Daguerreian Society

Dear readers,

   I've been very silent with DagNews for much too long.  Rather than 
taking time today to organize my January files, I'll give something 
today that carries no specific date but is from a wonderful and obscure 
little guidebook for New York City.

The following paragraphs are from "A Picture of New-York in 1846; with 
a short account of Places in its Vicinity; designed as a Guide to 
Citizens and Strangers: with numerous engravings and a Map of the City" 
(New-York: C. S. Francis & Co., 1846) page 112:
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   The most extensive establishment of the kind is
Plumbeās at 251 Broadway.  The free gallery attached
to it is much frequented by persons interested in Daguer-
rian pictures, as it contains a very extensive collection
of choice specimens of the art.  Several rooms are attach-
ed to the establishment for the various purposes connected
with the making of pictures.  Mr. Plumbe is esteemed
one of the very best Daguerreotypists in the world.
   Anthony, Edwards & Co., have also an extensive gal-
lery, possessing portraits of most of the distinguished men
of the country.  These productions are equally as good
as Plumbeās.
   Chiltonās gallery is also worthy of attention, as his
miniatures are very excellent.
   Parkinson, an able Daguerreotypist, is celebrated for the
beauty and perfection of out-door scenes, buildings, &c.
A very splendid view of Niagara Falls, and views of most
of the public buildings in New-York, may be seen at his
rooms.  In this department of the business he is unequalled
--his miniatures are very perfect.
   The prices for miniatures in the various Daguerreotype
establishments, vary from one dollar to five dollars, but
none that are really good can be obtained for less than
three or four dollars.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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