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

On this day (June 9) the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - These two items in the 1842 "St. Catharines Journal" (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, page 3): (as an editorial article:) "Daguerreotype Likenesses.--We take pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to the advertisement, in another column, of Messrs. Proctor & Jackman, under this head. Several specimens of their skill in the art of taking likenesses, after the manner lately invented by the distinguished French chemist whose name it bears, have already been produced by them, and given the highest satisfaction; although the weather has proved, for the greater part of the time, very unfavorable. From what we have seen of their efforts and their successes, we are strongly inclined to consider them worthy of the patronage of all who desire to possess a true impression of their countenance, in every thing but the living principle itself, in a neat and convenient form. As the stay of Messrs. P. & J. will be short, we advise those who have a fancy for carrying in their pockets, or presenting to a friend, a correct representation of their own 'human face divine,' to apply soon, and judge for themselves." * * * * * * * (in the advertisements:) Daguerreotype LIKENESSES. Messrs. PROCTOR & JACKMAN would inform the citizens of St. Catharines and vicinity, that they are prepared to execute Daguerreotype PORTRAITS, single, or in groups; and also to take views of public Buildings and private Residences, in a superior style, in clear or cloudy weather. The wonderful discovery of M. Daguerre has opened a new field in the art of drawing, and furnished the means for preserving, for future contemplation, representations invariably and mathematically exact, in all but color, of the 'human face divine'-- as well as other objects of interest or curiosity. The beauty and accuracy of these delineations by the hand of nature, are unattainable by any other means. They are indeed but the reflections of the objects themselves, reduced more or less in size. Having procured an apparatus of superior quality and power, and practiced according to the improved method, and under the immediate instruction of one of the most distinguished professors (Dr. E. Burwell), of the Photographic art, Messrs. P. & J. are enabled, by the ordinary light of a room, to execute LIKENESSES, which, for distinctness and clearness of outline and general effect, are not surpassed, if equalled. Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to call and examine their specimens, at their room at Doct. BEADLE'S, where they will remain for a few day [sic] only. Hours of attendance, every day from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Instructions given to pupils, who may be desirous of becoming acquainted with the above Art, and apparatus furnished complete, on liberal terms. June 2, 1842." (Contributed by Dennis Gannon) * * * * * * * In the 1840 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": D A G U E R R E O T Y P E A P P A R A T U S, of every variety and of very superior quality, for sale at the very low price of $25 a set, by A. DAVIS, No 11 Cornhill. iseop2w je 9 * * * * * * * In the 1848 "Salem Gazette": F. M. B U R N E T T, Daguerreotype Miniature Rooms No. 289 ESSEX STREET, SALEM. Miniatures for $1 50, including Case. Miniatures taken without regard to weather, with or without colors, and set in Lockets. Perfect satisfaction guarantied in all cases. The public are invited to examine specimens. je 9 3w * * * * * * * And in the 1847 "New-York Daily Tribune" (Vol. VII, No. 52): D A G U E R R E O T Y P E P L A T E S--The best and cheapest Daguerreotype Plates for sale at LOUIS L. BISHOP'S. 12 Maiden-lane, up stairs. je1 1mis* -------------------------------------------------------------- 06-09-97

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