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

On this day (March 2) the following items appeared in their respective publications: --------------------------------- from the 1850 "Daily Republican" (Springfield, Mass.; Vol. 7; No. 53): Western Daguerreotyping.--There is a floating Daguerrean Gallery now tied up at Gallipolis, O. The boat bears the significant name of "Artist." It is announced that the boat has been in operation two years, and the proprietors declare that no Gallery, East or West, has the advantages combined in their establishment. This is a regular Western enterprise, and the proprietors will doubtless realize largely from the "floating capital." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - from the 1853 "Daily Evening Transcript (Boston): IMPROVEMENT IN DAGUERREOTYPING. Charleston papers state that a daguerrean artist of that city has recently made an important discovery or improvement in the art of taking pictures. It is a process of enameling,--applied after the picture is taken,--by which the impression is permanently secured, and protected from the action of fire, water, or contact of any kind. Thus protected, the daguerreotype needs no glass, in framing, and it may be transmitted, without injury, by mail, to any distance. If this is true, a great addition has been made to the value of the daguerreotype. (In a post last year, I gave the text of an April 2, 1853 advertisement by J. Gurney as ". . . having completed arrangements and entered into an engagement with Mr. S. N. Carvalho, the discover of the above beautiful and highly important process ["transparent enamelled daguerreotypes"], takes this method to inform his patrons and the public generally, that Mr. Carvalho may be found at his gallery, No. 349 Broadway, where he is prepared to enamel daguerreotypes of all sizes, whether taken at the gallery or elsewhere.") ----------------------------------------------------------------- 03-02-96

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