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In this letter to his father, young (age 18) George Fuller sings the praises of the daguerreotype, a technological advance invented only two years previously to capture images. His sentiments illustrate how quickly the idea of "taking pictures" captured the imagination of the public. Young George requests money from his father to finance a joint venture of picture taking with his older brother, Augustus, who was also an artist. George proposes to begin the sales trip by visiting the large country towns "where they have seen nothing of the kind," and vows that at seven dollars per likeness they could be out of debt in two weeks time and the loan repaid to his father in two months.


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Letter to Aaron Fuller from George Fuller

artist   George Fuller (1822-1884)
date   Apr 11, 1840
location   Boston, Massachusetts
height   15.0"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L99.052

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