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March 4, 2018

Early Outdoor Photography: 33 Rare Pictures That Capture Life in the World From the 1840s and 1850s

The daguerreotype, the first photographic process, was invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851) and spread rapidly around the world after its presentation to the public in Paris in 1839.

Photography was probably an inevitable invention - the surprise was that it took so long for it to develop, especially given that the scientific principles that are responsible for it - physical principles such as our understanding of lens and optics and chemical processes that are required to affix permanent images, have actually been known for long before the invention of the first photograph.

Life in the world from the 1840s and 1850s

If we take a look at the state of photography today, such as the advances of digital camera, artful image manipulation by photoshop, and even the role of paparazzi in media - and the pervasiveness of photographic images in our lives, it is easy to forget that the first photograph ever was taken just around 180 years ago.

Take a look at these rare and amazing pictures to see how life in the world looked like in the 1840s and 1850s.

2 women, 3 men and a dog, posed in front of the house

5 men and 2 women posed in front of the house

A class of children with their teacher

A farmer with his horse wagon

A young man stands in front of his house, somewhere in Canada

St Paul’s Cathedral

Abbot House, Kent

American troops ride into the city of Saltillo during the the war with Mexico

An outdoor portrait of women group

Beside the water, somewhere in England

Big house on the prairie

Couple at Niagara Falls

Doctor making house call on a winter's day, Connecticut

Portrait of English men

Family posed outside their home, Wolcott, NY


Father and daughter ridding on a horse

Horse and wagon to 'Dyke & Back'

Lambeth High Street, London

Main Street, Wolcott, NY with horses and wagons

Man with his horse

Men with house-carriage

Niagara Falls

People around a homestead or a general store

Shopkeeper stands outside his corner store

Small town in the Northeast of the US

Stagecoach arrives

The old homestead from New Hampshire, or Vermont

Two guys ridding on the horses

Two ladies out for a drive on a street in Portland, Maine

Two women in a window

Young man proudly showing off his horse and carriage

Young man stands beside his high wheel bicycle



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