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

On this day (March 30) in the year 1848, the following "unsolicited" notice appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript" (page 2): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERREOTYPES. The writer having visited similar establishments in most of the principal cities of the Union, does not hesitate to declare his decided preference for the portraits taken by Mr Whipple and his assistants, over those of any daguerreotypist. The beautiful and life-like expression given to the eye, and the faithful delineation of the features generally, justly entitled Mr Whipple to the medal awarded to him by the Mechanics' Fair recently held in this city. He has unquestionably carried this noble art to a high degree of perfection, and has spared neither pains nor expense in the fitting up of his rooms, and in using every effort to take with unexampled beauty and accuracy the daguerreotype portraits of all who have given him a trial. His operating room, which is entirely detached from the Daguerrian gallery, is admirably adapted for that purpose, and is lighted by means of a large sky light; the plates are polished by steam, and indeed the entire establishment is conducted on the most extensive scale. I would recommend all, who have not yet procured a duplicate copy of themselves to pay Mr Whipple a visit. This hurried notice is wholly spontaneous and unsolicited on my part. L. -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-30-97

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