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Why YES! Smiling was possible! c. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a smiling gentleman] via the Daguerreian Society, Julian Wolff Collection

Photos Of Victorians Smiling

Portrait of a Father and Smiling Child, about 1855, Daguerreotype. J. Paul Getty Museum

ca. 1841, [daguerreotype portrait of a frowning gentleman], Robert Cornelius (i.e. my new daguerreotype boyfriend)

Sisters, 1850

The first portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper was originally made in 1840 by her brother, Dr.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 of the human face.

Amazing photograph!!! This man fought in the American Revolution under the command of General George Washington. A rare daguerreotype of Captain George Fishley, taken in 1850 when he was 90 years old.

ca. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a carpenter/wood worker posed with tools] via the Daguerreian Society, Leonard A. Walle Collection

The first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced, 1839


Studio portrait

Daguerreotype c. 1845.

Tintype portrait of shy-looking girl sitting on her father’s lap, ca. 1870’s,

ca. 1855

Mark Twain, early-1850s

ca. 1850s, [hand-tinted daguerreotype portrait of an artist with his palette and brushes] via Christies

ca. 1840-60, [daguerreotype portrait of a gentleman wearing top hat and patch over left eye]

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified Private U. S. Army with uniform, shako cap, earrings] via the Daguerreian Society, William J. Schultz Collection

ca. 1855, [Portrait of Passmore Williamson in Moyamensing Prison, Philadelphia, PA. Abolishionist, imprisoned for assisting runaway slave. Visited by Frederick Douglas. Jail door in background.]

c.1850, by A.B. Tubbs (George Eastman House Collection)

Unidentified young girl and mother by Powerhouse Museum Collection, via Flickr