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On this day (August 9) the following items appeared in their respective 
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in the 1841 "Salem Register" (Mass. Vol.XLI, No.63, pg.2):

  THE LATEST DAGUERREOTYPE.  Your Yankee is ever ready to play a 
practical joke, and never at his wit's end for one either smart or 
original.  We heard of one perpetrated last week, not a thousand miles 
off, which has furnished food for much laughter.  A simple witling 
having inquired of a pedlar for many new things with uncouth names, the 
latter finally offered to take his likeness with a Daguerreotype 
apparatus he had, or to sell him the machine--a plain, square box, for a 
small price.  It was a touch above Plumbe's as it took a likeness in an 
instant, and was so simple that any-one could manage it.--Price for 
likenesses, twenty-five cents--for the box one dollar.  Jonathan forked 
over his dollar, nothing loth to make a spec by taking pictures of his 
neighbors.  The operation was explained to be simply raising the box 
lid--which done, our hero saw his own likeness, correct to the life, in 
a common mirror!  The accuracy of the machine could not be disputed, 
little as the inventor would have a patent right to his discovery.--
Barre Gazette.

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in the 1852 "New-York Daily Tribune" (Vol.XII, No.3,528):

Truth is adored, wherever she may shine,
The fairest offspring of a world divine;
Yet who her fullest glory would compute,
Will study those Daguerreotypes by ROOT.
There the soft radiances of the golden sun
Weaves Truth and Beauty firmly into one
There the same features that delight the heart,
Are fixed forever by his wondrous art.

   ROOT'S great Premium Daguerrean
Gallery, No. 363 Broadway, near Franklin-st. Perfect pic-
tures taken in any sort of weather

Posted for your enjoyment.       Gary W. Ewer      

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