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

On this day, May 18, the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - - - - In the 1843 "Nashua Gazette and Hillsborough Advertiser" (Nashua, N.H. Vol. 17, No. 14): It is stated that Professor Bottinger, of Frankfort-on-the-Maine, has just discovered a mode of Daguerreotyping in colors, as easy and as rapid as the ordinary process. - - - - - - - - - In the 1852 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": GOVERNOR KOSSUTH and Secretary may now be called upon, without the visitor's being solicited to furnish "material aid," at the gallery of Messrs. Southworth & Hawes, 5 1/2 Tremont Row. The illustrious Hungarians will here be introduced through the medium of the Stereoscope; and those who would witness the very embodiment of Kossuth, as he appeared yesterday, must call. - - - - - - - - - In the 1850 "Scientific American" (Vol. 5, issue 35, pg 276): GREAT IMPROVEMENT IN DAGUERREOTYPE. Mr. Chas. J. Anthony, of Pittsburg has invented one of the grandest improvements ever made in the art of Daguerreotyping; in fact we believe it second only to the discovery of Daguerre himself. The improvement consists in what is termed the "Magic Back Ground," which is given by a chemical process, and consists in overcoming one of the greatest difficulties that artists have to contend against. Mr. Anthony, by his process, can give the picture any kind of back ground he pleases--light or dark and imitation of sky, or draperied canopy. One sample which we saw, had a back ground in imitation of pearl, with the picture standing out in full relief. The back ground can be given either before, during, or after the impression is taken. The process is simple and the expense trifling. Mr. Anthony has applied for a patent, and has assigned his interest of it to Mr. Levi Chapman, of this city, who will no doubt make a grand affair of such a deserving and meritorious discovery. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 05-18-96

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