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llinois College of 

Effingham, Illinois 

1905- 1906 




Gift of 

, v 

N presenting this annual catalogue of 
the Illinois College of Photography, 
we take the opportunity to extend 
thanks to our friends who have 
given us their earnest support and 

help to make easy the first steps in the professional 

career of our students. 

It is a school of practical training under the 

direction of photographers of national reputation. 

Unequaled facilities are afforded students for a 

thorough course, and no other school in the world 

of its kind places its pupils before the public under 

such favorable auspices. 

Any additional information will be gladly 

furnished on application to 

L. H. BISSELL, President 
Effingham, 111. 


Illinois College 



E f f i ngham, Illinois 

^ Fifty-two Page Illustrated Catalogue 
No. nE of the Bissell College of Photo- 
engraving will be mailed free upon application 

Faculty and Officers 

Illinois College of Photography 


Bissell College of Photo-engraving 


Grand Master Mason of Illinois 


President Effingham State Bank 
Commander Illinois G. A. R. 


Instructor in Half-tone Operating 

Instructor in Three-Color Work, Etching and Re-etching 

Demonstrator in Department of Lighting, Posing, Composition and Flashlight 

Finisher and Proofer 

0. E. REYNOLDS, B. S., A. M. 
Instructor in Latest Approved Methods of Chemistry, Optics and Laboratory Work 

Department of Retouching and Etching 

Instructor in Department of Retouching and Etching 

Instructor in Negative Making, Process and Laboratory Work 

Instructor in Department of Carbon and Platinotype 

Instructor in Department of Printing and Finishing 

Copyright by the 
Illinois College of Photography 





Our Motto: "High grade photography" 


I ntroduction 

If you will carefully read this catalogue you will discover that the art of 
photography is one of the most important of the professions or callings. This being 
the case, you will be interested to understand something of the work, and also of its 
desirability as a means of livelihood. It is the purpose of this catalogue to bring the 
matter fairly before your notice. We believe that if you will give this the time it 
deserves, and carefully consider the claims of this profession, you will freely admit 
that the art of photography offers inducements not excelled by any other occupation, 
for it is pleasant as well as profitable. The objectionable features surrounding a 
person in a store or office are not found in photographic studios, and the comparative 
independence of a person commanding a good salary lifts him above the ordinary 
drudgery to be found in most of the trades. This college was the first of its kind in 
the world to stand the test of time. Established in 1893, it has passed the stage of 
experiment. The reason that there are not more colleges of photography in existence 
is that it is far more difficult to teach high-grade photography than it is to practice 
it after the art-science has been mastered. The art itself is in its infancy, and is 
vigorously reaching out into new fields of usefulness. Photography is indispensable, 
and at the same time requires the highest skill. The demand for good workmen in 
this line will never diminish, but must steadily increase. If you are looking for 
steady employment attractive and at the same time remunerative you will 
certainly make a mistake if you do not carefully read this. In case you do not care 
for such an occupation, or at present unable to avail yourself of it, you will kindly 
hand this to some friend who, you think, might be interested in this work.- By so 
doing you may be the means of helping them to a position of profit and pleasure. We 
feel sure that if you conclude to enter our college our relations will be satisfactory 
and agreeable, and that in later years you will remember our institution as a helpful 
and pleasant place your stepping-stone to prosperity. We send forth this catalogue, 
hoping that whether you can come or not it may do you some real good. 


Ph o t ogra phy 
What It Is and How It Is Dojie 

For the benefit of those who are not familiar with the art-science of 
photography some explanation is necessary. When a picture is taken with 
a camera it is made upon a glass plate, which, after development, shows the 
object in shades of black and white inversely. This plate is called the 
negative, in which all little imperfections of the skin, together with the 
shadows, wrinkles and facial blemishes, are necessarily exaggerated, and 
must be overcome by hand work in order to produce a correct and pleasing 
picture. It is to improve the picture by removing and softening these 
blemishes that the plate is sent to the " re-toucher," who works upon the 
negative itself with fine implements. The great secret why one photographer's 
work is better than that of another lies in the fact that he excels in 
posing and lighting. The photographer who has picked up his business in 
the ordinary manner does this work indifferently because he has not learned 
the best and most modern methods. To become a good workman in this 
requires careful drilling by expert instructors. 

Photography possesses an educational as well as a recreative value, 
since some knowledge of chemistry, physics and the principles of art is 
necessarily acquired by practical work with the camera, aside from the 
training in accuracy and observation, which are not to be undervalued. 


In this age one cannot learn to be an up-to-date photographer by serving 
an apprenticeship in a studio A few of our students are those who have 
paid some photographer to teach them, and after a few months have given 
up the work and attended our college. The class of people that advise one 
not to attend a college show their ignorance. Accepting such advice, a 
person, to study medicine, law, the ministry, pharmacy or dentistry must 
not go to college, but study with some local practitioner. There was a time 
when there existed a prejudice against pupils attending colleges of dentistry, 
medicine, pharmacy, law, etc. Happily that day has passed, and a person 
to engage in one of these at the present time is compelled by the various 
state laws to pass a state examination. The time is coming when this 
requirement will be made of photographers. 



An ounce of experience is sometimes worth a ton of theory. Teaching 
practical, artistic, money-making photography is our life work. 

Occasionally local photographers will advise prospective students to 
enter their gallery and serve an apprenticeship with them and recommend 
their instruction as preferable to that of nine or ten skilled instructors who 
are specialists in their departments. A few have done so and afterwards 
regretted it. A student will learn more high-grade photography in one 
month in our institution than in an ordinary gallery in one year. 

We are interested in that class of students who desire not only a 
thorough photographic training but a rapid course of study. 

The I. C. of P. Course in Lighting, Posing 
and Composition 


There are many, no doubt, contemplating taking up the study of 
photography who have no conception of the methods followed in imparting 
this knowledge. For the benefit of those wishing to know something of 
our methods, we here give a short sketch of the students' study in this 

When students first enroll with us they are taken to the skylight room 
and there entered in class D, where they remain until the instructor has 
ascertained their proficiency in the work. There may be entered in this 
class at one time students with absolutely no knowledge of the work and 
others who have had several years' experience, but in a few days those with 
experience will have shown their abilities, and will be advanced accordingly 
to either C, B or A classes. 

In the D class there is nothing taught but the principles of "plain" or 
broad lighting. There is no consideration taken of position or effect on 
each individual face, in this class, as we wish the student to first understand 
lighting before going into posing. 

In class C the student is advanced to another lighting, the Rembrandt. 
In this class, as in D, lighting alone is taught. In class B we teach the 
fancy lightings, known as shadow and line effects. In this class we also 
take up the Inglis method of lighting, which photographers have thought so 
much of for the past few years. 

Class A is the advanced class, and in this class we teach the student 
the lighting of each individual face. Every subject is posed for the best 



view of the face or body. The student is taught to shorten long noses, long 
necks, to improve the appearance of hollow cheeks, thicken thin eyebrows, thin 
hair, change the expression of the mouth and eyes, straighten round shoulders, 
to increase the character marked in the face or reduce its prominence. In 
fact, in this class the student reviews all he has been taught prior to entering 
it, and at the same time is given new instructions each day. 

In all of these classes the student performs the actual work. The 
instructor merely suggests and holds the student at that suggestion until it 
is successfully carried out. 

There are many who wonder how we can teach so much in the time we 
do. But when one considers that the student sees and helps to make up at 
least twenty-five lightings daily, and hears the criticism and suggestions 
made by the instructor on all of these lightings, it is not so much a matter 
of wonder after all. 

After the student has reached the B class he is placed more or less on 
his own resources; that is, he is allowed the use of one of the skylight rooms, 
and makes his lightings of his subject without instruction. 

After the plates are developed they are brought to the instructor in 
charge of the Operating Department and criticised. But this "special time" 
in no way interferes with the class work, as classes are held every day. 

We have a class that will suit all, it matters not whether they are 
experienced or otherwise. 

Photographic Operators 

In photography, one of the points of the operator's work is the proper 
lighting of his subject, and a thorough insight into this branch is indispen- 
sable, as he has to deal largely with lights and shadows. It is our aim to 
give the student all needed instruction in this as well as other branches of 
the business. 

One among the most important subjects in the whole range of photo- 
graphic study is that of lighting and composition. Without a thorough 
knowledge of this branch, no one can be a successful artist. Among the 
various artistic lightings we teach are: Plain light, Rembrandt, Inglis, line, 
Sarony, and Heatherington, circular composition and pyramidal grouping. 
We also teach how to light skillfully so as to treat features to best advan- 
tage, such as long faces, pug noses, large eyes, large ears, hands and feet, 
hollow cheeks, high cheek bones, etc. To be successful all these must be 



I. C. of P. Course in Practical Negative Making 


This department has for its aim the ideal negative, and to this end both 
the science and practice are taught, thus enabling the student to rank with 
the better workers of the times. 

The very art of photography is based upon the science of chemistry. 
And the manipulation of that wonder to modern science, the photographic 
dry plate, the most highly sensitive compound known to chemistry, so 
delicately constructed as to even eclipse the eye in seeing, becomes one of 
the vitals in photography the making of the negative. 

Many photographers are content in their belief that the process of 
development is simply to make visible the latent image, but this does not 
satisfy the progressive and ambitious, who must and will know the why and 

Development is something more than the bringing out of mere outlines 
and getting density. It is the rendering of those delicate gradations and 
scales of perfect intensity, corresponding in every detail to that which we 
see upon the ground glass, and giving to the print that effect which will 
best interpret the character and individuality of the sitter. 

A poor negative will make a poor print, but an incorrect or otherwise 
illy managed exposure, when manipulated by one who thoroughly understands 
the chemistry of development, may be and is made to produce much better 
results than if handled by incompetent workmen. 

In our teachings we endeavor to inculcate the principles and manipula- 
tions of the standard make of dry plates under every condition, and in 
their varied effects and defects. Under and over exposure, under and over 
development, density, intensity, softness, brilliancy, transparency, contrast, 
flat lightings, harsh lightings, light effects, dark effects, groups, softening 
of film, weakness of image, slowness of development, fogs, spots, lines and 
granularity, etc. 

To facilitate instruction the students are divided into classes D, C, B 
and A. Class D is composed of new students who have been enrolled from 
one to thirty days. They are required to devote fifteen hours per week in 
the laboratory to chemistry and practical negative making. The student as 
enrolled is given individual and private attention, and then transferred 
to the class where instruction becomes general, thereby, through the system 
of comparison and criticism, the student has the advantage of viewing and 
profiting by the mistakes of others. The student is required to show suitable 



proficiency before entering into the higher classes, thus insuring at the start 
his fitness for and thorough understanding of the fundamental and scientific 
principles of negative making. 

