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The Connecticut Courant, Vol. LXXXVII, No. 4461

This copy of The Connecticut Courant from July 20, 1850 features an advertisement for Augustus Washington’s Daguerrean Gallery in Hartford. Augustus Washington was an African American daguerreotypist in the 1800s and is one of the few with a documented career. He learned how to make daguerreotypes in order to pay for college and he ended up teaching the technique and opening his own studio. Washington eventually moved to Liberia and became a sugarcane grower and a politician. Help us transcribe this issue of the newspaper and learn from Washington’s ad what to wear to get your best picture in the 1800s.