This Day in Information: First Daguerreotypes

Dorothy Catherine Draper, 1839

Today in 1839,  John W. Draper made a daguerreotype of the moon with the camera he built, becoming the first person in the US to photograph a celestial body.

Around the same time, he also made what may be the first human portrait taken in the United States, of his sister Dorothy Catherine Draper.

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