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R. Hills

1848                Court House, Ottawa, Illinois.

R. Hills was recorded in three advertisements in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois). The first advertisement appeared on June 2, 1848.  Daguerreotype Miniatures, How Precious to the bereaved are the relics of life. 

The ladies and gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity are respectfully invited to call at the court house and examine specimens of the Photographic art, which for brilliancy, depth of tone, and outline, it is acknowledged have never been surpassed in this town.

Miniatures taken every day without regard to weather, and neatly set in lockets, pins, rings, bracelets, cases, and frames.  Persons desirous of procuring a life like and correct likeness of themselves or friends will to well to call at Hill’s & Co.’s rooms, as pictures taken by them are warranted not to fade in any length of time.  Old pictures taken over on reasonable terms.  Instruction given in the art if desired.  June 1.  Hills & Co.

The second advertisement ran from June 9 to July 7, 1848.  The ladies and gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity are respectfully invited to call at the Court House and examine specimens of the Photographic art, which for brilliancy, depth of tone, and outline, it is acknowledged have never been surpassed in this town.

Miniatures taken every day without regard to weather, and neatly set in lockets, pins, rings, bracelets, cases, and frames.  Persons desirous of procuring a life like and correct likeness of themselves or friends will to well to call at Hill’s & Co.’s rooms, as pictures taken by them are warranted not to fade in any length of time.  Old pictures taken over on reasonable terms.  Instruction given in the art if desired.  June 2.  Hills & Co.

The third advertisement ran from July14 to September 15, 1848.  Daguerrean Gallery.—R. Hills respectfully invites the ladies and gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity to call at the court house and examine his specimens of the Photographic Art.  Miniatures taken every day and neatly set in cases, lockets, or frames.  N. B. please call and examine specimens whether you think of having miniatures or not.  Instruction given if desired.  R. Hills.

R. Hills is not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Hastings

1847                Rooms at the Saloon of the Planters House, Peoria, Illinois.

1848-1849       15 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois.

1848                Canal Street, over A. G. Folger’s Store, Ottawa, Illinois.

1850                Corner Main & Washington Streets, Peoria, Illinois.

1851                Corner Main & Washington Streets, Peoria, Illinois.[1]

J. Hastings was recorded in eight advertisements and three announcements (five advertisements and two announcements in the Peoria Democratic Press, Peoria Illinois and three advertisements and one announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois).  The first advertisement was recorded on October 27 & November 11, 1847 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  Colored Photographic Miniatures Taken By J. Hastings.   A Favorable opportunity is now offered to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Peoria and vicinity to obtain Miniature Portraits, executed in the most perfect style, surpassing in brilliancy, beauty of finish, and general life-like appearance.  The are warranted imperishable.  Now is the time for you to secure a good likeness of your friends and relatives.  Who among us that has not lost a friend, companion, or child, that would not now give thrice or ten times the price of such a memento of departed loved ones?  Then secure the shadow ere the substance fades, or you may regret the loss of the present opportunity when to late.  They are also valuable as presents [to] send to distant friends and connections.

As dress makes a great difference in Daguerreotype Miniatures, light dresses should always be avoided—dark dresses, or those having dark and decided figures, producing the most admired effect in the picture; a first-rate likeness and picture guaranteed.

Please call and examine specimens.

Miniature taken every day, without regard to weather.

Rooms at the Saloon of the Planters [House.]

The first announcement appeared on November 24, 1847 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  A Card.  I would beg leave to inform the ladies and gentlemen pf Peoria and vicinity That I shall remain in the city until the third of December, and continue to [take] Daguerreotype Miniatures at the following reduced prices:  Single pictures as heretofore, for $3.—Parties from Two to four, $2.50 each.  Parties of five and upwards, at $2 each.  My object in reducing my prices is to enable every one to get a picture as low as they can be afforded.  And to do this they [must] come in parties so that I can have all the pictures of each party to finish at the same time.  And [the] object will be readily perceived when I state that [it is] worth nearly as much to finish one single picture as it is to finish half a dozen when they are all finished at the same time.  J. Hastings.

The second announcement appeared on November 24, 1847 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  All those who wish their images taken in the first rate style, will learn from a card in another column that Mr. Hastings’ sojourn in this city will be brief, and they had better employ their leisure moments in keeping him busy.

The second advertisement was recorded on June 28, July 5, and August 9 & 23, 1858 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Mr. Hastings would respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Peoria and vicinity, that he has again returned to the city and will remain a few weeks for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures, in a superior style.  Likenesses taken on a sitting of a few seconds, from 7 o’clock, A. M. until 6 P. M., in any kind of weather.  All pictures warranted to be durable, and satisfactory to the person sitting.—Rooms at No. 15 Main street, in the room with Dr. Miller, Surgeon Dentist.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.

