The Daguerreian Society


On this day (July 16) in the year 1842, the following appeared in the 
"Saturday Courier" (Philadelphia, Vol.12, No.590): 
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   D A G U E R R E O T Y P E. 
 
  One of the prominent features in this Daguerreotype mode of copying,, 
is the perfect degree of accuracy attained in perspective. The 
delineations either of the "human face divine." or of landscape or 
buildings, are transcripts from nature  herself, rigidly preserved in 
every lineament and feature, and with a strict fidelity in every part 
save that of colour--which can, of course, be attained in no other way.  
Those who noticed the Daguerreotype view of the Ledger Building, the 
Times office, and the range of buildings up Third street, looking from 
Dock, which was in the late exhibition of the Artist Fund Association, 
will recollect the singular closeness and fidelity with which not only 
the general outline, but the most minute objects were delineated, even 
to the lettering upon the distant signs, which were plainly visible to 
the naked eye. This view was taken from the Daguerreotype rooms of Mr. 
Reed, at the corner of Dock and Third sts.  A view of the Merchants' 
Exchange and adjacent buildings, taken from the south windows of the 
same establishment, present a similar evidence of the success of art, 
operating in unison with nature. 
 
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(and in the advertisements) 
 
DAGUERREOTYPE MATERIALS--M.P. SIMONS, 
Daguerreotype, Miniature Cases and Apparatus Manu- 
facturer; also Importer of Plates, Chemicals, Lens, &c. 
together with every other article used in the art.  Orders 
from any part of the country attended to upon the most 
reasonable terms, and at the shortest notice, at No. 173 
Chesnut street, fourth story, opposite the State House, 
Philadelphia. 
   N.B.  A liberal discount to city operators, who buy to 
sell again.                                     je 25 6m 
 
 
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Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       
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07-16-96


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