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    The Oldest Photograph

    We recently came across this photo in the family archives. The baby in it is my grandmother! We estimate it to have been taken circa 1885.
    I'm by no means an expert on photography but enjoy taking and looking at pictures. I use a Kodak Easyshare Digital camera - model CX4230 -. I recently downloaded Picasa2 software available from Google. I find Picasa to be much more powerful and flexible than Kodak and it has been very useful in collating and organizing my photographic collection..
    Any comments/ experiences from colleagues on the forum would be of interest.
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    Re: The Oldest Photograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Philadelphia Eagle
    We recently came across this photo in the family archives. The baby in it is my grandmother! We estimate it to have been taken circa 1885.
    I'm by no means an expert on photography but enjoy taking and looking at pictures. I use a Kodak Easyshare Digital camera - model CX4230 -. I recently downloaded Picasa2 software available from Google. I find Picasa to be much more powerful and flexible than Kodak and it has been very useful in collating and organizing my photographic collection..
    Any comments/ experiences from colleagues on the forum would be of interest.
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    This is great. Your grandmother was a cute baby!

    I love photos - everything about them. I'm torn, however, about losing great video camera recording opportunities. I'm usually clicking away with my digital camera - but then realize later how great it would have been to have made a video.

    When I look back at my old videos, this point really hits home. I know that I can/could carry two cameras, but that is also a pain in the rump.

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    Great picture P.E. I really don't know a lot about photography, but do have a digital camera that I use all the time. I also have the Picasso software and think it's wonderful.

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    Thanks for sharing. Great photograph! I know you are proud to have it. I enjoy looking at old family photographs---even fron other people's families.
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    Photos like this are great. Its a moment, captured in time that will never be brought back to life. Just like the pics of you now. 100 years from now your decendants will be looking at baby pics of you, some not knowing who you are, but knowing that they came from you.

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    Thanks everyone for your interest. I don't think it was early enough to be daguerrotype. This type, I believe, started to be phased out around 1850 and was replaced by the wet condolian system. But it could have been. As you say,Kensloft, it has that appearance.
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    The photograph doesn't have a metal backing
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    Thanks for the info. It's amazing when you think of the advances photography was made since those days!
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