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

On this day (June 15) in the year 1848, the following notice appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": A Daguerreotype artist by the name of Jaquay has purchased a flat boat at Pittsburg, and fitted up a daguerreotype gallery on board. He intends to float with the currents. * * * * * * * In the June 1871 issue of "The Photographic Time" (Vol. I, No. 6,) the following paragraph closed a brief article title, "Faded Daguerreotypes."(The short article includes an explanation of cyanide cleaning.) . . .We agree with Mr. Reeves in regretting the entire abandonment of the daguerreotype process in this country. In America they are still occasionally produced. The late Mr. Claudet, up to the time of his death, we believe, kept his daguerreotype apparatus in working order, and occasionally produced portraits therewith for the stereoscope. We do not know of any one in England who would now undertake to produce a daguerre otype. Many old photographers preserve their apparatus with a lingering affection; but success essentially depending on everything being kept in condition, no attempt is made to use it. We think that if an artist in London were known to produce good daguerreotypes, it is not at all improbably that he might frequently receive commissions for such work. We fear, however, that no one will undertake the experiment.--Photo. News. Mr. Bogardus of this city and others have always made daguerreotypes until this day. Thousands of these old time pictures are yearly brought to the photographer to copy, and very bad copies are made because they are not first properly cleaned. The above article will therefore be useful.--Ed. Times. -------------------------------------------------------------- 06-15-97

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