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Puhar worked as curate in Ljubno and passionately continued his research.

The house in Ljubno in Upper Carniola where Puhar worked and where the stench of sulphur remained long after Puhar had left.


His article entitled "Neu erfundenes Verfahren, transparente Heliotypen auf Glassplatten darzustellen" (he signed as J. P., curate in Upper Carniola), published on the 28th of April in the Carniolia newspaper in German, informed the readers in German-speaking lands with the results of making heliotypes on glass plates. Puhar's process only took 15 seconds to complete.

The "Innerösterreichisches Industrie und Gewerbe Blatt", a reputable Graz newspaper, on the 3rd of May reprinted in its entirety and with the same subtitle as the article published in the previous month's Carniolia. Only its title had been changed to "Transparente Heliotypen auf Glassplaten darzustellen".

The article in the Carniolia entitled "The Newly Discovered Process of Making Sun Drawings on Glass Plates"


Puhar worked as curate in Radovljica.


He was transferred to Bled by a diocesan decree. Bled proved to be an incredibly successful centre for Puhar's international connections. Here, he had the opportunity to make contact with visitors from the entire world as Lake Bled was famous for its beauty even to British, French and Americans.


The Vienna Academy of Sciences was founded.

Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor, Nicéphore Niépce's cousin, invented photography on glass. He notified the French Academy of Sciences of his invention in October 1847, but did not publish the details on his process until 12 June 1848. His photographic process took 15 minutes to complete but was unsuitable for portraits.

Abel Niépce de Saint-Victor


Puhar found out about the similar invention in Paris and started looking for a way to protect the precedence of his own invention. He asked the most eminent natural sciences experts in Ljubljana for help.

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