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

On this day (January 17) in the year 1847, the following appeared as an article in the "Saturday Courier" (Philadelphia; Vol.16 No.45): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE "SKYLIGHT." We know not how it is with other operators, but people appear to be looking up in crowds at the "skylight" operations of the Messrs. Collins, whose Daguerreotype Establishment is directly opposite our windows, which gives us a good opportunity of seeing the throngs of beautiful ladies and gentlemen,--all are beautiful who wish their likenesses taken,--who daily attend their elegant and capacious saloons. We have no personal interest in directing our friends to this establishment in particular, for we have seen some equally splendid pictures from Langenheims, in the Exchange, Simons', Plumbe's, Root's, &c, in Chesnut street, as those of our neighbors; but the new skylight apparatus just completed by the Messrs. C., has certainly had the effect of making them very popular; sitters having to make arrangements some days ahead to obtain a picture. For ourself, we have sat to several of these sun-painters, but owing doubtless to some defect in all the apparatus, we could never get a handsome likeness. * * * * * * * * * * * * and an advertisement: DAGUERRIAN ROOMS, 116 CHESNUT STREET Philadelphia, by T. B. Shew.--Portraits, $1,50 to $10, perfect and colored. Plates, cases, apparatus, chemicals, &c. for sale at the lowest rates. Instructions given on reasonable terms. Ap116m* ----------------------------------------------------------------- 01-17-97

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