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Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.
War time - Southend, Essex, 1941. Photograph: Science & Society Picture Library
1912 A medicine man of the Blood tribe standing in front of a teepee. Arthur Rafton-Canning took many photographs of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. As was typical of the time, these were copied by postcard manufacturers across North America and sold without credit or compensation to Rafton-Canning.
This is one of the earliest known photographs of a human. A self portrait taken in 1839, it shows a young Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) standing outside his family’s lamp-making shop in Philadelphia. Cornelius was an American of Dutch descent whose knowledge of metallurgical chemistry was to help in perfecting the process of silver-plating, then employed in the production of daguerreotypes. It had previously been assumed that the time necessary for a photograph to be exposed was simply t...