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Year-End Appeal
Raises Nearly
Many,many thanks to the 80people
who stepped forward and made do-
nations to the year-end appeal. Do-
nations from $10 to $1,000 brought
us within $30 of $7,000! Through
your generosity, we will be able to
undertake some special projects, in-
cluding the repair and restoration of
the roof on the front porch.The Town
of LeRoy reached into a fund that had
not been utilized this past year, and
was able to send us a check for $500.
Our appreciation extends to:
Nancy Aiken, Eveline Aron, Kermit
Arrington, Lloyd Arrington, Marie Ba-
glio, Laura Baleno, Donna & Sid Bare-
foot, Stan & Katie Barringer, Brenda
Beal, Lynne Belluscio, Keene Bolton,
Beth & Bob Boyce, Lana & Jack Brad-
bury, GED & Sandy Brady, John Car-
roll, Bob & Kathy Collette, Susan
Collier, Anne Ferguson Cooper, Dan
& Heather Cote, Judd and Marilyn
Crocker, Jim Cuddeback, Bruno & Lee
DeFazio, Tom & Loretta Dintruff, Barb
& Frank Elliott, John Fay, Cheryll Fer-
naays, Jo & Roxy Ferrara, Sylvia Fra-
ser, Tom & Anne Frew, Jim & Marjorie
Fulmer, Shelia Furr, Bob & Pat Fussell,
Ginny & Don Gepfert, Gary & Joanne
Graham, Chip & Roberta Graney, Jack
Grayson, Deborah Groark, Tony &
Betty Gugino, Jim Henry, Dick Heye,
Joel Jaquay, Gil Jordon, William Kent,
Loreli Ketter, Anne Konkol, Marlene
Kouwe, Betty Lane, Kelly Lathan, Sam
& Esther Leadley, Newbold LeRoy,
LeRoy Rotary Club, Betsey Levinson,
Peter Loftus, Frank & Sue Mangefrida,
Fran &MarcyMathews,SueMcCarthy,
Lewis & Bev Mowry, Pat Navas, Russ &
Josie Neider, Jim & Ann Nielsen, Cyn-
thia Osbourne, Dan & Bonnie O’Shea,
Dorothy Papke, Lynda Pasco, Charles
Pastor, Ed Perkins, Mike & Barb Perry,
Mary Alice Plattek, Sue & Gary Privi-
tera, Dorothy Rooney, Ruth Stewart,
Martha Tabone, Gary & Joann Tiede,
Robert Tinney, Town of LeRoy, Joyce
Traxler, Betty Trim, Loretta Vosh-
burgh, Gary & Eleanor Wilcox, Ray &
Cathy Yacuzzo.
flame. In 1841, an improvement was
developed which included putting a
gold sulfide coating on the plate and
most daguerreotypes found today
have the gold surface.
Because the silver plate acts as
a mirror, the images are difficult to
view. To improve the image, the da-
guerreotypes were placed in cases
with a velvet liner that provided a
dark surface to reflect the image for
viewing. The images are always in re-
verse. And like tintypes, each image
is one of a kind because there is no
negative to create more prints. Da-
guerreotype images are very fragile
and can be damaged if handled im-
They are also susceptible to a “dis-
ease” that causes a clouding on the
surface. As the disease progresses,
the image is destroyed. Curators at
the George Eastman House in Roch-
ester are investigating this problem
and have determined that it is a type
of fungus that grows in pockets on
the surface of the daguerreotype.
They are trying a variety of treat-
ments, including exposing the plates
to argon gas, to keep the fungus from
growing. Work continues to preserve
some of the earliest images ever cre-
The girls in the image, are dressed
in their best clothes, with their hair
done in the latest fashion. In the
1850s, many women were wearing
“cages” or hoops to create the vo-
luminous shapes. The tight, wrist
length sleeve, popular in the 1840s
was giving way to the wide sleeve
with a lace or fringe accent. Several
of the girls are wearing lace or net
mitts, and a paisley shawl is draped
on the girl on the right. Several girls
have a wide, open neckline, in con-
tract to the high necklines with cot-
ton collars.The wide ribbon accent at
the neck is also seen on several girls
in this image. The popular hairstyle,
parted in the middle, draped over
the ears, with a wide silhouette can
be seen on all but one of the girls.
The Historical Society is very for-
tunate to have purchased these two
early images and is grateful for the
financial support our members have
provided which makes these acquisi-
tions possible.
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