The C, B and A classes are required to spend at least six hours per 
week in practical negative making. They are taught the after-treatment 
of the negative pertaining to that particular printing process chosen. They 
are also given close attention, criticism and individual instruction, thus 
enabling them to gain practice and perfection in what has been previously 
taught them in the lower grades. 

All students are required to attend one demonstration per day in this 
department. These embrace such topics as the ideal negative, what it is; 
the dry plate and its manufacture; the chemical effect of light upon the 
sensitive salts of silver; the chemistry of development; modern reducing 
agents compared; the properties of developers demonstrated and explained; 
manipulatory methods as popularly practiced; fixing, washing and the after- 
treatment of the negative, color photography, orthochromatic, ischomatic, 
non-halation, double coated and backed plates, mixing of chemicals and 
compounding solutions, and the manufacture and properties of all chemicals 
used in the preparation of the dry plate and in development, fixing, etc. 

Everything is done to thoroughly equip the student for practical and 
scientific work. Technically speaking, practice and theory are close akin 
practice developes theory and theory makes practice perfect. 

The Illinois College of Photography justly claims to have the most 
complete and practical method of instruction and the best laboratory and 
developing room in the United States, which is efficiently presided over by 
a practical and scientific demonstrator. 

The Illinois College of Photography Course in the 
Art of Retouching 

In this department we take for our model a negative which has been 
retouched in such a manner that, as to modeling, the character of the 
original has been retained, with such improvement as to details as good 
taste would dictate, and as are made necessary by the seeming exaggerations 
of the camera. In addition to this shaping, we would have a clear, 
transparent texture which blends harmoniously from one tint to another; a 
texture which seems rather to have been breathed onto the flesh tints than 
to have been placed there with the pencil. 




This department is divided into four classes. The classes of A and B are 
on the first retouching floor and those of the C and D on the second. In 
this department the student is taught what constitutes retouching, the 
materials that are used and first lesson in modeling, technique, stippling, 
spotting and etching. In classes A and B these lessons are carried still 
farther. Also the best method of modeling each feature, together with the 
location of shadows and furrows which the various expressions produce and 
the modification of these same variations, so that with a reasonable amount 
of time and practice the student becomes a proficient retoucher. 

Throughout the entire retouching department, individual desks with 
locker and negative racks are assigned to each student for the time they 
are in attendance at the college. 

Individual instruction is given to each student, both by object and 
verbal lessons on the negative. 


Until a few years ago the practice of etching negatives was restricted 
to a few select studios. 

Today, the retoucher who cannot skillfully apply the etching tool is of 
little value to the progressive employer. 

Many negatives, apparently showing few of the artistic details that go 
to make up the perfect photograph, can be etched to give excellent drawing 
quality, without marring the likeness in the least. 

The operator often takes risks in obtaining better positions of the 
subject or a superior lighting trusting the etcher to carry out the idea 
contemplated when making the negative. 

The Unrivaled Carbon 

Whose Beauty, Artistic Value and Absolute Permanence Have Never Been 

Equaled by Any Other Process, Today Holds a More Exalted Rank, 

and Is Sought After with More Enthusiasm than Ever. 


Carbon pictures are the real art gems of photography which, like 
diamonds and rubies, for brilliancy and purity of tone have never been 
equaled by any known process. 

Vast sums of money have been spent in the past in a fruitless endeavor 
to make pictures that would at least approach the carbon in appearance, if 



not in permanence, but as yet all efforts have proven a failure, and the 
carbon picture, as ever, is looked up to as the acme of perfection, and today 
stands unrivaled and alone. 

Carbon is universal and the most capable process on account of the wide 
range of color available, and its adaptability to all grades of work from 
all kinds of negatives, and for all classes of subjects, whether it be portrait 
landscape, animal photography, or still life, the tone or color as well as the 
surface and texture of the support may be chosen to suit the subjects. 

A moment's reflection will convince the intending carbon printer of the 
advisability of adopting this valuable process for his better class of work. 

The make-up of a carbon picture, correctly speaking, is a photograph 
in pigment a deposit in paint or coloring matter incorporated in a gelatine 
film, which by chemical action has been made insoluble or transformed into 
a sort of leather or vellum, and is therefore the most permanent picture made. 

In it we have the most perfect rendering of values, and of every 
minute detail in the various parts of the negative, with results that are 
artistic and most exquisitely beautiful. 

They are made in about fifteen different colors, of which the warm 
black, sepia, engraving black, purple, brown, red chalk and sea green are 
the most popular shades in use at the present time. 

The supports used are paper, celluloid, porcelain, ivory and opal glass. 
Porcelain and ivory are at present much used for miniatures; paper, celluloid 
and opal glass for portraiture, and rough surface and etching paper for views. 

The enthusiasm created by the carbon exhibits at the recent conventions 
and salons by such men as Pirie MacDonald, Pierce, Flodin, Schumacher, 
Stein, Steffens, Rosch, Strauss, Steckle, and others too numerous to mention, 
has awakened an interest all over the country, and it is safe to believe that 
the greater part of the exhibits at the coming convention will be carbons. 
Therefore, all persons taking up photography should learn the carbon 
process, and should be sure to begin right. Do not follow the directions 
given in old and out-of-date manuals; you cannot afford to experiment with 
some crude and obsolete process and become discouraged. To begin right 
you must employ the newest and best methods, and you will at once become 
a successful carbon printer. The pleasure and satisfaction you will derive 
from your first efforts in carbon printing will be a lavishing compensation 
for your trouble. After that you will derive sufficient pleasure and 
remuneration from your works to prove to your utmost satisfaction that 
carbon is the coming picture. 



No other institute offers better advantages for learning this process 
than the Illinois College of Photography, which has a fully equipped and 
up-to-date carbon department, under the supervision of competent and 
thorough instructors. 

NOTE It might be of interest to our readers to know that the importers in New York 
inform us we are the largest consumers of carbon material in America. 

A first class photographer will not take an apprentice. Good 
photographers have all the work they can attend to. Some attempt to 
learn photography in a studio and find they are expected to do the studio 
drudgery and perform all the odd jobs about the place. While this is 
possible for a young man, it is altogether impracticable for a lady to take a 
position under these conditions and derive any benefit therefrom. 
Occasionally an opportunity is offered to learn something of the real 
business, but it is fragmentary and unsatisfactory. A photographer will 
give only an occasional suggestion, thus allowing the student to fall into 
errors serious in their results. In a year or two such an apprentice, if he 
has any natural aptitude, may acquire enough of the business to get 
employment w ith some third-rate photographer. The advantage over this of 
a genuine course of study is apparent. Our instructors are secured with 
especial reference to their ability to teach the art, and are continually 
guiding the progress of the student. The smallest detail of the student's 
work is watched, and all necessary hints and helps afforded, thus fitting him 
in the shortest possible time to do the best work. 

An Extract from the Ladies' Home Journal 
The following, taken from the above journal, is from the pen of 

E. Louise Liddell: 


"A woman's natural delicacy of touch is scarcely anywhere more 
valuable than in the retouching of photographic negatives, an occupation 
which women find pleasant and profitable. A negative, in all the finer 
kinds of photography, is a plate glass, specially prepared, on which the 
image of the one photographed appears inversely; all the light portions, 
face, hands, etc., appearing dark or black, while what is to appear dark in 
the finished picture appears light or white. Wrinkles or facial blemishes 
are often greatly exaggerated, and appear in the negative perfectly white. 

"It is to improve the picture by removing or softening these blemishes 
that the plate is sent to the 'retoucher.' The Drocess consists in filling in 



with skillful touches of a fine-pointed pencil, all the inequalities and 
irregularities of the surface, molding and smoothing the face as much as 
desirable, while preserving the likeness. The retouched plates are sent back 
to the photographer, who makes the prints from them. 

" The work is not difficult to learn. One girl of my acquaintance took 
a dozen lessons, and in six weeks from the time she took her first 
instructions she was able to obtain negatives from a studio at very fair 
pay, and in the busy season was offered more work than she could do. 
Her case may have been exceptional, but I think that any bright woman 
can become a fair retoucher in three months' practice. 

"An outfit for doing ' piece-work,' as work taken from the photograph 
studio is called, may be provided at small expense. A retoucher's desk 
costs from five dollars up, but one may be made by anyone handy with tools 
for much less. 

" The pay for negatives taken away from the gallery is from twenty 
cents to one dollar each for ' cabinets,' and more or less for other plates, 
according to size. Eight to ten negatives is a fair day's work, though a 
retoucher in a studio will sometimes do a half dozen or more negatives in 
the evening, besides the regular day's work. But this is, of course, 
exceptional. A first-class operator or retoucher, regularly employed, 
commands a salary of from $15 to $40 a week, some as high as $65 a week. 
If a woman be so situated that she cannot leave home, she may earn many 
a dollar at ' piece-work,' as there is always a demand for extra help at 

" While I think I am safe in stating my opinion that a really first-class 
operator or retoucher can always find work at a reasonable remuneration, it 
is naturally not to be expected that every person who desires employment 
can become an expert. But the work is of a sort specially adapted to 

NOTE The advantages of taking a course of instructions in a college devoted to the work 
are greatly superior to the method suggested in the above article, which is fully explained 
in this catalogue under the heading, "Why Such a College Is Necessary," on page 14. 

Photography Compared with Other Professions 
and Trades 

This work is intensely fascinating; becoming a pleasure to all devoting 
their time to it, and is suited to both sexes. There is always a demand for 
good retouchers, printers and operators; every issue of our art publications 



contains offers of situations, and the daily papers of cities often contain 
similar advertisements. Traveling men for photographic stock houses are 
continually looking for operators and retouchers to fill positions for their 
customers, and the supply is not equal to the demand. Compare this to 
bookkeeping, stenography and other trades we might mention, and the 
difference is obvious. Hundreds of schools are teaching medicine, law, 
bookkeeping and kindred branches, turning out students in excess of the 
demand, while to the best of our knowledge this is the only college in the 
world devoted exclusively to this work. The demand now is for specialists. 
The day of the jack-of-all-trades is past. In the light of these facts it will 
be seen that few other special callings have so many promising elements. 
We therefore claim these three things: First. We can in a much shorter 
space of time fit a person to enter upon a paying position than according to 
the ordinary methods. Second. A course of instruction in our school gives 
the student the widest scope of qualifications all branches of the work, 
including carbon and platinotype, as well as other branches of the photographic 
art. Third. These are all taught according to the latest and most approved 
methods, and with the view of turning out the very best workmen. The 
business itself has an elevating and ennobling tendency, and is calculated 
to develop the best traits of character. How many other trades and 
professions can honestly lay claim to so many advantages? The instruction 
furnished in schools devoted to other professions and trades is, of necessity, 
more or less theoretical in its nature. With us a student in a short time is 
able to work in actual business that pays him something, and at the same 
time gives him the necessary practice to command a position immediately 
upon completing the course. 

