Heres Proof Selfies Have Been Popular Since 1839 | Reader's Digest

Here’s Proof Selfies Have Been Popular Since 1839

Flip through a brief history of America's favorite photo trend.


Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine July 2014
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    Robert Cornelius/Getty Images

    1839

    Philadelphia photographer Robert Cornelius takes one of the first photographic self-portraits.

    Anatol Josepho, 1928-30, International Center of Photography, Gift of the Josepho Family, 2008.

    1925

    Anatol Josepho invents the photo booth, bringing the selfie into the public sphere.

    Courtesy AV Archives John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    1953

    Jacqueline Kennedy and then-Senator John F. Kennedy are only two of the booth’s many famous boosters.

    Buzz Aldrin/Courtesy Whosay

    1966

    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps himself on a Gemini XII spacewalk; he claims it was the first space selfie.

    Courtesy Jennifer Lee

    2011

    San Franciscan Jennifer Lee posts the first self-portrait with the #selfie hashtag on Instagram.

    Courtesy Lebron James

    2013

    Selfies snowball, and pet, gym, as demonstrated here by LeBron James, and other themed selfless emerge. 

    Ellen DeGernes/AP Photo

    2014

    As Academy Awards host, Ellen DeGeneres arranges a seemingly spontaneous star-studded selfie, only to have it unmasked a day later as part of a promotion for Samsung.

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