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Inscription: Framed. Inscribed in pencil on frame, verso: "Mammonth size // The camera that made this Hawes // daguerreotype came from N.O. La // about (?) 1857. It was sold to // Mr. Hawes by E. White - Dag stock // dealer of N.Y.C. for $325 instead // of 425 but he purchased $100 // worth of plates on him // plus. // As Boyer // Chgo 12-43 // [illegible]"
Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, or Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes; [Holman's Print Shop, Boston]; I.N. Phelps Stokes, New York
From Holman's journal, December 4, 1934: "I had such good success with a lot of the smaller dags. that I attempted the gigantic McKay plate [this plate was mistakenly identified as Donald McKay until June 1974] — and failed. It has all been improved except the face and a portion near by. I'll take it to Mr. Powers tomorrow." Holman took the plate to Powers on December 5 and writes in his journal on December 6: "The attempt Mr. Powers made to restore the McKay dag. was futile. It is in a bad way — so bad that I think I'll try again."
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