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William Shew 
Untitled (Shew's Daguerreian Saloon, San Francisco) 
1851 
  
Daguerreotype, 1/2 plate 
4.313 x 5.5 ins. 
  
Oakland Museum of California 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Willard M. Nott and Dr. Paul Schuster. 
  
 
LL/38425 
  
Newspaper description. Alta California (San Francisco), 22 July 1851:
 
"A good deal of curiosity has been expressed in regard to the object and intention of the big wagon which fills up a large portion of the plaza, and which was yesterday being covered with a frame. Some suppose that 'the elephant' which so many people come here to see was to be caged up in it and exhibited to greenhorns at a quarter a sight. It seems, however, that it is to be a traveling daguerreotype establishment, with which the proprietor intends to travel around the city and country, taking views and portraits." 
 

 
  
 
  
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