Just wanted to share. This is a 1/4 plate daguerreotype that I found at a local estate sale. Sadly, at some point in time someone had the wisdom to actually clean the surface of the plate. Obviously a mistake, amazingly the image survives. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5027143762_7fce6de608_b.jpg Advice for budding collectors . . . please don't clean your daguerreotypes with a Brillo pad and scouring powder. Enjoy! Please post an image of your first daguerreotype . . .