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

On this day (September 3) in the year 1853, the following three advertisements appeared in the "Illustrated News" (New York; Vol.II, No.36): ------------------------------------------------------------------ D A G U E R R E A N E S T A B L I S H M E N T. -- BRADY'S new and extensive Daguerrean Establishment, 259 BROADWAY, over Thompson's Saloon, has been recently com- pleted, and the public are invited to view the many improvements combined in this magnificent gallery. The proprietor has no hesita- tions in claiming advantages possessed by no similar establishment either in this country of in Europe. The facilities for the production of first class pictures are unrivaled. An additional building has been erected, by which the Reception Saloon, Ladies' Dressing Room, and Operating rooms are on the same floor; thus forming a new and most desirable arrangement. This Gallery, in connection with the old Gallery, corner of Fulton and Broadway, contain a matchless collection of Daguerreotypes of American and European celebrities, unparalleled on this continent. In addition to various Medals received in New York for the best daguer- reotype, a Medal was awarded at the World's Fair, in London, 1851. BRADY'S DAGUERREAN GALLERY. 205 and 359 Broadway ______________________________________ C R A Y O N P I C T U R E S. ---- The exquisitely desirable Crayon Daguerreotype is taken in full perfection, in any weather, by ROOT, No. 363 Broadway. By the way, We would caution Daguerreian Artists against taking these pictures in any other establishment, since Root owns the patent for this region, and will be sure to prosecute all infringements. ______________________________________ C O L O R E D D A G U E R R E O T Y P E S . -- The Public are invited to GURNEY'S magnificent Daguerrean Gallery, 349 Broadway, and examine his new style of Colored Da- guerreotypes, a new feature in the art, which he recently pro- duced. Also a fine Daguerreotype FRANKLIN PIERCE, with a host of other celebrities. *********************************************************************** --- Now for a couple of 20th century notices of daguerreian concern: (Please pardon me for the departure of my typical format, but I felt these were of sufficient interest to warrant notification; I don't intend to do this often.) Don't miss the September issue of the "Magazine Antiques." The cover features a daguerreotype from the exhibition "Secrets of the Dark Chamber." Inside are some great illustrations of daguerreotypes to accompany John Wood's article regarding the scenic daguerreotype (a preview of his soon-to-be-released book.) Bill Becker has informed me that he has an article regarding the daguerreotype in the October issue of "The Maine Antique Digest." (I'm keeping my eyes peeled for when it hits the news stand!) ******************* Grant Romer sent me the following notice: GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE /HISTORIC PROCESS WORKSHOP /Rochester, New York The Daguerreotype Process: An Interactive Seminar Saturday October 14, 1995 or Sunday October 15, 1995 Two one-day workshops, in the ongoing series of workshops on the practice and preservation of historic photographic processes. This workshop deals specifically with the materials and processes involved in the making of a daguerreotype. Practicing daguerreotypist Ken Nelson will demonstrate the procedures used in the making of a daguerreotype and, weather permitting, will produce a daguerreotype image during the workshop. He will also provide practical guidance to aspiring practitioners of this process as well as information on suppliers of materials needed. Grant Romer, Director of Conservation and Museum Studies, and a practicing daguerreotypist, will discuss the history and preservation of daguerreian images. There will be hands-on participation at this workshop, including polishing and fuming of the plate. -------$100 general public, $90 to Museum Members.------- For more information or to register, call (716) 271-3361 (ext. 218). Enrollment is limited to 15 people per workshop so register early to reserve a space on your preferred day! ************************** Lastly, I wanted to pass along an inquiry sent to me from Carlos Vertanessian of Argentina: I wanted to let any Daguerrean collector/historian colleague interested on Vance's carrier, learn about a "discovery" I believe might be useful to them. Should this information be already known, just do not discourage me please as it is hard finding these leads down here!! A 1/2 plate magnificent Dag by W.G. Helsby with a terrific leather case with a front gold inscription reading: "W.G.HELSBY REPUBLICA DE CHILE RETRATISTA VALPARAISO" which I recently laid hands on, had a binding tape of a very interesting type: it was a printed paper strip from Vance's and Mason's, Valparaiso studio/publishing company? I was able to clearly reconstruct the following text : "VALPARAISO: Imprenta de Vance y Mason: Calle de LA ADUANA NUM. 113. Febrero de 1850." WE THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA,... FOR OUR FREEDOM IN ORDER T... " Sec.1. Every white male citizen of the United States, and every white male citizen of Mexico, who shall have elected to become a citizen of the United States, under the treaty of peace exchanged and ratified At Queretaro, on the 30th day of May, 1848, of the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been a resident of the State six months next preceding the election, and the country or district in which he claims his..." The text continues on the other side of the strip and there is a title in bolt letters I believe it says "CONSTITUTION" , as it is cut in half horizontally. It is my understanding that Vance printed this CONSTITUTION (?) during his stay in Chile before leaving for good to the States later on 1850. We know Helsby brothers bought Vance`s studio right next to theirs right after his departure, and apparently started making good use of his archi-rival's "leftovers" as binding tape!! Is this of interest to anybody? Is there something new about this information? Why was he editing this Constitution in Chile? Was his association to Mason clearly established like this before? Response to Carlos' inquiry should be made directly to him at: VVertanessian@intlink.com ----------------------------------------------------------------- 09-03-95

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