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

On this day (June 17) in the year 1843, a certain daguerreotype case maker in New York wrote the following letter to Albert Southworth of Boston. (It was November of this same year that Southworth would into partnership with Josiah Hawes.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- New York, June 17, 1843 Mr. Southworth, Sir I beg leave of communicating these few lines soliciting your attention I being informed by L. Champney and several of your friends that you are one of the most successful prof of daguerreotype and doing the most ex- tensive business in Boston and invarably use a great number of miniature cases I have been engaged some time past in manufacturing miniature cases for some of the principal operators in this city and recently in business for myself and anxious for engagements I have got up a new style case with embossed top and extra fine diaframe This style of case has been admired by all the principal artists in this city If you feel desirous to see my style of cases if you will favor me with an answer I will send them by Horse Express if my style of cases should suit you I can supply you on reasonable terms. Yours M B Brady 162 1/2 Fulton near Broadway opposite St. Paul's Church (This letter is in the collection of the George Eastman House, formerly of the Boyer Collection.) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 06-17-95

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