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N.S. Campbell and James Mills
Campbell & Mills' Photograph Wagon
Carte de visite, detail
Private collection of Ron Coddington
(Ron Coddington, 11 December 2022) The portable darkroom on wheels belonging to photography partners N.S. Campbell and James Mills is parked out side of the Mills home. The pair operated a gallery south of the courthouse in downtown Ottawa, Ill., from the 1860s until about 1871. The unidentified dog may have belonged to Mills.
A story in the Feb. 26, 1870, edition of The Ottawa Free Trader notes: