Daguerreian Society

Before today's brief item, I want to mention two sites of interest:

Center Hall Foundation, "The American Daguerreotype" features three 
galleries of daguerreotypes:

An illustrated article by Dan Meinwald, "Memento Mori: Death and 
Photography in Nineteenth Century America" features some truly beautiful 
post-mortem daguerreotypes:

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On this day (June 4) in the year 1851, the following news item appeared in 
the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":

  THE BOSTON LIGHT GUARD, Capt Clark, yesterday received the highest 
encomiums from Major General Wool, for their peculiarly fine military 
appearance and discipline, and the old veteran craved the privilege of 
shaking each man by the hand.  Afterwards the company proceeded to the 
Common, where a daguerreotype view of them was taken by Mr Southworth. 
Their new uniform is acknowledged on all hands to be the most unique and 
truly elegant one extant.

(I will mention that two full-plate daguerreotypes of such a scene can be 
seen as plates 81 & 82 in "The Spirit of Fact - The Daguerreotypes of 
Southworth & Hawes [Boston: Godine, 1976] and in the Dover version "The 
Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes" [also as plates 81 & 82.] --G.E.)
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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