In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard…

This photo of a Paris street was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838

In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed.

This detail from the photo’s lower left corner shows a man who appears to be getting his boots cleaned.

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