Practical Business Training the Commanding 
Influence of the Age 

"Every man is the architect of his own fortune" Proverb. 

This is a commercial age and a commercial nation. The essential 
requirement of the hour is a knowledge of some line of business. The 
ignorant are crowded to the wall to make room for the live, active, vigorous 
young men and women who possess the keenness of intellect and readiness 
of comprehension resulting from a thorough business training. Practical 
knowledge is marketable and has a commercial value. It is always in 



demand, but the price paid for it depends upon its quality. The best article 
commands the highest figure. The difference between the rich and the poor, 
the exalted and the lowly, the known and the unknown, is mainly difference 
in knowledge. Education is a wondrous power. It opens up the highway 
to prosperity. Through its potent influence many a boy and girl has been 
raised from a state of 
timidity and diffidence 
into the fullness of 
business capacity, self- 
confidence and general 
development which mark 
the well-balanced and 
capable young man and 
young woman. To learn 
a profession or trade is 
the best investment a 
person can make. It is 
productive of immediate 
and gratifying returns. 
It can be applied to a great 
manypurposesandagreat PHOTOGRAPHIC ART CLUB ROOMS 
many ways. It is avail- 
able at all times and under all circumstances. It improves with age. The 
longer it is used and the older one grows the greater the income it produces. 
It is better than capital, because it cannot be taken away. Business 
knowledge is the only means by which wealth can be acquired. It is the 
only safeguard which can secure the preservation of other possessions, for 
without business capacity riches melt rapidly away. 

Our College 

This is the pioneer college of photography of the country, devoted 
exclusively to teaching this art, and was founded by L. H. Bissell, who has 
had many years' experience in technical school work. 

Our methods are those practiced by the best artists of the world. As 
our special line of work is teaching photography, we are continually 
watching the development of the art for new and valuable methods. Our 
teachers are first-class and practical, giving individual instruction, and our 
course is so arranged and systematized as to produce the best workmen in 




the shortest possible time, so that after completing our course you will be 
certain of a thorough knowledge of the work, and will be competent, if you 
apply yourself, to fill a position in any of the best plants. In the college, 
occupying forty-four 
rooms in the different 
departments, we have 
three thoroughly equipped 
operating rooms in Rem- 
brandt Hall, single and 
double slant skylights. 
Our studios are fitted 
throughout with the 
finest apparata, Dall- 
meyer, Voigtlaender, 
Cooke, and other first- 
class lenses, which are at 
all times at the service of 
the students. It is our 
aim to give our students 


a general insight into the 

entire business of all branches required in a first class studio, and students 
are given instruction in any or all branches without extra charge, if they so 
desire. As we are constantly turning out the finest work, and as each 
department is under the direction of competent and skilled workmen, the 
knowledge gained in our college is thoroughly practical, and we guarantee to 
make good workmen of all who have ordinary ability and will apply themselves. 

Interested parties are cordially invited to visit and investigate our 
college. A well-selected library of standard works on photography and 
kindred subjects are accessible to all students in the school; also the leading 
photographic periodicals of the day. 

We have in connection with the college the Photographic Art Club, 
which meets at regular intervals in the assembly r6om of the college. The 
meetings are very instructive and entertaining. 


The school is under the direction of photographers of recognized 
ability, and no pains will be spared to make the student's course a real 
benefit. Regular hours for instruction are observed, and careful attention 




is given to their social relations. Our regulations, being simple, are not 
burdensome to the well-disposed person, and are only such as are necessary 
to produce the best results. 

Certificates are required as to character, and all persons who do not 
properly conduct themselves will be dismissed. We always take pleasure 
in corresponding fully with parents as to the student's progress, and require 
teachers to make monthly report of the standing of pupils, and reserve the 
right to forward the same to parents. 

As to our responsibility would refer you to Dun, Bradstreet, any 
mercantile agency, or any Photographic Magazine. 

The College Buildings 

The college buildings, located in the midst of a large grove of natural 
forest trees, in the most attractive part of the city, are admirably adapted 
to school purposes. 

The main building, Garnet Hall, is a handsome, substantial edifice of 
Virginia brownstone, pressed brick and New York red slate, heated by steam 
and lighted by gas and 
electricity, and is 
abundantly equipped 
with the most 
approved sanitary 
appointments Spa- 
cious halls and long, 
covered verandas 
abound, where the 
students may find 
recreation and enjoy- 
ment when the weather 
is unfavorable for golf, 
football, baseball, 
bicycling, tennis, 
croquet, etc. Every 
room is well lighted, 
well ventilated and comfortably furnished. Besides being heated by 
steam, the rooms are also supplied with open grates, which insure their 
perfect ventilation, and materially add to their comfortableness and 
cheerfulness. For those musically inclined, the buildings are equipped with 





Steinway pianos. Many of "Love light and find knowledge" 

our students are musicians 
and these find great pleasure 
in the college orchestra, which 
is composed of students and 
instructors. This is a very 
popular feature of the school 
with all of the students, and 
is a great factor in enter- 
tainments, receptions, etc., 
that are held at the college. 
Nothing is lacking to give the pupils all the comforts and conveniences of a 
well-ordered and elegant home. 

Rembrandt Hall, recently completed, has every photographic and 
sanitary accessory and effect. Here are located the laboratories, printing 
departments, assembly rooms, studios, finishing departments, etc., comprising 
every photographic convenience that could be desired. The studios in 
Rembrandt Hall are fitted with two magnificent ground-glass north skylights, 
where students are taught to manipulate both the single and double 
slant lights. 

The college campus, consisting of a beautiful lawn of several acres, 
bounded by streets on three sides, is in pleasant walking distance of all the 
principal churches in the city. 

The halls are situated adjacent to Bliss Park, which is a delightful 
recreation ground for the students. Directly through the park to the west 
is situated Austin College, which has collegiate, normal, music and business 
courses. Frequently a student enrolls at the Illinois College of Photography, 
and a brother or sister enrolls for a course at Austin College. Their 
catalogue can be secured by writing them. 

All visitors, whether they intend to take up the work or not, receive a 
cordial welcome, and our buildings are open for inspection at any time and 
by anybody. The superintendent will gladly take parties through the 
institution and show them our equipment. 

Advantages of Effingham, Illinois, Our Location 

In seeking a location for the Illinois College of Photography, no 
better site could have been selected than the city of Effingham, a place that 
is noted for the high moral standing of its citizens, a people whose hospitality 






is unbounded, and whose every sympathy is enlisted in the grand and ncble 
work. It is such a place as that to which you have often wished to go a 
place where interest lies. The good influences that are brought to bear 
upon you, the moral tone of the community and the kindness of the people, 
surely prove to us "one touch of nature makes the whole world kin." 

Eifingham is the county-seat of Effingham County, located 200 miles 
south of Chicago, 100 miles east of St. Louis. It is 660 feet above the sea 
level, has a mild and delightful climate, and is one of the most healthful 
cities in the Central West. Four great railroads center here, viz: The 
Illinois Central, the Vandalia, the Wabash, and the St. Louis, Indianapolis 
and Eastern. Forty passenger trains enter and leave Effingham daily, 
making it very convenient for the traveling public. Religious denominations 
are well represented, and Effingham, as an educational point, is the queen 
city of Illinois, having public and high schools, Catholic and Lutheran 
schools, St. Joseph College (two and one-half miles from city limits), Austin 
College, Illinois College of Photography, and the Bissell College of Photo- 
engraving. The hundreds of students from all parts of the country are 
provided with the best social advantages and are placed in respectable 
private families, with whom the management are personally acquainted and 
where the pupils have all the comforts of a home at moderate rates. 
Pleasant and elevating companions, together with the best of amusement and 
entertainments, are everywhere present. Effingham has from the beginning 
realized the fruitful doctrine of modern education that "one learns best 
what he learns with pleasure." 

Good Pay 

Photography is an art that 
commands good pay, is an accom- 
plishment that any one should be 
proud of, but, like all other good 
things in this world, costs some- 
thing in both time and energy. 
Still, we have had no student of 
ordinary intelligence who would 
apply himself to the same extent as 
is necessary in acquiring knowledge 

in the common school branches, who did not make a good workman. 
It is dangerous to postpone your education. The only sure way of 




obtaining a thorough 
training for business is to 
begin your studies now 
while you have a chance. 
You can probably come 
this year better than at 
any future time. The 
sooner you begin, the 
sooner you will be ready 
for a good position, or to go 
into business for yourself* 
To students wanting 
positions, retouching, 
printing and operating 
are the most important 

We advance our students as fast as they are individually capable of 
taking up the work. In other words, students at our institution could do 
special work and they will get credit for such work as done, and will be 
advanced accordingly. 

Cordial Co-operation and Sympathy 

The teachers are in cordial sympathy with all students who are 
ambitious to prepare for wider fields of usefulness. They always interest 
themselves warmly and actively in behalf of every aspiring pupil, and put 
forth their best endeavors to assist the students under their care to qualify 
for more remunerative employment and a more honored place in the business 
community. People who are industrious and ambitious, and who wish to 
place themselves under instructors who are thoroughly imbued with the 
importance of the duties devolving upon them, will appreciate the intelligent 
instruction and hearty sympathy and co-operation of the teachers. Those 
who are thoroughly in earnest, and prepared to enter upon their work in 
proper spirit, will be more than satisfied with the very unusual facilities 
provided, and will feel that their course has been productive of more than 
ordinary pleasure and profit. All who wish to avail themselves of the 
excellent advantages offered by the superior course of training arranged by 
the college for the benefit of the enterprising and ambitious people will 
be cordially welcomed, and given a thorough and practical preparation. 



If a student is taken sick or called away for any reason he will receive 
a due bill for the balance of his course and can return and finish it at any 
future time without additional expense. 

