Flora Stewart, who had her portrait taken the year before her death in 1868, was a house slave in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War.

Flora Stewart, who had her portrait taken the year before her death in was a house slave in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. She was 117 years old at the time of the portrait.

The progression of photographic formats in the 1800s. Nearly all consumer photographs in the 19th century were produced by one of these technologies.

"Most Common Photographic Types of the Century" ~ Nearly all consumer photographs in the were produced by one of these technologies. By recognizing the photographic format, you can more easily date the photo and your ancestor.

Gen. Edward O.C. Ord, wife and child at the residence of Jefferson Davis. In the doorway is the table on which the surrender of General Robert E. Lee was signed. Photo taken in 1865.

Odd to see a Civil War era photo with such an informal pose. Edward O. Ord, wife and child at the residence of Jefferson Davis. In the doorway is the table on which the surrender of General Robert E. Lee was signed,

First photo of Napoleon Bonaparte aged 4!

First photo of Napoleon Bonaparte aged - Who writes these captions? There are no photographs of Napoleon Bonaparte because photography wasn't invented until after his death.

Victorian Kiss

Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect romantic hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca?s true love will be revealed, but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay.

Victorians

One of these things is not like the other: Those whacky Victorians/Edwardians sure knew how to have a good time.

One of the oldest photographic portraits known, made by Joseph Draper of New York, in 1839[9] or 1840, of his sister, Dorothy Catherine Draper.

John William Draper -Dorothy Catherine Draper, 1840 The first portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper was originally made in 1840 by her brother, Dr. John William Draper, as a daguerreotype. This was the earliest successful photograph made of the human face.

Street life in London, 1876. John Thomson; copyright Bishopsgate Institute via Spitalfields Life

Photographer: John Thomson Street Floods In Lambeth [Street Life in London] 1877 Woodburytype

James Stark, early Californian actor, gold speculator and brilliant personality. c. 1850. (Bancroft Library). Winner of the Michael Fassbender Award for Looking into the Middle-Distance Moodily. Submitted by I.C. Berry

James Stark, early Californian actor, gold speculator and brilliant personality. Winner of the Michael Fassbender Award for Looking into the Middle-Distance.

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