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

On this day (October 3) in the year 1839, the following advertisement appeared in the "New-York Morning Herald": - - - - - - - - - - - - THE DAGUERREOTYPE.--a Lecture will be given by Mr. SEAGER, at the Stuyvesant Institute, on Saturday evening, the 5th inst. at half past seven o-clock, upon the Daguerreotype, or art of imprinting in a few minutes, but the mode of Mr. Daguerre, the beautiful images of Landscapes, Architecture, Interiors, &c. formed in the Camera Obscura. These drawings will be found so perfect that distant houses, appearing not larger than a pin's head, may be magnified to discover doors, windows, &c.--The process is rapid and simple, but requiring delicacy and a certain adhearance to rules which will be explicitly laid down, as well as the particular minutiae to be observed to ensure a certainty of success. The process cannot be carried to ultimate completion by candlelight, but every stage of the operation will be exhibited to familiarise others with the mode. The following scientific gentleman have given permission to be referred to as being familiar with the process and its extraordinary results: President Duer, Columbia College; Professor Morse; James R. Chilton, Esq; Jno L. Stephens, Esq. Tickets, 50 cents, may be had of Dr. Chilton, 263 Broadway; at the Messrs. Carvill's, at the Booksellers', and at the Stuyvesant Institute. --Broadway. o3-3t* (Cited from a reprint in James D. Horan, "Mathew Brady, Historian with a Camera" [New York: Crown Publishers, 1955] pg. 8. As usual, original errors of spelling/grammer maintained.) -------------------------------------------------------------- 10-03-97

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