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My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Where early photography meets extreme hotness

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For Presidents’ Day, our most handsome presidents (and presidential relatives):

Teddy Roosevelt on the Harvard crew team; Rutherford B. Hayes without the beard; Theodore Roosevelt, entering Harvard; Robert Todd Lincolnson of Abraham and Mary; James A. Garfield, age sixteen; William McKinley during his Civil War service

Yes, there’s double Roosevelt. Because he’s that hot. 

Ashishishe, aka “Curly,” a Crow scout for the US Army, and one of the survivors of Little Big Horn who gave a famous account of the defeat of Custer’s battalion. 
Submitted by mylittlenestingspot

Ashishishe, aka “Curly,” a Crow scout for the US Army, and one of the survivors of Little Big Horn who gave a famous account of the defeat of Custer’s battalion. 

Submitted by mylittlenestingspot

From the submitter Sam: 
Ikeda Chikugoshu (Ikeda Nagaoki) 28 years old, Meji period (1868-1912). Chikugoshu was his title, meaning governor of Chikugo province. He was a smart babe and was into internationalism and drinking wine.

From the submitter Sam: 

Ikeda Chikugoshu (Ikeda Nagaoki) 28 years old, Meji period (1868-1912). Chikugoshu was his title, meaning governor of Chikugo province. He was a smart babe and was into internationalism and drinking wine.

Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet and author, in his early twenties.
We’re just taking a wild guess here, but Mayakovsky probably isn’t going to call you. Here are plenty of gentlemen who will. 
Happy V-Day, from MDB. 

Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet and author, in his early twenties.

We’re just taking a wild guess here, but Mayakovsky probably isn’t going to call you. Here are plenty of gentlemen who will. 

Happy V-Day, from MDB. 

Unidentified Union officer, photographed by Mathew Brady (via The Atlantic)

Unidentified Union officer, photographed by Mathew Brady (via The Atlantic)

Has anyone seen this man? He’s wanted for broodyness, aloofness, and sexiness. We would also like to question him about the whereabouts of his wife. 
thecomposites:

Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Mr. Rochester, his foot supported by the cushion; he was looking at Adèle and the dog: the fire shone full on his face.  I knew my traveller with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair.  I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.  His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonised in squareness with his physiognomy…My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth.

Has anyone seen this man? He’s wanted for broodyness, aloofness, and sexiness. We would also like to question him about the whereabouts of his wife. 

thecomposites:

Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Mr. Rochester, his foot supported by the cushion; he was looking at Adèle and the dog: the fire shone full on his face.  I knew my traveller with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair.  I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.  His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonised in squareness with his physiognomy…My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth.

Johannes Brahms, circa 1853, age 20. Liszt had nothing on this fellow.
Submitted by mrxcitement

Johannes Brahms, circa 1853, age 20. Liszt had nothing on this fellow.

Submitted by mrxcitement

Great Sound, What Do You Call It?

We’d like to take a moment to honor the achievements of Daguerreotype boyfriend Thomas Edison and the hilarious rejected names his team came up with for the phonograph in 1877. 

laphamsquarterly:

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“Darling, won’t you put on the Klangophone this evening? I do so feel like dancing!”

Like any smart inventor, Thomas Edison knew that his new audio device needed a name, a catchy name. Lists of Note has the original cheat sheet of all of the rejected names for what eventially became the phonograph:

Didaskophone = Teaching speaker, Portable teacher
Glottophone = Language sounder or speaker
Climatophone = Weather announcer
Atmophone = Fog sounder or Vapor-speaker
Palmophone = Pendulum sounder or Sounding pendulum
Pinakophone = Sound Register
Hemerologophone = Speaking almanac
Kalendophone = Speaking Calendar
Sphygmophone = Pulse speaker
Halmophone = Heart-beat sounder
Seismophone = Earthquake sounder
Electrophone = Electric speaker
Brontophone = Thunder speaker
Klangophone = Bird-cry sounder
Surigmophone = Whistling sounder
Bremophone = Wind sounder
Bittakophone = Parrot speaker
Krogmophone = Croaking or Cawing sounder
Hulagmophone = Barking sounder

And many, many more at Lists of Note

Robert Graves, c. 1914, age 19. Reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive the war. He became a translator, poet, and novelist, and was the author of I, Claudius. Graves died at the age of 90 in 1985, a model Daguerreotype boyfriend if there ever was one. 
Submitted by rrendyourheart

Robert Graves, c. 1914, age 19. Reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive the war. He became a translator, poet, and novelist, and was the author of I, Claudius. Graves died at the age of 90 in 1985, a model Daguerreotype boyfriend if there ever was one. 

Submitted by rrendyourheart

A sad story, from submitter Rachel Nordstrom:
Sroam Whiffin was engaged to Susie Mallett for ten years, then the engagement was broken off for ten years. They were finally married but Sroam died just six months later! He was a watch and clock maker probably operating out of Bath, UK. This daguerreotype had been kept in a beautiful hand sewn blue velvet pouch made by Susie Mallett.  
Photographer was Antoine Claudet of London, probably taken early half of 1850’s, now in the Fox Talbot Museum collection, Lacock.

A sad story, from submitter Rachel Nordstrom:

Sroam Whiffin was engaged to Susie Mallett for ten years, then the engagement was broken off for ten years. They were finally married but Sroam died just six months later! He was a watch and clock maker probably operating out of Bath, UK. This daguerreotype had been kept in a beautiful hand sewn blue velvet pouch made by Susie Mallett.  

Photographer was Antoine Claudet of London, probably taken early half of 1850’s, now in the Fox Talbot Museum collection, Lacock.

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