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

On this day, July 14, in the year 1848, the following advertisement appeared in the "New York Evening Express": --------------------------------------------------------- NATIONAL MINIATURE GALLERY. EDWARD WHITE, (late J. R. Clark,) 247 Broadway, New York. (Over the Jewelry Store of Ball, Tompkins & Black.) THIS really splendid establishment has been recently still further improved by its present proprietor, and now offers every facility for the rapid production of D A G U E R R E O T Y P E M I N I A T U R E S of the most extraordinary beauty. The Rooms are very large and commodious, and arrangements have been made, expressly with a view of taking GROUPS of figures. The specimens of this wondrous art, in this Gallery, "there being near a thousand Portraits of all our most celebrated men, should be examined by all who wish D A G U E R R E O T Y P E MINIATURES in order to see to what an astonishing degree of perfection this art has been brought. These Pictures are so accurate in outline, per- spective and foreshortening, and so delicate in light, shade, and hue as to surpass all other in their exquisite beauty. We are sure that intelligent persons, who can distinguish between a good and bad picture, will not long continue to purchase Daguer- reotypes that have nothing to recommend them but their low price. The Public are respectfully invited to visit this Gallery. Prices a formerly.(sic) Je14 3m M&E ------------------------------------------------------more----------- On this same day, in 1846, the following advertisement appeared in the "Daily Herald" (Newburyport; vol.XV, No.11): D A G U E R R E O T Y P E. WILLIAM SNELL WOULD respectfully inform his friends and the public, that he has recently made valuable im- provements in the Daguerreotype art, and purchased a large German Camera, the best which can be had in the country, by which larger and more beautiful im- pressions can be produced. Having possessed myself with every new improve- ment which Messrs Litch & Whipple(the best artists in Boston,) have, and using the same apparatus and the same materials which they use, and from long ex- perience in the business, I hope to be able to produce as good likenesses as can be taken anywhere. Groups of from two to six can be well taken. Also, full length pictures of children. Instruction given and apparatus furnished. W.S. acts as agent for Messrs Litch & Whipple for the sale of German Cameras, or any kind of appa- ratus used in the art. Rooms No 3 Pleasant street, up stairs, where a large number of specimens may be seen. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 07-14-95

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