The third advertisement ran on August 9, 16 & 30, 1848 in the Peoria Democratic Press

Daguerreotype.  Miniatures.  Mr. Hastings would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Peoria and vicinity, that he will remain in this city until the 1st of September for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures, in a superior style.—At the very low price of $2 each, (the usual price has been three dollars). 

Those wishing a good likeness will do well to improve the present opportunity.

Likenesses taken on a sitting of a few seconds, from seven o’clock, A. M. until six, P. M. in any kind of weather. 

All pictures warranted to be durable, and satisfactory to the person sitting

Rooms at No. 15 Main st., Peoria, in the room with Dr. Miller. 

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.

The fourth advertisement was recorded on November 17, 1848 in The Ottawa Free Trader.  Mr. Hastings would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity that he will remain in this place for two weeks, for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures, by a superior Style.

Likenesses taken on a sitting of a few seconds, from seven o’clock, A. M., until six P. M., in any kind of weather.  All pictures warranted to be durable, and satisfactory to the persons sitting.

Prices, from Two to Five Dollars, for single Pictures.  Instructions given in the art.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examining specimens.  Perfect satisfaction given.

A first rate Camera for sale.

Rooms over Mr. A. G. Folger’s store on Canal Street.  J. Hastings.  Ottawa, November 17, 1848.

The fifth advertisement was recorded on December 1, 1848 in The Ottawa Free Trader. 

Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Prices Reduced.  Mr. Hastings would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity that he will remain in this place for One Week longer for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures in the new and improved style.

Likenesses taken on a sitting of a few seconds, from 7 o’clock, A. M., until 4 P. M., in any kind of weather. 

Prices from One to three dollars each.  Persons wanting a good likeness of themselves or friends will do well to embrace the present opportunity.  dec. 1.  J. Hastings.

The third announcement appeared on December 8, 1848 in The Ottawa Free Trader.  We had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Hastings’s daguerrean Rooms, over Mr. Folger’s store, a few day since, and of examining a large assortment of miniatures and landscapes, all of which we found to be remarkably fine.  A number of likenesses of citizens of our town with whom we are familiar, and which are so precise and life-like, that one can almost imagine he can see them breathe.  There are decidedly the best pictures of the kind ever taken in Ottawa.

The sixth advertisement was recorded on March 14, 21 and April 18, 1849 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  Daguerreotype.  Miniatures.  Mr. Hastings would respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Peoria and vicinity, that he will remain in this city for a few weeks, for the purpose of taking Colored Daguerreotype Miniatures, in a superior style

Likenesses taken on a sitting of a few seconds, from 8 o’clock, A. M. until 5, P. M. in any kind of weather.  All pictures warranted to be durable, and satisfactory to the person sitting.

Prices, from $1.50 to $5.00 for single pictures.

Rooms at No. 15 Main street.  Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.

The seventh advertisement was recorded on September 5, 19 & 26, 1849 in the Peoria Democratic Press.  Notice.  Mr. Hastings would beg leave to inform the citizens of Peoria, that he will leave the city about the 10th inst. To be absent  about two months, and would request all those having their pictures at his room, to call and get them previous to that time.  And all those wishing to have a first rate likeness please to call soon.

The eighth advertisement was recorded on June 19 & 26, 1850 in the Peoria Democratic Press

Daguerreotype Miniatures. Mr. Hastings begs leave to give notice to the citizens of Peoria and vicinity, that owing to an arrangement recently made in his business, that he will not leave the city at present, and lately announced, but will still remain at his rooms, where he will at all times be happy to see his friends, and supply those wanting a first rate Daguerreotype likeness of themselves or friends, in the latest style.  All such are requested to call at his rooms.

He has lately received a new process in taking miniatures that gives an entire new style of pictures.

Instruction given in the Art.  Apparatus for sale.

Rooms at the corner of Main and Washington sts., over W. A. Herron’s drug store.  Peoria, June 12, 1850.

J. Hastings is recorded in A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers in 1850 and in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry in 1851.


[1] Craig’s Daguerreian Registry.

J. M. Gale

1853-1854       On the public square, north of the court house, Ottawa, Illinois.           

J. M. Gale was recorded in one advertisement that ran from November 5, 1853 to February 11, 1854 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  Daguerreotypes, In the best style of the art, at J. M. Gale’s portable daguerrean palace, on the public square, north of the court house, Ottawa, Ill.

J. M. Gale received the highest award at the late fair of the Will county agricultural society, for superior daguerreotypes.

All who wish likenesses, are solicited to call soon, as his time in this place will be necessarily   limited to the amount of patronage he receives.  Price $1.50 and upwards.

Reasonable reduction for large families, &c. n5.

J. M. Gale is recorded in A Directory Of Early Illinois Photographers.

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.

