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I was away on vaction for a few days, yet I thought that
the following post would still be appreaciated, albeit
a couple of days late.    ( - G. E.)
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On this day (August 15) in the year 1890, the Daguerre Memorial
was unveiled at Washington, D.C.
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    ON THE UNVEILING OF THE
DAGUERRE MEMORIAL AT WASHINGTON,
       AUGUST 15, 1890

All hail to the name of that Frenchman
   To whose fame we do honor to-day;
Who coaxed from the shy salts of silver
   Their secrets deep hidden away.

We have followed the path that he opened
   To realms then unpictured, unknown;
But our journey is only commencing --
   An ungathered harvest is sown.

We've a lens which takes in the horizon;
   We have connon-balls caught in mid-air;
We shall next take our pictures in colors.
   Long life to the Art of Daguerre!

(As quoted in Edward L. Wilson's "Photographic Mosaics," 1891) 

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A note from Gary W. Ewer:

Some of you may be unaware of the Photo History discussion
group on the Internet.  Topics encompass all aspects related
to the history of photography:  aesthetics and criticism,
historical processes and techniques, biography of photographers
and relevant individuals; announcements and reviews of relevant
publications , exhibition notices, and job announcements in the
field.
   Participation in the electronic "list" is available to anyone
with an e-mail address.  If you would like further information
about subscribing to the list, send me a brief note with the
word "PHOTO-L" in either the "subject" field or in the body of
your note.  I'll then send you all the particulars about
subscribing, posting to the list, and the all-important
"netiquette."

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Posted for your enjoyment.       Gary W. Ewer      
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08-15-95


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