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W. H. Rhodes

1856                Address Unknown, Plymouth, Indiana.

W. H. Rhodes was recorded in two announcements and two advertisements in the Marshall County Democrat (Plymouth, Indiana).  The first announcement appeared on March 13, 1856.  In another column will be found the advertisement of W. H. Rhodes & Co., Ambrotype Artists.  We have seen specimen pictures taken by this mode, and think they are superior to the Daguerreotype.—Give them a call.  Rooms at J. E. Armstrong’s Daguerrean Gallery.

The first advertisement ran from March 13 to April 10, 1856.  Ambrotype Likenesses!  The attention of the public is called to the fact that W. H. Rhodes is now occupying the rooms of J. E. Armstrong, in this village, where he is taking Ambrotype Likenesses!

The pictures taken by this method are far superior to the Daguerreotype, in life-like appearance—are on glass, and are perfectly durable.  Full satisfaction guaranteed to all who may favor him with their custom.

Those wanting likenesses will please call immediately, as the Rooms will positively be closed in thirty days, Mr. Armstrong having discontinued the business here.  W. H. Rhodes & Co.

The second announcement appeared on April 3, 1856.  W. H. Rhodes & Co. Ambrotype Artist, who have been stopping at the Daguerrean rooms of J. E. Armstrong, will remain in town this week only.  During their stay here, they have given more general satisfaction than any artist who have ever visited this place, and there has been a sufficient number for us to judge of real merit.  The Ambrotype is a great improvement on the Daguerreotype, possessing a greater brilliancy; a more exact life like appearance, and, is not in the least impaired by age.  We have seen a number of their specimens, and can truly say that they excel anything of the kind that we have ever seen got up in Hoosierdom.  Any person desiring a similitude of their physiognomy, will never have a more favorable opportunity than the one new offered.  We have often heard persons say they would give most anything in their possession for a likeness of relatives or dear friends, and to such of our readers we would say that an opportunity like the present may not have a recurrence, as our resident artist contemplates removing in a short time.

The second advertisement ran from November 27 to December 18, 1856.  Ambrotypes.  Those having Ambrotypes, taken by W. H. Rodes & Co., that have failed to be what they were represented, can have them taken again, free of charge, by calling at the Daguerrean Rooms of John E. Armstrong, from the 1st to the 7th of December.  J. E. Armstrong.

W. H. Rhodes is not listed in other photographic directories.


J. C. Longwell

1859                Rooms on Michigan Street, directly East of the Courthouse, Plymouth, Indiana.

J. C. Longwell was recorded in one advertisement on March 3, 1859 in the Marshall County Democrat (Plymouth, Indiana). Daguerreotypes! The Undersigned Would Respectfully inform the citizens of Plymouth and vicinity, that he has opened a Daguerrean Gallery, On Michigan street directly east of the courthouse where he is prepared to take pictures of all sizes, unsurpassed in style and finish, by any artist in this country.

Ambrotype Pictures taken in from three to ten seconds in all kinds of weather.   J. C. Longwell. je26.

J. C. Longwell is not recorded in other photographic directories. Craig’s Daguerreian Registry does list a Joseph Longwell in Logansport, Indiana from 1858-1861. It is unknown if they are the same person.

S. Lasher

1851-1852       Rooms in the Court House, Plymouth , Indiana.

S. Lasher was recorded in one announcement and one advertisement in The Plymouth Pilot (Plymouth, Indiana). The announcement appeared on November 26, 1851.  By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen, that Mr, S. Lasher is on hand with his Daguerrean apparatus, taking likenesses superior to any thing of the kind we have seen.—All those wishing any thing done in this line would do well to give Mr. Lasher a call—room at the Court House.

The advertisement ran from November 26, 1851 to January 7, 1852.  Wanted, Any number of Faces, to give Metalic immortality. Those wishing correct Daguerrean Likenesses (not caricatures,) of themselves or friends, may be sure of being accommodated, on reasonable terms, by stepping into the room of the subscriber in the Court House, between the hours of 9 A. M. and 4 P. M.

The subscriber having taken rooms as above, would be pleased if the Ladies and Gentlemen of this vicinity, would call and examine his specimens, give him a sitting, and should the impression fail to give you full satisfaction don’t take it.

Parents, soon these frail tenements will be mouldering in the dust—secure then, the image, ere the substance fade, to leave as a memento of your children in after years, when you are gone—and as children may die, would it not be well to preserve a true likeness when so easily obtained.  Friends often regret when too late, that they have not done it.  An opportunity is now offered to “secure the shadow ere the substance fade. Let Nature copy that which Nature made.”

Instructions in the art, carefully given and apparatus’ furnished at New York Prices.  S. Lasher.

N. B. Pictures are taken as low as $1.75.

S. Lasher does not appear in other photographic directories.