Earliest portrait photos ever taken show Americans from the 1840s
Two women with wizened faces pose in the 1840s. The subject would be sat down on a posing chair placed on a raised platform which could be rotated to face the light
Masquerade party held at the home of Jacob L. Ellman, 719 Harvard Avenue, University City. Photograph taken by Isaac Sievers for Sievers Studio in 1933. Sievers Studio Collection, Missouri History Museum.