William Dunckleburg

1856                Walker & Hickling’s Block, Ottawa, Illinois.

William Dunckleburg was recorded in one advertisement that ran from August 16 to October 18, 1856 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).   Something New Again:  Wm. Dunckleburg, The unrivalled Ambrotypist, has the pleasure of announcing to the citizens of Ottawa and vicinity, That he has taken rooms in Walker & Hickling’s Block, on the south side of the square, second floor, where he is prepared to take Ambrotypes by an entirely new process that has just come to light—Ambrotypes taken on glass.  By this process pictures have a depth of tone that cannot be got by the common Ambrotype process, and yet possess all the light and shades.

I will remain in this place but a short time, during which all who wish a perfect likeness will do well to improve this opportunity.  These pictures can be excelled by none.  Ambrotypes put up in good cases for from one to twenty-five dollars.

Please call and examine specimens.  Wm. Dunckleburg & Co.

William Dunckleburg is not recorded as being active in Ottawa, Illinois.

C. E. Blake

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.

Mr. & Miss Andrews

1850-1851       Over Sanger’s New Store, Ottawa, Illinois.

Mr. & Miss Andrews were recorded in two advertisements and one announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The first advertisement ran from December 7, 1850 to January11, 1851.  Daguerrean Gallery.  Mr. & Miss Andrews would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ottawa and vicinity that they have unsurpassed facilities for taking Likenesses, at their rooms over Sanger’s New Store.

Please call and see Specimens. 

Daguerreotypes, Paintings, &c., accurately copied.

Likenesses set in plain and Fancy Cases, Frames, Lockets, &c.

Sick Persons and corpses attended at private houses when desired.

The announcement appeared on December 21, 1850.  Andrews’ Daguerrean Gallery.  We have had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Andrews’ rooms over Sanger’s new store and inspecting his pictures, which we found to be of superior or quality.—we would earnestly recommend to such of our citizens who are desirous of procuring miniatures, either of themselves, friends, or their children, to give him a call.  His terms are reasonable, and the quality of his pictures and cases vary to suit all who may desire them.  He has taken the rooms he occupies with a view of remaining her permanently, and it is hoped that he may receive a liberal patronage.  See his advertisement.

The second advertisement ran from March 8, 1851 to April 12, 1851.  Andrews’ Daguerrean Gallery In Sanger’s block, up stairs.  Likenesses taken in the best and latest style of the art; and set in plain and fancy Cases, Frames, Lockets, &c., &c.

Mr. & Miss Andrews are not recorded in other photographic directories.

C. M. Van Doren

1857-1858       Rooms over the City Bank of Eames, Allen & Co., Ottawa, Illinois.

C. M. Van Doren was recorded in one  advertisement that ran from October 6, 1857 to October 2, 1858 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  New Picture Gallery.  The lovers of fine arts, and the public generally, are invited to examine specimens now on exhibition at the new Rooms just opened over the City Bank of Eames, Allen & Co., north of the Court House, under the supervision of James Marston.

The undersigned having purchased the interest of Mr. Marston, in the above business, is now prepared to furnish Ambrotypes in the highest style of the art, warranted in every instance to give satisfaction or no charge made.  The services of Mr. Marston have been secured for a short time, and those acquainted with his skill will need no further assurance for getting truthful pictures.  A share of the public patronage is solicited.  Ottawa, October 3, 1857.  C. M. Van Doren.

C. M. Van Doren is not recorded in other photographic directories. James Marston is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ottawa, Illinois .

Ausborn M. Stover

1859                Rooms next door to Lynch’s Store, Ottawa, Illinois.

Ausborn M. Stover was recorded in one announcement that appeared on September 24, 1859 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The County Fair.—The County Fair is expected to be the greatest one ever held in La Salle county, and as everybody is expected to do all they can for the success of the fair, and the pleasure of its visitors, the far famed Photographer, Stover, is going to take, during the fair week all of the latest improved styles of pictures for half price, and we would say to the visitors of the fair and every body else, that comes to Ottawa during the fair week, to give Stover a call and procure one or more of his new styles of pictures for dear Kate and dear Mollie.

Rooms next door to Lynch’s store.

Ausborn M. Stover is recorded as being active in Ottawa, Illinois in 1860.

Miss. A. Shedd

1854-1855       Nattinger’s block, south side of the public square, Ottawa, Illinois.

Miss. A. Shedd was recorded in one advertisement that ran from December 16, 1854 to March 17, 1855 in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  Daguerrean Gallery!  Miss A. Shedd Would take this opportunity of informing her friends and the community at large, that she has bought out the daguerrean rooms formerly occupied by J. Marston, and would say that she is now prepared to take miniatures in the latest and most approved styles of the art, having the advantage of a large sky light, and one on C. C. Harrison’s best camera.

Always a good supply of plain and fancy cases on hand, from $1.50 to $10.

Hours for operation, from 8 A. M. to 4 P. M.  Dark dresses always preferable.  December 16.

Miss A. Shedd is recorded in A Directory of Early Illinois Photographers Compiled by Marie Czach as being active in 1854.