John Adams.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Adams was born in Grafton, Massachusetts back in 1822 to Jonathan and Melinda. From all accounts, he was an ardent student of chemistry. The chemicals he mixed together caused him to have health issues so he had to stop and turn his attention to something else, which of course is the rest of the story.

I don’t have much on his education but what I can tell you is that he was a prolific inventor. His main interest was that of photography. If you can find one of his daguerreotype you are a millionaire. He invented crayon daguerreotypes, he developed the process for making paper prints from glass albumen negatives. He died in 1891.

What you may not know about John Adams Whipple is that he was the first person in the United States to manufacture the chemicals used for daguerreotypes. He was a pioneer in astronomical and night photography. He was the first to produce images of stars other than the sun. His image of the moon won the prize for technical excellence in photography at the great 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. One of his daguerreotypes of George Washington’s home is no housed at the Smithsonian.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Unlike John and Roy Kelley, I am in the dark when it comes to photography. Enjoy your day! 

Nov 03, 2018 04:22 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I had heard al little about this type of photography.  He is another person who brought us a  better life with his inventions.

Nov 03, 2018 04:28 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting post.

Have a great weekend.

Nov 03, 2018 04:46 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Having been of the Kodak era it would have been a lot of work with that type of photography.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 03, 2018 05:02 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I really enjoyed this one. Messing with chemicals is something I can't imagine but respect.

Nov 03, 2018 05:12 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I bet this was something that a photographer like Roy Kelley knew about.

Nov 03, 2018 05:50 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray imagine what one of those photos would be worth today!!

Nov 03, 2018 06:06 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I looked JA Whipple up.  Those images of the moon are amazing! 

Nov 03, 2018 06:30 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

What a fascinating man John Adams Whipple was, with some impressive contributions. I'll have to check his work out online.

Enjoy your weekend!


Nov 03, 2018 08:45 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

That would be quite the collection if one could find them to collect !

Nov 03, 2018 11:29 AM #10
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I know someone named John Adams, but this is definitely not him, haha.  I hope you are having a nice day my friend!

Nov 03, 2018 12:01 PM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting post you shared with us.  I have recently been reading about how photo paper was created. A

Nov 03, 2018 12:53 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I know of daguerreotypes but did not know all of the story! 

Nov 03, 2018 01:02 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I find your daily blog post fascinating for how much I really don’t know James. 

Nov 03, 2018 10:04 PM #14
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