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The French journal La Lumiere publishes on the 4th of September the French translation of Puhar's report in its entirety; this report had been published by the Academy of Sciences in Vienna a year before. The article's title was "Images transparentes sur verre per Pucher, chimiste a Veldes (Oberkrain, Autriche)".


The French journal La Lumiere publishes on the 25th of September a letter from viscount Louis de Dax who wrote from Madrid on 11 September 1852 about the first publication on Puhar. Louis was prescribed a change of climate by doctors and sent to Bled in 1849 where he met Puhar with whom he would then often have lengthy discussions on fine arts and daguerreotypes. Puhar showed him his motifs on glass, of which Louis bought four and described them in the letter. He also gave a brief description of Puhar's process, but the inventor was less talkative regarding that subject.


Puhar was transferred to Cerklje, which proved to be a fatal mistake.

At that time, new inventions in photography began appearing (following the introduction of albumin, collodion and gelatine) which pushed Puhar into the background. This was probably the reason why he never published his later inventions.

That same year, his father and his beloved sister Frančiška Puhar passed away, and for the latter he composed a poem entitled "Venec na grob sestre Frančiške Puhar, spoštovane pevke na cerkvenem koru kranjskiga mesta" ("A Wreath on the Grave of Frančiška Puhar, Sister and Respected Singer in the Church Choir of the Town of Kranj").

In 1853, New York hosted the World Fair of the Works of Industry of all Nations, which was open for 15 months. Today we know only that he had greatly improved his process in relation to contrast, because "the bright parts of the motif are like a white greyness, and the dark like ink".

The head of the diocesan decree transferring Puhar from Bled to Cerklje na Gorenjskem Janez Puhar, "A Wreath on the Grave of Frančiška Puhar", National Museum of Slovenia, photo T. Lauko The World Fair in New York, 1853, the Glass Palace with a dome is in front in the middle of the picture


Puhar sent his photographs on the 8th of November to the exhibition in Paris within the prescribed deadline, 15 February 1855. The photographs were created using a new process. There were three types: on glass, on paper and the so-called touch photography on glass (which supposedly meant copying by using light).

Puhar's original application form, passed on to the Chamber of Craft and Trade on 8 November 1854, the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, TOI, fasc. 104/1 (1855 - 1865)
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