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

On this day (August 9) the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - in the 1841 "Salem Register" (Mass. Vol.XLI, No.63, pg.2): THE LATEST DAGUERREOTYPE. Your Yankee is ever ready to play a practical joke, and never at his wit's end for one either smart or original. We heard of one perpetrated last week, not a thousand miles off, which has furnished food for much laughter. A simple witling having inquired of a pedlar for many new things with uncouth names, the latter finally offered to take his likeness with a Daguerreotype apparatus he had, or to sell him the machine--a plain, square box, for a small price. It was a touch above Plumbe's as it took a likeness in an instant, and was so simple that any-one could manage it.--Price for likenesses, twenty-five cents--for the box one dollar. Jonathan forked over his dollar, nothing loth to make a spec by taking pictures of his neighbors. The operation was explained to be simply raising the box lid--which done, our hero saw his own likeness, correct to the life, in a common mirror! The accuracy of the machine could not be disputed, little as the inventor would have a patent right to his discovery.-- Barre Gazette. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - in the 1852 "New-York Daily Tribune" (Vol.XII, No.3,528): Truth is adored, wherever she may shine, The fairest offspring of a world divine; Yet who her fullest glory would compute, Will study those Daguerreotypes by ROOT. There the soft radiances of the golden sun Weaves Truth and Beauty firmly into one There the same features that delight the heart, Are fixed forever by his wondrous art. ROOT'S great Premium Daguerrean Gallery, No. 363 Broadway, near Franklin-st. Perfect pic- tures taken in any sort of weather ----------------------------------------------------------------- 08-09-96

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