Long before Instagram and Facebook, back in 1839, Robert Cornelius snapped the very first selfie in history. While standing behind his family’s store yard in Philadelphia, he set up his camera to attempt a “daguerreotype,” a photographic process that was still in its infancy. In order to capture this lasting image he had to remove the lens cap, run into the frame and pose in front of his camera for 15 minutes before running back to replace the lens cap. On the back of his photo he wrote “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”
Later, Robert Cornelius opened his own photography shop, one of the first in America. So next time you snap a selfie, consider Cornelius’ patience.