Faneuil Hall
whole-plate by Gilman Josselyn (or Gilman Joslin) ca. 1840


This image is inscribed on the reverse of the plate "The First Daguerreotype taken in Boston May 1839 by Gilman Josselyn." This inscription is obviously in error (as Daguerre's process was not made public until August of 1839.) Furthermore, ascribing a date of "May 1840" would result in this image not being the "first daguerreotype taken in Boston." Further research is underway to establish factual details of this early and marvelous whole-plate daguerreotype.
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