This section is from the American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype, by Samuel D. Humphrey. Published S. D. Humphrey, 37 Lispenard Street 1858.
The above-named publication is well known as the best and most valuable one devoted to the Photographic Science in this country. Humphrey's Journal made its appearance November 1st, 1850, and consequently is the first and oldest serial offered to the Photographic world.
The art of producing Portraits and Landscapes by means of Light, has recently taken a new and enlivening impulse, which will in all probability lead to important and interesting results. No practical Daguerreotypist, Photographer, or amateur, should be without the means at hand for securing all of the information upon this subject. Each should be ready to receive and apply the improvements as they may be developed. In order to accomplish this, it is a matter of great importance to the Practitioner or Experimenter that he should have a reliable medium through which he can obtain information. In what source can the inquirer better place his confidence than in a regular Journal, whose editor is literally a practical person, and familiar with the manipulations necessary for producing Portraits upon "Daguerreotype Plates," and upon glass and paper? Such is the conductor of Humphrey's Journal.
This Journal is published once every two weeks, and contains all the improvements relating to the Art, and is the only American Journal whose editor is practically acquainted with the process for producing Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Photographs. The first No. of Vol. X. is dated May 1st, 1858. The terms (Two Dollars per annum) are trifling compared with the vast amount of information furnished.
AMBROTYPES.--Humphrey's Journal contains everything novel which appears upon this subject, and has already presented more new, important, and original matter than can be found in any other place.
Many are the letters we have received during the term of the last volume, in which the writer has stated that a single number of Humphrey's Journal has contained information of more value to him than "several times the amount paid for the entire volume."
Our resources have grown up around us, and our facilities for procuring, as well as distributing, all such facts and improvements as will benefit as well as instruct all who have the progress of the Art at heart, are as ample as they can well be made.
The future volumes will be abundantly furnished with original writings from persons of standing in the scientific world; and the practical Photographer will here find a full account of such improvements as may from time to time develop themselves.
From the editor's long practical experience in the Heliographic Science, he will be enabled to present the subject in a plain, clear, and concise manner.
Read what the Editors say of Humphrey's Journal:--
"We have received a copy of a valuable Journal (Humphrey's) published in New York, which has reached the 18th number of Vol. VI.....We now have the pleasure of quoting from our trans-atlantic coadjutor."-- Liverpool Photographic Jour.
"Humphrey's Journal is practical as well as scientific in character."-- American Journal of Science and Arts.
"It treats the subject knowingly and with force."--New York Tribune.
"It is both a popular and interesting publication."--Mechanics' Magazine.
"It is highly useful to all who practice 'shadow catching.'"-- Ohio State Journal.
"The work is neatly gotten up, and contains many interesting varieties in this new field of science."--Times.
"It should be hailed and encouraged, not only by Daguerreotypists themselves, but by every lover of Science and Art."--The Democrat.
"We cannot too strongly urge all artists, and those persons who feel an interest in the Heliographic Arts and Sciences, to take a copy of the work."--Sentinel.
"It is indicative of talent worthy of the important Art it is designed to elevate."--American.
"This Art is entitled to its own organ, which could not have fallen into better hands than those of the editor of 'Humphrey's Journal.'"--Transcript.
"It is a scientific work of interest and usefulness."-- Star of the North.
"This Journal answers many points heretofore regarded as inexplicable."-- Hudson River Chronicle.
"It is rich with interest."--North American.
"It contains all the 'Improvements.'"--Delta.
"It teaches us how to take our own portraits."--Bee.
"It will cultivate a taste for Daguerreotypes."--Commercial Advertiser.
"It should be in the hands of all."--Reveille.
"It is the Daguerreotypist's friend."--London News.
"It should be found in every library."--Evening Journal.
From some of our Subscribers
"Humphrey's Journal has been the means of saving much time and money, for by its instruction I have been enabled to produce some of the finest Paper Pictures I have ever seen." W. P.
"Don't fail to send me the Journal, for I would not be without it for five times the amount of subscription. It is the only publication I can depend upon." A. G. R.
"Your treatment of the humbugs and humbugging members of the profession, is of the most valuable importance to us practical Daguerreans. Go on. God speed! Here is the amount for the renewal of my subscription." E. F. S.
"How can any Operator offord to be without it?" L. L. H.
"Here are five dollars: send me Humphrey's Journal to this amount. I will not be without it." M. S.
"It is my best friend." J. E. W.
We might quote like commendatory extracts enough to more than ten times fill this page.
