January 25, 1839

On January 25, 1839, photographer, Henry Fox Talbot exhibited his early photographs to the Royal Institution in London, England. For an extra 5 shillings, it was heard that Talbot would allow an adventurous Englishman to have a private viewing of some of his daguerreotypes of winsome, happily frolicking French maids, and for an extra 5 pounds, that same man wouldn’t be forced to look at his newly patented salt prints of northern English women shoeing horses and catcalling at the more effeminate, southern Englishmen. It is said that Prime Minister William Lamb paid 10 pounds so he wouldn’t be forced to look at the same salt prints twice.

 

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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