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

On this day (May 4) in the year 1849, the following advertisement appeared in the "Delaware County Republican" (Delaware County, Pennsylvania): - - - - - - - - - J. STEVENS; DAGUERREAN GALLERY, PENN BUILDINGS, CHESTER.--The proprietor, J. Stevens, (late of Philadelphia,) desires to inform the inhabitants of Chester, and its vicinity, that he has engaged the large Lecture Room, in the Penn Buildings, for a short time only, where he is prepared to execute Daguerreotype Portraits, in the highest order of excellence of which the art is attainable, and which cannot be surpassed by any operator in the world, being perfect facsimiles of nature, and colored to the life, if required. J.S. is fully confident, that if a thoroughly scientific and practical knowledge of this beautiful art, combined with due attention to the arrangement of drapery and artistic effect, be any desideratum with the public, he will not only merit, but obtain a large share of public patronage, and guarantees that no Portrait will leave the Gallery that is not artistically good and a perfect likeness. Portraits (including case) taken for one dollar and upwards. No extra charge for coloring. Portraits of sick or deceased persons taken at their rooms. N.B. Instructions given in the art, and apparatus furnished on reasonable terms. Chester, May 4. -------------------------------------------------------------- 05-04-99

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