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1/4 Plate Daguerreotype
John Hamilton Still
 San Francisco's First Bookshop Owner 
Early California Gold Rush Era Image w/ Historical Importance

Price . . . . . 4595.00

Description: Offered for sale is a 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype / Photographic Image of an Dapper Looking  Fellow ID'd as John Hamilton Still.  Check out the herringbone pants he is sporting.  John Hamilton was the first person to open a book shop in San Francisco California during the California Gold Rush Era beginning in 1848.  It is in a half case and in very nice overall condition.  There is a slip of paper inside the case behind the image identifying the gentleman as John Hamilton Still and gives some info on him.  The paper ID says the image was taken when John Hamilton Still 'was age 40 or so. The ID goes on to say John Hamilton Still died at age 48 which is a true statement.

I found reference to John Hamilton Still also being in Sacramento during the beginnings of the California Gold Rush with a story about him being partners in another bookshop with his brother who ran off to the Gold fields near Placerville.  That endeavor was also short-lived.

I could find no clear picture or image of Still online to positively verify it is the same fellow but how many people w/ that 3 part name were running about California at this time?  And Still's early death and the ID info about it match.   In addition, there is a historical plaque near the original location of Still's shop that was placed in San Francisco by Still's relatives and a California Historical Group sometime back.  (Pic Below)

The half case measures approx. 3 3/4 x 4 3/4".  A nice clean image of a classy looking fellow in a very fashionable pair of pants or trousers with an almost certainty of it being "the" John Hamilton Still and having significant California Gold Rush historical value and importance.

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