The Daguerreian Society

On this day, (April 23) in the year 1853, the following notice 
appeared in the New York Tribune (Weekly):


NEW WAY TO MAKE MIRRORS, --- The Prattsville Advocate states that on a 
recent visit to Rev. L.L. Hill, the alleged inventor of daguerreotypes 
colored by the action of light, Mr. Hill showed him a new way of 
making mirrors.  He says: "Mr. Hill took a small glass, such as 
Daguerreians use for covering their pictures, and in forty seconds it 
was transformed into a perfect mirror--perfect in every respect.  We 
kept an eye upon it the whole time; the process was fully explained, 
and the result cannot be excelled.  In his mode of 'silvering glass; 
there is not a particle of the usual amalgam of tin foil and 
quicksilver, but it is composed wholly of pure and unadulterated 
silver.  The discovery was made while he was experimenting on glass, 
with a view of adopting it to Helio-chromy, never dreaming of its 
beautiful application to the manufacture of mirrors.  The expense of 
manufacturing mirrors, by this new durable method, will not, we think, 
exceed half the cost of manufacturing the kind now used; besides, they 
are always perfect, and no art of man can deface them, without 
breaking them to pieces.  We hazard nothing in prediction that it will 
create an entire revolution in the art of making mirror, and that in a 
few years, at most, there will not be a mirror, of the kind now used, 
to be found in the country.

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Also on the same day appeared the following in the "Illustrated News" 
(New York) of 1853:

ejaculated Prof.----, of Columbia College (as his eye
caught the exquisite likeness of Barnum, at ROOT'S GALLERY,
No. 363 BROADWAY.)  "A shadow indeed, but what a perfect
miniature of the great showman; how life-like and exact in every
feature."  And the same remark is true of hundreds of pictures taken
by ROOT in any sort of weather.  Come and see.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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