Daguerreian Society

On this day (January 21) in the year 1851, the following advertisement 
appeared in the "Daily Pacific News" (San Francisco) and represents
Vance's first-known advertisement:
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   N E W   D A G U E R R E O T Y P E   R O O M S.
R. H. VANCE invites public attention to the splendid
Miniatures which he is now executing at his rooms
on Clay street, over Steadman & White, jewelers, and
nearly opposite the Adelphi Nheatre [sic: "Theatre" -G.E.]
  Possessing a thorough knowledge of the art, by a long
and continued practice of some years in some of the prin-
cipal cities of the United States and South America. he
feels perfect confidence in warranting satisfaction to all.
Miniatures taken every day, without regard to weather, in
any style, in Lockets, Pins, Rings, Bracelets, of any size
or description, or in cases.  Also, copies taken of Paint-
ings Drawings, Plans or machinery.  Views taken of the
city, or any part of it, at the shortest notice.   jan21tf

(Cited from an article by Peter Palmquist, "The Daguerreotype in San 
Francisco." History of Photography 4, #3, July 1980)
Posted for your enjoyment.       Gary W. Ewer      

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