19 of the World’s Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History

19 of the World's Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History

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It’s often said that a photo is worth a thousand words, touching people at a deeper level than even the best, most eloquent, writing. Even the world’s oldest photographs, those that may seem so very distant from today’s high-tech society, may tug at your heart strings or give you a sense of belonging. Here, Live Science looks back at 20 historical photos, shot between the 1820s and 1860s, that may make you look at history, and the world, just a little bit differently. Taking the medal for the oldest known photo ever shot may seem underwhelming at first glance, but look a little longer and you may be amazed.

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19 of the World’s Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History

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