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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.

Samuel R. Sample

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.

Robinson & Sample

1858                Osman’s Post Office Building, Ottawa, Illinois.

Robinson & Sample (S. T. Robinson & S. R. Sample) were recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The announcement ran 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.

Robinson & Sample are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter

1859                Unknown Address and Location, Illinois.

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter was recorded in two announcement in The Ottawa Free Trader (Ottawa, Illinois).  The first announcement appeared on October 1, 1859.  The County Fair… 2.—Paintings and Drawings.  The display was not large—probably a dozen of entries.  We scarcely saw them and the committee make no comment.  The pictures by Mr. Voegtlin, we are told, however, possessed considerable merit, while the daguerrean pictures, both by Mr. Marston and by Mr. Porter, were as good as they get up anywhere.

Ambrotypes, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                                                    Oil colored photographs, Jas. Marston.                                                                                                          Uncolored photographs, J. E. Porter.                                                                                                                  Ambrotypes and Melainotypes, J. E. Porter.

If there is an inconsistency in this last award, the committee must explain it, for we can’t.

The second announcement appeared on October 8, 1859.  Premium List.  Full List of Premiums awarded at the Fair of the La Salle Co. Agricultural Society, held at Ottawa, Sept. 28, 29, 30.

19—Paintings and Drawings….

Ambrotypes, 2 entries. Jas. Marston.                                                                                                              Photographs in oil, 1 entry.  Jas. Marston.                                                                                                    Uncolored Photographs, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.                                                                        Ambrotypes & Melainotypes, 1 entry.  J. E. Porter.

The committee have apparently awarded the same premium to Porter and to Marston.  They probably meant, in the last case, the “collection.”

J. E. (Joseph E.) Porter is recorded in Craig’s Daguerreian Registry as being active in Ottawa, Illinois in 1860.  They are probably the same person.