Daguerreian Society

On this day (January 8) in the year 1853, the following notice appeared 
in the "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion (Boston, Vol. 4, No. 
2, page 29):
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  Messrs. Southworth & Hawes, 5 1-2  Tremont Row, have so vastly 
improved upon Professor Wheaton's stereoscope principle and discovery, 
as to have perfected an invention which may be said to have made the 
whole discovery their own.  There were formerly insurmountable 
difficulties attached to the application of this principle to 
daguerreotypes, which the above scientific operators have entirely 
overcome, and as the principle is illustrated and improved by them, it 
forms an entirely new and most perfect department of art.  This 
invention has been the result of months of pains-taking and experiment, 
as it regarded overcoming the great difficulties experienced in the 
stereoscope, heretofore; and the above-named gentlemen have now produced 
the first perfect stereoscope picture ever exhibited.  The whole, as 
witnessed in the instrument, also of their own construction, is a great 
curiosity.  Let us add, also, in this connection, a bit of advice to our 
friends, who propose to obtain the "counterfeit presentment" of 
themselves, or others.  Messrs. Southworth & Hawes are known as being 
among the best daguerreotype artists, not alone in this city, but in 
comparison with famous European establishments.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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