Happy 224th, Louis Daguerre!

An early daguerreotype: Bathsheba Churchill Long, Buckfield, 1848. She was the grandmother of John Davis Long, Secretary of the Navy under McKinley.

Anyone who has ever taken a photograph–and that would be a fairly large percentage of the world’s population–ought to raise a glass today to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.

Born on November 18, 1787, Daguerre is, of course, the inventor of the daguerreotype, and thus the father of modern photography.

Like any organization with historic collections, MHS is indebted to Daguerre for creating what would become today (little did he know) some of the most fascinating primary sources from the early part of the 19th century.

You can view a wide variety of daguerreotypes on Maine Memory–like the one pictured here of Bathsheba Churchill Long of Buckfield, taken less than 10 years after Daguerre’s invention–and via our PastPerfect online database.

(Stay tuned for more Long family items to appear on Maine Memory in 2012 when students at the Hartford-Sumner Elementary School in Buckfield, a recent grantee, digitize a variety of primary sources related to John D. Long and his father, Zadoc Long.)

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