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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

On this day (July 29) the following notices appeared on their respective dates in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In the 1846 issue of the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": ACCIDENT. An accident of a painful character occurred yesterday, at the Daguerreotype Establishment of Messrs Litch & Whipple, Washington street, by which the senior partner of that concern nearly lost his life. Mr Litch in arranging some articles in one of the apartments overturned an ounce bottle filled with BROMINE, and in an instant his head and face were completely covered with that corrosive poison. For several seconds he was wholly bewildered from the intensity of the pain and the inhalation of the stifling vapor, but soon recovering a most extraordinary collectedness of mind, he called as loudly as he was able, for some "Hyposulphite of Soda," a substance which at once neutralizes the action of the liquid with which he was covered, and which, fortunately, was at hand. Dr Bumstead, a retired Physician, happening to be in the building, promptly tendered valuable aid, and to his watchful care and the remarkable self-possession of the unhappy sufferer, may be attributed an escape from a terrible death. We are happy to state that Mr L. although much distressed, breathes a little easier this morning. It is now confidently hoped that his sight, which was thought in imminent danger will be preserved. * * * * * * * * In the 1851 issue of the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": DAGUERREOTYPES OF THE ECLIPSE. Messrs Southworth & Hawes we learn daguerreotyped the eclipse in its different stages, yesterday, in fine style, with a much more powerful glass than was used in Boston or Cambridge for this purpose. The copies taken are nearly six inches in diameter. They will shortly be ready for exhibition. -------------------------------------------------------------- 07-29-97

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