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O. F. Steadman

1856                Allen’s Block, over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Ravenna, Ohio.

1859                Address Unknown, Ravenna, Ohio.

1859                Address Unknown, Freedom, Ohio.

O. F. Stedman was recorded in five announcements and five advertisements.  The first three announcements and the five advertisements were recorded in The Weekly Portage Sentinel  (Ravenna, Ohio) the last two announcements were recorded in The Portage County Democrat  (Ravenna, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on March 6.  Good Pictures.  Messrs. Stedman  Co. have just taken possession of their rooms in Allen’s Block, where they are ready to wait upon their friends.  They will take good pictures and at reasonable prices.  Those who desire to “secure the Shadow e’er the substance fade” should call.  See advertisement.

The first advertisement ran from March 6 to June 12, 1856.  A Card.  The subscribers having purchased the Daguerrean establishment of J. W. Wykes & Co., respectfully announce that they are prepared, to execute Ambrotypes and Daguerrean likenesses in the latest style of art, at the old stand over R. A. Barid & Co’s. Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio.

Having had several years experience in Daguerreotyping, and possessing the latest and most approved process for taking Ambrotypes, they flatter themselves, that they can produce as good pictures as can be obtained at any room in this section of the country.  Particular attention paid to taking the likenesses of children.  A share of public patronage is respectfully solicited.  O. F. Stedman & Co,  Ravenna.

The second announcement appeared on August 21, 1856.  Pictures.—Those who desire to obtain valuable and correct likenesses of themselves or their friends, should call at the Ambrotype rooms of Staffer & Stedman in Allen’s Block.  See Advertisement.

The second advertisement ran from August 21 to December 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes taken by Staffer & Stedman, at their Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, O., for seventy-Five Cents, where every variety of likenesses can be obtained.  Ambrotypes inserted in breast pins and lockets.  Whole size likenesses for $5 and $6—former price $10 and $12.  Particular attention paid to taking the likenesses of children.  Having a large sky and side light, impressions taken in from three to five seconds.  Our likenesses are all positive and not reversed. All work warranted.  Likenesses taken either in clear or cloudy weather. 

The third advertisement ran from September 4 to December 11, 1856.  Something New.—Staffer & Stedman are now taking Ambrotypes on Paper.  The finest articles in the picture line to send by mail, as it cost no extra postage.

The third announcement appeared on September 25, 1856.  Portage Co. Agricultural Society.  At the Portage County Agricultural Fair, held September 17th and 18th, 1856, premiums were awarded as follows…On Miscellaneous Manufactured Art… 

L. V. Staffer & Co., Best specimen daguerreotype pictures,  dip.   

The fourth advertisement ran from October 16 to December 4, 1856.  Premium Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes.  L. V. Staffer  Co., respectfully invite the public to call at their rooms over Baird’s Jewelry, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, and examine their specimens upon which they received the first premium at the last county fair.  We offer the following reasons why we can produce better pictures than can be obtained elsewhere in this county.  We have the largest and most powerful camera in this section of the state.  Our light is so arranged as not only to give a life like expression to the features, but also drapery of the utmost beauty and richness.  (The want of which is a great fault in the work of some operators.)  We use the genuine chemicals, regardless of expense, and having had ten years experience in the art we know that we can produce better results than the mere tyro of a few months practice.  Those wishing good pictures of themselves or friends will find it to their advantage to call at our rooms and be convinced that this is the place to get a perfect likeness.  Prices as low as in any rooms of good repute in Northern Ohio. Children’s likenesses taken in one or two seconds.  We seldom fail to get a good likeness of the most restless.

Daguerreotypes.—As there are some who still prefer this style, we would say that we are at all times prepared to take them.

Caution.—The public are cautioned against Ambrotypes backed up with black paint or varnished, as the backing will crack eventually and the picture become worthless.  All good operators have discarded this process, we have not used it for many months and all persons having pictures put up by us in that way, are invited to call and when they become cracked and have them made good.  Such pictures can be known by their having a glass over the matting, the position of the setter being reversed, and having a dull appearances at arms length,.

Remember the place, over Baird’s Jewelry Store.  Oct., 16, 1856.  L. V. Staffer  Co.

