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

On this day (October 2) in the year 1852, the following notice appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERREOTYPE FAIR--THE STEREOSCOPE. Messrs. Southworth & Hawes have successfully accomplished the purpose towards which they have so long aimed in the completion of the Grand Parlor and Gallery Stereoscope. They will on Monday next open their new Exhibition Room, and offer to all lovers of pictures a treat, indeed. No such display of the Photographic Art has ever been or can be elsewhere made. Their largest quadruple Plates--their own original Crayon, illuminated--colored and picturesque Backgrounds, with a variety of styles found nowhere else, either in size, attitude or character, warrant them in confidently offering a surpassingly rich exhibition. Of the effect of their new Stereoscope, all description is meagre when compared with the reality. Perfect modelling,, the solidity and rotundity of statuary, the perspective of nature itself, is charming and almost beyond belief, even whilst viewing it. In their collection are more than one hundred pictures never before exhibited, among which are a large number of views of the richest monuments of Mount Auburn; the U.S. ship Ohio; the Decatur in the Dock at the Navy Yard; groups of Statuary, from the Athenaeum; also the interior of the Library room; the Horticultural Exhibition; San Francisco, &c. &c. Among the new likenesses from life, are those of the Hon. Mr. Baring, M.P.; Hon. Mr. Twistleton, M.P.; the Hon. Mr. Huntington; Rev. Dr. Woods; Rev. Dr. Bridgman and lady, from China; Fanny Forrester, and others, together with several prominent Boston gentlemen, and a group of the last graduating class of young ladies at the Normal School, Newton, and also of members of a class of Harvard College, of distinguished men. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 10-02-96

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