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

On this day (April 26) the following items appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": - - - - - In the issue for April 26, 1851: FINE ARTS. There is a constant progress in the Daguerrian art, as is abundantly evident from the recent specimens taken at Mr Whipple's gallery, 96 Washington street. He has a new process, by which portraits are taken in the style of crayons. Some recent specimens we have seen are gems of art, and give great satisfaction. They are quite the rage just now. Several of these may be seen at his gallery. * * * * * * and two year prior, in the April 26, 1849 issue: PHOTOGRAPHY IN A NEW FORM. The Philadelphia Ledger says, that some few years ago, about the time that Daguerreotypes were introduced to the public, Mr H. Fox Talbot, an English gentleman, discovered how to produce the same impressions upon paper. It was not pursued, however, with the same success as the Daguerreotype, because the process was more difficult, and the result not generally so satisfactory. Mr Langenheim, of Philadelphia, who has acquired much and deserved celebrity for sun pictures, has experimented for some eight years upon the Talbot method of producing them, and he has now brought the invention to such perfection as to warrant him in bringing it before the public. The advantage attending the "Talbotype" is that after the first impression, which is taken with an accuracy that is surprising, in about a minute's time, any subsequent number may be taken without any sitting at all, and may be colored like a water color paining, an artist being employed for this purpose. -------------------------------------------------------------- 04-26-99

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