Daguerreian Society

On this day (April 16) in the year 1849, the following article appeared 
in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":
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   WHIPPLE'S DAGUERREOTYPES.  America furnishes no better establishment 
for the taking of daguerreotypes than that of Mr John A. Whipple of 
this city.  This assertion, though seemingly a bold one, will 
undoubtedly be acquiesced in by all who have enjoyed the opportunity of 
judging concerning the comparative merits of the different 
daguerreotype establishments of the country.  Among the numerous 
improvements of the art which have been made in this and other 
countries, since its invention in 1822 by the immortal Daguerre, we may 
be permitted to notice with peculiar satisfaction the recent one of Mr 
Whipple, by which the portrait is surrounded by a cloud, imparting to 
it much of grace and beauty.  Those whose scruples with regard to the 
safety of the new steam propelling balloon, will not permit them to 
soar up to the region of clouds, have now an opportunity of taking 
passage, without danger, in Mr Whipple's Daguerrean rooms, and of 
afterwards beholding "the figure they cut" when in the rolling mists.  
Jesting apart, those who design leaving the city to pass the 
approaching summer in favorite places of pleasure, had better secure 
for the friends they may meet there, daguerreotypes, by which they may 
be remembered, and those who will remain at home, may gratify their 
vanity by occasionally glancing at their own portraits, painted by the 
sun.  In short all who wish to gratify their friends, or who love to 
see themselves to best advantage, may obtain of Mr Whipple portraits, 
so far as the execution is concerned, of unequalled accuracy, and 
inimitable excellence.
                                A FRIEND OF THE ART.

(I will again acknowledge the contribution of Mr. Chris Steele whose 
research is responsible for this text, as well as many of the 
Boston/Massachusetts texts I have posted.  --Gary E.)

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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