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The following text appeared in the October 1839 "Journal of the 
Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania, and Mechanics' 
Register." (Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 286-7) under the heading of "Mechanics' 

Daguerre's Photography.

  A few days since M. Daguerre exhibited, in one of the rooms attached 
to the Chamber of Deputies, several specimens of the products of the 
Daguerreotype.  Among them were views of three streets of the capital, 
the interior of M. Daguerre's Atellier, and a group of busts in the 
collection of the Louvre.  The deputies who examined them, and who 
continued to crowd the room throughout the day, were particularly 
struck with the marvellous minuteness of detail which these views, and 
especially those of the streets, exhibited.  In one, representing the 
Pont Marie, all the minutest indentations and divisions of the ground, 
or the building, the goods lying on the wharf, even the small stones 
under the water at the edge of the stream, and the different degrees of 
transparency given to the water, were all shown with the most 
incredible accuracy.  The use of a magnifying glass revealed an 
infinity of other details quite undistinguishable by the naked eye, and 
more particularly in the foliage of trees.  The antique busts are said 
to have been rendered by this method with very great beauty of effect.  
The chemical substance upon which the light acts, according to M. 
Daguerre's method, is laid upon sheets of copper, which, for the 
drawing exhibited on Saturday, were about nine or ten inches by six or 
seven inches.  The expense of such plates M. Daguerre estimates at 
about 3 fr. 50c. each, but he expects that considerable reductions may 
be ultimately made in their cost, and that the improvement of his 
method will render it applicable to other substances not metallic.--

(This display of Daguerre's images took place on July 7-8, 1839 and was
reported in the 9 July 1839 "Galignani's Messenger," the English language
newspaper published in Paris.  A second exhibition occured 1 August 1839
at the Chambre des Pairs. --G.E.)

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And these two items from the 12 October 1852 "Boston Daily Evening 

under the heading:

    City Amusements...Business...Notices


  Southworth & Hawes' Daguerreotype Fair and Exhibition of their Grand 
Parlor and Gallery Stereoscope,
5 1/2 Tremont Row.

  THE friends and former patrons of Mr. S. H. Hale will be happy to 
learn that he has re-purchased the splendid Daguerreotype Establishment 
at 100 Washington street, where he intends to devote himself with 
renewed energy to this beautiful art.
  Mr. Hale has been for many years one of the most successful 
Daguerreotypists in this city, and his fame, as an artist, is so well 
known to the public, that it needs No comment from us.
  Let those who wish to procure a beautiful specimen of Daguerreotype 
of themselves or friends, call upon Mr. Hale, where they may be sure of 
obtaining a pleasing picture, finished in the highest perfection of the 

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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