Daguerreian Society

On this day (October 22) in the year 1847, the following text appeared 
in "The Lafayette" Courier (Indiana):
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Daguerreotyping.  It may not be generally known that we have an 
excellent daguerreotypist in our midst; but for the information of all 
we will state that Gideon Lane has a room on the east side of the 
public square, where, by an extension and constant practice he has 
brought "the art preservative of all faces" to a high state of 
perfection.  By request of several citizens of Dayton, he recently paid 
a visit to that town and took a number of pictures, all of which proved 
highly satisfactory to the sitters.  We would suggest to our neighbors 
of the surrounding towns, that the best, cheapest and easiest way to 
get their likenesses Daguerreotypes is to make up a club and send for 
Gideon to bring his apparatus out to them.  He can do them up BROWN (as 
his picture of Webster, the "colored" barber, can testify)--but 
whatever color they may choose, he will certainly suit their tastes, if 
they but will give him a trial.

A note from Joan Hostetler (who submitted today's item):
  According to Mary Anthrop at the Tippecanoe County Historical 
Association, Samuel Webster was an African-American barber who later 
moved to Liberia.
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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