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One item for today, and a few other items of interest:
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On this day (June 20) in the year 1854, the following notice appeared in 
the "Daily Evening Transcript" (Boston):

  POSTAGE ON DAGUERREOTYPES.  Those interested will please to take 
notice, that under the post office laws and regulations, daguerreotypes 
are legally chargeable with letter postage when forwarded in the mails.

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In the June 1840 issue of "The London and Edinburgh Philosophical 
Magazine and Journal of Science" (Vol. XVI, page 535):

                     PORTRAITS IN DAGUERREOTYPE.
   Professor Draper, of the University of New York, informs us in a note 
dated March 31st, that he has succeeded during the winter in procuring 
portraits by the Daguerreotype, and that they have all the beauty and 
softness of the most finished mezzotint engraving, and only require from 
20 to 45 seconds for execution.

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I also prepared three longer "June" texts.  All three are now on The 
Daguerreian Society's webpage ( and may be 
obtained by download. If you would like the texts but do not have web 
access, I will also be happy to email the texts directly to you simply 
for the asking.  The webpage is in the process of sporting a new look.  
Let me know what you think and, if you haven't already, please sign our 

"An Address" (1) by Albert S. Southworth to the National Photographic 
Association; June, 1870. (appeared in "The Philadelphia Photographer" of 
October 1871.

"An Address"(2) by Albert S. Southworth to the National Photographic 
Association. (appeared in "The Philadelphia Photographer" of June 1872.

"Daguerreotyping." A description of the business by John H. Fitzgibbon 
of St. Louis. (appeared in "The Western Journal, of Agriculture, Manufactures, 
Mechanic Arts, Internal Improvements, Commerce, and General Literature." 
of June 1851.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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