufficient time to test their durability!  Let the public judge.—Yet he is willing to warrant his work, but is careful not to say how long; he is then willing it shall stand upon its own merits.  So am I, but it will not upon its own merit or any other.

If the Patented Ambrotype was of such durability, why did Brady and others of New York give them up?  Because they were worthless, and his information is from one of the best men in this town, taken from his own lips.

I now come to the last italicized sentence.  “A poor picture is dear at any price.”  This is my sentiments exactly; and those who have been so unfortunate as to get one of your Patented Ambrotypes, will probably find out in short time the truth of this assertion to their sorrow.

Gentlemen and ladies, call at my office and get you a fifty cent picture, and I will make it as durable as the rock of Gibraltar.

Yes, when your flesh in dust shall lie,                                                                                                                When death’s grey film o’er spread your beaming eye,                                                                           My life pause mocking at decay,                                                                                                                    Will still be fresh and vivid as to-day.

A Splendid Stock just received.  J. Churchill.  Delhi, Dec. 23, 1856.

The fifth advertisement appeared on November 25, 1857.  T. J. Riggs, Musician and Teacher, Delhi, N. Y.  Instruction given on the Violin, Piano and melodeon.  Music furnished for Exhibition, Anniversaries, Festivals, Social Parties, &c.

Pianos and Melodeons tuned to order.

Orders left at E. C. Riggs’ Ambrotype Rooms, over Elwood’s Store, will received prompt attention.

The fourth announcement appeared on December 24, 1858, Vol. XL, No. 3, P. 4.

List Of Premiums Awarded By The Delaware County Agricultural Society, At The Fair Held At Franklin, September 22d and 23d, 1858….No. 3—Discretionary…

Best Ambrotypes,  N. Taylor, Franklin,                $2.00                                                                                     2d        do                    E. C. Riggs, Delhi,                  $1.00

E. C. Riggs is not recorded in other photographic directories.


Mr. Richmond

1856                Masonic Hall, Clarksburg, Virginia.

J. G. Richardson was recorded in three advertisements and three announcements in the Cooper’s Clarksburg Register (Clarksburg, Virginia).  The first advertisement ran from August 29 to October 3, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Mr. J. G. Richmond, Respectfully solicits the attention of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Clarksburg and vicinity, to the new style of Likenesses taken on Glass, which, in beauty and life-like appearance, far excel the Daguerreotypes, and no possibility of fading, they may be emersed in water for several weeks without the slightest injury.  Rooms in the Masonic Hall, over Murphey’s and Irwin’s stores.  Instruction given on reasonable terms.  Come and see his specimens.  Daguerreotypes copied I Ambrotype and improved.

The first announcement appeared on September 5, 1856.  Ambrotypes, Daguerreotypes, &c.—We would recommend to those who desire a good picture of themselves or friends, to call at the rooms of Mr. Richmond, opposite the Courthouse, in this place.  His specimens embrace some of the finest we ever saw, indeed, he seems to be particularly  fortunate in tracing a life-like representation of the person before him.  This is the first time our citizens have had the opportunity of securing ambrotypes, and we advise them to take advantage of it.  They are decidedly superior to daguerreotypes.

The second announcement appeared on September 26, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.—We understand that Mr. Richmond, the popular artist now in town, contemplates leaving in a few days.  We would advise all those who have not obtained an Ambrotype of themselves, to call at once as they will never have a better opportunity.

The second advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses.  “Richmond is Himself Again!”  Six Richmond’s have been slain, but one still lives, and will Take Ambrotypes at the Masonic Hall, for one week only.  Mr. R. returns his thanks for favors bestowed during his recent sojourn in this place, and hopes to meet a continuance for one week longer.  All who wish to obtain an endurable likeness had better call at once as Richmond will positively leave at the expiration of the stated time.  The lovers of the fine Arts are acquainted with the style of Mr. R’s work; therefore, it is only necessary to say that “Richmond is himself again!”  November 5th. 1856.

The third advertisement ran on November 7 & 14, 1856.                                                                          Shadows of the Real.                                                                                                                                                At Richmond’s rooms you’re sure to find,                                                                                                        Rare Pictures, just to suit the mind.                                                                                                                    Come One!  Come all! don’t let him wait,                                                                                                        You’ll find him there with polished plates.

In Case of blue, red or green,                                                                                                                        Your face like life, may soon be seen:                                                                                                                Each line portrayed in light and shade,                                                                                                            Come pluck the flower ere it fade.

Secure the chance before it passes,                                                                                                                  You’ll ve’ve regret it charming lasses—                                                                                                              You’ll ne’er regret it gent’s so gay,                                                                                                                        The morrow is not thine, so come to-day.

Old Buck has won, they all pretend to say,                                                                                                    While the exhibition at the Masonic Hall is surely free.                                                                              So now we’ll have filled with money bet so free,                                                                                        Then let us go to Richmond’s and let him squint away.

The third announcement appeared on November 14, 1856.  Fine Pictures.—Mr. Richmond is still making fine pictures at the Masonic Hall in this place.  We understand that he has concluded to remain a few days longer, an we advise all who want correct ambrotypes or daguerreotypes, to give him a call.

Mr. Richmond is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Richardson & O’Brien

1856                Rooms at the Holland House, Woodsfield, Ohio.

Richardson & O’Brien were recorded in one advertisement that ran from July 23 to August 27, 1856 in The Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, Ohio).  Ambrotypes Or Pictures Taken On Glass The subscriber having taken rooms at the Holland House, are prepared to furnish the citizens of Woodsfield and vicinity with Ambrotype miniatures taken in the best style of the art.  By a late improvement Ambrotypes can be beautifully colored in oil, so as to closely resemble the finest oil paintings by hand.

