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

Two items for today: - - - - - - - - The following text appeared in the October 1839 "Journal of the Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania, and Mechanics' Register." (Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 286-7) under the heading of "Mechanics' Register.": Daguerre's Photography. A few days since M. Daguerre exhibited, in one of the rooms attached to the Chamber of Deputies, several specimens of the products of the Daguerreotype. Among them were views of three streets of the capital, the interior of M. Daguerre's Atellier, and a group of busts in the collection of the Louvre. The deputies who examined them, and who continued to crowd the room throughout the day, were particularly struck with the marvellous minuteness of detail which these views, and especially those of the streets, exhibited. In one, representing the Pont Marie, all the minutest indentations and divisions of the ground, or the building, the goods lying on the wharf, even the small stones under the water at the edge of the stream, and the different degrees of transparency given to the water, were all shown with the most incredible accuracy. The use of a magnifying glass revealed an infinity of other details quite undistinguishable by the naked eye, and more particularly in the foliage of trees. The antique busts are said to have been rendered by this method with very great beauty of effect. The chemical substance upon which the light acts, according to M. Daguerre's method, is laid upon sheets of copper, which, for the drawing exhibited on Saturday, were about nine or ten inches by six or seven inches. The expense of such plates M. Daguerre estimates at about 3 fr. 50c. each, but he expects that considerable reductions may be ultimately made in their cost, and that the improvement of his method will render it applicable to other substances not metallic.-- Galignani (This display of Daguerre's images took place on July 7-8, 1839 and was reported in the 9 July 1839 "Galignani's Messenger," the English language newspaper published in Paris. A second exhibition occured 1 August 1839 at the Chambre des Pairs. --G.E.) * * * * * * * * And these two items from the 12 October 1852 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": under the heading: City Amusements...Business...Notices TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 12, 1852 AMUSEMENTS THIS DAY AND EVENING. ... Southworth & Hawes' Daguerreotype Fair and Exhibition of their Grand Parlor and Gallery Stereoscope, 5 1/2 Tremont Row. _________________________ THE friends and former patrons of Mr. S. H. Hale will be happy to learn that he has re-purchased the splendid Daguerreotype Establishment at 100 Washington street, where he intends to devote himself with renewed energy to this beautiful art. Mr. Hale has been for many years one of the most successful Daguerreotypists in this city, and his fame, as an artist, is so well known to the public, that it needs No comment from us. Let those who wish to procure a beautiful specimen of Daguerreotype of themselves or friends, call upon Mr. Hale, where they may be sure of obtaining a pleasing picture, finished in the highest perfection of the art. -------------------------------------------------------------- 10-12-97

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