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

Today is "John Whipple Day." All three notices appeared the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript." - - - - - - - In the 30 March 1847 edition: D A G U E R R E O T Y P E. JOHN A. WHIPPLE has taken the old stand formerly occupied by Litch & WHIPPLE, No. 96 Washington street, where he will give personal attention to all who will be pleased to give him their patronage. The public are respectfully invited to call and examine a large collection of specimens of the art. tc mh 30 * * * * * * * In the 30 March 1848 edition: 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. (I've repeated this notice from my post of 03-30-97) * * * * * * * In the 30 March 1852 edition: THE STATE GOVERNMENT DAGUERREOTYPED. The Commonwealth says the Governor and Council and Mr Secretary Walker and Messenger Page were daguerreotyped in group by Whipple at his rooms a day or two since. The site was at the request of the artist. Nine different impressions were taken, the subjects being in different positions. The plates were all of a superior quality, and the pictures produced are very fine and lifelike, and do credit to Mr Whipple, who is one of the most scientific daguerrean artists in the country. -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-30-99

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