The Daguerreian Society


On this day (January 20) in the year 1853, the following article 
appeared in the "Salem Register" (Mass; Vol.LVI., No.6.):
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  NEW USES FOR THE DAGUERREOTYPE.  The Paris correspondent of the New 
York Tribune thus alludes to new uses to which the daguerreotype is 
applied:
   "The German papers told us some weeks ago that the stations of 
railroads in Prussia and Austria were furnished with apparatus for 
taking a daguerreotype sketch of the appearances offered by any railroad 
accident immediately after is occurrence.  A broken bridge, smashed 
cars, killed passenger--in fine, the accurate likeness of a disaster, 
the portrait of an accident, will be given to the life, and serve as 
evidence in after investigations of its cause.  The Swiss police 
authorities take the likeness of rogues and vagabonds, when they catch 
them.  But a French daguerreotypist has discovered new processes which 
enable them to seize more fugitive subjects than these.  The very bird 
flying in the air is taken on the wing, and the form is caught on the 
created wave.--This sounds like exaggeration, but the proofs hang 
visible in the passage Jouffray, Boulevard des Italiens.  I regret that 
I cannot recall at the instant the artist's name.  It is said that the 
government proposes to use his process in a Daguerreotype Coast Survey. 
(from which a series not of charts, but of pictures of a dangerous 
coast, as seen from sea, can be drawn and placed in the hands of 
navigators.  While on this topic I will mention another application of 
Daguerre's discovery which has not perhaps come into use in New York.  A 
large placard in white, red and black, posted on the walls here set 
forth the merits of a certain journal, and offers to each new subscriber 
for a year a portrait of himself and two friends."

(original grammar maintained.)
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Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       
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01-20-96


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