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

On this day (May 7, 1851) the following notice appeared in the Illustrated News (New York): ---------------------------------------------------------------------- In the column header for "The Fine Arts": Among other "little pleasures" with which the city abounds, we class our semi-occasional droppings in at daguerreotype galleries. The recognition of the portraits of those whom we have seen before, or the likenesses of those of whom we have heard, but never seen, is always gratifying, and there are few who ever visit a well stocked gallery, without such rencontres. Among the best daguerreotype collections in our city, we may safely class that of Mr. Lawrence, No. 381 Broadway, who excels in his art, and who appears to be remarkably successful in likenesses. ----------------------------------------------- In the advertisements, under the header for "daguerreotypes": T H E W O R L D ' S F A I R. -- Thousands and thousands of people will visit New York this summer who never have done so, and probably never will again: and as each will undoubtedly desire to carry back some memorial of the visit, we cannot do them a better service than to state that ROOT'S magnificent DAGUERREOTYPES are the most appropriate of all souvenirs, being the perfect representation of the form and feature, and every peculiar shade of expression of whomsoever may sit for them. ROOT'S CRAYONS are the most perfect gems of art ever made, and are remarkably popular. ROOT'S GREAT FREE GALLERY OF DISTINGUISHED PORTRAITS is a curiosity in itself. It is at No. 363 Broadway, corner of Franklin street, first floor up stairs, easy of access. Perfect pictures are taken in any weather, rain or shine. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Also: If you have a graphical web browser, don't miss the page for Jay Ruby's new book "Secure the Shadow." One of the illustrations is a daguerreotype of a woman dressed in mourning clothing. A graphic file of the image is also available for download from his "gallery." The URL is: http://fermi.clas.Virginia.EDU:80/~ds8s/hist.html ----------------------------------------------------------------- 05-07-95

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