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    Posted 8 years ago

    rniederman
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    Here is an example of a broadside (advertising poster) for a Connecticut based daguerreotypist by the name of E.S. Hayden. I am posting this as a follow on to Perry’s (Signaholic) question about photographers making money during the early years. Although broadsides of this era are generally quite rare, years ago a well known photographic dealer came upon a stash of 'new old stock' of Hayden’s advertisements for Daguerreotype Miniatures. (Ironically, I have two of these.)

    The key to potential profitability was announcing the pending arrival of the photographer ahead of his (or her) visit to drum up business. Notice that the location where Hayden would be residing and working has yet to be filled in. As such, it was economical to have blank broadsides made up; and they are highly sought after by collectors.

    By today's standards, a nicely processed daguerreotype is unmatched for its tonal delicacy. Each image reversed left-to-right and is unique because there is no negative. The images are also very fragile. The process of making plates and processing is quite involved and uses dangerous chemistry (such as mercury that is heated to ‘fume’ – make vapors). Even in a studio, a busy photographer needed assistants to help out.

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    Comments

    1. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, vetraio50!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, LeahGoodwin!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Got one too rob!

      I like early photographic ephemera.

      scott
    4. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Scott ... very good! Thanks.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      I have a later cabinet card version by another photog.

      I'll post another day.

      scott
    6. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      Amazing that it survived all those years till found by someone that knew the importance/value of them. If I read the other post correctly this dates from the late 1850's to early 1860's?
    7. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, David. And agreed that it is rare for the right person to find something like this; otherwise all would have been tossed into the garbage. It's a common theme with other collectables as well; for example, Ben Marks wrote about the discovery of a cache of unknown Guinness advertising art canvases. All it takes is one sharp-eyed person to keep history intact! This broadside dates to c.1850.
    8. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago
      http://www.roycroftbooks.org/velostigmat_lenses_db.htm
    9. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Rob-- here is a link to the photographer broadside/ handbill I just posted:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/102332-photographers-advertising-broadside-or-h?in=activity

      scott
    10. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, blunderbuss2!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, aghcollect!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, officialfuel!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, ho2cultcha!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Eric!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, David!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, petey!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Roycroftbooks!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, kerry10456!
    20. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    21. Signaholic Signaholic, 8 years ago
      Well that clears up a lot. These guys would advertise once arriving at the town, in the local hotels and businesses?
    22. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Perry! And yes ... you are correct. Not much different than the rock posters Ben Marks has posted here. Then again, old photographer broadsides aren't nearly as cool looking.
    23. Signaholic Signaholic, 8 years ago
      And I'm sure almost impossible to find as well.

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