Today, we live in a world that’s obsessed with taking selfies on iPhones. There are a great many people who still appreciate the value of real photography, but the masses are more concerned with the cameras on their smartphones. I’ll let you know, though, it wasn’t always that easy to snap a photo.
Photography has come a long way since the early days. Have a look at some of the oldest surviving photographs known to man. (Disregard the fact that almost everyone is incredibly grumpy in these pictures. That’s just how things were back then.)
1.) Andrew Leyden stands with his Right and Left Hand men.
2.) Boulevard du Temple, a daguerreotype taken by Louis Daguerre.
3.) A photograph of Dorothy Catherine Draper, John Draper’s sister.
4.) View from the Window at Le Gras, the world’s first photograph by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.
5.) A calotype print showing the American photographer Frederick Langenheim.
6.) A daguerreotpye that is known as the first known photograph of Wilmington.
7.) This photograph of First and Oakland is from the “Howdy Neighbor” section of an unidentified 1942 Columbus newspaper.
8.) Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer of photography, takes possibly the world’s first selfie.
9.) A photograph of John Quincy Adams.
These nearly-ancient photographs are amazing… but they make me appreciate my iPhone even more. Imagine having to sit still for over a minute, just to capture ONE photo? It seems insane, now, to think about.
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The Los Angeles Alligator Farm was a pretty crazy place as seen from these old photos from the Los Angeles Public Library. Located next door to the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, it served as both an alligator farm and a major city tourist attraction from 1907 until 1953. It was eventually shut down in 1984 after the annual attendance dropped below 50,000. All the animals were relocated to a private estate in Florida.
The 1920s wasn’t a period of many safety regulations.
“I’ll take a glass of your finest milk, barkeep!”
Newborn baby alligators being counted, and boxed for some insane reason.
Nothing beats a nice relaxing massage.
She’s in her 100s now, but I bet this is her Facebook profile picture.
Looked like a pretty crazy place where people got a bit too up close and personal to the gators for my taste. Source: The Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Share these antique photos with your friends below.