Morse Daguerreotype Camera

Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), an artist and inventor of the telegraph, was in Paris in 1839 sharing the scientific and celebrity stage with Daguerre. The two inventors shared notes on their inventions and Morse returned to the US with a camera, perhaps the first camera in the United States. Morse, whose photographic endeavors would be limited, inspired and taught a number of men who would become important photographers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
camera, daguerreotype
Date made
ca 1839-1840
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mande
Prosch, George W.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 10 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 26.67 cm x 26.67 cm
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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