Daguerreian Society

On this day (April 26) the following items appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening 
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In the issue for April 26, 1851:

   FINE ARTS.  There is a constant progress in the Daguerrian art, as is 
abundantly evident from the recent specimens taken at Mr Whipple's gallery, 96 
Washington street.  He has a new process, by which portraits are taken in the 
style of crayons.  Some recent specimens we have seen are gems of art, and give 
great satisfaction.  They are quite the rage just now.  Several of these may be 
seen at his gallery.

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and two year prior, in the April 26, 1849 issue:

   PHOTOGRAPHY IN A NEW FORM.  The Philadelphia Ledger says, that some few years 
ago, about the time that Daguerreotypes were introduced to the public, Mr H. Fox 
Talbot, an English gentleman, discovered how to produce the same impressions 
upon paper.  It was not pursued, however, with the same success as the 
Daguerreotype, because the process was more difficult, and the result not 
generally so satisfactory.  Mr Langenheim, of Philadelphia, who has acquired 
much and deserved celebrity for sun pictures, has experimented for some eight 
years upon the Talbot method of producing them, and he has now brought the 
invention to such perfection as to warrant him in bringing it before the public.  
The advantage attending the "Talbotype" is that after the first impression, 
which is taken with an accuracy that is surprising, in about a minute's time, 
any subsequent number may be taken without any sitting at all, and may be 
colored like a water color paining, an artist being employed for this purpose.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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