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

Today's DagNews includes an announcement from Anthony Davis about a Symposium being held May 31 - June 1. First the news: On this day, March 22, the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - In the 1845 "Springfield Daily Republican" (Mass.): Herr Driesbach, with his tiger in his arms has been Daguerreotyped in Philadelphia. This is the first instance of a wild animal's sitting for his miniature. * * * * * * * And in the same newspaper, but in the year 1851: It is estimated that there are no less than ten thousand daguerreotypists in the United States at the present time. It may be thought a little singular, yet it is nevertheless true, that the best daguerreotypist in Paris in an American, a Yankee from Boston, named Thompson. So great has been his success, that at the very city where the invention was first made, the Frenchmen go to Mr T. to perfect themselves in the art. In London, also, the first daguerreotypist is an American and he is overrun with customers. * * * * * * and the announcement from Anthony Davis: On Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st, 1997 we will be holding A PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIBLES SYMPOSIUM, auction and Trade Fair at the Burbank Airport Hilton, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. On Saturday, distinguished speakers and dealers in photographic collectibles will discuss all aspects of assembling a collection. Keith Davis, curator of the prestigious Hallmark Photographic Collection in Kansas City, will give a talk and slide presentation on lesser known aspects of the Collection. Sandra Phillips, curator of photographs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will talk and show slides documenting the expanding horizons of photographic collecting in an institutional setting. Stephen White, a local collector and dealer, and co-organizer of the Symposium, will speak on unusual aspects of his extensive photographic collection. After lunch, a panel of expert dealers, including co-organizers Michael Dawson of Dawson's Book Store and Anthony Davis, a local 19th century photographic dealer, will answer audience questions and give brief presentations on specialized areas of collecting. This will be followed by an auction conducted by Pacific Book Auction Galleries of San Francisco, offering a broad variety of photographic collectibles - daguerreotypes, 19th and 20th century paper photographs and photographic books. An illustrated catalog will be available. On Sunday, a photographic Show and Sale of all types of photographic collectibles will be held. For further information on the Symposium, Auction and Show, please contact Anthony Davis (818) 762 3540 or e-mail at: antiqphoto@earthlink.net -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-22-97

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