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

On this day (February 24) in the year 1843, the following text appeared in the "Daily National Intelligencer" (Washington, D.C.) Vol. 31, No. 9367: - - - - - - - - - - - - - under the heading "From our New York Correspondent." Daguerreotyping, which is now done for a dollar and a half, is the next most profitable vocation. It will soon be as difficult to find man or woman who has not his likeness done by the sun, (Apollo fecit,) as it was, before the rain of portrait painters, to find one without a profile cut in black. A Frenchman has opened a shop in Fulton street for the sale of apparatuses for daguerreotyping, so that any pedlar can take up the trade. Some beginnings have been made in copying colors, and one man has altered his sign to "photographer." Should an improvement be made hereafter by which an artist could correct the variations made by the imperfectness of the perspective and the convexity of the lens, (for these daguerreotypes are very incorrect after all,) the immortality of the generation is as sure, at least, as the duration of the metallic plate. -------------------------------------------------------------- 02-24-98

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