Morse Daguerreotype Camera

Description:

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.

Date Made: ca 1839-1840

User: Morse, Samuel Finley BreeseDaguerre, Louis Jacques MandeMaker: Prosch, George W.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Photographic History, Photography

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.000004Accession Number: 20341Catalog Number: 4

Object Name: camera, daguerreotype

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 in x 10 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 26.67 cm x 26.67 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6a45-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_834664

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