ca. 1869, [ambrotype portrait of a woman, gentleman, and driver in horse-drawn carriage at Niagara Falls]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1869, [ambrotype portrait of a woman, gentleman, and driver in horse-drawn carriage at Niagara Falls]

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1858, [ambrotype portrait of a gentleman at Niagara Falls]
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Art, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography
ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of three tourists at Niagara Falls], Platt Babbitt
via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1855, [ambrotype portrait of three tourists at Niagara Falls], Platt Babbitt

via Charles Schwartz Photography

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of Joseph Avery stranded on rocks in the Niagara River], Platt D. Babbitt

Three men boating in the Niagara River were overwhelmed by the river’s strong current, lost control of their boat, and crashed into a rock. The current carried two men immediately over the Falls to their deaths. The daguerreotype shows the third man, stranded on a log which had jammed between two rocks. He weathered the current for eighteen hours before succumbing to the river. The image is an early example of a news photograph.

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

ca. 1853, [daguerreotype portrait of Joseph Avery stranded on rocks in the Niagara River], Platt D. Babbitt

Three men boating in the Niagara River were overwhelmed by the river’s strong current, lost control of their boat, and crashed into a rock. The current carried two men immediately over the Falls to their deaths. The daguerreotype shows the third man, stranded on a log which had jammed between two rocks. He weathered the current for eighteen hours before succumbing to the river. The image is an early example of a news photograph.

via the Library of Congress, Daguerreotype Collection

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