They are also Indestructible, and we will warrant them to never fade.

We are also prepared to take superior Daguerreotypes, which we think will give satisfaction or no charge will be made.  Richardson & O’Brien.

Richardson & O’Brien are not listed in other photographic directories.


1855                71 Cortland Street, New York, New York.

Richard was recorded in one advertisement in The New York Herald (New York, New York)  which appeared on September 21, 1855.  Instruction in Ambrotyping and Photography.—Daguerreotype artists and other desirous of a knowledge of the above processes, may acquire the same in a few days, by addressing a line to Richard, 71 Cortland st.

Richard is not listed in other photographic directories.  It is unknown if Richard was a practicing photographer or not.

W. H. Rhodes

1856                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Indiana.

W. H. Rhodes was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856.  In another column will be found the advertisement of W. H. Rhodes & Co., Ambrotype Artists.  We have seen specimen pictures taken by this mode, and think they are superior to the Daguerreotype.—Give them a call.  Rooms at J. E. Armstrong’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The first advertisement ran from March 13 to April 10, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses!  The attention of the public is called to the fact that W. H. Rhodes is now occupying the rooms of J. E. Armstrong, in this village, where he is taking Ambrotype Likenesses!

The pictures taken by this method are far superior to the Daguerreotype, in life-like appearance—are on glass, and are perfectly durable.  Full satisfaction guaranteed to all who may favor him with their custom.

Those wanting likenesses will please call immediately, as the Rooms will positively be closed in thirty days, Mr. Armstrong having discontinued the business here.  W. H. Rhodes & Co.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1856.  W. H. Rhodes & Co. Ambrotype Artist, who have been stopping at the Daguerrean rooms of J. E. Armstrong, will remain in town this week only.  During their stay here, they have given more general satisfaction than any artist who have ever visited this place, and there has been a sufficient number for us to judge of real merit.  The Ambrotype is a great improvement on the Daguerreotype, possessing a greater brilliancy; a more exact life like appearance, and, is not in the least impaired by age.  We have seen a number of their specimens, and can truly say that they excel anything of the kind that we have ever seen got up in Hoosierdom.  Any person desiring a similitude of their physiognomy, will never have a more favorable opportunity than the one new offered.  We have often heard persons say they would give most anything in their possession for a likeness of relatives or dear friends, and to such of our readers we would say that an opportunity like the present may not have a recurrence, as our resident artist contemplates removing in a short time.

The second advertisement ran from November 27 to December 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Those having Ambrotypes, taken by W. H. Rodes & Co., that have failed to be what they were represented, can have them taken again, free of charge, by calling at the Daguerrean Rooms of John E. Armstrong, from the 1st to the 7th of December.  J. E. Armstrong.

W. H. Rhodes is not listed in other photographic directories.


George W. Rhodes

1856-1858       near the Park House, Whitehall, New York.

George W. Rhodes was recorded in two announcements.  The first announcement appeared on  November 29, 1856 in The Troy Weekly Times (Troy, New York).  Fire.  Whitehall, Nov. 23.  A fire broke out here this P. M., in a block of buildings adjoining the Park House, owned by Johnson & Wheeler.  The buildings were occupied as follows:  R. C. Johnson, dwelling house and wholesale Grocery; H. & A. Renois, Dry Goods and Bakery; G. W. Rhodes, Ambrotypes, and several other offices.  The whole block was consumed.  Loss about $10.000; partially insured.  Origin of fire unknown.  Several persons were severely injured at the fire.

The second announcement appeared in the Essex County Republican (Keeseville, New York) on  May 28, 1858.  We visited the Ambrotype Saloon of Mr. Rhodes, near the Parke House, Whitehall, a few days since.  This establishment is fitted up in a very beautiful manner, and the instruments are among the best in the State.  He has an elegant assortment of Cases, and his skill in taking Pictures is not to be questioned.  If you want a good likeness of any size or style, with case to match, at a very low figure, call on Rhodes.

Craig’s Daguerreian Registry list George W. Rhodes as a spelling variant for George W. Rhoades and active in Whitehall, New York in 1859.

William R. Rhoades

1859                South Side of Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio

William R. Rhoades was recorded in two advertisements in the American Lancaster Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from July 21 to August 4, 1859.  Wm. R. Rhodes’ Photographic Fine Arts Gallery, South Side of Main St, One Door West of the Hocking Valley Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.

These Rooms, under the superintendence of the present proprietor, having gained a celebrity far in advance of that of any other establishment of the kind in this vicinity, for making beautiful, life-like and perfect likenesses.

These rooms have again been renovated, refitted and furnished from Hall to Gallery, and now display an air of neatness, taste and comfort seldom met with in cities of similar size, and it is hoped the efforts made to please will be appreciated by the community, and we have no doubt but they will, by persons of good taste and judgement sic., as they can rest assured, and very readily see that they can get Pictures which cannot be surpassed any where, and prices of Pictures at these Booms have lately been reduced to half what they formerly have been, and even as low as Ten Cents.  Only think of it, an Ambrotype likeness for Ten Cents.  Call one, call all at the great western Picture gallery.  Lancaster, July 21, 1859.

The second advertisement ran from August 11 to December 29, 1859.  Wm. R. Rhoads’ Photographic Fine Art Gallery, South Side Of main Street, One Door West of the Hocking Valley Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.  Lancaster, August 11, 1859.

William R. Rhoades is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Circleville, Ohio in 1859 which is about twenty miles away.  Ohio Photographers 1839-1900 does list Rhodes in both locations in 1859-1860.