One fact is worth a thousand theories, and it is on this basis that we 
teach high-grade photography. The average student's stay with us is 
too short to dwell long on the theoretical side of photography. Had 
they time to put in years at the work, as in some professions, it would be 
different. We make changes from time to time in the work, when we feel 
that it is to the student's advantage, and as fast as new processes come out 
we take them up. 

Photography is a life study, the same as law, medicine, dentistry, 
etc., and we teach the elementary as well as the advanced work. The 
information that is gained is put into practice over and over again each day 

during the student's stay with us. 

A lawyer, walking down the streets of Boston, was accosted by a 
business man, who asked him a question. It was answered in ten words. 
The fee of fifty dollars was paid. "That brief answer was worth fifty 
thousand dollars to me," said the business man. "And it cost me three 
years of research and a lost case," said the lawyer. It is the same in 
photography. It is not the length of time that we give instruction, but 
what we teach in that time. 

First Corner-stone ever Dedicated to Photography, Photo-engraving and Allied Arts 



How We Teach Photography 

It is not our purpose to advertise any particular brand of plates, paper, 
mounts, etc., but to demonstrate to our students the manipulations of all 
reliable brands. We teach, and frequent class demonstrations are given on 
opals, plain transparencies, colored transparencies, lantern slides, celluloids, 
collodion, gelatine and bromide papers, platinotype paper, carbon, printing, 
X-ray, animated photography, flash-light, posing, lighting and composition, 
copying, enlarging, retouching, developing and process work, landscape and 
architectural work, etc. 

Frequent demonstrations are also given by the leading dry plate and 
paper demonstrators of the country. 

In taking a course in our institution a student receives a thorough 
training in the artistic, technical, theoretjpal, as well as the practical side 
of photography. 

We teach four methods of retouching English, French, American and 

The attendance of the college is about at the rate of 250 per year. 
About thirty-five per cent of them are ladies. 

If a student is taken sick or called away for any reason he will receive 
a due bill for the balance of his course and can return and finish it at any 
future time without additional expense. 

Students are required to make negatives of lightings each day, and for 
subjects and models they photograph each other as well as a great many 
residents of the city who kindly volunteer. 

Quite a number of our gentlemen students bring their wives with them 
and have them take up the work. 

Individual instruction is made a special feature of this college. One of 
the main reasons why so many photographers attain such eminent success in 
their work is without a doubt to be found in the fact that they are regular 
and careful students of photographic literature. We find the more text-books 
the students own or read on the subject of photography the more advanced 
they become in the art-science. We have the largest and best selected 
library of standard works on photography and kindred subjects in the 
United States, also keep all of the leading photographic periodicals of 
the day on file. 



Calendar of Sessions 

New classes are formed on the 1st and 15th of each month, so that a 
student may enroll at any time, and the college is in session twelve months 
in the year. 

We have arranged our courses to meet the requirements of all classes 
of students and are prepared to give instruction for any length of time. 

Our Terms 

One month course .... . . $ 50.00 

Three months' course 100.00 

Six months' course . . .... 125.00 

Nine months' course 150.00 

One month course or less, which is similar to a post-graduate course, is 
for those who have had experience. $10 will be charged for each additional 

Three months' course is for those who have had experience and wish a 
rapid course of study. 

The six months' course is a special course and is well patronized. 

The nine months' course is a popular course, and is for students wishing 
to take a thorough training, with review and practice. 

When parties enroll for nine months the scholarship is made out for 
one year by the payment of $5 additional laboratory fee. 

A diploma is issued as soon as the student receives a rating of 85 per 
cent. The time required varies greatly with the industry and application 
of the student. 

Special Concession 

It is customary to choose and pay for the course in advance. However, 
the student may take any length of term, say three, six, nine months, or 
longer, and at the end of that time continue the course for an additional 
period by paying the balance that would be due had he selected the length- 
ened course on enrolling, and by the payment of an additional $10. 
Upon enrollment the student's work is arranged for the entire time he will 
remain, and it never is quite so satisfactory to follow the above plan as it is 
to decide fully at the outset, and in addition the student saves $10 by 
securing the straight rate. 



Special Branches 

Our prices for teaching a few of the leading branches of photography 
separately are as follows: 

Artistic retouching, modeling and etching . . . $75.00 
Artistic posing, lighting, composition, flash-light, landscape 

photography and laboratory work . . . . 75.00 

Printing, toning, finishing and mounting . . . 50.00 

Carbon and platinotype and bromide enlarging . . 50.00 

Reception room training . . . . . . ' 50.00 

All the above are included in the three, six or nine months' course. 

Laboratory Fee 

A laboratory fee of $10 entitles the student to the use of the laboratory, 
developers, such as pyro, fixing baths, retarders, reducers, strengthened, 
retouching medium, etc., and in the carbon department, sensitizing baths, ice, 
fixing baths, hot and cold water, trays, etc., during six months' course, or less 
in the college. 


In regard to material, we furnish instruments, cameras, back-grounds 
and accessories, text books, magazines, printing frames, washing, toning and 
fixing trays, retouching stands, retouching chairs, developing outfits, emboss- 
ing presses, etc. Students will furnish the supplies they use and the outfit 
of paper, pencils, plates, mounts, etc., will cost from $3 to $6 per month, 
which may be purchased of the stock-houses in the cities, in Effingham or of 
the College, and can be made into pictures of themselves, friends and relatives, 
by sending home for negatives. 

When a student purchases two or three months' supply of material at one 
time we give a 15 per cent, discount. 

Illinois Photographers Meet in Effingham in 1905 

It may be of interest to mention that at the recent Illinois State 
Convention of Photographers at Aurora, 111., it was unanimously decided to 
hold the next annual convention at Effingham. The members were offered 
the freedom of the college for that week, and all possible assistance from 
the faculty. The conventions have always heretofore been held in large 
cities, such as Quincy, Bloomington, Peoria, etc., and that it has been taken 
to Effingham is due to the estimation in which the Illinois College of 
Photography is held by the photographers throughout the state. We 
naturally feel much complimented. 




Our terms are from $50 to $150, which must be paid at time of 
entering. No deviation is made from this rule. This being a college town, no 
pains are spared to make it a homelike place for the students. Good board can 
be obtained at from $2.50 to $3.50 per week, and furnished rooms from 50 
cents to $1.50. Our endeavor is that students may enjoy the privileges of 
our school at the smallest expense, and that is, in fact, the tradition of the 
entire community, and our greatest interest is always given to a self-sup- 
porting person who has an ambition to get on in the world. 

Some may find it convenient to make monthly payments in advance, and 
thus have their tuition paid for by the time they are ready to enroll. Quite 
a number follow this plan. 

NOTE. The Illinois College of Photography has received many flattering; offers 
from commercial clubs and other organizations to induce it to locate in some one of many 
larger cities, but, after looking the field carefully over, we decided to remain in Effingham, 
which is a college town, possessing all the advantages of water works, electric lights, tele- 
phones and other modern conveniences, and at the same time free from the allurements of 
life in a large city, a point that should not be overlooked by parents and others in sending 
young people away from home to learn a profession. The social, moral and religious influ- 
ences are the very best, and none need hesitate about spending a season in Effingham. We 
maintain that a student can accomplish far more in a given time in this city than in one 
where temptations and worldly excitement are greater, besides saving from $100 to $300 on 
personal expenses while in college. 

Dark Rooms 

A number of the boarding-houses in the city are equipped with convenient 
dark rooms, to which students have access mornings and evenings and 
at spare times, and for which there is no extra charge, thus insuring the 
students the privilege of putting in every moment of their stay while in the 

Text Book on Photography 

Often having calls for an all-around, up-to-date text-book on photography 
for professionals and amateurs, we have in use a complete work which is a 
photographic library in one volume, containing over five hundred pages, 
with definitions of every word used in photography and descriptions of all 
photographic processes, which, in handsome cloth binding, we sell for $5.00, 
prepaid to any address in the United States. 

To anyone remitting $5.00 in advance for one of these works, and 
enrolling thereafter, we shall make a rebate of $5.00 on their scholarship. 



Graduation Diplomas 

A regular standard for graduation has been adopted, and a handsomely 
engraved diploma is awarded each one passing a satisfactory examination, 
without extra charge. It is a statement over our hand and seal to the effect 
that the student has pursued the graduating course, and that he has done 
the work required to our satisfaction, and that we recommend him to be able 
to fill a position in a first class establishment, or engage in business for himself. 

Club Discount 

When a number register together, the following discount will be made: 
For a class of two or more, 10 per cent off regular prices. 

We make a concession in fees to the sons and brothers of photographers 
and sons of clergymen $5.00; otherwise the fees, except in clubs, are as 
above stated. 

Photography cannot be taught by mail, any more than dentistry or 
medicine, notwithstanding what anyone may tell you to the contrary. 

Railroad Fare 

As this catalogue goes to press, railroad fare from different sections of 
the country to Effmgham is as follows: 

Chicago . 
New Orleans . 
New York 
*San Francisco . 
Des Moines 
Mexico City, Mexico 
Paris, France . 
London, England 
Berlin, Germany 
St. Petersburg, Russia 

"According to route. 

First class 

$ 19.00 








$57.00 to 62.00 









Second class 

$ 16.75 


$46.00 to 








For accurate information in regard to route to take and car fare from 
your place to Effmgham, apply to your nearest station agent. 

Our Territory 

Our most productive territory is America, and we draw our students 
from all sections of the country f rom Maine to California and from Canada 
to Texas. Yet we have quite a large foreign attendance from all over the globe. 



To students coming from the East, would suggest that they take the 
Pennsylvania or Wabash Railways (Pennsylvania much the better route); 
from the North or South, the Illinois Central system, and from the West 
there are a number of first-class lines. 

Income of Photographers, Operators and Retouchers 

Good operators, printers and retouchers are never found seeking 
employment and, unlike bookkeepers, typewriters, stenographers, etc., are 
never obliged to work for a mere pittance for the sake of a position. 
Regularly employed operators in studios earn from $15 to $50 a week and 
upward. Incomes of owners of studios may be estimated from $900 to 
$20,000 a year a few of them as high as $30,000 to $40,000 annually. 
This profession has a great advantage in enabling ladies to do work at 
home, and at the same time receive good remuneration therefor. The 
compensation for negatives done outside the studio ranges from 20 cents to 
$1.00 each for cabinets, and other plates in proportion, according to size. 
Eight to ten negatives is a fair day's work, although workmen can often 
turn out twenty-five negatives a day. A great many photographers have to 
pick up their knowledge of photography, hence the demand for up-to-date 

What to Do Upon Arriving 

Go to the college office, where someone will meet you at all reasonable 
hours. Upon stepping from the train, if you call for a cab at the station 
they will take you to the college free of charge. By advising the president 
of your route and time of your arrival a few days before leaving home, 
someone will meet you at the train at any hour of the day or night, and 
assist you in securing a nice homelike boarding-place near the college. Or, 
upon arrival, if parties will step into the Pacific House, a first class hotel at 
the station, and telephone the president, Mr. L. H. Bissell, someone will be 
sent to meet them in a few minutes. 

