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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

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

ca. 1841, daguerreotype portrait of a frowning gentleman, Robert Cornelius

The first portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper was originally made in 1840 by her brother, Dr.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

Sisters, 1850

Occupation: Carpenter/wood worker posed with tools. ca. 1850. via the Daguerreian Society, Leonard A. Walle Collection

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of two gentlemen]

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

Photos Of Victorians Smiling

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.


Mark Twain, early-1850s.

ca. 1855, [hand tinted daguerreotype portrait of two well-dressed young men wearing hats and blushed cheeks], Edward M. Tyler & Co.


ca. 1850’s, [hand-tinted daguerreotype portrait of an artist with his palette and brushes]. No banyan, but love the cap

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

1850 daguerreotype...

ABOVE: Elizabeth IA powerful no-nonsense female leader, Elizabeth might have straightened her hair in a powerful yet stylish short cropped style.Known for her love of fashion, she would be more likely to wear a bespoke stylish and unique female suit made with rich colours and material.Rarely pictured smiling, Queen Elizabeth exudes power in the modern day portrait, and hides her new veneers purchased to disguise her notoriously bad teeth.

Hottest blind-gentleman-holding-a cat daguerreotype you will see all day.

Gertrude Käsebier, 1914

Young couple c. 1850