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    A Half-Plate Daguerreotype of a Gold Rush Mining Scene, ca. 1850s. The Forty-Niners in their unrelenting quest for gold nuggets, decimated the California mountain areas around them, not caring about the environment they were in. They dammed rivers, logged the forests for timber, and washed hillsides bare. The search for gold is evident in this daguerreotype.

    This fantastic image of a mine at Marysville in northern California shows the signs of cooperation in this mining venture. The miners working with this ditch and moving countless wheelbarrows of rock, gravel, and dirt to the surface for sluicing to find these elusive gold nuggets take time to have their photograph made for history and are all staring directly into the camera. This unique image has 17 men working their claim, one of the largest number of miners know to exist in a daugerreotype, where they have built a wooden trough and pelton wheel to transfer water to the diggings. There is even a mining tent behind and in back of the flue system. These men posed for this photograph of a lifetime, one where they are captured in the Gold Rush environment, a picture like this is very rare and unique. Very fine condition, with great contrast, has two small spots at top, discoloration around edges, seal unbroken on verso, but the case is excellent.
    From The William A. Turner Collection.


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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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