Posted 6 years ago
Daguerrian tokens are very uncommon and are nifty ‘go alongs’ for my Palmer & Longking daguerreotype camera. They are fascinating bits of photographic history because the earliest galleries advertised using 'broadsides' (small posters) and coin-like tokens. Shown here is a brass c.1850-58 token for E. Jacob, daguerreotype artist, New Orleans. I like this particular example because the artist’s advertising is around a Liberty Bust.
Edward Jacobs was in business from 1844 to 1861. From 1850 to 1858 he was listed at 93 Camp Street. In 1848, Jacobs is believed to have made a daguerreotype image of Zachary Taylor (12th President of the United States).