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"M. B. Brady — Phrenological Character and Biography." A lengthy phrenological reading as well as a biography. From the American Phrenological Journal of May 1858.

"Daguerreotyping" A brief column about the manufacture of cases as well as interesting details about M. A. Root's business. From The Dollar Newspaper, July 5, 1848.

"A Visit to Gurney's Palace of Art" and
"Sunlight Paintings" Both reviews of Gurney's gallery are from Etchings on Photography, 1856.

"M. Daguerre" A brief biography of the inventor. From The Illustrated London News of July 26, 1851.

"Heliography in New York" A review of New York galleries by a French writer. From The Photographic Art-Journal of January 1852.

"Daguerreotypes at the Fair" A review of the daguerreotypes exhibited at the American Institute. From The Photographic Art-Journal of October 1852.

"The Brothers Meade" A biographical article about these two noted daguerreotypists. From Gleason's Pictorial of June 12, 1852.

"Charles Richard Meade, Esq., Deceased" A short obituary of this daguerreotypist. From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of March 1858.

"Henry William Mathew Meade" A brief description of the life of the noted daguerreotypist. From The New-York Illustrated News of February 1861.

"Daguerreotype Galleries of the Meade Brothers" A review of their Broadway gallery. From Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion of February 1853.


"J. H. Fitzgibbon, of St. Louis" A brief profile accompanied by a wood-engraving portrait. From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of September 1857.

"Daguerreotype Galleries of the Meade Brothers" A review of their Broadway gallery. From Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion of February 1853.

"Opening of the Fair" The text for the oft-repeated quote, "in Daguerreotypes. . .we beat the world." From Glances at Europe. . ., 1851. Our text is accompanied with an illustration of the American exhibition area.

"Daguerreotypes" A summary of the american representation at the 1851 London Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851. From Adventures and Achievements of Americans, 1858.

"Photography—Brady's Daguerrean Saloon" A short description of Brady's gallery, including an illustration of the gallery interior. From Illustrated News of June 1853.

"Fredrick's Photograph Gallery" A brief, illustrated text describing a special night-illumination of the gallery. From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of September 1858.

"Artists' Daguerreotype Rooms" A promotional piece describing the gallery work and the Grand Parlour Stereoscope of Southworth and Hawes of Boston. From the Massachusettes Register, 1853.

"Gurney's Daguerrean Rooms" A few remarks about the Broadway gallery of the daguerreotypist, including an illustration of the gallery interior. From Illustrated News of November 1853.

"J. Gurney, Photographist" A portrait of the daguerreotypist, including a brief article about the progress of photography. From Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of September 1859.


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