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

On this day (September 21) in the year 1847, the following advertisement appeared in "The Boston Daily Evening Transcript." One of the daguerreotypes mentioned, "The Young Artist's First Effort," may be the same image as reproduced, along with a poem, in the November 1852 "Peterson's Magazine." The illustration and poem are available on The Daguerreian Society web site at: http://www.daguerre.org/resource/texts/young_artist.html - - - - - - - ROOT'S DAGUERREOTYPES, from his Gallery, No. 140 Chesnut street, Philadelphia, to be seen at the FAIR in Faneuil Hall. GEN TOM THUMB, in his various costumes, as "Na- polean," the "American Sailor," &c &c, also with his Father and Mother, (as daguerreotyped by Root,) and now under the special care of the Boston Ladies. KEEP TURNING! In the ROTUNDA, QUINCY HALL, will be found a RE- VOLVING STAND, occupying 3 feet by 4, (in an unfavorable location and improper light,) on which will be seen a va- riety of interesting pictures, both groups and single fig- ures, of various sizes. Among them are portraits of "Gen Patterson" of Philadelphia, "Edwin Forrest in street dress," "The Young Artist's First Effort," "The Puzzled Pupil," "The Chinese," "The Baby Jumper," &c &c. Attention is invited to the distinct, lively, and life-like expression of the EYE; to the beauty and perfection of the drapery--the depth, boldness, yet mellowness of the lights and shadows--and to the rich warm tone peculiar to these pictures--most of which were taken in from 2 to 10 seconds, by M. A. ROOT, 140 Chesnut street, Phila- delphia. 1p sept 20 -------------------------------------------------------------- 09-21-99

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