Our long distance Bell telephone number is No. 49K. Those wishing to 
call up Mr. Bissell can secure half rates after 6 p. m. 

Boarding Accommodations 

Effmgham is a city of 5,000 inhabitants, and offers excellent boarding 
facilities. Students are received into the homes and families of the citizens, 



and have all the protection and comfort possible. The dangers of the large 
boarding-hall plan are avoided, and yet the expenses not increased. 

The institution offers its students choice of several kinds of board and 
guarantees satisfaction in every particular. 

FIRST. Private Board. Comfortable rooms, furnished with beds, 
bedding, carpets, stove, study tables, toilet ware, and all other necessary 
articles, are supplied students, with table board in private families. Fuel 
and light are also supplied. Price, $2.50, $2.75, $3.00, $4.00, $5.00 and 
$6.00 to $10 per week. 

SECOND. Club Boarding. Persons desiring this kind of accommodation 
rent furnished rooms in private houses. These rooms are kept in order by 
their owners, and they are also supplied with all necessary furniture, toilet 
articles, etc. Two persons are expected to occupy one room. If a student 
should desire to room alone, he may do so by paying the rent demanded of 
two. Fuel and light are furnished by the persons occupying the rooms. 
The cost of a room for each person per week is 50 to 75 cents. Table board 
at the exceedingly low price of $2.50 per week is supplied at the students' 
clubs. This is indeed a most popular method of boarding, and many of our 
students prefer it. 

THIRD. Self-boarding. Furnished or unfurnished rooms can be obtained 
for self-boarding. By this method the living expenses may be reduced to a 

FOURTH. Hotel and Private Boarding Houses. The city is abundantly 
supplied with excellent hotels, at rates ranging from $3 to $10 per week, 
and boarding-houses, at which all may live at reasonable terms. 

Cottages can be secured for from $3 to $12 per month, and rooms 
furnished complete for light-housekeeping at $3 per month per room. 

In order for students to do good work they must have good food and 
pleasant surroundings. Brain work requires the best possible physical 
condition. Such a condition cannot be produced or sustained by inadequate 
food supply or uncomfortable rooms. The college advertises only first-class 
accommodations, for in every way this is the cheapest plan for the students. 
No other institution, offering equal facilities, has superior accommodations. 
We claim the best, at the lowest rates, in the country. Investigate and be 

Will it Pay to Borrow the Money ? 

Our correspondents sometimes ask us this question : " Will it pay to 
borrow the money with which to take a course in photography?" For 



ordinary purposes we should discouraga anyona fro.n going into debt, but 
for the purpose of learning a profession we certainly believe there would be 
no risk. If one has ability, is energetic and trustworthy, he will, soon after 
graduating, make back the money spent in learning the business ; and the 
course thus obtained remains a permanent investment, increasing in value 
every year. 

Our Guarantee 

We want you to visit our city and the college ; talk with our students, 
converse with the pastor of your church or the members of your lodge in 
our city, or the bankers or postmaster, and if you do not find our school 
just as we have represented it, we will pay your expenses from your home 
to Effingham and return. 


It has been our endeavor to present this business for your consideration, 
and in so doing we have avoided all exaggeration. It is not our desire to 
attract everyone who may be out of employment, but to select a few pupils 
from each state, and give them the benefit of our instruction. Our aim is 
to give the students such a training that they can command a situation on 
their own merits, or engage in business for themselves, and follow their own 
inclinations in regard to location. As it is part of our business to find 
positions for our students, we lend our assistance in securing the same, and 
students have the benefit of selecting any of the applications on file 
with us when they complete the course. To this end we are constantly in 
correspondence with photographers throughout the country. Believing 
that no permanent success will attend any undertaking not founded on 
honest principles, and with a firm conviction that we can be of material 
assistance to many people seeking permanent employment, we send this forth. 

Questions Answered 

Q. What education is required? A. We can teach anyone who will 
make an earnest effort, no matter what his previous education has been. 

Q. At what age is it best to learn photography? A. From sixteen to 
sixty years of age, although older persons have succeeded, and the college is 
in session every month in the year. 

Q. Can I join your school at any time during the year? A. Yes. 
New classes begin on the first and fifteenth of each month. 

Q. What are the regular school hours? A. 8:00 to 12:00 a. m., and 
1:30 to 4.00 p. m., every week day, except Saturday. 



Q. What is the average time required to complete your course of 
instruction? A. From three to nine months. 

Q. Are your scholarships transferable? A. No 

Q. Are there any other school expenses beside the tuition fees? 
A. Yes. A fee of $3 to $6 per month for material and the laboratory. 

Q. What is the probable total cost of a three to nine months' course 
in your school, including tuition, material, board and room? A. From 
$150 to $350. 

Q. What is the cost of board and room in your city? A. From $3.00 
to $5.00 per week. 

Q. Can one find employment while in your city to lessen expenses? 
A. It is not practical, as it prolongs the course and is no cheaper in the end. 

Q. Can one acquire all the up-to-date processes necessary to be a 
first-class photographer in an ordinary gallery? A. No. A student will 
learn more and better in one month in our institution than he would in a 
gallery in one year. 

Q. Is retouching a strain on the eyes? A. No, not as we are now 
teaching it. 

Q. Do any of the students board or room at the college building? 
A. No. The city is abundantly supplied with excellent boarding-houses 
and hotels at which all may live at reasonable terms. 

Q. Do you issue diplomas to students who do not take the advanced 
course? A. Yes. Diplomas are issued to students as soon as they receive 
a rating of 85 per cent. 

Q. Will a nine months' course be sufficient time to qualify a person to 
take charge of an up-to-date studio? A. Yes, as a person will learn more 
high-grade photography in one month in our institution than they would in 
a studio in one year. For students wishing positions or to engage in 
business for themselves the six and nine months courses are very popular 

Q. Do you send out samples of work from the college? A. No; as 
we have so many requests of this nature, it would be impossible to comply 
with them. 



Photo-engraving in a Nutshell 




The Bissell College of Photo-engraving 

This is an institution conducted in conjunction with the Illinois College of 
Photography where instruction is given by a faculty of photo-engraving experts in all 
branches of that mechanical art. On the following pages we give the reader a few 
brief references to the aim and scope of this institution. Those who are especially 
interested in this work should write for our elaborate fifty-two page Prospectus No. HE, 
giving full information regarding the instruction and expense. Rates for tuition are 
the same as in the Illinois College of Photography. 

Subjects Taught 

LINE OPERATING. Making the negative without the use of the screen, for a 
literally exact reproduction of pen and ink work, etc. 

LINE PRINTING. Printing the line negative onto the coated metal. 

LINE ETCHING. Corroding the metal with etching solutions after it has 
been printed upon, thereby producing a printing surface. 

HALF-TONE OPERATING. The process of making screen negatives, ready in 
every respect for the printer. 

HALF-TONE PRINTING. Printing of the stipple negative on the coated zinc 
or copper plate. 

HALF-TONE ETCHING. Etching the metal plate with the different solutions 
to produce a relief printing surface that will take the ink in the proper 

FINISHING. Working with tools upon the etched metal plates to improve 
them in various ways, remove defects, etc. 

ROUTING. Removing with the routing machines undesirable surface from 
the etched metal plates. 

BLOCKING. Mounting the metal and making it ready for the hands of the 

PROOFING. Inking the finished cut and printing on paper duly prepared. 

TRI-COLOR WORK. Making of color negatives, color plates, selection of inks, 
order of printing, etc. 

LITHOGRAPHY. (In preparation.) 



The college is well equipped with the necessary appliances for study 
and practical work. It contains photographic studios with complete 

equipment of cameras and powerful 
electric light installation of modern 
pattern, also a number of laboratory and 
dark rooms, sensitizing, glass cleaning, 
intensifying, tri-color dark room, etching 
and printing rooms complete with 
electric lights and modern appliances. 

The school 
thus provides 
every advan- 
tage and facility 


wish to improve their knowledge of their business 
and their dexterity as workmen. In deciding upon 
a course of study it should be remembered by a 
student that, while it is very important to have a 
good general knowledge of the different branches 
of his business, it is of still greater importance 
that he should be able in actual everyday work to 
do one thing really well rather than a number of 




things only fairly so, and, this being true, students are required to 

concentrate their energies as much as possible and not to attempt too much. 
The institution has proven highly satisfactory and 

has fully attained the end for which it was established. 
This institution affords a rich range of instruction 

in the field of photo - engraving, and comprises quite a 

number of departments, 
each of which is or- 
ganized with reference 
to its special objects and 
course of instruction, 
and are especially de- 
signed to qualify the 
student to engage either 
in elementary or ad- 
vanced work. 

The photographic, mechanical and 
electrical equipment comprises a full com- 
plement of working tools and assortment of 

wood-working and metal-working machinery, 

such as routers, trimmers, bevelers, saws, 

shoot board, printing presses, complete 

assortment of Levy screens, gravers' and 

etchers' tools, printing frames, dynamos, 

individual motors for each machine, 5,000 




candle-power arc lights, open as 
well as enclosed types, all being 
the best that money could pur- 
chase, and is especially arranged 
and adapted to give pupils a 
thorough insight into the 
different branches of the work. 



A Magnificent Endorsement 

of the 

Bissell College of Photo-engraving 

By the National Association of Photo-engravers at their Eighth Annual 
Convention at St. Louis. 

Headquarters, 1904, N. A. P. E. Convention Hall, ) 
Century Building, St. Louis, Mo., June 22, 1904. \ 

^\^ "The National Association of Photo-engravers in our eighth annual 
convention assembled, do find after a careful and thorough investigation that 
the Bissell College of Photo-engraving, located at Effingham, 111. , and conducted 
in connection with the Illinois College of Photography, is an institution worthy 
of the hearty encouragement of this association. 

