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On this day (October 16) in the year 1845, the following text appearedin the "Scientific American" (Vol. 1, No. 8, page 3):- - - - - - - - - - - - -(Included under the heading of:)         The Great Fair.THE EIGHTEENTH FAIR AT THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE, . . .Gurney's Daguerreotypes.--There is a great competition in this branch,and many sets of superb specimens, by different artists, are exhibited;but we feel constrained to say, that a few of the specimens from therooms of Mr. Gurney, 189 Broadway, approach nearer to absoluteperfection, than anything of the kind we have seen: it is difficult torealize that they are not real life.* * * * * * * * *Two articles that may be of interest:This note in from Linda Ries:The journal PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY has produced a special issue on Historyof Photography in Pennsylvania (Spring 1997, vol 64, #2), which I guestedited.  Though it's the spring issue,  it din't come out until thispast august due to one printer screw up or another.  Anyway, it featuresarticles by:  Sarah Weatherwax, 'Two Marcus Root Daguerreotypes'  Jay Ruby, 'Frances Cooper, Avocational Photographer'  Thomas M. Weprich, 'Pioneer Photographers in Pittsburgh, PA'  Heinz and Bridget Henisch, 'John F. Nice of Williamsport'  Gary D. Saretzky, 'Elias Goldensky: Wizard of Photography'  Cheryl Leibold, 'Thomas Eakins, Photographer'  Brian Black, 'Recasting the Unalterable Order Nature: Photography     and the First Oil Boom' (using John A. Mather's phhotographs)  Edward Leos, 'Mifflin and Engle: the Painter and the Practitioner'  John V. Jezierski, '"Dangerous Opportunity"': Glenalvon J. Goodridge     and Early Photography in York, PA  Marcy Silver Flynn, 'Amateur Experiences: Julius Sachse andPhotography'  Carol Front, 'The Raymond E. Holland Regional and Industrial HistoryCollection'Pennsylvania History is published by the Pennsylvania HistoricalAssociation, based at Penn State. They are being sold via thePublications Division of the Penna. Historical & Museum Commission, andI have purchased all extra issues, which I am selling at $10.00 each.Checks or money orders can be sent to me:     Linda A. Ries     500 Ninth Street     New Cumberland, PA 17070     work phone, 717-787-3023You can also e-mail me at the above address, I share this address withCindy Bendroth, which is why her name is up there, not mine. I havegotten lots of positive feedback on the issue, hope you all enjoy it!!Regards, Linda Ries* * * *I recently obtained a copy of the September 1993 Carolina Comments (VolXLI, #5) which includes an article by Stephen E. Massengill, "'Portraitsby the Sunlight Made': Daguerrean Artists in North Carolina, 1842-1861."The issue is still available and quite inexpensive. Here is informationfrom a return e-mail note from the publishing organization:$2.00 plus $2.00 for shipping. Send a check or money order made payableto   NC Dept. of Cultural Resources to Division of Archives & History   Historical Publications Section   109 E. Jones Street   Raleigh, NC 27601-2816 Our web site is located at: http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/hp/Trudy Rayfield, Administrative SecretaryHistorical Publications Section, Division of Archives & HistoryN.C. Department of Cultural Resources109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC  27601-2816trayfield@ncsl.dcr.state.nc.us--------------------------------------------------------------Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     --------------------------------------------------------------10-16-97


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