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

On this day (May 10) the following items appeared in their respective publications: * * * * * * * * * * * In the 10 May 1851 issue of the "Daily Pacific News" (San Francisco): $50 R E W A R D. THE above reward will be given to any person who will deliver or give information of TWO TRUNKS, one a light haired trunk, containing Daguerreotype cases, one whole plate tube, marked Vaightland & Son, one pair of silver spurs, bridle and stirrups, taken from the Plaza in front of the Bella Union, early on Sunday morning. The other a black trunk, containing clothes and papers, ta- ken from Montgomery street between Pacific and Broad- way. Both of the above trunks are without lock, and fastened with ropes. The one from the plaza must have been removed early on Sunday morning. The cartmen who removed goods from the Plaza in front of the Bella Union early Sunday morning, shall be liberally rewarded by leaving information of the same at the Billiard Room in the Louisiana House. R. H. VANCE. My10 * * * * * * * * * * * In the 10 May 1852 "Niagara Chronicle": "MESSRS GRAVES & PRUDEN would respectfully announce to the citizens of Niagara and vicinity, that they are now in Town with their Mammoth Daguerrean Saloon which they have furnished in the very best possible manner, for the sole purpose of taking the best and most life-like pictures ever taken by this process. They are now ready to receive company and extend a cordial welcome to all who are so disposed to come and examine for themselves. Come One, Come All! Whether you want Pictures or not, you will always find them in good humor and always at home. All Pictures warranted to give good satisfaction or NO PAY. Improve the opportunity, as they will only remain here a short time." Original spelling maintained including "Vaightland" (Voigtlander" is correct,) and "Pruden" ("Prudden" is correct.) -------------------------------------------------------------- 05-10-97

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