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Webcam Version 0.0: 1955

Webcam Version 0.0: 1955

My brother in 1955 at age 18, proving that the practice of teenagers taking pictures of themselves predates digital cameras and the Internet. This was in the bedroom he and I shared from about 1953-58. The little child's table and chair set at the left is what served as my "desk" at the time. Since I always had it piled high with junk like that, if I ever wanted to actually do anything like draw, I'd go downstairs and use either the cocktail or dining room table, set up a card table or just plunk down on the living room floor. My brother labeled this (introspective? vacant? chimerical?) self-portait Ektachrome simply, "Me." View full size.

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The Glass Family

tterace, it's clear to me that you and your brother would have been the inspiration for Salinger's Seymour and Buddy Glass if you two had been born about twenty years earlier. Your description of this photo is spot-on to the description of the brothers' room in "Franny and Zooey."


Can I say how much I enjoy your photographs -- keep them coming.

Work in progress

He does seem to exude a hint of Andy Warhol.

Having seen photos of him with his pretty wife, I'd have to say he certainly improved with age.


HOW old?

He looks waaay older than eighteen!

Brother today

Rean asked for a shot of him today. He's on the left in my comment here.

Would Love

To see a pic of him now!!

Great picture, thanks for sharing.

Love and Death

I thought HEY! Woody Allen

This American Life

He's wearing Ira Glass's glasses!

Family portraits

Could have been Ambrose Monk, as well!

Strong Resemblance to ...

Janeane Garofalo (not meant as an insult to your fine and worthy brother).


I thought that was Elvis Costello for a moment.

Timeless shot

That definitely looks like a web cam pic with the monitor glowing in his glasses. Even his style is a bit alternative/indie. I never would have guessed it was from 1955 without the caption. Timeless!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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