Category: 1850s

Studio portraits of African-American people in the second half…

Studio portraits of African-American people in the second half of the 19th century.

America’s oldest mugshots: See incredible photos of criminals…

America’s oldest mugshots: See incredible photos of criminals made by St. Louis police department between 1857 and 1867.

Amazing portrait photography by Gustave Le Gray from the…

Amazing portrait photography by Gustave Le Gray from the mid-19th century.

34 rare photos that capture Paris in the mid-19th century.

34 rare photos that capture Paris in the mid-19th century.

17 rare salt paper prints of Welsh women’s portraits…

17 rare salt paper prints of Welsh women’s portraits from the early 1850s.

‘Willy’ Smiling, 1853: The First Smile Ever…

‘Willy’ Smiling, 1853: The First Smile Ever Photographed

The photograph is simply labeled “Willy.” It features a young man with close-cropped hair and dressed in fine clothing, including a collared shirt and jacket. Willy is looking at something amusing off to his right, and the photograph captured just the hint of a smile from him—the first ever recorded, according to experts at the National Library of Wales.

57 rare and amazing photos capture French streets and…

57 rare and amazing photos capture French streets and architecture in the mid-19th century.  

51 graceful photos of Victorian widows in mourning dresses…

51 graceful photos of Victorian widows in mourning dresses from between the 1850s and 1870s.  

The very earliest war photography: rare and amazing photographs…

The very earliest war photography: rare and amazing photographs of Crimean War by Roger Fenton, 1855.