The fifth advertisement ran from March 31 to July 21, 1859.  People’s Gallery.  At the old stand of L. V. Staffer & Co., nearly opposite the east end of Phoenix Block, Ravenna, Ohio.

Superb Ambrotypes, Photographs And Melainotypes, 50 Per Cent Less Than Elsewhere.

Persons in want of pictures of any style will find it much to their interest to call at this Gallery before purchasing elsewhere.  No time will be spent in unprofitable “gassing” but all are invited to come and judge for themselves as to the quality of the work with the assurance that no pains will be spared, to make the best picture possible for every customer, and no one will be expected to take work away unless perfectly suited.  O. F. Stedman.  Ravenna, March 31, 1850.

The fourth and fifth announcements appeared in The Portage County Democrat (Ravenna, Ohio) on April 27, 1859.  Look Out For Him!—We are informed that our fellow townsman and artist, Stedman, of the People’s Gallery’ in this place, intends visiting the citizens of Freedom this week, with a car, for the purpose of taking off their faces.  Those in want of good pictures will do well to give him a call.  His Gallery here, during his absence, will be in charge of his brother.

The fifth announcement appeared on May 18, 1859.  Home Again.—O. F. Steadman, of the ‘People’s Gallery,’ will be at home next week ready to wait personally upon those in want of pictures.  Good work and low prices is his motto.  Those interested can make a note of it.’

O. F. Steadman is recorded in other photographic directories as being active in Ravenna, Ohio in 1859-1860.

Staffer & Stedman

1856                Over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio.

Staffer & Stedman (L. V. Staffer & O. F. Stedman) were recorded in two announcements and three advertisements in The Weekly Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  The first announcement appeared on August 21, 1856.  Pictures.—Those who desire to obtain valuable and correct likenesses of themselves or their friends, should call at the Ambrotype rooms of Staffer & Stedman in Allen’s Block.  See Advertisement.

The first advertisement ran from August 21 to December 11, 1856.  Ambrotypes!  Ambrotypes taken by Staffer & Stedman, at their Rooms over Baird’s Jewelry Store, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, O., for seventy-Five Cents, where every variety of likenesses can be obtained.  Ambrotypes inserted in breast pins and lockets.  Whole size likenesses for $5 and $6—former price $10 and $12.  Particular attention paid to taking the likenesses of children.  Having a large sky and side light, impressions taken in from three to five seconds.  Our likenesses are all positive and not reversed. All work warranted.  Likenesses taken either in clear or cloudy weather. 

The second advertisement ran from September 4 to December 11, 1856.  Something New.—Staffer & Stedman are now taking Ambrotypes on Paper.  The finest articles in the picture line to send by mail, as it cost no extra postage. 

The second announcement appeared on September 25, 1856.  Portage Co. Agricultural Society.  At the Portage County Agricultural Fair, held September 17th and 18th, 1856, premiums were awarded as follows…On Miscellaneous Manufactured Art… 

L. V. Staffer & Co., Best specimen daguerreotype pictures,  dip.   

The third advertisement ran from October 16 to December 4, 1856.  Premium Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes.  L. V. Staffer  Co., respectfully invite the public to call at their rooms over Baird’s Jewelry, Allen’s Block, Ravenna, and examine their specimens upon which they received the first premium at the last county fair.  We offer the following reasons why we can produce better pictures than can be obtained elsewhere in this county.  We have the largest and most powerful camera in this section of the state.  Our light is so arranged as not only to give a life like expression to the features, but also drapery of the utmost beauty and richness.  (The want of which is a great fault in the work of some operators.)  We use the genuine chemicals, regardless of expense, and having had ten years experience in the art we know that we can produce better results than the mere tyro of a few months practice.  Those wishing good pictures of themselves or friends will find it to their advantage to call at our rooms and be convinced that this is the place to get a perfect likeness.  Prices as low as in any rooms of good repute in Northern Ohio. Children’s likenesses taken in one or two seconds.  We seldom fail to get a good likeness of the most restless.

Daguerreotypes.—As there are some who still prefer this style, we would say that we are at all times prepared to take them.

