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The following item appeared in the March 1851 issue of "The Photographic 

  The following poem was written in 1841, when Daguerreotypes less bold 
and distinct than now, were more like flitting shadows.  It breathes a 
spirit of pure religion as well as renders a just tribute to the 
Daguerreotype art:


       BY MRS. C. H. PUTNAM.

What means this vain, incessant strife,
  To hide thyself in fitful gleams--
Now standing like a thing of life?
  Then fading like a poet's dreams.

More like a fiction fancy weaves,
  Than ought we know of earthly kind--
Or visioned form that memory leaves
  Upon the tablets of the mind.

The shadowy flitting of a thought,
  O'er recollections misty page;
From secret depths intrusive brought,
  And vanished quick by reason sage.

I like thine airy semblance well;
  It speaks of forms in spirit land,
Where kindred souls together dwell,
  A pure, unspotted, happy band.

It tells me of that better state,
  Where sin and sorrow never come;
But peace and joy for ever wait,
  And purest pleasures ceaseless bloom.

It tells me, too, that those we love,
  And cherish in our hearts below,
Shall wear those well known forms above,
  And only brighter, purer grow.

  Who can be without a Daguerreotype of him or her they love? that 
embodiment--as it were, of the form's spirit--that exquisite and perfect 
impress of the features? Yes, it does raise the mind from earth to 
heaven, and bring to the imagination the fairy, spiritual forms of the 
dear departed, and makes us hope and wish to join them in eternity.

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The following advertisements appeared in the March 29, 1850 issue of 
"Newark Daily Advertiser" (Vol. 19, #74):

MISS PROSCH'S old established Gallery, 259 Broad
st., Newark, having been enlarged and improved by the
addition of a large SKY-LIGHT, possesses superior facilities
for producing the most perfect Daguerreotypes, and of every
size and style, single or in groups. To PARENTS, to CHIL-
DREN, to FRIENDS, it is respectfully advised to "secure the
shadow ere the substance perish."
  N. B.  The earlier part of the day is most favorable for good
pictures--the light is never so good late in the afternoon, and
children especially should be taken in the middle of the day.

311 Broad St.--(next Door to the Old Post Office.)
The subscriber has just opened at the above number,
and would be happy to see all his old friends whether
they want pictures or not; the best way to find out whether
he can do good work or not is to give him a call.     d11-tf

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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