Oliver Wendell Holmes used "mirror with a memory" to describe the
daguerreotype, not the camera itself, in a 1859 essay in the Atlantic
Monthly, "The Stereoscope and the Stereograph." You can find it at this URL:
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From: "W. McCarthy" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 1:23 AM
Subject: camera as mirror w/ memory?
> Does anyone know who first opined in print that the camera is a
> "mirror with a memory"? Also, does there exist some convenient
> history of the conceit?
> Bill McCarthy
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