Before all the fancy DSLRs, mirrorless point-and-shoots, etc., people were already taking selfies, albeit using older technology, but still self shots nonetheless. Above, we have retired general Colin Powell who snapped this selfie back in the 1950s, which didn’t hit the internet until March 13, 2014. Continue reading to see more vintage selfies that might actually surprise you.

The debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900 led to photographic self-portraiture becoming a more widespread technique. The method was usually by mirror and stabilizing the camera either on a nearby object or on a tripod while framing via a viewfinder at the top of the box. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914. In the letter that accompanied the photograph, she wrote, “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.


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