"We further find that the students attending this school are taught each 
and every department in photo-engraving in a thorough and practical manner, 
whereas, in an engraving plant where the usual manner af apprenticeship 
prevails, the apprentices are restricted to a single branch of the work. 

"We further find that the school is well equipped and provided with competent 
instructors, and we do most heartily endorse the same, and recommend anyone 
desiring to learn the art of photo-engraving to take a course of instruction at 
this college. 

"We further agree to accept a certificate of graduation as sufficient 
recommendation for a position in our workrooms." 

The foregoing is a resolution unanimously adopted by the eighth annual 
convention of the National Association of Photo-engravers in session at 
St. Louis, endorsing the Bissell College of Photo-engraving. 

We have at present urgent calls for workmen from many members 
of this association and could now place between two and three hundred 
engravers if we had that number ready for positions, and owing to the 
growing popularity of photo-engraving, the demand is constantly increasing 
and far exceeds the supply of first-class workmen, which we are prepared to 
make of all who complete the work with us. 

Photo-engravers receive from $20 to $50 per week, and are always in 
demand without having to advertise for positions. They are sought for 
instead of having to seek employment, and a photo-engraver is never seen 
advertising in the papers for a position something that can be said of no 
other trade or profession. Furthermore, the work is very pleasant. 

As to our integrity and ability to teach, would refer you to any member 
of the above association, which is comprised of owners of the more prominent 
photo-engraving plants throughout the country. 



Press Notices 

The Leading Institution of Its Kind in the World, and It 
Enjoys a Large Patronage 

BISSELL COLLEGE OP PHOTO-ENGRAVING. The growing demand for a higher 
scientific and technical knowledge and skill in the art of photo-engraving is emphasized 
by the organization of a club of practical engravers in New York City for the purposes 
of discussion and mutual improvement. This is evidence that shop practice is not 
sufficient to round out the worker's knowledge satisfactorily, and is additional proof that 
the skilled artisan of the future will be school trained and developed afterward by 
shop practice. In the photo-engraving field opportunity of exceptional value is offered 
by the Bissell College of Photo-engraving at Effingham, Illinois, which has been 
inspected by practical engravers and warmly commended. The school is finely equipped 
with all the paraphernalia necessary and has a first class f acu Ity. Its inception makes 
another stride forward in providing means to make the American artist the equal, if 
not the superior, of any in the world. With the development of the printing arts, the 
requirements of the worker are becoming of a more and more exacting nature, and a 
sound foundation on which to develop the native talent of the worker, as arranged for 
by the Bissell College of Photo-engraving will prove of incalculable benefit to the trade. 
The Inland Printer, Chicago. 

A short time ago the handsome and marvelously appointed studio of the Illinois 
College of Photography was completed, and the college is now exquisitely and completely 
domiciled in the new quarters. The buildings, grounds and appointments of the 
Illinois College of Photography are as handsome, commodious and complete as some of 
the most richly endowed educational institutions in the world. Its results comprise a 
miraculous achievement. It is the joy of the students and its proprietor as well as the 
pride of Effingham and the profession. It is worthy of a better tribute in the way of 
a descriptive article than we can give it, but we shall attempt to pay it at least a 
passing courtesy. 

The corner stone of the building was laid on May 30 by the Grand Lodge of 
Masons of Illinois, and since that time until final completion the grounds around the 
building have been a veritable bee hive of industry, many workmen being engaged in 
putting together a little here and there until the magnificent edifice was completed. 

The Illinois College of Photography is an Effingham institution and is the only one 
of its kind in the world. It constitutes a compliment to its president, owner and 
founder, Mr. L. H. Bissell, one of the very rarest character. To the development of 
the art-science of photography Mr. Bissell is what Mergenthaler is to the type machine 
and Edison to electricity. No institution anywhere has more elaborate appointments 
or more picturesque surroundings. The buildings are located in the center of a beau- 
tiful tract studded with natural forest trees. The imposing buildings, with the 
beautifully kept lawn, tennis courts, swings, etc. , make a picture of surpassing beauty. 



Spacious halls and long covered verandas abound where students have recreation and 
enjoyment when the weather is inclement for out-door sports. When the weather is 
favorable for out-door recreation, the campus affords abundant pleasure. Nothing is 
lacking to give the pupils all the comforts of a well-ordered and elegant home. In 
addition to the other conveniences, the buildings are fitted with long distance, city and 
private telephones. If need be, Mr. Bissell can set in his office and talk to prospective 
students in any part of the country. Everything about the college and ground is 
systematized. Rules and regulations for decorum, class hours and special work have 
been adopted and are scrupulously enforced. No institution presents a more picturesque 
view. With its magnificent buildings and grounds flanked by Austin College on one 
hand and the city park on the other, it presents a scene that thrills and enraptures. 
It lifts one up to an appreciation of the art-science of photography. 

The main building, Garnet Hall, is of Virginia brownstone, pressed brick and New 
York red slate, and represents, with Rembrandt Hall and grounds and equipments, an 
outlay of $100,000. The new studio building, of dimensions almost as great as the 
main building, is of stone, pressed brick and frame, and, with its four floors, is a model 
studio. The buildings are heated by steam and lighted by both gas and electricity. 
The glazing is of the finest plate glass, the transom lights being leaded prismatics, 
and the elegant chandeliers cut glass. The building is provided with hot and cold 
water, four kinds of water being used city, well, soft and distilled. Entering the 
building the vestibule has a tile floor, also the spacious veranda. The reception hall is 
furnished in quartered red oak, and the parlor is cherry, with elaborate mantel and 
mirror. The library is also done in quartered red oak, while the faculty room looks 
exquisite in red birch. The other rooms are in hardwood finish. One of the promi- 
nent features of beauty is the frescoing, done by L. A. Thiel, a Chicago artist. The 
process department occupies the entire first floor, including the carbon and platinotype 
rooms. Here instructions are given in opals, plain and colored transparencies, lantern 
slides, bromide papers, and all process work. 

The third and fourth floors are occupied in their spacious entirety by the retouch- 
ing, etching and modeling departments. These departments require more room than 
most other departments, and the two floors are capable of accommodating two hundred 
students. All of the floors are elegantly furnished, the polished hardwood floors and 
expensive carpets vieing to produce exquisite effects. The whole building, in its 
appointments and furnishings, gives one the impression of being ushered into a million- 
aire's palace. Mr. Bissell has spared no expense to make his interiors specimens of 
the highest art. 

Rembrandt Hall, just completed, has every sanitary and photographic accessory 
and effect. It has wing doors for all dark rooms, cold air ducts for perfect ventilation, 
Wilson's roller partitions, and in fact every up-to-date appliance and convenience that 
money could buy. The cold air ducts change the air in the necessarily close dark 
rooms every five minutes. The wing doors shut out every particle of light from the 
dark rooms, while the roller partitions enable the lecturers and operators to throw two 
or more rooms into one in an instant. 

The first floor is occupied by the laboratory, dark rooms and wash rooms. This 
floor is imbedded in the earth to a depth of four feet, for the purpose of giving that 
even temperature so essential to good results in photography. The temperature is 
always about seventy degrees. The floors are concrete. 

The second floor is occupied by the printing department and the assembly room. 
Light, the great essential for a printing room, is abundantly provided, a fine supply of 



ground-glass printing slants being set in the south side. Hot and cold water and sinks 
are in great abundance and conveniently arranged. The assembly room is also on this 
floor and will seat several hundred students. On the third floor we find the operating 
room, and it is as fine a one as can be found on the continent. Here every day 
students are given practical demonstrations, lighting, posing, composition, supplemented 
with appropriate lectures, and every accessory known to the photographic art is 
supplied to give the students the best results. Single and double ground-glass 
skylights, the latest cameras and lenses, changing and dressing rooms, wing doors, 
etc., and other studio appurtenances are a part of the superb and artistic equipments 
of the operating department. 

The fourth floor contains the copying, enlarging and bromide departments, and is 
furnished with a balcony overlooking the operating rooms for use during demonstrations. 

While the new home of the college was being completed Mr. Bissell relaxed his 
efforts toward keeping up the attendance to what it was six months ago, but now that 
the new quarters are ready the fact has been announced and students are beginning to 
come in great numbers. Hardly a day passes but what one or more new students 
arrive. The college enjoys a big attendance from all over the United States, and, in 
fact, from all over the world. England, Italy, Japan, Russia, France, Central and 
South America and Canada have contributed their quota of students, several from 
Japan being in attendance now. 

Effingham can well feel proud of Mr. Bissell and his institution. He will not stop 
with his present work and his present achievement. He is progressive and determined 
in all his undertakings. His college will be up-to-date in all its features. If any new 
discovery or invention makes its appearance in the world, Mr. Bissell will incorporate 
it in his institution. The world is his territory and to graduate high-class photog- 
raphers his mission. He deserves and will be rewarded with fame and success and 
Effingham will share with him in both these achievements. Effingham Daily 
Democrat, Aug. jo, igoo. 

The Bissell College of Photo-engraving is an institution that has a great future in 
store for it. This college has a complete equipment of the finest machinery and 
apparatus. Up to the opening of this institution the photo-engraving business 
has been a closed craft, as exclusive as the ancient trade guilds of the dark ages. A 
very good thing for those who are in it, of course. Many of them demand and get 
more money than they know what to do with very often. Mr. Bissell has opened his 
college none to soon. All who wish to learn this enchanting craft may now avail 
themselves of a first-class opportunity to become proficient in all the branches of 
the whole process of photo-engraving. The Engraver and Electrotyper, Chicago. 

The Illinois College of Photography at Effingham, Illinois, outgrew its quarters 
some time ago. And so plans were made for a new and much more commodious 
building. The new building was recently completed and the college staff and students 
are now installed in quarters that realize every desirable feature that the most 
ambitious of amateurs or professionals can hope for as an aid in the study of 
up-to-date photography. 

It is a handsome building, exceptionally complete in its appointments and most 
picturesquely located. The students have all the comforts and luxuries of a well- 
ordered home, as well as admirably devised facilities for studying every phase of 
photographic work under the most competent instructors. Paine 's Photographic 



Last month the Illinois College of Photography moved into its new buildings, 
which constitute the finest photographic quarters in the world, with student? *n attend- 
ance from all parts of the globe. We congratulate Mr. Bissell on the success which 
has attended his venture, and wish him still greater prosperity. We believe in such 
institutions, and deplore the fact that so excellent a school is not to be found in the 
East. Photo-American, New York. 

