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My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Where early photography meets extreme hotness

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Your MDB editor grew up near Dana Point, California, and is a huge fan of all things Richard Henry Dana, Jr., including his son, Richard Henry Dana III.
The third Dana also married the daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cementing a dynasty of literary offspring. 
fuckyeahhistorycrushes:


Richard Henry Dana III
Most people know Richard Henry Dana Jr. as the author of the (absolutely fantastic and amazing) book Two Years Before the Mast. But it is a little known fact that his son, Richard Henry Dana III, was absolutely gorgeous.
For a wonderfully detailed biography of RHD III and a collection of his papers, see this file.

Your MDB editor grew up near Dana Point, California, and is a huge fan of all things Richard Henry Dana, Jr., including his son, Richard Henry Dana III.

The third Dana also married the daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cementing a dynasty of literary offspring. 

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Richard Henry Dana III

Most people know Richard Henry Dana Jr. as the author of the (absolutely fantastic and amazing) book Two Years Before the Mast. But it is a little known fact that his son, Richard Henry Dana III, was absolutely gorgeous.

For a wonderfully detailed biography of RHD III and a collection of his papers, see this file.

We like Ike. Oh yes we do.
ourpresidents:

July 1, 1916: Ike and Mamie said “I do” 97 years ago today.
Photo: Wedding portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Doud Eisenhower.
-from the Eisenhower Library

We like Ike. Oh yes we do.

ourpresidents:

July 1, 1916: Ike and Mamie said “I do” 97 years ago today.

Photo: Wedding portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Doud Eisenhower.

-from the Eisenhower Library

Brighton Swimming Club, 1863 (via The Retronaut)
Check out those….stovepipes!

Brighton Swimming Club, 1863 (via The Retronaut)

Check out those….stovepipes!

Two unidentified sailors in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing the sea and a warship. (Library of Congress)

Two unidentified sailors in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing the sea and a warship. (Library of Congress)

Walter Bentley Woodbury, age 23. Self-portrait with a camera, 1857. This British-born photographer sailed to Austraila when he was twenty and ran a sucessful photography studio first in Melbourne, and then in Java, Indonesia. 
He enclosed this photograph with a letter to his mother: 


"The portrait I send has the date marked on it and in the future I shall always date them so that you can see if I improve in appearance or otherwise."

Walter Bentley Woodbury, age 23. Self-portrait with a camera, 1857. This British-born photographer sailed to Austraila when he was twenty and ran a sucessful photography studio first in Melbourne, and then in Java, Indonesia. 

He enclosed this photograph with a letter to his mother: 

"The portrait I send has the date marked on it and in the future I shall always date them so that you can see if I improve in appearance or otherwise."

Evolution of a royal beard.

antiqueroyals:

King George V

(Source: antique-royals, via fuckyeahhistorycrushes)

Santiago Ramón y Cajal in his early twenties, c. 1870. The father of modern neuroscience (who mapped the anatomy of the neuron and its cells) was also an amateur bodybuilder and gymnast in his youth.
Here he is with a beard, c. 1876. Cajal really gets our neurons firing, if you know what I mean.
Submitted by coveted

Santiago Ramón y Cajal in his early twenties, c. 1870. The father of modern neuroscience (who mapped the anatomy of the neuron and its cells) was also an amateur bodybuilder and gymnast in his youth.

Here he is with a beard, c. 1876. Cajal really gets our neurons firing, if you know what I mean.

Submitted by coveted

Thornton Wilder, age 23, 1920, from his Yale graduation photograph. This author and playwright was introduced  to his close friend and supposed lover Samuel Seward by Gertude Stein. His homosexuality was never disclosed publicly and he died after living with his sister for many years. 
Submitted by maximoperesonorus

Thornton Wilder, age 23, 1920, from his Yale graduation photograph. This author and playwright was introduced  to his close friend and supposed lover Samuel Seward by Gertude Stein. His homosexuality was never disclosed publicly and he died after living with his sister for many years. 

Submitted by maximoperesonorus

Situwuka and Katkwachsnea, Native American couple, 1912
Submitted by degbnth

Situwuka and Katkwachsnea, Native American couple, 1912

Submitted by degbnth

Henry James, c. 1860, age 17.
From the submitter Katie Sommer:
Hello MDB. I am the associate editor for The Complete Letters of Henry James (ongoing; U of Nebraska Press). Here’s a photo of an extremely handsome young (18 years old or so) Henry James. The photo dates from 1860 or 1861 when his family was in Newport, RI, and the original is at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (pf MS AM 1094). 

Henry James, c. 1860, age 17.

From the submitter Katie Sommer:

Hello MDB. I am the associate editor for The Complete Letters of Henry James (ongoing; U of Nebraska Press). Here’s a photo of an extremely handsome young (18 years old or so) Henry James. The photo dates from 1860 or 1861 when his family was in Newport, RI, and the original is at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (pf MS AM 1094). 

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