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

On this day (January 31) in the year 1850, the following two items appeared in the "The National Era" (Washington, D.C.) Vol. 4, No. 161: - - - - - - - - on page 18: BENNETT'S DAGUERREAN GALLERY.--N.S. Bennett has opened a new Daguerrean Gallery on Pennsylvania avenue. We are much pleased with his workmanship. Members of Congress who wish to obtain pictures of themselves before they are wasted by the harassments of a long session, would do well to give him a call. See advertisement. * * * * * and on page 19: BENNETT'S DAGUERREAN GALLERY, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington City, one door west of Gilman's Drug Store. THE citizens of Washington and strangers visiting the city are respectfully informed that the subscriber has just opened a gallery as above, which he has fitted up in elegant style, with all the latest improvements, including AN EXTENSIVE SKYLIGHT. and is now prepared to take pictures of all sizes, single or in groups, which his long experience and great success embolden him to say will be pronounced by competent judges fully equal to any specimens of the phonographic art ever produced in the United States. Cabinet pictures, measuring eleven by fourteen inches, taken at short notice; also, crayon and enamelled Daguerreotypes. Pictures taken equally well in cloudy as in fair weather. Perfect satisfaction warranted in all cases. The public are respectfully invited to call and examine specimens. N. S. BENNETT. --------------------------------------------------------------- 01-31-00

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