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Henschel & Robertson

1856-1857       Rooms at Bissell’s Hotel, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Henschel & Robertson were recorded in two announcements and one advertisement.  The first announcement ran on December 20, 1856 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).   Ambrotypes.  We would call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Messrs. Henschel & Robertson, who have opened rooms at Bissell’s Hotel for the purpose of taking Ambrotype Portraits.  These portraits are taken on glass, and are evidently far superior to those taken by the old Daguerrean system.—They do not reverse the position; they may be seen in any view; they are taken in a much shorter time; can be made double, and it is asserted that they will last for ages unchanged.  These are sufficient inducements to draw crowds to the rooms of the above gentlemen.

The advertisement ran from December 20, 1856 to January 3, 1857.  In the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  Messrs. Henschel & Robertson Would respectfully inform the citizens of this town and vicinity, that they have visited Plaquemine for the purpose of introducing their beautiful art of Ambrotyping which consists in taking Portraits On Glass.

Messrs. H. & R. but ask the public to call and examine their portraits, when their superiority over all others, they feel assured, will be at once admitted.  They are finer and more beautiful; they do not reverse the position; they area as plain as an engraving, seen in any view; they are taken in a much shorter time, therefore the expression is more life-like; they can be made double, so as to show two pictures instead of one, and will last for ages, unchanged.

Correct Portraits of children of any age taken almost instantaneously.  Messrs. Henschel & Robertson have taken rooms at Bissell’s Hotel, where they would be glad to see all who have a desire to examine specimens of their art.

The second announcement appeared on January 3, 1857 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Ambrotypes.  Our citizens who have not been there, should certainly Visit The Rooms Of Messrs. Henschel & Robertson, at Bissell’s Hotel, and see their beautiful portraits, taken by the new system of Ambrotyping.  An occasion like the present, to have a correct and fadeless picture of one’s self—or of some one better loved—may not occur soon again.  We advise all, therefore, to give the above gentlemen an early call, as their stay here may be of short duration.

Henschel & Robertson are not recorded in other photographic directories.

J. Craft

1854                Room over the Kahn Brothers Store, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

J. Craft was recorded in an announcement on May 27, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana). Don’t You Want a Likeness? It will be seen by advertisement that Mr. J. Crafts, Daguerreotypist, has arrived in our town, and now occupies the spacious room over the store of Kahn Brothers.  Mr. C. makes use of all the late improvements; and his portraits are remarkably correct and beautiful; as his stay amongst us will be for a short period, we advise our readers to give him an early call, that their own, and features of those whom they love, may be stamped upon the silvered plate by Nature’s great artist, and preserved for eyes to behold, of faithful and loving hearts, long after the real image has gone down to the grave.  No family should be without a Daguerreotype likeness of all the members connected with it.

He was also listed in an advertisement that ran from May 27 to June 24, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Daguerreotypes.  J. Craft, Artist, over Kahn Brothers cash store.  The proprietor being posted in all the late improvements both in North and South America, feels assured that he can please the most fastidious.  Ladies and Gentlemen call and give him a trial.  Satisfaction or no charge.  Likenesses put up in all styles the art can produce.

The following announcement appeared on June 17, 1854 in the Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Louisiana).  Mr. Craft’s Daguerreotype Saloon.  Numbers of our citizens have visited the Saloon of this gentleman since he has been here, both to admire his beautiful and life-like pictures and to have their own faces sketched upon the faithful plate.  Many as have patronized Mr. C., we have not yet heard a single word of complaint, but on the contrary, can testify to expressions of high commendation in his favor.  Since he has been here, he has had very unfavorable weather for his business, and as he contemplates leaving some time next week, we would advise those who would like to have their images handed down to posterity, to call upon him as soon as possible.

J. Craft does not appear in other photographic directories.