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The following brief quip appeared in the April 1842 issue of "The Comic 
Almanack, an Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, containing Merry Tales, 
Humorous Poetry, Quips, & Oddities" (with illustrations by George 
Cruikshank) First Series, 1835-1843 (London: Chatto and Windus, n.d.)--
from the issue for April 1842 (pg. 311):
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"Register of Inventions of 1841"

   Photographic Portraits.  Whilst the Adelaide Gallery and Polytechnic 
Institution of London are vying with each other for superiority in 
producing those remarkably pleasant-looking and cheerful 
representations, Mons. Le Coeur, of Paris, has adopted his new system 
of taking them, which it seems he addresses especially to young engaged 
people.  The optical structure of the human eye, it is well known, 
forms a Camera Obscura, by whose action the lineaments of the loved one 
are correctly stamped upon the heart.  The chief difficulty has been 
experienced in fixing the picture so formed; for it appears that, after 
marriage, there are few, if any, traces of the features that were 
impressed there before.

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Posted for your enjoyment     Gary W. Ewer     
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04-21-98


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