Daguerreian Society

On this day (September 26) in the year 1851, the following two items 
appeared in the 
"Lawrenceburgh Independent Press" (Indiana):
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Daguerreotypes.  A few mornings since our citizens were not a little 
excited by the appearance at our wharf of a novel craft, called "The 
Artist." On visiting the singular boat, we learned that she was 
commanded by Messrs. Jaquay & Elston; two well known daguerrean 
artists, who have fitted out this boat in a neat & comfortable style, 
and now for more than 3 yrs. have been gently & leisurely descending 
the Ohio--stopping for a season at each town & taking likenesses, 
landscape sceneries &c. at cheap rates everywhere giving universal 
satisfaction of their superior knowledge & experience in the art. They 
are polite & gentlemanly in their manners & make their appearance among 
us well recommended.  

And the following advertisement (which ran Sept. 26 - Nov. 7, 1851): 

Have arrived in Floating Daguerrean Gallery & prepared to furnish
daguerreotype likenesses equal in finish, clearness & depth of tone
accuracy & effect to anything in the country. The convenience &
superior arrangements for the concentration of light alloted by the
floating gallery enable them to produce in the shortest possible time,
pictures of the human face divine...In their floating pilgraimage of
3 yrs. along the Ohio they have taken the likenesses of more than
11,000 persons...They have generally been very successful in taking
likenesses of infants. All their pictures warranted not to fade or
change by time or climate. Those wishing pictures please call at their
Floating Gallery near the city wharf boat, at any hour between sunrise
and sunset. Access to the Gallery is entirely convenient and safe.
Jaquay & Elston.

(With thanks to Joan Hostetler for today's text!)
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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