Effingham can well feel proud of Mr. Bissell and his institution. He will not stop 
with his present work or his present achievement. He is progressive and determined 
in all his undertakings. His college will be kept up-to-date in all its features. If any 
new discovery or invention makes its appearance in the world, Mr. Bissell will incorporate 
it in his institution. The world is his territory, and to graduate high-class photog- 
raphers his mission. He deserves and will be rewarded with fame and success, and 
Effingham will share with him in both these achievements. Snap Shots, New York. 

The Illinois College of Photography is now in its new home, and from all descrip- 
tions a very handsome one, which speaks well for the enterprise of Mr. L. H. Bissell, 
its founder and present owner. The very closest detail has been looked after, and the 
appointments in each department are such as to meet the requirements of the most 
exacting student. The attendance at the college is very large, and, with improved 
facilities and enlarged faculty, should be materially increased. Mr. Bissell's enterprise 
is meeting with the success to which it is entitled. Photopivot, Chicago. 

At the Bissell College of Photo-engraving 

We are always glad to get the latest news from the Illinois College of Photography, 
as there is always "something doing" on the part of President Bissell and his able 
corps of instructors. The latest development is a complete photo-engraving plant and 
department for instruction in that art. 

The art is an important one, demanding a high degree of skill if one masters all 
its various branches. Good salaries are the rule in photo-engraving establishments, 
and graduates from the Bissell College of Photo-engraving course should be in a position 
to secure good positions, or conduct plants of their own. Western Camera Notes, 
Minneapolis, Minn. 

Rapid Growth 

The Illinois College of Photography is making rapid growth, and, finding their 
facilities inadequate, the management has lately acquired a large estate in Effingham, 
not far from their old quarters, we understand, and will at once begin operations on a 
new building, which it is intended shall be equipped throughout in the most perfect 
manner possible. This school of photography is, we believe, unique in this country at 
least, and its president, Mr. L. H. Bissell, is to be congratulated on the success that 
has attended his efforts .A nthony's Bulletin, New York. 



Is the Teaching of the College Practical ? 

The Illinois College of Photography has enrolled many new students for the 
ensuing session. Many former students are now conducting galleries of their own in 
New York City and elsewhere with considerable success, which seems to satisfactorily 
answer the question often asked us, "Is the teaching of the college practical ?" The 
new catalogue just issued by the college may be had on application to President L. H. 
Bissell, Effingham, 111. Wilson's Photographic Magazine, New York. 

Fees Are Very Moderate 

The course of instruction as given in this school is thorough in all branches. 
There is no theory without practice. Each department is in charge of operators who 
are not only experts, but possess the faculty of imparting their knowledge to others. 
Collective and individual instruction is given, and the student, when graduated, is 
thoroughly proficient, and has no trouble in securing a paying position. The employers 
are beginning to look to the college for help, realizing that men who have picked up 
their knowledge in the ordinary way as apprentices are but poorly equipped to take 
charge of any department, as they have not learned the latest and best methods- 
The Trade News, Louisville, Ky. 

Largest of Its Kind 

On another page will be found the address of the "Illinois College of Photog- 
raphy." This institution has grown to be one of the largest and best equipped schools 
where the art-science of photography is taught. We learn that they have about all 
the applications they can entertain from students and are constantly increasing their 
space. We understand that those who graduate enter upon the serious work of 
professional photography with every evidence of success, as a result of having shared the 
experience of up-to-date manipulators, who have devoted their lives to the beautiful 
art of photography. Those who contemplate making a business of photography can get 
full information from Prof. L. H. Bissell, president. Effingham is a very pretty city, 
undisturbed by the noise often surrounding educational institutions. Photographic 

Positive Proof that Good Work Is Done 

We have before us the elegant catalogue of the Illinois College of Photography, 
Effingham, 111. It introduces itself to your notice by the question: "Have you ever 
known or heard of a first-class photographer who learned the business in a thorough 
manner, and had a well equipped studio, who was not making a success of it, or who 
had failed in business?" After an experience of some forty years, we must answer: 
No! In measuring the "breadth of brain" of the faculty, from Professor Bissell down, 
by the photo-etchings of their faces, we should say the college is fully prepared to 
practically answer the above question, and is turning out none but successful photog- 
raphers and that the Illinois College of Photography is a positive necessity. The 
Southwestern Photographer, Dallas, Texas, November, i8gg. 



From the Professional Photographer's Notice Board 

Having added to the curriculum and teaching several new processes in the past 
year, the management of the Illinois College of Photography of Effingham, 111., advise 
us that they shall advance the tuition soon. Students are already in attendance from 
over thirty different states, and new ones coming in every week, and the attendance 
for the fall term promises to exceed the most sanguine expectations. The new cata- 
logues of the college are now ready for mailing, and anyone needing instruction in 
special lines, or who intends taking up photography as a profession, should write for 
one. We can highly recommend this college to our readers as the best of its kind in 
the United States. Professional Photographer, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Under Competent Management 

We want to call attention to the advertisement on another page of the Illinois 
College of Photography at Effingham, 111. We have already taken occasion to refer to 
this institution. We take pleasure in referring students in photography to the Illinois 
college. The president, Mr. L. H. Bissell, is known to us personally, and we are sure 
he is a competent person to undertake the personal direction of the college. Corre- 
spondence relating to the college should be addressed to Mr. Bissell. It will be given 
prompt attention. Photographic Review, Chicago, III. 

Successful in Management 

The Illinois College of Photography, Effingham, 111., has been so successful in 
management that students are registered from all over the country, and the fall term 
promises to exceed any previous course. The new catalogue is now ready, containing 
a full "description of the various studies and methods of instruction of this institution. 
All who are desirous of making photography a profession should correspond with the 
secretary. The American Journal of Photography. 

More Room Necessary 

Professor Bissell, as the head and moving spirit of the Illinois College of Photog- 
raphy, is doing a great work in making it the most splendid institution of the kind in 
existence, and is fast giving it a national reputation. The Democrat is pleased to 
note the constant evidences of the growth of the college, and takes pleasure in noting 
that the number of students in attendance has necessitated the enlargement of the 
capacity of the college. The past year has been a prosperous one, fifty new retouching 
desks having been added to the retouching department within the year. Only high-grade 
photography is taught, and this has become so well known to the best photographers 
that graduates of the college are given good positions at once, the demand for them 
increasing faster than the supply. Among the branches most called for are retouching, 
posing, lighting, printing, toning, finishing, developing, etching, carbon, platinum, 
copying enlarging, although they teach all the branches followed in an up-to-date 
studio. Students attend from all parts of the United States, and all of them are 
enthusiastic over the work and the thoroughness of the course of instruction. Effing- 
ham (III.} Democrat. 



Extraordinary Success 

The Illinois College of Photography at Effingham, Illinois, is teaching a high grade 
of art. We are pleased to learn that this institution has enjoyed extraordinary 
success, and that it proposes adding to the curriculum and faculty from time to time. 
The St. Louis and Canadian Photographer, St. Louis, Mo. 

A Photo-American Notice 

From the Illinois College of Photography we have received a copy of their new 
catalogue, embracing a description of the curriculum, portraits of the president and 
faculty and other interesting information. Students are in attendance from thirty-odd 
states, and new arrivals are fast availing themselves of this practical course, in which 
one learns more and better in one month than in six months' gallery practice. We are 
glad to record the pronounced success Mr. Bissell has made of this institution, and 
hope that any who contemplate acquiring a thorough education in photography, or a 
partial course in the higher specialties, will write to the president, Mr. L. H. Bissell, at 
Effingham, Illinois, for full particulars. It is the very thing we need in the United 
States, this College of Photography ; we wish it constant and overflowing attendance. 
Photo- American, New York. 

Finest in the Land 

The Illinois College of Photography, at Effingham, has just moved into its new 
magnificent building, which we believe to be the finest photographically equipped 
institution in the country. Students from all parts of the globe are in attendance, 
and those interested would do well to get one of the new catalogues which they will 
have ready next month. Half-tone reproductions of the buildings will appear in their 
new catalogue, and will give some idea of the institution, as well as the justice of their 
claim to "the finest in the land." Photographic Light. 

The Only One that Prospers 

The growth of the Illinois College of Photography at Effingham is phenomenal, 
yet, when we come to consider, is nothing but what might be expected from an institu- 
tion so much needed in the country for thorough and systematic training in the art 
and science of photography, for photography has become so many sided, not only as 
the handmaid of the arts, but also a very important factor in general education. 
Attempts have been made to form schools for the teaching of photography, but the 
Illinois institution has been the only one to survive and prosper, simply because it is 
under efficient management and systematically conducted. The increasing popularity 
of the college has enabled the management during the past year to thoroughly supply 
the different departments with all modern equipments and to enlarge the curriculum 
of studies; to secure the best instructors and lecturers, so that the students who enter 
will find that they are making most rapid progress either in any special course they 
may desire to take up or in the thorough study of the art. The president, L. H. Bissell. 
will be pleased to send to any one desiring it a copy of the new catalogue containing 
that course of study and cost of tuition. American Journal of Photography. 



Are to Be Envied 

The new catalogue of the Illinois College of Photography is at hand and is embel- 
lished with illustrations of the new home secured by the college by a recent deal 
involving the sum of $100,000. In seeing the beautiful interiors and fine external 
appearance of the new college building, one cannot but feel a little envious of the 
students who are learning photography under such auspicious conditions and the able 
management which we know to be in charge. Anyone sending for the catalogue will 
be gladly supplied, and will find it a revelation as to modern methods of photographic 
instruction. Western Camera Notes, Minneapolis, Minn. 

A Reliable Institution 

The following extract is taken from the American Postmaster, published in 
Eflingham, III, and edited by Hon. R. P. Lawson, postmaster of the city, who 
recommends our school to anyone inquiring of its merits: 

"The New Illinois College of Photography, Effingham, 111., stands as an imperish- 
able monument to energy and advertising. This institution was established about 
eleven years ago in connection with the splendid studio which its founder, Mr. L. H. 
Bissell, was then conducting. It was and is the only college of its kind in the world, 
and from the suite of rooms soon grew to occupy the entire twenty-two rooms in the 
original building. Soon another was secured, and finally a third building was added 
and filled with students in a very short time. When we took charge of the postoffice, 
just two years ago, we found upon the desk a number of letters to the postmaster 
from different parts of the country, asking as to the character of the college. These 
were promptly answered in as favorable a light as we could give, and it is a source 
of great satisfaction to know that a number of young men and women who came upon 
our recommendation of it are now engaged in business for themselves or holding 
desirable positions in many of the leading studios of the United States, while quite a 
number from foreign countries have availed themselves of its advantages. We receive 
more letters concerning this college than upon all other subjects, except the Ameri- 
can Postmaster, and it is a pleasure to answer them as favorably as we know how, 
believing that it may be the means of giving some young man or woman a pleasant 
and remunerative occupation for life. Mr. Bissell advertises extensively, and strives 
to fully maintain every promise set forth in his announcements. He has lately pur- 
chased the finest building in the city, to which extensive additions are being built, and 
especially equipped with all accessories for teaching every branch of the business to 
perfection. It is now the principal patron of the postoffice in this city, using more 
postage and receiving more mail than any other institution, as a result of energy and 
judicious advertising coupled with an enterprise of highest merit.'' 

