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

On this day (March 14) in the year 1840, the following two advertisements appeared in the "New York Observer" (Volume XVIII., No. 11): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE DAGUERREOTYPE.-The Daguerreotype apparatus, made from the designs of the distinguished discoverer of the process, is manufactured and for sale at 140 Nassau street. The subscriber is the first, it is believed, who made this apparatus in this country. It has been used with successful results by gentlemen well known to the public, who are ready at any time to attest to its excellence. Several simplifications also of the apparatus, by scientific men have been adopted, making it preferable to the French apparatus. Its cost will also be less by about 30 dollars. N. B.--Orders received for plates manufactured by f 293t CORDUAN, PERKINS & CO. - - - - - - - - THE DAGUERREOTYPE APPARATUS, made from the designs of the distinguished discoverer of the process, is manufactured and for sale at the Philosophical Instrument Establishment, 140 Nassau street, warranted to be correct and perfect in all its parts. The subscriber has, by the aid of scientific men, succeeded in simplifying the apparatus in such a manner that it lessens the expense, is more portable than the French, and shortens an important part of the process. The apparatus consists of the camera, the iodine box, the mercury apparatus, the box containing the chemical preparations used in the process, the plate box, the spirit lamp, and the washing or finishing apparatus, all put up in a neat chest suitable for traveling, and fitted up in such a manner that the traveller may stop by the way and take views without being put to the inconvenience of first providing a dark chamber for that part of the process which requires to be done in the dark. The prices vary from 15 to 60 dollars. Those who are intending to purchase had better call and see the apparatus and proofs taken by it. G. W. PROSCH, 140 Nassau street, N. Y. The subscriber has leave to refer to Professor Samuel F. B. Morse, New York City University; Prof. John W. Draper, do. do.; Dr. John Torrey, M. D., Prof. of Chemistry, Medical College; Dr. James R. Chilton. N. B.--Order received for plates manufactured by Corduan, Perkins & Co. f29 10t -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-14-97

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