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    Posted 5 years ago

    rniederman
    (309 items)

    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).

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      beautiful!!!
    2. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    3. pops52 pops52, 5 years ago
      Interesting!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, pops52!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, aghcollect!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Now, this is an interesting poste! Was this a common ad practice with photographers?
    7. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, BB2! And you ask a really good question; something I haven't really thought about. I haven't done a study of photography tokens but it appears no more than a handful of photographers (less than 10 of the hundreds known) issued merchant tokens. Nearly all known are from 1850s daguerrian photographers, but I have seen one token from an ambrotype studio.

      I suspect the practice of issuing photographic merchant tokens during the early years of photography is uniquely American and occurring in roughly the same timeline as civil war tokens.

      What's interesting is that a particular studio might issue tokens made of different materials such as brass, tin, silver, and copper. I have previously posted two dag tokens (copper and brass) from the renowned M.A. Root gallery:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/60427-daguerrian-photo-gallery-token-c-1850

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/64801-m-a-roots-daguerrian-gallery-token-and-a
    8. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      CindB
      PatSea
    9. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, David!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      Militarist
      BB2
    11. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, petey!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Brett!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Overdue thanks to michaeln544!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks again, BB2!

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