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THE PRACTICAL MANUAL OF THE COLLODION PROCESS. BY S. D. HUMPHREY. THIRD EDITION
This Edition contains all the Improvements in the Art made public up to the day of publication, and gives complete Practical Instructions for making Collodion Positives or Ambrotypes, Collodion Negatives, Printing, etc., etc. The quick, great and unprecedented sale of the first and second editions demonstrates, more than the strongest language could possibly do, the extraordinary and increasing popularity of this work. The Third Edition contains two hundred and sixteen 12mo. pages, of a larger size and in smaller type than either of the preceding editions, and is illustrated with numerous wood-cuts. It is intended to be the best practical work extant; substantially bound in cloth, price One Dollar; forwarded by mail (postage prepaid). Address
S. D. HUMPHREY, New York
A GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHY,
Containing simple and concise directions for obtaining Views, Portraits, etc., by the chemical agency of Light, by W. H. Thornthwaite, author of "Photogenic Manipulations," etc. Illustrated with numerous wood-cuts. The Book contains more than one hundred 12mo pages, bound in board, and is sold at twenty-five cents per copy, or five copies for one dollar. Address
S. D. HUMPHREY, New York
HOLMES, BOOTH & HAYDENS, MANUFACTURERS OF DAGUERREOTYPE CASES, PLATES, CAMERAS,
MATTINGS, PRESERVERS, ETC., ETC.
MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS OF EVERY VARIETY OF AMBROTYPE, AND PHOTOGRAPHIC GOODS,
Of the Best and most approved Quality.
ESPECIAL ATTENTION GIVEN T0 THE FURNISHING OF EVERY ARTICLE USED IN THE PRACTICE OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE
Depot 81 Chambers and 63 Reade St., New York.
Manufactory at Waterbury, Conn.
HOLMES, BOOTH & HAYDENS' CAMERAS
From 1/4 to the Mammoth size. These CAMERAS are of the most superior make, and all subjected to the most thorough test before being offered for sale.
VIEW CAMERAS, made expressly for taking views: an entirely new article.
DAGUERREOTYPE PLATES, OF EVERY VARIETY. AND WE WOULD CALI. PARTICULAR. ATTENTION TO THE
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HOLMES, BOOTH & HAYDENS, 81 Chambers, and 63 Reade St. New York.
SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO.
MANUFACTURER OF DAGUERREOTYPE PLATES, MATTINGS, PRESERVERS, CASES, APPARATUS, etc., etc.
Importers and Dealers in every description of Daguerreotype, Photographic, AND AMBROTYPE GOODS,
The SCOVILL MANUFACTURING COMPANY flatter themselves that an experience of nearly twenty years in the business and the most extensive variety of the above Goods in the United States, entitle them to the continuance of orders for the Domestic and Foreign trade, which will receive the most careful attention.
Park Building, New York. Entrances--36 Park Row, 4 Beekman, and 141 Nassau Street.
SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO.
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Union Cases, Of all sizes, with Riveted Hinges. AGENTS FOR THE SALE OF C. C. HARRISON'S CAMERAS,
with improvements, which we are now prepared to sell at reduced prices, and warranted to give better satisfaction than ever before DAGUERREOTYPE PLATES, H. B.--N. P.-- Star and other brands PLATE GLASS,
embracing three-quarters white: Crown and all other varieties. We would call particular attention to our Black Glass, made expressly for Ambrotypes.
CHEMICALS, for the Daguerreotype and Photographic Art. Iodized and Plain COLLODION. Gun Cotton, etc., etc. Tagliabue's Collodiometres and Actino-Hydrometres, for testing Chemicals.
APPARATUS OF EVERY VARIETY.
Gutta Percha, Porcelain, and Glassware of all kinds used in the Art.
A large assortment of Gilt Frames always on hand and made to order.
Ambrotype Shields, with solid corners of a new style.
All orders will meet with prompt attention
SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO., PARK BUILDING New York 36 Park Row, 4 Beckman, and 141 Nassau Street.
HARDWICH'S PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMISTRY AMERICAN EDITION.
A MANUAL of PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMISTRY,
INCLUDING THE PRACTICE OF THE COLLODION PROCESS.
T. FREDERICK HARDWICH,
LECTURER ON PHOTOGRAPHY IN KINGS COLLEGE, LONDON; LATE DEMONSTRATOR OF CHEMISTRY IN KING'S COLLEGE.
The above is the title of this new and valuable work. It is too well known to need any further comment in this place. This volume contains nearly 300 large duodecimo pages. bound in red cloth, $1.00. Copies to be forwarded by mail, $1.18, postage pre-paid.
S. D. HUMPHREY, Photographic Book Publisher, 37 LISPENARD STREET, NEW YORK,
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