Directory of Early Photographers in Rutland - Studio Notes - Henry Ellingworth of Oakham
Unlike many photographers, whose advertisements changed little over the years, Ellingworth readily revised his sales pitch. Three full-page advertisements for his music and photography business serve to illustrate the point.
Matkin’s Oakham Almanack, 1904:
MELTON ROAD, OAKHAM
H. E. thanks his numerous customers for their kind support during the past fourteen years, and hopes for a continuance of their favours.
Musical Instruments and Fittings
LESSONS on the Piano, Violin & Mandoline by MISS ELLINGWORTH.
PHOTOGRAPHY WELL-LIGHTED STUDIO,
Please Note the Address: H. ELLINGWORTH.
Matkin’s Oakham Almanack, 1905:
THE RIGHT PLACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK
Enlargements, Miniatures, Copying, Framing, Post Cards.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FITTINGS of every description.
TOWN CRIER & BILL-POSTER.
(This advertisement includes an illustration showing part of Ellingworth’s studio. The quality is not good, but the following are discernible: a draped camera on a heavy revolving tripod; a reflector on a much lighter tripod; a backcloth showing a curtain and a half-open lattice window to the side; a carpet in front of the backcloth; a small side table; a carved wooden chair; what may be the tall back of a cane chair, a table bearing assorted items, including an early gramophone; various mounted images.)
Matkin’s Oakham Almanack, 1907:
EVERY DESCRIPTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
Violins, from 5/-. Violin Bow & Case, from 12/6.
Gramophones, from 12/6.
TOWN CRIER AND BILL-POSTER.
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