|From Francis's New Guide to the Cities of New-York and Brooklyn, and the Vicinity (New-York: C. S. Francis & Co., 1857) pp.79-80. The first two paragraphs are taken directly from a previousand more lengthytext in the New-York Tribune of April 1853.
In the cities of New-York and Brooklyn, there are upward of 100 Daguerrean establishments, giving direct employment to about 250 men, women and boys, though the number who derive support from the art in the United States, in all its branches, is variously estimated at from 13,000 to 17,000, including those working in the manufactories. For some years, a great proportion of Daguerreotype goods were imported from Europe, principally from France; those made here being considered by operators as much inferior, especially the plates. A great improvement has, however, of late taken place in our production of these articles, and it will be seen by the number of persons employed, as given above, that this is now quite an important branch of domestic industry, there being in this City alone six large establishments for the making, importation and sale of photographic goods, the amount of cash invested being about $300,00, and the annual sale of materials, $1,000,000.