1846 Over Thompson’s Drug Store, Ottawa, Illinois.
C. E. Blake was recorded in one advertisement that ran from August 14 to 28, 1846 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois). Daguerrian Artist. Mr. C. E. Blake, From New York, respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ottawa, that he will open a room on Monday the 17th, over Thompson’s drug store, for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures, by a new and improved process of the art.
Mr. Blake is recently from New York, and has a perfect knowledge of the different styles of taking miniatures, &c. It is Mr. Blakes particular aim in all the miniatures which he takes to produce clear and distinct pictures, and that every feature shall be brought out and distinctly seen. A good daguerreotype miniature taken in color is certainly more life-like and correct than any other can possibly be, and if well taken can be seen in any light as clear and distinct as painting. Pictures taken by Mr. B. are put up in the very first style, and are warranted to give satisfaction, and are not delivered unless they are perfect likenesses. Mr. B. very respectfully invites those interested in this beautiful art, to call at his room and examine his specimens, (whether they contemplate sitting to have theirs taken or not,) then they will be able to judge for themselves. Rooms open to visitors at all times.
Ladies especially invited to call. Ottawa, August 14, 1846.
C. E. Blake is not recorded in other photographic directories.