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

On this day (October 14) the following two items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - In the October 14, 1854 "Provincial Freeman" (Toronto, Canada West) GREAT WESTERN DAGUERREAN ROOMS, No. 69 1/2, YONGE STREET, TORONTO. --- PICTURES Executed in any kind of weather, equal, if not superior, to any in the city, and WARRANTED TO PLEASE, OR NO CHARGE MADE. --- LIKENESSES Inserted in Lockets, Breast-Pins, &c., &c. --- PLATING WITH GOLD OR SILVER, On all kinds of Metal, done to order, and in the most superior manner. Call and judge for yourselves before going elsewhere, which will be to your own advantage. Remember No. 69 1/2 Yonge Street. J.P. WILLIAMS. Toronto, Sept., 1854. * * * * * And a patent claim notice in the October 14, 1851 "Scientific American" (New York) Vol. 10, No. 5., page 38: DAGUERREOTYPE CASES.--Samuel Peck, of New Haven, Conn.: I am aware that boxes have been made of paper or pasteboard glued or cemented to their surfaces. I therefore do not claim the mere application of paper by such means. I claim the improvement in the manufacture of picture cases or article from a composition of shellac and fibrous materials, as described, the same consisting in making said case or article of the said composition, and one or more sheets of paper, and pressing and combining the whole together in a press, or between dies, as described, so that the paper shall combine or connect itself directly with the composition without the aid of any cement interposed between them, and serve to aid great strength to the article so made. And I claim the improvement of ornamenting the surfaces of the impression of the die with burnished gold, as set forth, the same consisting in applying the gold to the surface of the sheet of paper, or its equivalent, burnishing it while on said surface, and laying the said burnished surfaces in contact with the surface of the die, and pressing said paper and the plastic composition together, and into the die, so as to force the burnished gilding, paper, and composition upon it, and produce the result specified. I also claim the extension of the paper up the inner surface of the sides of the case, and by means of pressure in the mold, the same being for the purpose of enabling me to affix to the side the velvet covered frame for the support of the picture, the mat, and the glass thereof. -------------------------------------------------------------- 10-14-99

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