Daguerreian Society

During this month of April, the following article appeared in "The 
Camera" (Philadelphia) Vol. 11, No. 4 (April 1907) page 1:
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          A Simple Method of Making Daguerreotypes

RECENTLY we were shown a daguerreotype which, for brilliancy and 
perfection, was the finest we had ever seen.  The subject was a modern 
one, and the maker of this daguerreotype, Mr. J. W. Weiseisen, of 
Riverton, N.J., promised to go into detail regarding the method he had 
employed in making them.  Our mind reverted to fuming boxes and the 
kindred paraphernalia employed in making daguerreotypes, and we felt 
that we were unequal to the task of making them, but when Mr. Weiseisen 
stated that he could make at least a half dozen in an hour, and would 
demonstrate the fact, we had to believe him.  Finally, the method was 
explained to us, and as the idea is entirely original with Mr. 
Weiseisen we want him to have the full credit.
   First, secure a piece of copper, such as is used by half-tone plate 
makers or engravers, or a plate such as is used by copper-plate 
printers, clean it carefully and have it free from scratches or 
markings, then go to a silver-plater and have the copper plate silver 
plated, then carefully burnished after the plating.  From whatever 
negative you desire a daguerreotype make either a contact or reduced 
copy of it upon a lantern slide plate, developing, fixing and washing 
it as usual.  Have the slide contrasty with clear glass in the high-
lights.  Place the lantern slide positive film side to the silver-
plated copper plate, bind the two with binding tape or passepartout 
binding, and you'll have a daguerreotype far more beautiful than the 
original process and without its numerous failures and difficulties.  A 
thin mirror with not do, as the thickness [sic]
   One is not confined to the lantern slide size, as the regular 
transparency plates for larger negatives may be employed as well.  The 
cases for the daguerreotype, should you not have old ones, can be made 
by any casemaker for jewelers at a very trifling cost.  The thin brass 
and copper shell or frame you can have made by any fancy metalworker, 
and he may have on hand a die to cut out or stamp a design on the frame 
if desired.  If only plain frames should be wanted, buy an ordinary 
brass "cut out" and you can readily to the work yourself.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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