Tag Archives: Bloomsburg Pennsylvania

Henry Rosenstock

1858                720 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]                                              1858-1859     Rooms in the Exchange Building, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Henry Rosenstock was recorded in two advertisements in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  The first advertisement ran from October 13, 1858 to December 21, 1859.  New Ambrotype Saloon In Bloomsburg.  Henry Rosenstock, of Philadelphia, respectfully informs the citizens of Bloomsburg and vicinity, that he has opened in connection with his Barber Saloon, a Daguerreian Gallery, in the rooms lately occupied by C. Stahl as a book bindery, and is prepared to take pictures, which will surpass anything of the kind ever seen in this place.

Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, now is the time to procure one of those imperishable Ambrotypes, and thus secure the features of beloved friends.  Life is uncertain; but Ambrotypes are lasting.

All are invited to call and examine specimens.

The second advertisement ran from November 23 to December 28, 1859.  Henry Rosenstock, Sky-Light Ambrotypist, Rooms in the Third Story of the Exchange Block, (entrance above the Book Store,) Bloomsburg, Columbia county, Pa.

Henry Rosenstock is recorded in other photographic directories.

[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry and Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers 1839-1900.  Philadelphia Photographers list Rosenstock as being active in Bloomsburg in the 1860’s.


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.

Mr. Merry

1850                Rooms over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.                            1850                Rooms in M’Faddin’s Brick Building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store,                                                  Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Merry was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements.  The first announcement appeared on April 18, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Pictures.—We invite attention to the advertisement of Mr. Merry in another column.  Every body should get a correct likeness of his friends, and while you are at it, return your own fac-smile to them.  These tokens are the most valuable of gifts.  If you are yet young it may be well to suggest that your likeness at this particular time will be quite as good looking as you could expect it to be hereafter, Mr. Merry can attend to you, and has a good apparatus.  His room is over Mr. Lutz’s Drug Store.

The first advertisement ran from April 18 to May 2, 1850 in The Star of the North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public that he has taken Rooms over the Drug Store of Mr. Lutz, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses, In the latest Boston style, with or without colors, well put up in the best quality of Morocco cases, and warranted not to fade or change by age.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens’.  Children who are old enough to keep still 2 to 5 seconds, can be taken as well as older persons.  Call soon or you will be too late, and remember that he takes as good pictures in clear, as in cloudy Weather.

The second advertisement ran from June 5 to July 17, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerrian Gallery.  Mr. Merry would respectfully inform the public, that he has taken rooms in M’Faddin’s brick building, nearly opposite Sheller’s Store, where he is prepared to take Daguerreotype Likenesses in the latest and most approved style.  Mr. Merry pledges himself to make his work equal to that of the best City artists.

He has all the latest improvements, some of which he has added to the art, and among these is a Wheel Buff, of peculiar construction, by which he is enabled to obtain a higher polish, and thereby give a more brilliant and life-like tone to his pictures.

Mr. Merry, by long practice and close attention to the art, is enabled to show the Variegated Eye, be it light or dark, with all the beauty and brilliancy of life itself; and it is in this most essential point, that more artist fail than in any other.

Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.  Children are taken in from three to five minutes.  And remember, as good Pictures are taken in cloudy as in clear weather, tho’ for small children a clear day is recommended

The announcement appeared on June 19, 1850 in the Lewisburg Chronicle (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania).  Daguerreotypes.  Out of countenance we are this morning, and, for the first time in our life, represented by proxy.  But our phiz was captured by no common artist—no less a personage than his blazing majesty old Sol, under the supervision of his accomplished ‘aid,’ Lieut. Col. Merry, who holds forth in the second story of the new brick building opposite Sheller’s Store.  Our counterfeit presentment’ is before us at the present writing, propped up against the inkstand, looking quite modest for a ‘limb of the law,’ (abashed, no doubt, by the presence of the original,) and presents a sedateness and gravity, befitting the prodigious responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of a country editor.  Our devil was of the opinion it looked more like us than we do our-self; but he discovered his mistake on calling for ‘copy.’

—We advise all the good people within a day’s journey of Lewisburg, who place any value upon the likeness of themselves or their friends, to call at Mr. Merry’s rooms within the next ten days, and in from three to five seconds their features can be immortalized in superior style.  A better chance is not likely to occur very soon.

Mr. Merry is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Joseph Huckell

1858                Exchange Building, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.                                                                1859                Above the Republican Office, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Huckell was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement.  The announcement ran on February 27, 1858 in the Columbia Democrat and Bloomsburg General Advertiser  (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Come All and Come Quick.  Mr. J. Huckell, at his Daguerreian Rooms, in the exchange Building, is now taking off the best Ambrotypes, Melaiontypes, Ambrographs, Patent Leather and Oil Cloth Likenesses, ever seen in this section of country.  They are surpassing in beauty and clearness of expression.  Mr. Huckell’s time of stay is limited, and those who may wish to avail themselves of his professional services, should call at once before his departure.

The advertisement ran from November 2 to December 28, 1859 in The Star of North (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania).  Joseph Huckell’s Ambrotype Gallery, Above the Republican Office, Bloomsburg, Columbia Co., PA. Where he indulges in all the improvements for taking the latest style of Improved Ambrotypes, Melainotypes, and every other kind, together with Neillographs, which is a great saving of postage in sending pictures by mail.  The improved Ambrotypes have been decided by the best judges of the art, to be the most durable pictures now taken.  They never fade or change, and have all the boldness and beauty that the combined effort of nature and art can produce.

All Kind Of Picture Copied.  Large or small—Ambrotypes inserted in Pins, Rings and Lockets.  Best materials used, and all work warranted.  Pictures taken equally well in cloudy or clear weather, excepting small children, when a light day is preferred.  Avoid white, pink or blue.  They are the most unsuitable of all colors for an Ambrotype.  Likenesses taken for fifty cents, including cases.

Joseph Huckell is not recorded in other photographic directories.