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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

On this day (January 8) in the year 1853, the following notice appeared in the "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion (Boston, Vol. 4, No. 2, page 29): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE STEREOSCOPE. Messrs. Southworth & Hawes, 5 1-2 Tremont Row, have so vastly improved upon Professor Wheaton's stereoscope principle and discovery, as to have perfected an invention which may be said to have made the whole discovery their own. There were formerly insurmountable difficulties attached to the application of this principle to daguerreotypes, which the above scientific operators have entirely overcome, and as the principle is illustrated and improved by them, it forms an entirely new and most perfect department of art. This invention has been the result of months of pains-taking and experiment, as it regarded overcoming the great difficulties experienced in the stereoscope, heretofore; and the above-named gentlemen have now produced the first perfect stereoscope picture ever exhibited. The whole, as witnessed in the instrument, also of their own construction, is a great curiosity. Let us add, also, in this connection, a bit of advice to our friends, who propose to obtain the "counterfeit presentment" of themselves, or others. Messrs. Southworth & Hawes are known as being among the best daguerreotype artists, not alone in this city, but in comparison with famous European establishments. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 01-08-97

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