Daguerreian Society

On this day (June 23) in the year 1855, the following article appeared 
in the "Provincial Freeman" (Toronto, Canada West):
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United States.
Colored Exhibitors at the Ohio Mechanics' Institute.

   The annual Exhibition of this Institution, was closed Saturday 
evening, June 2nd.  The display, though not perhaps equal to that of 
former years, was good, and the visitor was well repaid.  We were 
pleased to find that both in the ornamental and useful departments, the 
colored people were well represented.  In the first was Ball, with a 
magnificent array of Daguerreotypes, in neat gilt frames.  The 
competitors of Ball may boast, each of his peculiar excellence, this 
one of the softness and delicacy of his pictures, that of the clearness 
of his work, another of the life-like truthfulness of his productions, 
but Ball combines the excellencies of all, and leaves nothing more to 
be desired in a daguerreotype.
   Mr. Ball was last year awarded a silver medal by the Institute, in 
testimony of the excellency he has attained in his art.
   In the Agricultural department, was Mr. Andrew J. Smith, of Piqua, 
Ohio, who has invented a most ingenious machine, which he calls "The 
Patent Corn-sheller and Cleaner."  The peculiar excellence of Mr. 
Smith's Sheller, consists of this, that it cleans the corn, at the same 
time, that the shells, as much or more than any other machine in use.
   The corn is placed two or three ears at one time in the hopper, from 
whence it falls on a cylinder, revolving in a hollow iron plate, both 
plate and cylinder being plentifully bestuck with short iron teeth, by 
whose attrition the corn is nicely cleaned from the cob.
   Corn and cob fall together, on a perforated endless carrier, the 
grains drop though the holes in the carrier, while the cob is conveyed 
to the end of the machine and thrown on the floor.  As the corn falls 
through the carrier, a current of wind set in motion by a fan, 
connected with the machine, drives out the husk at the same place where 
the cobs fall, and the corn falls to the bottom of the drawer, free 
from both.
   Mr. Smith was awarded a first class premium by the committee on 
agricultural implements, the first model of his machine, the inventor 
cut out with his jack knife, while at work in a barber shop.  He has 
secured a patent for his "sheller," and is making arrangements for 
manufacturing them for sale.  He designs having a large "horse power" 
machine, ready for exhibition at the State Fair next fall.  --Herald of 

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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