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Before today's text, I want to give you advance warning of a possible 
present-day "happening" in the history of the daguerreotype.

   Grant Romer of the George Eastman House was included in the shooting 
of Spielberg's latest film, "Amistad."  What was his role?  He played 
the daguerreotypist, of course!  In the scene, a daguerreotypist (Grant 
Romer) is making a portrait daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams (played 
by Anthony Hopkins.)  The only question remains is whether the scene 
made the final cut or was left on the floor of the editing room.
  We will all be watching, Grant!

On this day (December 14) in the year 1844, the following advertisement 
appeared in "The Lynn Democrat" (Lynn, Mass; Vol. 1, No. 1):
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       Daguerreotype Miniatures
           H. N. Macomber,

Would respectfully inform the citizens of Lynn that
he has taken rooms in Sagamore Hall Build-
ing, and is prepared to take MINIATURES by this won-
derful process, from 9 o'clock, A.M. to 4 P.M. daily, 
without regard to weather.
  Hitherto, it has been generally supposed that sunshine
was indispensable to the production of Daguerreotype
Miniatures;  but the late important improvements prove
that this is a mistake.
  Those who have never enjoyed the opportunity of seeing
a specimen of Photography, can hardly form an adequate
idea of the extreme perfection--beauty and wonderful mi-
nuteness of a Daguerreotype Picture.
  It is the work of Nature, not of Art--and as far surpasses
the production of the pencil, as all Nature's efforts do those
of Man.  In the creation of these pictures, the light of Heav-
en, alone constitutes the pencil, and Nature the artist!
  In no case will persons be obliged to take a miniature,
unless it is perfectly satisfactory.

  Apparatus, with the late combinatin Lenses furnish-
ed, and instruction given at the lowest rates.  Ladies and
Gentlemen are invited to call and examine specimens.
  Lynn, Oct 17

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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