The Daguerreian Society

On this day (February 17) in the year 1853, the following item appeared 
in the "Boston Evening Transcript":

  THE MOST SPLENDID DAGUERREOTYPE ROOMS in the world, are those of Mr. 
Hale, 109 Washington street, one of the most eminent artists in his 
  It will re recollected by many that Mr. Hale disposed of this elegant 
establishment last spring, to a person not familiar with the business, 
and consequently did not succeed in maintaining the unrivalled 
reputation to which it had attained in the hands of its former owner.
  Through the solicitations of his many friends, and having a strong 
predilection for this truly beautiful art, Mr. Hale was induced to re-
purchase his former stand, since which time it has been entirely 
remodelled and greatly enlarged, and it may now be truly said to be a 
perfect Daguerreian Palace, which for elegance and refined taste 
displayed in its arrangements cannot be surpassed by any other similar 
establishment in existence.  Mr. Hale is really deserving of much 
credit, not only for the enterprise which he exhibits, but also for the 
pains and expense he has so liberally incurred for the pleasure as well 
as the comfort and convenience of those who are pleased to call upon 
  Boston may justly feel proud of her many elegant establishments for 
various kinds of business, and in this respect that of Mr. Hale will 
serve as a model, from which patterns may be taken, but difficult to 
  Those who wish to procure a fine specimen of the art will find that an 
hour spent at this establishment is not lost, and the time spent in 
waiting for the execution and finish of a picture is anything but 

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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