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A. Fletcher

1850                Over White & Hunter Drug Store, Ottawa, Illinois.

A. Fletcher was recorded on one advertisement and two announcements in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois). The advertisement ran from April 6 to 20, 1850.

Premium Daguerreotypes.  Mr. Fletcher, from Chicago, Daguerreotypist, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Ottawa and vicinity that he has taken rooms for a short time over the Drug Store of White & Hunter, opposite the court house, where he will be happy to wait on all who may favor him with a call. 

Being furnished with an extensive and superior Apparatus throughout, and having had many years’ experience in his profession in the Eastern, Middle and Southern states, and being in possession of all the recent improvements in the art, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to his patrons.

The Highest Premium for Daguerreotypes was awarded him by one of the Massachusetts Fairs.

Miniatures taken in all weather, with or without coloring, and neatly set in Morocco cases, rosewood frames, gold lockets, bosom pins, finger rings, watch keys, bracelets, &c.

Ladies and Gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens.  Ottawa, April 6, 1850.  A. Fletcher.

N. B.  Instructions in the art given on reasonable terms.

The first announcement appeared on April 13, 1850.  A Deserving Artist.  The Aurors Beacon, speaking in very complimentary, and we may add just terms of the skill of Mr. Fletcher, the daguerreotypist, who has taken rooms over White & Hunter’s Drug store, in this continues:

We believe Mr. F. designs visiting Ottawa next week.  If he does, we would commend to him as the best looking man in that town, as a model specimen for his gallery, brother Osman of the Free Trader.  Holbrook, of Peru Telegraph, is another beauty.  In short, it will be found that editors are the handsomest class of men in the State.  Mr. Fletcher has discovered this, and hence takes their likenesses gratis, for the purpose of obtaining specimens and showing what he can do in his line.

The second announcement appeared on April 27, 1850.  Persons wishing daguerrean pictures must call on Mr. Fletcher within the coming week.  We can assure our readers, that both as an artist and a gentleman, Mr. F. ranks vastly above the common run of daguerreotypist by whom our town is generally visited.

A. Fletcher is not recorded in other photographic directories.

A. Fletcher

1858                     Rooms nearly opposite the Wilson House, Salem, Ohio.

A. Fletcher was recorded in an advertisement that ran from July 3 to August 28, in the Anti-Slavery Bugle (New-Lisbon, Ohio).  A. Fletcher, Photograph Artist, From Massillon, Ohio, Has taken rooms for a short time with Mr. Duck, Ambrotypist, nearly opposite the Wilson House, Salem, Ohio, where he is prepared to execute Photographs On white paper, both plain and fancy, in the most beautiful styles of the Art

Daguerreotypes, or Ambrotypes of deceased, or absent friends, can be magnified up to any size required, and furnished equal to the finest steel engraving.

Photographs are considered the cheapest as well as the most enduring and most beautiful pictures made.  Please call and examine specimens.

At this time it is unknown if he is the same A. Fletcher who was in Barre, Massachusetts in 1846 and Springfield, Massachusetts in 1848.

A. Fletcher

1846                Town House, Barre, Massachusetts.                                                                          1848                Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts[1]

A. Fletcher is recorded in an announcement on August 14,1846 in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts). Daguerreotype. Secure the shadow, ere the substance fade, Let nature copy that which nature made.  A. Fletcher, Daguerreotypist, Has taken rooms for a short time at the Town House, where he is prepared to execute Photographic or Daguerreotype Miniatures, in neat and elegant style, with or without coloring as may suit the taste of purchasers and with all the latest improvements.  Terms moderate.  Please call and examine.  Hours from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.

A. Fletcher is not recorded in A Directory of Massachusetts Photographers 1839-1900 in Barre or Springfield, Massachusetts, nor is he listed in other photographic directories in Barre, Massachusetts. He is listed in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in Springfield, Massachusetts.

[1] information from Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.