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

On this day (August 15) in the year 1853, the following news item appeared in the "Salem Register" (Vol LIV, No. 65): -------------------------------------------------- From the Lewiston Farmer and Mechanic. INVENTIONS. Mr. Editor: Having accidentally come across the dates of the following inventions, I did not know as I could make a better use of them than to pass them over to you, to fill some vacant corner in your paper. They may be of some convenience to your readers for reference. Glass windows were first used in 1180 Chimneys in houses 1236 Lead pipes for conveying water 1252 Tallow candles for lights 1290 Spectacles invented by an Italian 1299 Paper first make from linen 1302 Woolen cloth first made in England 1331 Art of painting in oil colors 1410 Printing invented 1440 Watches made in Germany 1477 Variation of compass first noticed 1540 Pins first used in England 1543 Circulation of human blood first discovered by Harvey 1619 First newspaper published 1630 First steam engine invented 1649 First fire engine invented 1663 First cotton planted in the United States 1769 Steam engine improved by Watts 1769 Steam cotton mill erected 1783 Stereotype printing invented in Scotland 1785 Animal Magnetism discovered by Mesmer 1788 Sabbath School established in Yorkshire, England 1789 Elector Magnetic Telegraph invented by Morse in 1822 Daguerreotype process invented 1839 S. TENNEY. (Ed.: Mr. Tenney gives an incorrect date of the invention by using the date of the daguerreotype's announcement. --G.E.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (more) - - - - - - - - In the same issue, the following two advertisements appear: DAGUERREOTYPE NOTICE WM. SNELL would give notice that he has new- ly and pleasantly fitted up the Daguerreotype Rooms formerly occupied by Mr. Bowdon,["Bowdoin"? -ed.] 208 Essex Street, (OPPOSITE THE MARKET.) where he will be happy to receive visitors or custom- ers who may be interested to see or obtain DAGUERREOTYPE LIKENESSES executed true to Nature; and in a style as elegant and perfect as can be had elsewhere. Family Groups of any number can be taken on large size plates; and other pictures of any size or style u- sually taken by this beautiful Art. Portraits or Daguerreotypes accurately copied. Salem, Feb. 19 1852 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - FELTON'S DAGUERREAN ESTABLISHMENT. OVER J.C. COGSWELL'S STORE, 179 ESSEX STREET. Entrance on Central Street. The subscriber, for the last four years an assis- tant to Mr. D. W. Bowdoin, respectfully noti- fies his friends and the public that he has taken the a- bove named spacious and convenient rooms for Da- guerreotype purposes, and he invites the attention of all who wish for beautiful and life-like pictures of themselves or their friends. Having availed himself of all the latest improve- ments in the art, and being favored with a light which enables him to take likenesses in any weather, the sub- scriber hopes to receive that share of encouragement which it will be his earnest aim to merit by an assid- uous attention to his business, and by his constant en- deavors to give satisfaction. Likenesses taken at the residences of those who can- not conveniently visit the rooms. Daguerreotypes and pictures copied at short notice. The public are invited to call and examine speci- mens. G. W. FELTON. Jr. Salem, Sept 9, 1852 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 08-15-96

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