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

On this day (April 1) in the year 1851, the following brief article appeared in "The Daguerreian Journal" (New York) Vol. 1, No. 10 (1 April 1851) pg. 305: - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERREOTYPE FISH HOOKS. New use for old Daguerreotype Plates. Mr. STEVENSON, of Canandaigua, this State, has invented a curious contrivance for lake fishing, which experience has taught us to be one of the finest ever in use. Mr. S. takes a piece of Daguerreotype plate, cuts and beats it into the shape of the bowl of a spoon. This with the silvered side out, and a hook of the proper size soldered in the bowl. It is found that this Daguerreotype hook will, when attached to a line, and in trolling, be kept continually wheeling in the water, and thus decoy the most wise and prudent inhabitants of the lake, whose age and prudence has added in no small degree to their weight. Friend Root suggests that a Hillotype of a frog or grasshopper would prove a valuable addition to the bait. We think so! -------------------------------------------------------------- 04-01-98

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