Daguerreian Society

On this day (January 5,) the following two items appeared in their 
respective publications:
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in the 1854 "California Farmer" (San Francisco):

          H.   W.   B R A D L E Y ' S
N A T I O N A L   D A G U E R R E A N   G A L L E R Y,
                                 San Francisco, Cal.
  Importers and Dealers in the best qualities of
       Every Article required in the Business.
  Portraits, large or small equal to any in the world, taken at
short notice.  Also, the most improved  STEREOSCOPIC
PICTURES, a new and beautiful improvement in the art.  11m

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in the 1841 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":

  Daguerre's Dioramas.  Among the exhibitions now open in our city, says 
the New York Times, there is not one more unique and beautiful than this. 
 The Dioramas of Monsieur Daguerre, like all the conceptions of his 
extraordinary mind, are altogether original in their character.  By means 
of some chemical composition or compositions, used either in the 
preparations of the canvas, or incorporated with the colors, he has 
produced a series of pictures which vary in their features according to the 
power and the quality of the light by which they are illuminated.  In the 
view of Venice, for instance, you see the city first in the light of noon, 
without a single gondola on the canal and scarcely a human being visible. 
 Evening succeeds, then night, and lo! As if by magic, lights appear at the 
windows of the magnificent edifices, gondolas throng on the water, groups 
of both sexes in masquerade, preceded by torches, are seen issuing from or 
entering the private mansions and hotels; the moon rises in the deep blue 
heavens, and the whole city is one scene of festive mirth.  All these new 
features were invisible in the day scene and are all brought out by the 
peculiar disposition and quality of light.  Still more wonderful changes 
are wrought by the same means in the tableaux of the "Interior of the 
Church St Etienne du Mont," Paris.  We advise all who have not seen these 
magnificent pictures to visit the exhibition without delay.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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