Octagonal sixth plate daguerreotype of a beautiful woman, by C. H. Williamson, Brooklyn. Brass mat impressed "C.H. Williamson / Brooklyn NY." Housed in a half thermoplastic case and inscribed in case "July 8th 1860 / Lydia A. Benham [...followed by three other names all ending in "Phillips"] / This day our Lydia left Chicago on her way from New York to St. Joseph MO"

Inscribed in case "July 1860 / Lydia A. Benham, Inscribed "Day our Lydia left Chicago on her way from New York to St. Joseph MO" Lovely braided hair, pin-tucked fichu, and an especially sweet expression.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow c. 1850 Daguerreotype, Southworth & Hawes, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American poet, "The Song of Hiawatha") c. 1850 Daguerreotype, Southworth & Hawes, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

ca. 1847, [daguerreotype portrait of Thomas Forsyth, mountain spy and guide], Thomas M. Easterly via the Missouri History Museum

A strange, intense hairstyle to compliment a strange and intense face: Thomas Forsyth, described as a "mountain spy and guide." 1847 daguerrotype by Thomas M. Easterly, via the Missouri History Museum.

Young couple c. 1850

Young couple c. I love daguerrotype photos with more relaxed posing as it gives you a better feel for the realness of the people.

1850's black nurse & child

Nurse and Child: An American Story

Abraham Lincoln by Nicholas Shepherd, 1846 Daguerreotype

The first authenticated image of Abraham Lincoln was this daguerreotype of him as U. Congressman-elect in attributed to Nicholas H. Shepard of Springfield, Illinois

Louis Daguerre - Daguerreotype

Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot - Daguerreotype of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in 1844 (probable the first photo of a photographer)

Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre in 1838

Photograph by Louis Daguerre of the Boulevard du Temple, Paris. Taken late 1838 or The first ever photograph of people. (Towards the bottom left corner there is a man having his boots polished).

Andrew Jackson-1844-2 - Daguerreotype

John Quincy Adams (July 1767 – February was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to

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