Caution.—The public are cautioned against Ambrotypes backed up with black paint or varnished, as the backing will crack eventually and the picture become worthless.  All good operators have discarded this process, we have not used it for many months and all persons having pictures put up by us in that way, are invited to call and when they become cracked and have them made good.  Such pictures can be known by their having a glass over the matting, the position of the setter being reversed, and having a dull appearances at arms length,.

Remember the place, over Baird’s Jewelry Store.  Oct., 16, 1856.  L. V. Staffer  Co.

Staffer & Stedman (L. V. Staffer &  O. F. Stedman), the partnership is not recorded in other photographic directories. L. V. Staffer is also not recorded, O. F. Stedman is recorded in other directories as being active in 1859-1860.

Thomas Murphy

1851-1852       Allen’s Block, Opposite the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Ravenna, Ohio.

Thomas Murphy is recorded in one announcements and two advertisements in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  The announcement appeared on November 10, 1851.  Alone in his Gallery.—Morrill has purchased the interest of Mr. Murphy in the late firm of Morrill & Co., and is ‘going it alone.’  He will give you pictures true to the life in an incredible short space of time.  Call at his rooms and be able to see yourselves as others see you.

The first advertisement ran from March 15 to May 17, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, Mr. Thomas Murphy, having become sole proprietor of the rooms formerly occupied by B. S. Morrill and himself, has taken in to partnership Mr. C. Gorton. They would most respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ravenna, and surrounding country, that they have fitted up the rooms, and are now ready to take pictures in a style not surpassed in the State.  No trouble will be spared to make every thing pleasant and agreeable, and give entire satisfaction.—Pictures taken for One Dollar and upwards.  A good variety of plain and fancy stock always on hand.

Call and see us.  Murphy & Gorton.  Ravenna, March 9, 1852.

Thomas Murphy is not recorded in other photographic directories.

Murphy & Gorton

1852                Allen’s Block, Opposite the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Ravenna, Ohio.

Murphy & Gorton (Thomas Murphy & C. Gorton) were recorded in two advertisements in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  The first advertisement ran from March 15 to May 17, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, Mr. Thomas Murphy, having become sole proprietor of the rooms formerly occupied by B. S. Morrill and himself, has taken in to partnership Mr. C. Gorton. They would most respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ravenna, and surrounding country, that they have fitted up the rooms, and are now ready to take pictures in a style not surpassed in the State.  No trouble will be spared to make every thing pleasant and agreeable, and give entire satisfaction.—Pictures taken for One Dollar and upwards.  A good variety of plain and fancy stock always on hand.  Call and see us.  Murphy & Gorton.  Ravenna, March 9, 1852.

The second advertisement appeared on May 17, 1852.  Opposition!!  Cheaper Than Ever Pictures For Fifty Cents!!  The undersigned will for four weeks from this date, furnish Pictures for Fifty Cents, in good Cases,  We challenge competition.  Come One !  Come All!!  Now is your time.  Office hours from 8 A. M., to 4 P. M. Murphy & Gorton.  Ravenna, May 14, 1852.

Murphy & Gorton (Thomas Murphy & C. Gorton) are not recorded in other photographic directories.

B. S. Morrill

1851-1852       Rooms in Allen’s Block, Ravenna, Ohio

B. S. Morrill was recorded in five Advertisements and two announcements in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio). The first advertisement ran from June 16 to July 14, 1851. Photographic Likenesses! Morrill & Co.  Respectfully announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Ravenna and vicinity that they have taken Rooms in Allen’s Block, Opposite the Odd Fellows’ Hall, Where they have arranged a superior Sky-Light, and are now prepared to receive visitors and execute Miniatures in the very best style, and with every recent improvement.

Being well aware that the public have been grossly imposed upon by would-be Artist, the subscribers would only say, that having had ten years constant practice in some of the principal Cities in the United States, they feel full confidence in their ability to please the most fastidious, and to the discerning citizens, and the public we would say, please call and examine our productions, and judge for yourselves.

