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Miguel Angel & Mirta Cuarterolo just informed me of a webpage that 
features a selection of daguerreotypes from his book, "Los anos del 
daguerrotipo, primeras fotograf’as argentinas 1843-1870."  If you're 
like me, you'll now want to buy the book. Take a look at:

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On this day (September 30) in the year 1851 the following item appeared 
in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":
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  SPLENDID DAGUERREOTYPE ROOMS.  Messrs Ormsbee and Sillsbee have 
recently fitted up at 203 Washington street, corner of Bromfild street, 
a suit of rooms, that for chasteness and richness, in furniture and 
pictorial embellishment, is unrivalled in this city; in fact, their 
entire premises constitute a gallery of art.  The walls are covered with 
some very fine paintings, and many superb engravings.  But the chief 
object of attraction is the unrivalled collection of Daguerreotypes, the 
work of their own hands.  These may be seen in a great variety of 
styles, from plain and simple nature, to the most elaborate in tint and 
coloring.  Some are fair imitation of crayons, while others can hardly 
be distinguished from miniatures upon ivory, and will bear comparison 
with any ever taken in the country.
   An hour can be spent most delightfully and profitably here on any 
pleasant day.  A most remarkable picture was taken yesterday by these 
talented artists, being the family of the late Thomas Gross, of 
Wellfleet, Cape Cod, consisting of ten sisters, whose united ages number 
702 years; the eldest being 85 and the youngest 57.  There are two 
brothers living, whose ages swell the aggregate to 832.  They met 
yesterday at the house of Mr John Bacon, in Alba Court, for the first 
time, Mrs Bacon being the youngest sister.  They are of the old Puritan 
stock, truly a band of sisters, all members of the Methodist Church, to 
which they attached themselves at a very early period of their lives, 
and they continue to live steadfast in the faith of their fathers.  The 
parallel to this we believe cannot be found in the country.

Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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