Daguerreian Society

In the month of June in the year 1851, the following brief text 
appeared in the "The Photographic Art-Journal" Vol. 1, No. 6 (June 
1851) pg. 379, under the heading "GOSSIP":
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  -- We have received the following anonymous communication, which we 
publish for the valuable hint it conveys.  There is generally too much 
neglect in plate cleaning.
  MESSRS. EDITORS.-- If you deem the following worth an insertion in 
your Journal, you have it freely.
  A Daguerreotype plate is like a field of waving grass, which you wish 
to cut, that the honey bee may extract the sweets from the juicy 
stubble.  A vigorous arm and a keen blade will alone effect the object.  
So on the delicate surface of silver, if you would make a picture, cut 
it away, rapidly, evenly, lightly, and you have the metal with a 
surface of open pores ready to receive the traces from the faintest 
sunbeam.  Work with a laggard hand, and like the indolent farmer 
pressing down the stubble with his dull edged scythe, you crowd over 
the texture of the delicate silver, and fill up with foreign matter its 
innumerable pores.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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