Daguerreian Society

On this day (April 1) in the year 1851, the following brief article 
appeared in "The Daguerreian Journal" (New York) Vol. 1, No. 10 (1 
April 1851) pg. 305:
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       New use for old Daguerreotype Plates.
Mr. STEVENSON, of Canandaigua, this State, has invented a curious 
contrivance for lake fishing, which experience has taught us to be one 
of the finest ever in use.  Mr. S. takes a piece of Daguerreotype 
plate, cuts and beats it into the shape of the bowl of a spoon.  This 
with the silvered side out, and a hook of the proper size soldered in 
the bowl.  It is found that this Daguerreotype hook will, when attached 
to a line, and in trolling, be kept continually wheeling in the water, 
and thus decoy the most wise and prudent inhabitants of the lake, whose 
age and prudence has added in no small degree to their weight.  Friend 
Root suggests that a Hillotype of a frog or grasshopper would prove a 
valuable addition to the bait.  We think so!

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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