Daguerreian Society

On this day (July 28) the following notices appeared in their 
respective publications:
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This excerpt from the 1851 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":

   ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.  This interesting spectacle was witnessed this 
morning; fulfilling with great precision the calculations of the 
  ...(two paragraphs omitted)...
  During the eclipse this morning ten or twelve daguerreotype 
representations of it were taken at the Observatory at Cambridge, by Mr 
Whipple of this city.

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In the 1848 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":

(This advertisement is headed with a small wood-engraving of a eagle 
over an embellished, round crest: "PLUMBE'S DAGUERREOTYPES / 50 CENTS / 

   Every purchaser of a first class picture is presented
with a beautiful MEDAL or a WALKING CANE,
containing a superb PLUMBEOTYPE Likeness of some
distinguished public character, which challenges com-
petition, as the most beautiful thing of the kind, ever
produced.                               R. PLUMBE
    tc                                          je16

(Another ad by Plumbe mentioning the "Plumbeotypes" can be found in the 
DagNews archives at: )

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and in the 1853 "Boston Evening Transcript":

  IVORY PAPER MINIATURES.  From specimens brought to our notice by Mr. 
Ormsbee, we should say, that the latest improvement he has introduced 
in his new style miniatures, that he has perfected the art of taking 
portraits.  What can he further do?  He now takes the likeness by 
Daguerreotype on Ivory, or much larger on Ivory paper.  They are then 
colored by a miniature painter, (Mr. Clow, from Europe,) by whose 
artistic taste and skill the likeness is not disturbed in the least in 
  Mr. Ormsbee is the oldest Daguerreotypist in our city.  In the 
infancy of the Daguerreotype art, when he was practising at 62 Milk, 
and 75 Court street, he often used to say "that he had not a doubt of 
the process being perfected," and he has always been intent to attain 
his present position as the best artist in his line.  Mr. Ormsbee has 
the "largest Miniature House in the world."  It is fitted up in the 
very highest order of beauty, and conveniently arranged, at No. 203 
Washington, corner of Bromfield streets, Boston, where residents and 
strangers are invited to call and examine a large number of fine 

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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