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I'm taking opportunity today to post an item of no particular date, but 
which nevertheless be of interest.  The following information is taken 
from Cist, Charles. "Sketches and Statistics of Cincinnati in 1851" 
(Cincinnati: Wm. H. Moore & Co., 1851)
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Page 49, under the heading "OCCUPATIONS, TRADES, AND PURSUITS." (for
the quantity of persons employed):

   Daguerreotypists... 40


Page 186-187, under the heading "MANUFACTURES AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS:
   Daguerreotypists.--Thirty-two, with seventy-eight assistants; 
produce to the value of eighty thousand dollars; raw material, 60 per 
cent.
   Our daguerreian artists stand high everywhere.  Reed, the artist, 
who carried portraits taken by Hawkins and Faris, to Europe, states, in 
a letter home, that their works were recognized at a glance in 
Florence, by Frenchmen and others, as American productions, and 
superior to anything produced on the continent of Europe.
  Hawkins, in addition to his daguerreotypes, produces, what he terms, 
a solograph picture.  These are portraits and miniatures which possess 
the beauty of superior oil paintings, and the exquisite finish of 
highly-wrought miniatures.  Nothing can exceed their truthfulness of 
likeness and life-like coloring.
  They possess the great advantage of not being liable to change; 
while, on the contrary, like a fine painting, they improve by time.
  While these pictures are equal to finished paintings in color, they 
excell even the daguerreotype, in fidelity.


Page 259, in a table under the heading "SYNOPSIS OF MANUFACTURING AND 
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.":
    Daguerreotypists
       1841.
          No.:            1
          Hds.:           1
          Product.:    $950
       1851.
          No.:           32
          Hds.:         110
          Product.:  $80000

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Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     
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09-14-97


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