Studio portraits of African-American people in the second half of the 19th century.
America’s oldest mugshots: See incredible photos of criminals made by St. Louis police department between 1857 and 1867.
34 rare photos that capture Paris in the mid-19th century.
17 rare salt paper prints of Welsh women’s portraits from the early 1850s.
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 architecture in the mid-19th century.
51 graceful photos of Victorian widows in mourning dresses from between the 1850s and 1870s.
The very earliest war photography: rare and amazing photographs of Crimean War by Roger Fenton, 1855.