A Look Back in Catskills Photography: Poetic Opening of the Van Kleek Gallery in Delhi

November 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The following advertisement was published in the May 16, 1865 issue of the Bloomville Mirror to announce the opening of the Van Kleek Gallery at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York.

 

            “DID YOU KNOW that VAN KLEEK had opened a Photograph Gallery at Delhi, over Page’s Jewelry Store, and that he takes beautiful Pictures?

 

Reader, just drop in and take a peep

At pictures he makes so very cheap

They look like life and are so neat

His customers think they can’t be beat;

So sit you down, he takes your figure,

As large as life, and a little bigger;

He’ll take it small, if it is your choice,

Your head, and all, except your voice

He’s bound to please, and have no clatter,

So come along, “That’s what’s the matter.”

Don’t forget the place, as I said before,

Look for Van Kleek over Page’s store."

 


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