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Today's item is courtesy of Mr. Chris Steele of The Massachusetts Historical
Society. Mr. Steele has been engaged in the laborious yet rewarding task of
reading daguerreian-era Massachusetts newspapers. (As mentioned before, many
of my Massachusetts DagNews items are from his files.) This text represents
the earliest-known mention of Albert S. Southworth in U.S. press. Prior to
Southworth's long partnership with Josiah Hawes, he conducted business with
Joseph Pennell. This text is also unique in the way the partnership is named: 
"Pennell & Southworth."
  More about Southworth's association with Pennell can be found in
Southworth's June 1879 "Address" which is available at:
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On this day (April 18) in the year 1840, the following notice and
advertisement appeared in the "Weekly Republican (Springfield, Mass;
Vol. 35, No. 16):
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  The Daguerreotype.--Our citizens have had
an opportunity the past week, of witnessing at
Mechanics' Hall, an exhibition of this new and
interesting art.  The effect is obtained by the ac-
tion of light, and a combination of optical and
chemical agents.  The views of the south front
of the Hampden Coffee House; of the south
side of State street, as seen from Merriam's book-
store--several places in Cabotville--and of the
City Hall in New York--were all strikingly ac-
curate and familiar.  Messrs. Pennell and South-
worth conduct the exhibition.
  We have seen a pleasing view of part of Chest-
nut street, taken on Thursday.

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      D A G U E R R E O T Y P E.

LAST day of exhibition at Mechanics' Hall,
Saturday, April 18.
  Views taken at 2 o'clock P.M.
  It will be exhibited at Union Hall, near the
Armory, on Monday next at 2 o'clock P.M. attend-
ed with experiments, and at 7 P.M.
  Admittance to the day exhibition 25 cts. To the
evening 12 1-2.
  Those who wish for perfect views of their
Buildings, or any specimens of this wonderful art,
please apply immediately.
  School children are invited to attend, gratis at 4
o'clock P.M. on Saturday, at Mechanics' Hall.
                       PENNELL & SOUTHWORTH.
  April 18.                               1w

Posted for your enjoyments.     Gary W. Ewer     

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