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Atlanta: 1864

Atlanta: 1864

1864. Union Army soldier at Confederate fortifications outside of Atlanta. Wet collodion glass-plate negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

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Interesting Question

Earliest born person photographed? Although Daguerre is generally considedred the first to have taken a photograph of a person (see his capture of someone getting their shoes shined), I'll suggest that William Henry Fox Talbot took the first photo of someone clearly recognizable. His 1840 photograph of a coachman may stand as the oldest known photo of a person, and the oldest person (?) photographed.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

[The commenter was asking: What person in a photograph has the earliest birth year? Possibly someone born in the 1730s or 1740s. - Dave]


Perhaps it was the play "Our American Cousin" by Tom Taylor.


Probably a Sidney Sheldon novel he picked up at the gift shot in the Atlanta airport during a six-hour flight delay. Just a guess.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska


Wonder what the book was he was reading.

Earliest born person photographed?

Any ideas of what would be the oldest pictured person ever? Hmmm, hard to describe -- what I mean is: what is the earliest-born person ever photographed (e.g., a person born 1795, who was 75 years old, photographed in 1870, etc.)

[Probably an oldster photographed in the late 1830s. - Dave]

1864? Wow. That's 143 years!

1864? Wow. That's 143 years! And that photo as good as those from my 3 MP digital camera!

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