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Daguerreotypes of Dr. Pingry and His Sons

Daguerreotypes of Dr. Pingry and His Sons

The Archives rediscovered (in an Upper School closet) a few daguerreotypes of Dr. John Pingry and his sons James O. and John. What are daguerreotypes? They were the first (fragile) commercially available photographs in the mid-1860s, named after the photographic process that, without the use of a negative, used the camera to print a highly detailed image on a silver-plated copper plate.

These images of Dr. Pingry and family date from circa 1849 and are  now the oldest materials in the Archives. One is an open model and two are in folding cases, which were popular housings for daguerreotypes. Read more about daguerreotypes and take a look at the images: