Friday, January 8, 2016

First Photographs: First Picture With People In It; First Pig To Fly; First Pic o' a President, etc

We've had a few of these over the years:

CERN: The First Photograph Uploaded to the Web 
Crossdressing, Compression and Colliders: The First Photo on the Web
The first photographic image ever uploaded to the Web was a Photoshop disaster. It was created to sell something, and featured attractive women in a come-hither pose.
In short, photo-uploading was born with some original sins that have never quite washed away.
Here it is, in all its glory:

Next Wednesday, July 18th, the photograph at the center of that image — a homemade promotional shot for Les Horribles Cernettes, a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva — will turn 20 years old. Despite the artifact’s world-historical significance, its full story has never been told....MORE
And another favorite:

Oldest known photograph of a tornado
Nasty bugger what with the devil horns and all.

Here are some more via Vintage Everyday:

The Very First Photographs Of The World – 21 Rare Vintage Pictures That You May Never Seen Before

1. The world's first photograph taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, 1826.

3. Born 1746, photo from 1840, Hannah Stilley is probably the earliest born person photographed. 

5. First gay couple photographed together. 

8. First photograph of people, 1838. 

That last we also had posted, with the notation "Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre, Paris, France (circa 1838)"
You have to squint to see the guy getting his shoes shined. (on the street corner)


If interested see also "1914: The Gold Standard Is A Dying Regime" for a very rare pic from 1910.