Daguerreian Society

On this day (June 5) in the year 1846, the following notice appeared in 
the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":
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   A CURIOUS DAGUERREOTYPE.  A phonographic[sic] artist of Belfast, 
Ireland, during the late solar eclipse, undertook, like a transatlantic 
contemporary, to let the sun take his own likeness.  By way of 
experiment, merely, he planted his apparatus before the partially 
obscured luminary, when a rather singular phenomenon presented itself 
as the result.  Two suns, each undergoing an eclipse, were produced at 
the same time, by the mystic lens on the metallic plate, with this 
remarkable difference, however, between the two, that the one showed an 
opaque, the other a luminous surface;  the former being encircled by 
silvery clouds, the latter standing out like a radiant speck on the 
ethereal vault.  The explanation of this beautiful prodigy, the joint 
production of art and nature, has not been given.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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