Monday, December 09, 2013

History of the selfie

This has been doing the rounds.  You may have seen it (I'm copying from the AHA website).  But it still impresses me.  It's a guy called Robert Cornelius (1809-93) who took a daguerrotype photo of himself outside a shop in Philadelphia. This was in 1839.  And now he lives forever, young, punkish, timeless. 

I imagine, for a moment, writing something that evoked lived reality in the past with that kind of  vividness.... 

Update:  Not entirely unrelated but pushing the bounds of the discipline a bit, there's a slightly not-safe-for-work site called Bangable Dudes in History (some dames too), which should be all over this.

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