Not an Experiment 

The Illinois College of Photography is no longer the experiment that it once was. 
Of the great number of students that take a course in their college every year, all 
express thorough satisfaction at the benefit they have derived from the tuition. We 
would recommend to those interested to write to the college. The Camera and 
Dark Room, New York City. 



Extraordinary Success 

The Illinois College of Photography is now established in its new location at 
Effingham, 111., and, judging from the illustrated pamphlet which has been forwarded 
to us, this institution is very richly and thoroughly equipped, not only with all the 
modern improvements in art, but possesses a complete faculty of trained instructors, 
making it a most efficient school for the thorough study of photography. . The college 
enjoys a large attendance from all over the United States, and students from various 
parts of the world are among its attendants. The college is still growing, and will be 
kept quite up-to-date in all its features Camera, Philadelphia, Pa. 

A Thorough Institution 

The Illinois College of Photography sends a prospectus that should be interesting 
reading to those desirous of acquiring a business and practical knowledge of photog- 
raphy, as they will learn that it can be obtained in shorter time and for less money 
than could be by any other trade or profession. The college, as we have frequently 
noticed, is situated in Effingham, 111. , is thoroughly equipped for the teaching of 
retouching, modeling, etching, posing, lighting and composition, developing, printing 
toning and fixing, including carbon and platinotype, either separately or as a whole, 
and by a staff of ten competent teachers. American Amateur Photographer, 
New York City. 

The Illinois College of Photography 

The past year has been an exceedingly prosperous one for the Illinois College of 
Photography at Effingham, 111. Students are in attendance from over thirty different 
states, and new ones are rapidly coming in. Reports from graduates show that 
situations at good salaries are readily obtained, showing the thoroughness of the 
course of instruction. Additions having been made to the curriculum, several new 
processes will be taught, and the price of tuition will be advanced soon. All branches 
are taught, including the different mechanical processes. A new catalogue, in course 
of preparation, containing all necessary information, will be ready in a short time, 
and a postal card request addressed to the college at Effingham, 111. , will bring you a 
copy. The Trade News, Louisville, Ky. 

Photo-engravers Are Like Diamonds 

The Bissell College of Photo-engraving, of Effingham, 111., have issued their cata- 
logue and prospectus for years 1904 and 1905, and no higher tribute can be paid to 
this institution of learning than to inform our readers that it is under the management 
of the Illinois College of Photography. No branches of photography has shown 
greater improvements, and none offer more golden opportunities to the thoroughly 
accomplished worker, than photo-engraving. He need not seek work, as, like a 
diamond, he is diligently sought after, and we would advise our readers to write for a 
catalogue and to peruse it very carefully with the idea of ultimately adopting this 
branch of the profession. Photo Critic, New York. 



School of Practical Training 

The growth of the Illinois College of Photography is again demonstrated in the 
recent establishment of the Bissell College of Photo-engraving on the college grounds 
at Effingham, 111. The Bissell College of Photo-engraving is intended as a school of 
practical training under the direction of photo-engravers of skill and ability. Excel- 
lent facilities are afforded the student for a thorough course in the work. The 
catalogue of the college, just issued, contains a list of the officers and faculty of the 
college and a very comprehensive outline of the course of study to be followed. Full 
information maybe had by applying to L. H. Bissell, president, Effingham, 111. Wil- 
son's Photo Magazine, New York. 

An Essential Factor in the Photographic World 

The Illinois College of Photography has by its age and the character of its students 
proved itself to be an undoubted success. Every year it has taken a stronger position 
in its influence upon the profession, and the outlook is that in but few more years to 
come it will be an essential factor in the photographic world. Emboldened by its 
success, Mr. Bissell, the founder of the institution, has made another foward movement 
by establishing the Bissell School of Photo-engraving. The prospectus of this latest 
institution has just come to hand, and a careful reading of it shows conclusively tha t 
it is fully equipped with all the latest appliances, while the teachers are capable of 
giving instruction in both the theoretical principles and the application thereof. The 
Bissell School of Photo-engraving is located at Effingham, Illinois. Photo- Beacon, 

Wonderful Success 

From Bissell's College of Photo-engraving we have received a handsome catalog 
fully describing this new departure under the charge of Mr. L. H. Bissell, whose 
wonderful success is well known to the photographic profession through the Illinois 
College of Photography. Like the last named, this institution is also located in Effing- 
ham, 111. The catalog and prospectus is a beautiful work and we would advise sending 
for one at once. Photo-engraving rightly belongs to photography, for its mechanical 
perfection would be impossible without photography's aid, and every photographer 
should take an interest in this universally used process. Photo Mirror, St. Louis. 

Practical School of Photo-engraving 

The Bissell College of Photo-engraving sends a copy of an elaborate catalog. If 
the illustrations are samples of the half-tone work executed in the school they speak 
well for the instruction and the faculty back of it. This is again a "pioneer" effort 
on the part of Mr. Bissell, who is at the head of the now well known Illinois College 
of Photography, which he started as the original institution of its kind. Mr. Bissell is 
awake to the need of a practical school of photo-engraving, and with the complete 
equipment described in his catalog has certainly met the demand most adequately and 
can "make good" to all who take a course of instruction under his management. A 
beautiful booklet describing the college and its method of instruction will be sent upon 
the receipt of a postal card requesting same. Camera Craft, San Francisco. 



Step in the Right Direction 

Only a few years ago the city of Effingham, 111., was comparatively unknown, 
but we doubt if a city of 5,000 inhabitants is better known to-day than Effingham. 
This publicity has been reached through the liberal advertising and popularity of 
the Illinois College of Photography and its hustling president, Mr. L. H. Bissell. Mr. 
Bissell, appreciating the fact that photo-engraving, owing to its rapid strides and 
improvements, was not receiving proper recognition and that the skilled labor 
obtainable was not equal to the demand, has founded the Bissell College of Photo- 
engraving at Effingham. This is, indeed, a step in the right direction, and Mr. Bissell 
deserves praise for his enterprise. In our thirty years experience in the printing 
business we have followed the advancements, and as the printing of half-tones and 
chromatic work has become so exacting, we can appreciate Mr. Bissell's efforts 
towards making successful workers in the engraving field. A beautiful booklet, 
describing the college and its method of instruction will be sent upon the receipt of a 
postal card requesting same. The Camera, Philadelphia; 

Grand Success 

The Illinois College of Photography has established a school for instruction in the 
art of photo-engraving, under President Bissell's competent instruction. There is no 
doubt that this will be a great success. Photo-Amencan, Stamford, Ct. 

Success Predicted 

We are in receipt of a catalog for 1904 from the Bissell College of Photo- 
engraving at Effingham, 111. This institution has recently been started by the 
managers of the Illinois College of Photography. From the information gained from 
the catalog and other sources we predict a success for this new institution equalled 
only by that of the College of Photography itself. Photographic Review, Chicago. 

School of Inestimable Value 

We have received a catalog of the new photo-engraving school established by the 
Illinois College of Photography at Effingham, and it sets forth the aims and purposes 
of this school in a most attractive manner. The Illinois College of Photography is 
doing a great work, and this new school will prove of inestimable value to the maker 
and user of half-tones all through the country. It is practically an undeveloped field 
and the school should be successful from the very beginning. The Trade News wishes 
them great success. Trade News, Louisville, Ky. 

Unprecedented Success 

Mr. L. H. Bissell, who gained a national reputation in the photographic world 
due to the unprecedented success of the Illinois College of Photography, recently 
founded the Bissell College of Photo-engraving. We admire Mr. Bissell for his 
enterprise. We anticipate rapid progress for the new college. The Bissell College of 
Photo-engraving is located at Effingham, 111. A liberally illustrated and very 
interesting catalog can be had without charge by writing for it. Photopivot, 



Thorough Course 

We have just received the catalog of the Bissell College of Photo-engraving, 
Effingham, 111. The catalog itself is a work of art, and the course in photo-engraving 
is so thorough that anyone taking the same would be sure of a position as soon as they 
had completed it. We have always found the demand for Al photo-engravers was far 
in excess of the supply. They expect the attendance at the college will be very large, 
as no such opportunities are offered anywhere else. Ohio Photo Nevus, Cleveland, 

Can "Make Good" to All 

Bissell College of Photo-engraving sends a copy of a beautifully gotten up 
catalog. If the illustrations are samples of the half-tone work executed in the school, 
they speak well for the institution and the faculty back of it. This is again a pioneer 
effort on the part of Mr. L. H. Bissell, who is at the head of the now well known 
Illinois College of Photography, which he started as the original institution of its kind. 
Mr. Bissell is awake to the need of a practical school of engraving and with the 
complete equipment described in his catalog, has certainly met the demand most 
adequately and can "make good" to all who take a course of instruction under his 
management Western Camera Notes, Minneapolis. 

An Institution of Importance 

A new catalog of the Bissell College of Photo-engraving has just been received. 
This college is located at Effingham, 111., and from the numerous half-tones of 
photographs shown in the catalog it has become an institution of importance. The 
catalog is handsomely printed, and those interested will do well to send for a copy. 
American Printer, New York. 

Lew Bissell, Mayor of Effingham 

The election of Mr. Bissell as mayor at this time is for him and his profession a 
very unique and appropriate compliment, in view of the fact that the Illinois State 
Association of Photographers, of which he has long been a member, meets here next 
month, and his first official duty will be to welcome the association to the city that has thus 
honored one of their number, the distinction being won as a recognition of his worth 
to the community as a photographer and President of the Illinois College of Photography 
and the Bissell College of Photo-engraving, twin institutions that have made our city 
and its new mayor famous throughout the world, and that are doing more than all else 
to make the art-science of photography the peer of any profession in which a young 
man or woman can engage. The McKinleyan, Effingham.