This is one of the earliest known photographs of a human. A self portrait taken in 1839, showing young Robert Cornelius (1809-1893). (...) This photograph was made many years ago, and yet Robert Cornelius looks as contemporary and ‘immediate’ as any young man you might happen to pass on the streets today. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cornelius)
The ankh or ankh (☥ unicode 2625 U) is the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the NH ˁ word, which means "life." It is an attribute of the Egyptian gods that can keep the loop, or wear one in each hand, arms crossed over the chest. This symbol was called crux ansata Latin ("ankh")
Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.