I have a collection of daguerreotypes here. Really an amazing method. I wish that I had a way to make them. Of course heating mercury and using the vapors to develop the plates is not exactly safe....
It lasted about 10 years commercially, and was replaced by the much simpler and cheaper tintype
I think you missed a step there. Didn't the ambrotype replace the daguerreotype (which was preceded by the albumen print) before the tintype came along?
Interesting article here, though I could have sworn that the first photograph was a type of egg albumin print. Could be that that was the first photo on paper.