1858 Osman’s Post Office Building, Ottawa, Illinois.
Samuel R. Sample of the partnership of Robinson & Sample (Samuel T. Robinson and Samuel R. Sample) were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois). The announcement appeared on April 24, 1858. Pictures! Pictures!!—Messrs. Robinson & Sample have just fitted up, in the new post office block (third story) a handsome suit of daguerrean rooms, where they are now ready to make copies of the “human face divine” in a style up to the finest touches of nature. They appear to be adapts in the whole range of the photographic art. They take daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, spereotypes, metanotypes, hallotypes, and we don’t know how many other types; at prices ranging from about nothing upwards. Whether you can afford to have your handsome countenance perpetuated or not, go at least and see their pictures, for they are worth looking at.
The advertisement ran from May 1 to June 5, 1858. Photography In Ottawa! Robinson & Sample Would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ottawa and surrounding country that they have just fitted up a suit of rooms in Osman’s Post Office Building, where they are prepared to put up Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, Spereotypes, Stereoscopes, Photographs, Hallotypes, &c., in the highest style of the art. The public are respectfully invited to call and examine for themselves.
Perfect satisfaction given or no charge made. Lockets, Pins, and Rings of all sizes filled. S. T. Robinson, S. R. Sample.
Samuel R. Sample, Samuel Robinson and the partnership of Robinson & Sample is recorded in A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers Preliminary Investigations into Photography as Practiced in Illinois, Excluding Chicago; from circa 1846 to 1914.