Daguerreian Society

For today (September 1) I'll give the following text, found under the 
heading "Salad For the Photographer", from "The Philadelphia 
Photographer" Vol. 7, No. 81 (September 1870) pages 330-331:
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Professor Morse, addressing a Sunday-school of which the Professor had 
been, in former years, a superintendent, says:  "Prior to the 
relinquishment of his profession as a painter, however, your first 
superintendent was the instrument, in the hand of Providence, of 
introducing into this country (America), that great (I may say the 
greatest) wonder of our age, the new art of photography.  Photography, 
under the name of the daguerreotype, it is well known, was invented by 
the celebrated Daguerre, a French artist, who exhibited his first 
collection of specimens to the members of the French Academy of 
Sciences, in Paris, early in the year 1839.  My brother was in Paris at 
the same time, exhibiting his telegraph to the same persons.  Brother 
artists and brother inventors, thus brought together, each was invited 
to examine the other's invention; and my brother became earnest in his 
desire to introduce the Daguerreotype into America.  On his return to 
New York, in April, 1839, he inspired me and my younger brother with a 
portion of his own enthusiasm.  He was then entirely destitute of 
pecuniary means; and after ascertaining what was wanted to enable him 
to gratify his and our wishes, we removed the central part of the roof 
of our six-story building, covered it with a skylight, furnished the 
new chamber with camera and the other apparatus of photography, and, 
having thus completed the first 'tabernacle for the sun' erected on the 
western hemisphere, placed your first superintendent there to fix, for 
inspection through all time, the perfect image of men and things, as 
the great Painter, from his tabernacle in the heavens, flashed them 
upon the silvered plates.  It was in that chamber that he who first 
practised the art of training in your Sabbath-school in 1816, trained 
the young men who went forth rejoicing from New York into every part of 
our land, to work the wonders and display the beauties of the new art, 
eliciting admiration from all beholders, and from the devout the 
exclamation, which four years afterward passed in an instant through 
the wire from Washington to Baltimore, to be recorded there, while it 
was echoed everywhere: "What hath God wrought!'"

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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