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A couple items of note before today's text:

   Another item for today (September 21) is posted, with illustrations,
on The Daguerreian Society web site. "A New mode of conducting the
Daguerreotype Process," by W. H. Stanley Crawford, discusses the
introduction of mercury into the camera itself to eliminate image fading
due to delayed mercurialization of the plate:

   I received this note from Sebastian Dobson a few days ago:
"In the last issue of 'The PhotoHistorian', my colleague and I published
an article regarding one of the first daguerreotype portraits ever taken
of a Japanese subject. The subsequent detective work involved in
establishing the identification of the sitter forms the basis of this

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On this day (September 21) in the year 1850, the following advertisement
appeared in the "Daily Evening Transcript" (Boston):
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P O R T R A I T   O F   J E N N Y   L I N D--AFTER
               A DAGUERREOTYPE.
Many are anxious to get a good portrait of Mademoiselle
Lind, and yet do not buy from not knowing where to
get one that is reliable.
  The following unsolicted testimonial will, therefore,
be of much service, coming as it does from a gentleman
who was a fellow passenger on board the Atlantic.
                      NEW YORK, September 9, 1850
  Mr Edward Anthony--Dear Sir:  I have taken a good
look at your Engraving of Jenny Lind, and must say I
never saw a more striking likeness.
  The expression of the face, the features, and the style
of dress are perfect.
  Allow me to congratulate you on your success in get-
ting so perfect a fac simile.
        Yours, respectfully,      A. M. EASTMAN.

                     NEW YORK, 12th Sept. 1850.
  Dear Sir:  I beg to acknowledge the receipt of my like-
ness you were so kind as to send me, and thank you very
much for this attention.  As far as I myself am able to
judge I think it a good likeness.  Believe me, dear sir,
your obliged                           JENNY LIND.
  Mr E. ANTHONY, 205 Broadway.

             Late Mayor of Albany,
  Mr E. ANTHONY--Dear Sir:  I have just seen an En-
raving published by you of Jenny Lind--the sweet song-
  I had many opportunities of studying her countenance
during our passage across the Atlantic, and think this
likeness the best I have seen, and very correct.
        Yours, respectfully,         JOHN TAYLOR.
  Albany, Sept 12, 1850.

         [From the New York Tribune.]
                JENNY LIND.
            BY ANNA L. SNELLING.
   'Tis true to life! In every line we trace
   The quick emotions of her radiant face,
   The mild, firm lips, the genius-lighted eye,
   The brow of lofty thought, serene and high!
   In gazing thus we almost dream the while,
   Those lips are parting with their wonted smile,
   That heavenly voice in fancy we can hear,
   Breathing the welcome to her friends so dear.
   But more than this--Oh, matchless child of song!
   Once more the raptured soul is borne along
   On the full tide of melody to rise,
   As if on seraph pinions to the skies!
   The chiseled features of the loveliest face--
   The form of symmetry and matchless grace--
   What are they to the bright, o'ermastering soul,
   Subjecting all things to its sweet control!
   'Tis thus with thee--thy features in repose,
   Might lack the brilliant coloring of the rose,
   But genius lends them that celestial ray
   Nor time nor change can ever take away.

  The Engraving is finished in the finest style of Line
Mezzotint and Stipple, and will be sold either in the
sheet, or framed in any style to suit purchasers, at a
price with which no one can find fault who shall see the
excellence of the work.  Published by
          E. ANTHONY, 205 Broadway, New York.
  For sale in Boston, by   MUNROE & CO. and
  sept 21   SMW&S          DUDLEY WILLIAMS.

(The poem also appeared in the May 1851 issue of The Photographic Art
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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