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

Before today's brief item, I want to mention two sites of interest: Center Hall Foundation, "The American Daguerreotype" features three galleries of daguerreotypes: http://soho.ios.com/~arcodd/adm.htm An illustrated article by Dan Meinwald, "Memento Mori: Death and Photography in Nineteenth Century America" features some truly beautiful post-mortem daguerreotypes: http://cmp1.ucr.edu/terminals/memento_mori/ * * * * * * On this day (June 4) in the year 1851, the following news item appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": THE BOSTON LIGHT GUARD, Capt Clark, yesterday received the highest encomiums from Major General Wool, for their peculiarly fine military appearance and discipline, and the old veteran craved the privilege of shaking each man by the hand. Afterwards the company proceeded to the Common, where a daguerreotype view of them was taken by Mr Southworth. Their new uniform is acknowledged on all hands to be the most unique and truly elegant one extant. (I will mention that two full-plate daguerreotypes of such a scene can be seen as plates 81 and 82 in "The Spirit of Fact - The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes [Boston: Godine, 1976] and in the Dover version "The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes" [also as plates 81 and 82.] --G.E.) -------------------------------------------------------------- 06-04-97

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