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

In the May, 1857 issue of "Hutching's California Magazine" (San Francisco, Vol.1, No. 11,) the following two items appeared: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERREOTYPES ON TOMBSTONES. --There is often--indeed, almost always--a feeling of sadness, which falls with gentle stealth upon the heart, when with slow and measured footsteps, we walk among the green hillocks of the dead. The cheerful looking flowers and shrubs, planted and watched by some loving-hearted mourner, may somewhat relieve the intensity and depth of its gloom, but, with this relief, it partakes too much of the "earth, earthy," and of the "cold, dark grave, than of the "mortal" having "put on immortality." If on every tombstone there could be seen the life-likeness of the sleeper, as with sparkling eye, and noble mien he walked "a man among men;" or of some gentle lady, whose kindly and generous impulses could be read in every feature of the "face divine;" or of the angel-child, whose joyous laugh, and innocent smile speaks of the loss to its bereaved and loving parents--and of its passage from earthly to heaven to be the guardian-spirit of the wandering and the disconsolate upon earth--how much more inviting would then be the last resting places of the departed,--could we thus seek the "living" among the "dead," and on every tombstone see the living representative of the sleeper. ...and an advertisement on the issue's wrappers: E. B. & D. H. HENDEE D A G U E R R E A N A R T I S T S, HUNTOON ST., OROVILLE, Beautiful and life-like Ambrotypes taken in all weathers, in the highest style of the art. Views of Claims, &c., &c., ----------------------------------------------------------------- 05-10-96

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