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Nothing is so universal as the photograph.
Published in "The Semi-Centennial of the Admission of the State of Michigan into the Union" (Detroit Free Press Printing Company, 1886), p.385-386.
Nothing is so universal as the photograph. Every family has a picture gallery, and the photograph album is on every parlor table. One of the oldest men in the business has taken over a million and a half of pictures. Copies of all the famous pictures, and photographs of the famous statues and buildings, are for sale; and instantaneous views are taken of crowded streets, of horses at full speed, and of cannon balls just leaving the gun; draughtsmen multiply drawings by this process, and photographs of machines are sent out as samples. The explorer of new countries carries his box of dry plates, and brings back pictures of the scenes and inhabitants of strange lands; even the rock temples of Petrea, and the interior of the Pyramids are now shown by the magic lantern. With one exception, we have views of all the famous buildings and mines on the face of the earth; and we hope before long some fearless followers of Burton will bring us a sun-picture of the holy Caaba of Mecca, that forbidden city, that is death for a Christian to enter.