Having an endless variety of Plain And Fancy Stock, purchased for cash, at head quarters, and visitors can make as good selections as in New York, Philadelphia or Boston, at such prices as cannot fail to please.  Our Moto, Quick Dales and small profits.

Come One, Come All.  Don’t Mistake The Rooms, Morrill & Co.  P. S. Our rooms are large and pleasantly situated, and we pledge ourselves to use our best endeavors to make them as pleasant to visitors as any Establishment of this kind in the State.

The first announcement appeared on July 21, 1851.  Daguerreotype Pictures.  By reference to a card in our advertising column, it will be seen that Wm. B. Matthews has disposed of his entire interest in the Daguerrean business in this place to Morrill & Co., and that he will make no more pictures in this town.  Messrs. Morrill & Co. have a fine suit of rooms in Allen’s block a few rods east of the public square, where they are producing pictures which for correctness of representation and beauty of finish cannot be surpassed by those of any other artist in the country.  An inspection of their work cannot fail to give convince any one of their ability to give entire satisfaction.  Those who secure the “shadow ere the substance fade,” should not fail to pay them a visit.

The second advertisement ran from July 21 to August 4, 1851.  Read And Consider!  Matthews having made arrangements with Johnson & Fellows, of Cleveland, to enter their employment for a certain length of time, has disposed of his entire interest in the Daguerrian Business, To B. S. Morrill & Co., and according to an agreement with them will make no more Pictures in this County, and would most cheerfully recommend all those wanting Perfect Specimens of the Art to patronize them; fully knowing their knowledge of the business equal to any other artist in the east or west, your humble servant not excepted.  Wm. B. Matthews.  Ravenna, July 14, 1851.

The third advertisement ran from July 28, 1851 to January 12, 1852.  Morrill & Co.’s Sky-Light Daguerrean Rooms.  Allens Block, Opposite The Odd Fellows Hall, Ravenna.  Miniatures taken and warranted equal to any in the Union.  Office hours from 8 A. M., to 6 P. M.

The second announcement appeared on November 10, 1851.  Alone in his Gallery.—Morrill has purchased the interest of Mr. Murphy in the late firm of Morrill & Co., and is ‘going it alone.’  He will give you pictures true to the life in an incredible short space of time.  Call at his rooms and be able to see yourselves as others see you.

The fourth advertisement ran from March 15 to May 17, 1852.  Daguerreotypes, Mr. Thomas Murphy, having become sole proprietor of the rooms formerly occupied by B. S. Morrill and himself, has taken in to partnership Mr. C. Gorton. They would most respectfully announce to the ladies and gentlemen of Ravenna, and surrounding country, that they have fitted up the rooms, and are now ready to take pictures in a style not surpassed in the State.  No trouble will be spared to make every thing pleasant and agreeable, and give entire satisfaction.—Pictures taken for One Dollar and upwards.  A good variety of plain and fancy stock always on hand. Call and see us.  Murphy & Gorton.   Ravenna, March 9, 1852.

B. S. Morrill is not recorded in other photographic directories.

H. C. or H. O. Freeman

1848                Rooms in Allen’s Building, nearly opposite the Post Office, Ravenna, Ohio.

H. C. or H. O. Freeman was recorded in an advertisement and an announcement. The advertisement ran from July 5 to 26, 1848 in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio). Daguerreotype Miniatures.  H. C. Freeman would announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of this place, that he has opened rooms in Allen’s Building, nearly opposite the Post Office, where he will be happy to see such as may call to examine specimens or sit for miniatures.  Important discoveries have been made in the art whereby the pictures are made indelible and susceptible of any amount of shading and coloring.

Likenesses taken in all kinds of weather and warranted to give satisfaction.  Instructions given in the art and apparatus furnished.

The announcement appeared on July 19, 1848 in the Portage Sentinel (Ravenna, Ohio).  Daguerreotype Miniatures.  Mr. H. O. Freeman has taken rooms in Allen’s building, for the purpose of taking Daguerreotype likenesses.  We have examined some very fine specimens taken by him since he came to our village, and think them the best we have ever seen.  Those desirous of obtaining likenesses of themselves or friends, will do well to call upon Mr. Freeman, as we feel confident he will be able to give entire satisfaction.