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

I'm away tomorrow, so I'm sending this one day early. On this day (January 22) the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - In the 1840 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": THE DAGUERREOTYPE. We are happy to learn, on the best authority, that Mr Francis Gouraud, the representative of Mr Daguerre, after completing his practical demonstrations of the process of the Da- guerreotype at New York, will come directly to this city, for the purpose of exhibiting to our citizens this wonderful discovery, and of giving to those who take an interest in the arts, an opportunity of be- coming acquainted with the process. [Advertiser. * * * * * and the following three advertisements in "The Salem Observer" (Massachusetts) for 1848. (I enjoy the irony of the two Masury texts!): IMPROVEMENTS IN THE D A G U E R R E O T Y P E A R T . B O W D O I N ' S R O O M S , 208 ESSEX STREET....(opposite the Market) Mr. B. takes this opportunity to express his grati- tude to the public for their liberal patronage the past year, and respectfully solicits a continuance of their favor. Notwithstanding the number of rooms that have been opened, and the GREAT effort which has been made by Itinerant Artists, to excite the public with cheap pictures, his business has exceeded that of any former year. He does not intend to vary in his prices, but to regulate his charges so as to receive a fair renumeration, that will enable him to live by his profession, and also to make pictures that will be of permanent value to the purchaser. He has a new method of operating, which produces a strong, clear impression, with a perfect eye, pure white and black in the drapery, better proportions to the figure, with all the softness of a fine engraving. He has been at much expense in fitting up a fine suite of rooms, with a superior arrangement of light, and every desirable convenience for the business, and spares no pains or expense in procuring all the valuable improvements and will insure as good a picture as can be obtained in this country. He has one of the largest instruments now used to take family groups; and cabinet portraits and minia- tures of all sizes set in Cases, Lockets, &c. Portraits copied; also, Miniatures without reversing. Pictures warranted to give satisfaction and not fade--taken without regard to weather. Exhibition Room open to visiters through the day. dec 18 * * * * * S . M A S U R Y . Has taken Rooms in KINSMAN'S NEW BUILD- ING, (a few doors below the Post Office, on Essex street, Salem.) for the purpose of taking DAGUERREOTYPE MINIATURES, in a NEW and ELEGANT STYLE, and of larger sizes than are generally taken. MINIATURES taken at this gallery, are warranted to give perfect satisfaction, and not to fade or change appearance in any way, or for any number of years. As many persons suppose that Daguerreotype Min- iatures can be taken only in fair weather, we beg leave to say, that, by a recent discovery, we are prepared to take Miniatures in cloudy weather; and will warrant as good picture taken in cloudy as in pleasant weather. Hours of Operation, from 9 o'clock, A. M., until 4 o'clock, P. M. Ladies and gentlemen are invited to call and examine our specimens. MINIATURES set in Cases, Lockets and Frames. Prices from $2 50 to $10 00. mch27 opisly * * * * * M R . M A S U R Y WOULD inform the citizens of this city and vicin- ity, that owing to the great amount of stormy weather for the last four weeks, he has been unable to fulfill all his engagements, and will remain in Salem a FEW WEEKS LONGER, to enable all who desire an op- portunity of obtaining for themselves or friends, a SUPERIOR DAGUERREOTYPE M I N I A T U R E . -------------------------------------------------------------- 01-22-00

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