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

On this day (February 10), the following items appeared in their respective newspapers: --------------------------------- in the "Boston Evening Transcript" of 1840: THE DAGUERREOTYPE. Mr. Gouraud's first lecture, yesterday, was given to a small but highly respectable audience of perhaps a hundred and twenty persons--just enough to fill the room comfortably. Among them we recognized the Rev. Dr. Milnor, Commander Levy, of the Navy, Mr. Chilton, the chemist, the editor of the Albion and several others. A number of ladies also were present--some of them very beautiful, and all had faces beaming with intelligence. The lecture was eminently practical, the entire process being performed, from the polishing of the plate to the ultimate washing which fixes the drawing. The view taken was of the building occupied by the American Institute--formerly by Scudder's Museum--the Park, &c. The process took up somewhat more than two hours. The drawing was perfect, and Mr. Gouraud announced his intention of presenting it to the President of the United States, as the first perfect specimen of the Daguerreotype produced in this country. The lecture was in English, which Mr. Gouraud speaks with great fluency, thought with a very slight foreign accent. [New York Commercial Advertiser. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - in the "Boston Evening Transcript" of 1852: JENNY LIND. All interested in having engraved in rich style the best likeness, and finest picture of the Queen of Song, are invited to subscribe for copies at Southworth & Hawes' Daguerreotype Rooms, 5 1/2 Tremont Row. The list is now open, and the copy to be engraved may be seen together with several others, the last of which was taken the week of her marriage. Miss Lind has pronounced on of them the best likeness of herself ever made. The size of the plate will be 12 by 16 inches. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - and two items from the 1850 issue of "Daily National Intelligencer." (Washington, D.C.): THE WONDER OF THE AGE.--THE STEREOSCO- pic, or Solid Daguerreotypes.--Stereoscopy, or the art of giving to pictures on a flat surface all the solidity and roundness of life, has been pronounced, by scientific men, the most wonderful discovery ever made in optics. The effect is really magical. The picture appears the size of life, and stands out in alto relievo like a piece of sculpture, or rather like the living being. Specimens of this wonderful art may be seen at WHITEHURST'S Gallery, Penn. avenue, near 4 1/2 street, where they are taken in their fullest perfection. feb 1--eo2w - - - - - - - - - - - - NOW IS THE TIME.--THOMPSON comes again with his expression of thanks to the thousands who have been visitors and patrons to his well-known Gal- ery during the past year, and hopes still, by his assiduous efforts to keep pace with the improvements and please all, he will continue to receive a goodly share of public patronage. He has just returned from New York with a large and beau- tiful assortment of Fancy Cases, Lockets, Breastpins, Rings, &c., which will be sold at the lowest prices. Gallery on Penn- ylvania avenue, between 4 1/2 and 6 streets. jan 15--1m (original errors of spelling/grammar maintained--GE) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 02-10-96

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