Antique Daguerreotype Photographs
A Frenchman named Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the daguerreotype in 1839. Despite its European lineage, the daguerreotype is often associated with images of mid-1800s America. That’s because daguerreotypes were warmly embraced in the United States—in 1853, there were more daguerreotype galleries in New York City than there were in the whole of England. Daguerreotypes are sometimes called the first photographs, but in truth they...