Here, in truth, is a discovery launched upon the world, that must make a revolution in what way, in what degree, will art be affected by it?

 — The New Yorker, April 20, 1839

We have seen the views taken by the Daguerreotype, and have no hesitation in avowing, that they are the most remarkable objects of curiosity and admiration, in the arts, that we have ever beheld. Their exquisite perfection almost transcends the bounds of sober belief.

The Knickerbocker, 1839

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When daguerreotypes appeared in America, the country was experiencing its own kind of revolution and growth. Learn why America was ready for this new technology.

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