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

On this day (September 11) in the year 1858, the following brief text appeared in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" (Vol. VI, No. 145; pg. 230.) The article accompanies a wood-engraving illustration of Fredrick's Gallery illuminated for the Telegraphic Jubilee on Sept. 1, 1858. The illustration and this text are also available on the web at: http://www.daguerre.org/resource/texts/fredricks.html - - - - - - - - - B R O A D W A Y A T N I G H T . Fredrick's Photograph Gallery. Fredricks' Photographic Gallery, 585 and 587 Broadway, was brilliantly illuminated with colored lanterns. The words "Photographic Temple of Art" were formed by hundreds of lamps, covering a semicircular arch of sixty feet in curve. The windows and balconies of these magnificent Daguerrian rooms were crowded during the day with spectators, almost to the interruption of business. There is no more popular photographic gallery in New York than this, and no where are portraits obtained with greater fidelity. Fredricks' Gallery is usually resorted to for groups, especially of military, and he was called upon, on Saturday, to exercise his art on the officers of H.B.M. steam frigate Gorgon, whose portraits he took. -------------------------------------------------------------- 09-11-97

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