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Subject: Re: What year photographs first taken?
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 23:00:48 EDT

Hi Maureen,

Yes, it's true that the first "photograph" is believed to have been taken
about 1826. However, that one reportedly took about 8 hours just to expose -
not a practical process for the average photographer. By 1840, some
significant improvements in the process had been made, so more people could
practice the art. But it was still very cumbersome and very few people had
the necessary skills to "make a photo". By about 1850 the glass plate process
and the "tintype" were developed and used extensively in photographing the
Civil War. But it wasn't until 1888 when George Eastman perfected his Kodak
Camera that the average person could take pictures "at will". So, yes it's
possible that your picture could have been taken in the 1840's, but not too
likely. If it were it may now a valuable collector's item. It seems more
likely that it would have been taken after the 1850's, but as they say,
"stranger things have happened".

I hope this little "report" is helpful and not too boring.


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